Our Photographers

Meet the talented National Geographic photographers whose images you see on this site

Virtually every photo you see on this website and in our brochures, advertising, and emails was shot by our talented expedition photographers (with some exceptions, such as a new geography requiring images not in our library) and depict wildlife, vistas, or events that guests aboard experienced as well. Meet the talented National Geographic photographers, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors, and passionate naturalists responsible for the inspiring images in our photo library. It is through their talent and hard work that we are able to share the wonders of the wild world with so many people.

  • Jonathan Kingston

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Jonathan Kingston is a photographer with National Geographic Creative and is currently based in Bend, Oregon.  Jonathan fell in love with photography at the tender age of 10 months when his parents, after trying numerous other objects unsuccessfully, placed a camera on the floor in front of him to entice him to crawl.  Jonathan’s life as a photographer did not begin until many years later when he migrated west.

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  • Karen Kasmauski

    National Geographic Photographer

    Photographer Karen Kasmauski has produced 25 stories for National Geographic magazine on topics ranging from earthquakes in Japan to oil exploration in Alaska. She finds the personal stories behind the headlines, blending a warm human sensitivity with a photographer’s eye for detail to distill global issues into resonant images. 

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  • Ken Garrett

    National Geographic Photographer
    In a career spanning 40 years, Ken Garrett has photographed more than 60 feature stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, Air and Space, Archaeology, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Life, Audubon, Geo Germany, National Wildlife and Natural History magazines, among others. With an academic background in anthropology, Ken has documented ancient cultures, archaeological sites, and dramatic landscapes worldwide.

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  • Emily Mount

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Emily grew up in Boulder, Colorado and Pullman, Washington.  Her love of nature began as a child during family vacations spent exploring the mountains and deserts of the west.  In contrast to her outdoor interests, Emily pursued an intensive young career as a classical violinist, culminating in degrees in history and music performance at the University of Washington. 

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  • Michael Nolan

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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  • Jim Richardson

    National Geographic Photographer
    Jim Richardson is an American photojournalist working primarily for the National Geographic Society and as a social documentary photographer recognized for his explorations of small-town life.

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  • Patricio Maldonado

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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  • Erika Skogg

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Erika is a contributing photographer and writer with National Geographic Travel magazine, and her work is represented by the National Geographic Creative Image Collection. Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Erika fell in love with the outdoors and the cedar forests of the North during summer camping trips with her family. Her guiding experience began on the whitewaters of Colorado and in the mountains of Big Sky, Montana, and she blames her Wisconsin heritage for her resilience to freezing temperatures.

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  • Dan Westergren

    National Geographic Photographer
    Dan Westergren has spent three decades producing award-winning images as a National Geographic Society photographer, photo editor, and social media strategist. Years after being introduced to the camera by an indulgent eighth-grade science teacher, Westergren became Director of Photography at National Geographic Traveler, where he developed a photographic aesthetic that has defined the magazine’s visual impact in print, digital, and social media.

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  • Christopher Baker

    National Geographic Photographer
    Travel writer and photographer Christopher P. Baker has been hailed by National Geographic as: “One of the world's leading authorities on Cuba travel and culture.” He has written and photographed six books about Cuba, including the best-selling Moon Cuba and National Geographic Traveler Cuba guidebooks, plus Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba and the coffee-table book Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles.

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