Award-winning freelance photographer Bob Krist shot his first assignment for National Geographic in 1980. Since then, his work for NGM and National Geographic Traveler, where he serves as contributing photographer, has taken him to 140 countries on all seven continents.

His work has garnered awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions and won him the title of “Travel Photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

In addition to his work with the National Geographic Society, Krist writes a column for Outdoor Photographer magazine and has photographed seven coffee table books, including The New York Times bestseller In Tuscany with Frances Mayes.

In the last few years, he has been experimenting with video, a form which calls into play his experience as a visual storyteller and a writer, and creating mini-documentaries about travel and other subjects that interest him. See more of his work at

The Art of Sacred Placement in San Miguel de Allende

A charming Spanish colonial city with a UNESCO World Heritage designation, San Miguel de Allende, located in the central highlands of Mexico, is a mecca for all manner of creative types. In a place where scores of art galleries cluster in and around a vibrant centro histórico, you’d hardly think it necessary to make a trek three miles out of town to see one more. But if you don’t, you’ll miss what is arguably the most interesting attraction the area has to offer—not to mention one of its most colorful characters.

Video: Inside New Jersey’s Halloween House

Every October for the last decade or so, strange happenings descend upon Lambertville, a sleepy New Jersey town located 40 miles north of Philadelphia. The epicenter of the weirdness is a tidy Victorian house, where it looks as if all the props and characters from a Tim Burton epic were air dropped onto the front lawn. But…

Video: Behind the Mask in Bermuda

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The Gombeys, the colorfully dressed masked dancers and drummers of Bermuda, represent a rich folklife tradition that reflects the tiny island’s wide-ranging roots—namely West African, British, Caribbean, and Native American.

Video: Adrift in the Dordogne Valley

I was first sent to the Dordogne Valley in southwestern France more than two decades ago to shoot a story about a truffle farmer for a food magazine. Later, when I tasted my first black truffle, I thought my head was going to explode with the heady new flavor. And by dark that first day, I was as hooked on truffles as I was on the place of their origin.

Video: Bali’s Enduring Spirit

Whenever a traveler returns to a beloved place after a long hiatus, the trip is inevitably attended by some combination of anticipation and dread. Will it be as great as you remember? Has time treated it well?

Video: Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

To many outsiders, the icons, costumes, and rituals associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead festivities—held around All Saints and All Souls Days (November 1 and 2, respectively) in Oaxaca and other cities—seem macabre and ghoulish. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Video: The Gardians of France

Like their American counterparts, the cowboys, France’s gardians cut a dashing figure and loom large in the culture of the southern France. Part of a brotherhood formed in the early 16th century, the gardians are the caretakers of the herds of beautiful gray horses and black bulls that roam the largely unfenced Camargue region.

A Brief Pause in a Long History

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This week, for the only the third time in its 103-year history, the “voice of Philadelphia” — the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ — will fall silent. But the good news is that it’s only for a few weeks, while it gets a much needed tune-up.

Video: Bob Krist’s Iceland

Nat Geo photographer Bob Krist first visited Iceland in 1986 when he was shooting a cover story for the magazine. The island nation earned a special place in his heart, and he always dreamed of bringing his two sons back to experience the magic for themselves. So he organized the ultimate family road trip: driving around Ring Road, the spectacularly scenic byway around Iceland.

Gorgeous Video: ‘Tis the Season in Salzburg

Watch this short film by National Geographic photographer Bob Krist to get a taste of the sleepy alpine city of Salzburg during Advent season.