Mattias Klum

Filmmaker and Photographer

Mattias Klum was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1968. He has worked full-time as a freelance photographer since 1986, and as a cinematographer and director on film and television projects since 1994. Klum describes and portrays environments, endangered species and cultural settings all over the world for books, films, exhibitions, lectures and articles.

Klum’s expeditions, photos and film projects have taken him and his team to all continents and his artistic and journalistic work has frequently been featured in major international publications, such as National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation, Audubon, Geo, BBC Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, Stern, Der Spiegel and The New York Times.

Mattias Klum is also in demand as a lecturer and has given more than 2500 performances worldwide. He has been represented by the National Geographic Speakers Bureau since 2003.

Over the years, Klum has received numerous awards and grants for his work. Uppsala City Council bestowed him with its gold medal for his outstanding work from an Uppsala base. His Majesty the King of Sweden granted Klum a medal of the 8th grade, the second-highest civilian award in Sweden, for his contributions as a nature photographer. In 2008 Klum was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Klum was also named Goodwill Ambassador for IUCN in 2011. The magazine Miljöaktuellt ranked Klum fourth among Sweden’s 100 most powerful environmentalists in 2013.

Mattias Klum is a member of the Board of Trustees of WWF Sweden and a Fellow of National Geographic Society, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and The Linnean Society of London. Mattias Klum was in 2013 awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Natural Science by Stockholm University and also named ambassador for WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature.