Randy Olson

National Geographic Photographer

Randy Olson is a documentary photographer whose work has taken him to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Concentrating on population and resource issues, as well as disappearing cultures, Randy has shot over 30 stories for National Geographic magazine covering diverse subjects, including U.S. national parks, county fairs, the global fish crisis, indigenous cultures such as the Mbuti pygmies of Congo's Ituri rainforest, and island stories from Samoa and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to the Palmyra Atoll south of Hawaii, among many others.

Randy’s editorial work earned him the honor of being one of two photographers to be awarded the titles of both Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Magazine Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International, the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. He often works with his wife, Melissa Farlow, also a National Geographic contributing photographer. Together they have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers and have images featured in LIFE, Smithsonian, and GEO, and other magazines. National Geographic also published a book of Randy’s work in 2011 in their Masters of Photography series.

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