Michael Nichols

Michael Nichols

Keynote Speaker: Journalist, Photographer & Founder of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

Michael Nichols Biography

Michael “Nick” Nichols, a native of Alabama, is an award-winning photographer whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the world. He became a staff photographer for the National Geographic magazine in 1996 and was named editor at large in January 2008. From 1982 to 1995 he was a member of Magnum Photos, the prestigious cooperative founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.

He has photographed 25 stories for National Geographic magazine, most recently “The Short Happy Life of the Serengeti Lion” (NGM August 2013), breaking new ground in photographing the king of the beast using infrared, a robot controlled mini-tank for eye-level views, and a tiny, camera carrying electric helicopter. LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph featured this story at its 2013 Festival; and will be also be featured at The Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan, France at its 25th Anniversary 2013 festival. The December 2012 cover story of National Geographic Magazine, “The World’s Largest Trees,” featured a 5-page foldout of a Giant Sequoia built from 126 images. The image was made during a California blizzard. This built upon the technique used in “Redwoods: The Super Trees” (NGM October 2009), where Nichols broke new ground in photography of the world’s tallest trees by using these innovative rigging techniques to create an 84 image composite of a 300-foot-tall, 1,500-year-old redwood tree

From 1999-2001 Nichols documented conservationist Mike Fay’s Megatransect expedition across Africa. Fay walked 2,000 miles (3,219 km) on foot from Congo’s deepest rainforest to the Atlantic Coast of Gabon, studying Africa’s last great wilderness. Nichols’ work from this undertaking can be seen in the 2001 National Geographic magazine articles “Megatransect: Across 1,200 Miles of Untamed Africa on Foot,” “Green Abyss: Megatransect, Part II,” and “End of the Line: Megatransect, Part III.”

In Fall of 2013, Aperture will publish Earth to Sky: Among Africa’s Elephants, a Species in Crisis. Nichols highlights the elephant crisis through poignant images that bring us directly into their habitats—lush forests and open savannas, or stark landscapes ravaged by human intervention—to observe the animals’ daily engagements and activities.

In 2005 National Geographic Books published The Last Place on Earth, a book featuring Nichols’ photographs and Fay’s journals from the Megatransect expedition. Nichols’ work has appeared in five other books, including Keepers of the Kingdom, a photographic essay reflecting on changes in U.S. zoos; The Year of the Tiger, which focuses on the world’s remaining tigers; and Brutal Kinship, a look at the timorous bond between man and chimpanzee, with text by Jane Goodall.

Early in his career, dubbed “The Indiana Jones of Photography” by Paris Match, Nichols was featured in Rolling Stone, Life, Aperture, American Photographer and many other magazines. He has won first prize four times for nature and environment stories in the World Press Photo competition. His other numerous awards come from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Pictures of the Year International competitions. In 1982 the Overseas Press Club of America granted him a prize for reporting “above and beyond the call of duty,” an honor usually reserved for combat photographers.

Born in 1952, Nichols’ training in photography began when he was drafted into the U.S. Army’s photography unit in the early 1970s. He later studied his craft at the University of North Alabama, where he met his mentor, former Life magazine photographer Charles Moore.

Nichols is also very involved in fostering community among photographers. In 2007 he founded the annual LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA. This three-day celebration of peace, love and photography includes interviews, exhibits and projections from established photographers as well as an interactive gallery encouraging all festival attendees to share their photographs.

Nichols lives in Sugar Hollow, VA, with his wife, artist Reba Peck.

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Michael Nichols Videos

Michael “Nick” Nichols and Melissa Harris on “A Wild Life”
Lecture: Michael 'Nick' Nichols | World Press Photo Foundation
Michael Nichols on Never Looking Back | Nat Geo

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Michael Nichols is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Environmental Policy, Conservation and Environment. The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Nichols for virtual events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Michael Nichols generally travels from White Hall, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joel Sartore, David Doubilet and Brian Skerry. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Nichols for an upcoming event.

Michael Nichols Videos

Michael “Nick” Nichols and Melissa Harris on “A Wild Life”
Lecture: Michael 'Nick' Nichols | World Press Photo Foundation
Michael Nichols on Never Looking Back | Nat Geo
Michael Nichols: Photographing Africa's Wildest Beasts | Nat Geo Live

Michael Nichols Speaking Topics

  • Giving Voice: Using Photography and Media as Powerful Conservation Tools

    In this presentation Nichols takes us on a historical journey through the many places, lives, and creatures his images have helped. He emphasizes that, for all the glory that comes with being published, what wakes him up in the morning is the ability to make a difference.

  • The Last Place on Earth: The Megatransect Expedition

    Determined to document the vanishing riches of central Africa’s last undeveloped reaches, Nichols set out with ecologist J. Michael Fay on the Megatransect expedition, a grueling 456-day, 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) trek from Congo’s deepest forest to Gabon’s virgin shore. In this presentation Nichols shares his stunning images of wildlife and the expedition team and excerpts from Fay’s journals.

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How to book Michael Nichols?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Nichols for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Nichols, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Nichols or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Michael Nichols?

Booking fees for Michael Nichols, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Nichols, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Michael Nichols?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Nichols for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Nichols for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Nichols or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Nichols or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Michael Nichols is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Environmental Policy, Conservation and Environment. The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Nichols for virtual events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Michael Nichols generally travels from White Hall, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joel Sartore, David Doubilet and Brian Skerry. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Nichols for an upcoming event.

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