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With 130 million users and counting, the world has never seen such a tsunami of photography aficionados. Well, the world has never had camera enabled smartphones and the appetite to voraciously devour pictures of slippers, saucers, reflections, shadows, and of course, the ubiquitous cat. All in the multi-hued and filtered beauty of Instagram. And you expect me to draw out ten amazing nature photographers who are snapping the beautiful world around us with more care and creativity than the rest of the other 130 or so million?

I emerge all googly-eyed from the exercise after being struck by the flair of these ten photographers, and stuck with my own frailty with the same camera app. You travelled the world with ten Instagram accounts Travel The World With These 10 Instagram Accounts Travel The World With These 10 Instagram Accounts If you can't actually get out and about yourself, there's no better way to travel the world than through photography. And while Instagram might be often (and unfairly) better known for food photos, or even... Read More ; now, let’s run around the globe again with ten amazing nature photographers on Instagram. Don’t miss these.

Kevin Russ (@kevinruss)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 64,318

A dedicated wildlife and nature photographer, Kevin Russ spent an entire year in the American Wild West and documented it with the camera on his iPhone. I read on fstoppers.com that he lived off his print sales. Most of his photos are captured without the use of filters, and that in my opinion bumps up the beauty of the landscape. Why would you mar God’s own vibrant shades? He is living a life which we’ve all dreamed of at some point in our lives; but for now let’s live through his photographs. In the video below, he talks about his experiences:

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Marcus Rodriguez (@memoryweaver)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 3,104

The follower count here probably pales when compared to anyone else on the list, but let’s not miss this Instagram account because of that. A web developer has the creative chutzpah, and so it is with Marcus who has a passion for photography. He also carries around his trusty Canon 60D, so he shoots primarily with the DSLR and then uploads it to Instagram after processing it in Snapseed Snapseed For the iPad and Phone Makes Photo Editing Easy [iOS] Snapseed For the iPad and Phone Makes Photo Editing Easy [iOS] These days you don't have to get your hands dirty with photo chemicals and paper in order to enhance your images. There are several relatively easy to use photo enhancement iOS apps that require little... Read More . The noteworthy thing about his photos is the descriptions he takes care to include, and the detailed how-tos on his blog.

Cole Rise (@colerise)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 636,741

The figure above is mind-boggling, but fully deserving. Being a pilot, he probably has the best views, but the photos prove that his best work is closer to the ground. As far as I could tell, quite a few shots got the Sutro treatment (Instagram filter). He is also behind Lite.ly, a venture around photo presets for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. You can download Instagram inspired wallpapers for your device on his blog and also buy prints from the shop.

Ricky (@rickyohead)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 73, 658

His photography is less about sweeping natural landscapes, more about going real up-close to the natural world. This Instagrammer is passionate about macro photography How To Get Started With Macro Photography How To Get Started With Macro Photography Read More . He says on his blog that autumn leaves, wild iguanas, dew on grass, mountain goats, rare wildflowers and beach sunrises all inspire him equally. The iPhone (or any camera for that matter) needs specialized macro lenses for this genre of photography and he has a few macro-iphoneography tips for you if you are interested on his blog.

Angeliki Jackson (@astrodub)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 158,687

Her Instagram photos are not about landscapes, but more centered on cityscapes in and around New York City. What I find inspiring is that she captures the simple beauty in everyday things. It almost makes me look around my immediate world and see it with a more mindful eye. Perhaps, it will work for you as well.

Serkan Demirci (@sserkan34)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 80,353

This professional photographer from Turkey makes heavy use of filters, but you can see the end result for yourself. Landscape shots intersperse with shots of city skylines and architectural landmarks. I couldn’t find much about him as his personal blog was down, but he is all over the web in all the poplar hotspots for photos, from Facebook and Pinterest to 500px.

Mike Kus (@mikekus)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 598,236

This graphic designer knows a thing or two about clean lines and symmetry. You will get enough evidence of that on his design blog. There’s a minimalism to his approach. But you may well ask, what’s the secret behind that massive Instagram follower count? It’s difficult to say because I haven’t trawled through his entire collection of close to 1000 posts. He does capture everyday life in the U.K rather well from city life to beaches, from cloudscapes to the rural countryside.

Brenton Clarke Little (@brenton_clarke)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 130,222

In my efforts to bring you ten individuals with differing Instagram styles, I stumbled across Brenton Clarke Little. He is a graphic designer who lives in the vicinity of the Ozark Plateau in central United States. The steep valleys and narrow valley floors are perfect for landscape shots. Without heavy use of filters, his Instagram photography brings out the beauty of the region.

Cory Richards (#coryrichards)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 76,108

One tends to place a National Geographic photographer on any list just based on reputation alone. Invoke the name of National Geographic and you will start imagining the world and all the adventures it has within it. Of course, you will also think of beautifully composed photos. Cory Richards is a NatGeo photographer and a self-confessed professional hamburger connoisseur. No proof of the latter in his Instagram gallery, but there’s enough proof of the former here. He is also an adventurer who has been on many an expedition.

Nir Lesham (@nirl)

Instagram nature photographer

Follower count: 166,153

In one brief word – skylines. Mountains against the sky, sunsets, sunrises, and overcast skies are the Israeli photographer’s specialty. Take a look at his Instagram shots and you will most definitely yearn to go to these very spots. I am almost certain he uses Instagram’s filters to subtly tinker around with the natural colors of sunrises and sunsets. The final effect is just enhanced.

Your Turn

A selection of ten Instagram photographers from a nine figure user count is an exercise in futility. It wouldn’t have made a difference had I picked a hundred. There are many more super photographers out there who have their individual styles. Disregard the little descriptions I have included here. Follow the accounts instead. Gaze at their art. Follow the ones they are themselves following. Finally, come back here and tell us your absolute favorites when it comes to Instagram photography. Nature photographers preferred!

Image Credit: Stig Nygaard (via Flickr)

  1. mart
    June 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    https://www.instagram.com/magic_of_earth/

    This site is pretty amazing too! :) Beautiful nature photos from Iceland, Spain, Gibraltar, Estonia etc. :) WOW!

  2. Gerard
    May 14, 2016 at 5:41 am
  3. S.
    April 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

    instagram.com/smooon ;-)

  4. Joan Skwarczynski
    January 3, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/Stan-Novotny-Photography-579876858752288/?fref=ts

    https://www.instagram.com/stan_novotny_photography/

    An array of wildlife landscape and night skies collection from Alberta and BC Canada

  5. travelarounditt
    September 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Guys you've missed @travelbible Really dope shots from this 20 years old guy living the dream. I actually follow him from the very beginning and now he has over 10k followers.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 17, 2015 at 3:07 am

      Ivaylo Petrov I think. Thanks.

  6. Natasha Wright
    May 11, 2015 at 10:40 am

    @xxnatwrixx please check out :)

  7. Thomas Geurts
    February 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I'm going to be bold and state my own name: @dnhannes

    • Saikat
      February 18, 2015 at 2:30 am

      You seem to be a bird-watcher :)

  8. Azhar Khan
    January 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Instagram: @azhrawr
    http://instagram.com/azhrawr

    With Regards to DSLR Photos:

    I have had a love hate relationship with Insta for a while and only recently embraced the system.

    I only upload mobile snaps despite having some great dslr photos awaiting processing including awesome African wildlife photos.

    Likewise, I enjoy profiles where all the artist used was a phone since it levels the playing fields, gives everyone a stripped down medium and puts the focus on your composition, your eye, your creativity and your dedication as opposed to your technical knowledge and your gear.

    Anyway, that's my 2 cents.I know I will probably embrace it at some stage, starting with an eye-fi card for my V1. In the end, as long is it is still instagram and not latergram, your medium should not really matter.

    You can find me on insta @azhrawr .

    I know the quality of some photos is not ZOMG, but that's not the point of this medium is it? That's just a bonus.

    • Saikat B
      January 28, 2014 at 5:30 am

      Agree with you there, that the tool shouldn't be a consideration, only your eye for the image. Your photos are really good, and I sure you are living your dream life -- travelling and photographing :)

  9. Skye Connery
    January 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Another is a self portrait photographer who uses herself to practice on in developing themes. Check out @jkphoto101.

    • Saikat B
      January 27, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Thanks for the links and mentions :)

  10. Skye Connery
    January 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    A photographer who I follow on Instagram is Finn from Wales, UK. Love his photos. Take a look as he travels everywhere. hello @madebyfinn .com
    madebyfinn.com

  11. Saikat B
    November 26, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Thanks for the Instagrammers. Really nice ones all of them.

  12. Trashy
    November 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    @kerrywi1son

  13. Chris
    October 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    @nikolaskoenig

  14. Jack Reid
    September 21, 2013 at 6:28 am

    @jackkreid aspiring photographer from Melbourne! Please check out!

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