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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.

Speaking Topics

Joel’s most requested talks are below. He can also customize a presentation just for you.
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  • 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.

Events

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

  • Friends of Zoo Boise presents: Joel Sartore National Geographic photographer and author of The Photo Ark

     April 24th, 2018

    The Egyptian Theatre, Boise, ID

    7:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 to the public)
    Tickets are FREE but registration is required at  https://joelsartoreboise.eventbrite.com.
    Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are his sense of humor and a midwestern work ethic.
    The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. The Photo Ark’s three-pronged approach harnesses the power of National Geographic’s photography and the bold ideas of its explorers. Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. To date, Sartore has completed portraits of more than 7,500 species and visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. Sartore has produced several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and a new National Geographic book, Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic Books; on sale March 6; $30.00).
    A no-host bar will be available. Rediscovered Books will have books available for purchase and Mr. Sartore will be signing books at the event.
    Thanks to event sponsors Friends of Zoo Boise, Southwest Idaho Travel Association, Visit Idaho, Golden Eagle Audubon Society, and Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    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 NatGeoPhotoArk.org.
    We expect the event to sell out, so reserve your ticket today at https://joelsartoreboise.eventbrite.com.
  • May 10, 2018

    All aboard for the 2018 San Antonio Conservation Luncheon! Join us on May 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pearl Stable for a luncheon of global proportions. Spend an “afternoon on the ark” as National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore presents National Geographic’s The Photo Ark—a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear.

  • April 13, 2018

    All aboard for the 2018 Dallas Spring Party! Join us on Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden for a party of global proportions. Spend “an evening on the ark” as National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore presents National Geographic’s The Photo Ark—a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear.

  • March 27, 2018

    In his new National Geographic book, Birds of the Photo Ark, Joel Sartore shares the extraordinary colors, intricate details, and diverse behaviors of some of the world’s incredible species of birds through intimate and moving portraits. Hear about the extraordinary and fascinating behaviors of these animals and get the behind-the-scenes stories of the iconic portraits he’s taking as part of the National Geographic Photo Ark project, a visual archive of biodiversity empowering people to save wildlife and their habitats.

    After the event, you will be able to purchase a signed copy of the book to take home with you.

  • March 20, 2018

    Join us on March 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the JW Marriott in Austin for a luncheon of global proportions. Spend an afternoon with National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore as he presents National Geographic’s The Photo Ark—a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear.

    Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, National Geographic fellow, and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Most importantly, he is an avid conservationist who began the ambitious Photo Ark project 11 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. Since then, he’s visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. To date, Sartore has captured more than 7,000 images of wildlife, putting him over half way to reaching his goal of documenting 12,000 unique species.

    Sartore’s commitment to saving species is a fascinating tale that relates closely to The Nature Conservancy’s work here on the ground in Texas. This includes protecting at-risk species—we’re restoring grasslands to preserve and improve monarch butterfly habitat, acquiring land to conserve one of the last remaining wintering grounds for the endangered whooping crane and protecting vital wildlife corridors for ocelots in South Texas. Like Sartore, the Conservancy is dedicated to connecting people and nature throughout the Lone Star State.

  • March 2, 2018

    An evening with National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Celebrate the publication release and companion exhibition, Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey: The Vivaporius Quadrupeds of North America.

  • February 21, 2018

    Phoenix Zoo Stone House Pavilion

    The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. The Photo Ark’s three-pronged approach harnesses the power of National Geographic’s photography and the bold ideas of their explorers. Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Join us, and see what we can #SaveTogether.

  • January 27, 2018 

    MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

    National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit, and a serious midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with nearly 5,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters, and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving.

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

    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.

  •  April – August 2018

    Millersburg, PA

    Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, Pennsylvania will be hosting the Photo Ark.

  •  April – May 2018

    Grant, Nebraska

    Meadowlark Art Center in Grant, Nebraska will be hosting the Photo Ark.

  •  January 15th – March 15th, 2018

    Bassett, Nebraska

    Old Feed Store Art Center in Basset, Nebraska will be hosting the Photo Ark.

  •  January – March 2018

    McCook, Nebraska

    An all amphibians exhibition will be held at McCook Community College in Nebraska.

  •  November 2017 – February 2018

    Ansley, Nebraska

    Security State Bank in Ansley Nebraska will be hosting the Photo Ark.

  • South Korea Exhibition

     November 10th 2017 – March 4th, 2018

    Special-exhibition hall, War Memorial, South Korea

    U.S. photographer Sartore founded Photo Ark in 2005, a project to document species before they disappear. So far, he has visited more than 40 countries to get portraits of various species. The photographs of some 7,000 species are on display at the exhibition, ranging from the 6-mm long Socorro isopod, a tiny insect, to the giant 3-m tall African elephant.

  • Photo Ark Museum Exhibition

     Through March 4, 2018

    The Hague, Netherlands

    National Geographic Photo Ark, an exhibition of Joel Sartore, is filled with beautiful and moving photos of animals both tiny and mammoth accompanied by Joel’s powerful story.  The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to document every species living in wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.

  • Los Angeles Zoo Exhibition

     Through February, 2018

    Los Angeles, California

    Beginning September 9, guests at the Los Angeles Zoo can view selections from the National Geographic Photo Ark, an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and other wildlife sanctuaries and intended to inspire people to help protect these animals for future generations. Featuring the work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the National Geographic Photo Ark is a compelling and visually powerful project that aims to photograph species before it is too late. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world. The traveling National Geographic exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

  • Photo Ark Exhibition

     Through April 29, 2018

    Museum of Natural History in Porto, Portugal.

    Photo Ark is a National Geographic project with a simple goal: to photograph all the species in captivity, to create one of the largest biodiversity archives in the world, and to inspire the public to devote themselves to the conservation of the planet’s most vulnerable animals. In a decade, photographer Joel Sartore has portrayed more than 7,000 species, intending to photograph a total of 12,000 during the project’s 25 years.

    Come and see the best photos of the Photo Ark, at the Biodiversity Gallery – Centro Ciência Viva, in Porto, and discover what we can save.

  • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo: Photo Ark Zoo Exhibition

    Beginning April 2017
    Omaha, NE
    Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will host “National Geographic Photo Ark,” a new traveling outdoor exhibition beginning April 4.
    The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries – inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. Joel Sartore started the Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln more than a decade ago. Since then, he has visited more than 40 countries and has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world in his quest to create the Photo Ark. Some of the images were taken at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

  • Dallas Zoo: Photo Ark Exhibition

    Beginning May 2017
    Dallas, TX
    The Dallas Zoo and National Geographic are showcasing a one-of-a-kind project through the national launch of a traveling exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” opening at the Dallas Zoo on Thursday, April 20. Featuring the remarkable work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the exhibition will be on display until Labor Day (Sept. 4, 2017). This exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

  • Cincinnati Zoo: Photo Ark Exhibition

    Beginning May 2017
    Cincinnati, OH
    The Cincinnati Zoo will see more animals than ever this summer, some through the eyes of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. Sartore’s photos featuring species from zoos and aquariums around the world will be displayed throughout the Cincinnati Zoo from May 19 to August 20. Cincinnati Zoo is thrilled to be one of only three locations hosting the traveling “National Geographic Photo Ark” exhibition for its debut tour. This exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

  • ENDANGERED: JOEL SARTORE RETROSPECTIVE

    September 16, 2017 – February 25, 2018
    Hickory, NC
    Hickory Museum of Art
    Catawba Valley Camera Club and the Hickory Museum of Art present the images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. The installation includes 55 prints. Half of the images show animals in their natural environments – highlighting the effects of deforestation, industrialization, oil spills, and city growth on their habitats. The other half of the prints are Photo Ark images – studio-style portraits of the world’s captive species (species under human care) photographed against a white or black background. Sartore writes, “Isolating the animals against black and white backgrounds allows us to look them in the eye and see that these creatures contain beauty, grace, and intelligence.”

  • Woodland Park Zoo: Photo Ark Exhibition

    Beginning April 2018
    Seattle, Washington

    National Geographic is showcasing Photo Ark in a traveling outdoor photo exhibition making its way to Woodland Park Zoo, Apr. 20 – Oct. 8, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the  exhibition will display more than 50 stunning animal portraits taken in the world’s best zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. This exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. It is free with zoo admission or membership.

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