For Immediate Release Media Contact: Barb DeGroot, 952-443-1459
Chanhassen, MN (May 20, 2013) - Acclaimed nature photographer and oceanographer Chris Linder will share breathtaking images and true-life experiences from his travels to the ends of the Earth when he appears as keynote speaker at "Conservation Through the Lens," the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's 2013 Photography Symposium, on Saturday, June 8.
The event, subtitled "Photography's Role in Documenting our Changing Environment," runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 8, at the Arboretum's Oswald Visitor Center.
Linder is acclaimed for his ability to communicate environmental messages by pairing scientific research and powerful, moving images. Trained as an oceanographer, he has documented 32 scientific expeditions and his photographs have been featured in the Field Museum, the Smithsonian and in numerous publications. His work has been recognized by the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), Nature's Best and International Conservation Photography.
As a special focus, in an afternoon talk titled "That was Then - This is Now," Linder will present images from his recent journeys to the world's most frigid regions and share what they reveal about climate change.
In the spirit of "keeping things local," staff from the Minnesota Land Trust will share their list of "special places" in Minnesota that deserve protecting and preserving.
There will also be free time for outdoor shooting on Arboretum grounds and optional master classes with Linder from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The symposium fee is $80 for Arboretum members and $95 for non-members (lunch included). To register, visit http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013photosymposium.aspx or call 952-443-1422. The symposium is presented by Tamron and National Camera Exchange.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, comprising 1,137acres, is located in Chanhassen, Minn., on State Hwy 5, nine miles west of the intersection with I-494. The largest public garden in the Upper Midwest, the Arboretum is part of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Open 363 days a year, admission is $12 adults; free for members and ages 12 & under. Gate fees waived for conference attendees.