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.
Joel’s most requested talks are below. He can also customize a presentation just for you.
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.
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
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
April 1, 2019
“Portraits from the Brink: The Critical Need to Document Biodiversity”
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
Newport Beach, CA