Meet the New ‘Big 5’ of Wildlife Photography
The New Big 5 project has been announced. A list of animals for wildlife photographers to capture.
A couple of years since we first heard about the New Big 5 project, and now, it is back as the ‘New Big 5’ that features five animals for wildlife photographers to capture.
Historically the term has roots in the colonial era and was used by trophy hunters in Africa when referring to the five most prized and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. This group consisted of the elephant, polar bear, gorilla, lion and tiger.
The New Big 5 project focuses on reclaiming the term for conservation purposes. This project is supported by over 250 prominent photographers, conservationists and wildlife charities.
ANIMAL CONSERVATION THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
More than 50,000 people cast their votes, and it is announced that an elephant, lion, polar bear, gorilla and tiger are the new Big 5. They are keystone species listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable.
One of the hopes of the project is that it will further encourage photographic tourism globally.
Photographer Graeme Green, who organised the initiative, said it could bring money to pay for conservation work that benefits animals on the wildlife bucket list, creating a positive alternative to trophy hunting.
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