This week Paul Nicklen received the BioGems Visionary Award by the Natural Resources Defense Council. He was given the award in recognition for the role his photography has played in inspiring the organization’s work to protect endangered wildlife and ecosystems, especially in polar regions.

As Paul says: “If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire ecosystem. I hope we can realize through my photography how inter-connected these species are to ice. It just takes one image to get someone’s attention.”

Paul speaks first hand about his work in a TED talk:

Read the article about Paul’s award HERE