The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world. Held every two years, the Wildscreen Festival brings together the wildlife film, tv and photography community to transform the craft of natural world storytelling across platforms and across audiences.

The Wildscreen Festival 2018 will take place 15-19 October 2018 in Bristol, UK. Further information is available at www.wildscreen.org and delegate tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite.

Please note that the programme is being updated frequently as guest availability changes. Wildscreen reserves the right to make such updates to the programme and timings, and will endeavour to make those changes as quickly as possible.

Delegates holding a day or week pass do not need to register to attend specific events with the exception of the Panda Awards Ceremony (additional purchase required) and film screenings (no additional purchase required). Reservation details can be found in the description of each individual screening.

To help you manage your time at the Wildscreen Festival, you can sign up for a Sched account and login to save events to your personal calendar. Note that doing so does not guarantee entry to events as seating is on a first-come-first-served basis at the venue door. We advise that you arrive in plenty of time before a session starts.

The programme includes both industry events, which are included in the price of a delegate day or week pass, and public events that anyone is welcome to attend, subject to booking procedures.  
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Friday, October 19 • 11:15 - 12:15
Tom Peschak - Sharks and Seabirds

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When National Geographic photographer Thomas Peschak began photographing sharks 20 years ago they were universally feared. 100 million were killed for shark fin soup every single year. He crisscrossed the world’s oceans documenting the lives of these apex predators with the goal of transforming fear into fascination and hate into awe. As more people have come to appreciate the importance of sharks, these animals are now a significant focus of marine conservation initiatives.

Peschak has now turned his lens to a different group of ocean animals that are in dire need of protection and just as important as sharks. Seabirds, such as albatross, puffins, penguins and their relatives are in real trouble. In fact, 70% of the global population - a whopping 230 million birds - vanished in the last 60 years. While the fate of whales and coral reefs are making headlines, seabirds have been largely overlooked.

For a major story in National Geographic, Peschak travelled to 27 remote islands and spent months at sea to showcase seabirds as a critical component for a healthy ocean and planet. In the process he learned that seabirds are as exciting and iconic as sharks and pandas, and just as deserving of immediate conservation action as rhinos or elephants. In this talk, Peschak shares his passion for both sharks and seabirds and takes you on a journey to our planet’s wild seas, secret shores and enchanted islands.


Friday October 19, 2018 11:15 - 12:15 BST
Arnolfini 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK