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Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

JOEL SARTORE is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow, and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic. Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitat.



Sartore started the Photo Ark more than a decade ago in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Since then he has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. Sartore has produced several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and two new National Geographic Photo Ark books: The Photo Ark and Animal Ark.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon magazine, Life, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and numerous book projects. Sartore and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts, including National Geographic’s Explorer, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the PBS documentary series, RARE: Portraits of the Photo Ark.  He is also a regular contributor on CBS Sunday Morning. Check out this segment from CBS Sunday Morning to learn more about Joel Sartore and his mission:  https://vimeo.com/149221316.

Sartore graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in journalism.  He currently lives in Nebraska with his wife, Kathy, and their three children.


The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out. When you remove one, it affects us all. The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. The Photo Ark’s three-pronged approach harnesses the power of National Geographic’s photography and the bold ideas of our explorers. Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and to help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.


Joel Sartore started the Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, more than a decade ago.  Since then, Sartore, a world-renowned photographer, has visited 40 countries in his quest to create a photo archive of global bio-diversity, which will feature portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Once completed, the Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

To date, Joel has completed portraits of more than 7,400 species. No matter its size, each animal is treated with the same amount of affection and respect. The results are portraits that are not just stunningly beautiful, but intimate  and moving. “It’s the eye contact that moves people,” Sartore explains. “It engages their feelings of compassion and a desire to help.”


National Geographic is working to help save species that are featured in the Photo Ark and facing extinction. Building on National Geographic’s 129-year history of investing in bold people and transformative ideas, the Photo Ark supports innovative, on-the-ground conversation projects designed to reduce human threats to wildlife, protect critical habitats, and create lasting change.



Visit the National Geographic Photo Ark website at www.natgeophotoark.org.