Steve Winter

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Location Amphitheater

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Wildlife photographer Steve Winter has spent over 20 years leading photographic expeditions to remote locations around the world on a mission to document big cats. Winter’s dedication to the protection of these iconic animals on the brink of extinction in the wild is evident throughout his career where he has served as an ambassador for the wildlife he photographs. He has also been a champion of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by National Geographic Society to fund on-the-ground research and innovative conservation projects to protect big cats and their critical habitats.

A former photojournalist with the Black Star Photo Agency, Winter began shooting for National Geographic in 1991. He has covered many subjects for National Geographic Magazine, including the natural history of Cuba, Russia’s giant Kamchatka bears, Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River, snow leopards, cougars, Kaziranga National Park, tigers and leopards.

Winter has been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He won first prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2014 and 2008. He twice was awarded the Global Vision Award from Pictures of the Year International from University of Missouri. He has appeared on CBS Nightly News, 60 Minutes, NPR, the BBC, and other media outlets, and has filmed numerous shows for National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild. Winter speaks all over the world for Nat Geo Live on his “On the Trail of Big Cats” presentation. In November 2013, National Geographic published Winter’s photography book,Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat.

Winter is a graduate of the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco.