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Benjamin Olson is a 30-year old up-and-coming nature photographer based in Minnesota's Twin Cities. His childhood revolved around wildlife, fishing, and hunting. After discovering the wonders of photography, he changed his focus to wildlife encounters as seen through a camera lens.

Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, plus an A.A.S. in Digital Imaging Technology. His long term goal is to use photography to promote awareness of the perils the natural world faces today while working towards conservation and environmental restoration.

"As a photographer, I spend countless hours in the field chasing elusive wildlife, temperamental weather, and fleeting light. I am fortunate if I walk away with an amazing picture at the end of the day. Only a handful of images I capture each year merit a spot in my portfolio. Immersing myself in nature has become a way of life, and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had and I am excited for the experiences to come; the ability to capture these rare moments and to share them with the world fills me with enthusiasm for life and the motivation needed to use my work towards conservation and environmental awareness efforts."

All of the images represented here are depictions of reality. Minimal post-processing is applied to each image, nothing is added or removed from any images. All wildlife images are wild animals captured in their natural environment without the use of bait, feeding or playback calls. Ben strives to capture nature as it is, with minimal human impact. "I subscribe to the philosophy of 'leave no trace' in my photography," he says.

Still a young photographer in this competitive field, Ben has already received numerous photography awards. The North American Nature Photography Association scholarship paired him with some of the industry's best photojournalists and editors. A two-time winner and placer of the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Awards, you can currently see one of Ben's photos hanging in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He was the 2016 winner of the Art Wolfe Next-Generation Photographer's Grant and has placed in art festivals throughout Minnesota. Numerous conservation and photography magazines publish his photos.
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) in winter, Vermillion, Minnesota
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00570102 Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) in winter, Vermillion, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) yawning mother and cubs, Katmai National Park, Alaska
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00570173 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) yawning mother and cubs, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Benjamin Olson
Black Morel (Morchella elata) mushroom in forest, Bemidji, Minnesota
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00570089 Black Morel (Morchella elata) mushroom in forest, Bemidji, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
American Bison (Bison bison) running in snow, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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00569984 American Bison (Bison bison) running in snow, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Benjamin Olson
Ice over rocks on shore, Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota
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00570099 Ice over rocks on shore, Lake Superior, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Caribou Waterfall, Lake Superior, Tofte, Minnesota
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00570116 Caribou Waterfall, Lake Superior, Tofte, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) resting in river, Katmai National Park, Alaska
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00570129 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) resting in river, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Benjamin Olson
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa), Sax-Zim Bog, Minnesota
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00570121 Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa), Sax-Zim Bog, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) needles spinning in eddy at base of waterfall near Grand Marais, Minnesota, multiple exposures
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00570138 Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) needles spinning in eddy at base of waterfall near Grand Marais, Minnesota, multiple exposures© Benjamin Olson
Lightning strikes over badlands, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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00570149 Lightning strikes over badlands, Badlands National Park, South Dakota© Benjamin Olson
Coyote (Canis latrans), Point Reyes National Seashore, California
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00570151 Coyote (Canis latrans), Point Reyes National Seashore, California© Benjamin Olson
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) mother and lamb, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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00570155 Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) mother and lamb, Badlands National Park, South Dakota© Benjamin Olson
Maple (Acer sp) trees in flooded forest, Vermillion River, Red Wing, Minnesota
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00570164 Maple (Acer sp) trees in flooded forest, Vermillion River, Red Wing, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) biologists aging individual by its feathers, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Minnesota
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00570168 Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) biologists aging individual by its feathers, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Conical Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica) mushroom, Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota
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00570177 Conical Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica) mushroom, Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) seed head, Barnesville, Minnesota
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00570181 Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) seed head, Barnesville, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Common Loon (Gavia immer) held by biologist before release, Crosslake, Minnesota
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00573252 Common Loon (Gavia immer) held by biologist before release, Crosslake, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cubs play-fighting, Katmai National Park, Alaska
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00570072 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cubs play-fighting, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Benjamin Olson
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) mother and cubs, Katmai National Park, Alaska
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00570084 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) mother and cubs, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Benjamin Olson
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly, Lakeville, Minnesota
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00570158 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly, Lakeville, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) during snowfall, Sax-Zim Bog, Minnesota
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00570161 Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) during snowfall, Sax-Zim Bog, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Common Loon (Gavia immer) panting to cool off while incubating on floating nest, Crosslake, Minnesota
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00573257 Common Loon (Gavia immer) panting to cool off while incubating on floating nest, Crosslake, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) yawning, Superior National Forest, Minnesota
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00570148 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) yawning, Superior National Forest, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Elk (Cervus elaphus) bull bugling in winter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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00569980 Elk (Cervus elaphus) bull bugling in winter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Benjamin Olson
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus), San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, California
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00570147 Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus), San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, California© Benjamin Olson
Lightning strike over prairie, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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00570143 Lightning strike over prairie, Badlands National Park, South Dakota© Benjamin Olson
American Bison (Bison bison), Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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00570124 American Bison (Bison bison), Badlands National Park, South Dakota© Benjamin Olson
Johnson Lake and distant Lake Superior in autumn, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Minnesota
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00570075 Johnson Lake and distant Lake Superior in autumn, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus), Ocala National Forest, Florida
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00569965 Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus), Ocala National Forest, Florida© Benjamin Olson
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) male displaying in flock, Platte River, Nebraska
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00569991 Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) male displaying in flock, Platte River, Nebraska© Benjamin Olson
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kits playing, Burnsville, Minnesota
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00570131 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kits playing, Burnsville, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Lodgepole Pine (Larix laricina) young needles with dew, Ely, Minnesota
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00570011 Lodgepole Pine (Larix laricina) young needles with dew, Ely, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) ram on cliff, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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00570182 Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) ram on cliff, Badlands National Park, South Dakota© Benjamin Olson
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca), Vermillion, Minnesota
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00570103 Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca), Vermillion, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Cumulonimbus cloud over Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota
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00569995 Cumulonimbus cloud over Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Showy Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) flowers, Grand Marais, Minnesota
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00569997 Showy Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) flowers, Grand Marais, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Jack-O'-Lantern (Omphalotus olearius) mushrooms in deciduous forest, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Minnesota
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00570000 Jack-O'-Lantern (Omphalotus olearius) mushrooms in deciduous forest, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Frozen lake during polar vortex, Silber Bay, Lake Superior, Minnesota
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00570070 Frozen lake during polar vortex, Silber Bay, Lake Superior, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub sleeping in tree, Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Minnesota
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00570077 Black Bear (Ursus americanus) cub sleeping in tree, Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Fog over river and forest, Baptism River, Minnesota
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00570026 Fog over river and forest, Baptism River, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Stemless Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) flowers, George H. Crosby Manitou State Park, Minnesota
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00570183 Stemless Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) flowers, George H. Crosby Manitou State Park, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) chasing Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) up river, Katmai National Park, Alaska
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00570037 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) chasing Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) up river, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Benjamin Olson
Elk (Cervus elaphus) bull searching for food in snow, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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00569976 Elk (Cervus elaphus) bull searching for food in snow, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Benjamin Olson
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kit crossing under fence at night, Burnsville, Minnesota
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00570052 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) kit crossing under fence at night, Burnsville, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) in swamp, Superior National Forest, Minnesota
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00570062 Black Bear (Ursus americanus) in swamp, Superior National Forest, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Jack In The Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) flower, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Minnesota
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00570067 Jack In The Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) flower, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Lodgepole Pine (Larix laricina) trees in swamp in fog at sunrise, Superior National Forest, Minnesota
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00570083 Lodgepole Pine (Larix laricina) trees in swamp in fog at sunrise, Superior National Forest, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Pancake ice along shore in negative thirty fahrenheit at sunset, Lake Superior, Grand Marais, Minnesota
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00570132 Pancake ice along shore in negative thirty fahrenheit at sunset, Lake Superior, Grand Marais, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) licking paw, Point Reyes National Seashore, California
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00570060 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) licking paw, Point Reyes National Seashore, California© Benjamin Olson
Skim ice in negative thirty degree fahrenheit at sunrise, Lake Superior, Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota
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00570133 Skim ice in negative thirty degree fahrenheit at sunrise, Lake Superior, Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota© Benjamin Olson
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