Annual meeting organized by OAK STORIES that aims to share with the public the creation processes of the OAK team and other National Geographic Explorers. For an entire day, we will bring together NG Explorers and a representative from the NG Society to hold a total of 4 conferences, a round table and a networking space.
Our audience is ethically aware, committed and independent, and with a great interest in travel and photography. That is why we have designed a ZERO WASTE event, with the aim of reducing our environmental impact and promoting responsible and sustainable consumption.
The OAK SUMMIT seeks to strengthen the connection between NatGeo's storytellers and the community of local photographers, as well as to bring their stories closer to image and documentary lovers. The designed program will offer the attending public a series of four conferences, a round table and a networking space. The activities are concentrated in a single day and are completely free until full capacity is reached.
10.45 — 12.00
20,000 years ago a small group of hunters from the Arctic tundra traveled through the Bering Strait Passage to become the first settlers of the American continent. In less than 800 years they managed to expand from Northern Alaska to the Argentine Patagonia. Thanks to population genetics, the map of this incredible journey begins to reveal itself.
The Edge is a visual journey through the American continent using the stories hidden in our DNA to reveal the past.
12.15 — 13.30
One of the biggest challenges in addressing nature conservation issues is that simply showing beautiful images or communicating science is often not enough to generate a change and encourage the general public to take action. Jaime Rojo will share with us his quest for an innovative visual narrative that can generate empathy, connect with the audience and facilitate their participation in environmental issues.
15.00 — 16.15
The OAK team will discuss its evolution as an agency and production company through the example of different projects such as Matagi, carried out with the support of National Geographic; and an ongoing project in which one single body of work is being developed by three photographers: Norden. The conference will end with us explaining our work as creative advisors to National Geographic Partners in Spain since 2019.
16.30 — 17.45
The Senior Vice President of Storytelling for National Geographic will hold a conference on the role of the Society in the world, and its evolution from its origins to the present day. With special emphasis on the role of storytelling and photography, Kaitlin will address the appearance of the Explorer Grants and why the Society offers this kind of scholarships. Finally, a series of guides and tips to correctly apply to these funds for research and exploration will be offered to the public.
18.00 — 19.15
Entrepreneurship within the photographic and documentary sector is the the roundtable’s proposed theme . The goal is to analyze and discuss the current state of the profession, both nationally and internationally, and the need for each of us to become an entrepreneurial, innovative and disruptive storyteller. A space for debate and interaction with guests, about the financing, distribution and communication processes of their documentary projects.
19.30 — 21.30
In collaboration with Estrella Damm, at the end of the SUMMIT, OAK offers a space for networking between professionals and amateurs. The goal of this seminar is for the public to learn more about the relationship between National Geographic and its Explorers, and to inspire and encourage documentalists to develop their own projects. We believe it is essential to offer a space for interaction outside the conferences to facilitate mutual knowledge so that new ideas and collaborative projects can arise.
Álvaro Laiz (b.1981) is a Spanish photographer and artist whose work deals with narratives where traditional culture, nature and industrial development converge. Álvaro's work has been recognized by a number of institutions including Magnum, Sony WPP, World Press Photo and Oxford University. He is also the recipient of the 2016 National Geographic Explorer's Grant for his ongoing project “The Edge”.
Jaime Rojo is a photographer who combines his passion for wild nature, conservation and narrative to create visual communication campaigns that involve the general public in environmental issues. He has been working for more than a decade to protect the great wild spaces of the planet and his greatest aspiration is that his images can help create new protected spaces.
Kaitlin Yarnall is responsible for expanding the organization’s impact through all forms of storytelling, including photography, journalism, film, and public experiences. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the globe, has addressed the UN General Assembly, Scandinavian royals, and rock concert stadiums. Kaitlin specializes in storytelling, data visualization, information graphics, cartography, and visual narratives, and has written extensively on these subjects.
Javier began working as a documentary photographer in 2011. As a freelance, his projects have been published, awarded and exhibited worldwide. In 2018 he became National Geographic Society Explorer and under his lead, since 2019 the agency has been working as creative advisors and production company for NatGeo Partners (Spain).
As photographer and journalist, Guillem worked in countries such as Ethiopia, Senegal, Gambia, Greece and Niger, publishing articles and photographs on various international media. He graduated in journalism and obtained a Master's Degree in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the London College of Communication.
As OAK Chief Research Officer, Rodal puts his skills as a criminologist at the service of the investigation process of each project. His work is essential in the phases of documentation and pre-production.