National Geographic Photographers

Share the adventure with the world’s most accomplished photographers

A National Geographic photographer is on board every departure of the National Geographic Orion and the National Geographic Explorer, and on select ships and departures throughout the year. They’re at your side, on deck and in the field, inspiring and advising. They share their secrets and tips, and actively lead special photo walks on shore or Zodiac cruises to help photographers of every skill level capture the best shots possible. They give informative presentations, interesting whether you’re a photographer or simply a fan of the images in National Geographic magazine. In addition, they participate in one-to-one critiques, and sociable laptop gallery events where everyone is invited to display their expedition shots.

Some National Geographic photographers lead “on assignment” photo walks to illuminate how they tell their stories. You may even find yourself in the midst of an actual assignment. Our ships have been used as floating base camps for National Geographic photographers on assignment, or to deliver goods and supplies to them, as we did for Paul Nicklen when he was shooting images for his gorgeous photo book, Polar Obsession.

Whether you’re watching whales from the ship or strolling the streets of Tallinn, Estonia, in-the-moment tips from accomplished pros will help you return home with your best photos ever.

Featured National Geographic Photographers

  • Flip Nicklin
    National Geographic Photographer
    Alaska, 26 June 2017

    Flip Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood.  His grandfather dove while wearing hard hat gear for construction. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer, who taught his sons to become scuba divers. By the age of fourteen, Flip was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of Southern California, in La Jolla. Read More

  • Jay Dickman
    National Geographic Photographer
    Antarctica, 06 March 2018

    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. Read More

  • Massimo Bassano
    National Geographic Photographer
    Galápagos, 21 April 2017

    Massimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic online edition, as well as many publications throughout Europe. Massimo's photographic subjects know no bounds—his recent assignments have covered social issues, international travel, fitness and health, fashion, and portraiture. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. in journalism from the Italian Association of Journalism. Read More

  • Michael Melford
    National Geographic Photographer
    Antarctica, 07 March 2017

    National Geographic Photographer Michael Melford has produced 18 stories for National Geographic Magazine and over 31 stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine, including eight covers. Born in New York, Michael received a Bachelor’s in Photography from Syracuse University, in 1973 and started his early career in New York City in 1977. Read More

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