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Paul Nicklen

Photojournalist

Photography Fellow

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Photograph by Paul Nicklen

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Photograph by Cristina Mittermeier, National Geographic Creative

Paul Nicklen is a Canadian-born photographer and biologist with a specialty in polar ecosystems. He has been an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine for 15 years and was recently named a National Geographic photography fellow. He has produced 17 stories for the magazine and is currently working on another six.

His work focuses on the fragile relationship between healthy ecosystems and marine wildlife. In addition to his collaboration with the National Geographic Society, his work has been featured in hundreds of publications around the world and he has given over 500 sold-out lectures in over 20 countries.

Recently, Nicklen's work was exhibited at the world-renowned Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and he was a featured speaker at the 2011 TED conference. His alma mater, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, presented him with a lifetime achievement award for his work in promoting marine conservation. He has received over 30 prestigious international awards, including the 2012 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and five World Press Photo Awards, and he was the first ever recipient of the Natural Resources Defense Council's BioGems Visionary Award.

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I call myself an interpreter and a translator. I translate what the scientists are telling me. If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire ecosystem.

—Paul Nicklen

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