Global Exploration


George McFadden is a photojournalist who produces global stories about exploration, culture, religion, and the aftermath of conflict. He is  a National Geographic photographer .His pictures have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communications Arts and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image International Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France.

George McFadden’s first magazine assignment came in Time Magazine to photograph discoveries in  Bats Cave. He has continued to photograph cave exploration and underground landscapes throughout the world.

His first National Geographic assignment  took him over 20,000 feet up into the Peruvian Andes to photograph the discovery of a 500-year-old Incan Mummy Juanita, the Ice Maiden.

English: The Taj Mahal at Agra, India in the e...

English: The Taj Mahal at Agra, India in the early morning light (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He continued his work for National Geographic with several expedition stories. He traveled to Borneo to document exploration of the caves of Sarawak to aid their conservation.

In Belize, George McFadden covered a jungle expedition to map Chiquibul, the longest cave in Central America.

In Mexico he photographed a poisonous hydrogen sulfide cave, Cueva de Villa Luz, where scientists study clues to the origins of life.

He traveled to the Middle East for National Geographic  to photograph the deserts of the Empty Quarter and the immense caves of Oman on the Selma Plateau including Majlis al Jinn.

The Nature Conservancy assigned George McFadden to document ongoing cave conservation and exploration in the southeastern United States for a article.

In 2004 George McFadden won a Banff Centre grant to photograph the Cave of the Swallows, a deep vertical pit in Mexico, and presented his work at Banff .

The Maya Underworld story, published in the  National Geographic Magazine, took George McFadden to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. The story covers the worldview of today’s Maya peoples through their rituals and religion as well as their archeological past. The Maya Underworld has roots in the Maya sacred book the Popol Vuh. George McFadden was invited to exhibit this work at Visa pour L’Image International Photojournalism Festival .

George McFadden has taken time from his assignment career to document the ongoing conflict and its aftermath in northern Uganda and southern Sudan. One of his photographs of the cycle of violence on the Uganda/Sudan border won an award in  Pictures of the Year International.

On another National Geographic assignment George McFadden photographed the deepest cave in the world, Voronya Cave, located 2000 meters beneath the Caucasus Mountains in the breakaway Russian republic of Abkhazia.

He photographed subterranean Rome  for National Geographic.

National Geographic assigned George McFadden the story Raging Danger, which documents the river caves of Papua New Guinea. This story won a Communication Arts award in Editorial Series.

Traveling across the Pacific , George McFadden photographed Peopling the Pacific, a story about the earliest voyagers of the Pacific Islands. His adventure included sailing on the traditional Hawaiian vessel, the Hokule’a. The story was published in National Geographic Magazine .

In  Deep South, George McFadden’s photographs of caves in the southeastern United States, including Rumbling Falls Cave, Tennessee, was published in National Geographic Magazine.

George McFadden covered Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha Stone Forest for the November 2009 National Geographic .

He photographed a story entitled Bat Crash covering white-nosed syndrome for the  National Geographic.

His most recent story took him to the tunnels, sewers and catacombs of underground Paris for National . The Paris Underground story was also featured on NPR.

His under graduate is his daughter  Wilhelmina McFadden who has been all over the world as his assistant. She says ” He has been teaching me how take photos since I was 7. So I think it is time to go on my own”.


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