Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes in order to show our world as one worth saving. He is the founder of The Photo Ark, a multi-year documentary project to photograph every captive species in existence in order to promote education and save species and habitat. In his words, “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”
Joel has written several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky. In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Geo, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and numerous book projects. Joel and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts including National Geographic’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. An exhibition of his photography is currently on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.