The National Geographic Society, committed to illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world, has funded the work of 15 photographers (marked with an asterisk) whose images appear in the January 2022 issue of National Geographic. Learn about those contributors’ projects below and at natgeo.org/impact.
See all 46 photographs from our 2021 Year in Pictures issue here.
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Addario has focused on COVID-19 death rituals in the U.K. and consequences of climate change for women.
In Colombia, Arredondo has looked at how former rebel fighters are reintegrating into society.
Javier Aznar González de Rueda
His work showcases the significance of lesser known animals such as reptiles and insects.
As Israel confronted the pandemic, Balilty trained his lens on images of daily life and the country’s push to vaccinate residents.
With a focus on Africa, Chancellor scrutinizes the ways humans and wildlife intersect.
Based in Buenos Aires, Chaskielberg has photographed places hit hard by natural disasters.
In Latin America, Cinque investigates the effects of COVID-19 on native populations whose water is tainted by mining operations.
Mel D. Cole
Cole’s work ranges from a book on hip-hop to coverage of protests and the U.S. Capitol attack.
A veteran photographer of conflict and disaster, Dar shared a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for images from contested Kashmir.
Fadli has covered social issues and COVID-19 in his home country of Indonesia.
First funded by the National Geographic Society in 2014, Guttenfelder examines the human condition.
Jordan-born Habjouqa specializes in documenting sociopolitical issues across the Middle East.
Hayeri has focused on conflict, often in Afghanistan, where she lives.
Karimi has photographed news events, including the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Lam Yik Fei
An independent photojournalist born in Hong Kong, Lam examines social issues, protests, and crises around Asia.
Lee’s work often explores vulnerable communities and the culture of his home state of Texas.
New York City photographer Leutwyler composes portraits and emotionally imbued still lifes.
Mollenkof recorded her journey as a Black woman navigating pregnancy during COVID-19.
An expedition climber and filmmaker, Ozturk has made 360-degree panoramas of Everest.
Thomas P. Peschak*
His wildlife photography and projections of historical imagery have highlighted the dramatic global decline of seabirds.
Based in Veracruz, Mexico, photojournalist Razo focuses on the rights of migrants and women.
As an Arctic Alaska Inupiat community tries to lay plans for a future in the face of climate change, Ross documents the effort.
His work from the Middle East and North Africa includes the book Discordia, on the Arab Spring.
To promote the importance of caves, Shone has explored the world’s deepest known cave, in the country of Georgia.
Through his films and photography, Skerry has increased awareness of the world’s marine ecosystems and the value of conserving them.
Washington, D.C.-based Soares explores community and identity with portraits and photo essays.
Sobecki aims to tell the story of scientists and conservationists in the Congo Basin striving to protect this vital rainforest.
Known for his wildlife images, Stirton says his goal is to promote “the well-being of the planet.”
A project on rising seas reflects the environmental interests of Indonesia-based Styawan.
Yu Yu Myint Than
Once on the Myanmar Times staff, Than helped found a women photographers group in Yangon.
In northern Kenya, Vitale has documented the establishment of the first ever community-run sanctuary for elephants.
Waiswa has shared the stories of people struggling with COVID-related mental health issues and access to care in Kenya.
With his “Day to Night” technique, Wilkes created composite images displaying the scope and beauty of bird migration.
Wu is keyboardist for the U.K. band Ladytron, as well as a photographer of drone-lit landscapes.