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Nature Photographers Whose Instagrams Are Lit 

Brent Sprecher
Updated May 14, 2020 256 votes 88 voters 4.6k views 16 items

List Rules Vote up the nature photogs whose lit Instagrams most make you want to save the world.

With our beloved Blue Planet experiencing radical climate change, mass deforestation, and rapid species extinction, it's never been more important to protect, preserve, and conserve our wildlife heritage. And, although it may sound surprising, the nature documentarians you should follow on Instagram are providing an essential function in helping this cause. Ecologists are doing their part to study the interrelationships between animals and nature in an attempt to solve environmental problems, but it's often the amazing wildlife photography shot by dedicated and adventurous nature photographers that is the most effective tool for raising awareness of these issues. The best nature photographer Instagrams raise awareness and care by bringing stunning, exotic, and endangered animals and their habitats into your home in breathtaking clarity. Read on to see for yourself.

Paul Nicklen

Canadian photographer and marine biologist Paul Nicklen has spent his life capturing the breathtaking stillness and frigid beauty of the Arctic landscape and its fauna. As an assignment photographer for National Geographic, Nicklen has a personal website that describes his mission as one that involves "documenting both the beauty and the plight of our planet’s polar regions and our world’s oceans." Nicklen - whose work forms the preeminent catalog of narwhal photographs, to cite just one example - has won more than 30 international awards, including the Natural Resources Defense Council’s BioGems Visionary Award.


With ivory tusks up to 8 feet long, a pod of male narwhals, known to some as unicorns of the sea, breath before heading back under the ice to gorge on polar cod.  Algae and plankton grow on the underside of the sea ice, copepods and amphipods feed on the plankton, cod feed on the amphipods, narwhals feed on the cod and polar bears occasionally feed on narwhals.  So goes the cycle of life in the Arctic.  Ice is like the soil in a garden….without, all levels of this ecosystem with suffer.  @sea_legacy  #arctic #polar #narwhal #whale

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Steve Winter

As a child growing up in rural Indiana, traveling the world as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine was Steve Winter's dream. In 1991, that dream came true when National Geographic hired him to shoot the elusive Quetzal bird. Winter has been globe-trotting for National Geographic ever since, shooting grizzly bears in Russia and jaguars in Brazil, as well as capturing the people who live in these far-flung and often extreme environments. His stunning photos earned him the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award in 2008 and first place in the 2014 World Press Photo contest, among other honors.


@stevewinterphoto @natgeo I am excited to bring my NG LIVE presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats” to @natgeo’s Grosvenor Theater in Washington DC on April 13th! Please come to hear about my life and work with Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Cougars and Tigers!! Scarface succeeds after many days and gets his caiman!! We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also. We need to fight for the right of jaguars to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. The forests and grasslands of big cats give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. If we can save big cats we can help save ourselves! Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, #bigcatsforever Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia @bertiegregory

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Albert Dros

As a Global Imaging Ambassador for Sony, Albert Dros has travelled the world in search of the most colorful and breathtaking landscapes; however, he often finds his journeys lead him back to his home in the Netherlands. He believes that photographers "generally do not find their home country impressive to photograph," and he tries to encourage them to find the beauty in their own backyards. Though his photos have been featured in Time and National Geographic, he prefers to work as a freelancer and considers himself a "modern" photographer who "loves new technology and…innovations."

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Konsta Punkka

A self-proclaimed "squirrel whisperer" because of his knack for getting extreme close-up shots of skittish squirrels - among other animals - 22-year-old Finnish photographer Konsta Punkka goes to great lengths to capture his intimate photographs of animals in their natural habitats. To capture one perfect shot, Punkka crawled at the mouth of a cave for hours in frigid temperatures to capture the perfect shot. Punnka's dedication has paid off, with his Instagram account amassing a tremendous one million followers. 


~ Well this baby is a darn cute one, isn't it?

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