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Let’s look at 12 of the most amazing famous nature photographers.

Their work is here to inspire you, and show you what is possible.

12. Joel Sartore

Joel is a photographer who first found himself fascinated by nature as a child. We can tell, judging by the passion found in his scenes. For twenty years, he’s been a contributor to National Geographic.

His photography range is wide. From all kinds of animals in their national habitat. To using aerial shots to show conservational stories.

Joel is also no stranger to the media. Well-known publications feature his work regularly. And it’s also often presented on many national broadcasts.

If you like his images, you can join his 1.1 million followers. That’s right, 1.1 million.

A dramatic landscape at night during a storm by wildlife photographer Joel Sartore

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11. Christopher Dodds

Christopher Dodds got his love for nature and wildlife during backpacking trips. He moved to Quebec, Canada, from England when he was a youngster.

Photography has taken him on many adventures. Here, he gets to pursue his passion for wildlife photography, as he has done since 1985.

Now, he travels all over the world. Photographing, leading safaris and teaching nature photo workshops.

If that wasn’t enough, his work features in many prestigious publications, but we can all see why.

A close up of a birds foot on a mossy rock by nature photographer Christopher Dodds

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10. Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas

These two brothers are from the UK, shooting since 2004.

Their travel gallery includes landscapes, ancient places, plants, and world cultures. They even show their behind-the-scenes photos on some projects.

They have a goal in mind, and that is “to inspire people to celebrate and conserve the natural wonders of our planet.”

A bright close up portrait of four meerkats by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas

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9. Thomas Heaton

Thomas Heaton hails from the UK, northeast to be more exact. He makes his mark in outdoor photography by focusing on landscapes and nature.

His youtube channel is widely known. It’s full of tips and techniques to help the viewers capture better images.

His friendly and insightful approach to his work brings him many appreciative followers.

The images you see in his portfolio are all about the outdoors and telling a story.

Incredible photo of a volcanic landscape by famous landscape photographer Thomas Heaton

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8. Zach Melhus

Zach Melhus is an outdoor photographer, focusing on landscapes and lifestyle shots. He calls himself a youth pastor and adventurer. You can tell by his powerful images shared exclusively on Instagram.

He likes to show us people discovering landscapes and the great outdoors. They not only give the location a sense of grandeur, but they bring us into the image as if we were there ourselves.

These are cool, hip images, sometimes tweaked with filters and presets. We love the work and hope to see more.

A house in a beautiful landscape on a foggy day by outdoor photographer Zach Melhus


7. Joshua Cripps

Joshua Cripps trained as an engineer, focusing his sights on aerospace and working for NASA. All of the work fried his brain, and he found comfort and solace in travel. Which he did extensively by travelling the world solo, around 20+ different countries.

The traveller was born, and soon after he combined it with photography. He works a lot with Nikon, and they don’t back poor landscape and outdoor photographers.

Enjoy his work below.

A majestic mountainous landscape in low light, the moon behind the mountains by famous photographer Joshua Cripps

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6. Jon Cornforth

Jon Cornforth is a professional outdoor photographer. He specialises in dramatic landscape and exotic wildlife images. By exploring the globe, he finds natural landscapes, epic or intimate. And always beautiful.

A few of his most sought-after locations include Alaska, Hawaii, and the South Pacific. His hard work, dedication and patience pay off big in showing the natural beauty of his subject. These are bears, birds, sharks, and whales.

He sells fine art prints to discerning private and corporate collectors. On top of this, his images sell as stock photography to commercial and editorial clients.

His work has won him many awards and international recognition.

Close up abstract landscape shot by Jon Cornforth

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5. Marina Cano

Marina is a Spanish photographer, based in Cantabria, Northern Spain. She has been photographing since she was a teenager.

Her work has been published around the world, netting her several international awards.

She has three books under her belt. Cabárceno with pictures from three years spent in the largest Wildlife Park in Europe. The other two are Drama & Intimacy, and Inspiración + Naturaleza.

She is an inspiration to outdoor and wildlife photographers everywhere.

A Canon ambassador since 2015, she represents the field of nature and wildlife photography. She has also held exhibitions and talks in Cape Town, London, La Habana and Korea to name a few.

Amazing portrait of three zebras against a black background by famous wildlife photographer Marina Cano

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4. Jame Justus Out

It’s very easy to feel small when looking at the images of Jame Justus Out. He shows us the big and the bold, with a dash of people thrown in.

Why? To give his images an even bigger sense of scale. He likes trekking and hiking, photographing water spots and scene from up on high.

Paths and walkways are his biggest content, so it shows you how much he likes those leading lines.

Something else you will find within his shots of landscapes are those with his family. These make you want to jump on the road and just live life free. Thank you Jame.

Amazing mountainous landscape with a person standing on a high peak in the background by Jame Justus Out


3. Simone Bramante

Simone Bramante’s list of clients is impressive. Marriott Hotels, Apple, Volvo and Christian Dior are just a few out of many.

He has many different styles. They range from simple, stunning landscapes, to well thought out lifestyle shots.

The stories he tells of our world, they make you not only want to travel, but be an outdoor photographer too.

An iceberg shot though a ships porthole by  Simone Bramante

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2. Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin is not only a famous adventure photographer. He is a mountain sports athlete. The extraordinary imagery he captures happen while climbing and skiing in high-risk environments.

His professional photography career started in 1999. In 2002 his work aligned him with National Geographic. He joined their trek across Tibet’s Chang Tang Plateau.

Jimmy has garnered numerous photography awards. They range from Photo District News (PDN), Communication Arts, to the American Society of Magazine Editors.

His years of experience bring an authentic and unique perspective to his storytelling.

He’s shared his work with a diverse range of clients. These include Apple, Chase, Pirelli, Red Bull, The North Face, and RSA Films.

Adventure photography shot of a man rock climbing above a beautiful seascape - famous nature photographers

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1. Daniel Ernst 

Daniel is a 28-year-old freelance photographer from Frankfurt, Germany. He works as a photo-creator and story-teller, showing us remote places around the world.

His passion comes across in his images. These are inspired by nature, the outdoors, adventure and lifestyle.

There is no one else that offers such a day-to-day documentation of their travels.

Four people on horseback trekking through an icy mountainous landscapes

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Outdoor photography encompasses landscape, nature and wildlife photography.

Beautiful scenes, animals up-close-and-personal, mouth-dropping weather and other glorious moments.

Get out there and try your hand at the outside world. The adventure starts here.

Looking for more photography inspiration? Check out our list of great photography documentaries.

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Craig Hull

Craig is a photographer currently based in Budapest. His favourite photographic areas are street and documentary photography. Show him a darkroom and he'll be happy there for days. As long as there are music and snacks. Find him at and Instagram/craighullphoto

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