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 “Best in Category” in the short films section for the prestigious United Nations World Wildlife Day, 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, preserve their way of life, and connect his audience with these subjects. He currently lives a nomadic lifestyle, documenting wildlife across the North American continent. While home, and not behind a camera, you can probably find Michael on skis, a surfboard or out enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the United States and Canada.
Michael is excited to return to Ecuador, with National Geographic Explorer Callie Veelenturf, to begin work on a long term project to reduce sea turtle bycatch in the world’s oceans.