Posted on January 25, 2010
ARKive needs YOUR images of life underwater
Films and photographs are an emotive, powerful and effective means of building environmental awareness. Not only bringing species to life, films and images demonstrate quickly and simply what makes them so special and so vital to our planet.
With species extinction now occurring at a faster rate than at any time in Earth’s history, effective awareness raising and education programs are ever more vital. Quick and easy access to this imagery is essential in the digital mass communications society we live in today.
However, until now, this valuable imagery has been scattered throughout the world, in a wide variety of private, commercial and specialist collections, with no centralized collection, restricted public access, limited educational use, and no coordinated strategy for its long term preservation.
ARKive is now putting that right, gathering together the very best films and photographs of the world’s most threatened species into one centralized digital library creating a unique audio-visual record of life on Earth. Preserved and maintained for future generations, ARKive is accessible to all, from scientists and conservationists to the general public and school children, via its award-winning website: www.ARKive.org.
Threatened marine species make up just ten percent of the current material held in ARKive, reflecting just how hard these films and photographs are to collect. We at ARKive are reaching out to you, both marine experts and ocean hobbyists alike, asking you to urgently send us your best films and images and help fill the watery gaps in our rapidly growing library.
Focusing on the 17,000 species on the IUCN Red List, ARKive has complete media profiles for over 5,000 species including over 38,000 images and 17,000 films. More than 3,000 media donors are actively contributing to the project, from major broadcasters, film and photo libraries to conservation organizations and academic institutes, as well as many individual filmmakers and photographers. All media is donated freely on the understanding that it will be used as a resource for scientists, conservationists, educators and the general public, and not for commercial purposes.
A list of our “most wanted” images is published on the ARKive website www.arkive.org. Anyone wishing to donate images can email ARKive’s media research team – [email protected], or upload images directly to www.flickr.com/groups/arkive.
– Liana Vitali, ARKive (a Wildscreen initiative)