National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore speaking at Auburn University

Published: February 13, 2018
Updated: February 23, 2018
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Members of the campus and surrounding communities are invited to join internationally renowned photographer, author and conservationist Joel Sartore on Friday, March 2, as he shares his insights into the National Geographic Photo Ark, his collection of images that capture the world's rarest animals.

Sartore's visit begins with a public keynote at 4 p.m. in Foy Hall Auditorium where he will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Photo Ark and discuss issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. With a passion for protecting endangered species, Sartore will share his experiences capturing the iconic images of these animals before they disappear. The keynote is open to the public. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and seating is limited.

The second program of the day is a ticketed event at 6 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Members of the public are invited to purchase tickets for "Expedition Auburn," a seated dinner with Sartore hosted at the museum. Reservations are required, and tickets may be purchased by calling 334-844-3085 or visiting Tickets are $150 per person and $2,000 per table.

"Joel Sartore's presence will bring Audubon's 19th century notion of creating an encyclopedic collection of animals into the 21st century," said Marilyn Laufer, museum director. "Not only does Sartore create stunning photographic portraits of these animals but he also uses his visuals to convince us that we all need to be deeply concerned about the future of these diverse species who share our planet."

For more about Sartore's work, visit For additional details on the March 2 events, visit

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