Jim Brandenburg

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Jim Brandenburg (born November 23, 1945) is an environmentalist and nature photographer and filmmaker based near Ely, Minnesota. His career includes over 10 years as a newspaper photojournalist, over 30 years as a contract photographer for the National Geographic Society, and commissions from such groups as the United States Postal Service, NHK and the BBC.

Jim Brandenburg is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers[1]


In 1991, for his work with the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, his creation of the Concerts for the Environment non-profit organization, his work with the Nature Conservancy, and other numerous achievements, Jim Brandenburg was awarded the Global 500 Environmental World Achievement Award.[2] This United Nations sponsored recognition was presented to him by the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

In 2006, Jim Brandenburg was awarded with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by the University of Minnesota.[3]

Jim Brandenburg was a Hasselblad Master in 2002, a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens in 2001 and a Canon Explorer of Light photographer 2005 - 2008.

Jim Brandenburg's images were chosen for inclusion in a collection that represents the 40 most important nature photographs of all time. The Top Forty nominations include the work of 25 photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Eliot Porter. Four of Brandenburg¹s images were included in the final selection, more than any other photographer. The four Brandenburg images selected were: Oryx on Namib Desert, Namibia, southwest Africa; Gray Wolf near BWCAW, Ely, Minnesota; Leaping Arctic wolf, Ellesmere Island, Canada; and Bison on Frozen Landscape, Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne, Minnesota. They were chosen by members of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) a fellowship of the world's top professional conservation photographers.

Outdoor Photography Magazine included Brandenburg in "40 Most Influential Nature Photographers."[4]

Jim Brandenburg's well-known image of the leaping Arctic wolf was named one of 100 most important photos in Canadian history and was included in the book "100 Photos that Changed Canada".[5]

Photographic books[edit]

Title ISBN Date Published
White Wolf -- Living With an Arctic Legend ISBN 0-942802-95-0 1988
Minnesota - Images of Home ISBN 1990
Brother Wolf - A Forgotten Promise” ISBN 1993
To the Top of the World - Adventures with Arctic Wolves ISBN 0-8027-8219-1 1993
Sand and Fog - Adventures in Southern Africa ISBN 0-8027-7476-8 1994
American Safari - Adventures on the North American Prairie ISBN 0-8027-8319-8 1995
Scruffy- A Wolf Finds His Place in the Pack ISBN 0-8027-8445-3 1996
Chased By The Light - A 90-Day Journey ISBN 1-55971-671-1 1998
Looking for the Summer ISBN 1-55971-838-2 2003
Face to Face with Wolves ISBN 1-4263-0242-8 2008

Brandenburg's National Geographic work[edit]

Title Date Published
The Tallgrass Prairie: Can it be Saved? January 1980
Heart of the Canadian Rockies June 1980
Bamboo the Giant Grass October 1980
South Dakota Badlands April 1981
The Natural World of Aldo Leopold November 1981
Namibia, Nearly a Nation? June 1982
They’re Killing off the Rhinos March 1984
American Waterfowl: Trouble and Triumph November 1984
Viking Trail East March 1985
In Bounty's Wake: Finding the Wreck of H.M.S. Pandora October 1985
North to the Pole September 1986
Red Deer October 1986
The Captivating Kiwi Fruit May 1987
At Home with the Arctic Wolf May 1987
Life in the High Arctic – Ellesmere Island June 1988
The Land They Knew: An American Portfolio October 1991
The American Prairie – Roots of the Sky October 1993
North Woods Journal November 1997
Boundary Waters June 2003
Collector's Edition Series, Best of Wildlife 2002
Collector's Edition Series, Best of America 2002
Collector's Edition Series, Best 100 Images 2002
Special Edition Series, Guide to Digital Photography 2006
93 Days of Spring April 2016

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Jim Brandenburg". International League of Conservation Photographers site. Archived from the original on 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.scholarswalk.umn.edu/awards/national_intl/honorary_d.html
  4. ^ http://ilcpblog.blogspot.com/
  5. ^ "100 Photos That Changed Canada by Society History, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Oct 8, 2009