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STEVE WINTER Shannon Stapleton is a staff photographer for Reuters based in New York City.  His work has been published in a variety of news publications around the world. J.B. Russell is a Paris-based documentary photographer and filmmaker. He has worked extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America focusing on current events, the human consequences of conflict and issues related to human security. His work appears regularly in major magazines and newspapers worldwide. He also collaborates frequently with international humanitarian organizations. His work has received numerous accolades, including the Public Prize at the Bayeux War Correspondents Competition, 1st place in the POYi competition, the Best of American Photography annual and has been exhibited and frequently featured at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. He is represented by Panos Pictures in London, Cosmos Photo in Paris and Contacto in Madrid. Evgenia Arbugaeva was born in 1985 in the Arctic town Tiksi in Russia.  She received her BFA degree in Management from International University in Moscow. In 2009 she graduated from Photojournalism and Documentary program at International Center of Photography in New York. Recently Evgenia has been awarded Magnum Foundation Emergency grant to continue her project "Tiksi, the far North". She now lives and works between Russia and New York. Born in 1985, Tom grew up in London and the Wye Valley. He took up photography after he left school and went travelling in Africa. He attended Durham University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Zoology. It was at University that Tom began to take photography seriously and he got involved with every aspect of photography there, putting on a university-funded exhibit of college life in his final year. He now works as a professional photographer specialising in documentary photography. Most of his work is abroad and has predominantly been in Africa. In the first two years of working his time was divided between photographing for his personal project Leprosy Eliminated? and volunteering for the NGO that run the world's largest hospital ship, Mercy Ships. The leprosy work has been previously nominated for the BJP project Assistance Award and is now being funded by American Leprosy Missions. This coming year he will be continuing it in Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Myanmar, India and Nepal.  In the last year he has worked in Sierra Leone and the DRC on projects about epilepsy, female prisoners, grandmother being trained to become solar panel engineers, disappearing fishing islands, tourism in war zones, and peacebuilding projects in areas affected by the Lord's Resistance Army amongst other things. His work on Epilepsy in Sierra Leone was published by the New York Times. Brett is a Visual Journalist based out of Washington, DC. His work explores the beauty, subtleties, and humor of daily life and the world around us. He is currently on staff at U.S. News & World Report working as both a photographer and assistant photo editor. Feel free to contact him with any questions, comments, commissions, or assignments. George Georgiou was born in London. He has  photographed extensively in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turkey for the last decade, living and working in Serbia, Greece, and for five years in Istanbul, Turkey. His work is focused on transition and identity and how people negotiate the changing urban landscape they find themselves in. George has exhibited internationally, including the New Photography 2011 exhibition at MoMA, NY.  In 2010, his monograph, Fault Lines/Turkey/East/West  was published in 4 languages. Awards include two World Press Photo prizes in 2003 and 2005, The British Journal of Photography project prize 2010, Pictures of the Year International. He is represented by Prospekt, Italy and Panos Pictures, UK. Tarasov was born in 1971 in the Sverdlovsk, Russia. He finished at the Ural State Law Academy (Russia) in 1997. He has been active as a photographer since 2007 and between 2007-2011 he has participated in more than 15 exhibitions in Russia, Italy, USA and the Philippines. In 2007 he was in the top 10 for Young photographers of Russia.  He held a personal exhibition "From supervision" in the Photographic museum of Metenkov's House (Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2008), and was the winner of "the Volga biennial 2010" (Nizhni Novgorod, Russia). In 2012 he was one of 22 young photographers to represent Russian photography at "Fotofest" - 2012 in Houston, USA in an exhibition "The Young Generation". Denis Tarasov lives in the Yekaterinburg, Russia. Eric Bouvet (born 1961) began his photographic career in 1981 after studying art and graphic industries in Paris. His interest in photography was sparked when, at the age of 8, he watched the first live television images of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the moon. It was then that he realized the importance of news and historic moments, not to mention capturing them on film. Bouvet worked as a staff photographer at the French photo agency Gamma during the 1980s, and launched his freelance career in 1990. He first won international recognition with his 1986 pictures of the rescue efforts in the aftermath of a volcano eruption in Omeyra, Colombia. Since then, Bouvet has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Chechnya, Sudan, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Israel. Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Surinam, Burundi and Libya. He has covered major international events including the funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, the Tiananmen Square in China, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prague’s Velvet Revolution, the U.S. attack on Libya, the release of Nelson Mandela, and Olympic Games. He has also worked on many ‘society’ stories including life in Russian jails, young sailors on aircraft carriers, French police working in the Paris suburbs, France’s last coal miners, and life at a pediatric clinic for children with cancer. His work has been published in many international magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris-Match, Stern, NYT magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. He has also led photographic campaigns of UN and various NGOs and charities including Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), International Red Cross (ICRC), Medecins du Monde (MDM) and Action Against Hunger (ACF). Along the way, Bouvet has received five World Press Awards, as well as the Visa d’Or, the gold medal of 15th anniversary of the photography, the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, and the Prix Paris-Match Award. I've been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, trapped in quicksand in the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar and slept in a tent for six months at -40 below zero tracking snow leopards. Flown over erupting volcanoes and visited isolated villages where residents had never before seen a blond foreigner-or a camera. I feel very lucky. This is the life I dreamed of as a child growing up in rural Indiana: traveling the world as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine (NGM). I started at National Geographic in 1991 and feel so incredibly lucky to have realized my childhood dream, to have the best job in the world! I feel we have a great responsibility to not only show and excite the readers about the natural world and it's fascinating people and cultures. But to give people a reason to care. I want to give the readers of National Geographic what I always wanted - a front row seat next to the photographer and writer - as apart of the team along for the adventure. I am also now Director of Media for Panthera an organization whose mission it is to save the world's 36 cat species. I am working with the same scientists I have done NGM stories with in the past - but now taking it a step further and helping to ensure these cats have a future. To learn more about big cats and our programs go to