For illustrative purposes, I've included a selection of my own nature photography within this article. Thomas is a British photographer who specializes in landscape and traveling genres and is rapidly earning his place at the top. Peter Lik is a well-known Australian famous nature photographer, known for his scenic and panoramic landscape shots. I included Fay Godwin on this list of landscape photographers because of her outstanding black and white photographs that attract attention by skillfully set shadow and light accents. Good to know, Ian. Clyde Butcher is in Outdoor Photographer magazine from time to time and has some nice b&w work from the Everglades. More people have been exposed to nature photography though just his tv show than any other photographer except Adams. Snape typically likes to wait for a couple of days before editing his photos. As a European I would have to include Frans Lanting, he has influenced a generation of shooters. It is for me whenever we can get out there. If a photo doesn’t have colors that knock your socks off or elicit a WOW then it isn’t good these days. Hi Gary. The Art Director’s Club and IPA in the USA also awarded him the prestigious prize. Good point about Jack Dykinga. Many of these photographers have been active on the nature photography front from the time when photography had only two colors, black and white. She states that the sunset and sunrise hours allow her to use light and color in the most subtle of ways, transforming everyday landscapes into revered scenes and taking photos with vibrant tones and interesting details that have an aura of mystery. Michael especially likes to experiment with lighting, which he uses to establish a lyrical, whimsical, or mystical atmosphere. MICHAEL FINNEGAN February 9, 2018 at 7:41 am, Thank you Richard for opening such a wonderful debate. One exception is Jim Brandenburg I know, but the west must be inspirational. They explore the beauties of nature for the astonishing visual results. I enjoyed reading all the comments. Peter Dombrovskis a major influence in Australian (Tasmanian) history his photos were influential to stop the damming of the Gordon River in Tasmania. They taught the people who are teaching photography now, while their photographs led to views changing about the environment, to the point that it is now cool care about the planet. BENJAMIN CHASE August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm. I’m not familiar with his work. My own views are just my own and I did learn quite a bit from all of the comments. Photographs aside, I think you should get huge negative points for over saturation and nefarious business practices. I just had a chance to check out Newbert’s work and there is a lot of fascinating stuff on his site. 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. Charlie Waite is a true legend of the landscape photography art. In what I said above, I certainly don’t intend to invalidate Europe’s development of photography or environmentalism, or that of other regions. Such an occupation encouraged him to study lighting techniques, which consequently brought him to photography. As a photographer, Ansel Adams is celebrated for his breathtaking nature photographs in the 1930’s and for 25 years to follow. Art Galleries Near Me | Where To Buy Fine Art Photography, Galen Rowell's Photography & Mountain Light Gallery, Best Photography Books - The Ultimate List. Art Wolfe would be in mine also, along with Jim Brandenburg or perhaps Thomas Mangelson. Thanks for the comments, Phillip. Preston Birdwell. You certainly named some very highly-regarded photographers and a case can be made for them as well. Hi Richard, Thanks a ton for including me on your list; it is beyond a great honor. Personally, Art Wolfe would have made my list instead of a few different photographers, but otherwise, can’t really fault your list. http://www.naturephotographers.net/imagecritique/bbs.cgi?a=vm&mr=44468&CGISESSID=58b05b5b55f6ff93d38cc654e56da752&u=6771. I’ll be sure to check out your personal choices. Too many, I imagine. The contest has just announced its 2020 winners, and a mystical, fairytale-like photo of a giraffe won the first prize. What about the women? They explore the beauties of nature for the astonishing visual results. Jess Yarnell Nature photography, mostly in Florida. It takes time and effort to become proficient. Justin is searching for new photography ideas in his home area, Suffolk, England. Capturing both landscape and wildlife images, he is a famous nature photographer and inspiration for many. All rights reserved. For Australian nature photographers, it is only too easy to discover the beauty of nature. 100 best photography quotes from famous photographers 25 best movies about real photographers. Regardless of whether you’re reading her book or attending a workshop, you’ll get to enjoy Erin’s amazing mixture of historical, philosophical, and teaching thoughts, which made Babnik one of the best landscape photographers and speakers of her generation. Yeah he’s definitely the man. (Video by Seth Boster, photos provided by John Fielder) Brett Weston is the son of one of the best landscape photographers, Edward Weston. “In The Field,” Richard Wong’s photography blog, is loaded with fine work and a good example of how to moderate comments and engage readers. “Field Report: The Non-Glamorous Side of Photography,” offers good information on social media, internet marketing and many other business concerns. Eliot Furness Porter was an American photographer famous for his colourful nature photos. The Notch was also a hotbed of alcohol sales during the Prohibition Era with a vast quantity of liquor coming from neighboring Canada. Fontana organizes master classes at the universities of New York, Brussels, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Toronto, and Barcelona. Hi Enrique. I would put him in any list of most influential. Lik and other video stars are more personality than influential nature photographer, at least as far as our current “education” videos indicate. I will have to compile a list of the photographers that have been suggested by others and do a follow up post. Daniel is a Russian-born photographer who began his career taking amazing landscape photos of a lake in the Moscow region. 2. Isabella considers a digital “negative” to be only the first step in creating a photograph. In no particular order, here is the list of 10 famous and aspiring wildlife photographers. Coming from the Netherlands, Rive made his first trip to the Swiss Alps when he was only five years old. Lol but love it. To achieve this effect, the photographer took his pictures at night with a 10-hour exposure. Carr Clifton is an interesting name that I was thinking about myself since he has been so prolific with the landscape calendars. Although, I suppose someone would actually have to glance at my work for that to happen. No doubt that the Westons and Cartier-Bresson are influential photographers in other genres no doubt but the post was about listing the top nature photographers. Richard Wong - The youngest photographer on this list, I've been a fine art landscape and nature photographer for 20 years with many publishing credits in most major publications. He has helped many photographers understand that studying their locality is of … His works stand out among thousands of other pictures thanks to their elegant, unique style. A search for “Ansel Adams” on Amazon yields over 5600 results! Giant tortoises in … It has too…that’s why it’s an “influence”. I felt really solid about the first eight photographers but had to think much harder about the last two and after seeing all of the varied responses I would probably swap out one or two from my original list. He’s introduced tens of thousands to the hobby, myself included. Having been recently “stung” after entering a nature photography contest that I thought I could at least place, I am surprised by some of the images that did place. Living in California between the mountains and the sea, I felt surrounded by nature. Kenna developed his own unique style. I am surprised you did not include Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Minor White, John Sexton and possibly Carr Clifton and Jack Dykinga. I’m saying that the photographers who gathered to protect the national treasures of the American West, played a major role in popularizing both photography and conservation on a global scale. Even though Tabacchi always had a special connection to nature, her transition to photography was rather abrupt. But, this is not really a debate about traditional photography versus digital work. Watch him talk about his work.) PHILLIP ROULLARD October 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm. What is their secret of conveying the breathtaking beauty of landscapes in every corner in the world? Once I wrote the blog post, I started a discussion thread on the Nature […], DAVID LELAND HYDE November 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm. Their example of an excellent work ethic is what is missing from most current photographers. Nowadays, Catherine made world exploration her full-time job as she keeps taking some of the best landscape photos and artworks you’ll ever see while hosting photography workshops and sharing her knowledge worldview with her fans. Photographers today think the field is tough with all of the competition, but back then there was no market. Sebastião Salgado used to be a successful economist with a deserved place in the banking sector. You can find Isabella’s works both on the web and in notable print media such as National Geographic, Daily Mail, and N-Photo. Mike Finnegan. Thanks Tom. He wrote a book called “Genesis” that later served as a basis for a documentary. (in 2008) and I love his work. Thanks for your thought-provoking blog. Thanks for sharing further insights, David. I wouldn’t critique the list as it is subjective. Thank is a great write up Richard – good idea, these kinds of lists are great for debate, discussion etc. Greg Lawson is another worthy of mention in this conversation. Not all photographers are ready to work so hard and regularly to take good shots. However, he decided to change the occupation, which was a good idea, since he has become one of the best landscape photographers out there. Thank you Richard for the list. Photography fanciers can easily recognize pictures taken by Michael among hundreds of other images. View this post on Instagram. His works impress many people with a magical atmosphere. You can find his works in ad campaigns produced by Apple, Gazprom, and RedBull. His best work doesn’t really look like other people’s work at all. Awesome list ! Shainblum quickly became known for his imagination and knack for taking creative, surrealistic pictures and videos that always told a captivating story. His works are the best landscape photos by many world experts. Christopher Newbert’s “Within a Rainbowed Sea” is a must have. Clifton, Sexton and Dykinga are perhaps not as influential as some, but they would fall into the category you mention of making by far the best photographs. Speaking of composition, he probably has some of the most amazing versatility I’ve seen. Feel free to name some, and who would you replace off of the list? Anyway…. FRIDAY ROUNDUP - THIS WEEK'S NOTABLE POSTS AROUND THE WWW |OUT OF FOCUS| A BLOG BY YOUNES BOUNHARJune 26, 2009 at 7:26 am, […] Wong has made a terrific compilation of his top 10 most influential nature photographers. Hillary isn’t just one of the great landscape photographers of her generation, but she also manages to find time to work as a community nurse. I am sure the lists of other photographers will reflect a personal taste. Adams was an advocate for photography and wilderness his whole life. At one point, she abandoned her career as a stylist and model in Quebec, spending the next four years traveling around the globe and sharing photos with her followers, primarily via Instagram. THINGS YOU’LL FIND INTERESTING AUGUST 22, 2012 | CHUQ VON ROSPACH, PHOTOGRAPHER AND AUTHORAugust 22, 2012 at 11:30 pm, […] Top 10 Most Influential Nature Photographers of All-Time : In the Field: Photo Blog by Richard Wong […]. Art was highly educated and talented as an artist before even entering the world of photography and his sense of design and composition is both remarkable and inspirational. Carr Clifton is considered to be one of the top nature photographers because of his special attitude to his hometown nature. If he was, probably not to the effect that the others were. Living in California between the mountains and the sea, I felt surrounded by nature. Adams is also known for introducing the “zones system” – the technique, which is used to measure the best range of tones and highest photo quality. Porter got a Leica in 1930. Agreed, Gerry. He is the one nature photographer that transcends the genre and even photography for that matter. Thanks. English landscape photographer using traditional large format film cameras. Hope, you’ll agree with my choice. Nick Nichols is a National Geographic photographer and winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Having lived in San Francisco a decade prior, I had long wanted to relocate back to the Bay Area to spend more time photographing Mount Tamalpais aka Mount Tam. I was born in 1965 when my dad (Philip Hyde) was 44. Capturing both landscape and wildlife images, he is a famous nature photographer and inspiration for many. Interesting list, and interesting discussion that followed the publication of it. And not just photography - nature has always been a great … Stieglitz and Brower each had an indirect influence that ended up shaping the course of how things played out. Maybe you’ll have to compose a top 100 next time. Her interest in photography first appeared in the mid-1960s, with portraits of her younger kids being her first works. Los Angeles, California, United States About Blog Outdoor Photographer is the ultimate guide to nature, wildlife, travel and adventure sports photography, featuring the work of renown photographers. Don’t see how Subhankar Banerjee has the body of work or influence to make the list. I bought my first camera because of him. I’m familiar with Burkett’s work already and agree that he is good. That seems like another blog post. The only similarities I see there are the fact they both shoot landscape photos. I have only entered in a few myself and never won anything only to see cliched icon location photos win. Understandable and no argument from me on Art Wolfe. Thanks for the input, Tom. His book, Life, is truly an amazing piece of work and perhaps his best yet. Simard’s most notable partners include Sony and Gosselin Photo. This is a great idea. You use the term “influential.” That makes a difference to me. NPN Editors/Moderators. He simply applied Muench’s approach to 35 mm. That does not make for good TV, I get that. Thanks to his efforts, Ted was announced the “USA Landscape Photographer of the Year” in 2015. The main topic of his works is environmental protection and the beauty of wildlife. Great list Richard – Personally, I’d put Galen on top, but that’s due to my own bias about his influence and impact on my own work. Kordan’s pictures convey the beauty of nature like no others while featuring an abundance of mesmerizing golden lights. In regards to photo contests, I think sometimes the results are watered down and safe because if there are multiple judges then it’s usually a compromise to pick a winner. taht’s an important skill for photographers). It is no secret that Galen Rowell was my biggest influence in photography but even if he weren’t, I would probably still rank him in a similar fashion. True that international photographers would have some names that I didn’t list but I have a feeling that most lists would have about half of the names listed here if they did their homework and understand how the genre came to be what it is now. Patricia collaborates with Fuji Love Magazine, Scott Kelby's blog, and Visual Wilderness. However, you can see them in books and at exhibitions of famous museums. I’m glad you included Galen Rowell, his work is some of what inspired me to pick up a camera years ago. He looks for those amazing landscapes to photograph them and he also captures photographs of mountains, seashores and other natural wonders that can be found on earth. Looks like I’m a bit late to this game, but great post and comments none the less. Richard is absolutely correct. You can find Nguyen’s photos in Huffington Post, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, and several other media outlets. You should do more research, as you have picked the most obvious photographers. Conservation photography started before she was even born. hehe And… maybe I’ll be on it one day. The park is open to the public and photographers when it isn’t booked by a private party. Really nice to see the includes of Jackson & Watkins, as well as Ketchum. You are a fantastic photographer. Color nature and landscape photographs, available as limited edition prints and for stock usage. I don’t have an answer for that as that seems to be a topic that spurs a lot of debate. He looks for those amazing landscapes to photograph them and he also captures photographs of mountains, seashores and other natural wonders that can be found on earth. Art Morris is the great bird photographer but not sure that gets him on my “most influential nature photographers” list. That is nuts. Much like portraiture and fashion photography, landscape photography is an almost mandatory genre for photographers during the formation of their professional careers. But just because someone has commercial success should not mean they are over looked or treated with distain for it. I’m always on the lookout for good photo books. Landscape photographers presented in this article defined the genre for what it is today. Gadd got her first camera when she was 12, and she immediately started taking nature photos, slowly forming her style that usually involves a combination of breathtaking landscapes and portraits (typically starring Gadd herself) that made her who she is today. Nature photographers everywhere have the distinct honor of being able to capture the beauty lying all around them. I wonder how many dreams get lost in obscurity, never to be published or known. His photographs are filled with bright colors and have been presented at more than 400 exhibitions around the world. The issue with going for over the top type of photos is kind of like candy. Here is another good list I found online: http://blog.artly.me/12-stunning-wildlife-photos. Richard Wong Photo Blog has Top 10 Most Influential Nature Photographers of All-Time Audubon Magazine has Phony Wildlife Photography Gives a Warped View of […]. Again, I am not someone who grew up “in the life” or took classes or any of that. She has a passion for hiking, landscape, and lifestyle photos, and draws most of her inspiration from visiting new locations and being acquainted with foreign cultures. Hey Mark. In no particular order, here is the list of 10 famous and aspiring wildlife photographers. In addition, Patricia is engaged in web design. Very exotic and I like how he makes the marine wildlife look artistic in some photos. All material © copyright by Richard Wong. Other then the ansel Adams I hadn’t heard of a single person on the list. As for Peter Lik and his TV show, that hadn’t happened yet at the time when I had written this. I definitely subscribe to the less is more approach of images that Eliot Porter took. His amazing landscape photos impress many people because of a special attention to the details. Richard Wong’s blogs were recommended by Outdoor Photographer Magazine. There are many contemporary nature photographers with amazing nature photography these days so perhaps in ten years there might be some new names on this list that reflect the digital era. I had been waiting to hear some thoughts about placement of the top four and you make great points about Porter and Muench. This photographer transforms nature into art. Most of them are a part of private collections, though you can find remarkable images in some famous museums. I authored this article which has been read by more than 200,000 people since originally written. Thanks Michael. These people used large format, have done an amazing body of work, and won many environmental battles with their images. Of course, there are plenty more fantastic photos, so read on and take a look at the selection. But my real ‘issue’ with the list is the absence of Jim Brandenburg, I can’t conceive modern nature photography without him. I don’t think people in other countries or the opposite side of the country would have a similar list? Mangelsen was declared amongst the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography and one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time. I know there are talented and even influential Europeans, Australians and East Coast Photographers, but if we are talking about nature photography, it was pioneered in the Western U. S. Adams, Porter and Hyde went on to help the Sierra Club and other environmental groups protect more wilderness than anyone else in photography ever did or probably ever will. I fell in love with nature photography when I was a college student in the late 90s. In the more modern era of color photography, I think Art Wolfe is at the top of the list of famous nature and wildlife photographers. In addition to aesthetic value, Burtynsky’s photographs have a deep social meaning. I looked at Mr. Holmes work and he has great work. He’s prolific, good teacher, good communicator, inspires many beginners and amateurs, conservation ethic is strong. For instance, a key theme in many of his photographs is the peaceful and sustainable coexistence of man and nature. Patricia has over 20 years of experience. However, that doesn’t stop Frye from taking stunning nature photos, especially during the golden hours. Porter and Hyde brought color to the medium. Thanks Jan, glad you got something from this post. The Westons and Minor White, it has been argued, were not strictly nature photographers. It’s a good list, I would create something very similar but I grew up in the in similar locations and at about the same time you did Richard. My website: rwongphoto.com offers museum-quality fine art landscape and nature photography including Lumachrome HD TruView acrylic face mounts and ChromaLuxe edge mount prints. Make use of this opportunity and check out Michael’s free tutorials. She mainly shot landscapes of the British coast and countryside. Also, Art Wolfe has to be in there. Hi Henkjan. Landscape photographers presented in this article defined the genre for what it is today. In addition to photography, this American artist takes parts in campaigns for the Earth protection. We’re all entitled to our opinions, and Christina Mittermeier has certainly accomplished a lot but I disagree that she started the conservation movement. This blog also links to Richard Wong’s articles on social media published on sites all over the internet. Charlie Waite’s shots have calm and peaceful atmosphere. An online presence with a portfolio that can be linked here. Sebastião Salgado has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2001. He was also chosen by Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet and … To my knowledge, Weston wasn’t really a nature photographer. One of my personal favorites, Clyde Butcher. Given that nearly ten years has passed since I originally wrote this and all the comments received, I would probably re-evaluate this list if I were to update it. I smuggle fall color photos. Though I found this it late, thanks for a good rundown, even though I see its hard to do a top ten unless you’re David Letterman. Vincent Favre is a French photographer who specializes in capturing nature and landscape photographs. Edward captures the terrible consequences of human activity. As for Banerjee, his ANWR book being passed around the Senate helped bring the topic of oil drilling on the North Slope into mainstream discussion and it has been a point of contention since. I have heard of Clark Little and like his work. Her defining personality traits are restlessness, creativity, and curiosity. Cordran won numerous photography prizes and his works were published in Digital SLR and Discovery among many other magazines. It could be argued that capture the light just at the right moment is pure Cartier-Bresson just as the little twinkle in a grizzly bears eye. Many have never heard of Eliot Porter or Phil Hyde, which is criminal. Thanks Carl & Chuq. GARY CRABBE / ENLIGHTENED IMAGES June 25, 2009 at 11:48 am. 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