National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year

This year, we're honoring trailblazers in the adventure community. These adventurers embody the spirit of bold innovation and are taking leaps forward in their field. They're pushing boundaries, smashing stereotypes, and overcoming obstacles. Each one is helping lead the world in a new, important, and thrilling direction. To find our Adventurers of the Year, we asked photographers, writers, filmmakers, and athletes to tell us who is inspiring them to reach further, go higher, and dream bigger. Out of that group, a panel of National Geographic Adventure staff voted to narrow it down to these eight honorees. Here are National Geographic's 2018 Adventurers of the Year.
Meet the Adventurers
The World’s Greatest Free-Solo Climber Isn’t Interested in Adrenaline
The World’s Greatest Free-Solo Climber Isn’t Interested in Adrenaline
Meet National Geographic 2018 Adventurer of the Year Ultramarathon Runner Mirna Valerio
Meet National Geographic 2018 Adventurer of the Year Ultramarathon Runner Mirna Valerio
These Wildlife Photographers are Merging Storytelling and Science
These Wildlife Photographers are Merging Storytelling and Science
This Self-Taught Nepali Mountain Biker Might Be Asia's Fastest
This Self-Taught Nepali Mountain Biker Might Be Asia's Fastest
Wave Riding Meets Conservation at This Surfer's Global Nonprofit
Wave Riding Meets Conservation at This Surfer's Global Nonprofit
Meet Past Adventurers
Exploratory Kayakers Ben Stookesberry, Benny Marr, Chris Korbulic, Pedro Oliva
Exploratory Kayakers Ben Stookesberry, Benny Marr, Chris Korbulic, Pedro Oliva
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Adventure Photo Contest Winners: #MyAdvofYear
Adventure Photo Contest Winners: #MyAdvofYear