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.
Recently named one of the world's most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography magazine, Peter Essick has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine for 25 years. His photographs move beyond mere documentation to reveal, through careful composition, both natural places and the human impact of development on the land. He has photographed stories on the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Patagonia, and national parks in Australia, Finland, and Portugal. Peter is the author of two books, The Ansel Adams Wilderness and Our Beautiful, Fragile World. A frequent public speaker, he has won many journalistic awards, and his photographs have been exhibited in the United States and in Europe.
National Geographic staff photographer Becky Hale studied creative writing and photography at Wheaton College. Her studio work includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Fieldwork has taken her on assignment to Istanbul, Rome, and Cairo. She’s shot aerials of the whooping crane migration from an ultralight aircraft for the NatGeo Wild channel, documented the National Geographic World Championship Geography Bee in St. Petersburg, Russia, and covered the launch of the National Geographic expedition ship Endeavour in Chile. In her life beyond National Geographic, Becky is the mother of two small redheads who try their best to evade her camera.