About this blog

Hi, and welcome!

I’m extremely lucky to be living my childhood dream of becoming a National Geographic photographer. The icing on that cake is that my photos have helped bring awareness to some of the planet’s most endangered species, especially big cats—and to the organizations and people that are working to protect their future.

But now I’d like to share some of the expertise I’ve gained over decades spent in the field with aspiring photographers and those who love wildlife. Over the years many people have asked me what it’s like to be a National Geographic photographer, as well as countless other questions about my life in photography and experiences working as a wildlife photojournalist. So I’ve decided to begin this blog.

Under the FAQ tab I’ll answer some of the most common questions I’m asked regarding photography and my career. Students: This is a great starting point for those interview projects. I’ll share insights on specific photographs in the “Behind the Shot” and share  tools of trade in “Gear Review”, and “News” is, well, just that.

I’m looking forward to bringing you On the Trail with me, so keep checking back!

All the best,

Steve Winter

About Steve Winter

Steve Winter has been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He has slept in a tent for six months at -40 below zero tracking snow leopard, flown over erupting volcanoes, and visited isolated villages where residents have never before seen a blond foreigner—or a camera.

During a childhood growing up in rural Indiana, Steve dreamed of traveling the world as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine. His first camera was a gift from his father on his seventh birthday. He became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1991 and still feels so incredibly lucky to have realized his dream, to have what he calls the best job in the world.

Steve specializes in wildlife, and particularly, big cats. He’s been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He was a two-time winner of Picture of the Year International’s Global Vision Award and won 1st prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014. He lectures globally on photography and conservation issues and has appeared on CBS Nightly News, 60 Minutes, NPR, BBC, CNN and other media outlets.

Steve feels that he has a great responsibility not only to show and excite readers about the natural world, but about its fascinating people and cultures as well. He wants to give people a reason to care. Above all, he wants to give the readers of National Geographic what he always wanted—a front row seat next to the photographer and writer, part of the team along for the adventure.

In November 2013, National Geographic published Steve’s photography book Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat, with text written by environmental journalist Sharon Guynup. He is also co-founder of Wildlife Photo Masterclass workshops.