John Stanmeyer Peter Essick Jodi Cobb Joe Riis Brian Skerry Karen Kasmauski Erlend Haarberg and Orsolya Haarberg Peter Menzel Ivan Kashinsky Joe McNally Pascal Maitre Kevin Schafer Kenneth Garrett Andrew Parkinson Jim Richardson Jonas Bendiksen Stephen Alvarez Beth Wald Cameron Davidson Steve McCurry Erika Larsen Marcus Bleasdale Cory Richards Klaus Nigge Drew Rush Dave Yoder Tyrone Turner Joel Sartore David Alan Harvey Catherine Karnow Mike Hettwer Martin Schoeller Kai Fagerstrom Charlie Hamilton James Michael Melford Vincent J Musi Stefano Unterthiner Tim Laman Francisco Mingorance José Azel Flip Nicklin David Liittschwager Tomas van Houtryve Jack Dykinga Max Aguilera-Hellweg Richard Barnes Lynsey Addario Michael Nichols Stephanie Sinclair Melissa Farlow Diane Cook and Len Jenshel Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott James Balog Charles O’Rear Matthieu Paley Luciano Candisani Peter McBride Gerd Ludwig Dominic Nahr William Albert Allard Joanna B Pinneo Greg Girard Jay Dickman Medford Taylor Michael Yamashita Thomas Peschak Karla Gachet Bob Sacha Mattias Klum Cotton Coulson and Sisse Brimberg Ami Vitale Mitch Dobrowner Robert Clark Gordon Wiltsie George Steinmetz Travis Dove James P. Blair Fritz Hoffmann Paul Nicklen Mark Leong Tommy Heinrich Ian Nichols Frans Lanting Matt Moyer David Guttenfelder Remi Benali Lynn Johnson David Doubilet Norbert Rosing Pablo Corral Vega David Burnett Stephen Ferry Jimmy Chin David McLain Randy Olson Ken Geiger Bob Krist Andrea Bruce Carlos Villalon Robin Hammond Michael Christopher Brown Shaul Schwarz Annie Griffiths Ed Kashi Mark W Moffett REZA Ira Block Christian Ziegler Robert W. Madden Kitra Cahana Nathan Benn Aaron Huey Steve Winter Carsten Peter Amy Toensing


I got Meningitis (most likely) from a kid I handed candy to in Niger in 2005. Luckily it was two days before I flew home so I got to spend a week in a U.S. hospital. I was also bit by a solifuge overnight in the Sahara and lost feeling in right foot for 6 months. On our 2005 expedition, we got stuck sleeping outside in Niamey, Niger. Eight people got Malaria including a pregnant woman and myself. Our team in 2006 took a bus from Agadez to Niamey to go home and the driver drove too fast and rolled the bus. Team injuries included a broken back, broken arms, broken toes, concussions, and lots of severe bruises and cuts. The expedition team I was on got robbed by 5 guys with guns, who slashed the tires of our trucks and stole a great deal. It was in the middle of the Sahara Desert and was over financial and tribal issues . . . also a driver rolled a Land Rover that dislocated a team member’s shoulder.

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