10 Adventure Photographers that will Inspire You to Get Outside

By: Grace Eggleston, Communications Intern

Climbing, hiking, skiing! What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
These 10 adventure photographers, categorized by sport, will inspire you to get outside no matter what the weather. They’ll have you dreaming of tropical waters, rocky cliff sides, and snow covered slopes all at the same time!

1. Skiing- Jimmy Chin
North Face athlete and adventure photographer Jimmy Chin spends his days climbing and skiing in the mountains. In particular he pushes skiing to the extreme, and is among an elite group of people who have skied Everest from the summit!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmychinphotography/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimmy_chin/?hl=en 

2. Climbing- Kat Carney
Nomad photographer Kat Carney lives life on the road in the American West photographing all things outdoors. Her work includes everything from hiking and swimming to landscapes and lifestyle, but her climbing catalog is particularly impressive.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatCarneyPhoto/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katcarney/?hl=en

3. Hiking- Emily Polar
Emily Polar is the ultimate adventure travel photographer. Her work takes her all around the globe, often focusing on humans’ interaction with the environment. Her photos will definitely inspire you to hit the trails, and maybe even get a few new stamps on your passport!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilypolarphotography/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilypolar/?hl=en

4. Kayaking- Mike Leeds
For anyone who is drawn to whitewater kayaking, Mike Leeds is the one to follow. His images, which feature the rivers, rapids, and waterfalls of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, are sure to get your adrenaline pumping and have you headed out the door, paddle in hand.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mike-Leeds-Photography-145789308833772/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikeleedsphotography/?hl=en

5. Running- James Q. Martin
For all the runners out there, the photographer to follow is James Q. Martin. His galleries feature images of people running through many of the planet’s diverse and jaw dropping terrains, including Patagonia and Alaska. He is also known for his hiking, climbing, and camping photography.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamesqmartin/?hl=en

6. Biking- Joey Schulser
For photographer and filmmaker Joey Schulser, mountain biking makes the world go ‘round! His photos make you feel like you’re a part of each speedy adventure and showcase trails from around the world. Schulser is also known for his high adrenaline ski photography.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joeyschusler?hc_ref=SEARCH
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joeyschusler/?hl=en

7. Diving/Snorkeling- Jennifer Hayes and David Doubilet
Photographer couple Jennifer Hayes and David Doubilet share a passion for underwater conservation. They document underwater plant and animal life, salty and fresh, and make the deep blue world below come alive with each shot.
Jennifer Hayes’ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenniferhayesig/?hl=en
David Doubilet’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daviddoubilet/

8. Surfing- Chris Burkard
Although surf photographer Chris Burkard lives in southern California, his commute to find waves is a little farther than driving to the coast. Burkard sets himself apart from other surf photographers by placing his subjects against the backdrop of polar landscapes like Iceland and Greenland. His work also focuses on the adventure lifestyle in general.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisBurkardPhotography/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrisburkard/?hl=en

9. Caving- Robbie Shone
Based in the Austrian Alps, photographer Robbie Shone is one of the most skilled cave photographers in history. He constantly pushes the boundaries of underground exploration, going deeper and spending longer underground than most in an effort to document these unknown spaces.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobbieShonePhotography/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shonephoto/?hl=en

10. Jumping off of Stuff – Krystle WrightAustralian photographer Krystle Wright’s life is the definition of extreme adventure. She throws herself entirely into each project- literally. From base jumping and skydiving to high lining and paragliding she tests gravity in every possible way, all with a camera in hand.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krystlejwright.photo/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystlejwright/?hl=en



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  • The Nature Treasure Hunt is Here – Join Now!

    March 20, 2018

    By: Josh Doty of Foto-Foraging

    Spring is here. If you have been hiding from the snow and cold temperatures, it is now time to venture outdoors again. There is so much to see, even if you only have a chance to go to your local park or even your own backyard.

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  • Winter Tree ID

    March 13, 2018

    By: Iris Marzolf

    My favorite Venture Outdoors program I’ve attended thus far is the Winter Tree ID hike in January at Frick Park.

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    By: Maggie Zangara

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  • Rachel Carson Trails

    February 27, 2018

    By: Amy Nelson, Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, Member and Volunteer 

    In 2015, three friends and I did the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge  for the first time. We were avid road runners, bored with the monotony of pavement.  A 34-mile trek through the woods seemed like a great way to mix things up. Cut to the day of the event. Twenty miles into it, we experienced a torrential downpour which caused mud slides on some of the steepest hills. Mother Nature can be cruel.  By the time the last five miles rolled around our spirits were broken and we prayed for it to be over.

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  • Leaving No Trace

    February 20, 2018

    By: Sara Cardamone

    At the Annual Volunteer Meeting, I had the opportunity to attend the Leave No Trace breakout session. Led by Joel Johnston, the interactive gathering was focused on educating participants on what Leave No Trace is truly about. Here are some of the things that I learned!

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