Ariana van den Akker is a visual journalist in Portland, Maine where she is the photography and video fellow for Maine Audubon.

Previously she was a staff photographer at the Dubois County Herald and interned at the Los Angeles Times, the Concord Monitor, the Valley News and the Muskegon Chronicle. She also worked as a photographer guide and program leader for Rustic Pathways in Southeast Asia in 2016.

Ariana graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012 with a degree in Photojournalism and her work has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, Hearst, the Indiana News Photographers Association and the North Carolina Press Photographers Association.