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.

  • 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.

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  • Doug Loneman

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Doug grew up hunting in the woods and fields of Iowa before moving to Montana where he developed a deep appreciation for the fragility and beauty of nature and he put away guns and picked up a camera.

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  • Ian Strachan

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    One steady constant in Ian’s life has been the ocean. Born by the rocky shores of mid-coast Maine, his family repatriated to far north Queensland in Australia early on in his life where he became a dual-citizen and sparked his passion for exploring new environments. Living only an hour away from the Great Barrier Reef served to direct, if not focus, the exhilaration of discovery and set him on his current path. Returning to native soil for education, Ian was fascinated by altogether too many subjects, leaving him with a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Psychobiology, focusing on animal behavior and perception, and with minors in Astronomy, History, and Environmental Science.

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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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  • Jonathan Aguas

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages.

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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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  • David Spiegel

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    David feels fortunate to live a lifestyle of adventure and travel in the outdoors, where he applies his passion for photography and videography to documenting adventure sports and conservation projects around the globe. 

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  • Michael Hanson

    National Geographic Photographer
    Michael Hanson is a travel and documentary photographer represented by National Geographic Creative. His images have appeared in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Adventure, and he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Outside Magazine. Michael began his photography career while playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves Organization, and in 2013, he was identified as one of the top 30 New and Emerging Photographers by Photo District News. Hanson later went on to create a Republic of Baseball series documenting the sport’s importance in the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic, which was featured in The New York Times and earned Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts awards in 2017. 

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  • Jay Dickman

    National Geographic Photographer
    A Pulitzer-Prize winner and National Geographic Photographer, Jay’s work has appeared in 15 of the high-profile "A Day in the Life of…" series. His work also has won several awards in the World Press International Competition, including the Golden Eye award, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

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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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