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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 12, 2016

    $10,900 to $18,680

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Mar 28, 2016
  • Mar 12 - Mar 20, 2016

    $6,190 to $10,490

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Mar 12, 2016
  • Dec 2 - Dec 18, 2016

    $13,180 to $21,780

    National Geographic Endeavour

    Dec 02, 2016
  • Oct 19 - Nov 1, 2016

    $10,850 to $20,990

    National Geographic Orion

    Oct 19, 2016
  • Oct 28 - Nov 10, 2016

    $10,850 to $20,990

    National Geographic Orion

    Oct 28, 2016
  • Jul 15 - Aug 1, 2016

    $15,930 to $29,140

    National Geographic Orion

    Jul 15, 2016
  • Mar 12 - Mar 27, 2016

    $10,180 to $14,980

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Mar 12, 2016
  • Aug 14 - Aug 23, 2016

    $9,230 to $17,720

    Sea Cloud

    Aug 14, 2016
  • Aug 21 - Sep 2, 2016

    $12,210 to $23,300

    Sea Cloud

    Aug 21, 2016

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