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.
When Peter Hillary first climbed Mount Everest in 1990, he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary—who made the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953—became the first father and son to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. Among Peter's 40 mountaineering expeditions, he participated in a 2002 National Geographic-sponsored ascent and film on Mount Everest. He is the author of six books on mountaineering and does charitable work to assist the local people of the Mount Everest region in Nepal.
Photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson have collectively photographed more than 50 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. They have spent most of their careers working in Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France. Sisse and Cotton have been awarded prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication Arts. Based in Denmark, Sisse and Cotton will share their love of photography and their insights into the history and legacy of the Vikings.
Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects. A 30-year veteran of the Society, Kathy has produced feature stories about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems since 1990, and she has edited more than 200 stories for the magazine. Her recent projects include Nick Nichols’ “Giant Sequoias” and Tim Laman’s “Birds of Paradise,” both for the December 2012 issue. Kathy also managed the Africa Megatransect project, an award-winning National Geographic-Wildlife Conservation Society collaboration between photographer Nick Nichols and Society Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay. The resulting stories led to the creation of Gabon’s national park system and protection of more than ten percent of that county’s land. Moran has also edited several books for the Geographic, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, and Cat Shots.
Kathy was named Picture Editor of the Year for her winning portfolio in the 2006 Pictures of the Year competition, and again in 2011 in the National Press Photographer’s Association’s Best of Photojournalism competition. She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation photographers and serves on its Executive Committee.
A World Press Photo award winner and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, Carsten Peter specializes in going to extremes: scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a camel, caving in Borneo. He searches for wild places where his survival depends on his wits and his skills as a technical climber, paraglider, caver, diver, and canyoneer.
Carsten is enthusiastically obsessed with devising innovative photographic techniques to capture never-before-seen images from some of the scariest environments on the planet. His many adventures include braving toxic caverns and acid waterfalls to shoot within the deepest ice shafts on Earth, rappelling into active volcanoes with turbulent lava lakes and superheated thermal caves, and breaking altitude records while flying his motorized paraglider.
In addition to his World Press awards—for his coverage of tornadoes while storm-chasing in the U.S. West and of Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam—he has received an Emmy Award for his videography from inside an active volcano in the South Pacific. For his work and his intrepid spirit, his peers named him the National Geographic Photographer's Photographer in 2012.
National Geographic photographer Kevin Schafer is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon; and his books include Penguin Planet and Living Light. He was named
the Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year in 2007 by the North American Nature Photographers Association.