Icebergs, Jokulsarlon Bay, Iceland. Photo by Chris Linder

2013 Photography Symposium: Conservation Through the Lens (750-06-08-13)

Featuring award-winning, international photographer Chris Linder (

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Saturday, June 8
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.:
Keynote address and technical presentation, $80 member/$95 non-member, includes lunch. For all skill levels. Oswald Visitor Center.  Register online

2:30-4:30 p.m.: Optional Master Classes with Chris Linder, $25 for 30-minute sessions. Limit 12 per session (4 sessions).

Antarctic Peguins, Photo by Chris Linder

Chris Linder is acclaimed in his ability to bring clear and moving information to the public about science, to inspire the next generation of researchers, and to communicate the need to protect wild places. Trained as an oceanographer, Linder has documented 32 scientific expeditions, and his photographs have been featured extensively from the Field Museum to the Smithsonian and in numerous publications. His work has been recognized by the BBC, Nature's Best, and International Conservation Photography.

Hear Linder (in the video below) take you on a tour of his new book, Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions (University of Chicago Press, 2011), a mix of breathtaking photos and fascinating stories of polar science as it's done today.

Who Should Attend

Photographers, professional and amateur
Environmental scientists and activists
Science educators
Art educators
Park-and-recreation professionals
Nature lovers and anyone interested in protecting Minnesota's special places

What to Bring
Camera Suggested, but not required. Your registration includes full-day access to the Arboretum, which is the perfect place to practice your photography skills.

Equipment Questions. Helpful experts from Tamron and National Camera Exchange will be on hand to advise you on the latest equipment. You can even take that lens you've been coveting for a "test drive!"

Pen or Computer for Taking Notes. You'll receive a commemorative folder packed with good information from the day's topics.

Dress in Layers, as meeting room temperatures may fluctuate.

Photo by Chris Linder   Fall foliage - Baxter State Park - Maine
Bullfrog, Cape Cod                                 Fall foliage, Baxter State Park, Maine

Top Photo: Icebergs, Jokulsarlon Bay, Iceland. All photos by Chris Linder, a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

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Logging in the Congo watershed, Chris Linder
In the Congo watershed, a logging truck carries old-growth trees; changes in land use can be measured in the river water.


Illustrated Keynote: Science on Ice: Permafrost & Penguins - Chris Linder
Chris Linder has documented over 30 scientific expeditions from Antarctica to the Congo. In this presentation, he will take us from the bug-infested swamps of the Siberian Arctic, where researchers are struggling to understand how the release of carbon from thawing permafrost will impact global climate, to Antarctica's Ross Island, where scientists are studying how Adélie penguins are responding to both climatic changes and overfishing.

One Photographer's journey: A conversation with Chris Linder
Hear how a trained scientist became an award-winning photographer and is working to change the world one image at a time. Patricia Neal, president and co-founder of Heartland, The Convening Company, will guide the conservation with Chris.

Lunch - Stroll - Shoot!
Stroll the gardens and grounds, and be sure to visit the Tamron and National Camera Exchange tables in the Reedy Gallery to see what's new, get technical advice, and try out the latest equipment.

Bringing it Home
Images of nature are critical to making the case for protecting and preserving Minnesota's natural beauty. Walter Abramson, Director of Development & Communications at the Minnesota Land Trust, will share the Land Trust's list of "special places" in Minnesota so that you can help keep Minnesota beautiful with your photographs.

Q & A with Chris
Chris will speak to the process of how to distill images once you get back from the site/shoot: how to discern what matters, how to know what tells the story.

2:30-4:30 p.m. - Optional Master Class with Chris Linder (Four 30-min. small group sessions)
In the optional and limited master class with Chris Linder, you have an opportunity to increase your macro-photography techniques with Chris at the Arboretum Bog. Limit: 12. Fee: $25/session.

Lake water drains through moulins, or holes, in the ice. Greenland. Photo by Chris Linder
Lake water drains through moulins, or holes, in
the ice. Greenland.


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