Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Keynote: Photo Ark

A federally endangered Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Keynote: Photo Ark

Join acclaimed wildlife photographer Joel Sartore as he shares his ground-breaking journey to create the National Geographic Photo Ark. This multi-year project’s mission is to build an invaluable photographic record of all animal species; a powerful testament to the importance of saving them. His emotional and humble portraits of nature's incredible treasures will offer a rare chance to look animals directly in the eye, where you can see the beauty, grace, and intelligence of the creatures with which we share this planet.

Speaker: Joel Sartore

National Geographic Photographer and Fellow, National Geographic Photo Ark Founder

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine.

Sartore, a world-renowned photographer, has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity.  To date, Sartore has completed portraits of more than 6,000 species, photographed on either a plain black or white background. No matter its size, each animal is treated with the same amount of affection and respect. The results are portraits that are not just stunningly beautiful, but also intimate and moving. “It’s the eye contact that moves people,” Sartore says of the animals’ expressions. “It engages ... feelings of compassion and a desire to help.” Learn more about the National Geographic Photo Ark.

Sartore has written several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky and Let’s Be Reasonable. The two new National Geographic Photo Ark books include, The Photo Ark and Animal Ark. National Geographic Photo Ark fans are also invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and learn more about how to get involved with the project at

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and numerous book projects. Sartore and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts, including National Geographic's Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR's Weekend Edition and an hour-long PBS documentary At Close Range.

Sartore and his images are represented by National Geographic's internal talent and stock agency NatGeoCreative (

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  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00, Reception to follow


Royal Ontario Museum
Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery
Level 1

Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception to follow lecture.

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