The New Big 5 project is an international initiative to create a New Big 5 (#NewBig5) of wildlife: the Big 5 of wildlife photography, not hunting. Shooting with a camera, not a gun.
The project is supported by Dr Jane Goodall, Ami Vitale, Steve McCurry, Moby, Chris Packham, Nick Brandt, Djimon Hounsou, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Brent Stirton, Tim Laman, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Xi Zhinong, Dr Paula Kahumbu, Virginia McKenna, Art Wolfe and more than 100 more of the world’s leading wildlife photographers, film-makers, conservationists and charity organisations, from Greenpeace to World Animal Protection…
The project was created by British wildlife photographer and journalist Graeme Green.
The New Big 5 is a celebration of wildlife and wildlife photography.
We’re asking people around the world to VOTE for the 5 animals they want to be included in the New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography.
“What a great project the New Big 5 is. I wonder what the final choices will be? There are so many incredible animals in our world, all fascinating in different ways. Any project that brings attention to animals, so many of whom are threatened or endangered, is truly important. I hope this project highlights the need to protect the world’s animals.”
Dr Jane Goodall (The Jane Goodall Institute)
Whereas the old big 5 was based on the toughest animals in Africa for hunters to shoot and kill, we’re asking: what are your 5 favourite animals from around the world to photograph or see in wildlife photographs? The New Big 5 will be global, rather than just African wildlife, so could include polar bears, orangutans, tigers, lions, gorillas, pandas, grizzly bears, elephants or other animals. And we’re focusing on land mammals, rather than marine creatures, birds, insects…
We’ll announce the results later in 2020.
“The New Big 5 initiative is a beautiful, poignant reminder that all of nature and all of life is threatened on this planet. We are on this planet together. We must all do everything we can to care for the plants and critters that inhabit the Earth. Our future happiness depends on all of them.”
Ami Vitale (Photographer)
The world’s wildlife is in crisis. The next 10 years are critical. More than a million species are currently at risk of extinction, from iconic elephants, cheetahs, orangutans, lions and polar bears to ‘unsung heroes’ and little-known cats, frogs, fish, birds and lizards.
We want the New Big 5 project to focus attention on all of the world’s incredible wildlife, large and small, and the urgent need to act together globally to save these animals, our planet and ourselves.
We can make a difference. It’s not too late… yet.
“I’m excited about the New Big 5 project. It says something positive about our world that people are now more interested in photographing wildlife than killing it. We have a long way to go in wildlife conservation. I support this project in the hope it can bring more attention to the many threats animals face.”
Tim Laman (Photographer)
“Wildlife around the world will benefit from the New Big 5, from the inspiration and wonder generated by photographs of amazing animals to the passion of people working to preserve at-risk species around the globe.”
Krista Wright (Polar Bears International)
“The original Big 5 were selected by trophy hunters as the species they’d most like to hang on their walls. Society has changed and trophy hunting is on the way out – thank goodness. The New Big 5 is a wonderful project that’s about celebrating life, not death.”
Virginia McKenna (Born Free Foundation)
“The New Big 5 is a brilliant idea. A Big 5 from the photographic point of view is one more brick in a wall that we’re constructing to save many of the creatures around the Earth.”
Art Wolfe (Photographer)
There are only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild. An estimated 55 African elephants per day are still being killed by poachers, one every 26 minutes. West African giraffes are down to just 600. African lions have dropped from 200,000 to 20,000 in just 50 years. Around 200,000 pangolins, the most trafficked mammal in the world, are being killed each year.
Ethiopian wolves, Javan rhinos, aye-ayes, Amur leopards, hooded vultures, spider monkeys… The list of ‘Critically Endangered’ animals goes on.
Hope isn’t lost. Change is possible. But action is needed.
Please help us spread the word with #newbig5
VOTE for your favourite animals to include in the New Big 5.
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Get your friends and family involved.
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Tiger photo (top) by Steve Winter.
We’ve recorded a special series of PODCASTS with photographers including Steve McCurry, Ami Vitale, Bertie Gregory, Nick Brandt, Shaaz Jung, Marina Cano, Chris Packham, Steve Winter and Art Wolfe, and leading conservationists from Save The Elephants, Gorilla Doctors and more. You can also find photos by some of the world’s best wildlife photographers across the website and in these special PHOTO GALLERIES.
Interviews / Big 5s
You’ll find great INTERVIEWS with photographers, conservationists and film-makers, such as Dr Jane Goodall, Melissa Groo, Tim Laman, Jen Guyton, Brent Stirton and Xi Zhinong. Many New Big 5 supporters have given their personal choices in MY BIG 5s, including Moby, Daisy Gilardini, Levison Wood, Thomas D Mangelsen, Virginia McKenna, Christian Ziegler, Dr Paula Kahumbu, Ingo Arndt and Djimon Hounsou.
On the New Big 5 website, you’ll find ARTICLES about the many threats facing wildlife, including habitat loss, poaching, deforestation, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade, and the great work being done to save animals and habitats by organisations such as Conservation International, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation, HaKa, Defenders Of Wildlife, Orangutan Foundation and more.
“The New Big 5 is a simple idea I came up with years ago while on a photo assignment in Africa. It felt to me like something that should exist.
The world’s going through dark and difficult times in 2020. The New Big 5 is an exciting, positive way to get people talking and thinking about the world’s wildlife.
The world’s wildlife is in crisis. It’s an incredible world we live in, a far better place with these animals than without. I hope the New Big 5 can help bring attention and action for all the world’s wildlife, large and small, to stop these animals being lost.
I’m personally grateful to all the people who’ve given their time and energy to be part of the New Big 5 project.”
Graeme Green (Photographer / Founder, New Big 5)
The New Big 5 project is proud to be supported by photographers from the United States, UK, Kenya, China, Peru, Germany, Tanzania, Lebanon, Japan, Spain, Canada, South Africa, France, Mexico and around the world, including: Ami Vitale · Steve McCurry · Nick Brandt · Steve Winter · Brent Stirton · Shaaz Jung · Marina Cano · Greg du Toit · Xi Zhinong · Thomas D Mangelsen · Chris Packham · Marsel van Oosten · Daisy Gilardini · Bertie Gregory · Art Wolfe · Richard Peters · Christian Ziegler · Shannon Wild · Jonathan Scott · Angela Scott · Nelis Wolmarans · Charlie Hamilton James · Carole Deschuymere · Mattias A Klum · Craig Jones · Clement Wild · Ingo Arndt · Piper Mackay · Michel Zoghzoghi · Graeme Green · Suzi Eszterhas · Jen Guyton · Rodney Nombekana · Melissa Groo · Chris Schmid · James Balog · Will Burrard-Lucas · Gurcharan Roopra · Marlon du Toit · Alison Buttigieg · Shivang Mehta · Andy Parkinson · Christophe Courteau · Roeselien Raimond · Marco Gaiotti · Pedro Jarque Krebs · Sandesh Kadur · Laurent Baheux · David Lloyd · Federico Veronesi · Rathika Ramasamy · Tom Svensson · Hilary Hann · Thomas Vijayan · Ole Jorgen Liodden · Dereck Joubert · Beverly Joubert · Shibu Preman · Anja Denker · Staffan Widstrand · Usha Harish · Teeku Patel · Latika Nath · Peter Cairns · Celina Chien · Antonio Liebana · Priyanshi Bachhawat Nahata · Neville Ngomane · Jon Kasbe · Alejandro Prieto · Richard Ladkani · Andrew Schoeman · Richard Garvey-Williams · Shogo Asao.
We’re delighted to have the support of international wildlife lovers and ambassadors, including: Dr Jane Goodall · Moby · Djimon Hounsou · Pavan Sukhdev · Ben Fogle · Dr Paula Kahumbu · Joanna Lumley · Virginia McKenna · Eugenio Derbez · Dr M Sanjayan · Levison Wood · Jennifer Morgan · Carla Morrison · Iain Douglas-Hamilton · Jamie Joseph · Angela Sheldrick · Dr Tara Stoinski · Farwiza Farhan · Kevin Richardson · Kaddu Sebunya · Dr Laurie Marker · Geeta Seshamani · Cathy Dean · Dr Shivani Bhalla · Dickson Kaelo · Jeff Flocken · Nestor Allgas · Hans Ngoteya · Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka · Lameck Mkuburo · Trang Nguyen · Dr Jamartin Sihite · Irene Amoke · Kaluki Paul Mutuku · Ginger Cassady · Dominique Bikaba · Krista Wright · Dr Charudutt Mishra· Daniel Ole Sopia · Amy Dickman · Peter Lindsey · Helen Buckland · Dr Johan Marais · Dominique Gonçalves · Simon Clinton · Leif Cocks · Dr Zoavina Randriana · Ashley Leiman · David Kabambo · Keri Parker · Sharon Johnson · Stephanie Fennessy · CeCe Sieffert · Lucía Rodríguez Valverde · Frederic Launay · Tania Baltazar · Jackson Mbeke · Deborah Tabart · Suzanne Braden · Anna Tolan.
Charities / Organisations
The New Big 5 is a collaborative project with international charities, NGOs and community-run projects, many of whom have written articles or completed interviews for the New Big 5 website. They include: Save The Elephants · The Jane Goodall Institute · WWF · Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund · Greenpeace · Saving The Wild · Conservation International · African Wildlife Foundation · Polar Bears International · Lion Recovery Fund · Wildlife Direct · Born Free Foundation · WildAid · Youth4Nature · World Animal Protection · Cheetah Conservation Fund · International Union for Conservation of Nature · Save The Rhino International · Friends Of The Earth · Giraffe Conservation Foundation · Strong Roots Congo · Humane Society International · International Fund for Animal Welfare · Defenders Of Wildlife · Rainforest Action Network · Save Pangolins · World Conservation Society · Population Matters · 350 · BOS Foundation · Wildlife SOS · Kevin Richardson Foundation · HAkA · Save Wild Tigers · Galapagos Conservation Trust · Tanzanian Elephant Foundation · Snow Leopard Trust · Sumatran Orangutan Society · Conservation Through Public Health · Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association · Gorilla Doctors · The Orangutan Project · Neotropical Primate Conservation · Lemur Conservation Network · Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization · Peace For Conservation · Ewaso Lions · Sheldrick Wildlife Trust · Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi · Panthera · Saving The Survivors · Orangutan Foundation · Kenya Wildlife Trust · Pandas International · Grace Gorillas · International Rhino Foundation · Save The Koala · PETA · Chipembele · Gorongosa National Park · The Vegan Society · Ruaha Carnivore Project · Madagascar Dog Initiative · Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association.