Activist successfully negotiates the release of a raccoon dog pup in a northern China fur farm.
Kelly Guerin / We Animals Media



Fur’s getting attention. Heavyweight clothing lines have been dropping fur and for good reason: the animals endure brutal conditions, with millions slaughtered en masse due to COVID transmission risks.

The latest additions to our fur visuals from Kelly Guerin and Andrew Skowron document these conditions in China and Ukraine. But Kelly also documents Buddhist activists in China engaged in fangsheng, or mercy release, the ritual of freeing animals destined for captivity and slaughter. These visuals may push more fashion companies to redress their karma.

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The Animals Are Leaving Us

Our images are typically used in media or campaigns. Sometimes with poetry. But in a book of epic poetry? Only once. The Animals Are Leaving Us is written by Martin Rowe, co-founder of Lantern Media and Publishing, and longtime friend of WAM. His moving verse sits side by side with Jo-Anne’s haunting photography. Now available for purchase, Martin is giving all proceeds directly to WAM.

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Day-Z, covered in straw bedding, looks around the doorway into the lens of our latest Masterclass graduate.
Tom Woollard / We Animals Media

Our Latest Masterclass Graduate

We have just published heartening shots of animals enjoying sanctuary by Tom Woollard, our recent Masterclass graduate. Our Masterclass is an online, self-paced video series that teaches the foundations of animal photojournalism by following Jo-Anne as she covers lessons learned from two decades in the field. In Tom’s words: “Without having taken this Masterclass I would not be as confident, as prepared, and as determined with animal photojournalism as I am now.” Take the class and send us your work!

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If you’ve been thinking of supporting us, please consider buying a copy of The Animals Are Leaving Us. Martin is generously donating all proceeds from the book directly to WAM to help bring visibility to hidden animals worldwide.

Zacharia Kipkirui, a primary rhino caretaker at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, protects Najin, one of the world’s two northern white rhinos
Justin Mott / Kindred Guardians Project / We Animals Media


Interview with Justin Mott

Last month we presented the work of Justin Mott’s Kindred Guardians: the people caring for rhinos, dogs, sloths, and gibbons in Asia, Africa and South America. This month he sat down with us to answer our questions about his work: who these guardians are; his creative approach; his advice to aspiring photojournalists; and what’s next for him in the world of animal photojournalism. Supplemented with photos of baby gibbons and sloths, of course.

Justin's Interview

In Case You Missed It

HIDDEN won big: “Outstanding Book of the Year - Most Likely to Save the Planet,” awarded by IPPY. Animals are getting seen and their stories are being taken seriously. Check out our latest blog post, where we announce the 130+ photos from HIDDEN now on our stock site and explain why this book is so important.

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