Paul Nicklen, a globally acclaimed, Canadian-born photographer and marine biologist, has been documenting both the beauty and the plight of our planet’s polar regions and our world’s oceans for over twenty years.
As an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine, he has been able to capture the imagination of a global audience. His personal mission is to use his images, which are often highly emotional, evocative, and very beautiful, to ignite a conversation about the future of our planet’s natural wonders and to inspire action. Paul is the recipient of more than thirty international awards, including the Natural Resources Defense Council’s BioGems Visionary Award. As a founder and contributing photographer to SeaLegacy, he plans on dedicating his efforts to shining a light into the issues, species, and ecosystems he so deeply cares about.
As a young boy, Paul, a Canadian-born Arctic ecosystem specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them, he learned the love of nature, the understanding of icy ecosystems, and the survival skills that have turned him into one of the most successful wildlife and nature photographers of our generation.
As an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen has produced 20 stories covering a variety of issues related to conservation and natural history—from the slaughter of narwhals to salmon farming to the importance of sea ice and polar ecosystems in this new climate era. Despite the personal peril he often faces while working in some of the planet’s most remote and harsh environments, Nicklen travels constantly in search of meaningful stories that can help touch people’s emotions and help the public at large connect with Earth’s marine and polar realms.
15 Prizes, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife
Lifetime Achievement Award from University of Victoria, British Columbia
I am proud to have spoken at the TED Conference and TEDx Midwest in Chicago. I have given lectures to influential people and organizations that include Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, the president of Iceland, Richard Branson, Google, Fortune 500 Green and countless other events. I am also proud that I have been chosen as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers of all time by Outdoor Photography Magazine.