Top Canadian Wildlife Instagrammers You Need to Follow

John E Marriot

John E Marriot is a Canadian nature photographer based in Bow Valley, Alberta.

He’s known around the world for his stunning images of Canadian wildlife, especially the ones captured from his own backyard in Banff National Park, which has been widely featured in National Geographic and Canadian Geographic magazines.



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He’s also launched a new web series, Exposed with John E Marriot, a doc series that tackles wildlife issues in Canada and beyond.



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His secrets to getting a great shot? Be prepared. Luck. And have the right gear.

Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly is a photographer, based on Canada’s other famous coast - Newfoundland.  Only twenty-years-old, his images of puffins, beavers, and birds make wildlife photography look easy.



Aside from taking stunning photos — primarily of local birds — Kelly has also built and installed wooden nest boxes for ducks, boreal owls and various others species around Newfoundland to enhance habitat for wildlife earning him recognition by Ducks Unlimited as a “Wetland Hero”.



Not a full-time photographer (yet), he currently studies fish and wildlife technology at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook, NFLD.

His secret to getting the best shot? One thing that never seems to fail in drawing birds is a bird feeder.  He sets up close to one using his car as a blind waiting before sunrise for the birds to show up. A lot of time and planning goes into getting the best shot.

Follow him here.

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is the co-founder of Sea Legacy, an organization that creates images to spark conversations about climate change and a world-famous photojournalist.

He grew up on Baffin Island without a television or radio, spending his days outside observing wildlife. It led him to a career in wildlife biology before he gave up on data and started telling stories with photos.



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He now lives on Vancouver Island but travels all over the world to take wilderness pictures. He’s published 11 stories for National Geographic magazine, including the August 2011 story on the elusive spirit bear.  

His 2011 Ted Talk and his appearances on television shows like Jeopardy and in YouTube videos have made him one of the most sought-after photographers in the world.



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His secret to getting the best shot? When you think you’ve waited long enough, double that. Let the wildlife dictate your encounters. If you’ve stressed out the animal, you’ve lost your photo.

Follow him here.

April Bencze

April Bencze is based in Campbell River, a coastal community on Vancouver Island.

After high school, she traveled to Australia and Indonesia where she caught the diving bug. Upon her return to Canada, she now also photographs on wildlife on top and around the BC coast.  She uses her photos to tell the story of species and habitats at risk.



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Benze also works as a multimedia coordinator for Pacific Wild, a non-profit organization located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.  She was onsite working with the Heiltsuk, after the Nathan E. Stewart went down, sending her images of the oil spill disaster around the world.



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She accompanied The Wild Canadian Year team on their blue water shoot and can be seen in our Mola Mola story.

Her secret to getting the best shot? You need to balance the photography with other skill sets like knowing how to be out in remote wilderness areas and not get into trouble.

Follow her here.

Adam Hill

Adam Hill is currently based in Hay River, NWT but was raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia surrounded by lakes, rivers and coastlines and plans on moving back this summer.



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One of his specialties is aurora photography and his Instagram feed is full of stunning images of Canada’s  northern night skies.  In fact, one of his shots was chosen to be featured on a coin to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. 

His work has also been featured in OWL, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, and many others.



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His secret to getting the best shot (of the Aurora)? Check two forecasts. The aurora forecast because they’re dependent on high solar activity and the weather forecast because you need clear skies to see them!

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Jess Findlay

Canadian nature photographer Jess Findlay is a relative newcomer to the scene.

He grew up in BC hiking and birdwatching with his family around the Pacific Northwest. At 19, he was dubbed Nature’s best youth photographer of the year for a stunning image of a red fox caught in a snowstorm.



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He shoots both wildlife and landscapes, traveling to places that others might not be aware of and particularly enjoys combining the two, giving wildlife a sense of places in the environment showing the relationships that exist in nature.  While he spends a lot of time in his BC home, he’s also traveled to various locations in Central and South America.



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Last year, he captured a stunning shot of the fiery-throated hummingbird in Costa Rica.

His secret to getting the best shot? Approach the scene with an open mind and explore places at different times.

Follow him here.

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