Chris Michel

As an accomplished photojournalist, member of the Explorers Club and former Naval Flight Officer, Chris Michel has travelled to some of the most extreme locations on earth, from Antarctic ice sheets to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and even the edge of space.

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About Chris Michel, photojournalist and explorer

Chris is an accomplished photojournalist. His collection includes photographs from extreme locations like the North and South Poles, Everest, Papua New Guinea, DR Congo and the edge of space (aboard a U-2 Spy Plane). He's also had the opportunity to photograph a variety of global leaders, including the 14th Dalai Lama.

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His work is prolific and his photographs have been used by National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the New York Times, the BBC, Outside Magazine, and others. His photos have been seen millions of times and have appeared on the covers of many newspapers and magazines. His "Flying Emperor" photograph was the 2nd place finisher in the 2014 Wikipedia Picture of the Year.

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Chris is also a member of the Explorers Club and serves as Editor at Explorers, a site dedicated to adventure travel. He’s published a number of fine-art books, including 90 Degrees South, Monochromatic, Roof of the World, and Stranger in a Strange Land. His most recent show was “Envisioning Ecstasy” at the Tibet House in New York City. Chris is also an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, teaching the popular "Impactful Photography" course in Santa Fe and Havana.

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Previously, Chris was a Naval Flight Officer, serving in both operational squadrons and in the Pentagon. Following graduate school, Chris started and sold two companies, Military.com and Affinity Labs. Following his entrepreneurial work, Chris founded Nautilus Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund. Chris graduated from the University of Illinois and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate from Tiffin University.

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