• Jonathan Kingston

    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

  • 'Driven by curiosity, I combine science, exploration and storytelling to inspire a better understanding of our world and its inhabitants'

About

Jonathan Kingston is a National Geographic contributing photographer and founding member of Submerged Archaeological Conservancy International. His work focuses primarily on maritime archaeology, natural history and the human story of this world; combining science, exploration and storytelling to inspire a better understanding of our world and its inhabitants.

My work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine and has been used commercially by Fortune 500 companies. I have worked on two grants from the National Geographic Society, graduated with honors from Brooks Institute of Photography and have won accolades in numerous international photography competitions. Big deal? Not really. I am constantly humbled and inspired by the amazing work of my peers and am motivated to up my game whenever given the chance. I am humbled by the tenacity and brilliance of the scientists and archaeologists I have collaborated with in the past and am motivated to help them further their work.


Great stories aren't told without great collaborations... Do you have a great story that needs to be told? Let’s collaborate.


- Jonathan Kingston

Philosophy

Life has repeatedly taught me that the world is full of wonder and tragedy and endless stories… and that these stories, when told skillfully and truthfully, are fatal to bigotry and narrow-mindedness. My north star is creating narratives that foster understanding of the natural history and human story of our world. It fires me up to use photography as a scientific tool to further research and give the often obscure world of science a visual voice. If a story requires spending days camping on the side of a cliff or in an ocean vessel - bring it on.

Explorer

Experiences shaping my vision include leading every pitch on El Capitan’s famous Nose route in Yosemite as a teenager and being adopted by an Apsaálooke family while volunteering on the Crow Indian reservation as a young adult. Riding a Royal Enfield motorcycle in India for two years and nearly dying of typhoid fever in a rural hospital in Tamil Nadu. Living in a VW van while exploring the USA and circumnavigating the world on a ship. Occasionally I pick up my violin and get lost playing music. Someday I hope to redpoint a 5.14.

Teacher

Matched by my love of photography is a passion for teaching. I regularly teach as a photo expert for National Geographic Expeditions, have authored an instructional DVD on Photoshop and served on the faculty of India’s first photographic college, Light & Life Academy, for two years.

Award Winning Photography

My Clients

University of Miami | Citibank | American Airlines | Diageo/Captain Morgan Rum | National Geographic Magazine | The New York Times | Taylor Strategy | INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) | Sundance Film Channel | Geo Saison | The Times Journal of Photography | Tetherow Golf Club | National Geographic Traveler | National Geographic Adventure

Brigham Young University | Marine Magnetics | Archaeology Magazine | Backpacker Magazine | Hemispheres Magazine | American Journal of Public Health | The Wall Street Journal | Discovery.com | PopularMechanics.com | FoxNews.com | CNNgo.com | HuffingtonPost.com | Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester At Sea | VisionWorkshops

Photographic Workshops
Matched by my love of photography is a passion for teaching.  Upcoming workshops an tours listed below:

Expedition Cruise

Wild Iceland Escape by Sea, June 10-15, 2025

February 5, 2024

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW – Discover pristine fjords and fascinating tundra by Zodiac and on foot as you explore Iceland’s volcanic geology and remote fishi...

Expedition Cruise

A Circumnavigation of Iceland, June 1-10, 2025

February 5, 2024

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW – Travel aboard an expedition ship from the National Geographic fleet, enjoying unparalleled access to Iceland's most remote lands...

Photo Expedition

On Safari: Tanzania’s Great Migration, Sep 10-18, 2024

February 4, 2024

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW – Seek out the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti as you keep watch for the spectacular wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater...

Photographic Workshop

The Heart of Seeing, April 6-14, 2024

September 30, 2023

Venture deeper into the art of photography and return to old Hawaii with photographers Rikki Cooke, Jonathan Kingston, Ed Sancious and special guest D...

Expedition Cruise

Fiji and Beyond: Exploring the Rites and Relics of the Pacific, Feb 11-25, 2024

September 28, 2023

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW – See the spirit houses of the Solomon Islands, witness the traditional Rom dance on Vanuatu’s mystical island of Ambrym, and watc...

Photo Expedition

Around The World By Private Jet – October 26 to Nov 18, 2023

September 27, 2023

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW – Alongside a team of National Geographic Experts, embark on a globe-trotting expedition featuring 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites—...

TESTIMONIAL

  • Jonathan is an outstanding teacher that will take you beyond the camera and the photograph to a new level of enlightened photography.
    Daniel Burrus - New York Times Best Selling Author
  • Jonathan is an extraordinary teacher not only with deep knowledge of technical matters, but the gift of explaining things in a way that connects and sticks.
    Ginna Fleming - Freelance Photographer

Contact Jonathan

+1-541-719-8282 or via the email form below