Photojournalist Paothong to Speak

September 12, 2012
Dr. Chad Stebbins
nappadol paothongJOPLIN, MO (SNS) – A Thailand native who is now considered one of the finest nature photographers in the nation will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Missouri Southern State University.
Noppadol Paothong, a wildlife photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation, will present ”From a City on a Continent 10,000 Miles Away to MSSU and the Great Outdoors” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

The presentation is free and open to the public.
In this slide presentation, Paothong shares his journey and shows some of the images that have made him known throughout the Midwest. He also discusses his new 204-page hardbound book, Save the Last Dance – A Story of North American Grassland Grouse (in collaboration with writer Joel Vance). The book captures the dazzling beauty of seven grouse species whose populations are diminishing across the prairies and plains of America, as well as one species that has already lost its battle for survival.

Autographed copies of Save the Last Dance will be available for purchase for $45.
Paothang, a native of Bangkok, started taking pictures at the age of 8 and joined a nature photography club in high school. When he came to North Idaho College in 1993, he could not speak or write in English.

He later joined the campus newspaper staff and his photography prowess earned him a scholarship to Missouri Southern State University. He served at MSSU as director of photography for the student newspaper The Chart.

After newsroom stints at the Joplin Globe and the Springfield News-Leader, he joined the Missouri Department of Conservation in 2006 as a wildlife photographer.
His photography is regularly featured in the Missouri Conservationist magazine.