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 BobKrist.com.

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.

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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.

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.

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