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, 04 May 2020
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.

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Jay Dickman

National Geographic Photographer
Holland, France & England, 16 May 2020
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman's career has spanned a multitude of experiences. As a photojournalist for more than 40 years, Jay has covered topics as diverse as the Salvadoran civil war, Olympics and Super Bowls, national political conventions, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for National Geographic, he lived in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack submarine. Jay has been joining National Geographic Expeditions for over a decade and has traveled to all seven continents. A popular photography instructor, he has also published a best-selling guide called Perfect Digital Photography, as well as numerous articles for National Geographic, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Time, and Forbes.

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Krista Rossow

National Geographic Photographer
South Pacific & French Polynesia, 14 April 2020
For more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. As a freelance photographer she has shot feature stories for Traveler in New Orleans, San Francisco, South Africa, Costa Rica, and most recently in Asheville, North Carolina. She regularly judges Instagram contests for @NatGeoTravel and photo edits for National Geographic Books. 

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Massimo Bassano

National Geographic Photographer
Mediterranean, 17 June 2021
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.

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Michael Melford

National Geographic Photographer
Baja California, 30 March 2020
Award-winning photographer Michael Melford has produced more than 50 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines over the past 30 years. His work has been featured on the cover of National Geographic, as well as LIFE, Smithsonian, GEO, TIME, and Coastal Living, among other publications. Michael has traveled to numerous countries and all seven continents—from Antarctica to Alaska and from New Zealand to the Seychelles. His assignments have focused on conservation, preservation, and celebrating the beauty of wilderness and national parks around the world. 

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