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Global Search For New Talent To Join The BBC Earth Presenting Team
from BBC
7 June 2018

BBC Earth has today (7/6/18) launched a global search for a fresh new presenter who can offer a different perspective on all things natural history and science, to join the team to film a four-part YouTube series.

If you’ve never before been a presenter and are;

  • Passionate about our planet and all the wonderful things that live on it
  • Fascinated in the wider world of science, space or the human race
  • Able to communicate your passion with eager and curious audiences all over the world

Then you could enter this international search to become BBC Earth’s newest online presenter!

From today, budding science storytellers can film and upload a short video to either YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, that shows off their unique and creative approach to educational communication, and be in the running to win the opportunity to create content for a BBC Earth YouTube channel.

The BBC Earth YouTube channels have collectively over 3 million subscribers and have amassed over 945 million views, connecting audiences around the world with factual content on demand, every day. The main channel is the home of BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s legendary archive; Earth Unplugged makes you think about animals and natural history in a new way; And Earth Lab is the best science classroom you never had – tackling burning questions about the science that affects us.

Alex Ayling, Head of Digital Studios for Global Brands, at BBC Studios “We have a great family of presenters already and we feel a great responsibility to make sure that the next generation of STEM professionals, whoever they are and wherever they come from, have someone to look up to that they can relate to. I’m so excited to see what kind of science communicator talent, and future role models, there are out there waiting to be discovered.”

Entry videos must be submitted by 23:59 (BST) on 5th July 2018. Entries will be judged on how fresh the approach to science communication is, how clearly the facts can be understood by an audience on the internet and how much of the presenter’s passion comes across in their presenting style.

It couldn’t be easier to enter if you think you have what it takes:

  1. First, make a video in English explaining your favourite science fact in under 60 seconds. (This should be a new video made just for this competition). Feel free to use vlog style, interview someone, intercut with animation, or use a (safe!) practical demonstration to get your fact across. We really want to see your creative approach to science communication.
  2. Post that video publicly (so we can find it) to either YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  3. Use the hashtag #BBCEarthPresenterSearch somewhere in the title / tweet / post.
  4. Fill in the entry form online and include a link to your video and a short statement about why you want to be the next BBC Earth presenter

Visit & Apply: www.bbcearth.com/presentersearch2018


BBC Earth Presenter Search 2018: How to Apply | Earth Unplugged

View full T&Cs: www.bbcearth.com/modal/presentersearch2018/terms From here.

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Enter the Science Media Awards 2018 by June 8th... Extended Deadline!

Science Media Awards Open for Entries! Enter over 20 categories that cover various science disciplines, types of programs and crafts. Preliminary judging is thorough, with finalists announced in early August. Winners will be celebrated September 27, at an Awards Gala in Boston during SMASH18... ENTER YOUR FILM by the 8th of June.

2018 Science Media Awards Entry Trailer

It's time for a contest! Tag a friend in the comments below and share this video to enter for a chance to win a FREE pass to SMASH18, a gathering of 300 scientists and storytellers at the leading edge of innovation! The contest will end at the same time as our Science Media Awards entry deadline, June 1st, so enter while you can! Visit sciencemediasummit.org for more information.

Posted by Science Media Awards & Summit on Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Join Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH in Boston, September 25-27, 2018, for the Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub (SMASH), where more than 300 science media stakeholders will gather to celebrate exceptional media, cutting-edge discoveries and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly-changing media landscape. Registration is now open!

Also, WGBH and Jackson Hole WILD are accepting applications to be a SMASH Fellow! In September, fellows will convene in Boston from September 25-27 for an opportunity to attend three days of fascinating sessions highlighting recent discoveries in science and trends in science media distribution, as well as special pre- or/and post-conference workshops.

Be a Science Media Awards Judge! Do you want to experience the best of emerging science media? See the latest and greatest? Become a judge for the Science Media Awards!

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‘Human swan’ is first woman to receive prestigious aviation award in 50 years ... WWT’s Sacha Dench received the Britannia Trophy in London on 17th May
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WWT
22 May 2018

Conservationist Sacha Dench has been awarded the Britannia Trophy – one of the most prestigious honours in aviation – in recognition of her long-distance paramotor flight following the migration of endangered Bewick’s swans.

This Royal Aero Club accolade, previously awarded to the likes of Concorde’s first supersonic flight, Sir Richard Branson and the Red Arrows, has not been received by a woman since 1967.

Sacha was awarded the trophy for the ground-breaking ‘Flight of the Swans’ expedition, during which she flew 7,000km from the Russian arctic to the UK on a paramotor. During the adventure –  spanning 11 different countries – she also became the first woman ever to cross the English Channel by paramotor.

Sacha, a WWT (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) Conservationist, said:.

“I was speechless when I was told I had won the Britannia Trophy. It’s an amazing accolade, particularly as it has been so long since it was awarded to a woman, and for a project that many said was impossible.

“A lot of women helped, but I’m also grateful to those few men that believed a woman could do this and stuck their neck out to back me.

“I learned a lot about the Bewick’s swans on my journey, and have developed a huge respect for them as aviators. That I’m receiving this award, for doing what each swan does at just 12 weeks old twice a year for their entire life, is testament to the complexity and hardship they must endure just to survive that journey, particularly in stormy autumn weather with the arctic winter on their tails.

“I am delighted that Flight of the Swans has touched so many people and helped the Bewick’s swans’ plight make mainstream news. We now have many people and organisations galvanised to help across a mass of countries.

“I am also more touched that fellow aviators have recognised this feat by awarding me the Britannia trophy, an award that will be invaluable in setting up future expeditions for conservation.”

Dave Phipps, RAeC General Secretary, said:

“We are so happy to be awarding this trophy to a truly remarkable woman. Paramotoring needs a lot nerve at the best of times and to conceive of a journey across such inhospitable terrain with huge logistical challenges - and then pull it off - is an amazing achievement. And of course, it is all enhanced by Sacha’s ability to communicate a great cause and enthuse young and old alike in the UK and around the world. She has provided immense inspiration to others and we are very proud to count her amongst these great aviators and the ‘Flight of the Swans’ project amongst great aviation achievements.”

Sacha was presented with the award by HRH The Duke of York at the Royal Aero Club awards ceremony on May 17th in Piccadilly, London.


Sacha Dench, A.K.A. ‘Human swan’, is first woman to receive prestigious aviation award in 50 years


Introducing Flight of the Swans

Visit: flightoftheswans.org & twitter.com/WWTSwanFlight & facebook.com/flightoftheswans

Bewick's flyby.

Majestic Bewick's flyby. You can witness Bewick's first hand at some of our WWT sites like WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and WWT Welney before they head back to Russia to breed.

Posted by Flight Of The Swans on Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Places available on Wildeye's Intro to Wildlife Film-making Course!

Wildeye's Introduction to Wildlife Film-making is their longest running course. The Summer dates are full, but you can still grab a place on the last dates of the year, 30 Nov–2 Dec 2018.

One of of our most popular wildlife film-making courses, the introductory weekend offers you your first insight into the world of wildlife film-making. From pre-production to delivery, we’ll guide you through the many stages of the process from your first idea, research, scripting, travel, filming, editing, delivering as well as importantly selling and distributing your completed film. This course is broken down into bite-sized modules presented over two days including time spent filming at Pensthorpe, former home of BBC Springwatch. The wildlife film-making weekend is suitable for anyone including beginners, hobbyists, keen enthusiasts, those looking to undertake wildlife film-making degrees or apprenticeships all the way through to camera operators looking to diversify into wildlife film-making. As well as educating, inspiring and providing practical hands on experience its a great addition to any CV. More here: wildeye.co.uk/introduction-to-wildlife-film-making

Check out the homepage for up-to-date availability: www.wildeye.co.uk

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Wildscreen Festival 2018 Volunteer Applications Open

Now recruiting 2018 Wildscreen Festival Volunteers. DEADLINE: 1 JUNE

Volunteering at the Wildscreen Festival provides an unprecedented opportunity to play an important role in the world’s biggest and most prestigious natural world storytelling event.

The Wildscreen Festival could not take place without our loyal and hardworking crew of volunteers, who generously give up a week of their time to ensure we deliver a packed week of over 100 amazing and inspiring events to our 850 industry delegates as well as thousands of public.

Whether you want to learn more about the wildlife film and photography industry and/or have a passion for events and marketing, we have a whole host of roles available and we applications from people of all backgrounds.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain valuable experience and insight into the wildlife film, photography and event industries
  • You’ll get the chance to attend Festival events, including one full day off to experience the Festival as a delegate
  • Excellent networking opportunities. You’ll make life-long friends and connections!
  • Learn new skills and develop existing ones
  • Get access to the Panda Award film library and screenings of Panda-nominated films
  • Access to parties, premieres and special events

The serious stuff

  • Successful volunteers are required to be available for full-time work Sunday 14 to Friday 19 October 2018 inclusive. The Festival is open from early in the morning to late at night so expect shifts with early starts and/or late finishes.
  • We're sorry, but all volunteers must be aged 18 or over Applications are via the online form. We do not accept applications by email, CV or covering letters.
  • Wildscreen is a charity and these are unpaid volunteer posts and we're unable to cover the cost of travel to or accommodation in Bristol. A uniform and meals/refreshments on shift will be provided.
  • If you feel you have the necessary skills to be a proactive and hardworking member of the Wildscreen volunteer crew, please send us your application by Friday 1 June. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted throughout June for a telephone/Skype interview to assess your suitability and motivation, with successful volunteers being notified in July. Due to the expected high number of applications we are not able to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Find out more about roles here: wildscreen.org/festival/volunteering Apply here!

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Offspring Tackles Animal Giants in New Sky One Series
By Pam Beddard
23 May 2018

Bristol-based independent TV production company Offspring Films is finalising a new series for airing on Sky One this summer which puts biologist Patrick Aryee eye-to-eye with some of Earth’s biggest creatures and sees him exploring the issues they face in our rapidly changing world.

The three-part series BIG BEASTS: LAST OF THE GIANTS mixes spectacular blue chip footage, from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia, with animated graphics to explore why size matters to individual animals, species and to biodiversity.

Some of Patrick Aryee’s close encounters are with gentle giants – among them, whale sharks, orangutans, giant pandas and giraffes – but there are plenty of thrill-filled ones, too, including a plunge into the murky Amazon to track a 7-metre long anaconda, meeting a venomous Komodo dragon armed only with a forked stick and free diving alongside a sperm whale as big as a bus.

Alongside today’s giants, the series also introduces a bizarre cast of even bigger prehistoric megafauna that once roamed Earth.  They are brought to life using antiquarian book-inspired CGI illustrated plates, created and animated by another Bristol, UK, company, Moonraker VFX.

Executive producer Alex Williamson says: “Filming on five continents in some of the world’s most remote locations, our crews have managed to capture rare and spectacular behaviours in ways never before seen by audiences, from anaconda breeding balls to elephant seal fights filmed at 1,000fps.  By contrasting today’s mega species with the giants of long ago, we’re able to explore the advantages of being big in the natural world while also showing the very real threats that our biggest animals face today as the planet changes faster than ever before.”

The series is the fourth to be made by Offspring for Sky with Patrick Aryee as the presenter.

Episode one of BIG BEASTS: LAST OF THE GIANTS is due to debut on Sky One on Wednesday 13 June with episodes two and three airing on the following Wednesdays. The series is produced by Sam Hodgson.

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UK PREMIERE: Dominion London Screener ‘followed by Director Q&A’
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PLANT BASED NEWS
22 May 2018

Dominion, a new film exposing animal cruelty in modern farming practices, will have it's UK premiere in London on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM, at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square.

Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden & handheld cameras, the feature-length film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom.

The film is narrated by Sia and other celebrities, find out more here: dominionmovement.com

The film starts at 2:30pm and afterwards there will be a 30 minute Q and A with the directors.

PBN are hosting the UK premiere of this highly-anticipated documentary along with activism organisations Surge and The Save Movement.


WILL YOU WATCH DOMINION? The Latest Vegan Film. Interview w/ Director Chris Delforce

Tickets here: eventbrite.com/e/uk-premiere-dominion-london-screener-followed-by-director-qa-tickets-46128095375

There are 25 free tickets available for people who are unemployed. Email: dominion@plantbasednews.org

Find the film on: facebook.com/DominionDocumentary

Like/Follow PBN: facebook.com/plantbasednews, instagram.com/plantbasednews & twitter.com/plantbasednews

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James Honeyborne ('Blue Planet II'): 'Our understanding of the ocean has fundamentally changed'

“Who would have thought marine biology and oceanography could engage such an audience?,” “Blue Planet II” executive producer James Honeyborne asks in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video below). The BBC documentary miniseries was the United Kingdom’s most-watched television program of 2017. He continues, “But it’s part of our world and it’s the world that we don’t know.… the scale of this place — there’s still so much to explore and it’s so important to us.”


James Honeyborne ('Blue Planet II'): 'Our understanding of the ocean has fundamentally changed'

More here: goldderby.com

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Wildscreen Photography Panda Award Deadline: 8th of June... Enter this brand new award!!

For the first time in Wildscreen's 36 year history, the 2018 Wildscreen Panda Awards, widely regarded as the most prestigious accolade in the wildlife film and TV genre, will recognise the craft of wildlife photography, with the introduction of the Wildscreen Photo Story Panda Award.

The award is being launched to further cement the conservation charity’s commitment to and belief in photography as a powerful and impactful tool for raising awareness about and protecting the natural world across society. It will celebrate and recognise the very best in photographic narrative, uniting it alongside the world’s very best natural world film talent.

Call for entries

Entrants have between the 18 April to 8 June 2018 to submit photo stories comprising of between six to ten images that have an aspect of the natural world as a central focus, with a clear and powerful narrative weaved between the images.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide, over 18 years. The judges will also be looking for exceptional emerging talent photographers, under the age of 30, which will be considered for an ‘Emerging Talent Photo Story Panda Award’.

Entries can be made via the online submission portal on the Wildscreen website, available at: www.wildscreen.org/panda-awards

Find out more here: www.wildscreen.org/festival/panda-awards/photo-story-panda-award

Visit: wildscreen.org/festival ; find Wildscreen Fest on Facebook, follow @WildscreenFest on Twitter.

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The BWPA 2018 Call for Entries Deadline is June 8!

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS – The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 are open for entries until the 8th of June. Find out more here: www.bwpawards.org

With 15 separate categories covering all aspects of British Wildlife share your vision with us and compete for a chance to win a prestigious prize. The £20,000 prize fund includes £5,000 cash first prize and cameras from lead sponsor Canon. Be featured in a touring exhibition and reach millions across the UK through a touring exhibition and a beautiful book.

Whether incredible behaviour, a characterful portrait, an atmospheric woodland scene, or the secret world that lives in the undergrowth we want to see your pictures and films. Be part of a competition and community that is supported by the UK's major conservation charities and celebrates excellence in wildlife photography and film.

See the 2017 Films and be inspired here: www.bwpawards.org/videowinners2017

Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2017:


BWPA Highlights from 2017 from BWPAwards.

The prize in the Wildlife in HD Video category is a Canon XA11 Full HD Camcorder. The XA11 is a Full HD camcorder which feature stunning 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lenses.

Make sure you enter for a chance to win by midnight 8th of June 2018.

See the Full Call For 2018 Entries Feature here..

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Early Bird Wildscreen Festival Passes - ON SALE NOW!

Buy your delegate pass before July the 31st and get 20% off a full price week pass... i.e. save £100: wildscreen.org/festival/tickets

Check out the Wildscreen Festival 2018 Trailer

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Spend More Time In The WILD with Abbie Barnes

Having twice walked across the country and explored some of the highest, most remote regions in the UK, Abbie has become eager to share the hidden beauty of our countryside and wilderness areas. Thus she has made it her mission to inspire others to don their walking boots, gather their friends and family, and head outdoors to explore our many extraordinary natural wonders and 'Spend More Time In The WILD'.

Along the way she fearlessly shares how spending time in the natural world helps her to work through her struggles with mental health, and seeks to encourage viewers to join the journey by facing up to their own fears and stepping out to see their dreams become reality.


Spend More Time In The WILD

Find out more and help fund the next 4 episodes of the 'Trails' series, incl. the Coast to Coast, West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and Two Moors Way: kickstarter.com/projects/503109371/documenting-the-uks-long-distance-hiking-trails
Donate to help Abbie make her films: Songthrushproductions.co.uk/film


Brock Initiative

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Don't swim with dolphins... A message from marvellous member Karla Munguia Colmenero

Mexico City officially banned dolphinariums last month! This is great news, and a victory especially close to campaigner Karla's heart... She is the official Keiko film ambassador in Mexico and she gives some compelling reasons why you should not consider swimming with captive dolphins in this interview!


Don't swim with dolphins - Episode127 180505 - Travel Tips Podcast

We love you Karla!!

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Escape to Costa Rica Trailer from Libor Spacek

Official trailer of a trilogy - three documentary films - about nature and people in Costa Rica shot in 4k resolution, completed in March and directed by Libor Spacek.


Trailer - Escape to Costa Rica - 4K UHD

Visit: escapetonature.eu/index.php/escape-to-costa-rica

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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Birds Living on an Island 2,000 Miles From People Are Dying From Our Plastic Pollution

In the trailer for his documentary Albatross, filmmaker Chris Jordan shares haunting images of seabirds whose lives were cut short because of plastic. The documentary, filmed on Midway Island in the North Pacific Ocean, situated 2,000 miles from the nearest continent, aims to shine a light on the critical issue of plastic pollution and its many victims.


Chris Jordan’s ALBATROSS film trailer

More here: onegreenplanet.org/news/birds-living-island-miles-from-people-dying-plastic-pollution

ALBATROSS will be released on June 8, World Oceans Day, in collaboration with partner Parley for the Oceans and the United Nations. Visit: www.albatrossthefilm.com

Wildlife Winners and Losers - Brock Initiative

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Zoom H1n – What is it? – from PinkNoise Systems

This brief promo video shows you the Zoom H1n Handy Recorder. The handy little recorder that allows you to record audio anywhere and everywhere.


Zoom H1n – What is it?

Read more here: pinknoise-systems.co.uk/zoom-h1n-handheld-portable-recorder.html

Conservation Film-making - How to make films that make a difference


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Nuzzle a panda, kiss a lioness: Jane Goodall takes us on her wildest adventure yet

The wildlife legend wants to take the whole world on safari. As her stunning new VR film series launches, she talks about firing up David Attenborough – and explains why Andy Serkis was ‘fantastic’ as an ape.

Amazing!” gasps Jane Goodall, as she tilts her head in all directions, oblivious to the outside world. Goodall is the primatologist who changed our understanding of nature by recording chimpanzees using tools, a skill previously thought to separate humans from animals. But today Goodall is the one mastering a new tool: the 84-year-old is sitting spellbound on a sofa, wearing a VR headset and a wry smile.

She’s watching a film from The Wild Immersion, a project intended to raise awareness of – and perhaps even save – the natural world, via 360-degree virtual reality wildlife documentaries. Introduced by Goodall, they really are immersive: you’re practically nuzzling into the pandas’ fur, flying with the flamingos over an African lake. Then a lioness comes up and sniffs your face, before a giraffe walks right over you, its vast legs splayed above you like pillars. So that’s what a giraffe’s underneath looks like. Turn your head and the savannah stretches to the horizon in every direction.


Wild Immersion : The first virtual reserve in the world !

More here: theguardian.com/film/2018/may/21/jane-goodall-the-wild-immersion-vr-safari-wildlife


Wild Immersion

Visit: thewildimmersion.com

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'Planet Earth' Parody Reads A Little Too Much Into Animal Behavior

They're not people. But it's fun to imagine they are.

David Attenborough seems insistent that he knows EXACTLY why animals are doing everything they're doing in Planet Earth II. Maybe they're just animals, Dave.


Planet Earth Is Reading Too Far Into These Animals

Visit: huffingtonpost.co.uk

F**ked Planet: Attenborough's New Documentary

After a particularly depressing Earth Day, a crestfallen David Attenborough announced a new documentary series.


F**ked Planet: David Attenborough's New Documentary - Tonightly With Tom Ballard

Maybe this one's a little too close to the truth? Not the end for David though we certainly hope!

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Welcome to our New Full Member, joining in May!

Adam John Wilkinson - Adam has a real passion for wildlife filmmaking. With a degree in Zoology, he is knowledgeable in a wide spectrum of environments and habitats and takes every opportunity to learn more. He loves an outdoor life & has the resilience for lengthy periods in remote locations.


Expedition Rhodope Film Trailer

Join him, become a full member here: Wildlife-film.com/freelancers or Wildlife-film.com/companies

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In the run up to the GDPR deadline, to comply with data protection regulations, we installed SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to the site.

Our hosting company made a few mistakes, meaning the site wouldn't load for a while, but all is up and running again now. You should see a green padlock next the URL where it starts with https... Learn about SSL here. Not all pages are showing as secure yet as there's a lot of fiddling to do, so please bear with me as I work through them all. Thanks.

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