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 Andrew Coleman has traveled around the globe in search of amazing wildlife and landscapes. His images and travel stories have appeared online for National Geographic Travel and the @natgeotravel Instagram account, and he is represented by National Geographic Creative. Andrew has an insatiable appetite to be in the wild and, through his images, attempts to capture the extraordinary beauty of the natural world. Over the course of his career, he has traveled, camera in hand, to some of the world’s most remarkable places, including Alaska, Jordan, Easter Island, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, Bhutan, and Uganda. Having been to all seven continents, he has joined National Geographic Expeditions from Yellowstone National Park to the Galápagos, and from Borneo to the Arctic and beyond.
Born at home into the house his father built in rural Vermont, Ronan Donovan has spent his adult years immersed in the natural world. A biologist turned photographer and filmmaker, he spent 2011 in the canopy studying wild chimpanzees in Uganda, Africa for Harvard University. The experience inspired his desire to use visual storytelling as a way to reach a greater audience. Ronan's photographic journeys for National Geographic magazine include an entire year living inside Yellowstone National Park documenting the life of wild wolves, covering the human-wildlife conflict between wild chimpanzees and humans in Africa, and hiking volcanoes to photograph mountain gorillas. His images have hung on the walls of the Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. For the past 10 years, Ronan has lived in Montana, where he loves to explore the Rocky Mountains around his home in Bozeman.
Drew Rush has a long history of working in and teaching about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Before embarking on a career in photography, Drew spent ten years guiding on the Snake River and taking people into the heart of Yellowstone National Park in the winter. Since he transitioned into a professional photographer, his work has appeared in numerous international publications and books such as National Parks magazine and National Geographic: Complete Photography. His photographs have also been displayed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. Drew has recently spent years working in the Yellowstone-Tetons region on several long term photographic projects for National Geographic magazine. He looks forward to sharing an insiders' insights into these magnificent parks!
Travel and conservation photographer Jonathan Irish specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures with a keen eye on highlighting important conservation issues. He spent eight years on the National Geographic staff, where he launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program, bringing travelers and photographers around the world on active adventure trips. As a freelance photographer, Jonathan’s work has appeared in publications in print and online, including National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, Travel + Leisure, The Telegraph, BBC, and CNN. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Irish went on assignment for National Geographic Traveler on a year-long road trip visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks. From this project, he published a U.S. National Parks book, and was featured on Good Morning America. Jonathan is also a skilled Virtual Reality shooter, having shot assignments with 360-degree cameras on six different continents for Discovery Communications and Google. Through his photographic work, Jonathan seeks to share the beauty of the natural world while highlighting important conservation stories and the need for continued and increased protection, so that future generations may enjoy the same beautiful natural world in which we live today. He also enjoys traveling with National Geographic Expeditions teaching photography around the world–from Antarctica to the Arctic and Africa to the Amazon. Jonathan’s images are represented by National Geographic Creative and National Geographic Fine Art Galleries, and have appeared in National Geographic books.