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The best adventure photographers of 2020

Photographing adventure trips or insane landscapes it’s not an easy task, but an amazing job when you can see the results of hours spent outdoors. But who are the women & men who spend their days doing this? Are you still looking for damn good inspiration? Today we bring you our personal selection of the BEST ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHERS of the year 2020. Know more about them in the next paragraphs.

[THE BEST ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHERS OF 2020]

1. Robin O’Neill

Based in British Columbia, Canada. Robin is an outdoor lifestyle and action photographer, with amazing skiing & mountain biking shots that will leave you speechless. Amazing shots full of action & movement. She also has a large portfolio, including portraits & documentary shots, as well as editorial photography. She’s not only an awesome photographer, but an incredible storyteller.

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Una publicación compartida de Robin O’Neill (@robinoneill)

2. Chris Burkard

Who doesn’t know Chris Burkard nowadays? At least, everyone in Iceland we know him! This last summer he came to Iceland for biking 975km across the country (from East to West), crossing the most challenging terrain: from steep fjords to dusty deserts and immense glaciers in the country’s Highlands. A great outdoor photographer based in California, this photographer is known for his powerful wild landscapes and for inspire millions of people everyday.

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Una publicación compartida de ChrisBurkard (@chrisburkard)

3. Liz Carlson

Author of the blog Young Adventuress, this amazing photographer who quitted her job for travelling around the globe it’s one of our favorites creators because one thing: vitality. All her shots are full of that vitality that catches your eye immediately. From her wildlife shots to the amazing landscapes & the unreal skies that will blow your mind.

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4. Thráinn Kolbeinsson

If there was once a love at first sight about Icelandic adventure photography, it were us felling in love with these shots of the island were we live. Þráinn (Thráinn) Kolbeinsson is one of those photographers you shouldn’t miss when looking for breathtaking pictures from Iceland or the Faroe Islands. After following him for a while, we are totally sure to tell that he has a completely different and amazing way to shot the Icelandic landscapes as never has done before.

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Una publicación compartida de Thrainn Kolbeinsson (@thrainnko)

5. Cath Simard

One of our best discoveries of this 2020 has been this Canadian-born self-taught travel/landscape photographer and digital artist. A true outdoors explorer & photographer with a great eye for capturing the best moments in the wilderness. Our favorite: her night shots full of colors from the Northern Lights & the Milky Way. A mix between photography & digital art that will blow your mind and will make you question if what you are looking at is real or not!

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Una publicación compartida de C A T H S I M A R D (@cathsimard)

6. Karl ‘Shakur’ N.

Though he’s based in Kansas, we’ve been following this amazing visual artist across his adventures around the world. When talking about majestic & beautiful photos, Karl Shakur N. should be with no doubt in your list of best photographers. Sharing the landscapes & unreal places that he finds while traveling, this photographer specialized in adventure photography has become one of our favorites this last year. A crazy edition with blue & golden tones creating an amazing adventure kaleidoscope that you shouldn’t miss!

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7. Jimmy Chin

When talking about adventure photography, Jimmy Chin is always a reference. Climber, alpinist, filmmaker, photographer & Oscar winner for his co-direction with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi of the documentary “Free Solo”. Amazing shots full of power, action and always showing the most human face behind every expedition. He describes his initiation in photography as a “fortunate accident”, and what a blessing! This accident leaded him to get immersed in amazing adventures such as the first American ski descent of Mt. Everest, many first ascents, expeditions to Antarctica, Pakistan & more.

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Una publicación compartida de Jimmy Chin (@jimmychin)

8. Tiffany Nguyen

From Southern California, Tiffany is a globetrotting photographer you should incorporate to your list of travel inspirers! Workshop creator, dentist and an amazing creator with an incredible eye for taking breathtaking vast landscapes, where inserting a small human figure can give us a general view of the scale.  A bright & colorful collection you indeed should look into when looking for more inspiration!

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Una publicación compartida de tiffany nguyen (@tiffpenguin)

9. Tor-Ivar Næss

A northern Norway based photographer, with his home between fjords & mountains, Tor-Ivar is well-known for his long-exposure photographs & night sky shots, all of them full of colors & with the amazing tones of the dancing Valkyries, the Northern Lights. If you are a Nordic landscapes lover, then Tor-Ivar is a must!

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Una publicación compartida de Tor-Ivar Næss (@torivarnaess)

10. Simona Buratti & Arnar Kristjansson

Creators of Beyond the Lands, this couple are one of the main references when talking about the Icelandic Highlands. An amazing team of photographers & digital artists with a common passion that will blow your mind with their aerial shots. Unreal places, impossible abstract landscapes & perfect compositions with minimal silhouettes are part of their portfolio.

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11. Christian Scheiffele

Based in Germany, Christian Scheiffele has inspired us during summer of 2020 with amazing shots from the Icelandic Highlands. But taking a look to his portfolio we can find a diversity of landscapes & destinations such as the impressive cliffs of Madeira or the Dolomites. A powerful photography full of details and with impressive views that will leave you speechless.

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Una publicación compartida de Christian Scheiffele (@holysh0t)

12. Savannah Cummins

We discovered her in the Reel Rock 13 film with the climbing expedition to Antarctica. Since then, we have been following her photography really close. Climber, photographer, cinematographer and owning her own media company. She’s also a The North Face athlete and has participated in amazing expeditions that would take you from Central Africa to the Antarctica big frozen walls, through the amazing Nepal & the vertical walls of the Tetons Range.

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Una publicación compartida de savannah cummins (@sav.cummins)

13. Jess Bonde

A Tasmanian photographer inspiring us from the opposite side of the world. Or maybe not! This guy is never in just one place, he’s always traveling from one place to the following one for taking impressive shots of the wild nature and his adventures. Definitely one inspiring account to follow for next year, before he starts his journey driving from Tasmania to Iceland in a van-adventure.

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14. Krystle Wright

A world class adventure photographer and film director. We still don’t know what do we love the most: her mountain shots or maybe her underwater photos? Damm! So good! Indeed, Krystle is someone you need to follow. Photographs full of movement, with amazing landscapes that will make us feel little near the mother nature.

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Una publicación compartida de Krystle Wright (@krystlejwright)

15. Daniel Kordan

Russian nature photographer, explorer & visual artist. He spends a lot of time in amazing destinations like Patagonia, Lofoten Islands, Mongolia or Greenland. You can almost feel the beauty of this places & even picture yourself there with each photo he takes. With a great combination between wildlife, landscapes & night photography, this photographer should be added to your list ASAP!

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Una publicación compartida de Daniel Kordan (@danielkordan)

16. Jody MacDonald

An award winning photographer that has sailed around the world, Jody is no stranger to adventure photography and expeditions to every unexplored corner of the planet. An amazing storyteller who shows her passion for the wonders of our world through her shots. She’s also a social change inspiration in the hopes of promoting the preservation of wild places, something that we value over everything!

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17. Jamie Justus Out

Freelance photographer & adventure man from Vancouver. His photos are the perfect balance between amazing landscapes that take you to a dreamland, with the small human silhouette in all of them, which gives us an incredible perspective of the image we are looking at. With a really good edition of every photograph he takes, he should be a photographer that must be on your list of inspirers for 2021.

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Una publicación compartida de Jamie Justus Out (@jamieout)

18. Camilla Rutherford

A Scottish nominated as the best NZ National Geographic Photographer of the Year? YES! This is Camila! While she has a minimalist style for her nature & sports shots, we have felt in love with her portraits shots. A fantastic combination of people & nature documentary photography that you shouldn’t miss! She has, with no doubt, a fantastic storytelling skills.

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19. Marco Grassi

It’s not easy to find a dark storm photography in Marco’s portfolio. Amazing sunsets, incredible light & stunning landscapes of all around the world make his gallery a really impressive collection that can amaze you anytime. From the black & red craters of Iceland, to Patagonia’s vertical walls, we cannot stop being amazed by his amazing photographs with that tiny & little silhouette in the middle of the shot. Just AMAZING!

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20. Angela Percival

Senior adventure photographer at Arc’teryx with indeed, an amazing talent for skiing photography. If there’s someone who attracts us for her white & snowy shots full of actions, this is Angela. Recognized as one of the best 9 talented women photographers, she has an amazing eye for capturing the best moments when talking not only about skiing, but also about alpinism or climbing.

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Una publicación compartida de Angela Percival (@angepercival)

21. Ben Simon

When talking about drone & aerial photography, Ben is one of our top 10 photographers. A German visual artist with an extremely well edited photography & with high dark contrasts, he has one of the most minimalist photographic collections we have seen until now. If you like art, then you should start following his work ASAP!

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22. Emily Polar

We got captivated by her shots of our beloved Nepal, we stayed because of her enormous talent for travel & documentary photography. This photographer based in Nepal has taken some of the most humane shots from the country that we’ve ever seen. If Nepal is not what you’re looking for, no worries, she has plenty of inspiration to share with her whole portfolio brimming with passion for Asia.

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Una publicación compartida de Emily Polar (@emilypolar)

23. Even Tryggstrand

Norwegian photographer with an amazing Arctic collection with shots from all the nordic countries. From immense waterfalls, to vertical cliffs covered by snow, from incredible wildlife portraits to impressive aerial shots that will leave you speechless. If your passion are the Nordic countries, then you should check his collection right away!

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Una publicación compartida de Even Tryggstrand (@eventyr)

24. Garðar Ólafs

The MASTER of aerial photography in Iceland. With no doubt. Still trying to understand why? Go and check his gallery! This guy has taken the best and most uncommon shots of the wildest places we love in Iceland. Wild landscapes seeing from above, impressive perspectives, new locations to scout, colorful sunsets…always in the right moment & the right place for flying his drone and delight us with his visual creations.

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25. Þorsteinn Roy Jóhannsson

If previously we were talking about the drone master, we introduce you Þorsteinn, the glacier photo master. And one of the best Icelandic filmmakers & drone operators we have discovered this last year. We knew about him after his ascent to Hrútfjallstindar. We are amazed by his aerial photography of ice & rivers, but we also felt in love with one of his last videos about Iceland.

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26. Benjamin Hardman

Last but no least! Benjamin is an Australian nature photographer based in Iceland with an exquisite taste for aerial, wildlife & minimalist landscape photography. With a great eye for capturing the hidden & obscure world of not only this cold island, but also other northern territories as Svalbard & Greenland. His photography is, one of the most artistic masterpieces you can fin when looking for Arctic inspiration.

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Did we miss any photographer? Shall we include someone new for 2021 edition? Reach us through our Instagram and we will be more than happy to check your suggestions!

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