A National Geographic photographer will accompany each workshop departure to share photographic techniques, knowledge, and insights. Listed below are some of the photographers and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in more than 50 countries. A contributor to National Geographic magazine for more than two decades, Joe has published numerous cover stories, including "The Future of Flying" (December 2003). His assignments have taken him from the heart of India's Diwali celebrations to the deserts of the Middle East to China's Great Wall. American Photo magazine has described Joe as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today" and listed him as one of their 100 Most Important People in Photography. Among his many awards, Joe has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, and was named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens. In 2010, he was voted one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade by Photo District News.
Bob Sacha is an award-winning multimedia producer, documentary filmmaker, and editor who first made his name as a magazine photojournalist. A contributing photographer at National Geographic magazine, Bob covered assignments around the world, from New Orleans and New York City to China and Easter Island. More recently, he served as a producer at the multimedia production studio MediaStorm.org, where his multimedia work was nominated for two National News Emmys and won awards from the Online News Association, Editor & Publisher, the New York Photo Festival, the White House News Photographers Association and The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Times of Crisis, a project he produced and edited in collaboration with Reuters, won the Documentary Project of the Year in the 67th Picture of the Year International competition. Bob currently teaches video at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and works as the multimedia coach at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
For more than thirty years, Ira Block has been covering assignments around the world for National Geographic—in locations as diverse as Africa, the Australian outback, the Gobi Desert, Siberia, the North Pole, Greenland, and Baffin Island. The subject matter of Ira's photographs is as varied as the destinations stamped in his passport. Some of his assignments include "The Samurai Way" and "Race to Save Incan Mummies." From gold coins retrieved from Havana's sunken treasure ships to the largest discovered T-Rex dinosaur, to a lost Confederate submarine, Ira's lens continues to capture and document amazing stories from around the globe. His images of New York City, his hometown, were featured in National Geographic magazine articles highlighting the city in September 2002 and December 2005.