Our Photographers

Meet the talented 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.

  • Juan Carlos Avila
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Juan Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador. He spent part of his elementary schooling in the province of Cotopaxi, a beautiful area in the Ecuadorian Andes ringed by volcanoes. In 1989 his family moved to the Galápagos and settled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the second largest island in this archipelago. It was here that Juan Carlos finished high school and gained his deep love for nature. Read More

  • Christian Saa
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now. Read More

  • Kip Evans
    National Geographic Photographer

    Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than fifty expeditions throughout the world, including recent assignments in Alaska, the Indian Ocean, Chile, and South Africa. As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project to explore and document the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries. Kip has also served as an expert for National Geographic Student Expeditions in San Francisco and Monterey Bay. Kip’s images have been featured in books, exhibits, calendars, advertisements, and magazines worldwide, including National Geographic magazine, Patagonia, Apple Computer, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Rolex, and Alert Diver. In 2014, Kip lived underwater for 17 days in the Aquarius underwater laboratory as an aquanaut with Fabien Cousteau's Mission 31. His photographs from the expedition were featured in hundreds of publications throughout the world, including the front cover of TIME for Kids and a double-page spread in TIME magazine. Read More

  • Flip Nicklin
    National Geographic Photographer

    Flip Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood.  His grandfather dove while wearing hard hat gear for construction. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer, who taught his sons to become scuba divers. By the age of fourteen, Flip was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of Southern California, in La Jolla. Read More

  • 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. Read More

  • Steve Morello
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Steve Morello has had a long and colorful career in the natural history world. Born in New Jersey he was lucky to be able to summer on the shores of Cape Cod. Whether it was exploring the tidal pools, snorkeling along the beach, or hiking in the dunes, it all came together to instill in him a deep connection to the natural world. It was no surprise that he would return to the Cape as a whale researcher in his adult years. It was on the Cape that Steve first became involved in guiding, and for 15 years acted as naturalist on whale watching boats in the Gulf of Maine. Steve worked with groups creating environmental education material for school programs and soon found another one of his passions, photography. Read More

  • 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. Read More

  • Karen Copeland
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Born and raised in Canada, Karen received her B.Sc. in biology from the University of Waterloo, her M.D. from the University of Western Ontario and interned at McMaster University in Hamilton. Detouring from hospital hallways, Karen soon became a whitewater guide and published photographer, fulfilling a passion for knowledge that began with botany and led to geology and ornithology. Read More

  • Rich Kirchner
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland. His 25 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books. Read More

  • Mike Greenfelder
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds. Read More

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