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  • Nat Geo Creative Photographer

    Jonathan Kingston

    Since 2002, Oregon-based freelance photographer and outdoorsman Jonathan Kingston has been traveling the globe collecting images of the natural world and capturing vistas of life lived on the edge. From arresting images of vibrant tribal dances to underwater vistas of elephants swimming at sea to silhouettes of climbers scaling rock cast against a crepuscular sky, Kingston’s penchant for itinerancy and a love of the wild have taken him to some of the most remote and unmapped corners of the world. His work has appeared in print and online publications including National Geographic, Geo Saison, The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal, and has received honors from the prestigious Communication Arts and PDN Photo Annual competitions.

  • Explorer

    An avid outdoorsman, climber and surfer, Kingston was fascinated as a young boy by photographic storytelling. Inspired by Cartier-Bresson, long considered the father of photojournalism, Kingston views his work as an act of observance and a framework for introspection. For him, it is a photographer’s responsibility not just to capture a point of view but to bear witness to life’s gravity and greatness. With his lens as his guide, Kingston strives to remain accountable to that ethos.

  • Teacher

    Matched by his love of photography is Kingston’s passion for teaching. In addition to the many photographic seminars he leads around the world, Kingston is a photo instructor for Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions and served on the faculty of India’s first photographic college, Light & Life Academy, from 2002 to 2004. Kingston is the author of the 2009 instructional DVD, Photoshop CS4 Basics and Beyond. Nearly all his free time is spent with his wife, Sarah Jane, and their boxer, Ellie Mae.

Clients

Jonathan has received many awards for his work including being recognized multiple times in the Communication Arts photo annual and being awarded in the PDN photo annual. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and ad campaigns. A partial list of clients includes:

  • Award Winning Photography

    Clients

    Citibank | American Airlines | Diageo/Captain Morgan Rum | National Geographic Magazine | The New York Times | Taylor Strategy | Sundance Film Channel | Geo Saison | The Times Journal of Photography | Tetherow Golf Club | National Geographic Traveler | National Geographic Adventure

  • Clients - Continued

    Archaeology Magazine | Backpacker Magazine | Hemispheres Magazine | American Journal of Public Health | The Wall Street Journal | Discovery.com | PopularMechanics.com | FoxNews.com | CNNgo.com | HuffingtonPost.com | Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester At Sea | VisionWorkshops

Photographic Workshops

Matched by his love of photography is Kingston’s passion for teaching.  Learn from Jonathan in one of the workshops listed below:

Photo Expedition

India by Rail Photography Expedition – March 2017

July 15, 2016

Join Jonathan on a 10-day photography expedition focused on India, where everyday life plays out in bright colors, a vivid juxtaposition of ancient an...

Photo Expedition

Galápagos Photo Expedition – 10 Days – Feb. 2017

July 15, 2016

Join Jonathan on a 10-day photography expedition focused on exploring and shooting the legendary Galápagos islands, aboard a new expedition ship, uniq...

Photo Expedition

Epic Galápagos Photo Expedition – 17 Days – December 2016

July 15, 2016

Join Jonathan and a team of top National Geographic photographers on a 17-day photography expedition focused on exploring and shooting the legendary G...

Photo Expedition

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii – September 3-17, 2016

July 15, 2016

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching two trips this year with dear friend Flip Nicklin aboard the MV National Geographic Sea Bird in Alask...

Photo Expedition

Exploring Alaska’s Costal Wilderness – Aug. 27-Sep. 3, 2016

July 15, 2016

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching on the MV National Geographic Sea Bird with fellow photographer Flip Nicklin.  Complete details on the tri...

Photo Expedition

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey – March 2016

July 14, 2016

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching on the MV National Geographic Sea Bird with fellow photographer Ronan Donovan.  Complete details of t...

TESTIMONIAL

  • Jonathan is an outstanding teacher that will take you beyond the camera and the photograph to a new level of enlightened photography.
    Daniel Burrus - New York Times Best Selling Author
  • Jonathan is an extraordinary teacher not only with deep knowledge of technical matters, but the gift of explaining things in a way that connects and sticks.
    Ginna Fleming - Freelance Photographer

Questions? Contact Jonathan

+1.866.305.7575

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First day in Alaska this year - and what a day it was! The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska under sunny skies. Beginning a three week contract with Lindblad/National Geographic as we explore south east Alaska and British Columbia aboard the Nat Geo Sea Bird. @natgeocreative @lindbladexp #mendenhall #glacier #mendenhallglacier #juneau #alaska #nationalpark #ice #blue #deadtrees #lake #river

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Can you spot the lightning bolt? A thunderstorm approaches our teepee camp on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana. Last month young Crow Indians teamed up with Nat Geo photographers and editors to explore the roots of their community through the lens of a camera. For the complete story on Nat Geo go to @jonathankingston and click the link in my bio 👆. @natgeocreative

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Movie night in Crow country! See the incredible work the students did on Nat Geo - link in my bio 👆. This teepee camp forms the heart of the Nat Geo Photo camp that took place on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

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