Eyes on Earth offers a program of on campus lectures, seminars, and workshops that illustrate for young photographers the field of environmental photography – and how it might become a rewarding focus for their creative energies and productive careers.

We ignite interest with visually compelling, scientifically-based environmental photography seminars and short-course master classes for university journalism, visual communications, and environmental studies programs.

We share with students lessons learned from our decades of experience creating powerful environmental storytelling.



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Our lectures on the major issues of environmental concern today are drawn from decades of work with National Geographic covering climate change, feeding the planet, water issues, light pollution, agriculture, endangered species and sustainable energy. We present forceful and entertaining programs to a wide range of audiences around the world, from cultural lecture series, to business meetings, scientific conferences and university campuses. 

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Small Groups


We offer a program of seminars and master classes that show students the field of environmental photography and how it might become a rewarding focus for their creative energies and productive careers. From our decades of experience we share the tools and skills needed to develop powerful environmental photo stories, from the conception of story ideas, deep research, logistical hurdles and crafting images in the field. 





Hands-on experience in real time. We share direction, perspective and hope with our students. We interest them in becoming literate in the requisite visual, technical and scientific skills to establish environmental photography as a focus for their careers. We challenge them to make a difference in our world with their photography. We have successfully guided photographers towards established and recognized positions of accomplishment.


who WE ARE

Concerned photographers and editors who have spent our lives visually reporting humanity’s expanding enterprise and its global impact for prestigious global publications.




Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor for its sister publication,TRAVELER Magazine.  Richardson has photographed more than 50 stories for National Geographic. Richardson's work has taken him around the world covering issues of the environment, resource issues, cultures and travel, landscapes and perils to the night sky. His ongoing coverage of food and agriculture issues has been a centerpiece of National Geographic’s coverage of world food.
Richardson is also known for his documentary photography of small towns and rural issues. CBS News Sunday Morning twice profiled his 40 year-long journal of Cuba, Kansas. ABC News Nightline chronicled Richardson’s coverage of the Columbia River.  His 1979 study of adolescence, “High School USA,” is considered a photo essay classic. In 2015 he was honored by his fellow National Geographic photographers as their “Photographer’s Photographer.”
Richardson lectures and teaches internationally and leads travel groups for National Geographic Expeditions.  Known for his dogged research and devotion to craft he is a sought after mentor to new photographers.

Jim has presented at:

  • NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Chautauqua Institution, New York
  • The Economist, World in 2015
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • The Long Now Foundation
  • Aspen Environment Forum
  • Noche Zero Dark Sky Forum, Chile
  • Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • National Geographic LIVE!
  • The Land Institute
  • The Summit Workshops
  • Sante Fe Photo Workshops
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • The University of Virginia
  • The Farm Foundation
  • Cargill
  • Cereals Europe, Zurich
  • Chicago Ideas Week
  • Syracuse University





A journalist for more than 40 years, Dennis Dimick has spent most of his career keenly focused on the impact of humanity’s expanding aspirations on the planet. As a 35-year National Geographic Society picture editor, and National Geographic Magazine’s environment editor for more than a decade, he has been a key conceiver and shaper of visually-rich long form reports on climate change, energy challenges, water resources, population trends, and food security. A faculty member of the Missouri Photo Workshop for nearly 20 years, Dimick received the Charles M. Sprague award for service to photojournalism in 2013 from the National Press Photographers Association, and his editing has repeatedly received awards from Pictures of the Year International and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He has edited an encyclopedia of world geography, and books on world deserts, wildlife refuges, and the endangered species act. In demand as a public speaker Dimick regularly presents illustrated slide shows to conferences, universities, and the public on a wide range of environmental challenges we face in the emergent Anthropocene Epoch or “Age of Man.”

Dennis has presented at:

  • Chautauqua Institution, New York
  • Aspen Ideas Festival & Environment Forum
  • AXA Research International, Paris
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • The Woodrow Wilson Center
  • The Earth System Initiative at MIT
  • The Geological Society, London
  • University of Oregon School of Journalism
  • Michigan State University Fate of the Earth
  • Planet Forward, George Washington University
  • The Missouri Photo Workshop
  • National Geographic Live! & Expeditions
  • Mountainfilm in Telluride
  • FotoFusion, West Palm Beach
  • IUCN Bangkok 2004 and Barcelona 2008
  • Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

What We Offer


We offer a broad range of lectures, ranging from background presentations, inspriational presentations, and pure nuts and bolts learning experiences. We will work with you to craft the learning experience and topics best suited to the needs of your students.




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