T+L’s Photo Contest Finalists: Linda Klipp
“If you can’t beat him, join him,” said Klipp. Now fully engulfed in her career as a photographer, Klipp and her husband travel to far-flung locations on photo expeditions to capture images that “invoke emotions, increase one’s appreciation for our planet, and inspire them to help preserve it for generations to come.”
Take a look at some her favorite shots below, and vote for your favorite of the finalists.
T+L: Tell us about yourself as a photographer.
Linda Klipp: I have had a lifelong interest in nature and the animal kingdom, inspired by family camping trips and visits to local National Parks, Zoo’s and Museums.
T+L: How would describe your style of photography?
LK: Photography is the perfect way for me to capture my unique view of nature’s beauty and culturally packed world. I strive to capture images that will invoke emotions to increase ones’ appreciation of our planet and inspire them to help preserve it for generations to come.
T+L: What do you look for when looking for a great shot?
LK: I have a particular interest in visually portraying animals and people doing what comes naturally.
T+L: What do you think makes a great travel photographer?
LK: I think the ability to create images that invokes a feeling of being transported to that location and a desire to travel there.
T+L: Do you have a favorite photo or photographer that has influenced your work?
LK: My husband has been my greatest inspiration and supporter by influencing the art of my photography while sharing my passion in wildlife and the natural world. I have learned a great deal about improving technically and creatively from him and by the many National Geographic photographers we have traveled with on land and by sea to many spectacular locations.
Bringing Home the Bacon, Trinidad, Cuba
I saw this man walking through the streets of colorful Trinidad carrying his dinner on his shoulder.
Elephant Seal Pup, South Georgia Island
These young Elephant Seal Pups are called “weaners,” as they have just been weaned from their mothers. This one appears to be smiling and waving to me.
Happy Adelie Penguin’s, Brown Bluff, Antarctica
These happy Adelie Penguin’s in Brown Bluff appear to be dancing to the “happy” song. These Adelie Penguins were caught doing what penguins do, being cute.
Cheetah Brothers, Kenya, Masai Mara
It was late in the day, losing light as we came upon these two Cheetah brothers as one began to groom the other.
I observed these elephants at a waterhole from inside a blind. It was amazing to watch these elephants arrive and spend time being so close to these massive and powerful animals.
Galápagos Tortoise, Punta Vicente Roca, Isabella Island, Galápagos
It was an early morning when this giant emerged from the tall grasses.
Humpback Whale Lahaina, Maui
In February, off the coast of Maui you can find the largest aggregation of Humpback Whales, I caught this curious juvenile Humpback Whale demonstrating this behavior called spy hopping.
Iceberg Beach, Jokulsarlon, Iceland
This is clearly a special place where blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes come and go as “Jewels of the Sea” on this pitch-black lava sand beach.
Namibian Sunset, Serra Cafema Camp, Namibia
As we left the native Himba settlement heading back towards Serra Cafema Camp in Namibia, we found a spot high upon a hill to watch the sun settle onto the horizon across the seemingly endless desert landscape.
Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda
I could look in to the piercing eyes of this majestic Silver Back Mountain Gorilla in the bamboo forest of Virunga Volcanoes National Park all day, but we are allowed only one hour with these captivating creatures.