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Tommy Heinrich

Photographer and adventurer Tommy Heinrich has traveled the world—from the summit of Mount Everest to the North Pole and even Antarctica—combining his passions for photography, climbing, and nature. Born in Buenos Aires, Tommy first learned to scale mountains at an early age in Patagonia and the Andes. In 1995, he became the first person from Argentina to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 1998, he reached the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain, and has continued since with many more ascents in the Himalayas and Karakorum, documenting the thrill of the expeditions and life in the world’s greatest mountains. In 2016, Tommy reached the North Pole, while documenting the first Argentine expedition.

On assignment for National Geographic magazine, Heinrich photographed a winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, located in the Pakistan’s Northern areas, and an ascent of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. He has also filmed expeditions to Mount Everest, Dhaulagiri, Aconcagua, and other expeditions for CBS, Dish Network, Discovery, and CNN, among other networks. He has joined National Geographic Expeditions to Antarctica, Iceland, Norway, and the Arctic. Two presidents of Argentina have bestowed upon him the honorary title “Comendador,” with the “Orden a los Servicios Distinguidos” and the “Condor Dorado Honoris Causa.”