“Some of Earth’s greatest dramas don’t take place in fantasy worlds or on stages. They happen in the wild.” - Florian Schulz
Location: The Broad Stage - Main Stage
Despite the Arctic’s reputation as a barren wasteland, award-winning photographer Florian Schulz discovered a vibrant ecosystem—including playful polar bears, mysterious musk ox and a herd of thousands of caribou—over the course of 34 months in the High Arctic. To the German explorer, it was a quest for an uncharted wilderness that stands in contrast to an otherwise ever-more populated and industrialized world.
Specializing in wildlife and conservation photojournalism, the quality of Florian Schulz’ work is reflected in the widespread recognition he has received. His photographs have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife and GEO, and he has won numerous awards for his photography, including Environmental Photographer of the Year. But these prizes have never been his motivation. His tireless efforts to document and protect wilderness areas are fueled by an honest commitment to our environment and a love for the natural world.
Florian is a devout advocate for wildlife corridors, coining the phrase “freedom to roam” and founding the Freedom to Roam project. He aims to expand the new conservation movement for wildlife corridors. Just like the creation of Yellowstone as the first national park, he envisions the establishment of national corridors as an idea to spread around the world.
In recent years, Florian has devoted his focus to the Arctic, as it is one of the fastest changing and most threatened ecosystems on Earth. His determination to portray this land and its diversity of creatures has drawn him through many challenges, hardships and dangers.