Speaking Engagements

Funny, passionate, and stirring, Joel (called a “social star” by Forbes) entertains and inspires audiences with photos, videos, and stories from life as a National Geographic photographer and his quest to save the world’s species. All fees go directly to the Photo Ark.

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  • Joel struck a chord with 800 of our employees who were lucky enough to see his amazing presentation. His wit, passion and his insights on gathering different perspectives can provide value to all types of organizations. We loved Joel Sartore!

    Jeffrey W. Jackson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, State Farm

  • Joel never fails to dazzle our clients with his presentations. His sense of humor, along with his knowledge, combine to give attendees an unforgettable experience.

    Andy van Duym, Director, National Geographic Live!

  • You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll want to rise up in support of the species, great and small, that are threatened on our planet. Mr. Sartore’s photos, combined with stories of heartbreak and triumph, will stay with you long after the presentation is over.

    Pamela James, Membership and Special Events Manager, WGCU Public Media

  • Joel Sartore’s presentations are unforgettable. His presentation was humorous, engaging, earnest, and informational. I left feeling not just educated about the issues, but empowered to take action around them.

    Sara Clark, Director of Communications, Duke Lemur Center

  • 513k miles traveled
  • 1.1 M social media followers
  • 1 narrow escape from killer bees

An Experienced Speaker

Joel has been sharing his adventures with audiences around the world for more than a dozen years. He tailors his presentations for each event, using stunning visuals and a wealth of humorous stories about life on assignment to entertain—and ultimately inspire—his audiences. Joel’s speaking fees go directly to supporting the Photo Ark.

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Joel’s most requested talks are below. He can also customize a presentation just for you.
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  • Photo: A pair of four-week-old old Asian leopard cats, (Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis). These two were found abandoned by their mother a couple days ago in a burning field and brought to the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), a wildlife rehab center in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Building The Photo Ark

    Go behind the scenes with Joel as he travels the globe to photograph the world’s most toxic, outrageous, colorful, and beautiful animals. Things can go wrong—and they often do—but getting up close and personal is what it’s all about.

  • Life as a National Geographic Photographer

    Joel shares a lively, intimate, and humorous look at what could be the best (and worst) job in the world as he plays expedition leader, psychologist, medic, accountant, and coach, not to mention photographer. It’s all just another day at the office when you’re on assignment for National Geographic.

  • Photo: Clark DeVries wears a blindfold during his 45th birthday party.
    Grounded: A Reflection on Life and Land

    When his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, Joel knew that it was time to stay home for a while. In doing so, he reconnected not just with his family but also with why he takes photos in the first place.


Find Joel at upcoming workshops and presentations, and see his work on exhibit around the world.

  •  Oct 13 – Jan 20, 2019 

    Annenberg Space for Photography 

    Los Angeles, CA

    Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals

    The National Geographic Photo Ark, led by photographer Joel Sartore, is an effort to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in order to motivate action through education and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Be inspired by close to 100 captivating, large-format prints of our world’s animals that we need to #SaveTogether. Joel’s powerful photos mirror a powerful message – shared with humor and compassion – to know these animals is to save them. Photo Ark is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

  • March 7-9, 2019

    Grizzlies, Piranhas and Flesh-eating Pigs

    National Coffee Association 108th Annual Conference







  • April 1, 2019

    “Portraits from the Brink: The Critical Need to Document Biodiversity”

    Washington University: Assembly Series

    St. Louis, MO

    We have entered the sixth mass extinction, but unlike its five predecessors, this one is largely human-driven. But hope remains as more people become invested in saving precious but endangered species.

  • April 12 & 13, 2019

    Photo Ark: The Groundbreaking Effort to Document Vanishing Species 

    The Witte Lectures

    Newport Beach, CA


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