Nathan Williamson is a documentary filmmaker specializing in conservation. He has worked on 15 stories for National Geographic magazine, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for his own photography. His passion is to make wildlife photography and film exciting and fresh to a wide audience. He is currently filming a multi-year project in Central Africa.
Nathan Williamson was born in West Virginia in 1977. In 2000, he graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College in Minnesota. In 2001, Nathan received a Fulbright Fellowship from the US State Department to document efforts to curb deforestation in the Amazon. His work with National Geographic began in 2003 by assisting Michael Nichols’ coverage of a major new park system in Gabon, established after the historic Megatransect expedition. That partnership with Mr. Nichols continued through 2013, as their seventh article together rolled out in August featuring a multimedia experience built from nine months of fieldwork together in the Serengeti. In 2005, Nathan Williamson and George Steinmetz brought camera traps into the digital age at National Geographic with the publication of ground-breaking moonlight photographs of mountain lions in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.
Nathan has filmed and edited four videos for National Geographic Digital Media to accompany his fieldwork: Samburu Elephants (Kenya 2008), Redwood Forest (California 2009), Orphan Elephants (Kenya 2010), Snow Tree (California 2010). He was videographer and served as field producer for three episodes of National Geographic TV’s “Most Amazing Photos” series: Kermode Bear / “Spirit Bears” (British Colombia 2009); Atlantic Walrus / “Tusked Titans” (Greenland, 2010); and Orphan Elephants (Kenya, 2010).
Since 2008, Nathan has done the video editing for every major story that has used his footage on National Geographic magazine’s digital platform. Most recently, he edited and produced with Michael Nichols a 24-minute film that premiered at the Look3 Festival in Charlottesville, VA. That multimedia presentation on lions will be screened at Visa pour l’Image, in Perpignan France (September 2013).
A 2013 recipient of a Webby Award for Videography for “Sequoia in the Snow,” Nathan appeared on CBS This Morning Aug. 19, 2013 to talk about his work on National Geographic’s “Serengeti Lion” project. His lions footage was also featured that month on the TODAY Show and Inside Edition. A hour special currently in play on Nat Geo Wild, “Lion Gangland” examines his and Nichols groundbreaking coverage of the Vumbi pride’s struggle to raise their young against incredible odds.