Michelle Ranee Johnson

Michelle Ranee Johnson

 🇺🇸 USA • Climbing • Photo & Videography

Climbing Geologist and Photographer

"Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself" - Annie Leibovitz

Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Geology with a focus on volcanoes and has extensive knowledge of the eastern Sierra Nevada and Mineral King, CA. Her passion for the outdoors, geology, and photography began at the age of 9 when she visited the Crowley Cabin in Mineral King. Michelle's love for exploring our planet was further fueled by geology trips to New Zealand, Australia, and the Eastern Sierra. This beautiful Earth inspires her to capture its beauty through her lens.

Accompanied by her dog Bart, who shares her love for nature, Michelle often features him in her photos. She is also an avid rock climber.

📸 On National Geographic Yourshot

🌋 Specialised in Volcanology

🏅 Several Awards in travel and landscape photography

Geology Trips to Sierra Nevada

USA 🇺🇸
2010 - ongoing
Research trips to the Sierra Nevada

Exhibitions & Photo Competitions

USA 🇺🇸
20xx - ongoing
Publishing several exhibitions around climbing and landscape art. "The Parched Earth" series was selected in National Geographic Youshot 2019

Parched Earth Michelle Ranee Johsnon

Parched Earth Michelle Ranee Johsnon

Geology Expedition to New Zealand

New Zealand 🇳🇿 & Australia 🇦🇺
Research trip to New Zealand and Australia

Media coverage

Articles & Books

National Geographic: Yourshot. Read
Common Climber: Interview - Climbing Photographer: ​Michelle Ranee Johnson. Read
Rock and Ice Magazine: Article Image. Read


Further recognitions:

Honorable Mention in the 2023 IPA (International Photography Awards) in the Professional Extreme Sports Division for the series "Women Wanderers.": See

People's Vote Award in the 2023 reFocus Black and White Awards in the Professional Landscape Division for the series "Painting with Light"

People's Vote Award in the 2024 reFocus Color Awards in the Professional Travel Category for the series "Cloudscapes"

Jury Top 5 in the 2024 IPA One Shot: Searching for Peace for the photo: "Beyond the Realms of Your Perceptions.": See


Michelle Ranee Johnson

Michelle Ranee Johnson

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