2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

New World of Photography and Visual Storytelling

Friday, March 11
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon F
500 E 4th St

Seasoned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has put the reach of modern media platforms to work through Photo Ark. In the wake of devastatingly increased wildlife extinctions, Sartore has set out to make portraits of as many of the Earth’s species as possible to create a visual Noah’s Ark. This project uses the power of both traditional and social media on National Geographic’s many publishing platforms to create a connection between animals and the people who can help protect them. Sartore has brought this timely issue into the hands of anyone with a smartphone, TV or computer. Share in this panel’s lessons of making media meaningful, while enjoying amazing photos and videos.

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Joel Sartore

Natl Geographic Photographer

National Geographic Partners

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor ...

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Patrick Witty at SXSW

Patrick Witty

Deputy Dir of Photography Digital

National Geographic

Patrick Witty is the Deputy Director of Photography, Digital, at National Geographic. Previously the Director of Photography at WIRED, and the International Picture Editor at TIME and The New York Times.

Raj Mody

VP Social Media

National Geographic Partners

Rajiv Mody joined the National Geographic Society as vice president of Social Media in 2014. He is responsible for overseeing a combined fan base of over 150 million across all social platforms. Pr...

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Robin Sparkman



Robin Sparkman joined StoryCorps as its first CEO in January 2014. She is a veteran journalist. Most recently, she was the editor in chief of ALM Media’s The American Lawyer, where she oversaw seve...

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