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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
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. This United Nations sponsored recognition was presented to him by the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.
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."
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".
|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
|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|
- Jim Brandenburg's site
- Brandenburg Prairie Foundation
- National Public Radio Interview: Jim Brandenburg on "Chased By the Light"
- Minnesota Public Radio Discussion: Jim Brandenburg on Wilderness Preservation
- International League of Conservation Photographers
- Jim Brandenburg is interviewed by Richard “Fred” Arey about his latest book, Chased By the Light (Northword Press), an impressive series of pictures taken once each day over a three month period, along with earlier works, White Wolf, Minnesota: Images of Home, and some of his many photo essays for National Geographic magazine, recorded at his Ravenwood studio near Ely, Minnesota, Northern Lights TV Series #436 (1999): [https://reflections.mndigital.org/catalog/p16022coll38:114#/kaltura_video] or on YouTube: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXpumpgUmeo]
- "Jim Brandenburg". International League of Conservation Photographers site. Archived from the original on 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "100 Photos That Changed Canada by Society History, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Oct 8, 2009