National Geographic starts photography fellowships

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National Geographic introduced a new program and four photography fellows on Wednesday, Alexa Keefe wrote Wednesday for National Geographic. The announcement came during the National Geographic Explorers Symposium. The fellows are Lynn Johnson, Brian Skerry, Cory Richards and David Guttenfelder, Keefe reported.

Over the next two years, they will be sharing their visual expertise with diverse areas of the National Geographic Society and with the public, producing stories, sharing their storytelling knowledge with other explorers, and bringing the Society’s mission to illuminate, teach, and inspire the world at large.

“The Photography Fellows program acknowledges that there are photographers out there whose work deeply aligns with our nonprofit research and exploration goals,” says Alex Moen, who oversees the Explorers programs for National Geographic Society. “By embracing these individuals, the Society is positioning them to support our broader mission from a unique and fresh perspective.”

Guttenfelder is the Associated Press chief photographer, Asia. Johnson, Skerry and Richards shoot assignments for National Geographic. Here’s what Richards told NatGeo he’d spend his time working on with the fellowship.

What I find so exciting is the potential to create a platform that can always be pushing the bar further with Missions, Expeditions, and the Magazine to tell stories on a larger scale and with more impact, and to have access to the different places in the Society where stories need to be told.

And here’s a video from Richards’s website, called “A Tribute to Discomfort,” about his work.

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