Biography - Drake Sprague Photography

I am a Geographer based in the Republic of Panama, serving as the Research Coordinator for the Amazon and Lowland Tribal Empowerment Coalition (ALTECO). The focus of ALTECO is to train and equip indigenous Christian leaders to serve their communities in the context of their unique spiritual, socio-political, cultural and economic circumstances. 

I was raised in Panama during the waning days of the American Canal Zone era and studied business (BSBA) at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. My personal journey of faith in Jesus Christ led me to live among a remote Amazon jungle tribe in Peru, where, in 2003 my early work as a geographer took root. As my awareness of needs unique to remote tribal people increased, so did my desire to understand why and specifically where. In 2007 I graduated from Florida Atlantic University (MA Geography). My thesis leveraged geospatial technologies (Remote Sensing and GIS) and ground-truthing in Pucallpa, Peru, to analyze sociocultural and environmental impacts related to rapid urbanization trends in Amazon rainforest regions. I later worked as a geospatial analyst in support of urban planning, cultural resource management, and renewable energy development. In 2010, with my wife, Megan, I moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, to conduct ethnolinguistic mapping and research for Christian ministries while training indigenous missionaries to do their own field research with a strong focus on open source and free technologies.

I am also a photographer. My first camera was a Kodak 110 which I used profusely as a child in Panama. In those days often accompanied my father, an artist and adventurer, on jungle explorations and journeys into the interior regions of Panama. I was honored in 2015 when National Geographic Magazine selected my photograph "Indigenous Mixtec Woman Praying - Guerrero, Mexico" featured in the 2016 edition of the National Geographic Book of Peoples of the World.

I can be contacted at +1 (561) 225-7496 (in Panama +507 6631 0351) or by email at

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