There are few things that inspire me more than a photo. It can capture one thousand words without saying a word. It’s frozen time, yet timeless. And although millions wield the power of a camera (or camera phone), very few can master the photograph in such a creative and compelling style as these 10 fine photographers. Be impressed, amazed and inspired.
1. Christian Fletcher
Without a doubt my favourite photographer. Many years ago I visited his gallery in Dubsorough, Australia and was blown away by the vivid landscapes he captured. In 2011 he won the Australian Professional Landscape Photographer of The Year award (from AIPP).
© Christian Fletcher
2. Enrico Fossati
An Italian amateur self-taught landscape photographer with serious editing skills. Some of the best looking landscape photos I’ve ever seen anywhere.
© Enrico Fossati
3. Drew Hopper
My favourite Instagrammer hands-down, and one of the best all-round photographers in the world. His landscape and travel shots are breathtaking and his innate talent to communicate emotion through still images is second-to-none.
© Drew Hopper
4. Mark Gvazdinskas
An amazing US-based photographer with a passion for the outdoors. He also captures amazing concert photos.
© Mark Gvazdinskas
5. Laurence Norah
A very talented and hard-working travel photographer and blogger. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Milan, Italy last year and he’s a true gentleman, complete with British accent. There’s no surprise over 400,000 folks follow him on Facebook.
© Laurence Norah
6. Dave Bouskill
One of the world’s best known travel bloggers with his lovely wife Debra. They travel the globe sharing about their adventures (and mishaps). Dave uses heavier processing than I, but his photos speak volumes on his love of travel. Check out the photos on their website to catch a serious case of wanderlust!
© Dave Bouskill
7. Matt Gee
Based in Los Angeles, this popular Instagrammer shares his distinctive photography style with over 100,000 followers.
8. Israel Marino
Based in California, Israel captures inspiring landscapes and creative long-exposure images in addition to running photography workshops.
© Israel Marino
9. Pepe Soho
Hailing from Mexico, Pepe captures nature with an artistic flair that goes beyond what they eyes can see and touches the soul. Through photography he’s found a deep spiritual connection with the universe and shares beautiful images in his photo gallery in Mexico City.
© LightRoom Photogallery
10. Manuel Pita
Something quite different from the above photographers. This Instagrammer’s style is instantly recognisable – a touch of whimsy mixed with everyday down-to-earth subjects. Shooting with an iPhone 5S, Manual has gained over 100,000 Instagram followers confirming that it’s not expensive equipment that defines a photographer, but a way of seeing the world.
© Manuel Pita
BONUS: Josh Bender
It would be remiss of me to forget about everyone else's favourite instagrammer!
Having visited over 50+ countries over the last 3 years, my love of photography has been birthed from a deep and profound passion for the indescribable beauty in this world. My photography style is transparent and uncensored, sharing everyday scenes from our ordinary yet extraordinary life.
Other honourable Instagram mentions
There's so many instagrammers that could be on the above list. But here's a few more of my favourite:
@andy_best, @alexstrohl, @chrisburkard, @ipoenkgraphic, @dustinlefevre, @okie_haryadi, @nikonej, @jeanapetree, @billsmith2315, @kenkaminesky, @dariszcahyadi, @hendrahengg, @hitecdan, @mash_design, @thirdeyevis0n, @kotuha, @lhh_pics, @kieranhayesphotography, @ariamphibia, @natigrob, @silverhake_foto, @notesofnomads, @crazyintherain
Now it’s your turn. Which photographers inspire you? Add your favourites in the comments below. (If you say Josh Bender you’ll get extra bonus points!)