Naturalist/Photographer

Lisa Hornak

Lisa Hornak is a visual journalist and filmmaker based in San Diego, CA, who has worked for newspapers, magazines and wire services worldwide since 2004. She focuses her work on women’s issues, human rights and the impacts of climate change. Her award-winning photography has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, USA Today, Le Figaro, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, The Cambodia Daily, and many other publications.

In 2019, her short film "Losing Ground," about climate change in the Indian Sundarbans, was featured by The Atlantic. In 2021, she started her production company, Film Farm Productions, and is currently directing her first feature documentary film titled "Forty One" about the first female Marines to train at a military base in San Diego that had been all male for 100 years.

Lisa really enjoys working with young people and has taught photojournalism and filmmaking for National Geographic Student Expeditions, New York Times Student Journeys, Smithsonian Student Journeys and Putney Student Travel for over a decade and is now starting a non-profit organization called Film Farm Collective where she mentors young women in film and photography. She holds a BA in English Literature from Boston University and completed her Masters of Journalism in Documentary Filmmaking at the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, she loves to practice yoga, surf, rock climb, ice climb and explore the backcountry with her rescue pups Bodhi and Bear.

My upcoming expeditions