Born in Nigeria. Educated in the United States. Based in Sweden.

My photography and travel writing are often characterized by vibrancy and hope. I graduated with a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a minor in Geography. I specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and my affinity for the geosciences and maps meant I was born to travel.


I was the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient.


My work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Forbes, Fodor’s, AFAR, National Geographic Channel,  Adventure Magazine, several in-flight magazines, New York Times, amongst others.

Some of my articles and photography have been syndicated on MSNBC, Slate, Yahoo, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post, and Time Warner, and many more.

In addition to contributing to several travel books, I am the author of the following books – 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, DUE NORTH, & bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well available in 18 language editions. I have recently signed on to be represented by Craig Literary.

My photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and I have been recognized with multiple awards for my work. I  was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018.

Here’s a link to my official portfolio site below.

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Cool project spotlight -> I was in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in a vignette called “Through The Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe.

I also worked as a field journalist on the web team during Eco-Challenge’s Expedition Race in Fiji and have volunteered as a photojournalist with the Swedish Red Cross and World Hope International, documenting their projects in countries such as Nicaragua, Sweden, and Cambodia, and C.H.I.E.F – an NGO based in Nigeria that promotes grassroots health development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and the empowerment of women.

I am a founding member of the Nordic Travel Bloggers (NordicTB) collective which brings together the top professional travel influencers and digital storytellers in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.

I own and run Geotraveler Media – a multimedia and travel consulting firm providing a spectrum of travel media-related services from writing, photography, and art to web design, and social media.

I am the editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm – an editorial site which encourages travelers to explore Stockholm deeper and slowly, and was the photoblogger for Sweden’s official website.

Did you know? -> I am also the cartoonist behind Office Supplies – The Comic © and a former oil painter.

I am based in Stockholm, Sweden and available for assignments around the world.

View my official portfolio at akinmade.com.