Top 10 Photography Influencers on Instagram

Looking for the top photographers on Instagram? Here is our list of the most popular photography influencers!

In the age of digital media, applications such as Instagram and Snapchat, allow anyone to pick up their smartphones and post amazing photos. The ability to use a wide variety of filters allows individuals to turn boring and ordinary photos into note-worthy pictures. However, when this ability to edit photos is given into the hands of professional photographers then the outcome is far superior.

Here is a list of the top Instagram accounts, which take photography to a new level and allow their followers to see the beauty of Earth and life from a completely different, yet amazing lens.

  1. PAUL NICKLEN – 5.9 Million

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My book, Born to Ice, is a large, fine art retrospective of the polar regions. I edited my life's work down from a million images to 178 of the most evocative and beautiful moments I've spent in the presence of nature. The process was immensely challenging – there is something both surreal and humbling about looking back at your career, at the way you grow and evolve as an artist over time, being able to pinpoint the experiences and the images that teach you how to improve your craft. Choosing the cover photo was probably the hardest part of putting this book together, but I settled finally on this image because it speaks to the ethos that has defined my work most profoundly: to walk unnoticed in the footsteps of greater beings. Thank you everyone for being a part of my journey. We have a small number of limited edition copies left in our office. Check out the link in my bio to get yours.

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Paul Nicklen born in 1968 and co-founder of Sea Legacy is one of the most renowned photographers in the world. The 51-year-old Canadian has worked as a photojournalist at National Geographic and uses his breathtaking photo capturing ability to showcase the beauty of earth’s polar environments and their captivating animal habitats.

  1. MURAD OSMANN – 4.1 Million

Murad Yusupovich Osmanov more commonly referred to as Murad Osman was born in 1985 in Kaspysk, Russia. The young Russian photographer become a world-wide phenomenon when he and his wife went viral in 2012 after they released their series “Follow Me To”. The pictures which shot the photographer to fame have an aura of grandeur to them. The pictures entailed Murad’s beautiful wife Natalia Zakharova, holding his hand and leading Murad to a variety of beautiful scenes from across the world.

  1. MARIO TESTINO – 3.8 Million

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TOWEL SERIES 153, KIM KARDASHIAN WEST. – I always wanted to do a Towel Series with Kim, but it wasn't until she asked me to do a portrait of her and her family that I had the chance. When I arrived at their house, she was wearing a bathrobe and nothing else, but I thought it just looked so perfect. I had to capture it. I asked her if I could photograph only her first, wearing this robe. She has such an amazing power in her body that people sometimes forget that she is also so kind and gentle. – Siempre quise fotografiar a Kim para ‘Towel series’, y tuve la oportunidad de hacerlo cuando me pidió que hiciera un retrato suyo y de su familia. Cuando llegué a su casa, ella estaba en una bata de baño y nada más; pensé que se veía perfecta. Tenía que capturar esa imagen. Le pregunté si podía hacerle fotos primero, solo con esta bata. Ella tiene este poder tan increíble sobre su cuerpo que la gente a veces olvida lo amable y gentil que es. – #TowelSeries #KimKardashianWest #KKW #MarioTestino #2019

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The 65-year-old Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer has amassed a huge following on Instagram through his work for famous magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. The brilliant photographer has achieved world-wide acclaim for his unconventional and eye-catching advertising campaigns for huge fashion brands such as Gucci and Versace. The Peruvian photographer’s Instagram page is full of beautiful, abstract and candid photos of different celebrities from across the globe.

  1. CHRIS BURKARD – 3.5 Million

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The American born photographer and artist is known throughout the photography world for his diversity, ranging from landscape photography to travel and lifestyle. The 33-year-old photographer is known to take extremely humanizing pictures, which inspire and captivate. He is also considered as a dare-devil as many of his pictures show the extremes the young photographer is willing to go to, in order to take the perfect shot.

  1. STEVE MCCURRY – 2.8 Million

The 69-year-old American photographer is often considered legendary and is seen by many as the pioneer of portrait and journalistic photography. The famous photographer has been published across the globe in various famous magazines ranging from the New York Times to National Geographic. His Instagram is full of contemporary and vintage photos which truly capture the humanity present in different conflicts, cultural moments and traditions. Steve’s most famous photo is the “Afghan Girl” which has appeared on the cover National Geographic’s magazine many times and went viral online.

  1. PETE SOUZA – 2.1 Million

The American born photojournalist was the chief photographer of the White House and captured the administrative reigns of many popular presidents such as Ronald Reagan and Barrack Obama. The 64-year-old is the author of two books as well, “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” and “SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidents”. The veteran photographer’s Instagram page is full of pictures of the Obama administration, and the funny moments of the president’s journey are sure to captivate anyone.

  1. MICHAEL YAMASHITA – 1.6 Million

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Terraces of tea unfold along the hillside of the largest tea plantation in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, the number one producer of prized Puer tea. One of the many photographs included in the new edition of SHANGRI-LA [ALONG THE TEA ROAD TO LHASA] – It will be available for the first time in NYC at the Trove Social (formerly Canopy Club) tonight, along with a book signing. Mike will be doing a photo presentation, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, that spans from Europe to Asia along the same paths as explorers Marco Polo and Zheng He. Tickets are available on the “News > Events” section of accessible on Mike’s profile. Hope to see you there. #ShangriLa #teahorseroad #newbookalert #tibet #shambhala #tibetan

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The 70-year-old hailing from the United States is a veteran photographer for the famous TV channel National Geographic and has a degree in Asian studies. The photographer specializes in capturing Asian imagery and has put up a number of fascinating and captivating portraits and scenes on his Instagram. He has won a number of prestigious awards for his contribution in the field of photography and has published and written 11 books.

  1. JACKSON HARRIES – 1.5 Million

The Instagram page of the world-renowned twins, Jackson Frayn “Jack” Harries and Finnegan Charles Frayn “Finn” Harries is last on our list of the most influential photographers on Instagram. The page follows the young film-makers and environmental activists’ journey across the world showcasing a variety of photos, ranging from solo shots to captivating landscapes.

  1. HANNES BECKER – 1.4 Million

The young photographer captures amazing outdoor and adventure landscapes in his country of birth, Germany. The fact that Hannes grew up in a rural region is clearly evident from his photography style. The “German Roamer” not only has eye-catching pictures of Germany on his Instagram but also a number of other countries. His passion for exploring and documenting his experiences is evident from his Instagram captions. Many of his pictures have the young photographer’s own personal interpretation of the meaning of the scenery.

  1. DYLAN FURST – 1.2 Million

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Temporary sculptures

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With 1.2 million followers, Dylan Furst or “fursty” is an American photographer born in Washington, Pacific Northwest. There is a very strong influence of dark and overcast weather in his photography. Fursty’s Instagram feed is full off beautiful and captivating landscape pictures of his area with a dark tint to them. These pictures range from cold and ice mountains to evergreen and dense forests. They truly are a sight for sore eyes.

This wraps up our list of the top photography influencer accounts on Instagram. If you have any suggestions or accounts you would like us to add to this list, feel free to reach out to us.

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