Joel Sartore: Capturing Endangered Species

Joel Sartore: Capturing Endangered Species

National Geographic photojournalist uses photography to make a difference.


9 - 12+


Arts and Music, Biology, Experiential Learning, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Photography

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This video was filmed on Thursday, June 14th at the 2012 National Geographic Explorers Symposium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

A lifelong Nebraskan, Joel Sartore brings a sense of humor and a midwestern work ethic to his National Geographic magazine assignments. More than 20 years of experience have allowed him to cover everything from the remote Amazon rain forest to mountain-racing firefighters in the United Kingdom. Joel's mission is to document endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.


  • Introduction and humorous pictures of wildlife (start-01:29 min.)

  • Images that "make it" into National Geographic Magazine (01:30-02:14 min.)

  • *The Australian Koala: a story of conservation through images (02:15-04:10 min.)

  • *Using photographs to address complicated issues (04:11-06:15 min.)

  • What does it take to get people to look and take action? (06:16-08:24 min.)

  • A desperate attempt: photographs on black and white backdrops (08:25-11:20 min.)

  • Holding people's attention (11:21-11:59 min.)

  • Video: The Chimp Incident (12:00-13:14 min.)

  • Saving endangered species (13:15-14:26 min.)

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Nina Page, National Geographic Society
Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

April 2, 2024

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