David Guttenfelder

Photographer

National Geographic Photography Fellow David Guttenfelder is an award-winning photojournalist focusing on global geopolitics and conservation. He spent 20 years as a photojournalist for the Associated Press, during which he was based in Nairobi, Abidjan, New Delhi, Jerusalem, and Tokyo, covering news in more than 75 countries around the world. He has photographed multiple stories in National Geographic magazine, including topics as diverse as migratory songbirds in North Africa, the damming of the Mekong River, hidden North Korea, and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. In 2016, David traveled to Tanzania to photograph portraits of Jane Goodall for National Geographic's documentary “Jane,” which was released in 2017. Guttenfelder is an eight-time World Press Photo Award winner, 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International and NPPA Photographer of the Year, and winner of Overseas Press Club of America awards. He is also a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news and feature photography. Additionally, David has been an industry leader in smartphone photography and social media, with a growing number of Instagram followers reaching over 1.1 million. His mobile phone photography has been featured in the printed pages and websites of magazines like National Geographic, Wired, NYTimes Magazine, TIME, Newsweek Japan, French Photo, and others. He was named inaugural Instagram Photographer of the Year by TIME magazine, received the Shorty Award for online photography, and the Online Journalism Award. He is also the founder of the Instagram collectives @everydayUSA and @everydayDPRK. David has taught photography workshops, National Geographic Photo Camp (a program that uses photography to help young adults and children in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices and tell their stories), and lectured on smartphone photography, including speaking on a panel about "Instagramming the News" at the 2014 SXSW digital conference.