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NatGeo honors Rudloe in Washington museum

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  • 1. PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2015 Media Contact: Jack Rudloe Email: Phone: 850.445.6786 Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories, Inc. 222 Clark Drive, Panacea, FL 32346 • P.O. Box 237 • 850.984.5297 • SeacreaturesfromGulfSpecimenMarineLabtobefeaturedinmultimediaphotoexhibitionat theNationalGeographicMuseuminWashington,D.C. “I, along with my late wife Anne, have received many honors over the years, but this National Geographic award may be the greatest.’ -Jack Rudloe, Gulf Specimen Marine Lab founder PANACEA - Even after a decade of expansive globe-trotting, photographing thousands of beasts great- and-small from the storied savannas of central Africa and the densely inhabited tropical rainforests , acclaimed Na- tional Geographic photographer Joel Sartore counts his sole one-day visit to Gulf Specimen Marine Lab last year as one of his most notable; in barely 24 hours the veteran photographer broke his own single-day portrait-taking record up to that point, all while framing dozens of ad- ept compositions of squishy, squirty and often downright strange marine life, all collected by GSML. In all,Sartore photographed more than 100 Gulf Spec- imen-collected sea creatures - 60 of those during his day visitlastyear.Alloftheseshots-alongwithaspecialdisplay honoring GSML founders Jack and the late Anne Rudloe - will be showcased in a major exhibition - Nov.5 through April 2016 - at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. The images of GSML creatures will be displayed through a thrilling light and sound projec- tion system,which will include the 5,000 other fauna pics Sartore has shot over the past 10 years as part of his am- bitious “PhotoArk” project. PhotoArk’s aim, he explains, is to “create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear, and to inspire people to care.” “Every year I see more habitat loss, more species con- sumed for food, medicine or simply decoration,” Sartore lamented. “The PhotoArk was born out of desperation to halt - or at least slow - the loss of global biodiversity.” Jack Rudloe, who founded GSML with his late wife Anne more than 50 years ago, has spent a lifetime fight- ing the same battle. Sartore, despite having never met Jack prior to their day-long photo-shoot last year, was so impressed with GSML and deeply impacted by his ex- perience working with Jack that day, the celebrated pho- tographer chose the longtime Panacea naturalist as one of only seven honorees to be inducted into the exhibition’s “Hall of Heroes,” which highlights the compelling sto- ries of the dedicated people and organizations working to help and protect the animals portrayed in PhotoArk. “Jack Rudloe is a fine example of one person making a difference in the world,” Sartore asserted. “We often think of the world’s problems as being too great to solve and overwhelming,but if you look at Jack,here’s someone who knows saving the world starts in your own backyard.” Admittedly, when Sartore arrived in the tiny seaside village of Panacea last year, he was somewhat skeptical the short trip to GSML - about which he knew very little at the time - would afford him an abundance of opportu- nities for interesting pictures. “He (Sartore) came in not expecting much, but when he walked into the lab that night for the first time and I turned on the lights, it blew his mind. He said he had never seen so many creatures under one roof,” Rudloe said. Sartore told Rudloe the most animals he had ever shot in a day up to that point was around 12, but “Team Rud- loe/Sartore” - along with their assistants - worked dil- igently through the day and into the night, setting up shot after shot of animals from GSML’s collection, until the number of stills far exceeded Sartore’s previous daily pinnacle.“There was a ‘conveyor belt of creatures,’coming out of the tanks,” Rudloe recalled. Jack and Anne Rudloe have published four articles in National Geographic magazine over the last several de- cades. Can’t make it to Washington? See and touch many of the creatures Sartore shot by visiting GSML.

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