AUDIO: Interview with NatGeo Photographer Steve Winter

"I love that everyone carries a camera with a phone in it!" National Geographical Photographer Steve Winter spoke to The Preston & Steve Show about the effect Instagram has on his industry.

To our surprise, the photographer, who specializes in shooting big cats, is optimistic about the constant desire to capture every moment for social media. "Keep photographing your food because every time you do it you're gonna go, I could do it this way, and make it a little better," he stated with the belief that snapping away helps individuals become visually literate and discover new appreciations for art.

Over his career, Steve has created one-of-a-kind images that have been shared around the world for instance the Hollywood Cougar he graciously gave us to feature at the top of the page. And remember that Snow Leopard footage in the film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? That was his!

We encourage everyone to see Steve speak tonight at the Merriam Theater as part of the National Geographic Live series (tickets available on and follow his journeys in the palm of your hand:

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo 14 months old tiger cubs at their waterhole in Bandhavgargh National Park in India. This is a short film put together using camera trap images. We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also. There are only 3400 tigers left in the wild! We need to fight for the right of tigers to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, tiger bone wine, tiger skin furniture and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, #bigcatsforever Check out Nat Geo and WildAid - "When the buying stops, the killing can too" #wildaid - Watch the Nat Geo / WildAid PSA Check out my NG Book "Tigers Forever". Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! #bigcatsforever @natgeo @wildaid @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @stevewinterphoto #photooftheday #photography#conservationphotography #love #tigers #cats #beautiful #me #follow #canonusa #wildaid #ivoryfree @eiainvestigator #startwith1thing @biglifefoundation #biglifefoundation @virunga #ivoryfree

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