Welcome to my website. My name is Roff Smith. I am an award-winning magazine writer and photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Nature, NPR, Conde Nast Traveller, Islands Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, and BBC’s Lonely Planet Traveller as well as many other publications around the world. Recent cover stories for National Geographic include London Down Under (February 2016) and Before Stonehenge (August 2014)
In addition to my photography and journalism, I have written several travel books, including Cold Beer & Crocodiles, about my 10,000-mile solo cycling trek through the Australian outback, and Life on The Ice, about my travels in Antarctica.
Other books I have written include National Geographic Traveler‘s Guidebook to Australia and Australia: Journey Through Time. In addition I have contributed to several other National Geographic ‘coffee table’ books such as Great Railway Journeys and The Photographs: Then and Now, a history of photography in National Geographic magazine.
I have been a lecturer on numerous National Geographic-sponsored tours to Antarctica, South America, the Baltic Sea, Britain, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand. I am a regular contributor to National Geographic Daily News website and am represented photographically by National Geographic Creative.
I am also an accomplished solo expedition cyclist. I have toured by bicycle all over the globe, from Antarctica to Zanzibar. Once, in a lighthearted moment, I rode ’round the world’ once, in under ten seconds, while on assignment at the South Pole for National Geographic. I have made cycling photography something of a speciality, enjoying the challenge of being both photographer and subject on my solo rides. You can see some of the results here or on my cycling blog My Bicycle and I.
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To see more of my photographic work just hover your cursor over Galleries and a menu will drop down. You can make your selection from that. Or click on Image of The Day to see a blog style post of selected images with accompanying stories and/or extended captions. Thank You.