Above all, landscape photographers are thrill-seekers. Traveling around the world to capture some of the most unseen locations and helping viewers feel emotionally connected to nature. Similarly, they endure harsh climates, dangerous hikes, and even sometimes hostile territories.
This list will help you find inspiration and new talent to follow when it comes to the top landscape photographers around the globe. After that, you can head outdoors and maybe add your name to this growing list.
The Best Landscape Photographers
First up is American landscape photographer Sean Bagshaw. What started as a passion soon grew into a full time profession when Sean discovered he could combine his love of adventure with images. In addition, he joins the ranks of some of the most well-known landscape photographers in the world. When he’s not out shooting he also enjoys teaching. He offers many courses including Photoshop Essentials For Outdoor Photographers and Luminosity Mask Masterclass.
Additionally, he released a photo book called Oregon, My Oregon: Land Of Natural Wonders. The book was forwarded by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and Oregonian, Nicholas Kristof. It’s available everywhere books are sold.
Michael Shainblum is based in San Francisco, California but has been working professionally as a photographer since the age of 16. He first made a name for himself through his unique ability to capture night sky in a distinct surreal style.
Furthermore, Michael has worked with big clients including Nike, Samsung, Facebook, LG, Apple, and Google. Learn more about Michael’s landscape work on YouTube where he shares vlogs, tricks, and tips. He also offers workshops and prints on his website.
Kai Hornung is a landscape photographer based in Hanover, Germany. He stands out among other landscape photographers through his approach to creating abstract scenes of nature.
In addition, his work has been awarded internationally including recently being awarded the Photograph Of The Year! Furthermore, Kai can be spotted judging photography competitions. His work has been shown in many publications including National Geographic. Check out his website for more info on his images and online training.
Cath Simard is a Canadian-born self-taught landscape photographer with a passion for the wilderness. After quitting her job as a fashion stylist and model, she left Quebec and spent 5 years exploring the world.
Additionally, she is now on a mission to share her passion and vision through her unique images. In other words, for her, photography is like a therapy that gives a sense of purpose and self-expression. Lastly, she hopes to inspire people to enjoy more alone time in nature for self-improvement and healing. If you want to learn from Catherine, check back on her website for updates and enjoy her preset packs.
Fine art photographer based in Utah, Dustin LeFevre has been named one of the best landscape photographers in the world.
Nature, light, and color are all reoccurring themes in his work. Dustin covers much of the American West Coast. Furthermore, he has expanded his passion for capturing landscape photos into workshops.
Don’t miss out on his Outsiders Photography Conference on April 16-18, 2021. The conference includes keynote speaker Art Wolfe and participants are encouraged to apply the lessons learned at the conference in Kanab and the surrounding picturesque areas.
Marco Grassi was born in Italy and is a self taught landscape photographer. His work is driven by remote destinations. Furthermore, his landscape photography is focused on evoking a sense of mightiness around everything that surrounds us. In addition, he shares his photography and knowledge with other photographers by offering tutorials on post-production, presets, and photo tours.
Kordan used to be a scientist but now teaches others the craft of landscape photography. Daniel Kordan studied at the Institute of Physics and Technology but took every opportunity he had to explore landscape photography. Kordan spent weekends giving tours and becoming the chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. He says “I live in the world, but some places are connected to my soul”.
Landscape and travel photographer Erez Marom began his photography work in the tiny world of invertebrates. Born in Israel, where he still resides today he was always pushed by his parents to pursue his artistic interests.
Now he offers photographers the chance to work side by side with him to learn how he produces his beautiful photography. Build your portfolio by joining his Namibia workshop in June 2021. Namibia doesn’t require quarantine so if you are up for adventure with an expert in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, sign up! You can also listen to his podcast on how to become a professional landscape photographer.
Christian Hoiberg tops our list of landscape photographers for his night photography including imagery of the milky way and Arctic circles. Additionally, his time lapse photos of Northern Norway are stunning. He splits his time giving landscape photography tours in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Additionally, part of his website has a section of tutorials including post-processing techniques. Also, he has written several ebooks on landscape photography. If you want to take better photos we recommend his ‘Comprehensive Introduction to Landscape Photography’ to get started. Lastly, there will be a new course released early this year so stay updated by visiting his site.
American Photographer, Scott Smorra, is becoming well known for his fine art prints. Since 2009, he has been creating finely crafted large format photographic wall art. His work is used to communicate the emotions he feels during his outdoor adventures. We love that his main goal is to convey a feeling of peace through photos.
Philip Slotte is a twenty-four-year-old landscape and travel photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He first started taking landscape photos when he was just sixteen years old with a phone camera. His work leaves the viewer wondering where he is.
David Thompson is a Nevada based photographer whose images cover much of the United States. Nature drew him in from a young age as weekends were spent hiking and camping with his family. He would stand at the top of massive dunes taking in the views and deciding one day he would become a landscape photographer.
His images play with color and movement and his use of leading lines makes the viewer’s eyes constantly dance around every image. You can order his book on the Art of Landscape here or his book of New Zealand landscapes here.
Ted Gore is a landscape photographer based in southern California and has gained international acclaim for his development of ambitious nature compositions. In addition to leading workshops, Ted also creates widely praised instructional videos that give photographers insight into his processes. Ted’s creative output also includes projects in the motion graphics industry, making his work extra creative.
Guy Tal creates work that is all about patterns and structure. He is an expert at finding repetition in nature. Each of his images leaves the viewer wanting to investigate more. He is also an author whose beautiful images and writing can be found here.
Tal is a firm supporter of the arts quoted as saying “I believe that the practice of creative pursuits manifests not only in the making of art, but also has the ability to transform and enrich life, facilitate meaningful and rewarding experiences, and foster contentment and satisfaction through lifelong discovery and learning.”
Max Rive was born and raised in the flat country of the Netherlands where he discovered his love of nature running around the mountains with his brother. Later, that love soon turned into a photography career, he quit university and hopped on a plane to the Himalayas of Nepal. After almost dying in an airplane accident, he continued traveling around the planet to Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Sweden, Scotland, Norway, and New Zealand and now offers his own workshops.
Marc Adamus is a landscape photographer based in Western North America. His pursuit of landscapes has taken him around the globe almost continuously for well over a decade now. He is also included in authoring a book that offers a step-by-step approach to improve both artistic vision and technical skills.
Above all, Adamus’s style is unmistakable. He has a talent for capturing fleeting atmospheres and majestic views. Adamus has been frequently mentioned and recognized as an original artist, innovator, and a trendsetter in the modern age of landscape photography.
Based in Seattle, Ryan Dyar lives and breathes landscape photography. He grew up as an avid snowboarder which connected him to nature at a very young age. Dyar focuses mainly on big bold dramatic scenes. Many of his images include mountains and other bold landscapes.
His goal is to bring the viewer into the photograph and help them feel the emotions he encountered while shooting. He now leads tours to help others master landscapes in the photography world. You can also listen to his podcast in which he talks about emotional attachment with the images he captures and how it impacts his work.
Thomas Heaton is a British landscape and travel photographer who is gaining a lot of attention through his popular YouTube channel, where he shares videos about his travels. Even more, his followers love his genuine and enthusiastic vlogs detailing some of the more difficult aspects of being a landscape photographer. You can also read his book.
Erin Babnik began her career as an art historian, using photos to better her lectures before transitioning to the role of a landscape photographer. She is known for her thrill seeker style that mixes risks and art, making her photos stand out among other photographers.
In conclusion, those are our top picks for landscape photographers that you should be following today! Even if you just enjoy taking photos while traveling this list is sure to help you gain some new ideas about how to change your perspective when shooting landscapes.
Similarly, all these photographers share a true passion for nature which shows through their images. If you want to learn about the top photographers in other genres, have a look at our series of articles on other famous photographers. Above all, have fun shooting and get back to nature!