is a working photojournalist, author, teacher and speaker. He has dedicated his career to telling visual stories in a documentary style about contemporary issues. He is a specialist in nature and environmental themes, having photographed stories on climate change, freshwater, high-tech trash, nuclear waste, drought and ecosystem restoration. He is also an avid outdoorsman and landscape photographer, having photographed many natural wilderness areas around the world. He was named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
Essick has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. He is the author of two books featuring his photography, Our Beautiful Fragile World (Rocky Nook) and The Ansel Adams Wilderness (National Geographic Books). He is represented by Lumiere gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and by Aurora Photos. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with his wife, Jackie, and son, Jalen.