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Please see below various opportunities, submitted by members and subscribers, or gleaned from other sources. Some are paid positions, some are voluntary. If you're a newcomer, we suggest that you get as much experience as you can, so offering your services for free when an opportunity arises will most-likely be worth it in the longterm, both on your CV, in the gaining of skills and the all importance of meeting/building relationships with people working in the industry. Entering competitions is highly recommened too. You may win, but even if you don't there's the exposure gained!

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WFN 196 - December 2015

Wild Film Fest Entry Call - Competition Deadline DECEMBER 4TH

If you're a dab hand with the camera, be it video or stills, we would love to see some of your work submitted to our 2016 Wild Film Fest competition.

Wild Film Fest is an event in its second year of running, brought to you by the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter, Cornwall; in collaboration with the Falmouth/Exeter Students Union as well as student societies: EcoSoc and WildDocSoc.

Three days of speakers, workshops and exhibits are lined up, culminating in the festival showcase, where we'll be showing off some of the great submissions we've had to our film and photography competitions to both the public, plus industry experts.

Please visit www.facebook.com/WildFilmFest/Info to view the competition specifications, and email us at WildFilmFest@gmail.com to be in with a chance of having your work showcased at our three day event, and winning some fantastic prizes!

Competition deadline - DECEMBER 4TH!


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WFN 196 - December 2015

GREEN SCREEN Film Festival Poster Competition

Germany’s largest nature film festival is looking for green ideas...

GREEN SCREEN is the largest international nature film festival in Germany.

For the first time a design competition for the poster of the 10th Nature Film Festival in 2016 has been called out for.

"We are looking for ambitious ideas, new pictures, surprising designs which strongly express the connection between nature and film."

The poster drafts can be submitted until 15. March 2016.The winning poster will be selected by a jury and will be awarded 1.200 Euro.

The competition closes on the 15th March 2016. Contributions submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

Download a pdf of the competition rules and instructions here.

See: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/event/poster-contest


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WFN 193 - September 2015

Sussex Wildlife Trust Photo Competition - My Wild Sussex

Sussex Wildlife Trust is looking for beautiful and awe-inspiring wildlife and landscape photographs to grace the pages of their 2016 online calendar. The subject matter is entirely your choice providing it follows the theme, ‘My Wild Sussex’.

Choose the wild places that are special to you – maybe the downs, woodlands, or a favourite urban nature spot where wildlife thrives.

First prize is £100 cash and the runner-up will receive a set of four Mark Greco wildlife mugs. Pictures taken by the 12 finalists will appear in The Trust’s 2016 online calendar, and the overall winning image will feature in their members’ magazine, monthly enews and on their website.

You can enter up to five images and they must all be in a landscape format and have a file size of atleast 1MB. All images must be digital – no slides or prints. Once the Trust’s judges have selected the 12 finalists, the overall winner will be voted for by the public. Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 September 2015.

Upload your images to their photo competition page or post a CD to: Richard Cobden, Photography Competition, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9SD

See: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/photo-competition-my-wild-sussex


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WFN 192 - August 2015

Nat Geo Wild, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation Announce Elephant Conservation PSA Contest – RALLY THE HERD

Finalists to Attend Jackson Hole Elephant Summit and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival; Winning PSA to Air on Nat Geo WILD.

Nat Geo WILD, in partnership with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), announced today (29/07/15) the Rally the Herd public service announcement (PSA) contest, to raise awareness of the plight of the African elephant. The contest will give aspiring wildlife filmmakers, conservationists, students or anyone with a passion for protecting our largest land animals the opportunity to create a public service announcement that rallies others to action. The winning PSA will air on Nat Geo WILD.

Participants are asked to submit a PSA focused on the African elephant, with the goal of inspiring others to learn more about the decline of the population and to offer their help. PSAs should be no longer than 90 seconds and can be created with original footage, and/or footage and photography provided by Nat Geo WILD. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 7 at each of the partners’ Facebook pages or by visiting bitly.com/RallyTheHerd, and will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Connection to theme of the African elephant (30%)
  • Quality of story line and script (20%)
  • Creativity and/or content originality (20%)
  • Production quality (e.g., lighting, shot composition, focus, sound) (15%)
  • Editing (15%)

The top three finalists will be announced by Sept. 14, 2015, and invited to the Jackson Hole Elephant Conservation Summit, Sept. 27-29, where for three days leading elephant scientists, conservationists and advocates will convene with 650+ international media professionals to share resources and strategies, and brainstorm innovative approaches to halt the killing of elephants and illegal trafficking of ivory. The winning PSA will air on Nat Geo WILD later this year.

“Getting people to care about these elephants is the first step in motivating them to act,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. “We look forward to seeing how these filmmakers use the camera lens to ignite that passion in viewers to want to learn and do more.”

Poachers kill as many as 35,000 elephants each year in Africa, and other threats such as habitat loss and conflict with humans are jeopardizing the future of one of the continent’s most iconic species. Nat Geo WILD takes its viewers to the front lines of this crisis, where conservation groups like AWF are battling to save the species from extinction.

“Documentaries, films, National Geographic articles and programs have all helped to inspire a sense of awe and appreciation for the African elephant,” said Dr. Patrick Bergin, CEO of AWF. “Now we need the camera lens to inspire advocates for their survival.”

Lisa Samford, executive director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Conservation Summit, added, “We aim to engage the power of media to influence global change to spark a cultural shift and empower a public front that doesn’t tolerate the use of ivory products and illegal poaching of the world’s elephants.”

For more information and complete rules, visit bitly.com/RallyTheHerd.


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WFN 192 - August 2015

Win tickets to SOUNDSCAPES at the NATIONAL GALLERY, which includes a contribution from member Chris Watson!

National Gallery Soundscapes

Leading contemporary sound artists and musicians Nico Muhly, Susan Philipsz OBE, Gabriel Yared, Jamie xx, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have been commissioned to respond to a painting of their choice from the National Gallery collection. Each brand new ‘soundscape’ has been specially created for the exhibition. The sound artists and musicians have their own space in the exhibition in which their chosen painting and their new soundscape has been installed. These immersive and site specific installations give visitors the opportunity to experience and think about paintings in an entirely new way– to hear the sound within the painting and to see the visual within the sound. This style of exhibition has never before been staged at the National Gallery.

For your chance to win tickets a pair of tickets to this exhibition vist: www.hotticketoffers.com/competition/soundscapes by the 10th of August and enter the code: WILD.

To find out more, visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk/soundscapes.

The National Gallery’s SOUNDSCAPES exhibition tickets are valid until 06 September 2015:

Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery
Daily 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 9pm.
Subject to availability. No cash alternative, non-transferable and no alternate prize will be offered. Additional expenses are the responsibility of the prize-winners. Not for resale.


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WFN 192 - August 2015

The Eden Shorts Competition, back for 2015!

Eden Shorts is back for another year!

Eden Shorts 2015 is looking for your one minute film that displays your wonder of the natural world. Enter your short wildlife film before 5pm Wednesday 30th September for your chance to see your film on air and win £500 of camera equipment!!

The Best of Eden Shorts from Eden Channel

Your film must be:

  • Exactly 1 minute long - no longer, no less.
  • Your own work. You can't use anything filmed or edited by anyone other than you - only one person can win the prizes.
  • Commercial music free.

Last years' winner, by Simon Owen: Effortless Beauty

The competition is now open - find out how to enter here: eden.uktv.co.uk/eden-shorts


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WFN 191 - July 2015

North American Polar Bear Footage Wanted

A Canadian Production Company is producing a 12 part series on Polar Bears.

Please contact the visual researcher if you have either HD or SD footage of the following behavior: NB. North American locations only.

  • Predation/Polar bears hunting other animals
  • True fighting between bears, rather than just playful sparring
  • Denning/babies
  • Mating rituals
  • General behavior

Please contact: Gina Cali - ginacali.imagequest@gmail.com


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WFN 191 - July 2015

NatureCast Call for New Content

We are looking to add high quality nature video content, 30 mins or longer, to our recently launched NatureCast Chromecast app. NatureCast lets consumers watch high quality nature videos on their big screen TV at home. We are interested in talking with you about using some of your nature footage in exchange for a revenue share and marketing within our Chromecast app.

The videos need to have nature background sound or music and are at minimum ~30 mins long (1080p). They can be a fixed scene or b-roll (i.e. ocean, forest, mountains, flowers, animals, sunsets, etc.). They do not have to tell a story, they are simply bringing the beauty of nature inside.

NatureCast which already has over 10,000 users are able to watch some of the video content in the app for free and others require in-app purchases. In lieu of paying licenses fees for the films, we are sharing the revenue on these in-app purchases. The NatureCast website www.naturecastapp.com has a clip on the homepage of the types of nature footage that are currently included.

Please send an email if you would like more information to support@naturecastapp.com


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WFN 189 - May 2015

Work Experience Opportunities at the BBC NHU

The BBC are offering Work Experience placements of duration 3-20 days, including the following opportunities at the BBC NHU in Bristol:

Gardeners World, NHU Features, Bristol (July & August only - over 18)
An opportunity to gain work experience with Gardeners World, ideally the successful candidate will have proven knowledge and passion for Horticulture and a keen interest in TV production or journalism. You will need to be a good team player, with excellent communication and computer skills.

Harvest - NHU Features, Bristol (placement will run from 17 August to 11 September only - over 18)
The work experience placement on Harvest would give an insight into a busy topical production for BBC2 (3x 60mins), delivering in September 2015. The placement would begin during As Live filming and the successful candidate will have hands on experience, working with the Production Management team, booking travel and arrangements for filming as well as hands on experience on location helping support the filming teams and talent. There will also be an opportunity to observe the edit at our external post house. The successful candidate must have a keen interest in TV and our output and be an excellent team player with good communication skills as this will be a busy production.

Natural History Unit, Bristol - Tribes/Gorilla Family and Me (July & August only - over 18)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on 2 programmes (Gorilla Family and Me 2x60’ BBC2) in which Gordon Buchanan is trying to get closer to wild gorillas than ever before in the heart of the Congo and (Wildest Tribe 3x60’ BBC2) What can Gordon Buchanan learn about iconic animals from the world’s most extreme tribal people. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, as well as gaining an overview of the production process.

Natural History Unit, Bristol - Weird Worlds (July & August only - over 18)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on Weird Worlds within the Natural History Unit. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, , as well as gaining an overview of the production process.

Natural History Unit, Bristol – New Zealand (over 18’s)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on New Zealand within the Natural History Unit. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, in particular the New Zealand flora and fauna, as well as gaining an overview of the production process.

Natural History Unit, Bristol - Changing Worlds (September only - over 18)
Changing Worlds traces 3 of the world's amazing habitats, which undergo the most extreme changes to their landscape. This is the story of how nature survives and prospers through this change in the Okavango Delta, Svalbard and New England. By September, 2 episodes will be in the edit, whilst one is in the middle of filming. this is ‘an office based placement using research skills to support the edits, helping to source information, fact check and possibly source archive. It will involve seeing the programmes being assembled and understanding the editorial demands of a series such as this.

Natural History Unit, Bristol - The One Show (July & August only - over 18)
The successful candidate will support the Natural History Unit One Show production team. A range of experiences will be offered but the main thrust of the work will be in researching and developing new ideas for One Show wildlife films. Whilst with the team experience of post-production, editing and filming are all highly possible due to the fast turnaround nature of our production. We're looking to people with a passion for telling great wildlife stories to a wide audience. A good eye / ear for a strong contributor will also be an advantage

Natural History Unit, Bristol - Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature (September only - over 18)
Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature is a children's wildlife series with bite! Naomi Wilkinson is justifiably nervous of anything that bites, stings or goes bump in the night. But our intrepid heroine doesn’t let her fears stop her – she proves that everyone is scared of something but its best to put your fears in the bin and get stuck in! We send her all over the world investigating potential Nightmares and we'd be looking for someone to come and help us research stories, animals and locations for series 4. If you love animals, adventure and kids TV then this is the placement for you!

Find out much more & apply here: careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Q3-Work-Experience-Opportunities-across-the-regions-in-TV/12153 Deadline for applications: 31 May, 2015


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WFN 189 - May 2015

Videographer wanted on the Phana Macaque Project

PHANA MACAQUE PROJECT is looking for a videographer to help us make a film about the social behaviour of the long-tailed macaques in Don Chao Poo Forest, Phana, Amnat Charoen Forest, in North-east Thailand.

We cannot offer a salary, but accommodation will be provided and food can be found easily and cheaply in the small town/village. Airfare not included. Starting date: any time after 1st September 2015. Duration to be discussed.

The monkeys in our forest are habituated to provisioning by us, the local council and visitors, as well as foraging for themselves. They are not aggressive towards humans and at present do not range much outside the forest. In both these respects they differ from others of the same species elsewhere in Thailand.

Full credit will be accorded and it may be that the resulting video will be of interest to TV companies, for instance.

Phana Macaque Project wishes to use the video for local educational purposes and on our website but the footage and film rights would be maintained by the volunteer.

Please visit our website at www.thaimonkeyforest.com

This opportunity had been filled.


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WFN 189 - May 2015

Jack Perks is looking for budding wildlife presenters...

Any budding wildlife presenters in the Nottingham/East Midlands? I'm looking to produce 10 short films on the counties wildlife and although I don't mind appearing in a couple I think it would be better with a range of talent and enthusiastic people. We have a cameraman sorted though if you'd like to have a go at that or editing there could be room also. Its purely a collaborative effect so no monies I'm afraid but were hoping the films may lead to bigger and better things and a great chance to work as part of a team.



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WFN 186 - February 2015

Eco-Comedy Video Competition Call for Entries: $2,000 prize

The 2015 Eco-Comedy theme is “Clean Water, Clean Air.”

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.

Submissions must:
1. Be humorous!
2. Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water, clean air” and overall environmental conservation.
3. Reach a broad audience.
4. Be an original production.
5. Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
6. Be posted to Eco­Comedy Video Competition 2015 YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFuA_JundApDudndM2XB4g
7. Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.

A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.

Submissions that are not received by Sunday, March 1, 2015, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 24, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: www.american.edu/soc/cef/eco-comedy-film-competition.cfm

Please address questions to Chris Palmer at palmer@american.edu


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WFN 185 - January 2015

Canadian Production Company, River Road Films, seeks Producers, an AP, Researchers, a PM and an Exec Producer.

Experienced Canadian (or dual Canadian/British, American/British) talent needed: two Researchers, one Assistant Producer, two Producers, one Executive Producer and one Production Manager.

Award Winning Vancouver-based Canadian production company, River Road Films is looking for experienced Canadian (or dual Canadian/British, Canadian/American) talent for an upcoming five-part natural history series based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This will be a follow-up to the highly acclaimed Wild Canada series. See: www.cbc.ca/wildcanada

Production will begin in spring 2015. Project duration 24 months.

Please send a cover letter CV (and a link to your Wildlife-film.com Profile Page, if you are a member!) to Jeff Turner at skyfilms@xplornet.com

Closing date for Researcher positions: January 21st

Closing date for Producer, AP and Production Manager positions: January 30th

If you have an available position/competition/footage request and would like it included here, in Wildlife Film News/promoted on social media, please send all info, including any photo/logo's, to news@wildlife-film.com. For inclution in WFN, please make sure you send prior to the end of the month.

Do contact us if you have any problem contacting the employer or find that the opportunity is not as described or no longer available.

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