Florian Schulz has dedicated his life to documenting the natural faces of our planet. Aiming his cameras at Earth’s last wilderness areas has led him to the farthest reaches of the globe. Using his talent for visual storytelling he hopes to inspire action to preserve Earth’s wild virtue. He is constantly striving to meet the next challenge, to embark upon the next adventure. Ultimately seeking to transport his viewers into nature, acting as an ambassador for the natural world.
Specializing in wildlife and conservation photojournalism, the quality of Florian’s work is reflected in the widespread recognition he has received. His photographs have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, and GEO, and he has won numerous awards for his photography, including ‘Environmental Photographer of the Year’. But these prizes have never been his motivation. His tireless efforts to document and protect wilderness areas are fueled by an honest commitment to our environment and a love for the natural world.
Florian is a devout advocate for wildlife corridors, coining the phrase “freedom to roam” and founding the Freedom to Roam project. He aims to expand the new conservation movement for wildlife corridors, just like the creation of Yellowstone as the first national park – he envisions the establishment of national corridors as an idea to spread around the world.
In recent years, Florian has devoted his focused on the Arctic – as it is one of the fastest changing and threatened ecosystems on Earth. His determination to portray this land and its diversity of creatures has drawn him through many challenges, hardships and dangers. What does it take to spend weeks camping in sub-arctic conditions? Or to lug camera equipment for miles through black swarms of monster mosquitos? To leave your family with two little boys for months on end? As a father his work has taken on a new meaning. He hopes that his images can play a role in keeping the last wild places alive, for the next generation to experience.
Highlights of a career
In the Blue Planet Live Series Chris Packham, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall explore our oceans and its wildlife, to find out how marine life is coping in the face of increasing environmental pressure.
Florian was commissioned to produce a feature film about Baja Californias wildlife.
To help to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Florian was commissioned to produce a feature film about this unique region. He used some RED 6 & 8K cameras, a Phantom High Speed camera, sliders, cranes, Cineflex and Shotover systems and of course the good old tripod.
The English edition of the coffee table book "To The Arctic" is published by Braided River to accompanying the same-named IMAX movie. Shortly after that, the German edition of the book "Ein Jahr in der Arktis" is published by the National Geographic.
Together with EARTHJUSTICE, Florian creates the Visions of the Arctic campaign to protect Arctic Alaska. Part of the campaign is a lecture tour and an exhibition.
Initiation of the Freedom to Roam project "Baja to Beaufort" (B2B).
iLCP RAVE expedition to the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in southeastern Mexico.
Florian's traveling exhibition "Yellowstone to Yukon - Freedom to Roam" opens at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, USA.
A selection of Florian's wildlife corridor images is shown in a group exhibition in New York.
grown up in southern Germany