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Cory Richards

Photojournalist

Photography Fellow

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Photograph by Cory Richards

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Photograph courtesy Cory Richards

A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. His camera has taken him from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of the world, from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica to the Himalaya of Nepal and Pakistan—all in an attempt to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration but also the beauty inherent in our modern society.

Richards is a passionate mountain climber on the North Face athletic team and has carved a niche as one of the world's leading adventure and expedition photographers. His photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside, and the New York Times, and his film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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In Their Words

I was always looking for a way to translate what I was seeing around me, and photography became my voice in this big, very confusing world. That was the beginning.

—Cory Richards

More of Cory Richards's Work

  • Photo: Hiking into Nepal's Mustang region

    Sky Caves of Nepal

    Uncover secrets of the past with photographer Cory Richards in the former kingdom of Mustang's precarious caves.

  • Picture of Cory Richards photographing in Antarctica

    Zero to 60

    Getting the shot in Antarctica with Cory Richards.

  • Picture of Everest alpinsts

    The State of Everest

    Climbing luminaries reflect on the world's tallest peak.

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