With Wildlife Photographer Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats
Presented by the Touhill and the Saint Louis Science Center
Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats.
Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of these animals while reinvigorating efforts to save them. He says, “If we can protect wide-ranging, large, iconic species like big cats that require huge tracts of land to survive—then we also help save ourselves.”
His passion for photography began as a young boy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when his father, who was a member of the local photography club, gifted him an Instamatic camera. Before long, both father and son took home prizes in the annual Kodak snapshot contest. Eventually, Winter would fall in love with the photos in National Geographic and Life magazines, sparking his drive to become a photographer and eventually leading him to distant locales where the inhabitants had never seen a blonde foreigner, let alone a camera.
After graduating from the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco, Winter began shooting for the National Geographic Society in 1991 and went on to cover stories ranging from Cuba’s wildlife to Russia’s Kamachatka bears, but his focus was what ended up making him famous: big cats. His most famous works include his iconic Hollywood cougar photograph, which inspired the construction of the world’s largest wildlife overpass in California.
From trekking high in India’s Himalayan Mountains in search of rare snow leopards to stalking the elusive jaguar in Latin American jungles, this determined explorer comes face to face with his subjects. Along the way he has been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged at by a grizzly bear in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in Myanmar. Spend an evening daringly close to the big cats – through the unforgettable stories and images of Steve Winter.