Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder of the We Animals project. She has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. McArthur has won numerous awards and accolades, including the 2017 Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award, Humane Canada’s 2018 Animal Welfare Leadership & Innovation Award for Public Engagement, and many others. We Animals images have been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Lens Culture, Elle Canada, Canadian Geographic, and have been used in hundreds of animal protection campaigns around the world. In 2016, McArthur and Brock University Professor Keri Cronin launched the Unbound Project, a documentary project recognizing and celebrating women working at the forefront of animal advocacy. McArthur is the author two books, We Animals (2014), and Captive (2017) and was the subject of Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall’s acclaimed documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013). Jo-Anne is based in Toronto, Canada and travels six to eight months a year to document the stories of animals around the world.
Mikael Nielsen is the director of public outreach at Mercy For Animals (MFA), where he oversees the global veg support program and the global volunteer program. Through this work, MFA raises awareness, encourages people to make compassionate food choices, and inspires a global community of activists. It also helps empower people with the information and tools they need to create a kinder future for animals. Mikael has been active in animal protection since 2002 and a part of MFA since 2006. He is based in Tampa, Florida, and travels three to four months out of the year to connect with staffers and volunteers around the world