I have a request from a photo editor for a list of wildlife photographers I like. Here’s my list. Contributors feel free to add to it and I’ll update.

UPDATED: September 25, 2009 (got some more names from a nature photo editor)


Joel Sartore
Michael “Nick” Nichols
Jim Brandenburg
Mitsuaki Iwago
Steve Bloom
Norbert Wu
Thomas D. Mangelsen
David Doubilet
James Balog
Tui De Roy
Nick Brandt
Paul Nicklen
Frans Lanting
Araquém Alcântara
Daisy Gilardini
James Balog
Denver Bryan
Art Wolfe
Anup Shah
Kevin Schafer 
Tom & Pat Leeson
Daniel J. Cox
Wendy Shattil/Bob Rozinski
Florian Schulz
Gary Bell (marine)
David Hall (marine)
Brandon Cole (marine)
Cesar Aristeiguieta Photography
Charles Glatzer

Stock Agencies
Peter Arnold
Minden Pictures
Animals Animals
Images of Nature
National Geographic Images
Terra Brasil Imagens
Nature Picture Library
VIREO (birds)
Sea Pics

Also, I like to check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award (here) to see emerging photographers. Archive of past winners (here).

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  1. Thanks for sharing. There are some amazing pictures in there.

    Wildlife photography has to be just about the coolest gig. Too bad I don’t have the money to spring for a safari. Let me know if you need any pictures from the wilds of Midwestern U.S. I can take a rockin’ picture of urban deer.

  2. Stock Agencies

    Nature Picture Library (www.naturepl.com).

    Note that many of their photographers are affiliated with the BBC’s Natural History Unit programs and all researchers on staff have biology degrees.

  3. John Fowler is a wildlife photographer specialising in small animals (insects, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, etc).

  4. @15. Michael: Did you not see the headline “Wildlife Photographers”?

  5. man, i’d love to see the rest of your lists.

  6. Terry Richardson

  7. I know he’s tragically no longer with us, but I still love Galen Rowell’s images.

    Also, I couldn’t agree more with Sartore…I literally moved out of Nebraska yesterday, and he is considered a national treasure there.

  8. Sorry about that Rob. My goof!
    I was thinking nature photography in general.

  9. joel sartore rocks …

    • hi! natasha if you can please guide me i want to be a wildlife photographer . I I am a student just passed out my 12 n doing french, please do reply me!
      I really need to do something. I want to make my passion my profession!

  10. […] Haggart reuniu no seu ‘A photo editor’ uma lista de fotógrafos de natureza e pediu para cada um dos leitores contribuir com alguns links. Eu deixei lá ficar os links de […]

  11. RE: Nature Photographers

    In the somewhat narrow niche of avian nature photography, take a look at Arthur Morris’ work. He is represented by several agencies (I think Corbis is one).

  12. Dear Rob,
    I am glad to see your nice portrait.
    I’d like to thank you for this terrific post, it will be really useful for my work in Geo. Although I know most of the photographer in the list, I will have a lot of them to discover.
    I’d like to add these ones:
    Ingo Arndt http://www.ingoarndt.com/
    Christian Ziegler
    Paul Starosta http://www.paulstarosta.com/
    Stefan Unterthiner http://www.stefanounterthiner.com/, he shot a great story on the wandering albatross
    and Fabio Liverani http://www.fabioliverani.com/
    Best wildlife wishes.

  13. I love Frans Lanting, his name should be at the top of the list. How about another list for general nature photography? You can start with my name

  14. Nuno Sá is a young photographer from the Azores (Portugal), with a few published books (mainly about whales and dolphins, and also a diving guide of the Azores). Excellente pictures of Whales and Dolphins on his site: http://www.photonunosa.com/
    I think we will be seeing more of him the near future, love the site.

  15. One shooter I personally knew, sadly passed away in 2000, Jean-Paul Ferrero; his agency was Auscape International (http://www.auscape.com.au) still active.
    Frans Lanting knew him well, can verify.

  16. Scott Bourne
    Artie Morris
    Charles Glatzer

  17. I am a nature photographer from Nebraska. I have ejoyed your list of photographers it allowed me to see others i have nevere heard of. Thanks

  18. I can always count on Ken Archer and Tom & Pat Leeson to have the animal photos I’m looking for. I’m not sure if Ken has a website, but he’s really nice. And so are the Leesons: http://leesonphoto.com/

  19. Hi there,

    I am a wildlife and landscape photographer living on Vancouver island British Columbia Canada. I Have been shooting at a professional level for four years and have professional training at Western academy of Photography.

  20. Specialising in South African wildlife and seascapes.

  21. check out the work being done by Mireille de la Lez in the Arctic – her book, ‘Vanishing World’, contains stunning images of polar bears and arctic landscape – images that carry an underlying message about global warming and its impact on our planet.

  22. Many years ago, I was on the Editorial staff of National Wildlife magazine and International Wildlife magazine for National Wildlife Federation.

    I am an artist, and occasionally need photographs for art reference, and am interested in a few excellent photographs at regular intervals of select subjects from which I may work. Several of you are familiar names from my time at NWF. It will be delightful to speak with you again. Please do write or call.

    Kathy Groves
    2024 Senseny Road, Winchester, Virginia 22602
    telephone, 540 665-9497

  23. respected photographers,
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  24. I feel this photographer is noteworthy as well .

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  26. Chas is a world class wildlife photographer and teacher. See for yourself.


  27. An unknown name; however, soon to be household name “Kelly Thurgood” is one of the best Wildlife Photographers I know. Check him out for yourself: http://kellythurgood.com .

  28. Igor Shpilenok

    “I wish to convey the beauty of wild nature in Russia’s protected areas to people around the world and evoke in them the desire to conserve those areas.”
    – Igor Shpilenok

  29. I specialize in urban wildlife and wrote the book “Birds of Central Park”

    My stock shots are available at http://www.digitalpopstock.com and in numerous stock agencies including Peter Arnold

  30. A wide variety of technically sound and artistically done wildlife photographs.

  31. I would like to add my website to the list, thank you!

  32. nature photography in general but specially wildlife in not controlled situations.

  33. Is a wildlife photographer who does mostly Waterfowl, ducks, geese, shore birds
    He also does some work with smaller birds………..works in upper midwest, North Dakota etc………..also the Arizona area in the winter……….

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