Michael Ryan Clark is an internationally acclaimed award winning filmmaker, photographer, and speaker who has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation. Documenting important and untold conservation stories has taken Michael across 6 continents and dozens of countries. Michael has accepted awards at the United Nations, spoken at The Explorers Club, and has worked with companies such as Jeep and the Chris Burkard Studio. He enjoys using storytelling skills gained from his English degree at Boston University, in conjunction with his passion for wildlife, to create media that brings awareness to conservation issues and that enacts measurable change. His most recent project, concerning noise pollution issues with Humpback Whales in Iceland, recently won its category in the short films section for the prestigious United Nations World Wildlife Day and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, has been accepted in wildlife film festivals worldwide, and will be used as a tool for policy advancement by the United Nations.
Michael’s goal in his work is to contribute to environmental and cultural conservation efforts whilst working with brands, NGO’s and other organizations he stands behind. He enjoys being involved in projects that turn the public's eye towards scenes beyond their everyday life, using this new perspective to aid his subjects, and connect his audience with these subjects. Michael currently lives a nomadic lifestyle, documenting wildlife across the North American continent. While home, and not behind a camera, you can probably find Michael underwater, on a surfboard or out enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the United States and Canada.
Michael is excited to return to Panama with National Geographic. There, he will work with marine biologist Callie Veelenturf to document the challenges that leatherback sea turtles face in the region. His assignment is to use his photos and videos to fight for the conservation of this never before studied population of sea turtles.