A National Geographic expert will accompany select departures 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.
Author, photographer, filmmaker, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Sandesh Kadur uses images, both still and video, to expose the need for conservation and encourage protection of the world’s biodiversity. With subjects ranging from king cobras to clouded leopards, his documentary films have appeared worldwide on National Geographic, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and elsewhere. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Sandesh’s many awards include CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, the Nature’s Best award, the International Conservation Photographer award, two Green Oscar nominations at the Wildscreen film festival, and the 2013 North American Nature Photographers Vision Award.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 40 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub. A popular photo instructor and expedition leader, he has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes.
Todd Gipstein has been a photographer, writer, producer and lecturer for more than 40 years. He has worked with National Geographic since 1987. For many years, he was the Society’s Director of Multi-Image and Executive Producer for Multimedia. His award-winning documentaries for the Geographic have dealt with a diverse range of topics, including photography, nature, the environment, history, exploration, travel, and National Geographic itself. His work is known worldwide for its evocative storytelling, and has covered places in the United States; Canada; Europe; the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Baltic Seas; Asia; South America and the Gálapagos; New Zealand; the South Pacific; and Antarctica and the Arctic. Todd’s images have been published in National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines and in many books. He also continues to take photographs for the Nat Geo Creative image library. Todd’s work has been exhibited internationally, and he frequently participates in photography and media festivals in Europe. An enthusiastic traveler and teacher, he has lectured, presented his documentaries, and given photography workshops for the Geographic around the world.
During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program. He specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. Jonathan has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. His photography has appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times, on BBC, CNN, and elsewhere. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan took a year-long road trip with an Airstream visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks.
Thomas P. Peschak is an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine and a National Geographic Explorer. He has shot eight feature stories on a range of subjects (including Manta Rays, Pipeline through Paradise, Seas of Arabia, Tale of Two Atolls, Currents of Plenty, and Return of the Seychelles). His work on "Galápagos: Life in the Balance and Stewards of the Sea" appeared in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. Originally trained as a marine biologist specializing in human–wildlife conflict, he became a wildlife photojournalist after realizing that he could have a greater conservation impact through photographs than statistics. His work now focuses on documenting some of the most critical marine and island conservation stories of our time. Thomas is a Founding/Associate Director of the Manta Trust, the former Director of Conservation for the Save our Seas Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He has written and photographed seven books and is a multiple winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo Awards. He is also a speaker for the National Geographic Live! Series and gave his TED talk, Dive into an Ocean Photographer’s World, at Mission Blue in 2015.