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As photographers and visual artists, we constantly search for inspiration and for people that raise the bar with their work. Artists that not only challenge us to improve professionally, but also to chase our dreams and improve our lifestyles. These are some of the photographers that I follow closely and I hope that you become as inspired by their work as I am. Enjoy! – Luis

 Paul Zizka

Paul Zizka is a professional mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky. His work shines with creativity in technique as well as in concept, immersing the viewer in vast surreal landscapes. He was my first landscape photography teacher and I believe is one of the best night photographers worldwide! Go check out his book: Summits and Starlight

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Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is a landscape photographer born in Moldova and based in Iceland, where he runs photo tours and workshops. His photos have been published worldwide in books, calendars, greeting cards, magazines and some of the most popular newspapers like The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph. He is the master of Icelandic landscapes and I had the pleasure of participating in one of his winter workshops! His work inspires me daily.

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Edwin Martinez

Edwin Martinez is one of the best landscape photographers Philippines. His vast experience photographing different places at home and abroad has granted an indisputable distinction of experience in the field of photography. Edwin also leads photography workshops in the Philippines, as well as in other spectacular locations around the world. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Iceland, he’s a great teacher and photo guide. Edwin will be joining us in our Photography Workshops for Costa Ricans in Iceland, 2016.

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Alexandre Deschaumes

Alexandre Deschaumes is a self-taught french photographer. His dedication to the craft and his thirst for jaw-dropping landscapes have brought him a long way. Deschaumes braves extreme weather and hazardous landforms, going to locations that many landscape photographers would never dare venture, all for the sake of his images. There is poetry and drama in his photos. His film “La quête d’inspiration” is sublime and awakening, one of my favourite movies about photography, a profound source of inspiration! Go check it out.

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Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle and travel subjects. Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Burkard portrays the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature. At the age of 29, he has established himself as a known name in the surf and outdoor industries, and has accomplished a deep body of work. Chris is an important source of inspiration for me and I’ve actually bought several of his books. His TedTalk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water is one of my all-time favourite motivational videos!

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Stian Klo

Stian Klo is a professional and award winning fine art nature and landscape photographer from Harstad in Northern Norway, where he was born. His work has been published in highly esteemed magazines such as National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Landscape Photography Magazine, N-Photo and more. He co-founded and runs Lofoten Tours, a tour company focusing on high end and unique photography tours in the Arctic regions. Through the moodiness of his photos as well as the colouring and design elements, he manages to capture the arctic in an emotional and powerful way.  

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Daniel Kordan

Daniel was born in Moscow area. He became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of Continent Expedition Magazine. He spends most of his time in Norway, Lofoten Islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers. He has traveled to remote locations capturing the most surreal otherworldly landscapes and scenes. I find great inspiration in his sailing expeditions and the work he accomplishes in the ocean.

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Andy Best

Andy Best is based out of Portland Oregon and is a third generation photographer and filmmaker. His photography focuses on timelapse, astro, landscapes, lifestyle, and adventure. His filmmaking consists of adventure documentaries, short films, and commercials. Growing up with the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone in his backyard created an unquenchable thirst for adventure and love for the outdoors. I discovered his work through Instagram when I was starting to position myself in this social network. He’s one of those great “instagrammers” that became an immediate role model, not only because of his work but because of his traveling lifestyle.

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Elizabeth Gadd

Elizabeth Gadd, is a young photographer photographer with a calm demeanour based just outside of Vancouver, Canada. Having grown up in this beautiful area, she fell easily in love with the surrounding forests, hills, mountains and ocean, all of which are heavily incorporated in her photography. Her work displays human interaction with nature in a positive and peaceful way. Her photos seem fairytale-like, rich with emotion and soft in a powerful, inspiring way.

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Andy Lee

Creative Director, film maker, obsessive photographer and painter. He shoots 5×4 film, medium format, digital and infrared and finds joy in analogue film and the developing process. His work is different from what we are used to see in the landscape market. Fine art oriented, his photographs resemble paintings with a powerful emotional charge and intense moodiness. I find his work very strong and appealing, and it pushes me to get out of my comfort zone.

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Stay tuned for more recommendations and let me know who are the photographers that inspire you! – Luis