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WDC partner, Skylum, makes a splash for World Oceans Day

This World Oceans Day, WDC has joined forces with award-winning photo-editing software company, Skylum, to celebrate the ocean, and inspire action to protect the whales and dolphins who call it home.

From 5th to 30th June, Skylum is supporting WDC through a dedicated World Oceans Day campaign and a wide range of exciting events, a competition and special offers, all raising funds for WDC and our work protecting whales and dolphins across the globe.

Skylum is an award-winning software company, who develop Luminar AI, an image editor powered by artificial intelligence. Last year Skylum supported WDC through their Luminar Humble Bundle which raised an incredible $76,000 for us - helping to fund our urgent research in the South Atlantic that we hope will help protect many species of whales and dolphins from harmful noise pollution.

Inspired by the impact of their incredible donation, the Skylum team has, chosen to expand their support of WDC with a special Oceans Day campaign highlighting the amazing role that whales play in helping us tackle the climate crisis.  Sally Ward, WDC partnerships officer said: ‘it is so fantastic to be working with Kevin once again, and the whole Skylum team who are extremely passionate about our work. It’s amazing to see how whales and dolphins can inspire a whole company to take action to help us protect the ocean and our planet’

‘Earlier this year, Skylum was able to provide some monetary support to WDC and it was quite gratifying to see the wonderful and very pragmatic things they accomplished with those funds,’ said Kevin La Rue, VP for Int’l Bus Dev at Skylum. ’As we got to know the organisation better, and understood more of their goals - especially the Green Whale initiative - naturally we wanted to further support their efforts. I think we’ll be working with WDC for a long time into the future.’

Photo by Rob Lott
Photo by Rob Lott

Campaign events schedule

7th June, Fireside Chat - join this fascinating discussion with the Skylum team alongside WDC's CEO Chris Butler-Stroud and WDC adopt a dolphin field officer and award-winning wildlife photographer, Charlie Phillips, who will be chatting about World Oceans Day, photography, protecting our shared ocean and of course whales and dolphins! Register now.

24th June, Deep Dive - Skylum will be hosting a 14-hour-long livestream of different photographers across the globe showcasing their tips and tricks for editing your images. Tune in to see our very own Charlie Phillips taking part!

Competition - Throughout the campaign (5th to 30th June) photo contest platform, Viewbug, will be hosting a special World Oceans Day photo competition. Enter your photo that best represents your love for the ocean and you could be in for a chance to win some amazing prizes including a GoPro HERO 9 set, a signed copy of Charlie Phillips’ book ‘On a Rising Tide’, a WDC dolphin adoption and more Skylum goodies.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the whole Skylum team for your support and passion for protecting whales, dolphins and our shared ocean.

Head on over to the Skylum’s World Oceans Day Campaign now to take part in the competition and check out the exciting events and promotions.

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