best wildlife photographers on instagram

One of the best parts about traveling is seeing the local wildlife – and even interacting with it if you’re lucky. It’s the reason we love to go on safari, sail the Galapagos Islands, and trek through the jungles of Rwanda and Uganda. The world has creatures on every continent, here are a few amazing wildlife photographers that can help you see animals in the comfort of your own home.

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1. Frederikke Jensen

Jensen is a 19-year old Danish woman who captures stunning shots of moose, fox, owl, squirrel, and more in their natural habitat.

2. Jules Cox

Jules Cox shares mostly photos from the British Isles and the Arctic Circle – the picture above is from Northern Manitoba where you can still find the ever-more elusive polar bear.

3. Frans Lanting

One of our favorite National Geographic photographers, many of his photos come from Africa and capture big and small game alike.

4. Marsel van Oosten

He’s won Wildlife Photographer of the Year and currently runs Squiver Photo Tours if you really want to learn a thing or two.

5. Thomas Peschak

The king of the sea. Peschak is a Conservation Biologist who captures the beauty of the beasts below the water.

6. Paul Nicklen

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When you free dive down to be eye level with a mother humpback whale and her calf, there is a lot to take into consideration. One of the most important things running through my mind is “how do I position myself in front of these whales with as little movement as possible so they are not disturbed". This is easier said than done. What people don’t realize is that we had been with with this mother and calf for over an hour before I even attempted my first free dive down to her. Once I was at 40 feet deep, only then I started to inch towards her while monitoring her behavior. These whales have exceptional buoyancy control but they do move their pectoral flukes on occasion to counter the current, the swell, and mostly from calves repositioning under the mother. In this case, I could not prove if she was moving her pectoral fluke to adjust for one of these things or perhaps I was getting too close and she was using her pec to measure my distance. Regardless, when it comes to wildlife I always err on the side of caution. No picture is worth the disturbance of an animal. Even though my lungs were burning from a long breath-hold dive, I never went straight to the surface. I moved slowly away from the mother and calf and then floated to the surface without kicking. The thing that I am most proud of when I am with wildlife is when I leave them where I found them. I have spent a lifetime in the company of wildlife and it never feels good to affect their behaviour. Last night, in New York City, we were talking about ethical wildlife tourism and how we can improve our relationship with wildlife. With @Scott.portelli @whale.discoveries @Kyle.roepke in Tonga under Special Interaction Permit (Regulation 13) from the Ministry of Tonga. #whale #respect #nature #naturelovers

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Nicklen is the founder of Sea Legacy and is on a mission to turn the tide and create more healthy, abundant oceans.

7. Margot Raggett

Of late, her focus on leopard, lion, and cheetah has been phenomenal. She does a great job of drawing attention to endangered species.

8. Will Burrard-Lucas

Burrard-Lucas is a wildlife photographer and the founder of Camtraptions. His black and white shots are stunning.