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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 18 - Apr 2, 2017

    $10,900 to $18,680

    National Geographic Sea Bird

    Mar 18, 2017
  • Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2017

    $8,990 to $15,740

    National Geographic Sea Bird

    Jul 26, 2017
  • Aug 5 - Aug 16, 2017

    $8,990 to $15,740

    National Geographic Sea Bird

    Aug 05, 2017
  • Dec 2 - Dec 19, 2016

    $13,180 to $21,780

    National Geographic Endeavour

    Dec 02, 2016
  • Jan 5 - Jan 19, 2017

    $13,360 to $25,480

    National Geographic Orion

    Jan 05, 2017
  • Jan 15 - Jan 29, 2017

    $13,360 to $25,480

    National Geographic Orion

    Jan 15, 2017
  • Jul 15 - Aug 1, 2016

    $15,930 to $29,140

    National Geographic Orion

    Jul 15, 2016
  • Aug 14 - Aug 23, 2016

    $9,230 to $17,720

    Sea Cloud

    Aug 14, 2016
  • Oct 22 - Nov 10, 2016

    $15,930 to $30,830

    National Geographic Orion

    Oct 22, 2016
  • Aug 21 - Sep 2, 2016

    $12,210 to $23,300

    Sea Cloud

    Aug 21, 2016

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