There’s no clocking out early when you’re a photographer for National Geographic. Joel Sartore has been with the magazine for over fifteen years, building teams everywhere from Alaska to the Atacama Desert. With guidance from the magazine’s editors, Sartore works independently in the field to deliver the goods despite language barriers, tightening budgets, skittish subjects, and loitering killer pigs. Nature doesn’t give many second chances so attitude, teamwork and creativity are as essential as the camera in creating good pictures. The far corners of earth aren’t all that different from the conference room, the sales presentation or the cubicle; going the extra mile can and does mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. As a speaker, Sartore uses humor and candor to energize audiences and empower them to take pride in and excel at their work.
Grounded: A Reflection on the Use of Life and Land
In this keynote, Joel recounts not only the years spent shooting for National Geographic, but how his wife’s recent battle with breast cancer refocused and reconnected him to his family and with the reason he takes pictures in the first place; to show people the natural world, get them to care, and save the earth.