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.
Photographer Karen Kasmauski has produced 25 stories for National Geographic magazine on topics ranging from earthquakes in Japan to oil exploration in Alaska. Over the course of her career, she has traveled throughout Asia from India to Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Karen has photographed numerous stories on Japan, where she was born on the Yokosuka U.S. Naval Base. She finds the personal stories behind the headlines, blending a warm human sensitivity with a photographer’s eye for detail to distill global issues into resonant images. Karen's book Impact: From the
Front Lines of Global Health, published by National
Geographic, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her book Nurse: A World of Care tells stories of dedicated medical professionals—“frontline soldiers” in the war against suffering and disease—from the frozen rivers of Alaska to the slums of Nairobi. The book earned awards from Communication Arts, Pictures of the Year, and the American Academy of Nursing. Her photographic work has appeared in numerous publications including Smithsonian and the New York Times. Karen was awarded the inaugural Getty Images Grant for Good, and she recently received a Knight Foundation Fellowship with which she earned a Masters in Visual Communication at Ohio University.
National Geographic Photography Fellow David Guttenfelder is an award-winning photojournalist focusing on global geopolitics and conservation. He spent 20 years as a photojournalist for the Associated Press, during which he was based in Nairobi, Abidjan, New Delhi, Jerusalem, and Tokyo, covering news in more than 75 countries around the world. He has photographed multiple stories in National Geographic magazine, including topics as diverse as Afghanistan's opium wars, the damming of the Mekong River, hidden North Korea, and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. His story, "Japan’s Nuclear Refugees," which he photographed in Fukushima, Japan, appeared in the December 2011 issue of the magazine. He has traveled extensively throughout Japan, having lived previously in Tokyo for almost a decade. David is an eight-time World Press Photo Award winner, 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International and NPPA Photographer of the Year, and winner of Overseas Press Club of America awards. He is also a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news and feature photography. Additionally, David has been an industry leader in smartphone photography and social media, with a growing number of Instagram followers reaching over 1.1 million. His mobile phone photography has been featured in the printed pages and websites of magazines like National Geographic, Wired, NYTimes Magazine, TIME, Newsweek Japan, French Photo, and others. He was named inaugural Instagram Photographer of the Year by TIME magazine, received the Shorty Award for online photography, and the Online Journalism Award. He is also the founder of the Instagram collectives @everydayUSA and @everydayDPRK. David has taught photography workshops, National Geographic Photo Camp (a program that uses photography to help young adults and children in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices and tell their stories), and lectured on smartphone photography, including speaking on a panel about "Instagramming the News" at the 2014 SXSW digital conference. He looks forward to sharing his photographic and storytelling knowledge with travelers on this expedition.