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

  • 500k miles traveled
  • 923k 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.

  • Amphibians exhibit at Western Kentucky University

    Aug-Nov, 2016
    Bowling Green, KY
    More than 60 photographs from Joel Sartore on one of his favorite subjects: amphibians. These animals are both stunning and intriguing in their diversity and uniqueness. Learn more about the plight and nature of the transparent glass frog, the Chinese giant salamander and even the blue poison dart frog in this comprehensive and beautiful exhibit.

  • MONA- Photo Ark exhibit featuring North American and Prairie animals

    March 3- July 9, 2017
    Kearney, NE
    This is the first major museum exhibition of the Photo Ark in the Midwest with a special concentration on North American and Prairie animals.

  • 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.

  • Fragile Nature at Wesselman Nature Society

    May 12, 2017 – June 23, 2017
    Evansville, IN
    Sixty images exploring the relationship between mankind and nature. For additional information, contact WNS.

  • National Museum of Wildlife Art

    Beginning June 28, 2017
    Jackson, Wyoming
    Mix'd Media
    Photo Ark: Presentation and Exhibit

  • 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.”

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