10 Amazing Travel Photographers You Need to Know.

     While making this list I had a difficult time setting the final order but overall I based it on how well I visually connect with each photographers work. These are all big name photographers due to countless hours of shooting, marketing, editing, traveling, and working passionately on the craft. Needless to say they have worked hard to earn the recognition they deserve from fellow photographers and followers. In addition to that, they likely have never stopped working to advance their skills and abilities. It’s for this exact reason I love the pursuit of photography.


10. Rick Sammon 

     By no means does the tenth spot on this list reflect a legendary photographer like Rick Sammon. His impeccable images have a wide range of subjects that instantly make you want to elevate your photographic skills and explore our planet.  (Instagramricksammonphotography

9.    Scott Kelby

     Shortly after starting my pursuit of studying photography, I found Scott Kelby and became a regular viewer of his show, “The Grid,” on YouTube. In addition to being a brilliant educator, his travel images are immaculate and reflect technical perfection.  (Instagram - scottkelby)

8.    Art Wolfe

     Not only is Art Wolfe an astonishing photographer, he is also an accomplished author who has published a multitude of books. After flipping through, “Migrations: Wildlife in Motion,” his drive to push the creative boundaries to another level became obvious.  (Instagram - artwolfe)

7.    Paul Zizka

     One of the many photographers I first discovered on Instagram is Paul Zizka. His vibrant, bold, attention-demanding, landscape photographs are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Each new image he releases makes me envious of the location and in awe of how beautiful our planet is.  (Instagram - paulzizkaphoto)

6.    Cory Richards

     National Geographic Photographer, Cory Richards, creates images that allow you to empathize with the environment. Climates ranging from smoke filled temples, frigid sea diving, and sub-zero blizzards are just a few of the scenarios he has endured to get the breathtaking shot.  (Instagram - coryrichards)

The photos below are of the photographers, ordered from 10-1.

5.    Ron Nickel

     Quite simply, I owe almost everything I know about professional photography to Ron. Not only was he my instructor throughout college, but also a mentor. From working as his personal assistant on photo-shoots, to sitting in class listening to him passionately teach invaluable, information, I highly respect him and the imagery he produces. Ron's impressive client list directly reflects how his photography has impacted societies around the globe and initiated genuine change for the better.  (Instagram - rknickel)

4.    David duChemin

     Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, David duChemin is a photographer I started following early in my photography journey. His most recent video project on YouTube, called Vision is Better, continues that learning process while he journey’s to all ends of the planet creating captivating images.  (Instagram - davidduchemin)

3.    Steve McCurry

     You might be surprised that such an iconic name is third on my list but I thought it would be too easy to place him as number one. After making one of the most popular images in the world, Afghan Girl, he continues to produce unbelievable images that allow you to deeply connect with the subject.  (Instagram - stevemccurryofficial)

2.    Joey L.

     Known for his superb portrait work, Joey L. came to be one of my favourite photographers after seeing his behind the scenes video with the guerrilla fighters of Kurdistan. The style and lighting in his images are just as incredible as the stories unfolding.  (Instagram - joeyldotcom)

1.    Jimmy Nelson

     Jimmy Nelson is one of those outrageously, talented photographers I originally found on Instagram. I was instantly blown away by his photographs of various people groups around the world.  The poses and processing in every image are perplexing with an instantaneous, intrinsic, curiosity of how that fraction of a second came to be.  (Instagram - jimmy.nelson.official)


     I hope you enjoyed my list of “10 Amazing Travel Photographers You Need to Know. You may not view some people on the list as 'travel photographers' but they all travel to make the jaw dropping photographs we love. I strongly encourage you to take time to check out each of these photographer’s websites and any other projects or causes they are working on.  Who are your favourite travel photographers? Are there any other photographers you think deserve to be on the list? Let me know! 

Mason Unrau

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The Force of Change.

     Following our visually tantalizing time at the mud volcanoes we had enough daylight left to visit some crazy rock formations. As soon as we arrived at this second location I couldn’t help but reminisce about the Alberta Badlands that I’ve explored on numerous occasions. This obscure scene had similar qualities but was still unique enough to make me want to wander through the maze for days. The curvaceous, weathered boulders appeared to be infected by miniature pits, which initiated my pondering mind to imagine how or what this location was like thousands of years ago. To add to the complexity and intrigue this place had hundreds of petroglyphs littering the surfaces of the larger rocks.

     Thinking back to how it reminded me of the Alberta Badlands made me realize how much I missed home. I think that the moment I left I missed it but it’s often easy to suppress those feelings when you’re simply trying to navigate through daily life in a different culture. As much as I miss home I wouldn’t want this experience taken away because there’s been a lot of incredible experiences as you all have seen on this blog. I guess what I miss most about being home is that it doesn’t feel like my life is on pause. These nine months of travel without a doubt keep me occupied but I’m always looking to the bigger and better opportunity or experience and when I’m in the same one for an extended period of time I get restless. Now, I’m not restless in a discontent sort of way but more like I want to bring whatever I’m doing to the next level, in a way I think is most effective. I also find that the longer I’m part of any entity I want to make it better and if I’m not in a hierarchical position to do so I implode. I say implode because I rarely outburst as a child might but rather I’m deeply cogitatively thinking of how improvement can be made to whatever I think needs transformation. Internal exhilaration consumes me with a desire to get to the point where I can make valuable change. From the outside you probably will never see this due to my introverted mannerisms but you better believe I’m analyzing and pondering what my next steps need to be.

     To conclude, I want it vividly clear that I crave to make positive change to improve the things I love. If you find yourself frustrated with me it might be because I’m pushing for change and that makes it your job to either enable me, get out of my way, or just straight up convince me that you’re infinitely more intelligent with flawless reasoning. Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you and I can work towards improving this broken world we live in!

Time Elapsing.

     As some of you know Celine is here to visit me for two weeks! After being apart for four months it’s amazing to be reunited with her. Sure it wasn’t easy being apart that long but I love that we are able to pick up right where we left off and continue to grow in our relationship. I wont get too mushy but time is flying by since she got here last Sunday!

     The #28toMake project of creating a time-lapse everyday this month has been going well. Overall it’s really pushing me to be more creative and think differently about how time passes as well as what will be photographically compelling. I don’t always have great subjects but it’s fascinating seeing what one can observe when manipulating the perception of time. Which has been your favorite?

     Next week I’m going to another village with Celine, which means I’ll be getting more awesome photos of this intriguing country. I feel so fortunate to have seen so much of this diverse nation in my short time of visiting. If you have video projects or want to use these time lapses for anything let me know and I’ll get them to you! 

Muzungo! Muzungo! Muzungo!.

     Even though we were leaving Ethiopia we were all looking forward to visiting Rwanda. Personally I didn’t really know what to expect since I had heard that from country to country in Africa they all have very unique societies. Even looking back at Egypt to Ethiopia the differences were incredible!

     We touched down in Rwanda and were greeted by our wonderfully hospitable hosts! Their names were Glenda, Peter, and Dianne and as soon as we dropped our bags off at the YWAM base they wanted us to get an idea of what the country has gone through. As we approached the genocide museum you could sense the weight of the memorial grounds. Walking through the museum and reading of the calamities, was utterly heartbreaking, there are no words to do this description justice. The entire time a lump was in my throat. Holding back tears of confusion was all I could do while reading. For humanity to deteriorate due to propaganda in such a devastating way and people turn on friends or family was perplexingly as well as scary all at once. Processing this visit was tough for the team and took some multiple days to just get through the first layer.

     Once we left the memorial a somber evening followed and four of us prepared to head to the countryside with Peter and Dianne about two hours outside of Kigali. Another thing we noticed about the capital in Rwanda was that it was excessively clean. It even put most North American cities to shame in my opinion! Of course getting a little ways out of the city that slightly changed but so did the standard of living. Staying with some local Rwandan’s who are doing aid work with YWAM in the area it was fascinating getting to know them and here about the vast amount of work that is being accomplished in these villages. One of the highlights for me was walking the red dirt roads and being able to see the people go about their lives. The opportunity repeatedly would arise where they stood mesmerized by our white pearly skin and I could jester to the camera seeing if they would give me the go ahead to capture their portrait.  It was also inevitable that the children would take the time to holler “Muzungo Muzungo Muzungo!” multiple times at us, which means white person. Often it was comically entertaining to see some of the kids face’s light up as we drove by on motto bikes while they emerged from their mud homes to provide us with this greeting.

     Overall Rwanda was a breath of fresh air considering its heavy past. When I think of the country the words resilience and hope come to mind. Both of these terms define the people and growing culture there. Unlike most of the locations so far, I would love to return one day in order to experience more of the geographically small but diverse country since we only spent a short four days there. In addition to this I would love to take more time to photograph the people since the images I did capture are some of my favourites from the entire trip! Enjoy and let me know which one is your favourite.

Ethiopia Meskel.

     Once we arrived in Ethiopia the first two days were spent getting to know what the organizations are doing in the nation. This was interesting but a lot of us were eager to get out to the countryside to start landscaping at a retreat center SIM owns where their workers can go to recoup from months of hard work. While we were there I was able to get lots of awesome photos of the team cutting bamboo, ripping out roots, and burning all the dead brush. If you want to see photos of the team in action you will need to head to or their Facebook page to see them once they are published.

     During our last night in Addis Ababa we were having our evening devotion time but were constantly hearing chanting from outside. Earlier that day we asked about these yellow flowers that were being sold on the side of the road and were told that an annual Orthodox holiday was occurring that night. The flowers being sold only grow one week out of the year and are a big part of the festival. I wont go into all the detail about what the festival is but here is a link to read more. After the team finished devotions the adventurous ones in the group left the compound and began wondering down the streets to find the source of the loud singing and chanting. To our fortune it turned out that on almost ever block there was a celebration occurring! We went to the one with the largest stack of wood and leaves with the expectation that they would be burning it eventually. Upon arriving, we stood out seeds in watermelon but were welcomed warmly and even got some camera time, offered candles to have lit, and given communion. To say the least the event was somehow uniting and just simply marvelous! The few photos I have posted were taken with my Canon M on manual focus and a pretty slow shutter speed so excuse it if they aren’t tack sharp but for me it was the emotion and atmosphere I wanted to capture. I even submitted them the Your Shot at National Geographic where they seemed to be received very well by the community!

     I will be releasing more posts this week so come back soon to see what we did in Rwanda! Hopefully by the time I am in my six-month nation I will be up to date on posting. Thanks again for reading!