Cory Richards is one of the world’s most recognised adventure and mountaineering photographers, and the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. His mission: to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration, but also the beauty inherent in our modern society. His photography has taken him across the world – from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica and the Himalayas of Nepal, to the forgotten war zones of Angola, Uganda, and Pakistan.
He has deep insight on risk-taking and striving for perfection, an affinity he feels he shares with Rolls-Royce. Richards has partnered with Rolls-Royce in the latest in a series of ‘Inspiring Greatness’ films created by the marque. In 2018, Richards has also taken part in ‘The Final Challenge’, documenting his journey in a camouflaged Rolls-Royce Cullinan, an undertaking to test the world’s pinnacle SUV to destruction.
Richards is a passionate mountain climber on the North Face athletic team and his photography has appeared in the National Geographic magazine, Outside, and the New York Times. His film work has won awards at major adventure film festivals, including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Richards has also been top billing at The World Economic Forum and South by Southwest, sharing his unique insights built upon his experiences. His TV appearances include The Charlie Rose Show, CBS This Morning and The Weather Channel.
We talk to Cory about the change the world is going through and his place in reflecting that as well as his next adventure.