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Kate Harris receives the 2014 Scott Pearlman Field Award

Freelance travel/science writer, photographer and emerging filmmaker, Kate Harris will be leading a 150 mile, all-woman, self-supported ski traverse of the eastern Pamir mountains in Tajikistan. The “Borderski Expedition” will document the impact of border fences on migratory wildlife, especially Marco Pole sheep, and hopes to inspire others through writing, photography and film to think beyond borders, whatever shape they take.

The 2014 Scott Pearlman Field Award Committee and The Explorers Club are proud to provide support for the Borderski Expedition with the 2014 Scott Pearlman Field Award of $10,000. It is well known that fieldwork requires a high level of dedication and enormous commitment of personal time and financial resources. The Scott Pearlman Field Awards are meant to provide “seed money” to inspire larger funding sources, though many aspects of an expedition will always remain self-funded. Peer support is also important and endorsers for Kate’s Borderski Expedition were Milbry Polk FR ’95 and Rosemarie Keough FI ’02.

The Borderski Expedition departs in February, 2015, and plans to return with enough material to produce a short film for film festivals, feature articles with photography for print media, as well as programming for public and educational lectures.

You can learn more about Kate’s work on her website, or by keeping up with her on facebook and twitter.

Published by : EC Staff

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