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Special Project
From the 6th Annual Shorty Impact Awards

Wildlife Watch

Winner in Animal Rights & Welfare

About this entry


There’s increasing competition in the world of smartphones, with new brands and handsets with similar specs. 

Samsung believe in using their ‘tech for good’.  


Earn peoples' love and attention, while highlighting what makes Samsung phones special and pushing its human connection further. 


·       Highlight the phone’s advanced camera technology to deliver the human connection with the audience.

·       Drive earned attention through relevant cultural, engaging, authentic and newsworthy stories that genuinely link Samsung phones and people’s passion points when there’s no new product news. 

·       Reach a younger, more consumer-centric, less technical audience, through coverage in news and broader lifestyle media 

·       Drive appeal and brand differentiation amongst a younger (Gen Z) audience 

·       Be multi-market: resonate across as many European countries as possible.

How could we earn people’s hearts and minds, while getting as many people as possible to discover the camera technology inside Samsung Galaxies? 

Why does this entry deserve to win?


During Covid, poaching in Africa skyrocketed, because there were fewer tourists to keep an eye on the wildlife. Samsung promotes technology for good, with an upcycling program that aims to reimagine phones into new, beneficial roles. 

What if we could fight poaching, while proving that Samsung has the best phones in the world? 

Creative Idea: 

We created Wildlife Watch: a customised live streaming experience that enables people worldwide to become virtual wildlife rangers, using Samsung phones on the African plains as surveillance devices.  

Upcycled Samsung Galaxy handsets planted to live-stream from across the African plains made way for a 24-hour worldwide wildlife watch, protecting the animals and raising awareness of poaching. 

‘Watchers’ could move between cameras, report suspicious sightings to all-female anti-poaching unit ‘the Black Mambas’ and share images from the watch on social.  


‘Younger people’, especially Gen Z  




To make younger people love Samsung phones beyond tech and price, we decided to break away from just product news and find a purpose-forward creative idea that would live in broader culture and gain their attention and curiosity. The idea had to work across diverse regional countries to engage media and wider audience.  

Strategic Thinking: 

We wanted to start a real conversation that would generate engagement and earn media, far beyond anything achieved focussing on camera features alone. 

We discovered the pandemic had led to increased poaching due to a lack of tourists. We combined this knowledge with our audience’s activist nature, sustainability interest and habit of watching their phones…and came up with ‘Wildlife Watch’.  

Wildlife Watch allowed us to engage younger audiences with something that really matters to them, while innovatively demonstrating the phone’s amazing technical features. 

We built the livestream with Africam and the Black Mamba Anti Poaching Unit by repurposing Galaxy S20 FE handsets in the Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa, part of the Kruger National Park. The handset’s pro-grade cameras captured live footage, streaming 24/7. While upcycled handsets were redeployed as perimeter fence CCTV cameras. 

Improving the rangers’ surveillance and supporting them in their daily tasks and boosting the reach of Africam’s infrastructure by 50% for the 2-month campaign. 

Anyone could become a virtual ranger on, our campaign hub. also directed viewers there. 

Photos from the watch could be shared on social.  

A 60” film created on shoots in South Africa and Berlin featuring activist, international DJ Peggy Gou, directed young Europeans to take the watch. 

A 20” social edit was shared across 30+ European markets. 

A live Instagram Q&A brought our audience closer to Peggy and a Black Mamba ranger. 



1.9 billion total media impressions (earned media & social, owned and partner impressions at time of submission)   

Activated in 30+ European countries 

Participation in 199 countries 


172,737 virtual rangers at the point of submission (check for up-to-date numbers)  

94,545 hours spent watching 

Average watch time: 25min 20sec 

7.7 million total social engagements (likes, comments, shares) 

-210,982 social shares (photos and URL) 

-96,699 photos shared on social 

-114,283 shared the site URL 

61% of people using are Gen Z or Millennials (high campaign awareness and engagement amongst target) 

Almost 50% of audience reached via earned media were Gen Z or Millennials (high campaign awareness and engagement amongst target) 


£11K+ and 30 Samsung phones donated to black mamba rangers 

3740% increase in the Google searches for ‘wildlife watch’ (over the campaign period)  


800+ campaign coverage pieces (earned, owned, partner) 

Included in the WWF’s teaching materials and used 764 times on Google Classroom. Featured in children’s news outlets Nos Jeugdjournaal, BBC Newsround & KidsWeek. 

Coverage across lifestyle (e.g. Mix Mag, Verge), top-tier news (e.g. Reuters, Euronews, Associated Press, Sunday Telegraph) and broadcast outlets (e.g. BBC Radio, France 24, Bloomberg) 

Broadcasts on Bloomberg, France24, and Dutch teen news channel Nos Jeugdjournaal 

The UN posted on social media. As did NGO ‘Helping Rhinos’. 

Key influencers posted about the campaign without payment, such as National Geographic photographer Shannon Wild. 


Video for Wildlife Watch

Entrant Company / Organization Name

Edelman, UK & Ireland, Samsung