National Geographic Fellow Mattias Klum has a special passion for Borneo, where he has spent 20 years producing magazine articles, books, and films. Don’t miss this powerful and disturbing vision of what might be the Borneo rain forest’s last stand.
Noted photographer, filmmaker and international
conservationist Mattias Klum was named a National Geographic Fellow in
2010. In this role he supports ongoing National Geographic Mission
Programs conservation efforts such as Mission Blue, Freshwater
Initiative and Great Energy Challenge, focusing his efforts on critical
biodiversity and conservation issues.
Fellows Program was created to encourage the flow of ideas between
National Geographic and field experts. Fellows provide expert
consultation on National Geographic projects, education and outreach,
and environmental and public policy. The Fellows represent a variety of
Klum was born in Uppsala, Sweden,
in 1968. Since 1986, he has been a full-time freelance photographer and
his work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation, Audubon, Geo, Terre Sauvage, Stern, Der Spiegel and The New York Times. He has photographed multiple stories for National Geographic magazine, notably a 30-page feature “Borneo’s Moment of Truth” in November 2008.
his career, Klum has specialized in portraying and interpreting
threatened environments, species and cultures, and he has received
numerous awards for his work. In 2003, Klum and his wife and business
partner, Monika, co-founded the company Tierra Grande with the mission
of promoting sustainability through a diverse range of media and
communications projects and public-awareness campaigns. Today, Klum is
increasingly involved in establishing multidisciplinary platforms within
the framework of network organizations such as Tällberg Forum,
Stockholm Resilience Centre and Young Global Leaders of the World
Having dedicated more than 20
years to covering the unique flora and fauna of Borneo and
deforestation-related challenges, he recently joined WWF’s Heart of
Borneo Initiative to promote conservation and sustainable development in
the region, and will release a book and TV documentary in 2011. Klum is
also currently working on a new film, The Coral Eden, as part
of the Project Oceans initiative of The United Postcode Lotteries in
collaboration with WWF, Greenpeace and the Marine Stewardship Council.
Project Oceans aims to end overfishing and protect endangered species by
increasing the supply of MSC-certified seafood and establishing more
marine protected areas around the globe. Other ongoing programs include
the Baltic Sea Media Project and Expedition Sweden.
is represented by the National Geographic Speakers Bureau and National
Geographic Image Collection. His company, Tierra Grande, is working to
expand National Geographic Speakers Bureau lectures into European
territories. Klum’s photos are featured in exhibitions presented at
international galleries and museums, and at major events such as
Shanghai World EXPO 2010 and COP15 UN Climate Change Conference in
Klum’s advocacy on behalf of
biodiversity earned him a medal from the King of Sweden and designation
as a 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a
member of the board of trustees of WWF Sweden and a fellow of The
Linnean Society of London.