Getty Images will be JGI's Exclusive Online Distributor


February 4, 2009
Claire Gwatkin Jones

Getty Images, the world's leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media, will be the exclusive distributor of unique footage captured by the Institute's renowned videographer Bill Wallauer.
For the first time, creative professionals have immediate access to unprecedented footage of wild chimpanzees, allowing them to create high-impact visual communications that address environmental stewardship, species protection and other pressing conservation topics
For more than 15 years, Bill Wallauer has documented the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, capturing dramatic and fascinating footage of their daily life.  Both his talent and passion for wildlife videography have made Bill a highly acclaimed videographer, recognized by film production companies around the world. Bill has served as camera operator and scientific advisor to more than 30 productions including Animal Planet’s "Chimp Week" and Discovery’s award-winning series, Planet Earth.

"Bill Wallauer's footage is nothing short of extraordinary as he captures never-before-seen images of chimpanzees in the wild -- laughing, holding hands and hugging," said Bill Johnston, president of the Jane Goodall Institute.  "The similarities between human and chimpanzee behavior are remarkable. We're delighted to have Getty Images as a partner to help us show the world how like us chimpanzees really are."
The Jane Goodall Institute, a recognized global leader in chimpanzee behavioral research, has transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals, and worked tirelessly to preserve chimpanzees and their habitats. Through its innovative and groundbreaking research, the Institute has captured extensive footage of life among wild chimpanzees, including births, dominance displays, their mysterious “rain dances” and encounters with other wildlife.

The Institute’s collection complements Getty Images’ offering of rights-ready commercial-quality footage that Getty Images customers look for—exclusive content that is of high production value and available through simple, cost-effective pricing across several flexible-use categories.
"Our industry leadership, global distribution model and customer base continue to attract well-known, quality partners. We are honored to represent this remarkable collection on behalf of the Jane Goodall Institute," said Karen McLaughlin, director of image partner development, Getty Images. "This partnership enables customers to access content that creates an unparalleled visual impact while adhering to reasonable production costs and timelines."

To access the Jane Goodall Institute footage collection visit:

About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in almost 100 countries.

About Getty Images
Getty Images is the world's leading creator and distributor of still imagery, footage and multi-media products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world's most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and websites. Visit Getty Images at to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.



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