Joel Sartore is one of the leaders in conservation photography. A respected and prolific contributor to National Geographic, Sartore has been behind many incredible stories telling the plight of various species and how we can act, including koalas in Australia, the Gulf oil spill, the vanishing of amphibians, grey wolves and more.
Sartore's quest is to show the ecosystems and animals of a world worth saving. He states, "It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves."
Currently he is working on a project called The Photo Ark which has the ambitious goal to document biodiversity and get people to care while there is still a chance to save what we have left. Already, over 2,650 species have been photographed with stunning and often comical portraits. You can check out the project and even buy a print here.