George Steinmetz


His expeditions to the Sahara and Gobi deserts have been featured in separate National Geographic Explorer programs. He specializes in aerial photography and pioneered the use of a foot-launched motorized paraglider to document all of the world’s extreme deserts, which took him to 27 countries, plus Antarctica, over a 15-year period.

George has won numerous awards for photography during his career, including two first prizes in science and technology from World Press Photo in 1995 and 1998. He was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the year in 2008, and has won awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Environmental Vision Award from Pictures of the Year. He’s the author of four major photographic books: African Air, Empty Quarter, Desert Air, and New York Air. 

He is currently working on a project to document large scale agriculture and the global food supply.

George Steinmetz