As a young boy Paul Nicklen moved to Baffin Island with his family and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned a love of nature, the understanding of icy ecosystems, and the survival skills that have helped him become one of the most successful wildlife and nature photographers of our generation.
A passionate advocate for polar and marine biodiversity, Nicklen has spent most of his adult life working in the Arctic and Antarctica. As a photojournalist working in some of Earth’s most remote and extreme environments, he faces incredible hardships and personal danger in pursuit of intimate and powerful images of iconic wildlife. His unique style of storytelling blends the ethereal beauty of the icy realm and the mysteries of some of the most elusive polar creatures—both above and underwater—with some of the harsh realities facing these unique and important ecosystems.
Working as a photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen has covered a variety of natural history and conservation issues, from the slaughter of narwhals to the environmental impact of salmon farming to the importance of sea ice and polar ecosystems. Despite the challenges, he travels constantly in search of meaningful stories that touch people’s emotions and help the public at large connect with some of our planet’s most threatened ecosystems.
Nicklen has published 20 stories for National Geographic. His book Polar Obsession is a pictorial celebration of the polar ecosystems where Nicklen has spent his life. His latest book is Bear: Spirit of the Wild. He has received more than 20 international awards, including 2010’s Nature: First Prize Story award from World Press Photo. More recently, he was named the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Acting as a personal guide, Nicklen takes audiences to the vast polar regions of our planet. His unique and very personal perspective on some of Earth’s most beautiful and remote environments make him an inspiring advocate for the icy corners of our planet. With his trademark humor, passion, and optimism, Nicklen shares the stories of his work capturing images of life in fragile, frozen ecosystems.
Paul Nicklen has spent a lifetime honing the skills needed to capture what many consider the finest images of the world’s most remote places. He has traveled deep into the forests of British Columbia to track the ghostly and elusive spirit bear, and has gone face-to-face under Arctic ice with emperor penguins, polar bears and walruses. Join this visionary photographer for a gripping encounter with the wild spirit that animates our world.