Steve Winter, a National Geographic wildlife photographer who focuses on big cats, will speak at Maryville College beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

The event is part of National Geographic Live, Nat Geo’s touring speaker series, and is titled “On the Trail of Big Cats.

Tickets start at $22.50 and may be purchased at or by calling the box office at 865-981-8590.

Winter has been a National Geographic photographer since 1991 and has been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He was a two-time winner of Picture of the Year International’s Global Vision Award and won first prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014.

Winter shares his stories about traveling the world to photograph big cats and educates audiences on the importance of conservation. He has been interviewed on CBS Nightly News, NPR, BBC, CNN, and other media outlets. His film with Bertie Gregory, “Mission Critical: Leopards at the Door,” continues to run on Nat Geo WILD.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for more than a century.

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