2021 Ethos of Exploration

Portraits of Hope, an Evening with Joel Sartore (virtual)

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. PT
Tickets: $75 | Free for Allies
Allies-only Q+A cocktail hour to follow

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Note: Hidden Compass Allies receive perks, including FREE access to this event and EXCLUSIVE access to the virtual cocktail hour — plus a signed, hardcover copy of Joel Sartore’s book, Photo Ark Wonders: Celebrating Diversity in the Animal Kingdom, featuring more than 450 photographs by the author. Learn more about Hidden Compass: The Alliance, and become an Ally.

After a photo shoot at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, a clouded leopard cub climbs on Sartore’s head. The leopards, which live in Asian tropical forests, are illegally hunted for their spotted pelts. Photo: Grahm S. Jones/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

For more than 15 years across 50 countries, Joel Sartore has been on a quest to create a photo archive of global biodiversity for his Photo Ark project. In “Portraits of Hope,” Sartore will present stunning images from around the world and chronicle his effort to create portraits of more than 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. In addition to presenting on his work and photographic adventures, Sartore will reflect on his mission for the Photo Ark to serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

An endangered baby Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, named Aurora, with her adoptive mother, Cheyenne, a Bornean/Sumatran cross, Pongo pygmaeus x abelii, at the Houston Zoo. Photo: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

Sartore joins us as our inaugural Ethos of Exploration speaker, an annual Hidden Compass event featuring speakers whose work embodies the modern age of exploration.

After the presentation, Sartore and the Hidden Compass co-founders will host a 1-hour breakout Zoom session exclusively for Allies — members of Hidden Compass’s Alliance — in which attendees are invited to sit in virtual conversation with the acclaimed photographer. Each Ally will also receive a signed, hardcover copy of Sartore’s book, Photo Ark Wonders: Celebrating Diversity in the Animal Kingdom, which features more than 450 photographs by the author.

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A federally endangered Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Photo: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.


Joel Sartore is a 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.

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. He 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 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. He currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and children.

Cover image: A Fiji Island banded iguana, Brachylophus fasciatus, at the Los Angeles Zoo. Photo: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.

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Ethos of Exploration 2021 with Joel Sartore