Pandamania Part II

Zhang Hemin papa panda

I was thrilled to give interviews about my National Geographic story, including CCTV, NPR’s Weekend Edition, UPROXX, Vice, Huffington Post, the How to Do Everything podcast, Mother Nature Network, Global Times, L’Illustre, Tech Insider, and Business Insider.

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Why Photos Should Be ‘So Much More Than Beautiful’

children at refugee camp india

I was honored to speak to National Geographic’s Through the Lens blog about my work.

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Interview with How to Do Everything

panda keeper health check

NPR’s How to Do Everything podcast wondered how to get close to a panda after they saw my National Geographic story and I chatted with them about the surprising answer: panda suits!

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Interview with The Creators Project

panda keepers tracking

After my National Geographic cover story appeared in August, many were fascinated by the panda suits! I talked with The Creators Project, part of Vice, about what it takes to get candid shots of these elusive animals.

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Tracker Dogs Are an Elephant’s Best Friend

tracker dog

There is no better way to celebrate World Elephant Day than at Loisaba Conservancy with The Nature Conservancy in Africa. Learn about the variety of ways TNC is working with local communities to protect elephants and their vital ecosystems in National Geographic’s A Voice for Elephants.

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Pandas Gone Wild

Rewilding Pandas in China feature

I am excited to share our panda story, now on newsstands in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine. Tremendous gratitude to the incredible team in China working to protect these magical bears and to my colleagues at National Geographic for giving me the opportunity to share this incredible story. This journey turned out to be [ … ]

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I spoke recently to The Weekly Wrap, the audio home of National Geographic’s Your Shot blog, about my panda story, which will be published in National Geographic Magazine in August. I talked about the origins of this story in 2013, how I pitched it to National Geographic, what the shooting process was like, and what I found in China that surprised me.

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Better Photography: It’s NOT about the Image


Check out the latest Better Photography. “Photography is not about the camera. It’s not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories. Photography is a tool for creating awareness and understanding across cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share. And I believe the way to find common ground [ … ]

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National Geographic Live

Tourists watch as Li Feng cares for two month old giant panda cubs at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province August 29, 2015.  Nearly 50 percent of giant pandas births are to twins, but the mothers can care for only one cub at a time so keepers in China have developed a careful process for swapping each baby so they are fed both by their mother and by hand. Baby pandas wean from their mothers between 8-9 months and a year old and generally stay with their mothers for 2 years. (Photo by Ami Vitale)

I am excited to continue my tour as one of the featured National Geographic photographers at the National Geographic Live series in Kansas City May 10, 2016. My talk, titled “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions,” is about my exploration of the world from temples to war zones and rhinos to pandas. Tickets and information are available online. [ … ]

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Rhinos in Amsterdam Airport

My 2015 World Press Photo winner displayed at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

If you are passing through the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, check out my World Press Photo rhino  image on a billboard there. The image features the conservation work of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust. Please follow their work on social media and consider a visit to Kenya to see them in action. Your support goes directly toward [ … ]

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