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Mission

We Animals Media (WAM) brings visibility to hidden animals through compelling photo and videojournalism. As the world’s leading animal photojournalism agency, it is our mission to document the stories of animals in the human environment — those used for food, fashion, entertainment, and experimentation — and to connect those stories to the individuals and organizations who can amplify their reach.

Our growing network of award-winning photographers and videographers extends throughout the world, capturing images from a broad and diverse spectrum of animal industries. Together, we have created the world’s most comprehensive collection of animal photojournalism. This globally accessible resource is made available for free to anyone working to inspire compassion, conversation and change.

For more information on how We Animals Media plans to expand its impact in the years ahead, please explore the We Animals Media 2020-2021 Strategic Plan

History

In 1998, while backpacking through Ecuador, Jo-Anne McArthur passed a house where a monkey was tied to a windowsill by a short chain. The monkey was small enough to be able to move back and forth between the security bars on the window and had been trained to pick the pockets of passersby, and drop the loot inside the house. Tourists would stop to take photos while the monkey reached inside people’s pockets. Everyone present seemed to find this hilarious except for McArthur, who thought it was humiliating and belittling for the monkey and the humans around him. Surely there could be ways to relate to animals that were more honest, less exploitative and more informative than this.

McArthur’s interaction with the monkey and the humans laughing at him planted the seed for her career in photojournalism. Since then, she’s travelled to over fifty countries, documenting animals trapped in the human world: animals in zoos and on factory farms, at animal fairs and in puppy mills, in sanctuaries and circuses; as well as images of the people who stand up for animals.

In 2003, McArthur officially launched the We Animals project. The images and stories of animals that our society tries so hard to keep in the dark have inspired countless others not just to look at these animals, but to truly see them.

In 2013, McArthur was the subject of Liz Marshall’s award-winning documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine, and in 2014 published her first book, entitled We Animals.

In 2016, McArthur teamed up with Brock University Professor Keri Cronin to launch the Unbound Project, a documentary project recognizing and celebrating women working at the forefront of animal advocacy. Unbound has since come under the We Animals umbrella and continues to tell the stories of women changing the world for animals.

Also in 2016, We Animals became a completely donor-based project, growing into a small organization with the addition of our first staff members. We’re excited to continue on our journey with a growing team and larger, focused projects.

In 2017, McArthur’s second book, Captive, was published. The team launched the We Animals Archive, which has evolved to stock.weanimalsmedia.org and continues to offer thousands of visuals for free to anyone working to inspire compassion, conversation, and change.

In 2019, We Animals relaunched as We Animals Media (WAM): a media agency focused on the stories of animals trapped in the human world.

Our Team

Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne McArthur

Founder, President, and Board Member

Jo-Anne is an award-winning photojournalist, sought-after speaker, and the founder of We Animals Media. She has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for almost two decades. She is the author of three books, We Animals (2014), Captive (2017), and HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020) and was the subject of Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall’s acclaimed documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine. Jo-Anne is based in Toronto, Canada and travels many months each year to document and share the stories of animals worldwide.
Kale Ridsdale

Kale Ridsdale

Managing Director

As Managing Director of We Animals Media, Kale provides leadership for the implementation of WAM’s strategic activities and oversees the organization’s people operations. Kale joined WAM in spring of 2019 as Director of Operations and has led the organization in its growth from grassroots to an expanding international nonprofit photojournalism agency. Prior to joining WAM Kale worked in the social sector for nearly a decade in project management, and program design and evaluation before reorienting her career towards the problem of factory farming and animal suffering.  Kale holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from University College Dublin and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University. Kale is based in Toronto, Canada.

Belinda Davis

Belinda Davis

Fundraising Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Belinda has been volunteering with animal organizations for 15 years and while her experience is broad, her passion lies with volunteering at farm animal sanctuaries. Belinda has a background in science with a PhD in molecular biology and microbiology, but followed her passion in 2013 and moved to Thailand to work for Soi Dog Foundation, helping stray dogs and cats. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Belinda now lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends her spare time volunteering at Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, fostering cats and traveling, usually with the aim of seeing wildlife. 
Victoria de Martigny

Victoria de Martigny

Digital Asset Manager and Fieldwork Coordinator

Victoria is a photographer, business consultant, active animal rights activist and a part-time cat wrangler to the plethora of rescue cats who share her Montreal home with her and her husband. She brings more than a decade of experience leading large multi-national corporations through start-up, accelerated growth, acquisition, change and revitalization. Having run her own successful photography business for 12 years, Victoria also possesses an excellent understanding of photography and a proficiency for photographic archiving.  She is passionate about the mission of We Animals and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this important work that both connects us with our fellow earthlings and inspires lasting change.
Sarah Janson

Sarah Janson

Book Coordinator

Sarah is a passionate and devoted advocate for animal rights. She founded her business Little by Little IC, which partners with individuals, as well as animal advocacy focused organizations to manage and support various projects, events, and fundraising initiatives. She is profoundly grateful to be working with the We Animals Media team, helping shed light on the hidden suffering of animals. In her free time, Sarah loves to be in nature with her wife, tiny human and two energetic dogs.
Torrance McCartney

Torrance McCartney

Coordinator, The Unbound Project

Torrance McCartney has been an advocate for animal rights and vegan philosophy since childhood. Having dedicated much of her life to animal welfare, Torrance has volunteered countless hours to animal fostering/caregiving, animal sanctuaries and advocacy organizations worldwide. She brings over 5 years of experience in large-scale project coordination, a passion for inspired teamwork and a commitment to creating a world where respect and freedom are the birthrights of all sentient beings.
Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Web Developer

Steve has been a technology consultant and web application developer for two decades, helping teams of all sizes leverage technology to support their businesses and achieve their goals. A pragmatic technophile, Steve is also an avid science fiction writer, living just outside of Toronto.
Sally Thompson

Sally Thompson

Content Manager

Sally is a UK-based animal advocate with a passion for communication. She studied environmental and physical geography at the University of Worcester and has been involved in activism for ten years now—her work has spanned from grassroots community organizing to online campaigning and content creation. Before joining the We Animals team, Sally worked in marketing and communications at Veganuary and VegFund. A great believer in the power of collaboration, she is hugely thankful to be working alongside such a dedicated team of advocates striving towards a more just and compassionate world for all.
Warren Bowen

Warren Bowen

Communications and Marketing Manager

When he was nine, Warren saw grainy investigative footage of an industrial pig farm for the first time. The next day he was vegetarian. Over the last fifteen years, Warren has supported animal liberation through various projects and strategies, and as a published writer and seasoned educator, he brings clear and persuasive communication to We Animals Media. He could not be happier to work alongside such a talented team and knows firsthand the power one video has to change someone’s life forever.
Eva von Jagow

Eva von Jagow

Social Media Manager

Eva is a passionate vegan and animal rights advocate. She holds a degree from McGill University and brings over five years of non-profit and marketing experience to the team. Eva is elated to be a part of the WAM team, as she credits animal photojournalism and investigative journalism for catalyzing her vegan journey many years ago.
Stephanie Faye

Stephanie Faye

Brand Manager

Stephanie started off studying and working in traditional animation until she realized she preferred to work with images that didn’t move, and began focusing on graphic design instead. She has over 10 years experience as a freelance designer specializing in branding, packaging and promotion design, and is thrilled to be part of the We Animals team where she can devote her skills to such a tremendous cause. Raised in Southern Ontario, she now calls B.C. her home.

Our Contributors

Aaron Gekoski - Philippines
Photojournalist and Filmmaker

Aaron is an environmental photojournalist, filmmaker and TV presenter, specializing in human-animal conflict. He has hosted films across a number of networks and aims to make conservation accessible to all through entertaining and educational content. Aaron is founder and lead investigator at Raise the Red Flag, a global campaign to end cruelty in the Wildlife Tourism industry. His articles and images regularly appear in the international press and have won numerous awards, including the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

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Adam Oswell - Thailand
Photographer

For over 20 years, Australian photographer Adam Oswell has specialised in covering the wildlife trade and protection issues. His photography has appeared in a wide range of international media including Geographical, Science, The Guardian, Getty Images, Bloomberg News, TIME, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald and Asian Geographic. He has also contributed to the BBC, ABC Australia, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Off the Fence Productions, Icon Films, TRAFFIC, WWF International and the United Nations Development Program. Adam is a contributing photographer to Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™, and produced the book Black Market – Inside the Endangered Species Trade in Asia, an extensive examination of the international wildlife trade.

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Alex Lockwood - UK
Filmmaker

“I’m a passionate documentary and narrative film maker with a focus on issues of ethics. I recently received a BAFTA win for my documentary 73 Cows which was a no budget short film. It’s hugely important to me that I work on the right kind of project. Ultimately, films have a huge impact on the world, and the idea that through film I myself could make an impact is the reason I make films.”

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Amy Jones - UK
Photographer

Amy Jones is the photographer behind Moving Animals, a photojournalism and media project she co-founded with her partner Paul Healey in 2018. Since then, Amy and Paul have worked on the ground to document everything from slaughterhouses to zoos across seven different countries, combining photography, video and journalism to tell animals’ stories in mainstream media. Amy’s visuals and stories have been published in over 150 publications worldwide including The Guardian and The Independent. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature in 2015, she spent the following years producing visual media for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK. By editing PETA’s undercover investigations, Amy saw first-hand the impact such visuals have on changing people’s mindsets towards animals. She hopes that her work allows others to look through a different lens: “one which views animals as individuals, rather than as commodities or property.”

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Andrew Skowron - Poland
Photographer

Animal photographer Andrew Skowron worked as a photo reporter in media for 14 years, followed by eight years focusing on farm animal photography, starting with a major project on live animal transport. After quitting media work altogether, he decided to dedicate his photography to the fight for animal rights, working for two animal advocacy organisations in Poland, Otwarte Klatki and Anima International. Through his work, Andrew is committed to revealing how animals are treated, the conditions they live in, and how they are transported and ultimately killed for human consumption. Through his images, Andrew tries to “make visible the blurry line between being a living being and a product.” His work has been published by National Geographic Polska, Bored Panda, Publico, Gaia and other international titles, and are used in animal rights campaigns all over the world.

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Anipixels - India
Photographer

Anipixels is an animal rescuer, bird rehabber and the founder of Anipixels.com. As a long-term vegan advocate living in India, Anipixels is also a self-taught photographer who started taking photographs while touring the country to document rescued street animals. The idea of the Anipixels image database came as a result of scouring the internet in order to make a photographic display about animal exploitation. By 2019, Anipixels had obtained a few thousand images of animals from all over India and Anipixels.com was launched, providing anyone working for animal protection instant access to free high-res photos of everything from street animals to farmed animals and wildlife. Anipixels is proud to have developed a comprehensive database to aid animal protection for all species in India.

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Bridget Laudien - USA
Photographer

Bridget Laudien is a portrait photographer whose work has varied greatly over the course of her career, which spans nearly two decades. She uses long term projects to draw awareness to the aspects of life she is most passionate about. Lifers began in 2009 as an ongoing exploration into the oppressive and paradoxical nature of zoos and aquaria through animal photojournalism. Bridget holds a Bachelor of Arts in photography; her work has been published and internationally exhibited. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and rescue dog.

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Chris Shoebridge - UK
Photographer, Filmmaker and Activist

Chris is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker based in the UK and Europe. Originally working with organizations like the BBC, the National Trust and Swim England, Chris is now focused on animal protection and veganism, producing short documentaries, undercover investigations and promotional films to help bring about a kinder world. His work has appeared internationally, in more than thirty magazines, and has been exhibited at the BFI in London.

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Doug Gimesy - Australia
Conservation and Wildlife Photojournalist

Doug is a professional conservation and wildlife photojournalist who focuses on Australian issues. A Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), his clients include National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, bioGraphic, Australian Geographic, Audubon, and various newspapers. Initially graduating with a B.Sc in zoology and microbiology, he also holds a Masters of Environment, a Masters of Bioethics, and a Diploma of Education. Photographic achievements include winning the inaugural Wildscreen Panda award (2108) as well as being a finalist several times in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the BigPicture Natural World and Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competitions.

Believing people should focus on the issues they care deeply about and those that are close to home, his recent work has focused on the conservation and animal welfare issues that face the platypus and the Grey-headed Flying-fox. Most recently, Doug has directly facilitated:

i) the banning of platypus-drowning fishing (Opera House) nets in his state of Victoria.

ii) the listing of the platypus as a vulnerable species in his state of Victoria, triggering a number of state protections in addition to raising awareness nationally for their plight.

iii) the banning ( based on animal welfare impacts) of barbed-wire from his local council area

He also he recently launched (with his partner Heather Kiley) a children’s book on Grey-headed Flying-foxes titled ‘Life Upside Down’, to try and build awareness and empathy for this often misunderstood species.

Doug’s current projects include; covering the cruel, illegal reptile trade out of Australia, the impact of bushfires and floods, and an ongoing series of portraits called ‘Wildlife Warriors, Conservation Champions and Animal Advocates’.

His hope is that the images and information he shares will inspire people to stop, think, and treat the world more kindly.

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Dulce Ramírez - Mexico
Photographer

The executive director of Igualdad Animal Mexico since 2012, Dulce Ramirez has been an animal rights activist for over a decade.She has created successful campaigns promoting compassionate plant-based diets to reduce consumption of animal products. Dulce has lobbied federal and state legislation criminalizing animal cruelty, including abolishing animal circuses and bullfighting, as well as initiatives to include farm animals in Mexico’s current animal protection laws. She has led a team of undercover investigators and served as an investigator documenting the abuses and cruelty of industrial animal agriculture in Mexico.

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Francesco Ceccarelli - Italy
Videographer

Francesco Ceccarelli is the investigations manager at Essere Animali.

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Francesco Pistilli - Italy
Photographer and Videographer

Francesco Pistilli is an Italian freelance photojournalist and videographer whose work has been published widely in international magazines and newspapers. He is the recipient of the World Press Photo award 2018 for his series, Lives in Limbo. Francesco’s assignments have taken him across Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He has worked with several NGOs, including Open Society Foundations, Action.org, Emergency (IT) and Greenpeace Philippines. Francesco’s photography has been featured in leading international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Politico, Wired, TIME, Elle, Vanity Fair, as well as by the BBC.

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Gabriela Penela - Chile
Photographer

Gabriela Penela is a Chilean photographer, animal rights activist and founder of the project “El Foco Animal“. In 2010 she started to create a visual record of the conditions animals were forced to live in across various agricultural industries. Since 2015, her work has mainly focused on portraying rescued farm animals who are now permanent residents of “Santuario Igualdad“. Her work exposes what animals are subjected to in the name of industry and provides a glimpse into the unique personalities of the individuals who were rescued from these places. Her goal is to send an encouraging message and to promote empathy while raising awareness about how these sentient beings who want to live in peace are treated as nothing more than commodities.

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Gav Wheatley - Australia
Photographer and Videographer

A photographer and videographer by trade, Gav Wheatley devotes their time to helping animals by documenting their plight to effect change at a legislative level. Through Gav‘s lens, and a unique focus on the eyes of each individual, we see the animal for who they are and a glimpse into their personality, emotion and experience.

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Jo-Anne McArthur - Canada
Animal Photographer

HIDDEN creator and co-editor Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist, who has been documenting the hidden lives of animals for nearly two decades. In that time, she has travelled to over 60 countries to photograph people’s complex and disturbing treatment of animals for her non-profit organization, We Animals Media. Jo-Anne is the recipient of many awards for her photography, including the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award, from the Natural History Museum, London. An acclaimed speaker, she speaks internationally on the topics of the human-animal relationship, social change, and empathy. Jo-Anne makes her work freely available to anyone advocating for animals via the We Animals Archive. HIDDEN is Jo-Anne’s third book.

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Jonás Amadeo Lucas - Spain
Photographer

Jonás Amadeo Lucas has been helping animals in different fields and areas for more than ten years, conducting rescues and investigations in over 30 countries. He has been an investigative photographer for Animal Equality, PETA, Animal Angels and the Parliament of the European Union, with publication in National Geographic, The Times, and other international media. Jon has an MBA in Business Management and a Masters in International Trade, and founded the first animal sanctuary of Spain: El Hogar ProVegan. He is currently the director of the ProVegan Foundation in Spain, and acts as a consultant for different initiatives around the world.

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Juho Kerola - Finland
Photographer

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Finland, Juho Kerola crossed paths with animal rights activism later in life than many, and found his niche in direct investigations and photojournalism as the most effective tool for change. In Finland, Juho is best known for slaughterhouse investigations and photographs of dairy, poultry and pig farms. Since 2016, his photographs from Finnish fur farms have reached an international audience with publication in many major print and online outlets.

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Julie O'Neil - Canada

Photojournalist

Inspired by the power of photography, Julie O’Neill uses her camera to expose the exploitation of animals around the world. Since receiving a bachelor of photography in 2003, she has documented the endless suffering of animals of all species in a wide variety of circumstances. To counterbalance the pain she has witnessed, she has volunteered with many organisations that rescue animals and work to change people’s hearts and minds. Julie and her family have recently purchased a large piece of forest in Canada, where, for decades, animals were hunted and killed. Now, she says, “this land has been transformed into a place of protection, refuge and peace for animals and humans alike.”

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Justin Mott - Vietnam / USA

Wildlife Photojournalist Justin Mott is an avid animal welfare advocate and in 2018 pivoted the focus of his work to wildlife photojournalism and conservation photography. He is currently working on his long-term global personal project titled Kindred Guardians. The project focuses on documenting people around the world who dedicate their lives to animal conservation and welfare and has been featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Smithsonian, Greenpeace, and Leica’s global website. Mott has shot over 100 assignments for the New York Times and resides in Vietnam and covers assignments globally.

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Kelly Guerin - USA
Documentary filmmaker and photographer

Kelly Guerin is a documentary filmmaker and photographer who has been directing, shooting, and editing around the world since 2014. She works independently, as well as in partnership with We Animals Media and other animal protection organizations, to tell stories ranging in topics from factory farming, environmental protection, and the shared path of human and animal rights. Kelly is based in Durham, NC, happy with a small flock of misfit rescue animals.

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Kelsey Hannah - Australia
Photographer

Kelsey Hannah is a self-taught photographer and the person behind the photojournalism project Animals Uncovered, which was established in 2016 when she started taking photos of animals destined for slaughter outside of abattoirs. Since then, Kelsey has worked independently and with grassroots organisations, photographing animals used for food and entertainment within Australia. Many of Kelsey’s images have been used in campaigns and resources by animal advocacy organisations, including Animal Liberation, PETA Australia and the Animal Save Movement. Kelsey hopes to connect the viewer with the animals she photographs and for them “to be seen as the individuals they are, each inherently deserving of freedom.”

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Konrad Lozinski - Poland
Photographer

A Polish animal rights activist and photographer, Konrad Lozinski is a regular contributor to animal rights campaigns by Otwarte Klatki (Anima International), Animal Equality, Vegan Outreach, Animal Justice Project and many more. Whenever possible, he also complements his images with his words, writing about anti-fur campaigns and welfare issues, or interviewing other activists. Konrad’s photography focuses on undercover investigations of animal exploitation on factory farms. Most of these are conducted as part of assignments for animal rights groups, while others are done as independent projects. The key principle of Konrad’s subversive work is the representation of animals as individuals.

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Kristo Muurimaa - Finland
Photographer

Kristo Muurimaa has worked as an animal rights investigator since 2006. While he professes not to know much about framing an image and sometimes struggles to get the exposure right, he’ll “stubbornly wade through snow, swamps and manure to photograph the dark corners of our relationship with animals.” Kristo’s photography gained global attention in 2017 when his images of “monster foxes” on Finnish fur farms were published widely in international titles, including Newsweek, Mail Online and The Mirror. He is also the author of Animal Factories, a photobook on the relationship between humans and non-human animals.

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Lissy Jayne - Australia

Photographer

Lissy Jayne felt a passion for social justice from an early age, pursuing studies in psychology, social work and sociology. Having grown up in the company of native species on a wildlife reserve in South Australia, she developed a special connection with animals and began contributing to investigations into animal exploitation industries. Two years later, Lissy founded Bear Witness Australia to expand her photojournalistic work in the animal advocacy field. She went on to work as assistant director in the exposé-style documentary film, Dominion, released in 2018. Lissy continues to operate Bear Witness Australia, documenting the stories of animals imprisoned on farms, slaughterhouses, hatcheries, rodeos and zoos across Australia. Her aim is to “raise awareness of the spectrum of exploitative situations which arise as a natural consequence of denying animals their inherent moral rights.”

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Louise Jorgensen - Canada
Photographer

An animal rights activist and graphic artist, Louise Jorgensen has worked on advertising and website development projects and donated her skills to the creation of public transit ads, billboards, and websites for animal rights campaigns. After moving to a rural part of Canada, she saw first-hand the reality faced by animals raised for food on farms, sold at auction and sent to slaughterhouses. As a self-taught photographer, Louise focuses on individual animals to help others see them with a new perspective: “as unique persons with a capacity to suffer that is equal to our own.” In 2018, she was nominated for the Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award. Louise is a mother to three sons, a guardian of four dogs, and her home is a sanctuary to rescue dogs and small animals liberated from our food system.

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Luis Tato - Kenya
Photojournalist

Luis Tato is a photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He began his visual education studying different drawing and painting techniques and later received a degree in audiovisual communication. His photography career began while covering Spain’s financial crisis for print media, news agencies and several NGOs. Since then, Luis has been a regular contributor to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, while combining his work as a wire photographer covering East Africa for Agence France-Presse. His work has been published in numerous international titles, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, Financial Times, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, El País and El Mundo. His awards include first place prizes from Pictures of the Year International (POYI) and The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Award.

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Miguel Endara - USA
Filmmaker and Director

Miguel Endara is a director, filmmaker and co-founder of Vidara Films, a film production company dedicated to creating films about veganism and animal rights. Through his work, he hopes to expose truths, challenge norms, and show us realities that will help make the world a better, more humane place.

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Nikki Ritcher - USA
Photographer

Throughout her 20 years experience, Nikki has created a vast photographic portfolio ranging from corporate conferences, portraiture, outdoor lifestyle, and company branding. During COVID-19, Nikki was able to shift her photographic efforts to passion-driven documentary projects focused on conservation and animal advocacy.

Fighting for our planet and our oceans, she volunteers on direct action campaigns with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as their on-board photographer. At home in her community, she’s an active search and rescue volunteer where she currently resides in Northern California with her partner and dog.

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Patricia Seaton - Canada

Photographer / Videographer

Patricia is a Canadian artist, photographer and videographer who has achieved her BA, BFA and MFA. While focusing on wildlife rescue, Patricia quickly learned that every animal in a rescue is the product of human interference. As habitats continue to dwindle, non-human beings are struggling to survive. Her current work focuses on Government culls: animals living on the edge between survival and slaughter. Patricia wants her work to shine a light on animals being condemned for human problems. In addition, Patricia has turned her camera on to the people who roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of rescue, dedicated individuals who sacrifice it all for their chosen species.

Her images have supported the efforts of The Mad Dog Initiative (Madagascar), Hope for Wildlife, FLAP, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and The National Wildlife Centre.

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Paul Hilton - UK / Australia / Hong Kong
Conservation Photojournalist

Paul Hilton is a conservation photojournalist and film-maker based in Hong Kong. His fearlessness and passion have taken him across the globe, following wildlife trade industries from fishing ports in Yemen and the Middle East to the Pacific high seas, as well as documenting deforestation and land clearing for palm oil in Indonesia. His undercover footage of the illegal wildlife trade featured heavily in the 2015 film, Racing Extinction. In partnership with Wild Aid and Manta Trust, Paul set up the Manta Ray of Hope project to document the plight of the great rays and to investigate the use of gill-rakers in traditional Chinese medicine. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a contributor to Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™ and recipient of numerous awards, including prizes from World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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Roger Kingbird - USA
Photographer & Veterinarian

Roger Kingbird has worked as a veterinarian in the United States for 20 years. He believes that compassion, beneficence and a capacity to value the individual lives of all animals must be the foundation of veterinary medicine. Kingbird provides care and advocacy for vulnerable animals whose plight is hidden from the public’s view. He is currently studying to be a humane educator and writer, and aspires to cultivate greater respect among humans for the innate dignity and sentience of every living being.

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Sabine Grootendorst - Netherlands
Photographer

An important factor in the photography of Sabine Grootendorst is what she calls her honest interest in the topics she documents. “As a child, I was always interested in animals,” she says. “Growing up, these interests also grew up. Themes about animals and nature turned into interests in sustainability, the ecosystem, the human footprint, the future of our food and the future of our planet in general.” A graduate of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, Sabine is passionate about using her images to connect a larger audience to these topics. “These days it is easy to be critical, we all are, and we all should be. It seems harder to find a solution, especially when we seem to be comfortable with only knowing one side of the story. My work is intended to shake this up a bit. When we are open to new perspectives the process of change seems a bit closer.”

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Selene Magnolia - Germany
Photojournalist

Selene Magnolia is an Italian freelance photojournalist and investigator. With a background in grassroots activism, her work spans issues relating to social justice, anthropology, human rights, feminism, animals, the environment and food production.

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Stefano Belacchi - Italy
Photographer

Stefano Belacchi was 20 and a politically active student when he started taking part in animal rights campaigns in Italy. After a few years of local campaigns against fur, vivisection and other actions, he co-founded the animal rights group, Essere Animali (Being Animals). Stefano has been working with them for several years, participating as a photographer in their investigations. In recent years, he has also worked with Animal Equality on investigations into chicken farms in Italy, and with Aussie Farms on the documentary film about animal exploitation in Australia, Dominion,. In 2017, with the philosopher Benedetta Piazzesi, Stefano published Un Incontro Mancato (A Missed Meeting), an essay about animal rights photo-reporting. Stefano also works as a hiking guide in the forests and mountains of central and northern Italy. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing around Italy.

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Timo Stammberger - Germany
Documentary Photographer

Documentary photographer Timo Stammberger grew up in Hamburg and Frankfurt/Main, then studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, where he now lives. Through his work, Timo focuses on contemporary social issues, striving to make visible the discrimination faced by humans and non-human animals. His striking projects focusing on industrial farming include The Lives of Others, Habitat, Tools, and Duck for Christmas. Timo’s work has been published in European print and online media, including Metropolis Magazine, Spiegel Online, Fluter, Greenpeace Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Surprise Magazine and der Freitag. His photographic clients also include the International Rescue Committee and Berliner Stadtmission.

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Tom Woollard - UK
Photographer & Masterclass Alumni

Tom Woollard is a freelance photographer based in Yorkshire, UK. Having traveled to many countries as a commercial, editorial & documentary photographer, since becoming vegan and diving into grassroots activism he is now putting the teachings of the We Animals Masterclass into action; using the medium of photography as a contribution to the animal justice & liberation movement as well as issues of social change.

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Victoria de Martigny - Canada
Photographer

Victoria de Martigny is a Canadian freelance photographer and animal rights activist based in Montreal. Her photography is aimed at inspiring people to become more active in their efforts to help animals and to expose the reality that animals are subjected to in animal exploitation industries. She is a board member of SAFE, a Quebec farm animal sanctuary and is a member of the Animal Protection Party of Canada, North America’s first political party dedicated solely to the protection of all animals and the environment.

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Our Board of Directors

Lisa Kramer

Lisa Kramer

Lisa Kramer is a behavioural economist and professor of finance at the University of Toronto. Her research, which has been published in leading scholarly journals, spans a wide range of topics including the role of human nature in shaping consumer decisions and the harms that arise from using non-human animals in medical research. Her work has been extensively profiled by the Canadian and international press, and she has written op-eds and columns for outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail. In her spare time she enjoys photographing animals, both human and non-human, in their natural habitats.
Kelly Thornton

Kelly Thornton

With a background in journalism and history, Kelly’s career in communications and community engagement is rooted in activism. Her short time as a meat packer in the 1990s inspired Kelly’s community focus to burst wide open to include animal justice and labour rights.  A chance meeting with Jo-Anne McArthur a decade later made a diehard supporter of Kelly and her connection to We Animals has remained a constant ever since. Kelly is a graduate of Carleton University, works as a community engagement manager at Metrolinx, and lives in Toronto with her partner and their three dogs.
Ziya Tong

Ziya Tong

Award-winning broadcaster Ziya Tong anchored Daily Planet, Discovery Channel’s flagship science program, until its final season in 2018. Tong also hosted the CBC’s Emmy-nominated series ZeD, PBS’s national prime-time series, Wired Science, and worked as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS. In the spring of 2019, she participated in CBC’s annual “battle of the books”. After a national four-day debate, she won Canada Reads. Tong’s first book, The Reality Bubble, was shortlisted for the RBC Charles Taylor prize. Tong received her Masters degree in communications from McGIll University and graduated with Dean’s Honors. She serves as a trustee at WWF International, and served as the Vice Chair of the World Wildlife Fund Canada.
Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne is the Founder and President of We Animals Media.
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