Paul Nicklen has had a pretty fascinating life. He grew up in a community of Inuit in the Canadian arctic and has devoted his life to the fragile ecosystems ever since. Though instead of researching this ever changing region, he chooses to be a voice for the researchers. He has published eleven stories in National Geographic with the hope of putting a face to the issue we hear so much of in the media. Among these stories is his encounter with the highly endangered spirit bear, as well as his interaction with a compassionate leopard seal:
Here is a link to Paul's gallery of leopard seals:
Here is a link to a gallery of Paul's spirit bear, also known as the kermode bear, encounter.
If you're interested in hearing the stories behind these two galleries I'll include a link to Paul's ted talk:
Ultimately this is what I think of concerning conservation photography. Scientists can research a concept until the day's end, but without a proper voice to the public, it'll be difficult to institute any change. Paul Nicklen is one of those voices for the arctic. Hearing about an unusual encounter with a leopard seal is one thing, but observing how it tried to eat the camera is another. I saw the Pulitzer Prize photograph gallery at the Yellowstone Art Museum last year and the pictures spoke emotions that no headlines could. To produce real change, I think that people need to actually see what the headlines are trying to say.