Paul Souders is an independent wildlife photographer who has traveled extensively around the world and taken award-winning photographs of animals.
Paul Souders was born in Carlisle, PA in 1961. Although his current residence is in Washington, he’s maintained 26 different addresses within the previous 30 years. He studied three majors at the University of Maryland and has worked a variety of jobs over the years, including landscaping, cooking and bartending. He credits his grandmother as inspiration for becoming a wildlife photographer.
Paul Souders’ professional photography career started 30 years ago when he began working at a small daily paper in Maryland as a news shooter. Needing a change of scenery, he moved to Alaska and adored the nature environment. Although he was employed by the state’s biggest newspaper, he shortly left the paper and started working as a travel and wildlife photographer. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Alaska, Australia, Antarctica and Asia.
In 2013 he won two awards: the 2013 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year photo contest, and National Geographic’s 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest Winner. Although the photos he entered into both contests differed, they related to polar bears in the Arctic Circle.
For the most part, his photographic work is stored in the stock archives of Corbis and Getty Images. His work has appeared in magazines and advertisements across the world.
- He once spent 27 hours in Kenya digging out a bogged safari truck using only a sauce pan.
- He’s been chased in the water and head-butted by whales when he traveled to Patagonia.
- He prefers traveling solo and learning new skills on-the-fly.