From the age of eight, Steve Winter wanted to be a National Geographic photographer.
He began his photojournalist career by supplying photos for Time, Business Week, Fortune and Der Spiegel – he didn't however take his first professional photo of an animal until he was 34 years old.
He loves telling stories through his photos, which is why he has brought his presentation My Nine Lives to Te Papa in Wellington.
Winter this morning joined Paul Henry to share some of his captivating stories - from documenting the nocturnal adventures of a mountain lion in the Hollywood hills, to narrowly avoiding becoming jaguar prey in a Brazilian rainforest.
Watch the video for the full interview.