Mattias and his photo assistant Bella Gavelin recently returned from an assignment in Svalbard, Norway, for an upcoming book.
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Mattias Klum recently joined IUCN’s team of Goodwill Ambassadors to help spread the nature conservation message worldwide. IUCN, which stands for International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network, helping the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. “We are delighted to be joining forces with Mattias Klum,” says IUCN Director General, Julia Marton Lefèvre. “He travels to all corners of the globe using the power of images and films to convey critical messages that are central to the vision of IUCN—a just world that values and conserves nature.”
On November 11th Mattias Klum delivered the 2011 fall Boyd Lecture at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, to launch the new UGA Integrative Conservation (ICON) Ph.D. program, organized in part by the Center for Integrative Conservation Research. The Boyd Distinguished Lecture Series, supported by UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Research and the William S. and Elizabeth Boyd Foundation, brings international leaders to UGA in science, education, and related fields to discuss contemporary issues in education and research. His lecture, titled “The Big Picture: Communicating Conservation in a Complex World,” is free and open to all. On November 12th, Mattias led a workshop on strategic communication and an outdoor photography course for students.
Mattias Klum will participate in this year's IndoChine Green Festival in Singapore from November 20-23, 2011. He will present the Asian premiere of his new film The Coral Eden, an excerpt from the photo exhibition of the same name, and he will take part in a panel discussion on conservation. One of his prints will be auctioned in a fundraiser for IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The event will feature leaders in business and conservation as well as local celebrities, and promotes the mission of "saving the environment with style".
For the next 10 days, Mattias will travel to Toronto, Washington DC, Pittsburgh PA, and two locations in Arizona on a National Geographic Live! series lecture tour. Audiences will take an awe-inspiring journey around the world with Mattias, as he shares unique perspectives on some of Earth's natural wonders--the Okavango Delta, Iceland's glaciers, and the rainforests of Southeast Asia--in his popular presentation "Being There: On Expedition with National Geographic". Part two of the tour will be held in April-May 2012.
On October 19, 2011 during Region Gotland's annual Eco Day festivities, as many as 2000 people will go on a journey around the world with Mattias Klum, as he shares images, video clips and stories from as near as the Baltic Sea to as far away as the Coral Triangle. Highlighting marine environments especially, he'll talk about why biodiversity is important, how healthy ecosystems function, and what we can all do to lighten our footprint on Earth and be proud of the legacy we will leave to those who follow.
Mattias Klum returns to Södra Björstorps säteri for a second time, with his exhibition "Nature By Design", featuring images from Botswana and Sweden, plus a special exhibit of Swedish forests, in homage to the 2011 Year of Forests. The exhibit opened on July 2, 2011 with an inauguration by Mattias Klum, and will be on display until October 2, 2011. All of the photographs are also available for sale.
Throughout CGI's Annual Meeting in New York City from September 20-22, 2011, a selection of still and moving images were on display from Mattias Klum’s film The Coral Eden. The Coral Eden was initiated and financed by the United Postcode Lotteries as part of their Postcode Lottery Project Oceans, an international initiative to help save the world’s oceans, and the Lottery's 2010 CGI Commitment.
Mattias Klum led two outdoor photo workshops on September 17, 2011 at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, in partnership with National Geographic Channel Asia. During the program, participants learned new tips and techniques for shooting wildlife, in particular, how to capture diverse bird species in a variety of different situations and environments.
Mattias Klum presented a new photographic exhibition on wild pandas at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, in conjunction with Zegna China's 20th Anniversary. In March 2011, Klum led an expedition to the Qinling Mountains in Xi'an to photograph the giant panda and its habitat, protected by Fondazione Zegna in partnership with WWF China since 2004. The images from this shoot were featured in the exhibition, and in a cover story in National Geographic Magazine China's September 2011 issue.
Mattias and long time colleague Samuel Svensäter just returned from yet another assignment for National Geographic. This time in Cameroon and Congo.
In celebration of World Environment Day 2011, G-Learns invited Mattias Klum to present a lecture to inspire wonder about the wild animals and spaces that still exist and to encourage people to do what they can to take care of and preserve biodiversity. The audience was comprised of senior executives of major D.R. based companies from various sectors; the D.R. Minister of the Environment, Jaime David Fernandes Mirabal; and students, among others. Organized by the National Geographic Speakers Bureau, the event also featured a lecture by National Geographic contributing writer Joel K. Bourne, Jr. Mattias Klum's photographic exhibition "Living Green" will continue to tour throughout the D.R. from now until August 2011.
For the Grand Opening of the National Geographic Store in Mallorca, Mattias will present a new exhibition of nature photography. All of the prints will be available for sale, along with Klum's book "Being There". Tierra Grande, in connection with the National Geographic Speakers Bureau, has also organized a presentation by Dr Rory Wilson, an aquatic biologist and lead scientist for the National Geographic epic TV series, Great Migrations. Dr Wilson will lead a program for young people and present "The Secrets of Animal Behavior and the Science Behind Great Migrations". The official opening events will be held on June 28, 2011.