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Nature and wildlife photography, from a close-up of a honeybee to a herd of elephants, has a way of enticing practically every human being. And that’s a good thing — it shows an appreciation for this great planet that we all share. But what about the people behind that camera lens? Often, it’s the subject in the photo, or the photo itself that gets all of the praise and not the one who took it. The photographers who get some of those incredible shots likely went through a lot to snap them.

I enjoy images of nature and wildlife. But I find that I appreciate it much more whenever I learn about the effort behind the photos. Photographers now promote their work through social media,  exhibit their best on photography portfolio websites, or set up photoblogs. Let’s take a look at some of the best nature and wildlife photographers that you should be following.

Suzi Eszterhas

1 Suzi Eszterhas - Bio

Suzi Eszterhas is a California-based wildlife photographer who works primarily in Africa. She’s been featured in several major publications, including Time, BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian and others. Her photography covers all kinds of animals from all over the world — from elephants to red-eyed tree frogs to sloths and bald eagles. Take a look at her galleries for more. Below is a photo that she took of a cheetah sprinting.

2 Suzi Eszterhas - lions

To keep up with her latest projects and photography, follower her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas

3 Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas Bio

Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas are brothers from the UK, who’ve been photographers since 2004. They both have a passion for wildlife photography (see their gallery), although they also have a travel gallery of landscapes, ancient places, plants, world cultures, and even behind the scenes photos of some projects. Their goal is “to inspire people to celebrate and conserve the natural wonders of our planet.”

Aside from the wildlife and travel galleries that I previously linked to, they also have an additional portfolio consisting strictly of wildlife, including all kinds of fascinating mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects and birds, from babies to adults. Below is their photo of an elephant seal pup.

4 Will and Burrard-Lucas Elephant Seal Pup

You can follow these guys on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Flickr.

Andy Rouse

5 Andy Rouse Bio

Andy Rouse, a resident of Wales, is internationally-known for his “different view point” and of “his trade-mark stance of being ‘up close and personal'”. His photos appear in books, magazines, billboards, and even on shirts. Andy has made numerous appearances on TV and even had his own series called Wildlife Photographer. In addition to his photography skills, he is an expert in animal tracking and interpreting animal signs.

6 Andy Rouse - Chimp

Above is a photo he took of a young chimpanzee. You can enjoy others like it in his gallery, and on Facebook and Twitter, both of which he is very active on.

Joel Sartore

7 Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer who has been fascinated with nature since he was a child. For twenty years, he’s been a contributor to National Geographic and photography range is wide. On a more personal note, he lives in the same state I’m from — Nebraska — and just forty-five minutes from where I grew up. Joel is no stranger to the media, as he has been featured in many well-known publications, and has appeared on many national broadcasts. Below is a photo he took of an Ocelot.

8 Joel Sartore - Ocelot

Joel posts some of his photos on Facebook and Twitter for his fans and followers.

Moose Peterson

9 Moose Peterson

Moose is a very well-known wildlife photographer, who also does a bit of landscape and aviation photography. He’s been recognized and awarded for his photography from companies like Nikon and Lexar. He shares his skills and knowledge through his writing, which has been published worldwide, and lectures across the U.S. The image below is an Alaskan bull moose, which also happens to be his Facebook page’s current cover photo.

10 Moose Peterson - Alaskan Moose

In addition to Moose’s Facebook page, you can follow him on Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.

Jess Findlay

11 Jess Findlay

Jess Findlay is a 20-year old photographer from British Columbia whose love for nature originated from birdwatching and exploring southwest B.C. Jess attests his unique approach to nature photography to his interests of painting, musical instruments, and researching wildlife.

12 Jess Findlay - Fox

Jess is very active on social media and you can find him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and 500px.

Christopher Dodds

13 Christopher Dodds

Christopher Dodds, from Quebec, gained his love for nature and wildlife during camping and backpacking trips, after moving to Canada from England when he was eight. He had many ventures as a photographer, but has been pursuing his passion for wildlife photography since 1985. He now travels all over the world photographing, teaching nature photography workshops and leading photography safaris. His work, such as the Bald Eagle below, is featured in many prestigious publications.

14 Christopher Dodds - Bald Eagle

You can follow Chris on all the popular social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and 500px, which is an excellent way to professionally display a stunning portfolio Create A Stunning Professional Photography Portfolio With 500px Create A Stunning Professional Photography Portfolio With 500px 500px is aimed at photographers who want a professional portfolio that'll stand out in a crowd, without the headache of trying to organise a dedicated site. It's certainly got the “professional” edge over Flickr, and... Read More .

Martin Bailey

15 Martin Bailey

Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Japan, but originally from England. In addition to his photography, he’s also a podcaster and blogger, and is a leader in photography tours and workshops. His photograph of Snow Monkeys, otherwise known as Japanese Macaques, (which you can also find on Google Street View via Angela’s article) depict how unique and artistic his photography is.

16 Martin Bailey - Snow Monkeys

You can follow Martin on all the major social platforms: Twitter, Google+, 500px, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.

Mike Cavaroc

17 Mike Cavaroc

Mike Cavaroc is a wildlife photographer living in Wyoming, who has found a release in photography from so much that goes wrong in this world. He was featured previously in an article by Joel covering various nature and wildlife photo galleries 5 Best Free Nature Galleries When You Just Want to Sit Back & Look at Beautiful Photos 5 Best Free Nature Galleries When You Just Want to Sit Back & Look at Beautiful Photos Have you been feeling stressed out lately? Or have you been feeling the urge to view and enjoy everything nature has to offer? Or do you just need a quick and simple way to kick... Read More . Through his viewfinder, “[he sees] the world the way [he wants] it to be.” From looking at his work, you can definitely see that passion and love for nature and free range animals.

18 Mike Cavaroc - Grizzly Bear

You can find more photos, like the Grizzly Bear above, on his portfolio, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, 500px, and Flickr. He also has video channels on Vimeo and YouTube.

Jon Cornforth

Jon Cornforth photographing surf on the North Shore of Oahu

Jon Cornforth is a Washington-based photographer, whose work has won numerous awards and recognition internationally. All of his photos possess a unique touch to them. He strives to express the beauty of Earth through his photography by “challenging himself in new locations and documenting the unique creatures who live there.”

20 Jon Cornforth - Steller Sea Lion

Like that Steller Sea Lion up above? For more awesome photography by Jon, you can follow him on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, 500px, Flickr, and YouTube.

Still Want More? Here Are More Awesome Photographers To Check Out

This short list certainly doesn’t include all the wildlife photographers who have an online presence – there are lots more, but this list should give you a great start to discovering incredible scenes of wildlife and nature taken from all over the world. If you’re more of the scenic nature photography type, you might want to look at Saikat’s article of 10 nature photographers on Instagram Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram With 130 million users and counting, the world has never seen such a tsunami of photography aficionados. Is it possible to draw out ten amazing nature photographers who are snapping the beautiful world around us... Read More .

Do you have a favorite wildlife photographer? If so, was it one featured in this article? If not, please share! What is it about wildlife photography that entices you so much? We’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts in the comments.

Image Credits: Wildlife Photographer Via Shutterstock, Suzi Eszterhas, Suzi Eszterhas – Lions, Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas, Burrard-Lucas – Elephant Seal Pup, Andy Rouse, Andy Rouse – Chimp, Joel Sartore, Joel Sartore – Ocelot, Moose Peterson, Moose Peterson – Moose, Jess Findlay, Jess Findlay – Fox, Christopher Dodds, Christopher Dodds – Bald Eagle, Martin Bailey, Martin Bailey – Snow Monkeys, Mike Cavaroc, Mike Cavaroc – Grizzly Bear, Jon Cornforth, Jon Cornforth – Sea lion

  1. shihabudheen
    June 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    love u all

  2. Riley
    January 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm
  3. Mark Waterhouse
    September 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Check out Simon Wantling – http://www.simonwantlingphotography.com

  4. Quazi Ahmed Hussain
    August 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    You missed out on Arthur Morris.

  5. david
    April 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Great article!
    Here is another article I stubled upon, with a twist this one focuses on photos rather on people:
    http://blog.artly.me/12-stunning-wildlife-photos

  6. Krishna Kumar
    April 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Three equally amazing photographers comes to mind right away :

    Art Wolfe (ArtWolfe.com) nature/wildlife

    Michael Daniel Ho (MichaelDanielHo.com) wildlife

    Joe McDonald (HootHollow.com) wildlife

    • Aaron Couch
      April 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Looking at their galleries right now, Krishna. They're incredible! Thanks for sharing :-)

    • Ben Dover
      January 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      I love you

  7. chanchal kumar sarkar
    November 3, 2013 at 7:47 am

    What a example of dedication and talent and competency. Awesome snaps. Heartiest thanks for sharing.

  8. Lee Ford
    October 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Southwest Michigan's pride and joy is Josh Nowiki. See how many ways a lighthouse can be beautiful - and how you can get your own prints- at facebook.com/joshnowiki or startvisiting.com!

    • Aaron C
      October 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Lee,

      Thanks for sharing -- he's got awesome work and tremendous talent, for sure.

      Just a quick note to anyone wanting to look Josh up and follow him -- the Facebook link above is incorrect. Instead, it's: Facebook.com/JoshuaNowickiPhotography OR Facebook.com/startvisiting.

      Thanks again for sharing Lee!

  9. Flori Cluj
    October 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Great article! You've just got a new bookmark and +1 on Google. As a new owner of website, i'm doing my best to follow up the new changes on Google and having a website that is well made, with rich articles and diverse links is a must. I've passed by your blog because of Google.ro, searching for some photography directions, I must admit, i was blown away by your work ;) Keep up the good work, it's really good! Best regards, Flori

  10. TEA
    October 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you!!! I <3 them ALL and the Earth, wild species and Nature thank your publicizing them all!! I was a wildlife biologist in the 'bush' up close and personal darting and collaring them for 15 years, and I'll tell you getting those great shots either scenic or behavioural take immense PATIENCE and SKILL to frame everything - light, background, and what the whole group of animals is going to be doing for the HOURS it is going to take you to set up and wait QUIETLY for that perfect shot amongst hundreds of less perfects - that is why the twins and those who can afford crews get better and better shots! Someone should do an endangered species series to continue educating us to NOT BUY IVORY, Tiger bone, rhino horn, sea turtle glasses, etc etc... anyone want my help with this project?? Write TEA@AnimalAnswers.info THANK YOU!!!!

  11. Kevin Crosby
    October 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I can think of three right off the top of my head you missed.

    Tim Ernst - Arkansas - http://www.timernst.com/
    Chad Guidry - Louisiana - http://louisiana-photography.com/
    Tom Mangelsen - Wyoming - http://mangelsen.com/

    • Aaron Couch
      April 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      These are some great ones too! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Zimbrul
    October 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I think you missed Mircea Bezergheanu, http://www.bezergheanu.com/, the Romanian photographer.

    • Aaron Couch
      April 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      He's got some great shots! I somehow missed your comment completely. Thanks for sharing!

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