Photographer / Speaker / Mexican / Contributor to National Geographic / Co-founder of @sea_legacy / SonyArtisan / NatGeoCreative / Founder of iLCP
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As I travel and meet wonderful girls, like this girl from the Vezo fishing tribe, I often wonder, "what is her full potential?" What would she be able to achieve, change, inspire, if she only had access to the same opportunities I have been able to give my daughter (the wonderful @jittermeier)? That said, I also am often envious of the carefree, simple lifestyle that a lot of people, we might deem as “poor” often lead. In the end, it is all about opportunity. With my camera, I try to provide a moment of “importance”, pride, and celebrity, to girls and women, who might otherwise be invisible. I try to portray my subjects as “fully formed people”, with all the beauty, happiness, and potential they bring to the world.
Want to help girls reach their full potential? From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.
It is an honor to share the photos I captured for the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign. I had the privilege of working with young @Takaiya_Blaney, a singer, song-writer, drummer and speaker for her people, the Tla’amin First Nation of British Columbia. I wanted my images to show the inexorable relationship that the people from this coast have had for thousands of years with the Salish Sea. Ta’Kaiya told me her Big Dream is to save what is near her heart, and the heart of her culture. She wants to achieve recognition for indigenous and environmental rights and she will do it by transforming words into actions and actions to results. My dream is to make her dream a reality.
From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.
I quickly learned this is not a hamster. This little girl from the Equatorial Guinea island of Bioko, share with me her Giant African Pouched Rat, an interesting animal that is relentlessly snared for food all over West Africa. In addition to being allegedly tasty, this interesting mammal is so intelligent and has such powerful sense of smell, that it is actually trained for all sorts of special jobs: it can sniff landmines, it can detect tuberculosis AND it can uncover illegal wildlife being smuggled. Oh, it is cute too!
I know it is not "pet week” but I want to share a small collection of images of the pets indigenous people keep around the world. This is a baby capybara, the largest member of the rodent family and a delicacy in many countries of South America. I photographed this cutie in a Kayapó village in the Brazilian Amazon. Its mom probably was killed for food but the village kids were enjoying this playful mammal and although I hate thinking about its ultimate fate in a place where food is hard to find, during this sunny afternoon, this “babybara” was a superstar.
As I kicked wildly to stay away from the stinging end of this egg yolk jellyfish, while at the same time focusing and correcting my exposure, we both were swept by the fast currents of the Salish Sea. The jelly at the mercy of the currents, and me limited by the power of my lungs to follow it into the deep. Although getting stung by a jellyfish can be very painful, the fascination these creatures hold for me, by far exceeds my fear!
Kissed by the last rays of light on the cold Antarctic afternoon, an iceberg glows as it glides pass the darkening peninsula. As photographers all we do is chase the light. A boring scene can turn to magic, with the shifting hours of the day. It is at dawn and dusk, however, that nature conspires with light to create all the right moods.
Aptly named “pancake” ice, this whimsical ice formation is fast to form, when temperatures drop, and fast to melt. I really enjoyed this ever-changing landscape as we made our way towards the North Pole on the Russian Nuclear Ice-Breaker “50 Years of Victory” with @QuarkExpeditions and @SeaLegacy.
A polar bear checks an opening lead on the sea ice for seals, its favorite prey. I was shocked to learn that there are fewer than 25,000 polar bears left and that as many as 1000 are killed every year for both subsistence in indigenous communities and for trophy, which isolated communities need as it is one of their only sources of income. As climate change melts away their hunting grounds, polar bears struggle more and more for survival, maybe it is time to give them more protection? How can we support remote communities with alternative income? We are out of easy solutions and we need to think deeply about these issues.
He remembers how, as a five year old boy, his entire family was forcefully removed from their ancestral territory in northern Canada and translocated hundreds of miles away, to a land they did not know. His name was taken away and he became “Eskimo 1-602”. Fifty five years later, and after years of hunger, cultural and physical loss, and political struggle, David Serkoak - once known to his kin as “Hiquaq", is the first Inuit drummer to reach the North Pole. Tiptoe-dancing over a melting ice-scape, he raised his voice and drummed for joy to be standing at the top of the world. It was an honor to travel to the northernmost point of our planet with this Inuit elder, and to learn from his own voice, how self-determination is the best tool indigenous communities have to face a fast-changing planet.
For @Sea_Legacy, with @paulnicklen, the inspirational polar explorer Alan Chambers MBE, Canadian explorer James Raffan, and fellow photographers @pma2412, @timokohlerphotography and @@garypeartphoto
A group of crabeater seals rests on the fast ice on the Antarctic Peninsula. If successful, the efforts to create an MPA here will protect the important feeding grounds on which these animals depend. Does anyone know why they're called crabeater seals? They don't eat crab. *
Image: "Portrait de loup blanc dans la brume" ("White Wolf in the Mist") by Vincent Munier
You're invited to join the Wolf Conservation Center at its three-day weekend pop up shop in Paul Nicklen’s SoHo fine art gallery (paulnicklengallery.com) now through July 30th, 2017!
The shop will be the first-ever conservation awareness pop up inside an environmental advocacy-focused fine art gallery (a portion of sale proceeds from the Paul Nicklen Gallery funds @sea_legacy (sealegacy.org), my non-profit dedicated to protecting our oceans). The purpose of the pop up shop is to spotlight the WCC’s conservation efforts while offering a multitude of WCC branded items, as well as a finely curated selection of limited edition photographs by Paul Nicklen Photography, Vincent Munier - Photographer and Julie Betts Testwuide Photography.
Set against a towering wall of multi-layered ice, this nomad of the north appears tiny, but despite this illusion in perspective and size, it is clear that he is on a mission. Springtime in Svalbard, Norway, means one thing for Polar Bears - food. They must replenish the staggering amount of body fat that they have lost during hibernation, and this guy thinks something may be hiding nearby. Polar Bears can smell a seal 32 kilometres (20 miles) away. ⠀
On SeaLegacy expedition with @PaulNicklen⠀
⠀ #svalbard | #polarbears | #awesomeearth | #sony | #earthofficial | #earthpix
A polar bear takes a nap after an arduous and unsuccessful search for seals, his favourite prey. On years like this one, when the sea ice was plentiful, it is uplifting to once again, watch these bears patrol their hunting grounds. ⠀
On expedition with @SeaLegacy, @natgeopristineseas⠀
*⠀ #polarbears | #seaice | #polar | #magic
A pod of Peale's dolphins accompanies our ship as we cross the infamous Drake Passage on our way back from a National Geographic expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. We are working towards the creation of a Marine Protected Area in the region.⠀
These dolphins also referred to as "black chinned dolphins" travel in pods of usually five and up to twenty although on rare occasions, have been witnessed travelling in groups of up to 100. ⠀
⠀ @natgeo | @natgeoprisineseas | #@paulnicklen | @andy_mann | @ladzinski | @craigwelch | #antarctica | #drakepassage | #dolphins | #CCAMLR |
Like ghosts appearing from the deep, one second I was alone, and the next I was surrounded by hundreds of Adelie penguins returning to land after spending the day feeding at sea. Clumsy and funny on land, they are like a symphony in motion underwater. There were several seals in the area waiting to ambush them and I had to smile when I realized they were using me as a “shield” to get to land safely.
An unbelievable experience on an island that is now protected in perpetuity thanks to the efforts of the @TheWCS. Steeple Jason is part of the Falklands archipelago (once known as islas Malvinas). On assignment for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen.
Spending time with animals in the wild is a privilege reserved for a very few. What is my responsibility as somebody who gets this chance? I don’t want to just make pretty pictures; I want to tell stories and I want to give a voice to animals, like this polar bear, who cannot speak for themselves. The work is hard, dangerous, and often lonely. I am really lucky to have an amazing team supporting me. Thanks to @PaulNicklen, @derek_rushton, @Maptia, @erichroepke, @burgankait, @samkretch, @Mikeberard, @lnixpix and @steinretzlaff. Thanks to their hard work, @SeaLegacy is an effective Impact organization.
The Arctic is changing rapidly and what to many of us is still a theoretical problem, happening far away, for others, like the Inuit people who live in the most remote corners of the Arctic, is already a reality. While traveling on the sea ice, one of our dog teams fell through the ice. As the heavy sled pulled the dogs underwater, the entire team had to help rescue the dogs and the vessel, which was loaded with our heavy gear. Thankfully we were able to pull the dogs out and lost only a young pup, who was pulled under for too long. We just couldn't save it but the rest were okay.
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Those eyes….they seem almost human. A male Grizzly bear assesses my presence as we share a small length of the Fishing Branch River. He fishes, I photograph. If we take the time to be with animals as equals, they tend to surprise us…with their sensitivity, their intelligence, and their vulnerability.
On assignent for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen.
It is impossible to tire from the company of humpbacks. Whether underwater or under moonlight, their presence always makes me skip a breath. @PaulNicklen and I have spent many hours hoping to catch a glimpse of these amazing giants and sometimes, when the light is just right, we have been gifted with amazing moments.
How do you relax? I like gardening and I have a mild addiction to my backyard hot tub. Polar bears, on the other hand need to cool down and they do so by rolling around on the snow. What most impresses me about polar bears, is the size of their paws. Larger than dinner plates, they are designed to travel over snow and ice. Polar bears are so well insulated they must release excess heat through areas where fur is absent or blood vessels are close to the skin, like muzzle, nose, ears, and those black footpads. So happy to be heading back to the #Arctic with @paulnicklen @SeaLegacy | @NatGeoCreative | #bear | #polar | #wildlife | #animals | #nature
After taking turns to sit on the nest for 70 days, the black-browed albatross chick finally hatches. Instead of the bright, white plumage spotted by the adults, the baby is covered with a soft, fluffy gray coat of downy feathers. Its black beak will eventually turn bright orange, and as both parents work around the clock to keep it fed, the baby will grow quickly and after only 120 days, it will take flight for the first time. I truly enjoyed sitting quietly among the nests, watching the comings and goings of the colony during an assignment for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen. Thankfully, this island has been protected by @TheWCS so this baby has very little to worry about. @NatGeoCreative | @NatGeoTravel | #love | #beauty | #nature | #malvinas | #moreocean
Ice, light and mood, are all it takes to entertain a photographer for hours in Antarctica. Regardless of where you look, there are incredible ice formations and reflections everywhere. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes awe-inspiring, the ephemeral nature of ice, with all tis hues of blue and white, makes it the most fascinating subject.
When I first saw one of these large male Southern Sea Lions I honestly thought it looked like a Grizzly bear! During the mating season, the males come on land to build their harems and they become quite territorial and they will chase away anything and anyone that comes within their invisible boundary. They literally wait at the water's edge for the females to come out so they can mate with them. Majestic and wild, the Falkland islands are a real paradise for wildlife and thanks to the efforts of organizations like @theWCS, some of these islands are now protected. On assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen @natgeocreative@natgeotravel#wildlife#animals#nature#beauty#sealion#moreocean