Set out on shoots to improve your photography skills, leveraging storytelling to illuminate the places you encounter.
Travel to Baja California this fall and experience the warm turquoise waters and marine ecosystems that Jacques Cousteau called the “Galápagos of North America.” On this conservation-focused gap program, live in seaside casitas and spend your time snorkeling, diving, sailing, and exploring one of the most biodiverse marine environments in the world. The Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to sea lions, whalesharks, rays, whales, and countless species of fish and invertebrates. Alongside marine educators, naturalists, and expert guides, study this fascinating ecosystem from both above and below the waves, learn to sail, and gain a deeper understanding and passion for marine science and conservation.
The Arctic tundra is one of our planet’s most surprising wildlife habitats: an endless snowscape in the winter that bursts with life when summer arrives, drawing migrating species such as caribou, beluga whales, and—most famously—polar bears. Travel to the Canadian Arctic this summer to experience this habitat and its residents up close, using an Arctic research facility in Churchill, Canada, as your base. Choose either the Photography or Wildlife Conservation workshop, and delve into your focus area as you set out to track the intriguing wildlife that has adapted to extreme Arctic conditions.
Journey to Costa Rica this summer and explore some of the country’s highest peaks, densest forests, and most remote natural reserves while immersing yourself in the region’s rich cultural landscapes. Choose your On Assignment theme—either Photography or Anthropology, Culture, & Tradition—and delve into your focus area. Photograph sweeping vistas, lush landscapes, and endemic wildlife as you travel from the cloud forest to the Pacific coast. Along the way, meet with artisans and communities to learn their perspectives on Costa Rica as a leader in conservation and explore the sustained significance of traditions in modern life—from makers of folk masks in … Continue reading →
This summer, travel to Ecuador, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries to learn about wildlife conservation or photography. Begin in the lush Chocó cloud forest before ascending to the Andean páramo, a highland ecosystem considered to be one of the fastest evolving regions on Earth. Then, explore the geologically unique landscapes and extraordinary wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, home to giant tortoises, lava tunnels, equatorial penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. During the program, choose either the Photography or Wildlife Conservation On Assignment theme, and delve into learning under the guidance and expertise of marine biologists, naturalists, photographers, and … Continue reading →
Iceland is a country of extremes, where geysers and lava flows coexist with powerful waterfalls and calving glaciers. Located at the edge of the Arctic Circle, much of the island remains under ice, yet it is also one of the planet’s most volcanically active countries. This summer, travel to the Land of Fire and Ice and take advantage of long days and bright nights to explore the country’s impressive landscapes. Choose either the Photography or Climate & Geology On Assignment and delve into your focus area as you experience the wonders of Iceland up close.
Travel to Iceland this summer and witness the extreme powers of the Earth, exploring and learning about geological wonders from massive glaciers to bubbling geysers. With experienced trip leaders and a National Geographic Explorer, dive into issues of climate and geology and develop skills in photography as you explore Reykjavik, Snæfellsnes, the iconic Golden Circle, and the southern coast. Photograph rushing waterfalls and craggy lava fields, witness volcanism in action, and delve into Icelandic folklore and the island’s rich mythological history.
Embark on an unforgettable Mediterranean journey through Italy and Greece this summer, immersing yourself in photography, culinary delights, and outdoor adventures. Experience the essence of the Italian Renaissance in Florence, marveling at Michelangelo’s David and strolling through historic streets. Photograph the medieval city of Lucca, bike along ancient walls, and explore the seaside beauty of Cinque Terre with a National Geographic Explorer. Experience the coastal allure of the ancient capital of Náfplio in Greece, capturing its pedestrian streets and clifftop castle and indulging in Greek culinary traditions.
The interplay of tradition and innovation is an important element of Japan’s culture. This summer, choose either the Photography or Anthropology, Culture, & Tradition On Assignment theme and explore the intersections of ancient cultural practices and modern life. Photograph the bustling urban hub of Tokyo, meet with Buddhist monks and learn meditation techniques, and witness sites significant to the country’s shogunate and feudal history. Through the lens of your On Assignment project, explore the many ways in which cultural practices, both ancient and modern, overlap and inform the daily lives of the Japanese people today.
This summer, go into the field and experience conservation in action in Namibia with National Geographic Explorers, leading ecologists, storytellers, and other like-minded high school students. Choose either the Photography or Wildlife Conservation On Assignment theme, and delve into your focus area. Along your journey, photograph iconic African wildlife like elephants, hyenas, giraffes, and oryx on safari; go sea kayaking in Walvis Bay; and climb the dunes of the Namib Desert.
Venture to Norway this summer to experience its stunning fjords and soaring peaks, and immerse yourself in the country’s culture and traditions. Norwegians have a storied history of connecting with the natural world and their kinship with the Earth is infused into many aspects of daily life. Forge your own relationship with the region as you hike, kayak, and adventure through spectacular landscapes and experience age-old traditions that live on today. From fishing hamlets to bustling old-world cities, discover how Norwegians are preserving their rich cultural legacy for future generations.
With its vibrant traditions, world-renowned cuisine, and spectacular landscapes dotted with glistening temples, it’s easy to see why Thailand is one of the most-visited places on the planet. This summer, choose either the Photography or Anthropology, Culture, & Tradition On Assignment theme, and discover what makes Thailand unique and culturally diverse. Photograph iconic wildlife, visit vibrant community markets, and immerse yourself in history and culture as you travel from Ayutthaya, old Siam’s capital, to the lush hills of Chiang Rai Province in the north. Cap off the trip with a homestay in a Karen community, where you will learn more … Continue reading →
With erupting geysers, endless grasslands teeming with wildlife, and gem-colored geothermal pools, Yellowstone National Park is an ideal setting to explore the field of photography. This summer, venture into this geological wonderland with a team of talented photography instructors and a National Geographic Explorer to document bears and bison, pronghorns, wolves, elk, bald eagles, and more. Explore the techniques and craft of photography through daily hands-on lessons, take compelling landscape photos that capture the magic of this national park, and document its unique geologic phenomena through your camera’s lens.