Essick has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine for 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. Essick has won many journalistic awards and his photographs have been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. He is represented Lumière gallery in Atlanta, GA, DoMA Gallery in Charlotte, NC and also by Aurora Photos. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA with his wife, Jackie and his son, Jalen.
Recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine, Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades making photographs that move beyond mere documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land. Essick has photographed stories on many environmental issues including climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste and freshwater.