Instagram, social media, and smartphones have made it easy for anyone to publish great photos. Most of us turn to filters to turn our mundane photos into like-worthy snapshots, but Instagram’s most impressive accounts belong to professional photographers who capture much more than artsy brunch photos.
As dynamic collections of an artist’s best work, the top photography Instagram accounts change the way we see the world and invite us to enjoy the scenery in Earth’s most breathtaking locales. We’ve compiled a list of the most famous photographers on Instagram and the accounts that archive their work.
Photographer Murad Osmann is best known for his iconic #FollowMeTo photo series. In his photos, Murad features his wife, adorned in beautiful, often locally made outfits, taking his hand and leading him to dramatic scenes around the world.
National Geographic photojournalist and biologist Paul Nicklen uses his camera to demonstrate the beauty and power of polar environments and their inhabitants. Nicklen is also a co-founder of the nonprofit organization SeaLegacy, which is dedicated to ocean and wildlife protection.
Mario Testino is a fashion and portrait photographer internationally known for his work in the most prestigious magazines, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ. Testino is also known for his evocative advertising campaigns for leading luxury brands such as Gucci, Versace, and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Instagrammer and nature photographer Chris Burkard can often be found slacklining, surfing, or journeying across the most extreme locations in the world. Burkard goes to harrowing lengths to get the perfect shot, and his images and stories never fail to inspire.
World-renowned Steve McCurry is a pioneer in portrait photography and photojournalism, known for his work capturing the human spirit through the lens of conflict, culture, and ancient traditions. McCurry’s work has been published in numerous publications such as The New York Times and National Geographic.
Jackson Harries is a photographer born on social media. Jackson and his twin, Finnegan, first started creating content, sharing photos, and documenting travels on their YouTube channel JacksGap. Following their wild success on YouTube, the Harries twins’ work has expanded into other online platforms, including Instagram.
Former Official White House Photographer Pete Souza captured the most pivotal parts of the Obama administration through photography. In sharing photos of pensive nights in the Situation Room alongside President Obama’s more candid, playful moments, Souza chronicled the legacy of the first African-American President.
Michael Yamashita is a National Geographic photographer who specializes in Asian imagery, including stunning outdoor scenery and portraits. Yamashita is the recipient of several prestigious photography and photojournalism awards and has published 9 books and a documentary.
Dylan Furst (better-known as “fursty” by his 1.1 million Instagram followers) is an outdoor adventure and lifestyle photographer who captures the sweeping landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Furst’s Instagram feed is a beautiful compilation of icy blues and lush greens.
Self-proclaimed “German Roamer” Hannes Becker captures the beauty of the outdoors through his adventures across the globe, from Norway to Patagonia. Becker is passionate about traveling and documents his experience on the road through his Instagram account.