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Paul Nicklen receives award from the Natural Resources Defense Council

Posted on December 7th, 2012

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

Beverly and Dereck Joubert on 60 Minutes

Posted on November 30th, 2012

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment featuring Beverly and Dereck Joubert called “Discovering the Secrets of Lions.”

The show speaks to Beverly and Dereck’s lives in Botswana, researching the behaviors and lives of big cats with a keen focus on lions. As Dereck says, “We’ve spent thousands and thousands of hours with them. We’ve spent more hours with lions than we’ve done at university, school, with either of our parents. So this is our family in many ways.”

In the 60 Minutes segment they talk about the process of making their films, each of which can take many years and their work with specific animals. They became very close to one lioness, Ma di Tau, in their research. They note that there are some events in the animals life that are just too emotional to feature in their documentaries.

Watch the entire segment here: Discovering the Secrets of Lions