Ever wonder about those wildlife photographers who risk life and limb to get the perfect shot? That’s me. I’ve spent 25 years with National Geographic—and I’ve got the stories and scars to prove it. These days my focus is on the Photo Ark, the world’s largest collection of animal studio portraits. My goal is simple: to get the public to care and save species from extinction.
Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year effort to photograph every species in human care around the globe.
I’m humbled and honored to receive the 2023 Indianapolis Prize Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award, sponsored by the Indianapolis Zoo. This award is presented to people who care deeply about nature and inspire others to do the same. It represents a commitment to environmental advocacy and outreach, working towards a better…Get the Story