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National Geographic Photographer; Agriculture & Travel Speaker; Co-Founder of Eyeson Earth

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Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor for its sister publication, TRAVELER Magazine. Richardson has photographed more than fifty stories for National Geographic.

Richardson's work takes him around the world, from the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of the soil that provides our food, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and most places in between. ABC News Nightline produced a story about the long process of assembling a National Geographic coverage by following Richardson in the field and at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his color photography, Richardson has built a distinguished body of black-and-white documentary work about rural Kansas life. His audiovisual presentation, “Reflections From a Wide Spot in the Road,” has toured internationally. His 40 years of photographing life in the Kansas town of Cuba, population 230, was published in National Geographic and featured twice by CBS News Sunday Morning, most recently in May 2004. His 1979 study of adolescence, “High School USA,” is now considered a photo essay classic and is used in college classrooms. He was named Kansan of the Year in 2007 by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. In 2015 he was honored by his fellow National Geographic photographers as their “Photographer’s Photographer.” In 2017, Kansas State University bestowed an honorary doctorate for his work in cultural and environmental communications. He is co-founder of Eyes On Earth, an educational collaborative seeking to inspire next-generation environmental photographers.

Whether the subject is Feeding Planet Earth, life on wee Scottish islands, the urgent need to save our night skies, small-town lessons of community survival, or the skills and pleasures of travel photography, audiences around the world have delighted in Jim's depth of knowledge and engaging, lighthearted spirit.

He's spoken to gatherings of schoolchildren in Africa, NASA scientists, world business leaders, and hometown folk. He's spoken aboard airliners and cruise ships, in concert halls to 3,000 people, and in one-room schools. Jim's spectacular photography is always a hit, but audiences respond overwhelmingly to his ability to bring the world to life through his stories.

Speaking Topics
  • Scottish Obsessions

    Scotland has been drawing Richardson back for twenty years, each time luring me further out into the wild islands of the Hebrides and Orkney -• and on to the legendary St. Kilda. National Geographic called on me for stories of Highland games, Edinburgh, Whisky Country, Neolithic life before Stonehenge, wee island adventures in the Inner Hebrides, and the mysterious Scottish Moors. My award-winning writing for Traveler has bolstered my reputation for telling the story of Scotland with depth and wit.

  • Feeding Our Hungry Planet

    The problem of feeding our hungry planet has taken Richardson around the world several times for National Geographic Magazine. Over the last twenty years as he's covered stories of food, farmers, and the vast problems and possibilities before us. Few have been given such an opportunity to see the breadth of the problems, as well as to meet the people who grow our food -• our farmers. This program is a unique opportunity to see the big picture of agriculture on our planet.

  • Reflections from a Wide Spot in the Road

    Small towns capture the American heart –– and teach us lessons of community and compassion. For nearly four decades Richardson has returned to one small town in the Great Plains of America, finding stories of enduring connections that touch our hearts. CBS Sunday Morning has profiled his work in this location twice, and National Geographic published an essay about this otherwise unsung place.

  • Saving the Night

    Splendors of the night sky –– and what we must do to save it. Mankind has looked to the heavens for as long as we have been human. And now, barely 150 years since the invention of the electric light bulb we are in danger of losing sight of this great inspiration -• the night sky. In this program, drawn from our cover story for National Geographic Magazine, Richardson shows what we are losing and what we can regain from this great human heritage.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Richardson 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 Jim Richardson for your next private or corporate function.
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National Geographic Photographer; Agriculture & Travel Speaker; Co-Founder of Eyeson Earth

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Jim Richardson Biography

Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor for its sister publication, TRAVELER Magazine. Richardson has photographed more than fifty stories for National Geographic.

Richardson's work takes him around the world, from the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of the soil that provides our food, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and most places in between. ABC News Nightline produced a story about the long process of assembling a National Geographic coverage by following Richardson in the field and at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his color photography, Richardson has built a distinguished body of black-and-white documentary work about rural Kansas life. His audiovisual presentation, “Reflections From a Wide Spot in the Road,” has toured internationally. His 40 years of photographing life in the Kansas town of Cuba, population 230, was published in National Geographic and featured twice by CBS News Sunday Morning, most recently in May 2004. His 1979 study of adolescence, “High School USA,” is now considered a photo essay classic and is used in college classrooms. He was named Kansan of the Year in 2007 by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. In 2015 he was honored by his fellow National Geographic photographers as their “Photographer’s Photographer.” In 2017, Kansas State University bestowed an honorary doctorate for his work in cultural and environmental communications. He is co-founder of Eyes On Earth, an educational collaborative seeking to inspire next-generation environmental photographers.

Whether the subject is Feeding Planet Earth, life on wee Scottish islands, the urgent need to save our night skies, small-town lessons of community survival, or the skills and pleasures of travel photography, audiences around the world have delighted in Jim's depth of knowledge and engaging, lighthearted spirit.

He's spoken to gatherings of schoolchildren in Africa, NASA scientists, world business leaders, and hometown folk. He's spoken aboard airliners and cruise ships, in concert halls to 3,000 people, and in one-room schools. Jim's spectacular photography is always a hit, but audiences respond overwhelmingly to his ability to bring the world to life through his stories.

Jim Richardson Speaking Topics

  • Scottish Obsessions

    Scotland has been drawing Richardson back for twenty years, each time luring me further out into the wild islands of the Hebrides and Orkney -• and on to the legendary St. Kilda. National Geographic called on me for stories of Highland games, Edinburgh, Whisky Country, Neolithic life before Stonehenge, wee island adventures in the Inner Hebrides, and the mysterious Scottish Moors. My award-winning writing for Traveler has bolstered my reputation for telling the story of Scotland with depth and wit.

  • Feeding Our Hungry Planet

    The problem of feeding our hungry planet has taken Richardson around the world several times for National Geographic Magazine. Over the last twenty years as he's covered stories of food, farmers, and the vast problems and possibilities before us. Few have been given such an opportunity to see the breadth of the problems, as well as to meet the people who grow our food -• our farmers. This program is a unique opportunity to see the big picture of agriculture on our planet.

  • Reflections from a Wide Spot in the Road

    Small towns capture the American heart –– and teach us lessons of community and compassion. For nearly four decades Richardson has returned to one small town in the Great Plains of America, finding stories of enduring connections that touch our hearts. CBS Sunday Morning has profiled his work in this location twice, and National Geographic published an essay about this otherwise unsung place.

  • Saving the Night

    Splendors of the night sky –– and what we must do to save it. Mankind has looked to the heavens for as long as we have been human. And now, barely 150 years since the invention of the electric light bulb we are in danger of losing sight of this great inspiration -• the night sky. In this program, drawn from our cover story for National Geographic Magazine, Richardson shows what we are losing and what we can regain from this great human heritage.

Jim Richardson Videos

  • Jim Richardson: 5 Tips for Travel Photography | B&G
    National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson shares his 5 tips for destination and travel photography. How can you take better travel photos? What...
  • Jim Richardson: Interview for Animateducated
    National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson tells the stories behind his photos and his photographic career.
  • Jim Richardson | Saving Humanity's 10,000-year Legacy of Food
    Agricultural biodiversity is as much in need of defending as the world's wildlife. Countless varieties of plants and animals were bred by the...

FAQs on booking Jim Richardson

  • How to book Jim Richardson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Richardson for both live and virtual events for over 20 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Richardson, 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 Jim Richardson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jim Richardson?

    Booking fees for Jim Richardson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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 Jim Richardson, 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 Jim Richardson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Richardson for clients worldwide for more than 20 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 Jim Richardson 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 Jim Richardson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Richardson 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.

Jim Richardson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Scottish Obsessions, Feeding Our Hungry Planet, Reflections from a Wide Spot in the Road and Saving the Night. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Richardson for your event is available upon request. Jim Richardson generally travels from Lindsborg, KS, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Wade Davis, Steve McCurry, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, Jodi Cobb and Annie Griffiths. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Richardson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jim Richardson Speaking Topics

  • Scottish Obsessions

    Scotland has been drawing Richardson back for twenty years, each time luring me further out into the wild islands of the Hebrides and Orkney -• and on to the legendary St. Kilda. National Geographic called on me for stories of Highland games, Edinburgh, Whisky Country, Neolithic life before Stonehenge, wee island adventures in the Inner Hebrides, and the mysterious Scottish Moors. My award-winning writing for Traveler has bolstered my reputation for telling the story of Scotland with depth and wit.

  • Feeding Our Hungry Planet

    The problem of feeding our hungry planet has taken Richardson around the world several times for National Geographic Magazine. Over the last twenty years as he's covered stories of food, farmers, and the vast problems and possibilities before us. Few have been given such an opportunity to see the breadth of the problems, as well as to meet the people who grow our food -• our farmers. This program is a unique opportunity to see the big picture of agriculture on our planet.

  • Reflections from a Wide Spot in the Road

    Small towns capture the American heart –– and teach us lessons of community and compassion. For nearly four decades Richardson has returned to one small town in the Great Plains of America, finding stories of enduring connections that touch our hearts. CBS Sunday Morning has profiled his work in this location twice, and National Geographic published an essay about this otherwise unsung place.

  • Saving the Night

    Splendors of the night sky –– and what we must do to save it. Mankind has looked to the heavens for as long as we have been human. And now, barely 150 years since the invention of the electric light bulb we are in danger of losing sight of this great inspiration -• the night sky. In this program, drawn from our cover story for National Geographic Magazine, Richardson shows what we are losing and what we can regain from this great human heritage.

Jim Richardson Speaker Videos

  • Jim Richardson: 5 Tips for Travel Photography | B&G
    National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson shares his 5 tips for destination and travel photography. How can you take better travel photos? What do you need to keep in mind when out on location?...
    Jim Richardson: Interview for Animateducated
    National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson tells the stories behind his photos and his photographic career.
  • Jim Richardson | Saving Humanity's 10,000-year Legacy of Food
    Agricultural biodiversity is as much in need of defending as the world's wildlife. Countless varieties of plants and animals were bred by the world's peoples for talents specific to every soil,...
    Jim Richardson Interview | Syracuse University Lecture Series Interview
    Acclaimed photographer Jim Richardson, who has worked with National Geographic for nearly 30 years, spoke to The Newhouse on March 19, 2013, about his work and the threats of light pollution beyond...

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