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Phil Schermeister

During the past 25 years, Phil Schermeister has completed more than 40 major assignments for National Geographic Books, National Geographic magazine and other National Geographic publications. He has photographed in dozens of countries on four continents—from Antarctica to Iceland and Greenland, and from the Canadian Maritimes to the Pacific Northwest. His coverage of Alaska has taken him up the Inside Passage to Haida Guia and along the glacier-carved coast to the remote Aleutian Islands. Phil also has documented more than 40 national parks around the United States and has published six single-photographer books with National Geographic, including “Range of Light”, “Our National Parks” and “America’s Western Edge”. In his search for “decisive moments” in nature, Phil seeks to find drama in the changing light and seasons as the forces of nature continue to sculpt an unfinished natural landscape. Some of his other assignments have included coverage of Quechua Indians in the Andes of Peru, Tarahumara Indians in Mexico’s Copper Canyon and Native Americans across the Western United States.