Date(s) - 02/22/2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In moments of historic crisis, art often emerges as one way humanity wrestles with what is happening around us. In this virtual exhibition, photographers and filmmakers who have dedicated their lives to documenting the climate crisis come together to showcase their work and provide insight into what they have learned while traveling the world and witnessing the effects of climate change. In a media landscape dominated by grim climate news, these media makers demonstrate the importance of optimism, beauty, and a commitment to justice.
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The PublicsLab thanks Jeremiah Perez-Torres for his work in organizing this event.
Michael Ryan Clark is an award winning filmmaker and photographer who has dedicated his life to creating impact driven wildlife conservation media. Documenting important and untold conservation stories has taken Michael across 6 continents and dozens of countries. Michael has contributed photos, video, and writing to National Geographic, accepted awards at the United Nations, and worked with companies such as Disney, CBS, PBS Nature, and has partnered with various NGO’s. He enjoys using storytelling skills gained from his English Education degree at Boston University, in conjunction with his passion for media to create content that brings awareness to conservation issues with the goal of enacting measurable change.
Gab Mejia is a Filipino conservation photographer, environmental storyteller, and engineer. His work focuses on stories on the climate crisis, endangered wildlife, and the intersectionality of culture and the environment. He is a National Geographic Explorer, Nikon Asia Ambassador, and an Emerging League Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, and has published stories on National Geographic, Nikon, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), CNN Philippines, and other international platforms. Honoured in the Forbes Under 30 Asia list, he is also a 2019 Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow, and a columnist for The Manila Times having presented stories in several TEDx talks for his passion for nature and the arts. He now resides as the youngest Board of Trustee for the WWF-Philippines working on environmental conservation efforts in the Philippines.
Michael O. Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker who uses his combined knowledge of visual storytelling and conservation to create narratives that drive social impact. At its core, his work is an exploration of the dynamic, two-way relationship between environmental change and cultural change. Michael is a Portrait of Humanity Award Winner, a Climate Journalism Fellow at the Bertha Foundation, a Blue Earth Alliance Photographer, a Society of Environmental Journalists Member, a National Geographic Contributor, a member of New Day Films, a participant in the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, and a Resident Artist at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. His photojournalism work has been featured by outlets such as National Geographic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, VOX, BBC, PBS News Hour, CNN, Orion, Science, and NPR. His images have been galleried around the world, including shows at Photoville, NYC Climate Week, the Indian Photo Festival, The Capa Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Sent Into Space, and many more. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a BSc from Dickinson College.
Julian Victor is a wildlife filmmaker from Toronto who has worked on projects for National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Legendary wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. He has been featured in PBS and has produced several segments on wildlife conservation for Canada’s top morning show Breakfast Television, where he is currently the host of a monthly segment “On the Wild Side” highlighting the great biodiversity of Toronto and beyond. Julian is always on the lookout for diverse conservation stories to tell in order to raise awareness of our natural world, its inhabitants, and how to preserve them. He has been particularly fond of wildlife thriving in our bustling urban environments. From turkey vultures that perch on busy downtown rooftops to deer that hang out peacefully in cemeteries, he believes that wildlife is everywhere but we just have to look and learn how to coexist with them.