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.

  • 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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  • Jeff Litton

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Jeff is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer. His passion for adventure has led him through rural Kenyan villages, atop erupting Guatemalan volcanoes and to the enchanted Galápagos Islands to film Hammerhead Sharks. Being an expedition filmmaker enables Jeff to combine his love for capturing beauty with his drive to protect the environment. In the words of Jacques Cousteau, “people protect what they love.” Inspired, Jeff created UGENA.org, the United Global Environmental News Agency, an online resource to inspire people to care about the environment.

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  • Chris Rainier

    National Geographic Photographer
    Chris Rainier is a National Geographic Society Fellow and documentary photographer who is highly respected for his documentation of endangered cultures and languages. In 2002 he was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club for his efforts on cultural preservation, and he was recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London, specializing in Cultural Studies.

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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.

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  • Corey Arnold

    National Geographic Photographer
    A documentary and fine art photographer, as well as commercial fisherman, Corey Arnold has been working and photographing on the Bering Sea since he first landed a job on a King crab fishing boat in 2002. He now captains a commercial salmon fishing operation during the summer in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and continues to explore man’s relationship with nature in the Bering Sea wilderness with his camera. His vast experience visiting remote Alaskan outposts and native villages surrounding the Bering Sea and many years of sea time working on fishing boats has given him a unique perspective and insider knowledge of the region and its inhabitants.

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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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  • Jenny Adler

    National Geographic Photographer
    Jennifer Adler is conservation photographer, educator, and National Geographic Explorer. She is a cave diver and has extensive photography experience in extreme underwater environments. She is originally trained as a marine biologist and worked as a biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey after graduating from Brown. She now uses her background in science to inform her imagery and tell visual stories that communicate science and conservation. Her story documenting an underwater dye trace study was featured on National Geographic's website and her PhD dissertation, called Visual Ecology, was funded in part by the National Geographic Society.

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  • Pete Mcbride

    National Geographic Photographer
    Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and writer Pete McBride has spent more than two decades studying the world with his camera. He has traveled on assignment to all seven continents and over 75 countries for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, Outside, Smithsonian, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Men’s Journal, among others. Whether it involves vantages from 20,000 feet or swimming below icebergs, Pete is passionate about creating unique photographs, films, and stories. McBride’s adventures have included an epic trail-less Grand Canyon trek of nearly 800 miles, a remote Everest expedition, and a five-week exploration by sailboat and sea kayak along the west coast of Antarctica's Peninsula. 

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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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  • Stephen Alvarez

    National Geographic Photographer
    Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture and archaeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic Magazine. On assignment he has traveled from the highest peaks in the Andes to the depths of the deepest cave in the world. His latest National Geographic story on the Origins of Art led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in France and Spain. For the past two years, he photographed the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Microsoft Smartphones (nationalgeographic.com/Microsoft/SevenWonders). His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. Recent appearances include NPR, PBS, and CBS Saturday Morning. Stephen is also a frequent consultant and commenter on how new photographic technology is changing the world.

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