Guests of Honor
Jon Bowermaster is not only a reputed oceans expert, but also an award-winning journalist for National Geographic Magazine, author, filmmaker, and world adventurer having travelled to around 80 countries to date. His explorations include dogsled travels in the Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland; and the Northwest Territories and first-ever raft descents of the Futaleufu River in Chile and the Shuiluo River in China. A six-time grant recipient of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, his excursions have taken him and his team around the world by sea kayak, including expeditions to the Aleutian Islands, Vietnam, French Polynesia, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Gabon, Croatia and Tasmania. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak over the past decade has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the world's oceans and the lives of the nearly 3 billion people around the globe who depend on them.
Lucy Walker is a two-time Academy Award nominated British film director, whose films have won over fifty awards. On January 25, 2011 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Waste Land, which she directed. The film has won over thirty awards including Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin, the IDA's Best Documentary and Pare Lorentz Awards. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is her second consecutive Academy Award nomination. Lucy was born in London, United Kingdom where she began directing theatre in high school before continuing as an undergraduate at Oxford University. After graduating from New College, Oxford with a B.A. and M.A. in Language and Literature, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the graduate film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There she won a contest to direct a video for Cowboy Junkies, directed three award-winning short films and earned an MFA.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, of French origin, is a well-known photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist. He has always been passionate about the animal world and natural environment. He contributed to several prestigious magazines such as National Geographic and Life. At the first Rio Conference in 1992, he decided to undertake a long-term project called The Earth From the Air, a photographic encyclopedia published in 2000, a portrait of and homage to our Earth. In 2005, he created the GoodPlanet Foundation that seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues among the general public, implement carbon offset programs and combat deforestation, along with local NGOs. He has worked on various projects for the United Nations, such as Of Forests and Men, which he directed in 2011 and was the official documentary for the2011 International Year of the Forest. His most recent documentary is Planet Ocean, which he co-directed with Michael Pitiot for the Rio + 20 Summit.