Michael Nichols Photographer and editor-at-large, National Geographic

Michael Nichols, a native of Alabama, is an award-winning photographer and editor-at-large for National Geographic magazine whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the world.

Nichols has devoted himself to producing photography that affects environmental change. His work with conservationists, such as J. Michael Fay and Jane Goodall, has resulted in numerous books, as well as the creation of 13 national parks in Africa and reform in chimpanzee conservation.

From 1999 to 2001, Nichols documented Mike Fay’s Megatransect expedition across Africa. Fay walked 2,000 miles from the Republic of the Congo’s deepest rainforest to the Atlantic coast of Gabon to study Africa’s last great wilderness.

Nichols has photographed 25 stories for National Geographic and the large public response to “Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma” (March 2007) helped raise awareness and funds to protect the elephants of Chad.