The South Sandwich Islands
I am a freelance multimedia journalist who has covered the environment, science, and indigenous cultures for National Geographic Magazine for twenty years. My photographs have received awards from World Press Photo, The National Magazine Award, The National Press Photographers Association, and Communication Arts.
I was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2012, and have been teaching in the Journalism program at Emerson College since 2013. I am currently a Fellow at the Film Studies Center at Harvard University. At Brandeis University, I am a member of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
From the National Geographic website:
As a contributor to National Geographic for more than 16 years, Maria Stenzel has covered a wide variety of assignments, documenting indigenous groups from the rain forest to the Arctic, dinosaur digs in Madagascar, and Inca mummies high in the Andes.
But like most National Geographic photographers, there’s one region of the world that keeps calling her back. For Stenzel, that place is Antarctica and its frozen underworld of big seas, icebergs, sea ice, and the largest concentration of wildlife on Earth—not to mention the world’s largest icecap.
Her Antarctic work began in 1995 with a voyage by icebreaker to study the winter sea ice of the Southern Ocean with a team of scientists from the National Science Foundation. More projects have followed—the ice-free Dry Valleys, Sir Earnest Shackleton’s heroic journey across South Georgia, a survey of scientific research in Antarctica, and the South Sandwich Islands.