David Guttenfelder is a National Geographic photography fellow, focusing on geopolitics, conservation and culture. He has spent the past 20 years of his career based outside of his native United States, living abroad and working in more than 75 countries around the world. He is the only western photographer to have had regular access to North Korea, making more than 40 trips to the otherwise-isolated country. Guttenfelder has covered major conservation stories, including the fate of Japanese refugees after the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, the damming of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, and the killing of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean.
Among his numerous accolades, Guttenfelder is a eight-time World Press Photo Award winner, the International Center for Photography Infinity Prize Winner, and a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2015 his advertising campaign, Mission 22, was honored at the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity.
Guttenfelder is also recognized as an influencer and industry leader in smartphone photography and social media. He was named Instagram Photographer of the Year by Time magazine.
Portfolio: North Korea
Portfolio: Mission 22
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