Mount Edziza Provincial Park, Northern British Columbia, Canada 2012.
Mount Edziza Provincial Park, Northern British Columbia, Canada 2012. Image: Edward Burtynsky
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Scientific data and statistics alone can’t connect with people – but photography can. It bridges almost any gap, transcending cultural, social and political barriers to evoke emotional responses and remind us that protecting nature today means a better planet for future generations.

Join host Daniel Browning with acclaimed Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky, curator and artist, Dr Kristen Wehner of the National Museum of Australia, and the winner of the 2022 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Landscape category, Yan Zhang.

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Daniel Browning

Daniel Browning, Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer
Daniel Browning, Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. He is editor of the ABC’s Indigenous Radio and produces and presents The Art Show on Radio National. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely published freelance arts writer and former guest editor of Artlink Indigenous.


Edward Burtynsky

Award-winning landscape photographer, Edward Burtynsky
Award-winning landscape photographer, Edward Burtynsky. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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Edward Burtynsky is one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable depictions of global industrial landscapes represent 40 years dedicated to bearing witness to the impact of humans on the planet.

His work is displayed in over 60 of the world’s major museums and most recently he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Photography (2022) title by the World Photography Organisation.


Dr Kirsten Wehner

Dr Kirsten Wehner, curator, artist and writer
Dr Kirsten Wehner, curator, artist and writer. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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Dr Kirsten Wehner is a curator, artist and writer whose practice centres on transforming people’s relationships with the non-human world. Currently the James O. Fairfax Senior Fellow in Culture and Environment at the National Museum of Australia, Kirsten was previously Director at PhotoAccess, the ACT and region’s centre for contemporary photography and media arts.


Yan Zhang

Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Western Sydney University and winner of the 2022 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Landscape category, Yan Zhang
Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Western Sydney University and winner of the 2022 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Landscape category, Yan Zhang. Image: Authorised by Sydney Festival
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Yan Zhang is a professor of Artificial Intelligence at Western Sydney University. In recent years, Zhang has devoted his time and efforts to mountain and alpine landscape photography. Alongside the pursuit of capturing the sublime beauty of nature, Zhang hopes to use his photography works to inspire the conservation of our natural resources and environment.


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