Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine, was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1979 while a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal. Before joining National Geographic magazine in 1995 and becoming senior editor of illustrations in 2001, Johns worked as a freelance photographer for Life, Time, and National Geographic. The author of Valley of Life: Africa's Great Rift, he lives with his family on a farm in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Peter Godwin grew up in the Zimbabwe bush and attended university in England before becoming an award-winning foreign correspondent for the London Sunday Times and the BBC. He is the author of four books, including Rhodesians Never Die and Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa. He lives in New York.