Endless photo ops on a one- or two-week expedition
Join a team of top National Geographic photographers in one of the planet’s most photogenic places. Explore every major island in the archipelago on an epic two-week expedition, or if you don’t have the luxury of time, join the expedition for one week aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II. Whichever option you choose, you’ll learn new shooting skills in the field and editing and gear tips during on board sessions.
Travel with and learn from top National Geographic photographers
You’ll explore with National Geographic photographers, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors, our director of expedition photography, and two gear and editing specialists from B&H Photo/Video.
The 2017 photo team is Ralph Lee Hopkins, the Lindblad-National Geographic Director of Expedition Photography; National Geographic Photographer Michael Melford, who has worked for the Society for over 25 years and produced 17 feature stories for the magazine; National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry, an acclaimed undersea photojournalist with over 10 stories in National Geographic magazine; National Geographic Photographer Krista Rossow, who has served as the photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine for over seven years; Jennifer Davidson, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor who has taught photo workshops across the U.S. and aboard for more than 10 years; Jonathan Kingston, a photo instructor represented by National Geographic Creative; Jeff Litton is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer who has filmed hammerhead sharks in Galapagos; plus production and gear experts from renowned retailer B&H Photo Video, David Brommer and Gabriel Biderman, who will coming equipped to share their knowledge, plus the latest high-end gear.
Your team will offer shooting tips in the field, coaching aboard ship, plus special photo assignments guaranteed to add skills and photos to your portfolio. Flanking them will be our top expedition team: an expedition leader, naturalists, an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist.
The world’s most photogenic wildlife
The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of an instinct to flee human presence, allowing you the rare experience of being able to get very close—making for magical photo ops. See blue-footed boobies. Flightless cormorants. Darwin’s finches. Galápagos penguins. Sea lions on beaches or gamboling underwater. Giant tortoises grazing in the highlands. Each island contains endemic species, and you’ll have the chance to explore all the major islands on this expedition.
Explore & shoot the undersea
The islands are half the story—dive in and document the galaxy of wildlife and colors of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. You’ll do so with the company and expertise of legendary undersea National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry whose famous images tell stories that celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea. Snorkel nearly every day, and sometimes twice per day.
Options abound for non-photographers, too
Every Lindblad-National Geographic Galápagos expedition sails with a full complement of naturalists and all our cool tools for exploring—and this one is no different. Accompanying a partner indulgent in photography but you don’t share their interest? Good news: each day you’ll have the option take long hikes, explore an intertidal zone with a naturalist, kayak with new friends, stand-up paddle board, or Zodiac cruise. You’re invited to join a different naturalist on each outing: there are no assigned groups and every adventure includes the expertise of top naturalists. See more of what you’ll do.