Dan Westergren has spent three decades producing images as a National Geographic Society photographer, photo editor, and social media strategist. As Director of Photography at National Geographic Travel, he developed a photographic aesthetic that defined the magazine’s visual impact in print, digital, and social media.
Dan helped launch the popular National Geographic Traveler Photography Seminar series and contributed to the program as it grew from four events the first year to more than 38 scheduled annual events. He personally presented ten seminars each year and served as a key point of contact for thousands of NatGeo Travel readers. Dan is an experienced teacher leading numerous photography workshops for Santa Fe Workshops and as a National Geographic expert, sharing his love of photography with travelers in all corners of the globe.
As a photographer, Dan has shot stories on all seven continents, including expeditions up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, and the Matterhorn. His defining moment at the National Geographic Society came when he stood at the North Pole, after skiing the last degree of latitude, to produce photographs for a Traveler story. Though exhausted, Dan reflected on the organization’s history of visual excellence and proudly claimed his place in the National Geographic Family.