Photographer, Explorer, Activist
As an award winning photographer, extreme athlete, filmmaker, author, lecturer and environmental activist, Sebastian Copeland’s work has been featured on CNN’s Larry King, ABC, ESPN, NPR, and Current TV and in National Geographic, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Sierra Club, House & Garden, Publisher’s Weekly, W Magazine, Elle, People Magazine.
A personal commitment to fight for the protection of the environment has led to a seat on the Board of Directors of Global Green (the US arm of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International) and a relentless pursuit of a sustainable future.
Sebastian uses photography as a medium for activism. “Helping people fall in love with their world,” he says,” is a catalyst to wanting to save it”. An extreme adventure expert, Sebastian has led various expeditions to the polar regions. Sebastian spent six weeks in 2006 and in 2007 aboard a scientific research icebreaker in the Antarctic Peninsula. In 2008 Sebastian and partner Luc Hardy led a team of nine children from international nationalities for a month in the northernmost Canadian Arctic as the Young Ambassadors of the Arctic. In March 2009, Sebastian led a mission to the geographical North Pole. He and partner Keith Heger walked seven hundred kilometers to commemorate the centennial of Admiral Peary’s reach in 1909. Sebastian filmed the mission and assembled it into the documentary Into The Cold: A Journey Of The Soul. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win multiple awards. In May 2010, Sebastian and partner Eric McNair-Landry left from southern Greenland to cross the 2300 kilometers of its ice sheet using skis and kites. They reached the northern tip 41 days later. They hold a new world record for longest distance traveled on kites and skis over one twenty hour period by covering 595 kilometers.