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Speaking & Presentations

  I have been speaking publicly on topics related to photography and national parks for more than 20 years. Venues have included conferences, companies, schools and universities, museums and galleries, photography clubs, etc.. I bring to each presentation passion, beautiful images, fun stories, and great information. Thanks for stopping by and considering me. If you want to check my availability for your event, or if you have some questions before proceeding further, contact me.

Upcoming Presentations

CHINATOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Dec 16, 2017, 2 PM
132 Waverly Place
San Francisco CA
organiser

SENIOR ACADEMY, THE VILLAGES
February 8, 2018, 2 PM
Cribari Auditorium
The Villages, San Jose CA
(private event, contact me for invite)

SARATOGA LIBRARY
February 12, 2018, 7 PM
13650 Saratoga Ave
Saratoga, CA
organiser

LOS GATOS - SARATOGA CAMERA CLUB
February 26, 2018, 7:30 PM
Temple Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Ln
Los Gatos, CA
organiser

MORGAN HILL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
March 7, 2018, 7:45 PM
Centennial Recreation Senior Center
171 West Edmundson Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA
organiser

GOOGLE
March 14, 2018, 1 PM
Main Campus, room 160
Mountain View, CA
(private event)

Topics

My most requested presentation is Treasured Lands, an inspirational account of my 20-year journey to photograph the 59 U.S. national parks in large format, from the origins of the project to the publication of my multiple award-winning book, with an extensive look at wilderness adventures behind the images from Arctic Alaska to the volcanoes of tropical Hawaii, and a few hard-earned photography insights. Including Q&A and a book signing, the event lasts between 1h30 and 2 hours.

I am also happy to prepare custom presentations to meet your organization's specific needs. Presentation lengths can range from 45 minutes to all day seminars. Programs could include photography (Following the Light, Night Photography...), travel and outdoors (The U.S. National Parks, National Parks of the Southwest, Yosemite National Park, Vietnam...), or a combination of both (How to Photograph the National Parks, Night Photography in the National Parks...).

Previous Presentations

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
November 2, 2017, 12 PM
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA

LIGHT AND SHADOW CAMERA CLUB
October 10, 2017, 7:00 PM
San Jose CA

SIERRA CLUB SANTA CRUZ GROUP
September 21, 2017
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Sentinel

PALO ALTO CAMERA CLUB
September 20, 2017
Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto Online

SUNNYVALE PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB
August 28, 2017
Sunnyvale, CA

ART ARK GALLERY
June 14, 2017
San Jose, CA
The Mercury News

UCSB ARTS & LECTURES
November 2, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Independent Ventura County Star

UCSB COLLEGE OF CREATIVE STUDIES
November 2, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA

CARPINTERIA HIGH SCHOOL
November 2, 2016
Carpinteria, CA

PHOTOCENTRAL
October 23, 2016
Hayward, CA

VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL
October 15, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
City of Las Vegas Press Release

FERTITTA MIDDLE SCHOOL
October 14, 2016
Las Vegas, NV

PHOTOCENTRAL
February 26, 2016
Hayward, CA

MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
September 9-11, 2015
Miami, FL

LYTRO
June 3, 2013
Mountain View, CA

CONTRA COSTA CAMERA CLUB
May 30, 2013
Pleasant Hill, CA

NATIONAL HERITAGE MUSEUM
September 11, 2011
Lexington, MA

NATIONAL HERITAGE MUSEUM
March 14, 2010
Lexington, MA

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
March 12, 2010
Boston, MA

NORTH AMERICAN NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY ASSOCIATION SUMMIT
February 19, 2010
Reno, NV

Presentations from the 1990s and 2000s are not listed

What Sponsors Are Saying

"It was a pleasure to work with you on a second talk and very rewarding to hear your presentation. Treasured Lands: Journey and Visions was extremely well-received by the 187 of the audience. A great majority of them marked themselves very satisfied on the evaluation questionnaires we distributed."
— Polly Kienle, Public Programs Coordinator, National Heritage Museum

"Everyone really enjoyed it, and many said it was the best talk, yet."
— Eric Cheng, Director of Photography, Lytro

"QT Luong's presentation, Treasured Lands received rave reviews from a capacity crowd of 160 members of the Palo Alto and Bay Area camera clubs and local community. The audience was captivated by the humorous and exciting adventures QT experienced coupled with the spectacular photographs of the national parks. Thank you QT for a delightful and memorable evening. "
— Linda Chin, Special Programs Chair, Palo Alto Camera Club

"A very sincere Thank You for the personal time, effort, creativity, expertise and generosity that you provided the registrants during the recent NANPA Annual Summit in Reno, Nevada. The quality of learning and the appreciation of the attendees at your presentation, National Parks: Tropics to Arctic, was much appreciated."
— Jamie Konarski Davidson, 2010 Summit Chair, North American Nature Photography Association.

"Counted 120 people. It seemed like more. It was a wonderful presentation! We really appreciated your doing it."
— Trician Comings, Events Committee, Sierra Club Santa Cruz County Group

"He was wonderful in working with my art students... He was able to connect with the students in a relaxed manner and kept them interested and asking questions. His answers or descriptions often brought ahhs, laughs and more questions. The students were so respectful and seemed to sense that a really special, talented artist was in their midst. They listened with intensity and admired him and his work greatly... My students still talk about him and remember his stories."
— Yvonne Moyer, Art Teacher, Miami Country Day School

"Thank you for coming to Las Vegas and presenting as part of the Vegas Valley Book Festival. I appreciate you taking the time to enhance our community. Your work is absolutely stunning and amazing. "
— Brian Kendall, Cultural Supervisor, City of Las Vegas

"He presented many quite beautiful photos of parks, including some in a recently published book ('Treasured Lands'). He was also able to take good pictures of the recent lunar eclipse, as well as many fine shots from the big island, in Hawaii, including a lot of Mono Loa, lava streams, and other interesting features. We definitely recommend him for presenting nature photographs."
— Tom McNeal, Program Coordinator, Sunnyvale Photography Club.

"Thank you so much for presenting your wonderful talk to our Osher group yesterday. We were so honored to have you present your remarkable work... Thank you for all you do and for being in our community. We are so fortunate that you have shared your creative talents with us."
— Gail Chaid, Coordinator, Travel Talks Special Interest Group

What Attendees Are Saying

"This was a fantastic presentation - the kind that makes me feel like I should quit my job and split my life between artistry and backpacking. His passion really came through in his talk, and I loved hearing about the practical challenges in taking these breathtaking landscapes in, sometimes, challenging places." - Simon

"It was awesome in the true sense of the word -- awe-inspiring, beautiful, breathtaking. And I really liked his stories." - Vanita

"This was the most engaging lunchtime preso I've seen in my 2 years here. I felt like I was in the presence of a real-deal artist and master of his craft who combined technical mastery of his tools with passion and artistic vision. It's a rare combo... And boy does he deliver beautiful stuff. It was also interesting to see his evolution from landscape to the more dynamic stuff he alluded to. I'm very interested to see what he does next." - Goolie

"Exceptionally modest, incredible work and life story. Couldn't have been more down to earth and approachable." - Adam K.

"Excellent lecture and stunning photographs. It has inspired me to grab my camera and travel more in search of light and landscape! We must protect these precious landscapes!" - Vidya K.

"It was awe-inspiring to see someone so dedicated to capturing nature's beauty and sharing that so others can enjoy. I loved how casual QT sounded when he said Everyone went back, but I decided to sleep on the volcano overnight so I can capture some night time shots" - Alex S.

"Your story is so inspiring, and the camera and video work are stunning. Thank you!" - Judy K.

"Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and your commentary to explain your visits and your photographic process. There are so many of the parks I have not visited and I felt part of their beauty." - Jacqueline G.

"I was enthralled. QT is one bad-ass explorer. And, so humble and unassuming! I've been to Volcanoes, and like QT, I found myself moved by the formation of land. It was incredible to hear him talk about it, and to be one of the first to see his new time lapse. The guy's pure human inspiration. Hike then sleep atop Mauna Loa? Kayak in Alaska for 10 days? No biggie. It's just what an inspired mind is driven to do. He certainly turned my mundane Monday around." - Nicole

"Beautiful images and incredible journey through the National Parks. Thanks for sharing your adventures and images." - Marie S.


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