Steve Winter

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter specialises in big cats, having previously photographed jaguars in Brazil, tigers in Myanmar and snow leopards in the Himalayas.

About STEVE WINTER, NATGEO PHOTOGRAPHER AND BIG CAT SPECIALIST

About STEVE WINTER, NATGEO PHOTOGRAPHER AND BIG CAT SPECIALIST

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. 

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 and an upcoming Mission Critical film on Jaguars, premiering in December 2017.

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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.

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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, but big cats will be back on the menu in 2020. First up in February will be Kenya's famous Masai Mara, home to abundant lion, leopard and cheetah populations (not to mention a host of other iconic African species). March will then see Steve head to India in search of the Bengal tiger, which shares its territory with leopards, sloth bears and jackals, among other wildlife. You can find more information on both of these exciting trips below.

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