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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 7, 2013

Award-winning photographer to speak at Northwest Nov. 12

By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant

James Balog

James Balog

James Balog, an award-winning nature and science photographer, is the second guest in Northwest Missouri State University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Balog will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For three decades, Balog has been a leader in photographing and interpreting the natural environment. He is the contributing editor to National Geographic Adventure, the subject of the short film “A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn” and founder of the Extreme Ice Survey.

“We selected James Balog based on his outstanding body of work as an environmental photographer,” said Aaron Johnson, associate professor of geology and coordinator of the lecture series. “His work has changed the way we view the natural world.”

To reveal the impact of climate change, Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey, the most wide-ranging photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. It is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary “Chasing Ice,” which won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival along with dozens of awards in film festivals worldwide. In preparation for Balog's lecture, Northwest screened the film Nov. 7.

Balog’s photography has been published in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Life, Vanity Fair and The New York Times Magazine. His work has received numerous international acclaims, including the Leica Medal of Excellence.

In recent years, Balog has been honored with many awards including the Heinz Award and the North American Nature Photography Association’s “Outstanding Photographer of the Year” award. He is also the author of eight books.

“His lecture will provide those who attend with a better understanding of the impacts of changing climate regardless of the reason or driving mechanisms for that change,” Johnson said. “His photographs will inspire, awe and delight young and old alike, and his story is one of deep care about the world in which we live and of him striving to capture the world in new and creative ways that communicate his concern visually.”

To learn more about Balog and view his photography, visit his official website at To view a film trailer for "Chasing Ice," visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468