Michael Melford as Guest Press Release

June 5, 2017
Contact: Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198; tforeman@mariamitchell.org

National Geographic Magazine Photographer to Be Guest of
Honor at The Nantucket Red-Tie Soirée, the
Maria Mitchell Association’s Largest  Fundraiser

Nantucket, MA – The Maria Mitchell Association – Nantucket’s Science Center – is pleased to announce that National Geographic photographer, Michael Melford, will be the guest of honor at this year’s Nantucket Red-Tie Soirée to be held on Sunday, July 10 from 7– 10 pm at the Sankaty Head Golf Club.

Melford is an award-winning photographer who has worked with National Geographic for more than thirty years, producing nineteen features for the magazine, as well as more than thirty stories for National Geographic Traveler and eight titles for the Society’s books division.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in photography from Syracuse University, Melford became a contributing photographer for Life Magazine and went on to have his work featured in many leading publications, including Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Smithsonian, Geo, Travel and Leisure, Travel Holiday, and Coastal Living. Most recently, he has been on assignment for National Geographic, celebrating the marvels of America’s National Parks. Mr. Melford holds National Geographic seminars on photography around the country and on the various ships that National Geographic has stationed around the world. His photograph of Montana’s Glacier National Park was reproduced on a U.S. postage stamp first issued in 2012.

“We are so fortunate to have Michael come to Nantucket to be our guest of honor at this year’s fundraising event,” says David Gagnon, Executive Director of the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA).  “He has traveled the world, witnessing the spectacular beauty of this planet and capturing breathtaking images to share with the public.  His photos capture the diversity of life and habitats in an ever changing world,” Gagnon adds.

The Nantucket Red-Tie Soirée is the largest fundraising event for the Maria Mitchell Association.  Proceeds from the evening help to support the MMA’s research and education programs.  The event is expected to attract 250 guests and features food, beverages, dancing, MMA science demonstrations, and a lively silent auction. This year, the event will focus on the importance of the 26 summer interns the MMA hires to operate its programs and facilities.  All of the interns will be present at the event.