1 Mar 2019 - The winners were announced today in New York at an event to celebrate WWD2019, which falls on Sunday, 3 March. The ocean and 'life below water' have sustained human civilization and development for millennia. Despite their importance for sustainable development, marine species are facing various threats and are in need of our immediate attention if we want to ensure that they can continue to fulfill that role during our lifetimes and for future generations. To emphasize the importance of this issue, Jackson Hole Wild, the CITES Secretariat and UNDP have come together once again to organize a film showcase for World Wildlife Day. This year, the theme 'Life Below Water: For People and Planet' spotlights threatened species, highlighting the problems we are facing and the ideas we can use to tackle them.
Judges, professional filmmakers, marine biologists and stakeholders from around the world chose the winners from more than 235 entries in 6 categories:Ocean Heroes; People and Oceans; Ocean Issues and Solutions; Marine Life; Ocean Short; and Ocean Micro-Movie.
Both winners and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively to raise global awareness of the importance of marine species and the critical challenges they face at community screening events presented by partners throughout the world, including free educational screening events for students as well as for local communities around the world to take action to protect and restore our planet’s oceans.
List of winners online here: https://www.cites.org/eng/news/UN-celebrates-marine-species-for-World-Wildlife-Day-with-moving-pictures_01032019