A lizard on a black background.


An In-Person Benefit for
The Lawrence Hall of Science


Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow, and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks, beyond his brilliant photography and admirable sense of mission, are a sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic.

Sartore started the Photo Ark some 15 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. Since that time, he has visited more than 50 countries in his quest to create his photo archive of global biodiversity. Sartore has produced several books, including Photo Ark Wonders: Celebrating Diversity in the Animal Kingdom, RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered SpeciesPhotographing Your FamilyThe Photo Ark, Animal Ark and The Photo Ark Vanishing.

Joel Sartore headshot
Joel Sartore

About the Speaker

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon magazine, LifeThe New York TimesSports Illustrated, and numerous book projects. He and his work have been featured on several national broadcasts, including National Geographic’s ExplorerNBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend EditionFresh Air with Terry Gross, and the PBS documentary series Rare: Portraits of the Photo Ark. Sartore is also a regular contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.

Joel Sartore graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in journalism. He lives in Nebraska with his wife and children.

After a photo shoot at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, a clouded leopard cub climbs on Sartore’s head
© Photo by Graham S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Celebrating Nature’s Diversity

Joel Sartore’s appearance at this year’s Innovations & Inspiration benefit inspired Dr. Paul Bartlett to propose a permanent installation of Joel’s photographs at The Lawrence, to serve as an inspirational addition to our science center that will stimulate young learners’ wonder and curiosity for the natural world.

Learn more about this new photo installation.