About Paul

 

Biography

Photo by Ben Moon, 2017.

Paul Nicklen is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist who has documented the beauty and the plight of our planet for over twenty years. As an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen captures the imagination of a global audience.

Nicklen is uniquely qualified to create his brand of documentary photography which informs and creates an emotional connection with wild subjects in extreme conditions. His work delivers audiences to an underwater realm witnessed by few. Nicklen’s sensitive and evocative imagery has garnered over 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the prestigious World Press Photo for Photojournalism.

He is equally recognized by the conservation community for his outspoken work, and has been awarded the Natural Resources Defense Council BioGems Visionary Award. Most recently, Nicklen was bestowed an honorary PhD at the University of Victoria, for the impact his photography has had on climate change.

In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Nicklen is a sought-after speaker, a TED Talks legend, an author, and National Geographic Fellow. In the past two decades, Paul has collaborated with scientists, filmmakers, conservationists and explorers to create awareness and inspire action for global issues like climate change.

As a co-founder of the non-profit, SeaLegacy, Paul Nicklen is opening a fresh, progressive chapter in the story of ocean conservation. Through visual storytelling, Sea Legacy inspires millions of people to stand up and have a voice for the pristine places threatened by climate change.

Speaking

Paul Nicklen lives a life of art, purpose and adventure, combining a career as an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine and founder of his own conservation society, SeaLegacy. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Paul is an acclaimed polar specialist, speaker, author, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine with 20 completed stories to date. He has garnered more than 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year and the prestigious World Press Photo for photojournalism. Paul has written several books including Seasons of the ArcticBearSpirit of the WildPolar Obsession and his newest monograph, Born to Ice.

Awards & Achievements

World Press Photo Award 2013

First Prize, Nature Stories
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Veolia Environment
BBC Wildlife and Natural History Museum
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

15 Prizes
Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife
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BioGems Visionary Award 2012

for Arctic Photography
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World Press Photo Award 2010

First Prize, Nature Stories
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Award of Excellence 2010

Pictures of the Year International Competition
“Resurrection Island”
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Award of Excellence 2009

Pictures of the Year – International Competition
“Svalbard Norway- The High Arctic at Risk”
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World Press Photo Award 2008

Second Prize
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World Press Photo Award 2007

First Prize, Nature Stories
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World Press Photo Award 2004

First Prize, Nature Stories
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Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Victoria, British Colombia

Honorary Doctor of Science from University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I am proud to have spoken at the TED Conference and TEDx Midwest in Chicago. I have given lectures to influential people and organizations that include Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, the president of Iceland, Richard Branson, Google, Fortune 500 Green and countless other events. I am also proud that I have been chosen as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers of all time by Outdoor Photography Magazine. 

SeaLegacy

Paul Nicklen and his partner Cristina Mittermeier, founded SeaLegacy to change the narrative around our world’s oceans and show the global community what is at stake, rally soldiers of support—and ignite real and lasting change.

My new book, Born to Ice, published by TeNeues, is now available. Click Here to get your copy Dismiss