'God's Ivory,' a short documentary by Reportage photographer Brent Stirton and filmmaker Andrew Hida, has been nominated in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. We need your votes!

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Despite the CITES Treaty of 1989 banning the global trade of ivory, the illegal business of killing elephants continues. Brent Stirton, a senior staff photographer for Reportage by Getty Images, has spent several years documenting all aspects of the trade, from poaching to enforcement to manufacturing, specifically its use in religious iconography in China and the Philippines. Last year, Reportage produced "God's Ivory," a short documentary derived from Brent's work. In the film, Brent describes the state of today's ivory trade and exposes the role religion plays in sustaining demand for the rare material.

The video has now been nominated for the 18th Annual Webby Awards, in the category of Online Video/Documentary. The Webby's feature a "People's Voice" award subject to an online vote, so if you support our work on this topic, please cast your vote today on the Webby Awards site.

The film was edited by filmmaker Andrew Hida and features reporting from National Geographic writer Bryan Christy. To read more about the video and Brent's work, visit Reportage's online journal.

 

 

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