Famous Nature Photographers

An article on nature photographers cannot be complete without mentioning such stalwarts of nature photography like Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson, Eliot Porter, Philip Hyde and Carleton Watkins. Many of these photographers have been active on the nature photography front from the time when photography had only two colors, black and white. Their contribution to nature photography is beyond any amount of gratitude we can show. However, nature photographers today have taken some major efforts with respect to conservation as well. It is in this respect that their work surpasses that accomplished by photographers of yesteryears.
Famous Nature Photographers
Xi Zhinong – China
Avian and Endangered species photographer
“I will always work to invoke more public awareness of nature.”

Achievements: Zhinong is winner of the Gerald Durrell Endangered Species award at Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Paul Nicklen – Canada
Polar species photographer
“I am slowly evolving from being a strict photojournalist to being a conservation photographer, as we are running out of time on most environmental issues.”
Having grown up in Inuit in Canadian Arctic, Nicklen closely identifies with the polar regions. A marine biologist from University of Victoria, Nicklen tries to make people realize the dangers of global warming through his photography. Nicklen currently works with National Geographic.

Achievements: Nicklen is a fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). He has won the World Press Photo award five times, the Pictures of the Year award three times, and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year a whopping ten times!
Yann Arthus-Bertrand – France
Aerial photographer
“… photography is a way to share what I have seen. It also allows me to live the kind of life I want to live. I became an animal photographer to stay in Africa and study the lions.”
Taking off with his wife Anne at the age of 30 to live in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya was probably one of the best decisions of Bertrand’s life. Bertrand’s most significant contribution to the field of photography, however, is ‘The Earth from Above’, a picture bank containing spectacular images of the Earth’s environment as seen from air. Translated into over 20 languages, the book has sold 3 million copies so far. Origins of Bertrand’s interest in Avian photography can be traced back to the time when he learned to fly a hot air balloon.