Michael Melford

National Geographic Photographer

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.

His work for the National Geographic magazine, has been celebrating the marvels of our National Parks (Acadia, Glenn Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Waterton/Glacier, and Death Valley). This has included working to preserve their beauty, as in the October 2006 cover article, "Places We Must Save", where he traveled to 14 of our U.S. National Parks looking for issues to improve upon. In 2014 Michael had two stories published in National Geographic: New Zealand’s south island, and a story celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, voted by the readers as the second most popular story of the year.

Other National Geographic stories include: "Saving Civil War Battlefields," "King Herod: Architect of the Holy Land," "Glen Canyon Revealed," and "Russian Kronotsky Preserve: Let it Be” and Wild and Scenic Rivers of America, and Solar Energy.

Michael has also produced photography for eight National Geographic books.  This includes four on Alaska, his favorite of them: Treasures of Alaska, when he spent 3 months traveling around to all corners of that wonderland.

When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys his time on the quiet coast of Mystic, CT.

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  • Jul 21, 2019

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