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-Steve and Natural World Safaris-

Steve Winter led his first trip with NWS, a jaguar photography safari in Brazil, in August 2018. Based in the vast Pantanal wetlands, Steve provided hands-on guidance to our guests and delivered some fascinating lectures on his previous work. "Inside the Hidden World of Jaguars", a story which appears in the December 2017 edition of National Geographic, features photos shot by Steve on location in Brazil, at the locations visited on this safari.

2019 saw Steve take the helm of one of our Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer departures and he will return to the Arctic in August 2022. Big cats are also back on the menu in 2022. With trips to India in search of the Bengal tiger, which shares its territory with leopards, sloth bears, and jackals; and to Brazil's Pantanal wetlands, in search of the elusive jaguar. You can find more information on these exciting trips below:

Journey into the heart of the Pantanal to seek out jaguars in Brazil on our Steve Winter Jaguar Photography Safari.

Have your cameras trained on the denizens of forests, grasslands and rolling hills of India in search of the Bengal tiger on our Steve Winter Tiger Photography Safari.

Steve Winter


Wildlife photographer and big cat specialist Steve Winter has been a photographer for National Geographic for over two decades, and has been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. Growing up in rural Indiana, he was given his first camera by his father on his seventh birthday, and in 1991 he realized his ambition of becoming a photojournalist for National Geographic.

Since then, Steve has been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve, and charged by a grizzly bear in Siberia.

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He has slept in a tent for six months in -40˚C temperatures while tracking snow leopards and visited remote villages where residents have never seen a camera before. He now gives lectures across the world on wildlife photography and conservation, and has appeared on CBS Nightly News, BBC, CNN and other media outlets. His photography book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat, was published in 2013. Steve has also filmed numerous shows for NatGeo and NatGeo Wild, including Mission Critical – Saving the Leopard.

Steve is incredibly committed to big cats and wildlife conservation in general, and feels that he has a great responsibility to get people excited about both the natural world and its fascinating people and cultures. Above all, he wants to give people a front row seat to the action, making them part of the team alongside the photographer, writer and filmmakers.

Battling India's Illegal Tiger Trade

Produced by Steve Winter and Sharon Guynup for National Geographic's Cat Watch Blog. The overwhelming demand for tiger parts on the Asian market means India's tigers face constant peril from poachers. Conservationist Belinda Wright and her team at the Wildlife Protection Society of India are working to save tigers by helping enforcement authorities track down and arrest suspected poachers

"I have always believed that patience is one of the most important qualities a wildlife photographer can possess. It takes time to truly understand and connect with the animals we photograph, and that connection is what ultimately allows us to capture their true essence."

"In a world where so many species are under threat, it is more important than ever for wildlife photographers to use their skills and talents to inspire people to take action and protect the natural world."


"To me, photography is a powerful tool that can inspire people to care about the natural world.” "My goal as a wildlife photographer is not just to create beautiful images, but to capture the essence of the animals I photograph – their strength, their vulnerability, their individual personalities." "The most rewarding aspect of my work is the knowledge that my images can play a role in raising awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and the challenges that many species face in the modern world."