How can I be a photographer for National Geographic?

We are often asked by aspiring photojournalists for advice about entering this highly competitive field.

National Geographic photographers have college degrees in a variety of disciplines. Most did not major in photography, but all took photo courses. The most common majors have been journalism, anthropology, sociology or psychology, fine arts, and sciences. Our editors and photographers agree that it is important to complete a degree in a discipline other than photography. Freelancers usually come to us with at least five years of photojournalism experience or with specializations such as wildlife, underwater, nature, or aerial photography. We seek balance and an eclectic blend of interests, abilities, and photographic styles in the freelancers we hire.

Our photography website includes photo galleries, photographer bios, photo tips from our pros, wallpapers, screen savers, and more.

The Photographers (VHS and DVD), Through the Lens (VHS and DVD) and NG Live! The Photographers: Lanting and Kendrick (DVD) provide behind-the-lens looks at National Geographic photographers, how they get those breathtaking shots, the dangers they face, and the lives they lead for the love of their craft.

Veteran National Geographic magazine photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols offers his candid insights about the life of a photojournalist on his own website.

Learn from our experts by attending a Photo Workshop, going on a Photo Expedition, or taking one of our Online Photo Courses! Check them out here:
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