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Tsey Gorge, Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya, Russia| Courtesy of Roman Korshunov and Russian Explorers
Tsey Gorge, Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya, Russia| Courtesy of Roman Korshunov and Russian Explorers
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These Nature Photographers Will Inspire You to Escape to the Russian Wilderness

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Updated: 22 June 2017
Russia is a photographer’s goldmine, a place where you can find just about anything – from natural wonders, to buzzing megalopolises, to haunting abandoned places. However the heart of the country is undeniably its landscape, so here we profile eight Russian nature photographers you should know.

Roman Korshunov

Born in Moscow’s suburbs, Roman Korshunov started out exploring the nature of Russia’s central areas, taking pictures on his mobile phone.

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia | Courtesy of Roman Korshunov and Russian Explorers

After two years he decided that photography was more than a hobby and got his first DSLR. He made his first trip to the Caucasus Mountains, which defined his further career. With mountain photography being his major focus, Roman is among the top 20 Instagram photo bloggers, according to Skyscanner.

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia | Courtesy of Roman Korshunov and Russian Explorers

Alex Mazurov

Born in the historic city of Smolensk, Alex Mazurov now calls Moscow his home. What started as a hobby over 10 years ago has gradually turned into a full-time photography career, during which Alex has worked with tourism boards and famous brands, like Visit Europe, Visit Britain, Visit Finland, Skyscanner, S7 Airlines, Courtyard by Marriott and Toyota.

Ship Graveyard,Teribërka, Murmansk Region Russia
Ship Graveyard,Teribërka, Murmansk Region Russia | Courtesy of Alexander Mazurov

His serene yet powerful images with a peculiar Scandinavian feel have been published in Conde Nast Traveller, Icelandair Magazine, 60North and many other publications.

Lake Seydozero, the Kola Peninsula, Russia
Lake Seydozero, the Kola Peninsula, Russia | Courtesy of Alexander Mazurov and Russian Explorers

Yaroslav Shuraev

For seven years ‘in the field’ travel-photographer Yaroslav Shuraev has had his photographs featured in Kinfolk, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveller to name a few.

Mutnovsky Volcano, The Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
Mutnovsky Volcano, The Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia | Courtesy of Yaroslav Shuraev and Russian Explorers

Although Yaroslav photographs across a broad range of subjects, his major focus is that special bond between humans and nature. It is probably why his landscapes look as alive and warm as his portraits and wedding photos.

The Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
The Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia | Courtesy of Yaroslav Shuraev and Russian Explorers

Igor Cibulsky

St.Petersburg-based photographer Igor Cibulsky found photography by accident: geophysicist by profession, he spends most of his time travelling across Russia, walking long distances on foot and documenting everything he sees with a camera.

Altai Mountains, Russia
Altai Mountains, Russia | Courtesy of Igor Cibulsky and Russian Explorers

A self-taught photographer with a fascinating artistic taste, Igor deliberately takes the less travelled road and goes off the beaten path.

Lake Teletskoye, Altai Mountains, Russia
Lake Teletskoye, Altai Mountains, Russia | Courtesy of Igor Cibulsky and Russian Explorers

Iliya Voskresensky

Iliya Voskresensky is one of St.Petersburg’s top Instagram bloggers and a talented travel photographer.

White Rock, Crimea
White Rock, Crimea | Courtesy of Iliiya Vosckresensky and Russian Explorers

Iliya travels across Russia, writes about his journeys with honesty and humor and takes stunning photographs of people and nature.

White Rock, Crimea
White Rock, Crimea | Courtesy of Iliiya Vosckresenskiy and Russian Explorers

Vadim Vetrov

Vadim Vetrov is a young, outdoor lifestyle photographer, who captures breathtaking landscape scenes from the Karachay-Cherkess and Kabardino-Balkar Republics.

Dombay Mountains, Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia
Dombay Mountains, Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia | Courtesy of Vadim Vetrov and Russian Explorers

For Vadim, no mountain is too high or slope too slippery for a great shot. His unique photography style and distinctive color choice has already enticed a number of brands.

A Plato near Kislovodsk, Russia
A Plato near Kislovodsk, Russia | Courtesy of Vadim Vetrov and Russian Explorers

Magomed Shapiev

Growing up in the mountain land of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomed Shapiev had been enchanted by the beauty of his homeland since an early age.

Winter in Nizhny Batlukh, Republic of Dagestan, Russia
Winter in Nizhny Batlukh, Republic of Dagestan, Russia | Courtesy of Magomed Shapiev and Russian Explorers

His photography is a distillation of the North Caucasus republic with its magnificent mountains, waterfalls, rivers and ancient ruins. Translating his emotions into photographs, the young photographer creates touching peaceful images that help people discover the lesser known Russian republic.

Arakul River Valley, Republic of Dagestan, Russia
Arakul River Valley, Republic of Dagestan, Russia | Courtesy of Magomed Shapiev and Russian Explorers

Anastasia Glebova

Nature has always been part of Anastasia’s life: lush forests, vast fields and the emerald lake near her childhood hometown shaped her artistic views.

Karelia, Russia
Karelia, Russia | Courtesy of Anastasia Glebova and Russian Explorers

Anastasia’s love for the living world shows in every little detail of her romantically melancholic images. Apart from being one of Russia’s most promising landscape photographers and top Instagram bloggers, Anastasia is studying to become a paediatrician.

North Karelia, Russia
North Karelia, Russia | Courtesy of Anastasia Glebova and Russian Explorers

These eight wickedly talented photographers, living in different parts of the country and united by love for Russia’s nature, have started an exciting project, Russian Explorers – a community of travel photographers, capturing the ethereal beauty of Russia’s undiscovered destinations.