Being a National Geographic photographer sounds like the ultimate gig at first glance. You get to travel the world, meet fascinating people, experience new cultures, and publish photos that can reach an audience of over 28 million magazine subscribers and 26 million online readers. But, as a reality check from The Photo Society in honor of Wes Skiles shows, the job can be a dangerous one.
The chart below gives a rundown of the hazards 45 photographers on assignment for National Geographic have experienced (data via The Photo Society). Without further ado:
I see you’re still reading. Here’s some bonus facts. The chart contains a total of 503 incidents, or an average of 11 incidents per photographer. An incident can occur to the same photographer multiple times (one photographer experienced frostbite 23 times!).