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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

  • Sep 6 - Sep 21, 2015

    $10,390 to $17,790

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Sep 06, 2015
  • Dec 26 - Jan 19, 2015

    $21,360 to $41,190

    National Geographic Orion

    Dec 26, 2014
  • Mar 30 - Apr 14, 2015

    $10,390 to $17,790

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Mar 30, 2015
  • Aug 30 - Sep 7, 2015

    $6,290 to $11,010

    National Geographic Sea Lion

    Aug 30, 2015
  • Jul 28 - Aug 10, 2015

    $12,990 to $24,790

    National Geographic Explorer

    Jul 28, 2015
  • Aug 7 - Aug 20, 2015

    $12,990 to $24,790

    National Geographic Explorer

    Aug 07, 2015
  • Nov 3 - Nov 19, 2014

    $12,940 to $27,080

    National Geographic Orion

    Nov 03, 2014
  • Oct 18 - Nov 7, 2014

    $16,620 to $33,990

    National Geographic Orion

    Oct 18, 2014
  • Jul 28 - Aug 22, 2014

    $24,990 to $47,990

    National Geographic Explorer

    Jul 28, 2014
  • Aug 19 - Sep 12, 2014

    $24,990 to $47,990

    National Geographic Explorer

    Aug 19, 2014
  • May 23 - Jun 5, 2015

    $9,550 to $19,990

    National Geographic Orion

    May 23, 2015
  • Jun 2 - Jun 15, 2015

    $9,550 to $19,990

    National Geographic Orion

    Jun 02, 2015

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