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.