Escape to Nature Roundtable

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escape to natureTuesday, February 24, 4pm EST: Today’s featured film is Escape to Nature, a film about Papua New Guinea, the land, the sea, the people. Our guests for the Round Table are its filmmakers, Libor Spacek and Petra Dolezalova, and Founder of the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, Christopher Gervais.

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LiborLibor Spacek is a documentary film director, cinematographer, photographer (AF), scuba instructor and sea captain who is interested in photography and filming of wildlife, projects focusing on the monitoring and protecting of the underwater world, the natives and their culture and rituals …

Libor studied photography in New York City in the late 1990s and soon afterwards became established in the field of advertising which he broke into with his original approach to art nudes. He began to capture the curves of the female body under water, leading to his most famous collection of work “Underwater Fine Art Nudes”. It now contains several dozen large-format photographs which he exhibits and publishes all over the world.

As an underwater photography specialist, Libor has taken part in several foreign projects and expeditions. His experiences and artistic work from this period are reflected in an extensive photography collection entitled “Underwater Life”, which focuses mainly on macro photography, and which he constantly expands with new work from his travels. As a photographer, he has received many awards and nominations in international competitions.
Libor Spacek Photography

Together with his partner Petra Dolezalova have joined their experiences of underwater, landscape, artistic and travel photography in their work and together with film they can cover the work of a multimember team..

Petra DolezalovaPetra Dolezalova studied economics in the Czech Republic and Media Relations in California. She combined her interests as a photographer and traveller with her profession as a publicist. She has been dedicated to production of prestigious magazines for fourteen years and Public Relations for Volvo Car Czech Republic. She first presented her artistic work to the public in the multimedia exhibition, “Touch of the North” in famous Prague’s gallery Carolinum. Under the same title she published her book, in which she enriched the photos with her own poetry and travel stories. Part of her creative work focuses on the oldest European nation, living behind the Arctic circle in Finnmark territory. During the 4 years period Petra visited the places behind the Arctic circle more than 10 times. Thanks to a local guide and friends she was able to discover and experience the value of the people living here. In her book she expressed the understanding of hard, but also poetic and unique lifestyle behind the Arctic circle.
Through her landscape compositions she looks for the connection with nature and her message to all people.
Petra has done several successful exhibitions. Her photography and stories from various corners of the world have been published many times both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
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Christopher J. GervaisChristopher J. Gervais is the Founder & CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF), he is an environmental scientist and has graduate studies in marine biology and vertebrate paleontology. He worked as a field researcher, laboratory scientist and teacher at multiple natural history museums to put himself through his college years. Christopher’s first job out of college was a biology teacher and later as an administrator, at the time he was the youngest Principal for a public school in the state of Florida.

Christopher was one of the first scientists to conduct underwater vertebrate paleontology research. He is a professional, advanced scuba diver with over 2,500 logged dives. He is President of the International Exploration Society (IES), Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, member of the Ocean Geographic Society, friend of American Philosophical Society and a Board Member of the Pet Philanthropy Circle.

Christopher is a frequent guest on Headline News (HLN) for Jane Velez Mitchell to discuss Animal Rights Issues.
He is currently producing several wildlife documentary films.

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