The New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography - The Results
Wildlife lovers around the world have chosen a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography - www.newbig5.com The ‘Big 5’ is an old term used by trophy hunters in Africa for the five most prized and dangerous animals to shoot and kill: elephant, rhino, leopard, Cape buffalo and lion. The New Big 5 project has a better idea: to create a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography, rather than hunting. Shooting with a camera, not a gun. More than 250 of the world’s wildlife photographers, conservationists and wildlife charities have come together to support this international initiative, including Jane Goodall, Save The Elephants, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Conservation International, Ewaso Lions, Polar Bears International, The Ellen Fund, Wildlife Direct, IFAW, Orangutan Foundation, Save The Rhino International, WildAid, IUCN, Wildlife Trust Of India, Save Pangolins… This includes a diverse group of more than 120 renowned, global photographers from Kenya, Japan, Peru, USA, Lebanon, France, India, Rwanda, UK, Australia…, including Marsel van Oosten, Ami Vitale, Paul Nicklen, Gurcharan Roopra, Jen Guyton, Brent Stirton, Art Wolfe, Clement Kiragu, Marina Cano, Shaaz Jung, Nick Brandt, Suzi Eszterhas, Clement Kiragu, Joel Sartore, Xi Zhinong, Jasper Doest, Rathika Ramasamy, Jo-Anne McArthur, Shogo Asao, David Lloyd and Melissa Groo, as well as actors, musicians and famous wildlife supporters, including Djimon Hounsou, Chris Packham, Eugenio Derbez, Levison Wood, Carla Morrison and Joanna Lumley. Created by British photographer Graeme Green, the project’s aim is to raise awareness about the crisis facing the world’s wildlife from threats including habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, poaching, illegal wildlife trade and climate change. Thousands of wildlife lovers around the world voted for their 5 favourite animals to photograph and see in photos. The results of the year-long global vote are now in. Watch the video to find out the results. Jane Goodall (Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute): “We now have the results of the New Big 5 project. These 5 animals are such beautiful and remarkable species, and are wonderful ambassadors for the world’s wildlife, from iconic species to little-known frogs, lizards, fish and birds. So many face threats to their survival from issues such as poaching, habitat loss and climate change. A million species are at risk of extinction. If we work together, we can stop this happening. There is always hope. Change is possible if we each play our part.” Short film produced by One Earth, The New Big 5 Project and The Ellen Fund, featuring Dr Paula Kahumbu (Wildlife Direct), Dr Tara Stoinski (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund), Dr Shivani Bhalla (Ewaso Lions), Krista Wright (Polar Bears International), and Vivek Menon (Wildlife Trust of India). Featuring photography and video from Marsel van Oosten, Ami Vitale, Daisy Gilardini, Thomas Mangelsen, Graeme Green, Marco Giaotti, Usha Harish, Shivang Mehta, Dave Sandford, Steve Winter, Marcus Westberg, Tom Svennson, Thomas Vijayan and Dave Sandford. Each of the 5 species in the New Big 5 face severe threats to their existence and are listed by the IUCN either as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable. One million species currently face the threat of extinction. The animals in the New Big 5 can serve as global ambassadors for all the world’s wildlife and the crisis they face. Marsel van Oosten (photographer): “We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But unlike those past mass extinctions, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by us: humans. The New Big 5 consists of some of the most iconic animals on our planet. They’re a stark reminder of what’s at stake if we don’t change our ways. That’s how I will look at each of them, as beautiful representatives of the many thousands of other, often lesser-known species who desperately need our help.” All 5 animals are keystone species, essential to the balance of nature in their habitats, biodiverse ecosystems and the survival of other species. Each species is vital to the health of the planet and to our future. Graeme Green (photographer / Founder, New Big 5 project): “The 5 animals that wildlife lovers around the world have voted to include in the New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography are not just some of the most beautiful, incredible animals on the planet. All 5 also face serious threats to their existence. The New Big 5 are the tip of the iceberg. They stand for all the creatures on the planet, so many of which are in danger. From bees to blue whales, all wildlife is essential to the balance of nature, to healthy ecosystems and to the future of our planet.” Thank you to everyone who has supported the New Big 5 Project. New Big 5 Project – May 16, 2021

“All wildlife is important. We’re all connected”: Meet the photographer behind the New Big 5 wildlife project

Viking: Celebrating 24 Years of Exploration
Aug 4, 2021 • In 1997, we began with four river ships in Russia. Today, as our fleet of river, ocean and expedition ships expands across the globe, we remain committed to exploring the world in comfort. Join us as we look back at where we have been while looking forward to our future journeys, together.

At home in Crete with guide Vangelis Zervogiannis
Hosted by Vangelis Zervogiannis
Journey to the Greek island of Crete and join knowledgeable local guide Vangelis Zervogiannis for a tour of the island’s famed landmarks and a look at its captivating history. Follow along as he takes us through scenic Chania, one of the oldest cities in Europe, and Crete’s capital Heraklion, home to the well-preserved Old Town.
Vangelis Zervogiannis
Tour Guide and Travel Advisor
Born and raised on the Greek island of Crete, Vangelis Zervogiannis is a veteran trip leader and licensed guide who specializes in tours around his hometown and in Santorini. Vangelis attained a BA in language and literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He advanced his education in Greek archaeology, history and culture at the Greek School for Guides, followed by studies in art history in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Crete. With his passion for knowledge plus more than two decades of experience in Greek tourism, Vangelis is the perfect host to showcase the antiquities of Crete, Santorini and the surrounding Aegean. 
A foodie and oenophile, Vangelis also has advanced wine certification from The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and is certified in olive oil tasting; he spends his winters tending to his organic olive groves on the land of his forefathers.  
Viking TV – July 23, 2021

Why Morocco hits the spot every time
From a love for desert landscapes and climbing higher peaks to providing comfort at times of grief and stress, Morocco has been more than a holiday destination for travel writer Joanna Booth. And after 18 months of limited travel, it’s Morocco’s combination of calm, colour, culture and chaos she craves…. Johanna Booth – July 9, 2021

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Journeys with Heart - Tour Destination May 2023 (subj. to change)

Photo credit: Pascal van de Vendel @pascalvendel – Unsplash - Gozo Malta

Here's why you should Visit Malta!
Blessed with a mild climate and set in crystal clear waters, Malta and its sister islands of Gozo and Comino offer you a memorable experience, where moments of complete relaxation can be combined with the exploration of the islands' many cultural, artistic and natural treasures. So go ahead, and immerse yourself in history and a warm Mediterranean lifestyle!
Visit Malta – May 2021

Amazing Places to Visit in Malta - Travel Video
Malta is indeed a wonderful archipelago centered in the Mediterranean Sea. Aside from the obvious attraction of beautiful golden beaches and a dazzling turquoise coastline, this island country is rich in history and Maltese culture, which dates back to 4,000 BC. Explore Malta's fascinating thousand-year-old fortresses, megalithic ruins, and Neolithic burial chambers at your leisure. Sunbathe on gorgeous beaches, eat delicious Maltese food, and work off your calories by hiking through fossil-rich limestone cliffs or scuba diving through incredible underwater caves. What's even better? It's the ideal vacation spot all year round, with warm summers and cool winters. So, pack your bags, and let's visit 10 amazing places in Malta. May 21, 2021 – Joyous Travel

48 Hours in Valletta with Simon Calder
Malta is a distillation of all that is good about the Mediterranean, and the island's capital is especially intense – and glorious. Calder Travel – Dec 21, 2020

Food & Travel - Destination Malta
The MICHELIN Guide makes you travel to Malta to discover the treasures of this island, their products and their producers. Following the launch of the first MICHELIN Guide Malta in February 2020, we take a closer look at this popular destination in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. At the crossroads of cultures, the Maltese gastronomic scene is a reflection of its rich past by marrying culinary influences from Italy, Mediterranean countries, North Africa, and also Great Britain – not to mention contemporary trends. “Malta is a very attractive cultural destination with a unique cuisine style which beautifully combines European influences and local traditions”, explained Gwendal POULLENNEC, International Director of the MICHELIN guides. Let's discover some quality products and producers which make the gastronomic reputation of the country! Know more about the destination:  Michelin Guide – Dec 2020

The Restaurant That Only Serves The Vegetables Found On The Fields Each Morning
Vegetarian cooking is wildly popular nowadays, and adventurous cooks are constantly crafting new recipes. Andree Köthe and Yves Ollech are pioneers in the field and run the “Essigbrätlein” restaurant. For over 20 years, they have been preparing vegetable dishes there – long before vegetables became a megatrend. The special thing about Essigbrätlein is how they only serve what Andree Köthe has harvested in the morning in the fields and meadows and the farmers would have thrown away. DW Food July 16, 2021

These New Planes Could Change the Way You Travel
The airline experience might never be the same.
Move over Boeing 747 and Airbus A380. Goodbye, MD-80 and 757. As airlines speed up retirement of these long-running plane models (with a push from the COVID-19 pandemic), they’re making way for a new generation of jetliners to take center stage.
“Airlines will look at the world in a different light as the recovery develops,” says John Grant, London-based senior analyst at OAG, an airline research and publishing firm. “Network structures will change, and older aging aircraft types such as the 747 and A380 are vulnerable.” On the positive side, the latest machines can take us farther, faster, and move us in greater comfort than ever before, he says. They’ll also burn less fuel—a requirement of travel for more and more passengers.
That fits with changing travel patterns, says Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal Group, an aviation consultancy. “The pandemic is accelerating a pre-existing shift to point-to-point travel” with smaller planes connecting mid-sized cities, he says. '[The world] doesn’t need a 520-seat monster that forced people to change planes in Frankfurt or Narita,” he says.
Here are five of the new planes that will change the way we travel:
December 14, 2020

How One Man In Egypt Is Keeping This 200-Year-Old Tile Tradition Alive | Still Standing
Saied Hussain has been hand making tiles out of cement for over 50 years. He says he’s one of the last still doing this work in Egypt — most other workshops couldn't withstand competition from marble and ceramic tiles. We went to Cairo to see how his business is still standing. Saied does not have a website. He sells his tiles locally in Cairo. Business Insider – July 16, 2021

Photo credit: Colours of Turkey – Unsplash - Lentils

CBC Unforked – Taking Pulse – (podcast)
Unforked picks apart the food we eat to reveal the culture and politics baked into it. Long-time restaurateur and journalist Samira Mohyeddin is your host and maitre’d. You’ll hear sticky conversations with passionate eaters. Nothing is off the table.
They fuelled empires and continue to shape politics to this very day. Host Samira Mohyeddin asks what’s the real story behind lentils? Guests include filmmaker Richard Fung; food journalist Vikram Doctor; and Murad Al-Katib (a.k.a. “The Lentil King”), President and CEO of AGT Foods.
Aired: July 26, 2021

Rich McCor aka Paperboyo in Vienna
Known popularly as Paperboyo, the London-based photographer Rich McCor uses paper cutouts to transform famous landmarks into something completely new. This has led him to compose fantastic photographs of buildings, structures, art installations and popular landmarks. 
In June 2019 Rick visited Vienna and created amazing artworks showing iconic Viennese Sights such as the Giant Ferris Wheel, the DC Tower or the Albertina Museum
Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/paperboyo/

Lead photo credit: Chris Stenger @chrisstenger – Unsplash - Landscape in Patagonia with the Paine mountain range and the lake Laguna Amarga

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