A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012, the same year the American Alpine Club presented him with its Rowell Award. At the 2014 National Geographic Explorers Symposium, Richards was named to the inaugural group of National Geographic Photography Fellows, whose work combines visual storytelling and exploration. Richards’s camera has taken him from the runway to the remote corners of world, from Antarctica’s unclimbed peaks to the Himalayas of Nepal and Pakistan. A passionate mountain climber on the North Face athletic team, he has carved a niche as one of the world’s leading adventure and expedition photographers. His photographic work has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside, and the New York Times, while his filmmaking has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including garnering the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival for Cold.