Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

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Alec Jacobson is a photographer and writer based in Vancouver, BC who likes to dive deep into slow-moving, human stories about natural resources, the environment, indigenous culture and travel. Drawing on his studies in Anthropology, French and Arabic at Amherst College, he prefers to be the only journalist within a few hundred miles.

He is a National Geographic Explorer and has received two grants from the National Geographic Society - in 2015 and 2018 - to document fishing issues on Lake Victoria. He is just as comfortable working on a small boat in a big storm as he is sipping fine scotch while shooting for The Macallan. He interned at VII Photo Agency.

Alec is prepared to travel at a moment's notice and eager to build on his base of seven languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, English, Luganda, Latin and Ancient Greek).

He also founded and is on the board of the nonprofit Mountain Independent, leading a network of journalists in mountain towns around the world from his home in Telluride, CO.  

Editorial Clients Include: National Geographic, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Playboy Magazine, American Way, The Caravan, Saveur, Punch, Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown, Slate, Roads and Kingdoms, Shelter Magazine, Amherst Magazine, Colorado State and Vermont Medicine Magazine.

Commercial Clients Include: The MacallanInkaterra Hotels, Skida, Janji, Sutcliffe Vineyards, Danbury Hospital, The University of Vermont, and Educate!.