A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications and television specials. The North American Nature Photography Association has named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. Flip migrates with the humpbacks, spending summers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and winters off Maui, Hawai'i.
Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum. Based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii, Susan travels throughout the world shooting a variety of subjects and specializes in capturing a sense of place through her wide-ranging imagery. Susan's in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and her multimedia skills keep her at the cutting edge of visual storytelling. Born and raised in Indiana, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and she hasn't set down her camera since. When not on assignment, she divides her time between Portland, Oregon and Maui.
National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced more than a dozen features for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for
National Geographic Traveler, including eight cover stories. Some of Michael's recent assignments have focused on America's national parks and the need to preserve them. Michael has produced photography for eight books for National Geographic, including three on Alaska. While photographing Treasures of Alaska, he spent four months traveling every corner of the state. When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography, sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of his craft.
Rich has specialized in travel, environmental, and adventure photography for the past 20 years. His frequent contributions to National Geographic Adventure magazine included an assignment biking Alaska's Inside Passage. As a previous Alaska travel business owner, he has guided a variety of groups throughout the state. Much of his current work is with non-profit organizations preserving lands and cultural sites with his photography. He also works in film, and recently produced and directed an award-winning documentary on watersheds. As a former instructor at Brooks Institute, Rich traveled with his students to document California's natural history.