Jonathan Kingston is a contributing photographer to the National Geographic Image Collection and is currently based in Bend, Oregon.  Jonathan fell in love with photography at the age of 10 months when his parents, after unsuccessfully trying numerous other objects, placed a camera on the floor in front of him to entice him to crawl.  Not fully grasping the concept of exposure or focus, Jonathan made an excellent Avant-garde picture of his foot and then, seeing a smudge on the lens, attempted to clean it with his blankie.  Jonathan’s life as a photographer did not begin until many years later when he migrated west to California to study picture taking with what photo historians now refer to as film.  Since 2002 he has been traveling the globe, making images of our world that have appeared in various publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and Adventure, and Geo Saison.  Jonathan specializes in underwater, science, cultures and adventure photography, which dovetail with his passions of seeing the world, diving and spending time in the world's wild places.  Jonathan simultaneously completed degrees from Brooks Institute of Photography and Virginia Tech in Commercial Photography and Mass Communications, respectively; and, his work has won numerous awards including the prestigious PDN and Communication Arts photography annual competitions.  When not working, Jonathan likes to spend his time rock climbing, surfing and snow boarding.  Jonathan has been diving since 2000 and considers documenting the underwater world one of the greatest privileges in his life.  To read about his adventures visit his blog at