Careful Observations: Conversation in Action

Careful Observations: Conversation in Action

National Geographic Explorer and photographer Joel Sartore started his photography career by taking photographs in the field, or in natural environments. His images tell stories about environmental issues to motivate people to care and make positive changes. Examine Sartore’s photos from the field. What stories do they tell?


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Conservation, Experiential Learning, Storytelling

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Photographs can tell powerful stories. Take a moment to reflect on these photos taken by Joel Sartore.


  1. Observe one photograph at a time.
  2. What do you notice in the image? Look closely at the details.
  3. What do you think is happening in the image? Based on your observations, hypothesize what the animals and people are doing and why.
  4. Click on the right arrow. Read the caption to learn more about the species in the image. How does the additional information change your understanding?
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the next image.
Media Credits

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Corinne Rucker, National Geographic Society
Sara Nachtigal, Ph.D., Educurious
Hanna Jaramillo, M.S. Ed., Educurious
Latia White, Ed.D., Inclusive Innovation Researcher, Global Inclusive Learning Design Reviewer
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Jean Cantu, National Geographic Society
Production Managers
Margot Willis, National Geographic Society
Patrick Cavanagh, National Geographic Society
Clint Parks
Last Updated

July 10, 2024

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