Our Photographers

Meet the talented National Geographic photographers whose images you see on this site

Virtually every photo you see on this website and in our brochures, advertising, and emails was shot by our talented expedition photographers (with some exceptions, such as a new geography requiring images not in our library) and depict wildlife, vistas, or events that guests aboard experienced as well. Meet the talented National Geographic photographers, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors, and passionate naturalists responsible for the inspiring images in our photo library. It is through their talent and hard work that we are able to share the wonders of the wild world with so many people.

  • Jonathan Irish

    National Geographic Photographer
    During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, travel and conservation photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program, bringing travelers and photographers around the world on active adventures. 

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  • Flip Nicklin

    National Geographic Photographer
    National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. Flip has been documenting marine mammal behavior in oceans around the world for the last 40-plus years from the Arctic to Antarctica, with ongoing research in the North Pacific.  His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications and television specials. He has shot dozens of stories for National Geographic magazine, beginning with his first assignment as a diving assistant in the 1970s and working with whales since 1979.

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  • Krystle Wright

    National Geographic Photographer
    Krystle Wright is an adventure photographer, cinematographer, and director from Australia, although she now lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle in her quest to capture and present unique moments from extreme sports, expeditions, and adventures across the globe. National Geographic lists Krystle as one of the leading female adventure photographers who is pushing the limits in the industry. The world has no boundaries, and she will do whatever it takes to shoot from her unique perspective–whether hanging from precarious positions on remote cliff edges, swimming through jagged, unexplored canyons, or trudging for days through baleful weather. For Wright, it’s about that final experience–capturing a fleeting moment, sharing a treasured insight, telling incredible stories about impassioned endeavors that might otherwise go undocumented.

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  • Patricio Maldonado

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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  • Carlos Calvo Obando

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Carlos is a freelance wildlife photographer and photography instructor from Costa Rica. Passionate about travel and education, he also works as a certified naturalist guide on the beaches, jungles, and mountains of that beautiful tropical paradise. With 20 years of experience leading groups and making images and portraits of Costa Rican creatures and landscapes, he loves to share his knowledge and tricks with enthusiasm, simplicity, and a good sense of humor.

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  • Trevor Frost

    National Geographic Photographer
    Trevor Frost is a photographer, filmmaker, and National Geographic Expeditions Council Grantee. At the age of 22, he received his first grant from National Geographic to map and photograph caves in Central Africa. At 29, he completed his first feature story as a photographer for National Geographic magazine on gelada monkeys in the highlands of Ethiopia. With the support of the National Geographic Society, he is now working on a multi-year project to photograph and film saltwater crocodiles in Northern Australia using specially designed remote cameras. In addition to his own photography, Trevor has worked as a cameraman on a number of projects, including a three-year effort to document wild orangutans in Borneo with renowned wildlife photographer Tim Laman for the National Geographic Channel. Trevor is currently working on a film on orangutans that will premiere later this year. He has won several awards, and was chosen by Nick Nichols and the prestigious LOOK3 Photography Festival as one of the world's top emerging photographers. Trevor also works as an advisor with Focused on Nature, a non-profit based in Geneva that supports conservation projects globally. Trevor lives in Richmond, Virginia next to the James River.

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  • Anna Mazurek

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    South Carolina native Anna Mazurek fell in love with traveling and photography while studying abroad in England during college. Since then, she’s been to 51 countries and lived in five. 

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  • David Cothran

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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  • Heather Perry

    National Geographic Photographer
    Photographer Heather Perry’s passion for places surrounded by water led to a specialization in underwater and surface images, lifestyle, and environmental portraits. Heather started swimming competitively as a child in pools and in Long Island Sound, and knew from early on that she was most comfortable in the water. She went on to study marine biology and began her career as a photographer in tropical seas just a few years later.

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  • Jeff Litton

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Jeff is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer. His passion for adventure has led him through rural Kenyan villages, atop erupting Guatemalan volcanoes and to the enchanted Galápagos Islands to film Hammerhead Sharks. Being an expedition filmmaker enables Jeff to combine his love for capturing beauty with his drive to protect the environment. In the words of Jacques Cousteau, “people protect what they love.” Inspired, Jeff created UGENA.org, the United Global Environmental News Agency, an online resource to inspire people to care about the environment.

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