Award-winning National Geographic photographer and big cat advocate to open 2016 Omaha National Geographic Live! Speaker Series

Dec 29, 2015, 13:40 PM by Omaha Performing Arts

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Photo by Sharon Guynup

Omaha, Neb., (Dec. 29, 2015) – The first speaker in the 2016 National Geographic Live! series at Holland Performing Arts Center has been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He's flown over erupting volcanoes and visited isolated villages where residents had never before seen a blond foreigner — or a camera!

Omaha Performing Arts presents National Geographic Live’s “On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards” with Steve Winter in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10, and are available at, 402-345-0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. In-kind sponsor for the performance is David M. Mangelsen’s.

At “On the Trail of Big Cats,” audience members will go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead the audience from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard, and on to the iconic “Hollywood” sign in pursuit of the American cougar. He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras.

Growing up in Indiana, Winter dreamed of traveling the world as a photographer for National Geographic. His first camera was a gift from his father on his seventh birthday. Over the next few years, Winter's dad taught him the basics of photography. After graduating from the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco, he signed on as a photojournalist for Black Star Photo Agency. Since then, he has produced stories for GEO, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Audubon, BusinessWeek, Scientific American, and Stern, among other publications. His nonprofit and commercial clients include UNICEF, Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

In 1991, Winter began shooting for the National Geographic Society. He has covered many subjects for National Geographic magazine, including Cuba, Russia's giant Kamchatka bears, tigers in Myanmar's Hukawng Valley, and life along Myanmar's Irrawaddy River. Co-author of the National Geographic book, “TIGERS FOREVER: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cats,” Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.