Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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For some people, it takes a good deal of seeing to start believing. Yann Arthus-Bertrand understands the need to see, and so he made it his mission to spread the word using images. He founded the “Altitude Agency,” the world's first press agency and images bank specializing in aerial photography. But it does more than capture breath-taking images; it tells a story, an urgent call to preserve what beauty is left of this planet. After starting out as an artist, Yann converted happily to an activist.


Why Yann Arthus-Bertrand is Extraordinary

A picture indeed paints a thousand words. Sometimes, it does even more, considering what Yann Arthus-Bertrand has achieved in his illustrious career as a photographer. He used his camera to get people to act for the sake of the planet. An artist at heart, he is passionate about keeping this world a liveable place for our descendants. He founded the GoodPlanet Foundation, which inspired 7 Billion Others, GoodPlanet Solidaire, and Action Carbone, among many other initiatives.

Telling the Story through Pictures in “Home”

When he became a photographer, he did not simply stick to the ordinary. He took photography to another level, soon allowing his aerial shots to take centre stage. But he pursued aerial shots not for profit alone; he used his skill for a much nobler cause, one of mobilizing humans to be more conscious of how we treat our planet.

After publishing a book and becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program, Yann Arthus-Bertrand directed a movie produced by Luc Besson, entitled “Home.”

When asked about the movie’s core message, Yann explains:

"The film has a very clear message. We have a greater impact on the Earth than it can bear. We over-consume and are depleting the Earth's resources. From the air, it's easy to see the Earth's wounds. So, Home simply sets out our current situation, while saying that a solution exists. The film's subtitle could be It's Too Late To Be A Pessimist. We have reached a crossroads; important decisions must be taken to change our world. Everybody knows about what the film says, but nobody wants to believe it. So Home adds its weight to the argument of environmental organizations that we need to revert to a more [common-sense] approach and change our consumer way of life." (SOURCE: Home The Movie)

An Award-Winning Environmentalist and Photographer

Yann’s passion is written all over his work and projects; organizations cannot help but recognize the work he has put into his crusade. In 2003, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society, two years before he started the GoodPlanet Foundation. The government of France also made him Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite and he was given the Georges Pompidou Award. He is also a recipient of the Knight of the Légion d'honneur and the ‘Earth Champion’ award, among many other accolades.

What an extraordinary life - and he is not done yet. There’s just so much to do with so little time. Let’s join Yann in his crusade and do our own share of helping while we still can.

Top Reasons why Yann Arthus-Bertrand is Extraordinary

  1. He founded the Altitude Agency, the world's first press agency and images bank specializing in aerial photography, in 1991.
  2. He also founded the international environmental organization, GoodPlanet, which was responsible for the Action Carbone initiative that inspired people to lessen their carbon footprint.
  3. His book "Earth from Above" sold three million copies and was translated into 24 languages.
  4. He created “Hope Production” together with Jean-Yes Robin in 2011.
  5. He was made Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite and Knight of the Légion d'honneur.
  6. He was elected alongside Lucien Clergue at the Académie des Beaux Arts.
  7. He received the ‘Earth Champion’ award.
  8. He was designated as the United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador (UNEP) in 2009.
  9. He directed "Home" and made it available for free so all people may start seeing the planet from a different perspective.
  10. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society.

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