Matthew Cicanese (sick-uh-neez) is a 26-year-old National Geographic Explorer, Emerging League Photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and award-winning documentary artist based in the Tampa Bay region. As a deaf-blind survivor of infant meningitis, Matthew’s art has evolved from his sensory deprivations. At age 14 he received his first camera, and has developed a lifelong fascination with minuscule lifeforms found in Earth’s microcosms. Matthew’s work examines “underdog organisms”, threatened ecosystems, and human interactions with the environment. He explores the intersection of art, science, and the visceral sense of childlike wonder that the natural world evokes in humans. Matthew was a finalist in the 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards, and has displayed art in solo and group exhibitions including London’s Royal Geographical Society, The Light Grey Art Lab (Minneapolis, MN), Power Plant Gallery (Durham, NC), Mahato Memorial Gallery (Durham, NC), and others. Reviews and articles including his work have appeared in PDN Magazine, BBC Earth, New Scientist Magazine, and others. His recent expeditions include travels to Iceland, the Southern Appalachians, Sri Lanka, British Columbia, and Ecuador. His speaking engagements have taken place in private and public settings with audiences from 20 to 2,000 — including venues such as National Geographic Headquarters (Washington DC), Canon’s Experience Center (Costa Mesa, CA), Duke University (Durham, NC), Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL), and others.