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On Assignment: National Geographic

03 Mar 2012, Posted by Jeff Mauritzen in National Geographic Photography, On Assignment, Photo Blog

Image of the sun rising over an acacia tree in the Serengeti.

©National Geographic Society – Photo by Jeff Mauritzen

This post is long overdue and I apologize for it’s delay. The last couple months have involved planning and photographing an assignment for National Geographic. I’m currently mid-way through it, and I wanted to take the time to post an update with some photos and a little back story.

At the end of last year, I was asked if I’d be interested in an assignment traveling around the world, photographing wildlife in some of the most amazing locations on the planet, oh yeah and the images were going to be published by one of the world’s most premier publishers of nature photography. Hmmm, yeah let me think about it. Not a very tough decision for any photographer or travel lover to make. What was challenging and hard to do, was leaving my little 9 month old and wife for the journey.  I am and always will be, eternally grateful and indebted to my wife, for taking on the sole responsibility of caring for our daughter while I was away.

Image of a white rhino photographed at sunset in the Nairobi National Park.

©National Geographic Society – Photo by Jeff Mauritzen

As for the assignment, the first order of business was choosing 2 locations in the world that would offer the most bang for the buck in terms of wildlife diversity and sheer number of species. With the help of the editor from National Geographic, we decided on the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania, the Masai Mara in Kenya, and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.

The assignment deadline was April 1st. All travel and details were to be arranged by me. The first location decided on and booked was the Galapagos. As I type this, I’m currently on a flight down to Miami where I will connect with a flight headed to Ecuador later this evening. I will stay overnight at a hotel in Guayaquil and board a flight early tomorrow morning to rendezvous with a boat which will take me around to various islands over the next 8 days. After which I’ll be staying on Santa Cruz island to spend some more time photographing land and marine animals. I’ve brought along my dive equipment because I’ll be fortunate enough to be spending some time underwater during this assignment as well. The Galapagos islands offers some of the world’s most premier diving locations in the world and has been on my own personal bucket list for years.

Image of a leopard in a tree. Photographed in the Serengeti Plains.

©National Geographic Society, Photo by Jeff Mauritzen

Over the next several weeks, I will try my best to post regular updates, with photos taken during the first part of this assignment (Kenya/Tanzania), as well as updates from the Galapagos Islands.  I plan on sharing photos from the field and a little back story as well.  Hopefully, it’ll be of help to those of you interested in traveling to and photographing these amazing locations.

For any prospective clients interested in hiring me for any commercial or editorial assignments, I’m currently accepting new assignments as of March 19th, 2012. Please contact me via email with job specifics and the date you’re interested in, I will be checking email daily.

Image of a lion cub photographed in the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve, Kenya.

©National Geographic, Photo by Jeff Mauritzen

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