Florian Schulz

Keynote Presentation | Into the Last Great Wilderness – A 25-year journey of nature photography

Florian Schulz

For more than 25 years, Florian Schulz has followed his passion for nature
photography. The results of his efforts are not only stunning photographs but also
entire conservation campaigns.

An internationally recognized photographer, his images have been published in National Geographic, GEO, BBC Wildlife, and CNN recently featured his conservation work. He is the author of several books published by Braided River, including Yellowstone to Yukon – Freedom to Roam, To The Arctic, and The Wild Edge – Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast.

Schulz won numerous awards including “Environmental Photographer of the Year,” Sierra Club’s “Ansel Adams Award,” amongst others. He was awarded the 2006 Philip Hyde Environmental Grant by NANPA and received NANPA’s first Vision Award in 2008.

Today Schulz brings the wild side of our amazing planet closer to diverse audiences in Europe and North America, reaching thousands of people through his life talks. In a new era, where film and photography are merging, he has recently evolved as a producer in nature filmmaking, shooting in the highest standards of cinema quality. The result: outstanding film sequences, rarely witnessed before. Schulz is finalizing his first feature documentary about The Arctic Refuge. He lives with his wife Emil and boys Nanuk (6) and Silvan (3) between Anchorage, Alaska and La Paz in Baja (Mexico).

To learn more go to www.florianschulz.org.

© Florian Schulz. A huge male polar bear returns to a fin whale carcass that has stranded in Holmiabukta. In the background lies the Holmiabreen Glacier. Location: Holmiabukta Bay, Northwest Svalbard, Arctic Europe

Florian leads a keynote presentation at 8:45 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

George Lepp

Keynote Address | Inspiration, Support, Transition and Awe: The Keys to Success in Nature Photography

NANPA’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers, and a leader in the field of digital imaging, George Lepp is the author of many books and hundreds of nationally and internationally published articles about the creative, ethical, and technical aspects of nature photography. He is field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His photography is extensively published and exhibited, and represented by Getty Images, Corbis, AgStock, and Photo Researchers.

Lepp is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light program, featuring the industry’s most influential photographers. He has presented hundreds of lectures and led workshops all over the world, and often serves as a judge of international photography competitions. Founder and Fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Lepp has won many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year, the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award, and NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography.

George and his wife and collaborator, Kathryn Vincent Lepp, live in Bend, Oregon, and can be contacted atwww.GeorgeLepp.com.

© George Lepp. Monarch butterflies cover a tree trunk at the over-wintering site in the high mountains of Mexico. 1976

George’s keynote presentation is sponsored by Canon. 

George will lead Inspiration, Support, Transition and Awe at 8:15 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Sue Flood

Keynote Presentation | From the North Pole to the South Pole and In Between

Sue Flood is an award-winning former BBC Natural History Unit documentary maker, public speaker, member of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Sue worked on award-winning series The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, before becoming a professional wildlife and travel photographer.

Her work takes her all over the world but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of Antarctica and is one of the very few women who chooses to return again and again to Earth’s harshest and most demanding environment.

Her adventures in the Arctic and Antarctic have included camping at -40°C in the Arctic winter, diving with leopard seals, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and Antarctica, and living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge.

Sue has appeared on screen for the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and has won multiple awards in competitions including the Travel Photographer of the Year, International Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, the International Conservation Photography Awards (Best of Festival), and a Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal.

When she’s not in some far-flung location, Sue lives with her husband Chris in North Wales.

© Sue Flood. Emperor penguins with young chick at Snow Hill Island rookery, Antarctica. October 2008.

Sue leads From the North Pole to the South Pole and In Between at 8:15 am on Friday, February 22, 2019.

James Balog

Keynote Presentation | The Human Element

James Balog

For almost 40 years, photographer James Balog (“BAY-log”) has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps.

His new film, The Human Element, is an innovative and visually stunning look at how humanity interacts with earth, air, fire and water. Its world premiere was at the San Francisco Film Festival in April.

To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) in 2007. It is the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. The project was featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special Extreme Ice. One YouTube video clip from Chasing Ice has received more than 40 million views. Chasing Ice won an Emmy in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. It has been screened at the White House, U.S. Congress, Great Britain’s House of Commons, the United Nations, and major international science and policy conferences, including COP-15 in Copenhagen and COP-21 in Paris. NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and NPR have done features on his work, as have David Letterman, Bill Maher, and Bill Moyers.

James is the author of eight books. His images have been collected in dozens of public and private artcollections—and extensively published in the world’s magazines, particularly National Geographic.

James leads The Human Element at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, February 22.