NG Young Explorer Wins Video Competition

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant recipient Neil Losin is best known to readers of this blog for his films about the anole lizards that he studies in Florida.

His interests are bigger than that tough, and his film projects with Nate Dappen through Days Edge Productions explore in general the connection between science, nature, art, and education.

So Neil and Nate were more than ready to go for the gold when the World Wildlife Fund launched a video competition built around the theme of “Life. Nature. You. Make the Connection.”

Their short film “The Runner” explores the way Nate uses exercise to see beyond the concrete and street lights of the city and connect with the critters, plants, and all of nature that we can find everywhere, if we just look and open ourselves to it.

Now “The Runner” has taken the jury panel award in the contest. Neil, Nate, and the creator of the popular vote-winning film receive “a commission from WWF to create a short film with a minimum budget of $10,000 USD, and an all expenses paid trip to India to attend the CMS Vatavaran environmental film festival.”

You can watch “The Runner” above, and learn more about the contest and both winning films at





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Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.