As a photojournalist working in some of the world’s most remote and extreme environments, Paul Nicklen faces incredible hardships and personal danger in pursuit of intimate and powerful images of iconic wildlife. A youth spent on Canada’s Baffin Island, where he grew up among the Inuit, taught Nicklen an intense love of nature, an understanding of harsh, icy ecosystems, and the survival skills essential to his work.
Nicklen’s book Polar Obsession, a retrospective of his photo from the Arctic and Antarctic, won critical accolades. His images capture the imagination of the public and the respect of his peers, garnering numerous honors, including four BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in two years. His November 2012 National Geographic story on Emperor penguins combined his wry sense of humor with his talent for working closely with wild animals.