Editorial Commercial and Travel Photographer Susan Seubert Presents the 2020 – 2021 Covid Years, In Pictures

In mid-March, 2020, the doors to the world slammed shut. I clearly remember February of 2020 as I had traveled to Barbados on assignment for National Geographic Expeditions . As soon as we got off the plane, everyone who had landed that day in Bridgetown had to have a temperature check before they were allowed into the customs and immigration hall. It was then that I realized that the pandemic was already global, despite the ramblings of a lunatic who was president, at the time, of the United States. By the time I was headed home from Barbados later that February, I started to see the collapse of the travel industry, but had no idea the far-reaching impact Covid would have. Today, in January of 2022, I have already lost 70% of my contracts for the forthcoming year and can only presume that the remaining ones will be cancelled due to the new, virulent Omicron variant of this virus. Somehow, I managed to bracket 2020 and 2021 with trips to Antarctica, plus a few other choice assignments. The first pre-pandemic trip was in January 2020 with visits to not only to Antarctica but also to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. I managed to squeeze in jobs in Europe as well as the Faroe Islands and Iceland. Most recently, in December 2021, I visited the Antarctic Peninsula twice, with 4 trips across the Drake Passage. The following images were all made between January 2020 and December 2021, including a few from the George Floyd protests that I made for the New York Times in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I hope that this next phase of Covid moves away quickly. I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. I hope that I can return to the job that I love and to which I have devoted 30+ years of my life. If you would like to order a print of anything, please send me a private message and I will answer within 24 hours. For commercial bookings, please contact Jenna at TeesonReps. Thank you for visiting my blog and please follow me on Instagram!

A person inspecting the remnants of a beached boat at New Island in the Falkland Islands, for National Geographic
New Island, the Falkland Islands, UK, January 2020
A Rockhopper penguin on New Island in the Falkland Islands for National Geographic
A Rockhopper penguin on New Island, the Falkland Islands, UK, January 2020
Black browed Albatross with its chick at New Island in the Falkland Islands
A Black-browed Albatross returning to its chick on New Island, the Falkland Islands, UK, January 2020
King penguins at St. Andrews Bay on the island of South Georgia
King Penguins at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia, UK, January 2020
The massive colony of King penguins at St. Andrews on the Antarctic island of South Georgia, National Geographic
About 50,000 breeding King penguins and chicks at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia, UK, January 2020
A Gentoo penguin and its chick at Cuverville, Antarctica
A Gentoo penguin and its chick at Cuverville, Antarctica, January 2020
A Gentoo penguin making its way back to its colony at Petermann Island, Antarctica.  The red color is a natural algae that forms on snow.
A Gentoo penguin heading back to the colony at Petermann Island, Antarctica, January 2020
The S/Y Sea Cloud at anchor in a bay at Iles des Saintes in the Caribbean for National Geographic
Iles des Saints, Caribbean on the S.Y. Sea Cloud with National Geographic Expeditions, February 2020
People enjoying being on the outside decks of the sailing ship the Sea Cloud, somewhere in the Caribbean
Under sail on the S/Y Sea Cloud, somewhere in the Caribbean, February 2020
The people in charge of the rigging on board of the 4 masted sailing ship, the Sea Cloud, in the Caribbean
Under sail on the S/Y Sea Cloud, somewhere in the Caribbean, February 2020
The beautiful cherry blossoms along the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Oregon
Portland Waterfront Park with Cherry Trees in full bloom, March 2020, just before Covid Lockdown
Covid front line workers, doctors and nurses working during the pandemic
Our neighborhood front line workers, May 2020
Backyard Camping, Virtual Travel, National Geographic
A Family in Portland, Oregon camping and making s’mores in the back yard in response to Covid-19, For National Geographic, May 2020
Portraits of families who are quarantined in their homes for a Smithsonian Instagram takeover
A Family in Portland, Oregon quarantined inside their home, for Smithsonian Instagram, May 2020

Hiking the McNeil Point trail on Mt. Hood, Oregon to get outside during Covid.
The hike to McNeil Point on the western flank of Mt. Hood in the Mt. Hood National Forest, for Travel Oregon, July 2020
Wall of Moms outside the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, Oregon, on assignment for The New York Times
The “Wall of Moms” outside the fence surrounding the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, Oregon, for the New York Times, July 2020
Portland Protests in downtown Portland, Oregon gather in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland, Oregon photographed for the New York Times
Portland Protests in downtown Portland, Oregon gather in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland, Oregon. This is the 54th consecutive night of protesting the murder of George Floyd and now also the federal military presence and use of unnecessary force on American civilians, For the New York Times, July 2020
Unidentified Federal Militia on the sidewalk of the Federal courthouse in downtown Portland, Oregon, for The New York Times
Unidentified Federal Militia on the sidewalk of the Federal courthouse in downtown Portland, Oregon, for The New York Times, July 2020
Jenny Cohen of Hood River Oregon outside her bookstore during Covid for Travel Oregon
Jenny Cohen, owner of Waucoma Bookstore, standing outside her shop in downtown Hood River, Oregon, for Travel Oregon, July 2020
World War 2 cryptologist Juanita Moody portrait shot for Smithsonian Magazine
Photographs and letters of and addressed to Juanita Moody, cryptologist for America in WW II, for Smithsonian, August 2020
The Portland, Oregon Japanese Gardens is said to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan
The Portland Japanese Garden with fall colors, October 2020
Mickie Walker, CEO of the Salem Keizer Volcanoes photographed for SF Gate
Mickie Walker, CEO of MiLB team the Salem Keizer Volcanoes, pictured inside the Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Oregon for SF Gate, February 2021
Mulafossur, the famed waterfalls of the Faroe Islands
Múlafossur, the famed waterfalls in the Faroe Islands
The capital city of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn
Colorful buildings on a rare clear day reflecting in the port of the capital city of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn
A sheep grazes above the city of Torshavn in the Faroe Islands where it's said that there are more sheep than humans.
A sheep grazing above the capital city of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn, Denmark, Europe
Arctic terns migrate to Flatey Island in Iceland to breed and have their chicks.
Arctic Terns at Flatey Island, Iceland, July 2021
The beautiful waterfall and geology at Grundafjordur, Iceland
Grundafjordur, Iceland, July 2021
Icelandic Horses at Grundafjorder, famous for it's landscape and waterfalls.
Icelandic Horses in a pasture at Grundafjorder, July 2021
A Puffin at a colony on Flatey Island, Iceland
Puffins on Flatey Island, Iceland, July 2021
A Puffin colony on a rare sunny day on the island of Grimsey, Iceland which is located on the Antarctic Circle
A puffin colony on Grimsey Island on the Arctic Circle, Iceland, July 2021
Husavik, Iceland, famous for the movie Fire Saga with Will Ferrell
Husavik, Iceland, July 2021
Amsterdam's classic architecture and signature canals
Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 2021
A beautiful view of Cologne, Germany from the cable car
Cologne, Germany, October 2021
Castles dot the landscape in the Rhine River Gorge in Germany
Rhine River Gorge, Germany, October 2021
A beautiful, autumn morning in Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg, France, October 2021
Crabeater seals hauled out on an iceberg in Fournier Bay, Antarctica
for National Geographic
Crabeater Seals hauled out on the ice in Fournier Bay, Antarctica, December 2021
Gentoo penguin chicks under their parent at Brown Bluff, Antarctica for National Geographic
Gentoo penguin chicks at Brown Bluff, Antarctica, December 2021
Chinstrap penguins at Cierva Cove, Antarctia
Chinstrap penguins at Cierva Cove, Antarctica, December 2021
A rare sighting of a leucistic Gentoo penguin in Antarctica.  The estimate of how often leucism occurs is approximately 1 in 30,000 birds
A leucistic Gentoo penguin at Paradise Harbor, Antarctica, December 2021
Gentoo penguins, in perfect formation, make their way from the colony to the ocean at Danco Island, Antarctica
Gentoo penguins making their way to the ocean at Danco Island, Antarctica, December 2021
Beautiful icebergs dot the ocean in Paradise Bay, Antarctica for National Geographic Expeditions
A stunning iceberg at Paradise Harbor, Antarctica, December 2021

4 Replies to “Editorial Commercial and Travel Photographer Susan Seubert Presents the 2020 – 2021 Covid Years, In Pictures”

  1. You sure do get around! ;^) but with an eye like yours – that’s a good thing p- not just for you – but for all of us! cheers!

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