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Nat Geo Live: Invisible Wonders

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The Broad Stage - Main Stage


The Nat Geo Live speaker series brings you behind-the-scenes stories, stunning imagery and gripping footage from National Geographic's world-renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers.

Get a fascinating look at the hidden wonders of our world through the innovative techniques of photographer Anand Varma, whose images reveal life at the edge of our perception.


Anand Varma grew up exploring the woods near his childhood home in Atlanta, Georgia. As a teenager, he picked up his dad’s old camera on a whim and found that he could use it to feed his curiosity about the natural world—and to share his discoveries with others. Anand graduated with a degree in integrative biology from UC Berkeley and now uses photography to share the story behind the science on everything from honeybee health to hummingbird biomechanics. He works to reveal the invisible details around us with the goal of sparking a sense of wonder about our world. Since receiving an Early Career Grant from National Geographic in 2010, he has photographed numerous stories for National Geographic magazine, including the 2014 cover story called “Mindsuckers.” His recognitions include National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Media Innovation Fellow, Photographer of the Year, and World Press Award for best nature story. Anand lives in Berkeley, California.


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Lens Culture Shares What Makes Anand Varma’s Photography Journey So Special

Lens Culture explains that Varma "…came to photography from a background of biology." Click here to read more. 


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