Before spewing the list of ten famous wildlife photographers, I’d like to salute Edward Steiche for his noteworthy quote – Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man. Our world is gifted in every aspect. We have azure fathomless oceans, picturesque beaches, vast and peaked mountains, enormous deserts and more. We have millions of species of flora and fauna that make up the diverse world we live in. There is so much around to capture; to captivate that it is but natural to have the desire to seize each panorama with all its entities; in fact each moment around us for as long as we live. Thankfully Photography does that for us! There are so many wonderful and talented people out there that bring to us scenes and photographs from the wild; from places and of animals and creatures that we would have otherwise never have seen in our entire lifetime.
10. Andy Rouse:
A well know wildlife photographer worldwide, Andy is credited to have won 9 awards in the past 7 years in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. His photographs praise not only the wildlife and the animals but nature at large. He is known for capturing some of the most dangerous animals in some of the most unorthodox styles.
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9. Peter Chadwick:
He is a passionate conservation wildlife photographer. Winner of several photography awards and having had special mentions around his field; he is someone whose preservation work for the environment and ecosystem finds voice in his photographs. Like the others in the photojournalistic community, Peter too emphasizes on the need to save our planet and maintain the balance in the ecological system.
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8. Daniel Beltrá:
Winner of the 2011 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Daniel portrays images in a wider perspective for the audience to see the beauty or in some cases the degradation of the environment on a larger scale. He has a great aesthetic sense when it comes to presenting and conveying an idea or message through his lens. A career spanning two decades he has travelled extensively and captured priceless memories for the world to see.
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7. Dave Watts:
A celebrated Australian Wildlife photographer, Dave’s work has featured in a hoard of journals and magazines with National Geographic, BBC Wildlife to name a few. Having spent a considerable time in Tasmania, Dave developed a close rapport with the wild. His photographs are an extension of that and beautify orchestrates his concern about the same.
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6. Antoni Kasprzak:
He is a widely popular photographer who is known for his wonderful piece of work ‘Clash of white-tailed eagles’. It is said that he waited hours to capture a prized moment in this picture. Winner of Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008, Antoni impeccably depicts how Survival of the Fittest is relevant to every creature on the planet.
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5. Stefano Unterthiner:
A contributing National Geographic Photographer, Stefano specializes in telling stories of his chosen species through their photographs. He chooses a certain animal species as his muse and spend days in contact with them and comes up with tales of them through his lens. Every Bird a King is his acclaimed work on the Penguins in the Crozet archipelago. Like his contemporaries he too has been published in worldwide magazines and widely acknowledged for his work to raise awareness about wildlife and environmental preservation and degradation.
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4. Cyril Ruoso:
Like his contemporaries, Cyril too feels the same way about the environment and his photographs are just his way of portraying the beauty of the wild which would perhaps garner some sort of interest in people to actually make them care. His work is typically focused on the monkeys and apes and their lives. Infact he has written several books on the same subjects.
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3. Steve Winter:
He has travelled far and wide as a wildlife photographer for National Geographic Magazine. This was infact the life he dreamt of as a child and which he has successfully realized. For him wildlife photography is not only about capturing the animals in their natural habitats but also an avenue to inculcate interest in people for the same. ‘The Snow Leopard’ by him is infact regarded as one of the best in the world.
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2. Brian Skerry:
An underwater photojournalist with astonishingly huge hours spent underwater, over 10,000 hours at that, is an acclaimed National Geographic Magazine photographer. He is as much passionate about his work as is his inclination for capturing stories through his pictures for conservation of wildlife at large. The majestic sea that he captures is pleasing to the eyes and at the same time speaks volumes about the message of preservation that he so fervently wants to depict. His ‘Man and Whale’ is among his highly celebrated works.
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1. David Maitland:
He is a PhD in Zoology and an accomplished photographer. He has won several awards including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in two consecutive years 2008 and 2009 which is commendable considering the fact that he had only taken up full time Nature Photography in 2006. His photographs capture the interaction of man and the wild. Infact, his work shows how men exploit animals for their benefit. One such picture of his of ‘Black Colobus Monkey’ is among his best work till date.
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