Episode 28: Joel Sartore

So You Want To Be a National Geographic Photographer?

“Every square inch of land that’s accounted for - it’s got the hand of man on it… it’s just not a big mystery why the world is heating up and running out of wild spaces… Even if I was a really young man doing this, I’d be in a race against time.”

As 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year, Joel regularly contributes to the magazine, specializing in documenting endangered species and landscapes worldwide. Joel founded ‘Photo Ark’, a documentary and photographic project in conservation, which has had images displayed at iconic and historical landmarks worldwide, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Empire State Building.

In this great conversation, Joel talks about his early passion for wildlife, what triggered him to dedicate his life to conservation, and his endeavor to frame small insects equally to large rhinos, as they are “the ones that lead the charge in terms of becoming endangered.” Joel tells a great story of how he got his first job at National Geographic and what it entails to work for them. He shares what wildlife photographers should do to help save the planet, discusses the intelligence of insects, and the technicalities of ‘Photo Ark’ shoots.

To find out more about Joel, visit: www.joelsartore.com


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Created & produced by: Podcast Partners
Published: Feb 10, 2023

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