Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Jonathan Kingston is a photographer with National Geographic Creative and is currently based in Bend, Oregon. Jonathan fell in love with photography at the tender age of 10 months when his parents, after trying numerous other objects unsuccessfully, placed a camera on the floor in front of him to entice him to crawl. Jonathan’s life as a photographer did not begin until many years later when he migrated west.
Since 2002, Jonathan has been traveling the globe, making images of our world that have appeared in various publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, Geo Saison, National Geographic Traveler and Adventure. Jonathan simultaneously completed degrees from Brooks Institute of Photography and Virginia Tech in commercial photography and mass communications, respectively. His work has won numerous awards including the prestigious PDN and Communication Arts photography annual competitions.
Jonathan’s excellence in photography is rivaled by his love for teaching. Since working as one of the first faculty members at India’s sole professional photography institute, Light and Life Academy, he has taught at the Lepp Institute and regularly teaches photography workshops in Idaho and Hawaii. Jonathan has also produced an instructional DVD on Photoshop and an online training series on Lightroom. When not working, Jonathan likes to spend his time rock climbing, surfing and snowboarding. Jonathan has been diving since 2000 and considers documenting the underwater world one of the greatest privileges in his life.