Photographer Steve Winter featured at Victoria

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter observed a snow leopard in India. CONTRIBUTED
National Geographic photographer Steve Winter observed a snow leopard in India. CONTRIBUTED

Award-winning photojournalist Steve Winter will highlight his stellar career Monday, March 6, at the Victoria Theatre courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s National Geographic Live! Series, presented in collaboration with Five Rivers MetroParks.

An adventurous explorer, Winter grew up in rural Indiana and received his first camera as a gift from his father on his seventh birthday. He began his career with National Geographic in 1991 and has traveled extensively throughout the world.

In fact, he has been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by an 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He also slept in a tent for six months at -40 below zero tracking snow leopards, flown over erupting volcanoes and visited remote villages.

Specializing in wildlife, particularly big cats, he has been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He was also a two-time winner of the Picture of the Year International Global Vision Award and won first prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014. His lectures internationally on photography and conservation concerns and has also been interviewed on CBS, NPR, BBC, and CNN.

In November 2013 he co-authored the National Geographic book “Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat” with environmental journalist Sharon Guynup. His mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

His lecture at the Victoria is slated to particularly address his time in Latin America as well as his pursuit of the American cougar in Hollywood. His topics will cover funny and serious moments including his aforementioned time in quicksand as well as his mishaps with remote-controlled cameras.

Throughout his work, Winter feels “a great responsibility not only to show and excite the readers about the natural world, but about its fascinating people and cultures as well.”


What: “Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats”

Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton

When: March 6; Monday, 7 p.m.

Cost: $27-$32

Tickets: Call Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or visit

FYI: The Victoria Theatre Association’s 2016-2017 National Geographic Live! Series concludes Monday, April 24 with acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride. McBride has worked for National Geographic for over 15 years and is slated to reflect on “Chasing Rivers.”

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