Jody MacDonald doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything. The award-winning National Geographic photographer spent a decade on a catamaran sailing around the world (twice) and shoots photos from a moving perch while paragliding 17,000 feet in the air, but what strikes a chord of fear in her is this: The remote places she shares with the rest of us are under an ever-escalating threat of destruction.
For the past 20 years, MacDonald, whose travel, adventure and action sports photographs have also been published in Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, Forbes and countless travel and outdoor editorial campaigns, has lived her life as a creative nomad — capturing stunning scenes in corners of the world most people will never see.
With more than 100 countries’ stamps on her passport, she spends more than half her time on the road. Her constant companion is her camera, which captures striking portraits and landscapes teeming with flora and fauna. But whether she’s documenting one of the last ocean-swimming elephants, a kiteboarder shredding in blue-green waves above a dense coral reef or otherworldly glacial peaks — she knows that all of them are in peril.