May 21, 2021

New Big 5 short film released

We’re excited to announce our short film: New Big 5.

“The New Big 5 are icons of wildlife and powerful reminders of what we stand to lose if we don’t ramp up global conservation efforts.”

The film was produced by One Earth, the New Big 5 project and The Ellen Fund, with contributions from Dr Paula Kahumbu (WildlifeDirect), Dr Tara Stoinski (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International), Dr Shivani Bhalla (Ewaso Lions), Krista Wright (Polar Bears International), and Vivek Menon (Wildlife Trust of India and ifaw).

Featuring photography and video from Marsel van Oosten, Ami Vitale, Daisy Gilardini, Thomas Mangelsen, Marco Gaiotti Photography, Usha Harish, Shivang Mehta, Steve Winter, Marcus Westberg, Tom Svensson, Thomas Vijayan and Dave Sandford.

Please take a few moments to watch and please share the Youtube link on social media to help spread the word:

May 18, 2021

Results of the New Big 5 project’s global vote receiving international coverage

The results of year-long global vote to create a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography has been covered around the world, including UK, USA, Spain, India, South Africa, Canada and many more, in publications and on TV, including the BBC, Sky News, The Guardian, Forbes, CNN, BBC Earth, The Times, CBC Radio, Evening Standard, Euronews, Digital Camera, Nature In Focus, Wild Planet, Jornal Das Viagens, The Daily Mail, National Geographic Viajes, Sky Climate Show, BBC World News, The Hindu, Wanderlust, EcoWatch, Getaway, Adventure Travel News, El Norte, Green Matters, Observador…

Check out the interview with British wildlife photographer and New Big 5 project founder Graeme Green on BBC Breakfast from the UK.

May 17, 2021

Results of the global vote to create a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography have been announced

Photos by David Lloyd, Dave Sandford, Piper Mackay, Sandesh Kadur and Vladimir Cech Jr

Wildlife lovers around the world have created a New Big 5. Find out more about the 5 animals included in the New Big 5 HERE

Jane Goodall: “We now have the results of the New Big 5 project. These 5 animals are such beautiful and remarkable species, and are wonderful ambassadors for the world’s wildlife, from iconic species to little-known frogs, lizards, fish and birds. So many face threats to their survival from issues such as poaching, habitat loss and climate change.

A million species are at risk of extinction. If we work together, we can stop this happening. There is always hope. Change is possible if we each play our part.”

April 21, 2021

Voting is now closed. We will be announcing the results of the year-long global vote to create a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography, rather than hunting, on May 17, 2021…

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Apr 01, 2021

New Big 5 vote set to close April 20, 2021

Photo by David Lloyd

The year-long global vote to create a New Big 5 of wildlife photography will close on April 20.

Which animals will make the final 5?

This is your last chance to vote for the animals you want to be included in the New Big 5.

Results will be announced May 17, 2021.

Feb 24, 2021

Together we’re stronger – announcing new supporters for the New Big 5 project

We’re delighted to announce that more of the world’s leading photographers and conservationists have joined the New Big 5 team, supporting the project and our mission to highlight wildlife issues worldwide.

New additions include Jasper Does, Elizabeth Tolu Ojo (ALU), Karabo LeBronpeter Moilwa, Gunjan Menon, Marcus Westberg, Drew Hamilton, Dave Sandford, Anette Mossbacher, Will Fortescue, Bjorn Persson, Christine Macsween (LionAid) and Jonathan Kaelo…

Check out their personal wildlife choices for the New Big 5 here:

Nov 09, 2020

Prints For Nature fundraiser

Photo by Ami Vitale

The Prints For Nature print sale is now live. The print sale has been set up by Nat Geo photojournalist Ami Vitale and includes work by more than 85 wildlife and nature photographers from around the world, including Jasper Doest, Brent Stirton, Tony Wu, Ronan Donovan, Melissa Groo, Steve Winter, Marina Cano, Shaaz Jung, Jimmy Chin, Joel Sartore, Anand Varma and New Big 5 founder Graeme Green. 100% of the proceeds of the sale will go to Conservation International, who work to protect wildlife, biodiversity, ecosystems and human wellbeing around the world.  

Check out all the photos and buy your prints here:

The sale ends on Dec 10, 2020.

This print sale is not a New Big 5-run initiative, but we’re happy to help spread the word for this fantastic cause. Money for conservation and people working to protect wildlife is needed now more than ever.

Oct 05, 2020

Getting the word out

Newspapers, magazines and websites around the world continue to help get the word out about the New Big 5 project and the many threats facing the world’s wildlife, including poaching, habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and climate change.

We’re grateful for the support of Digital Photographer magazine, BBC Wildlife magazine, Wild Lens magazine, Outdoor Photographer magazine, EOS magazine, Swara magazine, Latitudes magazine and many more who’ve run fantastic articles about the New Big 5 project recently.

Please help spread the word about the New Big 5 project by sharing articles, interviews and galleries on social media #newbig5

Sept 21, 2020

Stronger together

We’re delighted to have been joined by many more supporters of the New Big 5 project from around the world, including Ella Eyre, Irene Amoke (Kenya Wildlife Trust), Dr Johan Marais (Saving The Survivors), Peter Lindsey (Lion Recovery Fund), Kaluki Paul Mutuku (Youth4Nature)…

Check all all their interviews, talking about the 5 animals that make up their personal ‘New Big 5’ choices, here:

Sept 03, 2020

New interviews, articles and photo galleries

Take a look at all our new interviews, articles and photo galleries, including our interview with Thandiwe Mweetwa from the Zambian Carnivore Project, everything you need to know about wolves by from Defenders Of Wildlife, Dickson Kaolo on conservancies and the importance of local people in wildlife protection, conservancy system, 12 of the world’s best wildlife holidays, and Roar Power, an incredible set of lion photos from Marsel van Oosten, Angela Scott, Yaron Schmid, Atonio Liebana, Steve Winter and many more.

Aug 07, 2020

New arrivals

The New Big 5 project is very happy to welcome new supporters, including Jamie Joseph (Saving The Wild), Paul Hilton, Celina Chien, Paul Goldstein, Shibu Preman, Doug Allan, Priyanshi Bachhawat Nahata, Chris Schmid… We really appreciate how photographers and conservationists around the world are giving their backing to this international initiative, helping us create a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography and raise awareness about wildlife issues.

Check out their personal ‘New Big 5’ choices and their incredible photography here:

July 31, 2020

Prints For Wildlife fundraiser

Photo by Thomas Vijayan

Prints For Wildlife, a new fundraising initiative, is now live. The print sale has been set up by photographers Marion Payr and Pie Aerts, with more than 50 wildlife photographers from around the world each donating one limited fine art print to the fundraiser, which will be sold for $100 dollars. ⁠

COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on protected areas in Africa. The pandemic has brought the international tourism sector to a halt, along with critical revenue for wildlife conservation and communities.⁠

This is not a New Big 5-run project but we’re happy to help promote this great cause. Many of the photographers donating photos to the print sale are also supporting the New Big 5 project, including New Big 5 founder Graeme Green, Thomas Mangelsen, Thomas Mangelsen, Shaaz Jung, Chris Schmid, Marlon du Toit, Will Burrard-Lucas, Marina Cano, Federico Veronesi, Thomas Vijayan, Shannon Wild, Gurcharan Roopra, Daisy Gilardini, Richard Peters, Marsel van Oosten and more.

Take a look at all the prints available to buy here:

June 02, 2020

COVID-19 crisis

Photo from Tsavo Trust

We’ve talked to conservationists around the world, including African Wildlife Foundation, Tsavo Trust, Conservation Through Public Health and the Orangutan Foundation, to look at how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting animals, conservation and people in national parks and wildlife areas around the world.

Please check out the article here:

May 21, 2020

World goes wild for the New Big 5 project

Since launching just one month ago, the New Big 5 project has had an incredible response from around the world.

The project has been covered in newspapers, magazines and websites in the UK, USA, China, Australia, France and beyond, including The Guardian, Forbes, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, South China Morning Post, GEO, The New Daily, Travel Africa, Culture Trip, Wild Planet, i Paper, Evening Standard, The Herald Sun, The Daily Mail, The East African, Capture, Forbes, Matador Network, Australian Photography, Photo Review and many more.

We’ve received messages from as far and wide as the UK, US, India, Kenya, Australia, Cambodia, Haiti, South Africa, Peru…, and heard from photographers, film-makers, charities, designers and wildlife lovers.

Thank you to everyone for your support.

The New Big 5 project is just getting started.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the articles, interviews and podcasts on this website on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media.


Tell your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to vote.

April 20, 2020

New Big 5 project launches. Voting now open.

Photo by Graeme Green

The international initiative is alive and kicking. We’re creating a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography, rather than hunting. Shooting with a camera, not a gun.

Around the world, people can vote for the 5 animals they’d like to be included in the New Big 5.

The initiative is supported by more than 100 of the world’s leading photographers, conservationists and wildlife lovers, including Dr Jane Goodall, Ami Vitale, Moby, Steve McCurry, Steve Winter, Tim Laman, Art Wolfe, Brent Stirton, Djimon Hounsou, Marsel van Oosten, Bertie Gregory, Dr Paula Kahumbu, Joanna Lumley, Joel Sartore, Sandesh Kadur, Greg du Toit, Daisy Gilardini, Thomas D Mangelsen, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Shaaz Jung, Pavan Sukhdev, Virginia McKenna, Nick Brandt, Ben Fogle, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Jen Guyton, Clement Wild, Will Burrard-Lucas, Eugenio Derbez, Levison Wood, and organisations, including Save The Elephants, WWF, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation, Wildlife SOS, Humane Society International, Orangutan Foundation, IUCN, Conservation International, Polar Bears International, HAkA, Wildlife Direct, Defenders Of Wildlife and Greenpeace…

“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. Any project that brings attention to animals, so many of whom are threatened or endangered, is truly important.”

Dr Jane Goodall (The Jane Goodall Institute)

Which animals will make the New Big 5?

In 2020’s dark and difficult times, this is an exciting, positive project. But it has a serious message: 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 icons to ‘unsung heroes’ and little-known cats, frogs, birds, lizards and other species, each too valuable to lose.

It’s not too late yet. Change is possible.

Help us spread the word around the world about the New Big 5 project: #newbig5

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