Sebastian Copeland is a polar explorer, climate analyst and photographer.
In 2017, Copeland was named one of the world's top 25 adventurers of the last 25 years. Noted as a photographer “who has produced works that are of outstanding artistic merit and communicates messages of urgent global significance,” Copeland has led numerous expeditions to document the endangered Polar regions, covering more than 6,000 miles on skis over the ice. Since 2000, he has warned of systemic transformations taking place in the polar regions and their geo-economic consequences. Copeland has addressed audiences at the United Nations, institutions and governments globally, as well as Fortune 500 companies, about the urgent need for a market transformation towards a sustainable economy. He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, and member of the International Glaciology Society, the American Polar Society, and a founding member of Artists for Amazonia.
His books have sold in over 70 countries, and he was named four times Photographer of the Year, including twice in 2020 (IPA and TIFA) for Antarctica: The Waking Giant (Rizzoli 2020). In 2022, Copeland released his fifth monogram titles: Polar Expeditions: To the Ends of the Earth (Rizzoli), winner of a 2022 Book of the Year Award by Independent Book Publisher. In 2018, Copeland received a Bambi award in Germany, in the “Our Earth” category.
He was named a Knight twice by the French government: in the National Order of Merit, and in the Order of Arts and Letters.