Wild Cat Conservation Photography with Sebastian Kennerknecht
Presented on January 19, 2021 at 1:00 – 2:30 PM PT
There are forty species of wild cats in the world, including the well known big cats like lions, leopards, and pumas. Twenty-seven of those species are decreasing in population globally. For others, numbers are decreasing on a local scale. Wild cat photographer and advocate Sebastian Kennerknecht will talk about how photography is an effective tool to create positive conservation change. In the process he will discuss the what, how, and why of conservation photography, and how it specifically relates to wild cats.
Sebastian Kennerknecht is a wildlife and conservation photographer with over fourteen years of experience visually covering wildlife and environmental issues internationally, focusing in particular on wild cats. He has produced high quality editorial photographs, time-lapses, videos, and web content featured in and by the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian, The Economist, Science, and Conservation International, among others. Using highly customized SLR camera traps, along with conventional photographic techniques, he works closely with field biologists to both effectively and ethically capture photographs of some of the rarest cats on the planet while also highlighting the threats they face. Working for conservation organizations and on magazine assignments, Sebastian has photographed twenty-three of the forty species of wild felids.
Sebastian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California – Santa Cruz, won NANPA’s emerging photographer award, and is an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.