In the footsteps of the emperor

2-month expedition in the Antarctic in 2015

Luc Jacquet and Wild-Touch give a free rein to Laurent Ballesta, Vincent Munier and Jérôme Bouvier, who are among the most talented wildlife photographers and filmmakers of their generation. They will share with us a unique and unprecedented experience in the Antarctic: an artistic residence aimed at giving prominence to emperor penguins as global representatives of the Antarctic.

Antarctic surface area13,500,000km2

Distance from Australia to Adélie Land2,700km

What we can learn from the Antarctic

For three months, from November to December 2015, wildlife photographers Vincent Munier and Laurent Ballesta, as well as filmmaker Jérôme Bouvier, will stay in the Dumont d’Urville French station in Adélie Land.

They will report on the daily life of an emperor penguin colony as it has never been done before: day after day, live from the Antarctic.

They will first need to get used to living in the great white desert extreme conditions, and learn how to explore the environment of such a fascinating animal.

On the ice pack, and in the depths of the frozen seas (nearly 100m deep), the purpose of this total and unprecedented expedition will be to reveal a new outlook on a challenging, surprising and delicate world, which is directly affected by the impacts of global warming.

Ten years after March of the Penguins, Luc Jacquet will join them there to renew contact with the Antarctic and the emperor penguins. Wild-Touch will offer the opportunity to take part in a unique experience. All three explorers will share their daily activities with the general public. The tone of their expedition will be conveyed in real time through an art exhibition. From the Antarctic to France, the best pictures taken by Vincent Munier and Laurent Ballesta will be displayed full-size in symbolic places in Paris.

"There will be four different approaches to the emperor penguins: Vincent Munier and his unique way of looking at the natural world; Laurent Ballesta, a passionate and audacious photographer of ocean depths; Jérôme Bouvier, one of the best animal filmmakers of his generation; and myself, owing a great deal to the emperor penguins, which I will celebrate in writing.Luc Jacquet

4 600Emperor Penguin couples

The Emperor Penguins

Emperor Penguins meet the nearly impossible challenge to survive in harsh conditions, a humbling experience that reminds us how priceless life is.

The greatest of all penguin species is fascinating and commands respect. They are now the emblem of the Antarctic, as traveling companions of many a researcher and explorer. They show how their environment has been changing due to global warming, just like the rest of our planet.

Vincent Munier


He is fascinated by wide-open spaces in the wilderness and likes to travel in extreme conditions. He uses photography as a tool to express his dreams, emotions and encounters.

Since 2000, Vincent Munier was awarded many prizes, from BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year to Legendary Photographer by Nikon Corporation.

He is considered one of the 10 Masters of Nature Photography by the Natural History Museum in London.

Jérôme Bouvier


Jérôme Bouvier is captivated by wildlife and wide-open spaces, and has been traveling around the globe, searching for images and stories that recount the world around us. He is specifically interested in the relationship between each species and their natural environment, which he analyses through a patient observation and thinking process.

Jérôme Bouvier was awarded many prizes, including at St Mountain Film Festival, Sondrio Festival, International Wildlife Film Festival or Festival Jules Verne.

Laurent Ballesta


He is a diver and wildlife photographer, and founded L’Oeil de l’Andromède, an association designed to bring together science and images in one educational approach.

During his last expedition, he approached and took pictures, at -120m below sea-level, of a rare and supposedly extinct fish species: the Coelacanth.

He was awarded many prizes at Antibes World Festival of Underwater Imagery, and the French Senate celebrated his work in 2006 by exhibiting his photographs on the railings of Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris (Planète Mers).

Luc Jacquet


After studying biology, Luc Jacquet left for a 14-month wintering journey to the Dumont d'Urville French station on the Antarctic icefields. This is where he discovered a passion for both images and scientific mediation.

In 2014, Luc Jacquet carried on his cinematographic journey on the planet with expert glaciologist Claude Lorius, through a new feature film: Ice & Sky, released on screen in 2015 & 2016.

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