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.
Cotton Coulson is an award-winning photographer and contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine. Cotton began his photography career at National Geographic when he was 21 years old, and has photographed more than 20 stories for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler. Cotton has shot stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France, and has also traveled to North Africa and Antarctica with the Society.
A Certified Apple Aperture Instructor, Cotton is a graduate of NYU Film School. He was photo director at The Baltimore Sun and associate director of photography at U.S. News & World Report. He also served as a senior vice president at CNET Networks, where he managed the creative design and product teams. Cotton was a cinematographer on the documentary film Seeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.
Award-winning photographer Karine Aigner served as the senior photo editor for National Geographic KIDS magazines and books for nearly a decade. Raised in Saudi Arabia, her love for culture, adventure, and travel were ingrained early in her upbringing. She is fluent in Dutch and French and has traveled the world by boat, taught English in Taiwan, and trekked for a month alone through the small towns and souks of Morocco. As a photographer, Karine knows what it takes to make a good picture, and as an editor, she can identify and coach others on what it takes to create strong, engaging images with a sense of place and moment. Karine’s true passion is Africa, where she loves to apply her storytelling skills as an editor and challenge herself as a photographer to bring new ways of illuminating the natural world. She is an affiliate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a member of the North American Nature Photography Association. Karine is a seasoned photography workshop leader, having lead groups to Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the Galapagos islands. Her photography is represented by Tandem Stills + Motion and National Geographic Creative, and her images have been featured in BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic, National Geographic magazine and National Geographic KIDS, Nature Conservancy Magazine, GEOlino, National Geographic Television, Ranger Rick. and elsewhere.