National Geographic Experts


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.

Susan Seubert

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.

Departure Dates
  • Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2015
  • Dec 07 - 20, 2015

Jeff Mauritzen
Naturalist, Photographer

National Geographic photographer and naturalist Jeff Mauritzen traveled to Africa, South America, and the Pacific on assignment photographing wildlife for the Society's most recently published Animal Encyclopedia. Jeff is also a seasoned and popular photography expert, guiding and lecturing on natural history-focused trips for National Geographic Expeditions. His adventures have immersed him in vivid landscapes both above and below the water in five continents and more than 50 countries around the world. Whether capturing 360-degree panoramas of wildlife along an African savanna or photographing sharks in the Pacific depths, Jeff’s work expresses an unwavering passion, respect, curiosity, and awe for the natural world. An avid traveler and explorer, Jeff has lived in Venezuela and Ireland, as well as at sea aboard seven different ships. His photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and has appeared in National Geographic books and numerous other publications, as well as on the Society's website.

Departure Dates
  • Dec 06 - 19, 2015

Maria Stenzel

Of photographer Maria Stenzel's more than two dozen assignments for National Geographic, six have celebrated Antarctica. She has photographed sea ice during the austral winter, the continent's ice-free Dry Valleys, tree fossils in the Transantarctic Mountains, and Weddell seals and Adelie penguins near McMurdo Station. Maria also covered Shackleton’s route across South Georgia. Her essay on the world’s largest penguin colony in the remote South Sandwich Islands received a World Press Award. Maria recently sailed to the Amundsen Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, and Weddell Sea for an article on climate change in and around Antarctica.

Departure Dates
  • Dec 16 - 29, 2015

Chris Rainier

Chris Rainier specializes in the documentation of indigenous cultures, and is considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today. A National Geographic Explorer, Chris was a co-founder of the Society’s All Roads Photography Program and is a co-director of the Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures. He serves as a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine. His life's mission is to document endangered cultures and help empower them to use modern technology to save their ancient traditions through a project he directs called the Last Technology Program. He has conducted expeditions to all seven continents and the North Pole. Chris has won numerous awards for his photography, including the Lowell Thomas Award given by the Explorers Club for his work with endangered cultures. Chris was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Departure Dates
  • Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016
  • Jan 05 - 18, 2016

Rich Reid

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than two decades. He explored Alaska's Inside Passage by bike and ferry for National Geographic Adventure and is represented by National Geographic Stock. Recently, the North America Nature Photography Association presented Rich with a Fellows Award for his professional contribution to nature photography. His award-winning short documentary highlighting watershed conservation on the California coast has motivated him to continue to create multimedia projects using time-lapse photography to benefit our oceans, open spaces, and wildlife. Rich has shared his photography passion for most of his career operating photo tours in Alaska, teaching Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute in California, and guiding guests on National Geographic Expeditions throughout the globe.

Departure Dates
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2016
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2016
  • Jan 05 - 18, 2017
  • Jan 15 - 28, 2017

Kip Evans

Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than fifty expeditions throughout the world, including recent assignments in Alaska, the Indian Ocean, Chile, and South Africa. As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project to explore and document the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries. Kip has also served as an expert for National Geographic Student Expeditions in San Francisco and Monterey Bay. Kip’s images have been featured in books, exhibits, calendars, advertisements, and magazines worldwide, including National Geographic magazine, Patagonia, Apple Computer, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Rolex, and Alert Diver. In 2014, Kip lived underwater for 17 days in the Aquarius underwater laboratory as an aquanaut with Fabien Cousteau's Mission 31. His photographs from the expedition were featured in hundreds of publications throughout the world, including the front cover of TIME for Kids and a double-page spread in TIME magazine.

Departure Dates
  • Nov 27 - Dec 10, 2016
  • Dec 07 - 20, 2016

Krista Rossow
Editor, Photographer

A photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine for seven years, Krista Rossow also photographs regularly for Traveler, covering everything from wine in France to San Francisco's quirks. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. She has taught weekend photography workshops for National Geographic Expeditions in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, and regularly joins travelers aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet. Her images are represented by National Geographic Creative.

Departure Dates
  • Jan 06 - 19, 2017
  • Jan 16 - 29, 2017