Top 20 Action/Adventure Photographers on Instagram

Not too long ago, getting a glimpse into the daily lives of well-known photographers was almost unheard of. Now, thanks to social media, fans around the world have access to everything from exciting behind-the-scenes shots of a photography expedition to the more ordinary views of a photographer’s daily life.


Instagram, one of the fastest growing social networks, offers a multi-faceted view of the world through the eye of some of the most interesting and innovative photographers working today.


In addition to the photographers listed here, you can also follow me on Instagram @caseymac.

Jimmy Chin Instagram

Jimmy Chin

Who else should start off this list, but the one and only. Jimmy has shot for The North Face, National Geographic, and runs his own production company with the collaboration of other artists.

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Chris Burkard Instagram

Chris Burkard

Chris is the staff photographer for Surfer Magazine and the overall winner of the 2010 Red Bull Illume photo contest. He shoots primarily cold water surfing photos around the globe.

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Scott Rinckenberger Instagram

Scott Rinckenberger

Scott is Chase Jarvis’ ex-right hand man. He recently made the jump to photographing his own ambitions of skiing and mountaineering full-time in the mountains of Washington.

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Keith Ladzinski Instagram

Keith Ladzinski

Keith is an artificial lighting wizard who shoots primarily rock climbing out of Colorado Springs. His work has been featured in Rock & Ice, ESPN, National Geographic Adventure, Mens Journal, and several other publications.

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Ian Coble Instagram

Ian Coble

Ian is an action and lifestyle photographer from Seattle, Washington. I was first drawn to his backcountry skiing work, but his portraiture and lifestyle work is equally as amazing. His clients include Patagonia, Skiing, and Backcountry Magazines.

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Grayson Schaffer Instagram

Grayson Schaffer

I’ve been following Grayson Schaffer’s work as the Senior Editor of Outside Magazine for quite some time, but it’s his recent photos from Mount Everest that are by far my favorite.

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Jeremy Koreski Instagram

Jeremy Koreski

Jeremy is a Tofino, B.C.-based surf and fishing lifestyle and action photographer. He’s currently working as the photo editor for SBC Surf, but it’s his creative work in the Patagonia catalog that initially caught my eye.

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Hage Photo Instagram

Matt and Agnes Hage

Matt and Agnes are based out of Anchorage, Alaska, but always seem to be on the move in some new exotic location. Like many others on this list, I also initially discovered their work via the Patagonia catalog.

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Craig Kolesky Instagram

Craig Kolesky

Craig is an all-purpose adventure photographer for Red Bull and Oakley based out of Cape Town, South Africa. I’m most inspired by his surfing and mountain biking photographs.

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Cory Richards Instagram

Cory Richards

Cory is a North Face mountaineer and photographer from Boulder. In 2011, he became the first American to summit an 8,000 meter peak in winter, which was documented in the film Cold.

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Renan Ozturk Instagram

Renan Ozturk

Probably considered by most a filmmaker rather than a photographer, but Renan has created some of the best action/adventure films of the last few years. Also working with Jimmy Chin of Camp 4 Collective, his next film is titled House of Cards.

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Dan Barham Instagram

Dan Barham

Dan shoots mountain biking and other outdoor photographs and is based in Vancouver, B.C. As a lot of photographers seem to be these days, he’s also started to create some very beautiful short films.

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Ben Moon Instagram

Ben Moon

Ben resides in Portland, Oregon and shoots rock climbing and other outdoor sports and that are commonplace in the Pacific Northwest. His clients include Patagonia, Eastern Mountain Sports, Black Diamond and many more.

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Re Wikstrom Instagram

Re Wikstrom

Re is a staff photographer for She focuses most of her work on women’s freeskiing. In addition to, Re has shot for the likes of Backcountry magazine, Skiing magazine, and many more.

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Erik Seo Instagram

Erik Seo

Erik is a Park City-based photographer who specializes in skiing photography. He’s shot for such names as Helly Hansen, Under Armour, and Freeskier magazine. When he’s not shooting winter sports, Erik also shoots concerts and and weddings.

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Ryan Struck Instagram

Ryan Struck

Ryan Struck is a Jersey-based photographer with an eye for surf, people, and the stories surrounding them. He seems right at home in the chilly waters of the Atlantic and his photos represent that.

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Andy Mann Instagram

Andy Mann

Andy is a Boulder-based rock climber and photographer who has shot for such clients as PrAna, Rock and Ice magazine, and The New York Times. His portfolio contains shots ranging from rock-climbing and base-jumping to beautiful landscape shots.

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Boone Speed Instagram

Boone Speed

Boone Speed shoots climbing and adventure photography for clients like The North Face, ESPN, and Patagonia. Based in Portland, Oregon, Boone is also a world-class rock climber.

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Chris Park Instagram

Chris Park

Based out of San Diego, Chris Park does, among other things, surf, underwater, and commercial photography and video. A former Associate Press contract photographer, Chris now spends his time working for a variety of clients and surfing.

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Adam Dewolfe Instagram

Adam Dewolfe

Adam is a surfing photographer from Tofino, B.C. He has wonderful surfing shots, but it’s his photos from inside the barrels of crashing waves that initially drew me to his photography. He is also shooting short films surrounding surf culture.

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From the Edge with Peter Lik (Sponsored)

From the Edge with Peter Like on The Weather Channel

Colorful afternoon sunsets, turbulent thunderstorms, and brilliant clouds. Weather is something photographers thrive on in order to turn an otherwise boring scene into the foundation of a dramatic photograph. So, it’s only fitting that The Weather Channel would have a new tv show about a photographer and his adventures taking landscape photos across the United States.

Recently, I was contacted by The Weather Channel to do a writeup on this new photography show, From the Edge with Peter Lik. From the Edge airs Thursday nights with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 8:30PM EST.

Peter is an award-winning Australian landscape photographer who currently lives in Las Vegas, which at first might seem odd considering the nature of his craft and Las Vegas’ notorious reputation for being covered in dirt. Actually, though, the city is one giant hub for some of the most beautiful National Parks in the US. Death Valley, Mount Whitney, and Zion are all located within a few short hours drive, and Peter has numerous photos of all three in his portfolio.

On the first two episodes of From the Edge, Peter visited Hawaii to shoot Kilauea’s flowing lava fields as well as Red Rocks Canyon in Northern Utah. Tonight (4-21), he will be shooting the salt flats of Death Valley as well as ice climbing in Montana’s Glacier National Park in the second episode of the back-to-back.

On the program, Peter goes into detail about the geographic nature and history of the landscape as well as the detail involved in getting the best shot that he can.

He also touches briefly on camera tech, functionality, and best practices for beginners that are just getting into the photography hobby.

Currently on the From the Edge Facebook fan page, Peter is having a photography contest with the opportunity to win an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas. Be sure to check out From the Edge with Peter Lik Thursday evenings at 8/8:30 PM EST and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

You can find out more about Peter at his web site, blog, or the show’s web site