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Tulsi Rauniyar

Tulsi Rauniyar is an independent journalist and documentary photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She infuses new perspectives into her work around environmental and humanitarian issues — an intersection of worlds that needs critical thinking and heart.

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BTYGBG Detroit, Michigan, USA. Derelict buildings in Detroit.

Barbara Barrielle

Barbara Barrielle writes about wine and travel and is an equal opportunity traveler. She loves to go everywhere and meet the locals, the heart of travel.

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Dr. Roxanne Fournier

Roxanne ("Roxy") Fournier is a Pathfinder Prize expedition finalist, expedition leader, and researcher for “Pharaoh’s Hot Springs.”

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Ben Tibbetts

Ben Tibbetts is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize winner and expedition photographer for “Beyond the False Summit: A Matterhorn Expedition to Unearth the Queer Pioneers of Alpinism.”

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Shoshi Parks

Shoshi Parks is an anthropologist turned writer of the quirky and fascinating.

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High view of Moulay Idriss, Morocco.

Hudson Lindenberger

Hudson Lindenberger lives to tell the stories that describe life, whatever they may be.

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Rays of sunlight filter through blue ocean waters to illuminate corals and schools of fish.

Jayme Moye

Jayme Moye is an American-Canadian writer based in the mountains of British Columbia.

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Maud Rowell

Maud Rowell is a blind writer and film photographer from London with a background in Japanese studies. Her mission is to educate and inform others about the realities of sight loss.

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Ana Norman Bermúdez

As a freelance photographer and writer, Ana Norman Bermúdez divides her time between the worlds of journalism and international development. She's a passionate animal rights supporter, yet struggles to keep her houseplants alive.

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Silhouettes of beachgoers framed by the shimmering, calm waves of the sea.

Ella Calland

Bristol-based writer and photographer Ella Calland’s passion for the power of stories has inspired her to document her trips around the world. Her 35mm photography seeks out the cinematic in the everyday.

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During dogsledding training season, the sun begins to set by midafternoon in the Tufsingdalen valley of eastern Norway, and much of the mushing is done by headlight. Photo: Edmée van Rijn.

Edmée van Rijn

Edmée van Rijn, born and raised in the Netherlands, is an experienced freelance camerawoman, editor, and producer working across the Middle East and beyond.

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Anna Elkins

Anna Elkins is a traveling poet and painter who has lived in the shadows of the Rockies and the Alps, and on the shores of the Caribbean and Micronesian seas.

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Tania Amochaev Romanov

Award-winning travel writer and photographer Tania Romanov made her first international trip at six months old — as a refugee — and hasn't stopped traveling since.

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Brightly colored houses on a rocky hillside dusted with snow.

Noo Saro-Wiwa

Noo Saro-Wiwa is the Pathfinder Prize-winning visual storyteller and journalist for “In Tété’s Footsteps: A Cultural Expedition in Greenland.”

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A five-toed, red and black amphibian leaves footprints in the mud. It is looking out at a towering canopy of trees, plants, and ferns.

Henry Sharpe

Henry Sharpe is a Canadian illustrator and paleontology student with a penchant for hiking in Crocs.

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Illustration of Roman landscapes and landmarks, with parakeets and a flutist in the foreground.

Annie Davidson

Annie Davidson is a Melbourne-based freelance illustrator whose drawings feature meticulous patterns & details, atmospheric color palettes and whimsical subjects.

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Alex Krowiak

Alex Krowiak is a San Diego–based photojournalist and expedition guide working to tell stories of people, nature, and the changing relationship between the two.

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Anna Polonyi

Anna Polonyi is a writer and former reporter with a love for uncovering stories of unexpected courage in history.

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Rachel Pieh Jones

Rachel Pieh Jones writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture. Her work is influenced by living in the Horn of Africa, raising Third Culture Kids, and adventurous exploration of the natural world.

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Jacqueline Kehoe

Jacqueline writes about, thinks about, and photographs America's public lands.

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B87G9T Antarctica The Ross Ice Shelf Edge in the Ross Sea From The Air Aerial. Image shot 12/2008. Exact date unknown.

Laine Gonzales

Laine Gonzales is a biologist and high school science teacher. When school is not in session, she’s typically on the road.

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Gresham Cash

Gresham Cash is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize finalist and producer for “The Music of Care.”

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Melinda Misuraca

Melinda Misuraca is a writer who likes having conversations in parked cars, taking naps in meadows, and drinking cold, bitter beers while shooting pool.

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Kori Perten

Kori Perten is a writer and editor based in the Boston area—when she’s not traveling the globe, that is.

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Lavanya Sunkara

Lavanya Sunkara is a New York City-based writer who focuses on sustainable travel, conservation, and adventure.

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(GERMANY OUT) DEU Deutschland Germany Berlin Stilleben im verlassen Spreepark im Plänterwald, dem zu DDR Zeiten größten Vergnügungspark Ostdeutschlands.

Krishan Coupland

Krishan Coupland earned an MA in creative writing, won the Manchester Fiction Prize, and is unduly preoccupied with theme parks.

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Amanda Castleman

Despite her yoga and yogurt tendencies, author Amanda Castleman is a former wilderness guide who remains happiest when grubbing around in nature.

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A celluloid showing Pinocchio, Honest John the fox, and Gideon the cat.

Heather M. Surls

From her adopted home in Amman, Jordan, Heather writes about Middle Eastern culture, refugees, and spirituality, while raising two energetic boys and enjoying friendships with women from Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq.

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Seen in this merging of satellite imagery taken in 1999 and 2000, the Sundarbans appears like an intricate tapestry. Here where the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna Rivers meet at the edge of the Bay of Bengal stands one of the world's largest remaining tract of mangrove forest — a natural wall protecting the coasts of India and Bangladesh and providing a rich habitat for endangered Bengal tigers, hundreds of bird species, and an array of sharks and rays. Recent research shows that a quarter of its trees exhibit signs of declining health. Photo: B.A.E. Inc./Alamy.

Colin Daileda

Colin Daileda is a journalist in Bengaluru, whose work has appeared in Atlas Obscura, Longreads, and others. His latest for Hidden Compass is part of a series on humanity’s evolving and often confrontational relationship with water, and is supported by the Pulitzer Center.

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Tim Brinkhof

Tim is a Dutch journalist from Amsterdam who has spent the better part of his adult life traveling around the world as a digital nomad, looking for stories to tell and things to sketch.

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Kelly A. Harrison

Kelly A. Harrison, losing track of all the amazing things she's done, thanks the gods for digital photos and Adobe products.

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A hat with the words

Rachel Wisniewski

Rachel Wisniewski is an independent photojournalist and writer based in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Rachel Blaser

An associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego, Rachel Blaser enjoys exploring ways to make science more accessible and exciting to the public through imagery and storytelling.

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Emilie Filou

Emilie Filou is a freelance journalist specializing in the environment, business, sustainability and development issues, with a particular interest in Africa.

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The train's drivers and mechanics pose during a stop in the desert, just before sunset

Emilienne Malfatto

Emilienne Malfatto is an award-winning photojournalist covering post-conflict and social issues, mostly in Iraq.

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Eric Dusenbery

Eric Dusenbery is a photographer and storyteller who doesn’t mind getting lost to find ordinary subjects that are otherwise overlooked.

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Victoria Sanderson

Victoria Sanderson is a restless writer always googling new adventures.

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A helicopter approaches the precipitous slopes of Puncak Jaya — the highest peak of Oceania at 16,024 feet. Also known as Carstenz Pyramid for the Dutch navigator who surveyed the summit in the 17th century, the peak became known as Puncak Jaya, or Victory Peak, when Indonesia declared West Papua’s independence from the Netherlands in the 1960s. Photo: Jez O'Hare.

Richard Pallardy

Richard Pallardy is a freelance science writer. He is endlessly fascinated by the behavior and evolution of living things. By writing about these subjects, he hopes to draw attention to their importance — and to the joy that this knowledge can bring to everyday life.

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Sonya Pevzner

Sonya Pevzner's experience as a queer Russian-Jewish refugee informs much of her work, from storytelling to activism.

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Charlotte Austin

Charlotte Austin is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize finalist and expedition guide specialist for “Beyond the False Summit: A Matterhorn Expedition to Unearth the Queer Pioneers of Alpinism.”

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On the Hispar glacier.

Robert Holmes

From the 1975 British Everest Expedition to the vineyards of the world, Robert Holmes’ career as one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers has extended more than 40 years.

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Dr. Gilad Fiskus

Dr. Gilad Fiskus is a cultural photographer whose career as a dentist influences the way he photographs people as he travels the world.

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A lone surfer approaches a coming storm on a Tofino beach. Dramatic skies and storm swells converge on the west coast of Vancouver Island each winter. Photo: Craig Whiteside.

Morgan Tilton

Molded and catalyzed by natural environments, Morgan Tilton is a creative writer and reporter fueled by snowfall, shooting stars, and Nuun hydration tablets. She specializes in outdoor industry news, adventure travel, and stories of human endurance.

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Pier Nirandara

Meet bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and acclaimed underwater photographer Pier Nirandara, Hidden Compass’s 2024 Storyteller in Residence.

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Four singing musicians in hoodies and denim jackets stand backlit with blue and white stage lights before a microphone, mouths open in song.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is the 2023 Pathfinder Prize-winning expedition leader and cinematic art director for “In Tété’s Footsteps: A Cultural Expedition in Greenland.”

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Women dance together in the street during a festival celebrating music and dance in Faranah, Guinea. Photo: Lilli Rannikko.

Megan Taylor Morrison

Megan Taylor Morrison is a best-selling author, semi-professional dancer, and certified business coach.

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As captured from space, the São Francisco River carves out the shape of a dragon as it wends through the arid hinterland of Brazil. Photo: ESA/NASA.

J.R. Patterson

J.R. Patterson was born in Manitoba in 1989 and raised on a beef and grain farm on the Canadian prairies. His experiences as a farm laborer, factory worker, and musician inform much of his writing.

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Robert Annis

After spending nearly a decade as a reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, Robert Annis finally broke free of the shackles of gainful employment and now freelances full-time, specializing in outdoor-travel journalism.

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Shannon Donaghy

Shannon Donaghy is a queer poet, writer, and world traveler from Philadelphia, PA.

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Listicle Jenna Scatena Pre-pandemic, local displeasure with over-tourism in the Portuguese capital reached larger-than-life heights. Here, a mural in the Lisbon neighborhood of Mouraria turns the notion of painting the town red on its bearded-hipster head.

Jenna Scatena

Jenna Scatena is an independent journalist based in Istanbul and San Francisco, whose work explores the intersection of place and culture.

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Peace Mundia

Peace Kathure Mundia is a writer based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Kim F. Stone

Kim F. Stone is a lady who loves the rhythm of a shutter and hoofbeats.

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Painting of rangeomorphs An imagined diver’s light illuminates a sea of rangeomorphs on the floor of the primordial ocean. Painting by Henry Sharpe.

Daniel Hudon

Daniel Hudon is a writer and educator based in Boston who likes to get lost in nature, particularly among old trees.

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Jennifer Simonson

Jennifer is a Texas-based writer who travels in search of good conversation, tasty ice cream, fast water slides, and harsh moonshine.

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Wesley Morgan

Wesley Morgan is a military-affairs reporter who has covered the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2007. A native of the Boston area, he began embedding with combat units as a 19-year-old freelancer.

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Trail through Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Redwoods State and National Parks, Calfornia.

Valerie Stimac

Valerie Stimac is an Oakland-based space tourism and travel writer who has spent time living in Alaska, London, and the Pacific Northwest.

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A dozen fishermen carry a net out to sea as gulls fly overhead, a fisherman in a white boat in the distance.

Kang-Chun Cheng

Kang-Chun (KC) Cheng is an environmental photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya, reporting on land-use conflicts, the impact of climate change and technology on Indigenous communities, and China-Africa relations.

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During the annual rut, or mating season, musk ox bulls spar on the Arctic tundra of northern Quebec’s Nunavik region. Photo: Dominique Braud/Dembinsky Photo Associates/Alamy.

Diane Selkirk

Diane Selkirk is a traveler who believes the best moments come when you toss away the bucket list and follow your own curiosity to adventure.

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M1N382 City Hall, 1900, Carpenter Creek in ghost town of Sandon, Silvery Slocan mining region, near Kaslo, West Kootenay Region, British Columbia, Canada

Karen Green

Karen Green is a writer, mother, feminist, Canuck, and always up for a new journey and a hot coffee.

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2018, Svalbard, Pyramiden

Kelsey Camacho

Kelsey Camacho focuses on identity and landscape in the Arctic. She's also training for her first dogsledding race.

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Megan Dohm

Megan Dohm is a writer and photographer based in North Carolina who enjoys tracking down 18th-century court documents.

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Elaine J. Masters

Ever curious and hungry for adventure, Elaine Masters can't resist ducking into doorways and pulling over on the side of the road in pursuit of a story.

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William Costa

William Costa is a freelance journalist based in Asunción, Paraguay. His aim is to continue bringing underreported stories to international audiences through journalism that is thorough and respectful.

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Don George

Author of "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George," and of "How to Be a Travel Writer," the world's bestselling travel writing guide, Don George is a legendary travel writer and editor. He is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel.

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The leaves of Isatis tinctoria — known as woad in English and pastel in French — are processed to create an indelible blue dye, which the author/artist turned into watercolor to create this illustration. Clusters of delicate yellow flowers bloom in the plant's second year. Artwork by Moriah Costa.

Moriah Costa

Moriah Costa is a freelance journalist and editor by day and an artist by night.

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Black and white photo of a couple sitting atop a propeller plane.

Melissa Hart

When not peering through her magnifying glass at slime molds, Melissa Hart writes both fiction and non-fiction with a particular interest in history and Pacific Northwest nature.

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Cliff dwellings are seen on the Bandiagara Escarpment in Teli, in the central region of Mali. The escarpment was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1989.

James Michael Dorsey

James Michael Dorsey is an award-winning author, and explorer, who has spent decades documenting vanishing cultures in Africa and Asia.

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EAM53C Michelle Phillips On The Chena River At The Start Of The 2006 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race, Interior Alaska, Winter

Karen Burshtein

Karen Burshtein is an independent writer, editor, and translator who writes about all aspects of Canadian culture and history.

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Alexandria Scott

Alexandria is a writer, educator, and community advocate.

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A colorful Pennsylvania forest comes to life through artisanal maps. (Illustration by Maggie Scotilla.)

Russell Frank

As a writer and a writing instructor, Russell Frank’s mission in life is to foster appreciation of a keen observation, a well-turned phrase, and a correctly used apostrophe.

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Craig K. Collins

Craig K. Collins is a San Diego-based writer and the author of Thunder in the Mountains (Lyons Press, 2014) and Midair (2016); he has a novel due out later this year.

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Hayli Nicole

Hayli Nicole is a perpetual traveler, collector of stories, and lover of all things mundane.

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Anna Richards

Anna Richards has been scribbling since she could hold a crayon. In 2021 she turned her hobby into a full-time job and relocated from the UK to Lyon, France. She was drawn by a love of the mountains, and the French language and culture (not to mention the wine and cheese).

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Louisa Deasey

Louisa Deasey is a Francophile based in Melbourne, Australia who makes up for it by drinking coffee from a soup-sized bowl each morning.

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Construction of Camp Naco’s buildings began in 1919. Among the only Western camps made of adobe, the outpost has deteriorated in the face of vandalism, arson, and erosion. Photo: Lauren Napier.

Lauren Napier

Lauren Napier finds solace in melody and the written word. She has penned a children’s book, <em>All My Animals,</em> and stories for NPR Berlin, amongst other texts and songs.

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Emily Manthei

Emily writes words and makes films that explore subcultures and cultural paradoxes.

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Colorful high-rises framed by the foothills of Mount Dajti make for photogenic vistas in Albania's capital city of Tirana. Photo: Adonis Abril/Adobe.

Lottie Gross

Lottie Gross is an award-winning travel writer and editor from south Oxfordshire, England, who has traveled the world updating guidebooks in India and reporting on community projects in Uganda.

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Ashley Seashore

Ashley Seashore is a Marin County-based writer who wears flip flops with abandon.

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Meenakshi J

Meenakshi J is an India-based freelance writer who finds solace in wholesome vegetarian food, instrumental music, historical ruins, and ancient art.

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A bicycle and palm tree burn in Napa, California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fire, part of a

Michele Bigley

Above all her accolades as a writer, activist, and teacher, Michele Bigley is most proud of her identity as a mother. Her two sons, Kai and Nikko, remind her every day that making the world a better place is the only work worth pursuing.

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Olivier Guiberteau

Olivier Guiberteau is a freelance journalist and photographer who covers travel, sports, culture, and adventure. Based in London, he has lived and worked in multiple countries around the world.

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Jane Ellen Stevens

Jane Ellen Stevens — a longtime health, science, and technology journalist — is the founder and publisher of PACEs Connection (PACEs = positive and adverse childhood experiences), which includes the news site ACEsTooHigh.com and the social network PACEsConnection.com.

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Jordan Cannon

Jordan Cannon is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize finalist and expedition climbing expert for “Beyond the False Summit: A Matterhorn Expedition to Unearth the Queer Pioneers of Alpinism.”

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Traditional wine culture looms large in Georgian life, as encapsulated in this car decorated to promote a bar in Tbilisi. In addition to the qvevri pot on top, the billboard on wheels pays homage to native son and famed primitivist painter Niko Pirosmani, who frequently depicted scenes of rural life centered on wine traditions. Photo: Tuul and Bruno Morandi/Alamy.

Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee

Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is a wordmonger, conceptual artist, sharer of food, and professional accidentalist. You might catch a glimpse of her climbing a mountain, planting seeds, running in waves, baking cake, or staring at clouds — laughing all the while.

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Nicholas Bratton

Nicholas is a lifelong adventurer and traveler with a knack for finding unexpected ways into unusual situations — like guest DJ-ing on Zambian national radio.

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A dog lounges in the central plaza of Cinquera, El Salvador, where a mural depicts the village's winding journey to peace after becoming a battleground during the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s. Photo: Zuma Wire/Alamy.

Jennifer Billock

Jennifer Billock is an award-winning writer, best-selling author, and writing coach. She is currently dreaming of an around-the-world trip with her Boston terrier.

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The turbulent sea on the western coast of Sicily is where Honor Frost helped pioneer underwater archaeology.

Janna Brancolini

Janna Brancolini is an American journalist based in Milan, Italy. She is drawn to stories where law meets politics, where the environment intersects with finance, where cultures clash, and where languages collide.

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Gemina Garland-Lewis

Gemina Garland-Lewis is a Pacific Northwest and Baja CA Sur-based photographer, scientist, and explorer whose work explores human-animal-environment relationships around the globe. She is a lover of the outdoors, curiosity, and cheese.

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A colorful Pennsylvania forest comes to life through artisanal maps. (Illustration by Maggie Scotilla.)

Maggie Scotilla

After leaving an art program to pursue psychology — and after nearly 20 years away from drawing — Maggie Scotilla took a pen and ink class in 2017 and rediscovered her passion for making art.

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Sabine K. Bergmann

Sabine K. Bergmann is the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Compass. She’s also an award-winning journalist whose cinematic stories invite readers to explore places and characters who connect us to the grand tapestry of human wisdom, kinship, and purpose.

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Scott Denholm

Scott Denholm

Scott Denholm is a contemporary ocean artist and surfer in Australia, painting and chasing scenes of distant coastlines and oceans.

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Tim Bird

Starting each day with the intention, not always successful in seizing it, Tim Bird is always looking for creative ways to deal with the fact that he gets bored easily.

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ALAMY: BCB3F7 Jack Kerouac view of Mount Hozomeen from Desolation Peak. HIDDEN COMPASS: From Desolation Peak, Hozomeen Mountain looms as a steadfast companion — and, as depicted in this mirrored photo illustration, an enigma. In a single passage of Desolation Angels, Jack Kerouac calls the M-shaped peak both the “most beautiful mountain I ever seen” and “the Void.”

Lance Garland

Lance Garland is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize winner and expedition leader for “Beyond the False Summit: A Matterhorn Expedition to Unearth the Queer Pioneers of Alpinism.” In the moments between fighting fires, climbing mountains, and sailing seas, he writes.

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A five-toed, red and black amphibian leaves footprints in the mud. It is looking out at a towering canopy of trees, plants, and ferns.

Robin Catalano

A specialist in coastal travel, the Northeastern U.S., animal conservation, food and craft beverages, and Spain, Robin Catalano is a travel journalist and the creator of the travel blog Once More to the Shore.

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Clara Milo

Clara Milo is a photographer and filmmaker who creates surrealist universes to better understand the world around her.

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM)

Hidden Compass

Hidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more by clicking “about” in the navigation bar.

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Jeff Greenwald

Oakland-based Jeff Greenwald remains either the world's most obscure well-known travel writer, or the best-known obscure travel writer.

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Yasaswini Sampathkumar

Yasaswini Sampathkumar is a writer and recovering scientist who's learning to be as sustainable as her grandmother.

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Melissa Banigan

Melissa is a journalist and photographer with work in the Washington Post, BBC Travel, and NPR, among many others.

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Russell Porcas

Russell Porcas is an old-school film photographer who was dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age and now collects and restores old snapshots with his wife, Melinda, for their project "Paper Ghosts."

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Rebecca Deurlein

Rebecca spent the first half of her life writing for others; now she's pursuing her own passions and strengthening her own voice. A freelancer based in Houston, Rebecca loves to discover new places and new people, then delve into the stories that make them so interesting.

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Brandon McWilliams

Brandon McWilliams is a writer, outdoor educator, and college student who tells stories to encourage people to think about how they treat the world around them.

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Sadek Hefni Shorbagi

Sadek Hefni Shorbagi is a Pathfinder Prize finalist, researcher, and Arabic translator for “Pharaoh’s Hot Springs.”

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Illustration of Roman landscapes and landmarks, with parakeets and a flutist in the foreground.

Dr. Irene Salter

There’s a realm called “wonder,” where science and magic coexist. It’s where Irene Salter lives, and through her exquisite storytelling, she brings you along on the adventure.

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Aged paper with pieces of seaweed and their scientific names in intricate lettering.

Mike Bernhardt

Mike Bernhardt is an eclectic writer who loves the water, be it diving coral reefs in Indonesia, swimming with sea lions in the Galápagos, or researching drowned ancestors off the coast of Ireland.

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Keith Skinner

Keith Skinner is an award-winning writer who is endlessly curious about the why of things.

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Russell Bradley

Russell's parents threw him in the ocean when he was five years old. He cried for a minute but then never got out. He's a marine biologist, improviser, storyteller, writer, and nature lover.

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Paul Fischer

Paul Fischer is an author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in France, he now lives in the United Kingdom.

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Joshua Zukas

Joshua Zukas is a Hanoi-based writer covering travel, architecture, culture, and innovation in Vietnam and, occasionally, beyond.

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Erhan Kahveci

Erhan Kahveci is a Milan-based documentary photographer driven by a desire to see people and the hidden parts of the world, and capture society through his images.

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Allison Torres Burtka

Allison Torres Burtka is a freelance writer and editor who loves to write about the transformative power of sports and the outdoors.

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Erik Jaråker

Erik Jaråker is the Pathfinder Prize-winning videographer and drone pilot for “In Tété’s Footsteps: A Cultural Expedition in Greenland.”

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A local museum decorated with the words of leader Nele Kantule about the survival of Cuna culture in the global framework of global cultures.

Will Cordeiro

Will Cordeiro cannot drive a car; is not on social media; and may or may not be a human.

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Jordan Ranft

Jordan Ranft is a writer and behavioral healthcare worker from the Bay Area. He enjoys writing about arts, culture, the environment, and the strange and oftentimes unnerving intersection between societal artifice and the natural world.

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Sunlight pours through the entrance of Golden Dome Cave at Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California

Alison Konecki

Alison Konecki crusades for the arts by day, writes by night, and travels as often as possible.

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Portrait of a woman in a colorful Brokpa headdress topped with purple and red flowers.

Sugato Mukherjee

Sugato Mukherjee is a Kolkata, India-based photographer and writer whose work on the sulfur miners of East Java was recognized by UNESCO.

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Mathieu Bisnaire Poirier

Mathieu Bisnaire Poirier is a Pathfinder Prize finalist and researcher for “Pharaoh’s Hot Springs.”

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A lone hiker standing on a rock before teal water watching sunlight peek through tower-like rock formations.

Ellen Murray

Ellen is a multidisciplinary artist, PhD student, and, most importantly, a mother of two (cats): Raisin Bran and Apricot.

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BM4CT6 Monarch butterfly El Rosario Sanctuary near Angangueo village in Mexico, Dec. 24, 2007.

Martha Ezell

Martha Ezell is a freelance writer based in Petaluma, California. After careers in documentary filmmaking and academic technology, she now devotes her time to writing and travel.

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Allison Smith

Allison Nicole Smith is a New York City-based freelance writer and a reporter at Modern Retail. She’s learned how to not use the Oxford comma.

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Digital artwork of layered images, including a ship, a lighthouse, a wooden house, grave stones, and silhouettes.

Emily Larsen

Emily Larsen is a designer and illustrator who lives and works in Salem, Massachusetts.

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Annelise Jolley

Annelise Jolley is a San Diego-based journalist and essayist who writes about food, travel, and the terrain between.

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Sivani Babu

Sivani Babu is the co-founder, co-CEO, and creative director of Hidden Compass. By merging journalism, art, and exploration, she tells stories that offer perspective, context, and an awe-inspiring sense of scale to the human experience.

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Painting by Scott Denholm.

Cherene Sherrard

Originally from Los Angeles, Cherene Sherrard is a poet, scholar, and essayist.

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Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne's books, travel essays, poetry, fiction, films, workshops, and events capture the mystical transformations unleashed by travel and connections across the globe.

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Jodi Cash

Jodi Cash is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize finalist and expedition leader for “The Music of Care.” She’s also a documentary filmmaker on a quest for characters and secluded swimming holes.

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Garrett Martin

Garrett Martin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, and conservationist who's proud to call southern Appalachia his home.

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Chase Nelson

Chase Nelson is a poet-explorer who likes howling at the moon and laughing until it hurts at big tables full of strangers in foreign lands.

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Keith Salmon

Keith Salmon is a contemporary landscape artist whose paintings and soundscapes are based on his walks in the Scottish Highlands.

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Dr. Tara Rajendran

Dr. Tara Rajendran is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize finalist and producer for “The Music of Care.”

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Liz Shemaria

Liz Shemaria is a founding editor at Hidden Compass, an award-winning journalist, and a third-generation Northern Californian who has trekked solo in the Himalaya, interviewed artists in military-ruled Burma, and rode an overnight train across Egypt on her birthday.

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Organizations We Support

There are many ways to support journalists and storytellers around the world, and we are awed and inspired by these other organizations whose missions align with ours. We encourage you to extend your support not only to our journalists, but to these nonprofits as well.
Committee to Protect Journalists

Our mission is to celebrate journalists. This means it is our responsibility to help make the world safer for them. The Committee to Protect Journalists is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting journalists globally, defending their rights, and fighting for freedom of the press. Their emergency response team provides life-saving support to journalists in peril.

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StoryCorps

We believe stories have the power to bring people together. This can only happen when those stories are collected, shared, and preserved. To date, StoryCorps has gathered and recorded the stories of more than half a million people to remind us of our shared humanity, nurture compassion, and preserve a historical record for future generations.

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