While there are people who absolutely loathe being on the on the other side of a photo camera, it’s seriously doubtful that there is someone who hasn’t taken joy from capturing a certain something at least once in their life. Maybe you really liked that sunset, or maybe you wanted to snap a photo of a family member before leaving somewhere abroad – whatever the reason, we’re compelled to turn to photography as a means to preserve a particular moment forever. Or, well, for as long as a photograph lives on.
It’s true that physical photographs are a bit of a dying breed, but virtual images aren’t immortal either. The point is, their lifespan is sufficient to match yours, and you’ll have this dear moment close until you pass away. So, with things considered, people who make a living out of snapping photos are always doing it because they absolutely love it. You might persuade someone into following a career as a businessman because of the money, but photographers? They’re in because they absolutely adore it.
Some people go to extreme lengths to provide memorable captures. Take wildlife photographers, for example. As much as we love taking photos, few would ever have the guts to get up-close and personal with some of the deadliest predators in the jungle. However, these Top 5 Most Daring Wildlife Photographers definitely have those guts, and they defeat all odds in order to give us those stunning, HD lion wallpapers.
#1 Andy Rouse
Welsh photographer Andy Rouse has developed a style that could best be described as “gutsy enough to get frighteningly close to wild animals.”. Rouse journeys to the most primitive parts of the wilderness in search of photo-worthy fauna and landscapes, all of which end up appearing in magazines, books, on billboards, and even as T-shirt prints. His dedication and professionalism have been rewarded with nine wins in the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
#2 Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas
You have to take them as a whole package. These two British brothers wish to inspire people, through their photographs, to fight to preserve the natural wonders of our planet. They have a whole gallery dedicated to images of various wild animals, from mammals and even to insects. Although this is definitely one of their strongest suits, they’re generally travel enthusiasts. Therefore, other than this wildlife portfolio, they also have galleries dedicated to landscapes, plants, world cultures, and ancient places.
#3 Joel Sartore
Some of the most extreme wildlife photographers in the world are definitely National Geographic employees. A photographer for over twenty years, he’s no stranger to media exposure and recognition. He’s traveled to the most distant corners of the world, capturing incredible looking wild animals and immersing us in his artistic and high-quality style. Sartore has received recognition in a multitude of ways, having been featured by many big-name publications and having appeared on plenty of national broadcasts.
#4 Moose Peterson
With a name almost predestined, Moose Peterson is well-known in the circles of wildlife photographers. Although this is definitely his main passion, he also enjoys snapping aviation and landscape photos. His knowledge in the art of photography has brought him awards from the likes of Nikon and Lexar, and he hasn’t shied out from sharing with the world, either through his worldwide published writings, either through his lectures across the US.
#5 Suzi Eszterhas
Last but not least, Suzi Eszterhas has developed an uncanny passion for capturing wildlife and sharing it with the world. The Californian photographer spends most of her time among the animals of Africa, and her dedication and talent have been thoroughly rewarded through features in major publications – Time, BBC Wildlife, and The Smithsonian, to name a few. Her portfolio is rich in variety, exhibiting photographs of animals of all sizes and shapes. Elephants, bald eagles, frogs, or sloths, they are all part of Suzi’s gallery.
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