Cory Richards@coryrichards

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Cory Richards

That’s a wrap for the National Geographic Storytellers Summit.  Back home to get training at altitude for #Everest.
If you missed any of my Storyteller’s Summit stories and portraits, check out my highlights.

Pictured here: Alpamayo, one of the most striking peaks in the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes. Shot on #velvia #adventure #natgeo #peru #mountains #alpamayo #nationalgeographic


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After a week here at the @natgeo Storytellers Seminar, it’s impossible to not be deeply inspired and I’m also humbled and honored to announce my new fellowship with National Geographic Society in collaboration with writer Gulnaz Khan. Though I’d love to share details of the project, you’ll just have to follow along and see it come to light. Thank you @natgeo for supporting this incredible journey.

Follow along in my stories for the last of the Summit here in Washington, DC.
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Keep swiping because here is an inside look to something I’ve never revealed.

During the month of January 8 years ago @sadiequarrier, National Geographic photo editor,  asked me to submit a selection of my story telling work for review. If I’m honest, I didn’t have any real story telling work to speak of.
As it happens however, I was camped deep in the Karakoram Himalaya of Pakistan, nestled against the border of India. Because of the ongoing conflict on the Siachen Glacier and our proximity there of (and the fact that it was the dead of winter) I was granted unique access to a high Pakistani army operating post. Over the weeks I spent time with the soldiers and made a small but meaningful collection of images that I then put in layout form and submitted to Sadie. This was the first “storytelling work” the magazine had ever seen of mine. In hindsight, some of it is very rudimentary, but they are the pictures that opened this door... and I’m still very proud of them.
8 years after my journey began with National Geographic, I returned with @freddiewilkinson to continue reporting on the Siachen conflict (seen in first image in carousel). I recall Sadie’s response after receiving the full layout and captions. Simply saying, “you could have just sent jpegs.” Im happy I made the extra effort. Thank you @natgeo @sadiequarrier.

I’m here at the National Geographic Storyteller’s summit in Washington DC, so be sure to check my stories for more.
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Yesterday’s post highlighted my first featured story for National Geographic (@natgeo). For me, just shooting for the magazine wasn’t the goal. The goal has always been to evolve. The more assignments I was provided to shoot (a total of 10), the more my photography evolved and changed…sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse. Regardless of taste or time, I was always moving forward. Color and composition, light and layers…it all began to unfold in a different way in front of the lens as time progressed. 8 years into this, like any relationship, the bonds of time becomes deeper and more meaningful. There are no words to express my gratitude towards this institution and what it brings to the world.
I’m here at the story tellers summit in Washington DC, so be sure to check my stories for more.
Pictured here: A frame from my feature story “Inside the Mission to Save Africa’s Okavango Delta”. Botswana, Africa.
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This week I’m in Washington DC for the National Geographic storytellers summit. My first assignment for the magazine (pictured here in the carousel) was using climbing to explore Mustang’s ancient man-made cave complexes dug into the valley walls in search of significant archeological finds. These “Sky Caves” are home to ancient burial crypts and mummified human remains, as well as Buddhist and Bon artifacts.  I was 30 years old and 12 years into my life as a photographer before this opportunity presented itself to me. This week at the National Geographic summit it is all about inspiration and continuing the legacy of 130 years of story telling around the globe. We’ve told good stories, we’ve told bad stories, but the net contribution has been overwhelmingly positive. I’m super privileged, honored and proud to be a part of this community. Make sure to follow my stories this week for an insiders look into the summit.
Pictured here: Matt Segal (@mattsegal climbs into an ancient library complex below Tsele, Mustang.
Scroll for more of the feature story, “Sky Caves of Nepal.” Photographed in the Mustang Valley, Nepal.

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It’s been 9 years since good friend, Renan Ozturk (@renan_ozturk) and I established the first ascent of Tawoche’s South Buttress. Climbing is more than physical, it’s a creative release. Both my mom and dad were climbers and exposed me to the sport at the age of 5. Climbing was the method that brought me through a tumultuous adolescence. It has been something I can rely on to bring stability in my life. Goals promote dedication and commitment. It teaches me that though reaching the summit is important, the ultimate lesson is that reaching the summit matters less than the process by which we arrive there.
Pictured here: Renan following the final summit pitches on Tawoche’s South Buttress, Khumbu Valley, Nepal, January 2010.


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At altitude, everything is a little sharper, a little crisper, a little more clear...maybe it’s the lack of oxygen or maybe it’s just the altered perspective. Either way, I’ll take it. Panorama from camp 3 on Hkakabo Razi (5,881 meters high) looking across the eastern tip of the Tibetan plateau. Swipe to see the full view.


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Days in the hills are days well spent. #everesttraining photo @shreddh


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I took this photo during my first assignment for @natgeo magazine. The two Tibetan kids in the photo are in an area of upper Mustang called Chhoser, where the people still inhabit cave dwellings. I have a deep passion for Tibetan their culture, and I try to use images to promote its preservation. These two kids stepped in front of the camera and made the Namaste gesture you see in the image without being prompted or cued. And I was fortunate enough to be there with my camera to make the shot. They remind me that my decisions have impacts that are more far-reaching than I might think. When I make a decision in my life, I want to be conscious of how I can positively or negatively impact the entire human family. Knowing that there are these fragile cultures out there, and our decisions do have impacts, is very important.

This print is for sale at any National Geographic Fine Art gallery and online on their site. @natgeofineart galleries help people better understand the world and their role in it through fine art photography. @natgeo returns 27% of proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. Be inspired. #natgeofineart #natgeo #nationalgeographic


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Longing for adventures above 20,000 ft. Here is Melissa Arnot Reid (@melissaarnot) climbing on Ama Dablam in the Himalayas. She's the first American woman to ascend/descend Everest without oxygen.


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One of the world’s greatest archeological sites…#Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains during this time.The remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still stand today. Shot on assignment for @natgeo #natgeo


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When your facial expressions undermine your idea of ‘FUN!’. This was just before my insta stories ask me anything moment...and I just answered some of those questions in today’s story. Check it. #everesttraining #questionswithcory