Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore
Occupation Photographer, Public Speaker, Author, Teacher

Joel Sartore (born June 16, 1962, Ponca City, Oklahoma) is an American photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore grew up in Ralston, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in journalism. 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 addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audubon Magazine, GEO, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports 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. In 2015, he had an appearance in the film Racing Extinction where he photographed the very last Rabb's fringe-limbed treefrog.

Joel Sartore is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).[1] In 2012, Sartore was named a Fellow of the National Geographic Society.

Sartore resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and children.

Selected works[edit]

  • The Company We Keep: America's Endangered Species, 1995, National Geographic Society (1997 reprint), ISBN 0-7922-3310-7, with Douglas H. Chadwick
  • Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky, 1999, Nebraska Book Company (2006 Reprint, University of Nebraska Press), ISBN 0-9648992-6-4
  • Photographing Your Family, 2008, National Geographic, ISBN 1-4262-0218-0, with John Healey
  • Rare: Portraits of America's Endangered Species, 2010, Focal Point (National Geographic), ISBN 1-4262-0575-9
  • Let's Be Reasonable, 2011, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0-8032-3506-2
  • Fundamentals of Photography, 2012, Teaching Co.
  • Fundamentals of Photography II, 2015, Teaching Co.

National Geographic works[edit]

Issue Article
July 1992 America's Third Coast
November 1992 Eagle Recovery
April 1993 Andrew Aftermath
July 1993 Northern California
February 1994 Federal lands
February 1994 Connecticut
July 1994 Boston
March 1995 Endangered Species Act
January 1996 Utah
February 1996 Tex-Mex Border
October 1996 National Wildlife Refuge
May 1998 Gray wolf
November 1998 Nebraska
March 2000 Madidi
March 2000 Bugging Out
May 2001 Prairie restoration
July 2001 Grizzly bear
March 2002 Attwater's Prairie Chicken
February 2003 Clayoquot Sound
July 2003 One Day, Three Peaks
August 2003 Atacama Desert
July 2005 Drilling the West
August 2005 Brazil's Wild Wet Pantanal
May 2006 Selling Alaska's Frontier
December 2006 Ivory-billed woodpecker
August 2008 Monkey Island
January 2009 Last One
April 2009 Vanishing Amphibians
July 2009 State Fair
April 2010 Silent Streams
October 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
November 2010 Mystery of Great Migrations
November 2011 Rift in Paradise
May 2012 Koala Rescue
June 2013 The Rebirth of Gorongosa
October 2013 Building the Ark


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