Robin Moore had the good fortune to realize his passions for science and art at a young age. However he was torn between them and chose the path of science. It wasn’t until later on that he realized he could combine his love for biology and art by using photography as his voice. As an International League of Conservation Photographers fellow, he finds that the camera is a very powerful tool to get his message of amphibian conservation across, saying “It’s very hard to get a science message out there sometimes, if you don’t know the language to speak to the audience. I think visual storytelling and photography has a massive role to play to communicate these ideas and concepts, and engage people.”
Zebras In A Huddle, Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya, 2010
About the Photographer
Robin Moore is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, author and conservationist. His photographs regularly appear on the pages of National Geographic Magazine, the Economist, Newsweek and Esquire.
Moore developed an interest in nature at a young age while out exploring his home country of Scotland. His interests grew as he began to travel abroad, instilling a desire to protect the places he visited and the creatures that live there.
Since earning his PhD in Biodiversity Conservation, Moore has been a powerful voice in the fight to protect animals and nature. Moore turned to photography in order to tell the stories of his explorations, educating a broader audience. “My passion for wildlife and wild places inspires my photography and motivates me to use my images in any way I can to advance their protection.”
In 2010, Moore’s photography and storytelling came together as he led the "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign. Moore created a "Top 10 Most Wanted" list, inspiring a journey across 21 countries, with 33 teams searching on five continents for the world’s rarest amphibians. This led Moore to release his first book in 2014, "In Search of Lost Frogs", a 70,000-word narrative wrapped around 400 images depicting the search for some of the most elusive creatures on earth. The "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign was wildly successful; within a year, scientists found 20 of the "lost" frogs--one of which had last been seen in 1874.
Moore’s tireless work capturing some of the rarest creatures on film, lead to the shot of two endangered rhinos on the cover of Newsweek Magazine, in the November issue of 2014. The article “Extinct.com— The Black Market Trade for Endangered Animals Flourishes on the Web” exposed how some of the rarest species on Earth are being killed off and traded on Facebook.
Recently, Moore has been working on a project to broaden these efforts to other taxonomic groups. As communications director with Global Wildlife Conservation, he is developing a platform to showcase stories of species both ‘lost and found’.
In between his travels and photography assignments, Moore hosts a podcast for National Geographic called "No Filter," where he interviews fellow award-winning photographers such as, Cory Richards, Joel Sartore and Jim Richardson about their craft.
In the Masai Mara of Kenya, where big skies loom over vast expanses of savannah as far as the eye can see, one of the biggest challenges is to isolate interesting subjects. I am always, therefore, on the lookout for interesting details and patterns. Few animals offer such striking patterns to depict than zebras. I visited the Masai Mara during the annual migration of zebras and wildebeest, armed with a pre-visualized image of the bold pattern of zebras filling the frame as if extending indefinitely.
I sought out this gathering of zebras, and used a long lens to condense the scene and exclude everything but the bold repeating patterns of the zebras and a small patch of the grass that their design mirrors. I chose to represent the scene in black and white to make the pattern and composition the focus without any distraction of color. This is one shot that I had pre-visualized before heading out to shoot in the Masai Mara, and so I purposefully sought out a gathering of zebras.
Location: Masai Mara National Park, Kenya
Photograph Date: 2010
Medium: Chromogenic Print