Cory Richards


National Geographic Explorer 2012, Photographer & Explorer, climbed Everest's summit solo and with no oxygen in 2016, Colorado, US


An explorer and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. A high school drop-out at 14 to summiting Everest without oxygen, his life has followed an irregular arc. His camera has taken him from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of the world, from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica to the Himalaya of Nepal to the forgotten war zones of Africa and the Middle East —all in an attempt to capture not only the soul of exploration but also the paradoxes and surprising similarities inherent in our human family. Richards is a passionate climber as well as social documentarian and has carved a niche as one of the world's leading photographers, pursuing the genres from adventure, to geo-political and social impact, to portraiture. His images have appeared in National Geographicmagazine, Outside, and the New York Times, and his film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. As a social influencer, his social platforms have garnered billions of impressions world wide.