Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore

1962 –


Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow and founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark. He started the Photo Ark more than 15 years ago in his hometown of Lincoln, NE. Since then, he has visited more than 50 countries in his quest to create his photo archive of global biodiversity. Sartore has produced several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, The Photo Ark, Animal Ark and The Photo Ark Vanishing.
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 the CBS Sunday Morning Show. Sartore graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in journalism.


  • Joel Sartore was honored with the IPHF Visionary Award at a ceremony October 29th, 2021.


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Below: A pygmy slow loris, Nycticebus pygmaeus, at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Right: A critically endangered African white backed vulture, Gyps africanus, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.