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.
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 30 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.
Based in the New York City area, photographer Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. Her decade-long project on child marriage, Too Young to Wed, has earned global recognition, including three World Press Photo awards and prestigious exhibitions on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and at the Whitney Biennial in New York. Stephanie is a regular contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Stern, GEO, and Marie Claire, among others. She is also one of 11 featured photographers in the National Geographic book and traveling exhibition, Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, which profiles the lives and work of important photojournalists and goes behind the lens of their individual assignments.