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.

  • Tim Laman

    National Geographic Photographer
    Tim Laman is a Ph.D. rain forest field biologist and wildlife photojournalist who has been a regular contributor to National Geographic since 1997. He recently completed his 18th article for the magazine. He is also a research associate in the Ornithology Department at Harvard University, and has a special passion for bird photography. He has turned his camera into a tool for communicating the stories of earth's little-known and endangered species and wild places.

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  • Brian Skerry

    National Geographic Photographer
    Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments.  Since 1998 he has been an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories.  An award-winning photographer, Brian is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance.  His uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants.

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  • Susan Seubert

    National Geographic Photographer
    Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum.  

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  • Brian Doyle

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Brian Doyle is a Photography Instructor striving to educate clients on safe and sustainable wildlife interactions through photography courses and naturalism. Born and raised in the heart Minnetonka, Minnesota, he quit his full-time job as a financial advisor and insurance agent to pursue his passion of photography and the outdoors. Brian is dedicated to promoting environmental literacy among youth, teaching sustainable practices and providing program development at all levels of an organization.

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  • Evgenia Arbugaeva

    National Geographic Photographer
    Evgenia Arbugaeva was born in the small town of Tiksi, located on the shore of the Laptev Sea in Russia. In her photographic work, she often looks into her Arctic homeland, discovering and capturing the remote worlds and people who inhabit them. A contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine, she first covered a story on mammoth hunters—native people of Yakutia who excavate mammoth tusks from the thawing permafrost of the New Siberian Islands—that appeared in the April 2013 issue. Recently, for an October 2017 article, Evgenia migrated with nomadic reindeer herders on the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic to capture the impact of growing development of natural gas industry on the traditional lifestyle of Nenet indigenous people.

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  • Maria Stenzel

    National Geographic Photographer
    Maria Stenzel is a longtime Contributing Photographer to National Geographic Magazine and a documentary filmmaker. She first voyaged to Antarctica by icebreaker in 1995 on a winter science expedition to study the growth of sea ice in the Southern Ocean.  Hooked by the vast spaces of Antarctica, Maria has returned to cover many other expeditions funded by the National Science Foundation. She has photographed geology in the Dry Valleys, astronomy at the South Pole, Emperor and Adelie penguin research at Cape Crozier, Weddell Seal studies in McMurdo Sound, NASA’s airborne surveys of the Antarctic Peninsula (Operation IceBridge), unmanned submarine surveys beneath ice shelves in the Amundsen Sea, humpback whale studies and the marine ecology of the Western Antarctic Peninsula, and the Weddell Sea.

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  • Cory Richards

    National Geographic Photographer
    A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. Through his work in some of the planet's most remote places, he has carved a niche as a leading editorial and expedition photographer. Cory’s camera has taken him from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of Asia, Africa, Pakistan, and the South Pacific—all in the attempt to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration, but the beauty inherent in our modern society. Cory’s photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside, and the New York Times, and his film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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  • Brenda Tharp

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    For over 20 years, Brenda has used her photographs of the world to celebrate its beauty, and inspire others to protect what we have. Brenda grew up exploring the woods, lakes, and coastlines of New Jersey and New England and her family traveled regularly throughout the eastern U.S., camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing. She spent most of her childhood engaging with nature in some form or another and learning about animal behavior. When her father taught her some photography at 13, Brenda soon combined her love for nature with her newfound passion, and several years later her adventure began as a freelance photographer, teacher, and writer.

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  • Ronan Donovan

    National Geographic Photographer
    A biologist turned photographer and filmmaker, Ronan Donovan’s camera has taken him to all seven continents in search of elusive wildlife and stories about our natural world. His desire to use visual storytelling as a way to reach a greater audience was sparked after spending 2011 studying wild chimpanzees in the canopy in Uganda for Harvard University. Donovan's photographic journeys for National Geographic magazine include an entire year living inside Yellowstone National Park documenting the life of wild wolves, covering the human-wildlife conflict between wild chimpanzees and humans in Africa, and hiking volcanoes to photograph mountain gorillas. He has also made multiple trips to Alaska and Canada's western coast, from the Inside Passage to the San Juan Islands and beyond.

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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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