Arts & Lectures
APR 25 - 26, 2019

Nat Geo Live: Wild Seas, Secret Shores

The Broad Stage - Main Stage


In this talk, marine biologist-turned-National Geographic photographer Thomas Peschak takes audiences around the world with his award-winning images and his engaging take on the ocean’s charismatic creatures.

Program notes available here.


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Thomas P. Peschak is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and Director of Conservation for the Save our Seas Foundation. He was named by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the 40 most influential nature/environmental photographers in the world. Trained as a marine biologist Thomas specialized in the impacts of illegal fishing and kelp forest ecology. He retired from active science in 2004 to become an environmental photojournalist, after he realized that he could have a greater conservation impact with photographs than statistics. When not travelling the world on assignments he calls Cape Town in South Africa home. Thomas has written and photographed five books: Currents of Contrast, Great White Shark, Wild Seas Secret Shores, Lost World and Sharks and People. He is a multi-award winning photographer, having received eight awards from the BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. In 2011 and 2013 he was a World Press Photo award winner in the nature/environment category. Thomas believes that the combined force of photojournalists, scientists and conservation NGOs are a powerful force for the natural world and the people whose lives depend on it. He is also a founding director of the Manta Trust and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

The April 26 presentation of Wild Seas, Secret Shores made possible in part by a generous gift from John and Kathy Kissick.


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