Florian Schulz captures the majesty of wild places and creatures through sensitive, hard-earned images and stories. His artistry draws us deeply into the soul-stirring beauty of the natural world, and inspires his audiences and readers to ask—“what can I do to protect this?”.
At home in the wild.
Immersing oneself in a wild place for months at a time, is an enterprise few are capable of undertaking. Fighting inclement weather, eating dry food for weeks on end, lugging heavy equipment over strenuous terrain and holding still for hours waiting for the unusual, is all just part of the job of a dedicated nature photographer.
But then, when the sun finally breaks, splitting through the clouds to reveal hundreds of caribou wandering determinedly across rolling tundra, all adversities are forgotten. Suddenly, in the magic of that moment, all the hardships are made worth the experience.
That scene becomes even more meaningful when you are able to reach out to an audience and tell the story, inspiring others and potentially changing the fate of an endangered ecosystem.
For the past 20 years, Florian's vision has been documenting nature’s ecosystems to support conservation campaigns. Working closely with dedicated organizations, researchers, writers and advocates, Florian and Emil Schulz have built a strong foundation of conservation photography and film work.
What we do well
A man, passionate about photography, wild animals and conservation sets out on a quest to document wildlife on the move. Travelling from the southern tip of Baja California along the pacific coast, traversing over 8000 miles up to the high arctic. A film-style presentation, packed with adventure and incredible wildlife encounters, makes this an unforgettable and inspiring talk. More about Call of the Wild - Freedom to roam
Florian journeyed more than twenty-five hundred miles across the Arctic; dove and snorkeled in the Arctic Ocean; photographed on foot polar bears and rafted down Arctic rivers camping among tens of thousands of migrating caribou. From this and many more adventures, Florian shares epic moments while shooting for his project Polar Adventures.
In the “Basics of Nature Photography” seminar, Florian shows you important tips and tricks from a real professional photographer and filmmaker. At the moment he has schedule a number of workshops in Germany. This are held in German language.
Motion & Stills
We are very passionate about producing nature cinema. No matter how remote, how cold, hot, or uncomfortable it might be. We take the time to be there when the spectacle happens. To unleash the power of the moving image and help protect our planet. That is our mission statement. Learn more here >>
Florian continues to embrace still photography, and capturing that breathtaking moment in nature is what he thrives for. We share a selection of some of his most memorable images taken in recent years. Take a look here >>
…Caribous by the thousands roam free along the Alaskan coast towards their birthing grounds; Hundreds of snow geese beat their wings in search of their nesting grounds; giant grey whales congregate by the hundreds in their birthing lagoons in Baja California…” an amazingly curated photography exhibit showcasing remarkable photography of unseen wildlife spectacles on their epic journeys across North America.
Florian’s images have inspired the creation of several exhibitions to bring the arctic closer to our eyes. The last one curated by the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and a larger one, curated by the PAPE Museum in northern Mexico, had an impressive outreach of about 18,900 individuals on its 6-month show. A collection of about 90 stunning frames, transformed the walls of this museum into the incredible world of the arctic. Take a closer look here >>
A beautifully curated exhibit by the G2 Gallery in Ventura CA, showcasing the uniqueness and fragility of the arctic environment. With extraordinary wild wolf portraits, broad unspoiled landscapes and devastating industrial images it delivered a powerful message about the urgency of protecting the arctic wilderness.
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What we are proud of
Wildlife photographer Florian Schulz is the 2015 recipient of the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award for Excellence in Still Photography, Film, or Video, given by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
What makes Florian Schulz stand out from most photographers isn’t just his skills, but his unflinching commitment to his craft and to the protection of the Arctic. I have never met anyone so committed to the documentation and preservation of Alaska and the Arctic. Even though he is German, his heart and soul belongs to the tundra and ice of the far north. ~ Nominator
Florian Schulz is one of the world’s foremost conservation and wildlife photographers. His celebrated works have been published in recognized magazines and featured in world-renowned museums, and he has won numerous international awards throughout his career.
Florian’s work has played a vital role in numerous successful environmental campaigns over the years. His celebrated book, Freedom to Roam: Yellowstone to Yukon, was the centerpiece for a concept that would explode into a groundbreaking idea that is now considered a key to saving our world’s vanishing wildlife, conserving wildlife corridors. His new book, Freedom to Roam: Baja to Beaufort, is a monumental effort that will take the concept of wildlife corridors to a whole new level. He has committed much of his life’s work to this concept.
No matter how exhausted Florian may become on his quest to get the shot needed to tell the story, he comes alive when talking about Alaska, the Arctic and its preservation. He speaks with such love and commitment that he inspires everyone around him. It’s his words and passion, combined with his imagery, that makes Florian a champion for the Arctic and Alaska like no other, a champion that is desperately needed if we ever hope to save our vanishing wildlife and wilderness.
Wildlife photographer Florian Schulz is the 2012 recipient of the Ansel Adams Award, given by the Sierra Club to individuals who have made superlative use of still photography to further a conservation cause.
Schulz was recognized for his decade-long use of wildlife and landscape photography to promote protection of wildlife corridors in North America. A native of Germany, Schulz spends up to ten months a year in the field photographing, filming, and recording wildlife, often accompanied by his wife, Emil Herrera-Schulz.
Florians large-format photography book To The Arctic, published by Braided River was named an “Outstanding Book of the Year” and “Most Likely to Save the Planet” by the Independent Publisher Book Awards for 2012, selected from a field of more than 5,000 entries.
Florians coffee table book "To The Arctic" received a 2012 Gold Award as part of the Nautilus Book Awards, which recognize books promoting spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change.
Winner in the category "Wildlife", Nature's Best Photography Awards 2011.
The Story behind the shot: "During an expedition to document Arctic wildlife, I observed a polar bear family from a small, ice-going vessel. The mother and her cubs were living on pack ice far from land. Incredibly intelligent animals, young polar bears learn quickly through their inquisitive nature. This cub was intrigued by its reflection and was studying it with great interest."
Winner in the category "mammals", GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011.
In 2010 the image "Flight of the Ray" got a lot of attention from the public. With this image Florian was honored with the title "Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010" from CIWEM.
The photograph "Flight of the Ray" won second place under the category Behavior Animals, by the prestigious competition BBC - "Veolia Environnenment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010"
Conservation Photographer of the Year – Overall Winner by Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards and the National Wildife Federation.
Wolf-watch, Denali, USA. Highly Honored in the category "Animals in their Environment".
QUETZAL - El Triunfo Reserve, Mexico.
Under the category Most Likely to Save the Planet, Florian's book "Yellowstone to Yukon - Freedom to Roam" (The Mountaineers Books 2005) was honored with the title Outstanding Book of the Year 2006 by the Independent Publishers Awards
During the 12th NANPA Annual Summit, Florian Schulz was awarded by the NANPA Infinity Foundation the Phillip Hyde Grant. This grant is given annually to an individual NANPA member who is actively pursuing completion of an environmental project. The mission of the Infinity Foundation is to advance awareness of and appreciation for nature through photography.
GREAT GREY OWL - Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Wyoming. USA.
GRIZZLY CROSSING- Wyoming. USA.
Californian wildflower meadow
In Praise of Plants
NAMIB DESERT II - Namibia
GENTLE LION - Kalahari National Park.
NAMIB DESERT - Namibia.
AFTER THE STORM - Glacier National Park.
SECRETARY BIRDS - Etosha National Park.
Highly Commended by the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1999 competition in the category "Behavior Birds".
"One early morning in Etosha National Park, my brother and I saw the same pair of secretary birds hunting side-by-side in the grasslands, searching for insects and snakes to eat. One morning though, we realized that the birds weren't hunting: they were gathering small twigs and leaves. As soon as they had a beakfull each, they flew up together to the crown of a nearby torn tree, the thin branches bending under their weight.
Then with wings outstretched for balance, they bounced slowly up and down, dancing gracefully around one another as they wove their nest."
What other people are saying about us
"Florian Schulz’s presentation Freedom to Roam of his stunning photographs of the wildlife and people of the Yellowstone to Yukon, is tremendously inspiring. He is a living illustration of the central role the arts must play in achieving conservation goals. His ...commitment and deep knowledge of this largest North American conservation initiative made this evening one of the university's best events of the year".
"...Florian Schulz spoke in my Environmental Biology class to approximately 170 undergraduate students from a broad range of disciplines outside the sciences (philosophy, English, history, economics, etc.) and we were captivated. His talk was a vivid case study of species conservation in a stunning ecoregion that is rife with human conflicts over natural resource use and environmental concerns. Florian’s presentation "Yellowstone to Yukon Freedom to Roam" brought to life the topics we were discussing... He made an impression on these students that I think will last a lifetime. Florian has a gift for communication. He combines the type of knowledge one can get only from living in a region... with a passion for wildlife conservation and breathtaking photography. He is a fantastic spokesman for life – human and wild – in the region".
Who has featured our work
Patagonia launches campaign featuring Florian's work and ANWR
Patagonia catalog 2017
Terre Sauvage Magazine
Les 30 Plus belles terres sauvages - Les coups de coeur des grands photographes de nature
Issue: June 2016
In der Jubiläums-Sonderausgabe wurden die besten Fotos aus 40 Jahren GEO abgedruckt. Florian wurde als einer von nur 5 Tierfotografen für dieses Heft ausgewählt. Wir sind stolz das er gleich mit zwei Doppelseiten darin vertreten ist.
article title: El oso Polar esta en peligro!
Feature article: Weilka biel
Article: Rätselhafte Versammlung
Issue: Dec. / Jan. 2015/16
Issue: February 2015
Article title: What lies beneath
Issue: Winter 2014
Article title: Melted
Issue: Sept. / Oct. 2014
Article title: Nikon on the Rocks
Article title: Endurance Test
Issue: June / July
Feature article: Das Jahr der Eisbären
Issue: Oct. / Nov. 2013
Article title: Mit Blick in das Weite
Issue: Dec. 2013
Issue: June 2013
Feature article: Sinfonie in Eis
Issue: January 2012
Feature article: Il Grande Freddo
Issue: Sept. 2012
Feature article: To The Arctic
Issue: Summer 2012
Feature article: Najlepsze Fotografie
Issue: March 2011
Feature article: Blick über die Schulter
Issue: January 2012
Coverstory: Secrets of a Vanishing World
Portfolio: Arktis Bilder
Issue: Nov. 2011
Feature article: Osos – Emperadores del Artico
Issue: Dec. 2011
Article: 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers
Article: Leben im Nebel
Issue: April 2010
Feature article: Yellowstone to Yukon
Cover: Frostige Kinderstube