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Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic.  His assignments have taken him to every continent and to the world’s most beautiful and challenging environments, from the High Arctic to the Antarctic.  He is on a mission to document endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.

His interest in nature started in childhood, when he learned about the very last passenger pigeon from one of his mother’s Time-Life picture books. He has since been chased by a wide variety of species including wolves, grizzlies, musk oxen, lions, elephants and polar bears.

His first National Geographic assignments introduced him to nature photography, and also allowed him to see human impact on the environment first-hand.

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.”

He has written several books including Photographing Your Family and RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species.  His latest book, Let’s Be Reasonable, is a collection of essays from CBS Sunday Morning.  All are available through his website or wherever books are sold.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed toAudubon Magazine, Geo, TimeLifeNewsweekSports Illustrated 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, NPR’s Weekend Edition and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He is also a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood.

Joel is always happy to return from his travels around the world to his home in Lincoln, Nebraska where he lives with his wife Kathy and their three children.