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'National Geographic' snapper wants young people to get into the wild

Fresh off a workshop held in Thailand, Joe Riis is hoping to connect with a new generation of snappers and encourage them to point their cameras at the problems facing the natural world

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'What are you focusing on?" National Geographic photographer Joe Riis asks a teenager taking a picture of a deer at Chon Buri's Khao Kheow Open Zoo. "Usually if I use the big ones [cameras], I'll go down low on the ground like this." 

Riis demonstrates his technique. "Try it," he tells the student. "Lay down on your stomach. Just try something different."

The zoo was one of the locations the photographer used for a workshop he held in March and while he's somewhat reserved by nature, Riis assumes an easy confidence as with students. In a world where fashion and celebrity photographers hugely outnumber those capturing wildlife, he's out to even the odds. For Riis doing so is a way to promote the beauty of nature while raising consciousness about wildlife protection.

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