It’s a Glamorous Life: The Job Hazards and Mishaps of Being a NatGeo Photographer

Photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson

Photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson

What would you give to be a National Geographic photographer? Your comforts? Maybe your pleasant and nicely-heated apartment? Or perhaps your limbs?

Being a NatGeo photographer is perhaps one of the most coveted jobs in the world of photography. And how could it not? A NatGeo photographer gets to travel, experience different cultures, go on endless adventures, and to top it off, have his or her photos graze a magazine read by millions worldwide.

Well, as it turns out, being a photographer for National Geographic isn’t as glamorous as we thought it would be. Exciting, yes, and we are all aware there’s some dangerous aspects to it, but definitely not glamorous.

In a very illuminating reveal, The Photo Society, the group made up of NatGeo’s contributing photographers, published a post tallying the number of incidents of the many hazards of the job, overall presenting a very graphic and very real image of what it’s really like to go on an assignment in the deepest, strangest, harshest, or most dangerous parts of the world.

From being blinded by wasps (1) and getting severe diarrhea (90) to seat belts releasing while hovering over volcanos (2) and tripping into a Chernobyl reactor (oh yes – 3) to sadly enough, death, these badass photographers have definitely gone through great lengths to get the job done. And they are definitely gaining more respect for it.

But back to our question: what would you give to be a National Geographic photographer?

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