Since 1995, award-winning nature photographer and documentarian Paul Nicklen has specialized in capturing animal life in some of the least hospitable spots on planet, including Antarctica. Nicklen's background as a biologist and his childhood among the Inuit, along with his masterful eye and reverence for the fragility and beauty of nature, are cited by National Geographic - a frequent collaborator - as just a few reasons he's one of the best nature photographers in the world.
The best of Paul Nicklen's Instagram, collected in the gallery below, are some of the most amazing nature pictures you can find on the web. From battle-scarred polar bears to adorable newborn seals to mind-boggling shots of the aurora borealis, Nicklen's 'gram gets you about as close to these natural landscapes as you can without being there in the flesh.
Aurora Borealis, Norway
Steller Sea Lion, Vancouver Island
Happy Holidays! Thank you everyone for all of your generous support of @sea_legacy. There is so much work ahead on behalf of our oceans. For me, during this week, it is a time to reflect on this journey through life and give thanks. I am grateful for friends, grateful for my fellow photographers and conservation heroes and most of all I am grateful for unforgettable moments in nature. I am also grateful to have spent time with sled dogs. I do not know what it is about huskies but they steal my heart every time. @sea_legacy and @natgeopristineseas #husky #dogs #dog #pets #nature #animals #cute #beauty @thephotosociety #follow #puppy #tbt #naturelovers
Bald Eagle Combat
Photo taken while on #expedition for @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier. Life is not easy for an eagle. These two got caught up in air to air combat and one crashed into the sea. While it was being swept out to sea in a 3 knot current other eagles started to dive bomb it. We watched for a long time and it got more and more tired and was going to die soon enough. It was a challenge but after many attempts, @bctough, @paulesposti and I we were able to get it in the boat, drop it off on shore where it dried off and took off soon after. #dogooders #rescue #eaglehaslanded #nature #naturelovers #20by2020 #fight