Jeff Kerby

National Geographic Photographer

Jeff Kerby is an award-winning natural history photographer with a passion for science. His work spans the globe—from the deserts of Namibia to the mountains of East Africa—but his focus on animals and plants in extreme environments inevitably draws him back toward the poles. After spending five seasons as a researcher studying caribou in Greenland, he photographed his first feature story for National Geographic magazine in 2017 on gelada monkeys living in the chilly highlands of Ethiopia. With support from the National Geographic Society, Jeff has since returned to the Arctic via Siberia and the islands of Canada’s far north to use photography to explore the widespread, but often subtle, changes to Arctic flora and fauna. This work blends classic natural history photography with technical scientific imaging to tell stories that span individual animals to entire landscapes captured in 3D and in colors beyond what the human eye can see.

Kerby earned a PhD in Arctic ecology, and his long stays in the field as a photojournalist and research scientist have equipped him with practical knowledge for working and finding joy in remote and austere places. As technical director of ConservationDrones.org, Jeff is at the forefront of blending photographic and ecological backgrounds to bring artistic, scientific, and technological tools to pressing conservation challenges. When not in the Arctic he might be found chasing curiosity and that ‘perfect shot’ in diverse places such as Suriname, Congo, Tanzania, and Mongolia.

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