Joel Sartore

Keynote Presentation | National Geographic Photo Ark

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and strong work ethic.

Sartore started the National Geographic Photo Ark some 11 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. Since then he’s visited 40 countries in his biodiversity with the goal of helping to preserve species. Sartore has produced several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered SpeciesPhotographing Your Family, and two new National Geographic Photo Ark books: The Photo Ark and Animal Ark. National Geographic Photo Ark fans are also invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and learn more about how to get involved with the project at

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon magazine,Life, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. Sartore and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts, including National Geographic’s ExplorerNBC Nightly NewsNPR’s Weekend EditionFresh Air with Terry Gross and the PBS documentary series Rare: Portraits of the Photo Ark. He is also a regular contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.

Sartore graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in journalism. He currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and children.

Joel leads National Geographic Photo Ark at 7:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019.