Minnesota nature photographer Jim Brandenburg has 4 images included in
Top Forty Nature Photographs in the history of photography.
Minnesota claims three overall !
The exercise of selecting the Top Forty Nature Photographs of all time is
both an honor and a tremendous challenge. It may not be possible for anyone
to create a definitive selection of the forty best or most important
nature photographs, if only due to the vast variety of criteria that must be
considered. But the international League of Conservation Photographers
(iLCP) decided to try anyway and made their announcement this week to help
celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.
The international League of Conservation Photographers is a fellowship of
the top professional photographers from around the world working today.
More than 100 photographers and editors associated with the iLCP nominated
images that they considered to be "the best" in what they felt represented
aesthetics, uniqueness, historical and scientific significance, and
conservation efforts. The photographers were not permitted to
The prestigious Top Forty nominations represent the work of 25 photographers including the legendary Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Eliot Porter. Four of Brandenburg¹s images were included in the final selection, more than any other photographer. "To have 4 of my photographs chosen by my peers as part of the top 40 nature photographs of all time is indeed the highlight of my career. I am honored beyond words," said Brandenburg.
The four Brandenburg images selected were:
Oryx on Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa;
Gray Wolf near BWCAW, Ely, Minnesota;
Leaping Arctic wolf, Ellesmere Island, Canada;
and Bison on Frozen Landscape, Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne, Minnesota.
Within this past year, the Arctic wolf image was named one of 100 most important photos in Canadian history in the book "100 Photos that Changed Canada."
The oldest nature photograph included in the Top 40 is of three frightened
deer in the north woods of Michigan by George Shiras,
published in 1921 in National Geographic Magazine. It was a new technique
at the time, using flash photography from a canoe.
Jim Brandenburg¹s long career of conservation efforts was honored in 1991 by
the United Nations. He received the World Achievement Global 500 Forum award in recognition of his using nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment. Jim and his wife Judy are the founders of the
Brandenburg Prairie Foundation (BPF), whose mission is to preserve native
prairies in southwest Minnesota. The BPF has helped to preserve
approximately 1000 acres to date with Touch the Sky Prairie, a division of
USFWS Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuges. Touch the Sky
Prairie is near Brandenburg¹s hometown of Luverne, MN.