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Mark Eveleigh

22 years on assignments as freelance writer & photographer

Location icon Indonesia

‘A borderline insane modern-day explorer’ – Maxim magazine.

22 years as a freelance photojournalist on assignments in 60+ countries for 100+ publications.
5 books & 700+ full-length features published.

As a National Geographic author and freelance writer (and photographer) I’ve worked for more than 100 international publications, including BBC Wildlife, BBC Travel, CNN Travel, Geographical, The Independent, The Guardian, Esquire, Sports Illustrated and National Geographic Traveller.
Based in Indonesia...but almost permanently on assignment.

In 1992 Mark Eveleigh spent six hours reviewing his life while swinging from the end of a fraying cable in the world’s highest cable-car, in Venezuela. The psychological shock of this experience was enough to send him plummeting down the slippery slope into the shadowy world of freelance travel journalism.
Mark led the first expedition by foreigners into Central Borneo’s ‘valley of the spirit world,’ (researching his book Fever Trees of Borneo) and has since returned to those unexplored valleys on several occasions. He grew up in Africa, and returned in 1999 to trek through northern Madagascar with a zebu pack-bull. The full story was told in Maverick in Madagascar (published by National Geographic). He has travelled the world on assignments for more than 80 titles, including Esquire, Geographical, The Guardian, CNN Traveller, Sunday Times, New York Times, Travel Africa and Africa Geographic.
Undercover assignments have taken him from Zimbabwean farms to Bolivian prisons, but charging elephants and a randy Peruvian llama taught him the real importance of journalistic footwork.

Portfolio
Holland Herald (KLM inflight)
05/01/2019
Wildlife Show

On the trail of the great migration

Conde Nast Traveller
04/01/2019
Till Kingdom Come

Exploring Spain's Kingdom of Navarra

Morning Calm (Korean Airlines inflight)
07/01/2019
Magical Miracle Tree

The otherworldly story of Bali's magical moringa tree

BBC Travel
02/16/2019
A town where most speak sign language

Kata Kolok, literally meaning ‘deaf talk’ in Indonesian, is a unique sign language that’s the primary means of communication for just 44 people on the entire planet.

The Guardian
01/22/2019
Bali's wild west coast: unspoilt and uncrowded

Adeng adeng is a traditional Balinese mantra meaning "slowly, slowly". It's a phrase you don't often hear these days among the traffic jams and sunbed logjams of Bali's booming tourism centres. People say that Bali is spoiled and for years the search has been on for a "new Bali".

Get Lost Magazine (Australia)
04/01/2019
Awfully Delightful

You have to be tough to survive here,” an old man tells me. “Sometimes witches bring curses to make you weak. They ride on hyenas and whoop around the village to make you die faster.”

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