Shooting Stars: Steve Winter presents Chris Linder

Linder’s science photography is a throwback to the age of expeditions and adventure

Indian snow leopard, by Steve Winter, 2007, captured with a remote camera. Steve Winter
Adélie penguins traverse broken slabs of sea ice on their way back to feed their chicks. Chris Linder
An Adélie penguin photographed with a remote camera at Cape Crozier, Ross Island, Antarctica. Chris Linder
Broken sea ice stretches to the shore of Ross Isalnd. Behind it is Mt. Erebus, the 12,400 foot mountain that dominates the skyline. It's an active volcano with a lake of lava at the top. Chris Linder
A species of phytoplankton called Phaeocystis stains the waters of Antarctica's Ross Sea green. Chris Linder

Since my earliest work, I have depended on scientists to help me get the story. I immediately became in awe when I saw them at work in the field. The work is like a throwback—Expeditions! Adventures!—but it’s important to realize that they brave extreme conditions to collect the data we read about in the news. Chris is there with them, so he understands what it takes to get the images to tell the story. We are in the midst of grave environmental problems, but scientists are finding answers. Bringing those answers to the public is our responsibility as conservation photographers. Through our images the wild animals, places and people can have a voice . Chris has done this in the frozen poles. -- Steve Winter

Steve Winter’s wildlife photographs won the 2011 Global Vision Award from Pictures of the Year International. Chris Linder, 39, is based in Seattle.