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Award-Winning National Geographic Photographer: Joel Sartore

Learn how photography is helping save the most endangered species

image of a man taking a picture of a cayman.
Joel Sartore A photographer carefully photographs dwarf caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus, at the Sunset Zoo. © © Cole Sartore


Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, conservationist, and the 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year. Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitat. “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity,” he says. “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” 

Joel is the keynote speaker of this year's VT International Film Festival. He will take us through his different efforts, and stories while capturing “profiles of hope.” This event is online with the option to attend a watch party hosted by VTIFF. 

To register  online:

The presentation will have a live watch party at the Vermont International Film Festival (Burlington). In-person registration will open on October 7 at