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Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos.

Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others.

Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe.

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World of Dances #20

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. This post is also the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally…

World of Dances #19

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.      I photographed  Leydi in a remote village next to the Chagres River when she was still dancing for the National Ballet of Panama. The Emberá…

World of Dances #18

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.    I photographed Cuban dancers Cynthia and Patricia in an old house in Vedado neighborhood in Havana during a break during a National Geographic Expedition I was…

Kikeo and The Whale

Kikeo and The Whale is a bedtime story that submerges the young reader in a sea of dreams. Hand-in-hand with National Geographic Creative photographer Kike Calvo, the reader discovers a beautiful story of an encounter between Kikeo, the main character,  and a baby whale and her mom. “This children’s book comes at a time when…

Top 10 Drones for 2016: The Beginner’s List

The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography.   Shopping for a “drone-obsessed” friend, family member or yourself? I have decided to update my article The Best Drones for Beginners that was…

Photos From Nepal: Drones and Image-Mapping for Next-Generation Disaster Response

The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography. Arriving in Nepal for the third time makes me think about how unpredictable life can be. During my last expedition, I was documenting the…

So You Want to Keep Track of All Your Drone Flights?

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.   Since I began to learn about drones and fly, I realized one of my main priorities…

World of Dances #17

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels. Kike will be the National Geographic photography expert on the new expedition Cuba and Its People: A Photographic Exploration.    I photographed Cuban dancer Arianni Martin…

World of Dances #16

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.     Dancer: Theresa Oi. Location: Yale University Learn more about World of Dances Print Collection Follow Kike Calvo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Web, or LinkedIn   Selected reading: Art and Dance in the Drone…

World of Dances #15

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.     Dancers: Katherina Madriz and Liz Valverde. Ballet:  Ballet Juvenil Costarricense Location: Costa Rica Learn more about World of Dances Print Collection Follow Kike Calvo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Web, or LinkedIn Selected reading: Art…

So You Want to be Successful on Instagram? Part II

This post is the second in the “So You Want to be Successful  on Instagram?” series, which explores Instagram as the ultimate visual platform. Kike Calvo is a National Geographic Creative photographer whose travels you can follow on Instagram.   After gaining over 300 million users in around three years, Instagram has become the undisputable social network for visual people. It…

World of Dances #14

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.     Female dancers: Claire Mazza, Nasiyat Begalieva, Lauren Treat and Melissa Weber. Male dancers: Morgan Stinnett, , Samuel Lariviere, and Carlos Diaz. Ballet: Connecticut Ballet…

World of Dances #13

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.     Dancers: Claire Mazza and Morgan Stinnett Ballet: Connecticut Ballet Location: Cockaponset State Park (Connecticut) Learn more about World of Dances Print Collection Follow Kike Calvo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Web, or LinkedIn  …

Tayzu Robotics and Verizon Wireless Partner to make Large Scale Data Collection and Monetization from a UAV a Reality

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. Tayzu Robotics, a manufacturer and developer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), has entered into a partnership with…

So You Want to be Successful on Instagram?

This post is the first in the “So You Want to be Successful  on Instagram?” series, which explores Instagram as the ultimate visual platform. Kike Calvo is a National Geographic Creative photographer whose travels you can follow on Instagram.   After gaining over 300 million users in around three years, Instagram has become the undisputable social network for visual…