Paul Nicklen


Paul Nicklen lives a life of art, purpose and adventure, combining a career as an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine and founder of his own conservation society, SeaLegacy. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Paul is a popular speaker, author, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. In the past decade, Paul has collaborated with scientists, filmmakers, conservationists and explorers to drive change for global issues like climate change. Having grown up in a small Inuit village in the Arctic, he is uniquely qualified to do the kind of documentary photography that informs and creates an emotional connection with subjects in extreme conditions, and his work can take his audiences to an underwater realm witnessed by very few.  His photography has graced the pages of thousands of publications including National Geographic Magazine, where he has completed 20 stories.  His sensitive and evocative work have garnered him over 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year and the prestigious World Press Photo for photojournalism. Paul is equally recognized by the conservation community and was awarded the NRDC BioGems Award for his conservation work.  He has appeared on television and commercial projects for major corporations including Toyota, Mizuno, and American Express.
In his words, “For images to have an actual impact, they most be a combination of Art, Science, and Conservation”.

Paul has written several books including Seasons of the Arctic, Bear, Spirit of the Wild, and his best-selling monograph, Polar Obsession and his most recent E-Book Photographing Wild.