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Paul Nicklen

Photo credit: Cristina Mittermeier

Polar photojournalist

Expertise: Photography, film, art, Flora, Fauna, Diving, Environment

By Jessica Finn

Given that Paul Nicklen is an Arctic ecosystem specialist and marine biologist turned wildlife photojournalist, it might surprise you that he has no formal photography training. A National Geographic photographer for almost two decades, he travels 10 months a year on assignment in a bid to promote conservation efforts for endangered wildlife — though he is perhaps best known for his underwater photography of Arctic and Antarctic species. He credits the Inuit of Baffin Island, where he grew up, for teaching him the survival skills, knowledge and appreciation of wildlife required for his job.


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