Michael Yamashita

Specialty: Photographer

Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. Michael is known for epic stories that retrace the paths of famous travelers, like Marco Polo, the Japanese poet Basho, and the Chinese explorer Zheng He. His feature documentary, The Ghost Fleet, inspired by his National Geographic story about the legendary 15th-century Chinese admiral, Zheng He, won the Best Historical Documentary prize at the New York International Independent Film Festival. His National Geographic Channel documentary, Marco Polo: The China Mystery Revealed, based on his three-part National Geographic story, received two Asian Television and Film Awards and was also included in the top twenty most popular NG Channel documentaries of the decade. A frequent corporate keynote speaker, as well as a lecturer at schools and workshops around the world, Michael has received numerous industry awards: including Pictures of the Year, Photo District News, the New York Art Directors Club, and the Asian-American Journalists Association. Michael recently returned to Yunnan to shoot an upcoming National Geographic Traveler article, and his latest book is called, Shangri-la [along the Tea Road to Lhasa].

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