As a company that encourages you to get out and explore foreign places, culture and scenery, we are passionate about wildlife photography. Many of our clients are also passionate about wildlife photography and many of them choose to book their ideal safari trips with us where they then go and take stunning pictures. It has always been said that a picture says a thousand words and some of the wildlife photography that is out there can render anyone speechless as it is so beautiful. We have seen photos of a mother hippo and her offspring having a bathe in the Okavango Delta and photos of a family of cheetahs out preying in the Serengeti. Just in case you are as passionate as us about wildlife photography, we have compiled 17 of the best wildlife Instagram accounts that you can enjoy and maybe these pictures will inspire you to book your dream safari trip with us…
David Lloyd (@davidlloyd) is a well-known photographer from New Zealand and has had much of his work published in different books and magazines. Although you can go out and purchase these books that he has been featured in, by looking at his Instagram and following him you can get a regular dose of beautiful wildlife shots which have been edited in a slick and enhancing way to make sure that you can get the most out of his photos. David Lloyd is the winner of several different awards and is known for his work on African big cats, The Great Migration, Ugandan primates and British wildlife too.
Christian Ziegler (@christinanziegler) is a tropical biologist turned photojournalist and now works for National Geographic. He has a strong opinion on the fact that photos make a difference in the world and after looking at his Instagram account and where his work has been published, we have to agree. The photos and images that Christian captures make you want to travel and explore all of the incredible nature that he has and the images also make you aware of what truly is out there and how we must be conscious of not ruining the magnificent nature and wildlife of the word. Christian Ziegler has travelled all over the world but spends most of his time in tropical rainforests capturing close-ups and macro shots of the nature and wildlife that we all love.
Steve Winter (@stevewinterphoto) is a conservation photojournalist and has had a very exciting life as he has travelled far and wide and also found himself in many near death experiences. In India, he was attacked by Rhinos then was stalked by jaguars in Brazil and he has even been caught in quicksand within the world’s biggest tiger reserve in Myanmar. Whilst anyone else might have been put off of wildlife photography after just one of these incidences, he has not been deterred and his passion for wildlife photography has only blossomed and since then he has even slept in a tent for six months whilst temperatures dropped below -40°F just so that he could track a snow leopard! If you follow his Instagram, you can see everything that he has been up to and get a real glimpse into the life of Steve Winter and his travels across Africa, India and beyond.
Brian Skerry (@brianskerry) works for National Geographic Magazine as a wildlife photojournalist and specialises in marine wildlife and underwater environments which can be seen by the fact that when you look at his Instagram page it is predominantly blue! Over the last 30 years of his career, he has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater and he has travelled almost all around the world to find the most extreme underwater environments including the tropical reefs of the Indian Ocean and beneath the polar ice. Although Brian spends a majority of his time travelling and taking magnificent photographs, he also regularly does lectures on photography as well as conservation issues.
Will Burrard-Lucas (@willbl) specialises in capturing a moment within time perfectly whether it is of the precise moment when a hyena bears their sharp yellow teeth as it starts to laugh or when there is a peaceful expression stretching across the faces of a family of lions under the African night sky. His work is truly impressive with the exact expressions of many different animals including African big cats, hippos, elephants, monkeys and giraffes whilst they are in their natural habitat being captured in a stunning photo. Will Burrard-Lucas is also the founder of Camtraptions which is a company which specialises in remote and camera trap photography accessories. You will not regret following his Instagram if you are looking for breathtaking and entertaining photos.
Cory Richards (@coryrichards) is a NatGeo photographer as well as an adventurer and a filmmaker and his Instagram is an interesting one with many different images of nature and the outdoors as well as pictures of his fellow adventurers. From his page you can see that he is interested in the photography of all moving forms and nature including small herds of elephants, a moving black and white portrait of a Black Rhino and the sunset on the South Side of Everest. With portraits, landscapes, places and animals – Cory Richards captures everything.
Joel Sartore (@joelsartore) has a very special Instagram account as he photographs animals in extinction in order to reverse the extinction crisis that is currently happening all over the world. All of his animal portraits are very interesting and inspiring to look at as he creating incredible images whilst spreading the world about helping endangered animals. If you are looking to support conservation then this is the perfect account for you to follow…
Paul Colangelo (@paulcolangelo) is an environmental documentary photographer and has a number of different works which have been featured in several publications from which he has received many awards for. Paul Colangelo has also put on many exhibitions around the world both by himself and in small groups. Take a look at some of his works including “Salvation Fish’, ‘The Great Migration’, ‘Snakes of Narcisse’, ‘Surviving Todagin’, ‘Sacred Headwaters’ and ‘Hudson Bay Belugas’ and then follow his Instagram account to admire his real and unfiltered beautiful images.
Ricky (@rickyohead) has an interesting wildlife Instagram account as not only is he a blogger but he is also a dad. Not only can you see the most spectacular close-ups of vegetation, flowers and insects on his page but you can also see his family adventures into the wildlife. His Instagram page allows us to get inside the macro world of bugs and plants and makes us feel like we are the same size as many of the bugs in the photos…
Ocean Conservancy (@oceanconservancy) is a great organisation which dedicates its time and efforts to creating science-based solutions to make a healthy ocean. The work of the organisation is designed to help wildlife, marine life and the many communities that depend on the ocean being a safe place. They use their Instagram to promote the amazing work that they do and with many fascinating pictures of underwater photography and beautiful seascapes there is no reason not to follow them…
African Wildlife Foundation (@africanwildlifefoundation) is a conservation organisation which works with conservationists and experts in order to ensure that the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will last forever. On their Instagram, you can see inspiring images of the world’s most endangered animals as well as shots of their workers working tirelessly to bring their ideals to life. Their Instagram is a page on which you can look into conservation look and learn about the importance of it whilst enjoying beautiful images of animals and landscapes.
Steven Chikosi (@stevenchikosi) is a brilliant photographer who captures everything beautiful and amazing about Zimbabwe. Steven lives in Zimbabwe and his photos take you on a journey into his life where you can learn about the people, its communities, its roads and cultural centres and of course, the amazing wildlife that can be found here. Some of the pictures are as “ordinary” as cows grazing in a field or donkeys pulling a cart or giraffes eating leaves from a tree but each image is beautiful and pure.
Andrew White (@andrewsilentwildlife) is a DSWF education advisor and a Southern Africa expedition leader who is currently working on a Kickstarter book project called “An Elephant Called Zambezi” which is going to be a photographic publication that celebrates the rehabilitation of elephants who have been orphaned due to the actions of human society and specifically, hunting and poaching. Elephant orphanages and sanctuaries are set up in Africa to help those elephants that are orphaned before age 3 as they will not survive without these places and Andrew’s incredible Instagram page has some breathtaking images of both baby elephants and other amazing wildlife that he has captured whilst travelling in Africa.
The @wildlifeplanet Instagram account is the perfect page to follow if you are looking for daily updates and amazing photography. The account shares and reposts lots of other peoples’ photography and so the page is a compilation of some of the most inspiring and amazing shots that have been taken from all over the world by both amateur and professional photographers. You can even enter your own images to be posted by contacting the administrator of the page.
Margot Raggett (@margotraggettphotography) considers herself to be a wildlife photographer and wildlife protector and she is the founder of the Remembering Elephants project. Remembering Elephants is a fundraising hardback book which features work from some of the world’s most-renowned wildlife photographers and all of the funds that are raised by the sales of the books are donated to the Born Free Foundation. The Born Free Foundation helps anti-poaching initiatives, elephant action plans and initiatives that help to educate people and spread the awareness of the impacts that poaching has. The Instagram pages showcases some of Margot’s best work and is not one to ignore!
Richard Peters is a British photographer who was actually awarded “European Wildlife Photographer of the Year”. He is a Nikon ambassador and if you are looking for tips on how to use your Nikon then his Instagram account is the one to follow. The Instagram page is a showcase of his work which is artistically composed with an intense subject focus. All of his animal portraits reveal exact expressions and emotions which can create incredible images. Whilst he is not capturing incredible images, he hosts talks and writes for leading photography publications here in the UK. He is also a contributor to the Remembering Elephants Born Free Foundation fundraising book which was mentioned above.
Andy Biggs (@theglobalphotographer) is an avid adventurer, a conservationist, a teacher and an outdoor enthusiast. His Instagram is a fun and vibrant page which captures the African landscape, its rich wildlife as well as the culture and people there. On the Instagram account, you can see pictures of not only his travels and his work but also his family – when you follow Andy Biggs, you don’t just follow a photographer but an in-depth person.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these wildlife Instagram accounts will stand out to you and you will have a look at not only the magnificent images that are on display but also the attitudes and morals of many of these people and how their work really is influencing conservation projects.
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