Over 25,000 images and videos have been donated following the announcement of a partnership between Pexels and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
The crowdsourced animal and wildlife imagery will support the conservation work of IFAW and be available to the public for free on the Pexels platform. A selection of the top submissions from the competition are set to be displayed in large digital and print formats in downtown Vancouver, through the support of the DVBIA.
“The DVBIA is proud to support the International Fund for Animal Welfare exhibit, taking place in various public spaces in downtown Vancouver,” said Charles Gauthier, President and CEO of the DVBIA. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things, one being the absolute importance of arts and culture to downtown Vancouver. The arts and cultural sector has taken a massive impact throughout 2020 and continues to do so; however, the DVBIA is committed to supporting initiatives like the IFAW exhibit that will help jumpstart post pandemic recovery efforts.”
Beginning April 30th, 2021, the Vancouver exhibit locations are:
- Waterfront Food Court Lower Plaza (900 Canada Pl #999)
- Bentall Centre 505 Burrard Street Vancouver (Bentall Centre Pop-Ups, One Bentall Centre Lobby)
- Pacific Centre 701 W Georgia St (Pender Place Galleria AND Mall Concourse Outside Softmoc and Evernew)
- The Orpheum (664 Granville)
“Our vision at Hudson Pacific Properties is to create thriving urban spaces and places built for the long-term, and this partnership is now helping us connect people to the planet in a powerful way that encourages creativity,.” said Chuck We, Senior Vice President, Western Canada for Hudson Pacific Properties, co-owner and operator of Bentall Centre. “We hope this imagery inspires our community members to innovate and grow their businesses in a way that supports the planet and the lives of those who live, work and play in and around our communities.”
Additional exhibits kicked off in time for Earth Day (April 22) in cities around the world including Vanke Time Square Beijing, China and luxury co-working space Work Club Global (Sydney and Melbourne, Australia). All prints are being provided by Canva Print.
The partnership was amplified by a creative photo contest in which three photographers received cash prizes. The photo contest winners are:
- 1st ($1000 USD): Stijn Dijkstra (@Furstset), The Netherlands
- 2nd ($500 USD): Mohammad Mirza (@mirzaphoto), Kuwait
- 3rd ($500 USD): Ishara Kasthuriarachchi (@isharakasthuriarachchi), Sri Lanka
“Photography plays a huge role in inspiring people to help towards creating a healthier and greener ecosystem. I believe that nowadays people don’t really want to read anymore, so visuals become more appealing. By sharing photos which tell a story about the problem, we can help big time in working towards the change!” – Stijn Dijkstra, 1st place challenge winner