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Ralph Lee Hopkins

National Geographic Photographer

Santa Fe-based photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years he has lead expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between.

An inspiring teacher, Ralph’s enthusiasm for the creative aspects of photography is contagious and is chronicled in his most recent book, Nature Photography: Documenting the Wild World. Back on land he is a lecturer with the National Geographic Traveler digital seminar series and teaches workshops for National Geographic Expeditions, Arizona Highways, and Santa Fe Workshops. Prior to his worldwide travels, Ralph majored in geology and played basketball at Allegheny College. He then studied rocks along the rim of the Grand Canyon while completing his master’s degree at Northern Arizona University. His research later became a chapter in the landmark book, Grand Canyon Geology. Ralph was also contributing photographer on a U.S. Geological Survey Colorado River expedition matching historical photos for the book, Grand Canyon – A Century of Change.

Images from Ralph’s travels are published widely by National Geographic. His work documenting conservation issues in Baja California was published in the National Geographic Traveler story, Is Baja on the Block? A selection of his polar images was featured in the National Geographic companion book to the major motion picture Arctic Tale. He is also author/photographer of the popular guidebooks Hiking the Southwest’s Geology and Hiking Colorado’s Geology

Upcoming Expeditions

  • Mar 28 - Apr 11, 2016

    $10,900 to $18,680

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Mar 28, 2016
  • Aug 17 - Sep 8, 2015

    $23,990 to $45,680

    National Geographic Explorer

    Aug 17, 2015
  • Nov 27 - Dec 13, 2015

    $12,580 to $20,560

    National Geographic Endeavour

    Nov 27, 2015
  • Dec 2 - Dec 18, 2016

    $13,180 to $21,780

    National Geographic Endeavour

    Dec 02, 2016
  • Aug 7 - Aug 19, 2015

    $12,990 to $24,790

    National Geographic Explorer

    Aug 07, 2015
  • Jul 17 - Jul 24, 2016

    $7,990 to $16,610

    National Geographic Orion

    Jul 17, 2016
  • Jul 24 - Jul 31, 2016

    $7,990 to $16,610

    National Geographic Orion

    Jul 24, 2016
  • Aug 14 - Aug 22, 2016

    $9,230 to $17,720

    Sea Cloud

    Aug 14, 2016
  • Sep 10 - Sep 18, 2016

    $9,230 to $17,720

    Sea Cloud

    Sep 10, 2016
  • Aug 21 - Sep 1, 2016

    $12,210 to $23,300

    Sea Cloud

    Aug 21, 2016
  • Aug 31 - Sep 11, 2016

    $12,210 to $23,300

    Sea Cloud

    Aug 31, 2016
  • Apr 11 - Apr 18, 2016

    $5,990 to $10,300

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Apr 11, 2016

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