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.

  • Todd Gipstein

    National Geographic Photographer
    Todd Gipstein has been a photographer, writer, producer, and lecturer for more than 40 years. He has worked with National Geographic since 1987. For many years, he was the Geographic’s Director of Multi-Image and an Executive Producer of Media. His photographs have been published in National Geographic and Traveler magazines and in many books. His award-winning documentaries for the Geographic have dealt with a diverse range of topics, including photography, nature, the environment, history, exploration, travel, and National Geographic itself.

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  • Octavio Aburto

    National Geographic Photographer
    National Geographic Explorer and photographer Octavio Aburto focuses his photographic outreach and scientific research on the conservation of marine habitats and commercially important species and their fisheries. He has been photographing marine ecosystems off the coastal waters of Mexico since 1994, and also works in Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the United States. Octavio earned a Ph.D. at the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), where he currently serves as an associate professor and research scientist. His images have been part of several conservation projects worldwide and have won international photography contests.

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  • Jenny Adler

    National Geographic Photographer
    Jennifer Adler is a conservation photographer and National Geographic grant recipient. Originally trained as a marine biologist, she worked as a biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey after graduating from Brown University. Jenny now uses her background in science to inform her imagery and tell visual stories that communicate science and conservation. A cave diver and freediver with extensive photography experience in extreme underwater environments, an ongoing theme in Adler’s work is the connection between people and water in a changing climate. Many of her stories also focus on women in science. Her grant-funded and assignment work has taken her all over the world to document science and conservation, including assignments for The Nature Conservancy and grant-funded projects for National Geographic and the International Women’s Media Foundation. Her story documenting an underwater dye trace study was featured on National Geographic’s website and her dissertation, called Water’s Story, was funded in part by the National Geographic Society. Her PhD research investigated how we can use photography as a tool in environmental education and communication, and her work teaching kids about freshwater and creating the first 360-degree virtual tour in Florida’s underwater caves was featured in National Geographic magazine. Jenny has taught conservation photography in Cuba through the University of Florida School of Journalism and in Belize for National Geographic Student Expeditions. She is also a frequent international speaker, including a 2015 TEDx talk, and has taught Impact Storytelling workshops for National Geographic. She is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

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  • David Wright

    National Geographic Photographer
    Filmmaker, photographer, and producer David Wright has worked in over 65 countries on projects commissioned by National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC, among others. Originally from the United Kingdom, he started out producing natural history content at Oxford Scientific Films. For the last 20 years, David has worked in the Arctic on a wide variety of stories. A two-year assignment filming a National Geographic special on the polar bears and other iconic species of Svalbard led to other film projects in the region, as well as in the Alaskan Arctic and the Bering and Beaufort Seas. Subjects have included an extensive study of walruses, migratory seabirds, and the impact of the changing Arctic ice conditions on native peoples. On other ocean-based adventures, Wright has accompanied National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Bob Ballard (of Titanic fame) on expeditions to search for the sunken U-boats and documented the natural history of the great white shark.

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  • Alex Krowiak

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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  • Cristina Mittermeier

    National Geographic Photographer
    Photographer Cristina Mittermeier dedicates her life to creating images that help us understand the urgent need to protect wild places. Born in Mexico, Cristina first discovered her insatiable passion for the natural world, both above and below the surface, as a marine biologist working in the Gulf of California and Yucátan Peninsula. From there, it didn’t take long for her to realize that she could make a bigger impact on how people see the world, and connect to it, through the lens of her camera than through data on spreadsheets. Specializing in conservation issues surrounding the ocean and indigenous cultures, Mittermeier has worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world.

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  • Keith Ladzinski

    National Geographic Photographer
    After starting out as a skateboard photographer in the 1990s, Keith Ladzinski began using the special lighting techniques he had learned from sports photography to shoot outdoor adventure stories. As a result, his unique photos have been featured in National Geographic magazine, Discover,  Men’s Journal,  Outside,  Runner’s World ESPN magazine, and the front page of the  New York Times. His assignments for National Geographic have taken him to some of the most remote and untouched places of the world’s seven continents and have included a 45-day expedition to Antarctica’s Queen Maude Land, a climbing expedition on karst rock towers in Southern China, and a story about France’s Verdon Gorge. Also an accomplished filmmaker, Keith and his partners at 3 Strings Productions have produced more than 20 films around the world. Keith is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Michaela Skovranova

    National Geographic Photographer
    Michaela Skovranova is an Australia-based photographer specializing in nature and underwater photography. Michaela's work has focused on capturing environmental stories in extreme environments—from photographing the Great Barrier Reef and capturing the remote wilderness and diverse wildlife of the Kimberley to documenting the annual humpback whale migration in Tonga and exploring the underwater worlds of Antarctica. She has covered coral reefs and Great Barrier Reef restoration for National Geographic, and she completed the first ever underwater live video in Australia on World Ocean's Day 2018, as part of the National Geographic Australia ‘Planet or Plastic’ campaign focusing on the impact plastic has on the marine ecosystem. Michaela has amassed a variety of awards, including being named on Photoboite’s list of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers. She also runs regular photography workshops across Australia, and is a trained freediver and a scuba diver.

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  • Annie Griffiths

    National Geographic Photographer
    One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career.  She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the National Geographic Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.

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  • Federico Pardo

    National Geographic Photographer
    Colombian filmmaker and photographer Federico Pardo specializes in natural history, environmental, and human stories. He earned a biology degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and a Master of Fine Arts in science and natural history filmmaking from Montana State University in the United States. Federico received a National Geographic grant in 2019 for his Vanishing Primates project, and garnered two Emmy awards—one with National Geographic's “Untamed Americas” and another with Univision's "The Amazon: A Paradise for Sale." He has worked across much of Latin America, covering a wide variety of ecosystems and subjects including illegal gold mining and song-bird competitions in French Guiana, health infrastructure projects in Suriname, and long form soccer documentaries with "Nossa Chape" and "Phenoms".

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