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.
A National Geographic staff photographer since 1990, Mark Thiessen has published numerous feature stories and covers for National Geographic magazine and other Society publications on subjects ranging from Peruvian mummies to Egyptian archaeologists to Russian smokejumpers. He recently documented film director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron's dive to the ocean's deepest location at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Mark's photographs for the July 2008 National Geographic cover story “Under Fire: Why the West Is Burning” earned first-place recognition by Pictures of the Year International. Mark also directs the National Geographic photo studio, and was featured in Out There, a series aired on the National Geographic Channel.
As senior photo editor for National Geographic Traveler, Dan Westergren is responsible for the magazine's photographic vision and one of the leaders of the magazine's photo workshop series. While Dan particularly enjoys cold, high places—having photographed the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Blanc, and the Matterhorn for the pages of Traveler—he is equally at home in warmer climates.