New season of National Geographic Live! Series

Paul Nicklen spotlighted at Victoria.

Photographer/explorer Paul Nicklen launches the Victoria Theatre Association’s 2013-14 National Geographic Live! Series, presented in collaboration with Five Rivers MetroParks, tomorrow at the Victoria Theatre.

Nicklen, who spent time as a marine biologist in the Northwest Territories and was raised among the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic, has worked as a photographer for National Geographic for 15 years. He has produced 15 stories for the magazine, particularly focusing on the relationship between healthy ecosystems and marine wildlife. Most recently, his work was exhibited at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. He also served as a guest speaker at the 2011 TED Conference.

In addition to being named by BBC Magazine among the 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers, Nicklen’s numerous honors include 14 BBC Wildlife Awards, five World Press Photo Awards and several awards from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, and Nature’s Best Magazine among others. He is also the 2012 winner of the BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the inaugural recipient of the National Resources Defense Council BioGerms Visionary Award.

Specializing in Arctic ecosystems and polar bears, Nicklen will provide a lecture aptly titled “Polar Obsession: Photography from the Ends of the Earth.” Audiences can expect to hear colorful reflections of his risk-taking adventures, especially working in subzero temperatures and frigid water.

“Fitting with our mission to conserve Dayton’s natural areas, photographer and biologist Paul Nicklen’s work inspires people to conserve our planet’s last wild places and threatened wildlife,” said Trish Butler, director of marketing and public information for Five Rivers MetroParks.

The National Geographic Live! Series continues March 24 with adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith. Photographer Jodi Cobb closes the season April 21.

“The timing for this series is perfect as it will inspire and inform local adventurers as they plan their own great escapes to enjoy and explore the outdoors as warmer weather approaches,” added Butler. “Indeed, the caliber of the series’ speakers and the adventures they’ve had throughout the world takes MetroParks’ mission to a global level. Whether they’re hiking, biking, kayaking or just spending time with nature, all three of this year’s presenters are sure to excite Daytonians about exploring the outdoors.”

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