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.
Born in France, Matthieu Paley has traveled all over the world for National Geographic magazine. Focusing his efforts on regions that are misrepresented or misunderstood, he is especially committed to issues relating to diminishing cultures and the environment. Following a decade of relentlessly documenting the harsh, unforgiving existence of Kyrgyz nomads in the high-altitude landscape of remote Afghanistan, Matthieu's first National Geographic story appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine (“Stranded on the Roof of the World”). Matthieu has reported multiple stories on India for National Geographic, including a weeklong journey aboard India’s longest domestic train route that stretches 2,600 miles from the southernmost tip of the subcontinent to the northeastern corner of the country. He also gained a new perspective of people and culture during a road trip where he and his family spent three months driving 6,000-plus miles across India. Over the course of his career, he has learned six languages (including Hindi), feeding his passion to connect with the people he meets and helping him to instill a sense of intimacy into his images. Matthieu is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2017 World Press and a Photographer of the Year International Award. He has published several monographs of his work, and his fine art images have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Matthieu's images have also been published in numerous other magazines including Geo, Newsweek, Time, Outside, and Le Monde. He enjoys joining National Geographic Expeditions and Student Expeditions, and is a speaker for our Nat Geo Live lecture series.
National Geographic photographer, climber and diver Jonathan Kingston captures images of the natural world and vistas of life on the edge. From arresting photographs of vibrant tribal dances to underwater scenes of elephants swimming at sea to silhouettes of climbers scaling rock, Jonathan’s penchant for travel and love of the wild have taken him to some of the most remote and unmapped corners of the globe. His work has appeared in print and online in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. A passionate teacher, Jonathan spent two years on the faculty of Life and Light Academy, India's first college devoted exclusively to photography. He also taught a National Geographic Photo Camp on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana in 2016. This program uses photography to help young adults and children in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices and tell their stories. Jonathan has received multiple honors from the prestigious Communication Arts and PDN Photo Annual competitions. His work is represented by National Geographic Creative and the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries.
Ed Kashi is an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker who has produced 17 stories for National Geographic magazine. Dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times, a sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. One of his innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking is his acclaimed Iraqi Kurdistan flipbook that uses still images in a moving-image format. As a member of the prestigious VII Photo Agency, Ed has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. His images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated nine monographs of his photographic work. Ed is a pioneer in multimedia, having worked in video and film for nearly two decades. He has also been on the forefront of using mobile photography and the Instagram platform, both as a photojournalist on assignments and for personal projects. In 2011, he produced a multimedia piece on the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam that won the UNICEF Photo of the Year and a World Press award. Ed’s work has earned numerous other honors, including from Pictures of the Year International (named Multimedia Photographer of the Year for 2014), Communication Arts, and American Photo Magazine. Ed is also an accomplished educator who instructs and mentors students of photography, participates in forums, and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling. With his wife, filmmaker Julie Winokur, they founded Talking Eyes Media—a non-profit production company dedicated to social and geo political issues. In 2014, they began an innovative project with Rutgers University-Newark called Newest Americans, a storytelling project focused on the issue of immigration, and in 2017, they received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grant to continue the project. To date Ed has worked in over 90 countries and has been to India ten times over the past 20 years. He looks forward to sharing his photographic and storytelling insights with travelers.