Science Storytelling

April 30th & May 7th, 2022 (Four 90-minute Sessions)

Telling stories of nature, wildlife, conservation, public health, and so much more involve a scientific element. Working in that science sphere can be daunting but two experts, Esther Horvath and Jen Guyton can lead you through to a clear path. From working with scientists, to creating visually-appealing images, to stringing together a narrative there is much to consider but these two powerhouses will instruct on every aspect of the science storytelling process.  

April 30, 2022 11:00am – 12:30pm ET
Finding your footing: In this session you will learn about gaining access and the first steps to take for your science story. 

April 30, 2022 1:30 – 3:00pm ET
The Building Blocks: Next, Esther and Jen will dive into covering the work in the field, angles (both photographic and in your story), working with scientists and other subjects, and ethical considerations. 

May 7, 2022 11:00am – 12:30pm ET
Sharing your Story: You’ve shot a fantastic story! Now what? In this class, learn about how to get your story out in the world and get it seen by your target audience. Esther and Jen will discuss a variety of ways to reach audiences including books, exhibits, publications, partners, and social media. 

May 7, 2022 1:30 – 3:00pm ET
Session Four: Pitch Party: With the support of Esther, Jen, and your new Summit Family – each workshop member will pitch a story to the group to get practice and feedback.

Workshop Tuition: $299.00

Meet Your Instructors 

Jen Guyton

Dr. Jen Guyton is a photographer and ecologist with a passion for science communication and telling stories at the junction of global environmental change and human culture. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a 2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow in Mozambique, and a member of Women Photograph. Her work has been published in National Geographic Online, bioGraphic, BBC Wildlife, and others, and has won awards in several competitions, including as a category winner in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Esther Horvath

 Esther works in some of the harshest environments in the world. Covering scientific research and exploration in polar regions. She has been frequently published in National Geographic, the New York Times, and many other prestigious publications. She has also served on the jury for competitions such as World Press Photo and BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition. In addition to being an incredible award-winning photographer, she is a generous teacher and mentor who works to help individuals achieve their goals.

Samantha Stephens

Samantha is a biologist turned photographer for science and conservation. She uses visual storytelling to communicate scientific research, especially when that research is relevant to conservation issues. Samantha is a National Geographic Explorer, an Emerging League member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and an Ambassador for Girls Who Click. For the past few years, she has lived and worked at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station documenting various wildlife research projects and serving as the Communication Manager. Her work has been published by bioGraphic, National Wildlife Magazine, and National Geographic, among others.
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