Presenter, 2008

Sam Abell, born 1945 in Sylvania, Ohio, is an American photographer known for his frequent publication of photographs in National Geographic, where he first worked in 1967. His work is known for its transcendent qualities. 

Sam Abell's love of photography began due to the influence of his father, a geography teacher who ran a photography club. Abell graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he majored in English, minored in Journalism, and was the editor of the Kentuckian Yearbook. He is also a teacher, an artist and an author. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Toledo on May 10, 2009.

Sam Abell's latest book, The Life of a Photograph, completes a set of three volumes begun in 2000 with Seeing Gardens. It was followed in 2002 with The Photographic Life.