Our Wildlife of the World exhibition is out on tour this month. For details of where you can see the exhibition please head on over to our Exhibitions page. Until then, we’ve rounded up 10 great wildlife photography accounts that you can follow on Instagram if you are looking for inspiration.
Tim Laman is a field biologist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker. His aims are to explore and document poorly known species, and promote awareness and conservation.
Photo by @christianziegler This is the endemic Coiba Island howler (Alouatta coibensis) relaxing in the forest canopy on Coiba island, Central America’s largest uninhabited island (some 500 square kilometers). Coiba sits just off the Pacific coast of Panama – it is a truly unique place with many endemic species of animals and plants. It was a penal colony for almost 100 years until 10 years ago, and so it is still covered with lush rainforest that has long gone on the mainland – a time capsule with high conservation value. Together with my colleague @timlaman (under water), @peter_houlihan and @pelletk (video). We are working on a celebrational photo essay about Coiba National Park. Our expeditions (four so far) are supported by the International League of Conservation Photographers (@ilcp_photographers), el Ministerio de Ambiente Panama @miambientepma and STRI (stri.si.edu). Fusing scientific exploration and photography to support Coiba’s #conservation. We are raising funds for another expedition please help us conserve this unique habitat and go to our fund raising site on Experiment, info in the Nat Geo online article: ‘How a Deadly Prison Island Became a Natural Paradise’ – see link in bio.
Christian Ziegler is an internationally known photojournalist specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and other leading publications.
Photo by @BrianSkerry. An Oceanic Whitetip Shark is escorted by a trio of pilotfish in the waters off of The Bahamas. Once the most abundant large animal on Earth – large being defined as more than 100 pounds – the Oceanic Whitetip’s stocks have dropped over 98%, with the species now on the verge of extinction. These magnificent creatures have been hunted largely for their fins, which are used in shark fin soup. TODAY, the new book – ‘SHARK’ by @BrianSkerry – will be released! Filled with photos and Brian’s personal experiences from nearly 4 decades photographing sharks, the book aims to give these amazing animals a makeover. We must see sharks as magnificent animals that are vital to the health of the ocean and, as a result, to the health of our planet. SHARK is available wherever books are sold. #SHARK #NatGeoFest #underwaterphotography #bahamas #photography #natgeo #nationalgeographic #sharks #savesharks #nature #underwater #caribbean #oceanic #whitetip #photooftheday #conservation #preservation #onassignment #book
Brian Skerry is a photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine. He specializes in marine wildlife and underwater environments.
Will Burrard-Lucas is a professional wildlife photographer known for using technology and innovation to photograph wildlife in new ways.
@natgeo @stevewinterphoto The Kamchatka brown bear is the largest bear in the whole of Eurasia, a type of brown bear, it gets up to 650 kg and 3 metres tall. They eat everything from seven different types of salmon to pine nuts and berries. In a few remote protected areas in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, these brown bears reach their highest densities on earth. However increased road construction and mineral exploration is fragmenting populations across the peninsula. There may be only 10-14 000 of these incredible bears left in Kamchatka (an area the size of California). We need to find ways to live alongside wildlife like these bears. They are apex predators and critical umbrella species for entire ecosystems. National Geographic is continuously finding new ways to try and encourage co-existence between wildlife and people and ultimately it will be this co-existence that will allow these enigmatic species to survive. #follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots of incredible wildlife, people and wild places around the world. @reddigitalcinema @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #kamchatka #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #beautifulrussia #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #wildlifeaddicts #beauty #natgeo #wildshots #inthefield #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio
Steve specializes in wildlife, and particularly, big cats. He’s been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year.
Richard Peters is a UK based wildlife photographer best known for a style that often favours dramatic light. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
This account is run by Andy Biggs who is a nature photographer and safari guide in Africa.
Getting some much needed rest after over a week spent photographing a family of Great Grey Owls from a tree stand blind, high up a douglas fir in the BC wilderness. After many springs spent searching, @connorstefanison and I finally had a stroke of luck this year and located an amazing nest site. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience the intimate goings on of a family of what has long been my favourite bird. The dedication shown by both parents in raising their three chicks was astounding! Each day it seemed, the family was faced with a new challenge. Strong wind making hunting nearly impossible, glaring sun that risked overheating the young, harassment by other birds of prey, and on my last day, 10cm of fresh snow and frigid temperatures – amazingly resilient creatures! This experience has given me even more appreciation and respect for these majestic beauties that quietly slip between trees like ghosts, only rarely gracing human eyes.
Jess Findlay is a professional nature photographer from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Audun Lie Dahl is a travel and wildlife photographer from Norway. He runs guided photo trips to the Arctic and Antarctic region.
Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer, conservationist, and ethicist with a passion for educating people about the marvels of the natural world.