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Minnesota photographer, Jim Brandenburg, began his career as a natural history photographer and film maker while majoring in studio art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He went on to become Picture Editor at the Worthington Daily Globe in southern Minnesota. While at the Daily Globe Brandenburg began freelancing for the National Geographic Magazine.

In 1978, Brandenburg became a contract photographer for the National Geographic Society. He has since worked on numerous projects including: The American Prairie - Roots of The Sky; The Land They Knew - A Portfolio; Namibia; Bamboo - The Giant Grass; The Tallgrass Prairie; The Canadian Rockies; South Dakota Badlands; World of Aldo Leopold; Rhinos; Viking Trail East; North to the Pole; Red Deer; Kiwifruit; At Home with the Arctic Wolf; and Ellesmere Island - Life in the High Arctic. Brandenburg's work in Manchuria was featured in a National Geographic book on China; his work on the Highlands of Scotland was featured in another National Geographic book, Discovering Britain and Ireland.

In addition, Brandenburg has done assignment work and has been published in The New York Times, Life, Audubon, Smithsonian, Natural History, World, Geo, Airone, Modern Maturity, BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, Outside and numerous other national and international publications.

In 1981 and again in 1983, Brandenburg was named "Magazine Photographer of the Year" by the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA) . In 1988 he was named "Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year" by the Natural History Museum - London and BBC Wildlife Magazine. In 1981 Brandenburg was commissioned by the United States Postal Service to photograph and design as set of ten wildlife stamps, which were released on May 14, 1981. These stamps were included in the exhibit - Graphic Design in America, which toured the United States and England in 1990.

Brandenburg has published many award-winning books including BROTHER WOLF - A FORGOTTEN PROMISE (1993); WHITE WOLF - LIVING WITH AN ARCTIC LEGEND (1988); MINNESOTA - IMAGES OF HOME (1990), as well as four children's books; TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD - Adventures with Arctic Wolves (1993); SAND AND FOG - Adventures in Southern Africa (1994); AMERICAN SAFARI - Adventures on the North American Prairie (1995) and SCRUFFY - A Wolf Finds His Place in the Pack (1996).

A National Geographic/BBC Television documentary also called "White Wolf" was aired on National Geographic Explorer in 1988 and was released as a video in 1989. Brandenburg was Producer, Director and Cinematographer of this documentary.

Brandenburg's photographs have won a multitude of national and international awards with inclusion in "Life's Collector's edition - The World's Best Photographs 1980-1990".

In 1991 Brandenburg was a recipient of the World Achievement Award from the United Nations Environmental Programme in Stockholm, Sweden in recognition of his "using nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment."

Brandenburg serves on the board of directors for the Defenders of Wildlife, the Friends of Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. In addition, he donates his time and work to numerous other environmental groups.
Stalagmites and stalactites in Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, Nevada  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00957319 Stalagmites and stalactites in Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, Nevada© Jim Brandenburg
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) feathers  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00959912 Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) feathers© Jim Brandenburg
American Darter (Anhinga anhinga) portrait, Everglades National Park, Florida  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00001364 American Darter (Anhinga anhinga) portrait, Everglades National Park, Florida© Jim Brandenburg
Mexican Golden Poppy (Eschscholzia glyptosperma) field with Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00075975 Mexican Golden Poppy (Eschscholzia glyptosperma) field with Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona© Jim Brandenburg
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) mouth defense displaying, South Africa  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00093776 Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) mouth defense displaying, South Africa© Jim Brandenburg
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) pair reaching towards the sky, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00109255 Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) pair reaching towards the sky, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah© Jim Brandenburg
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) mother with litter of pups, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00110950 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) mother with litter of pups, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) in defensive posture, South Dakota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00113409 Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) in defensive posture, South Dakota© Jim Brandenburg
Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) with begging pup, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00114253 Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) with begging pup, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada© Jim Brandenburg
Blueberry (Vaccinium sp) cluster fruiting, Superior National Forest, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116565 Blueberry (Vaccinium sp) cluster fruiting, Superior National Forest, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Mushrooms growing on log, Northwoods, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116620 Mushrooms growing on log, Northwoods, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana) seedling sprouting after fire, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116638 Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana) seedling sprouting after fire, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) walking in deep snow, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116703 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) walking in deep snow, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) female flying, North America  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116738 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) female flying, North America© Jim Brandenburg
Frost covered meadow, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00125590 Frost covered meadow, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Temperate forest interior with trillium ground cover, Northwoods, Minnesota
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00128802 Temperate forest interior with trillium ground cover, Northwoods, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii) standing guard, Alaska  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00437204 Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii) standing guard, Alaska© Jim Brandenburg
Thickspike Gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya) flowers with eagle-shaped cloud, Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00442826 Thickspike Gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya) flowers with eagle-shaped cloud, Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Fire in prairie, Minnesota
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00559351 Fire in prairie, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Fishing Spider (Pisauridae) pair on moss, Minnesota
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00559369 Fishing Spider (Pisauridae) pair on moss, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Konik Horse (Equus caballus) group running, Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Netherlands  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00477382 Konik Horse (Equus caballus) group running, Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Netherlands© Jim Brandenburg
Sundogs, also known as mock sun, on the horizon above a snow field, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00966855 Sundogs, also known as mock sun, on the horizon above a snow field, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Thickspike Gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya) flowering on tallgrass prairie, Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00454830 Thickspike Gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya) flowering on tallgrass prairie, Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
American Bison (Bison bison) herd stampeding, South Dakota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00001291 American Bison (Bison bison) herd stampeding, South Dakota© Jim Brandenburg
Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees with dusting of snow, King's Canyon National Park, California  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00001397 Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees with dusting of snow, King's Canyon National Park, California© Jim Brandenburg
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) walking across ice floes, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00065052 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) walking across ice floes, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada© Jim Brandenburg
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) blowing in the wind, North America  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00086510 Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) blowing in the wind, North America© Jim Brandenburg
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) pair fighting while a third watches, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00449787 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) pair fighting while a third watches, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) flying over prairie slough, North Dakota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00111242 Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) flying over prairie slough, North Dakota© Jim Brandenburg
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) running across frozen Kawishiwi Lake, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00106085 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) running across frozen Kawishiwi Lake, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pair running through deep snow, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00109240 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pair running through deep snow, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) leaping onto ice floe, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00109275 Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) leaping onto ice floe, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada© Jim Brandenburg
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pup in forest undergrowth, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00110546 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pup in forest undergrowth, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) male on iceberg, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00110835 Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) male on iceberg, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada© Jim Brandenburg
Prickly Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis) petal, Discovery Lake, Superior National Forest, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116553 Prickly Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis) petal, Discovery Lake, Superior National Forest, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116589 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Wet rocks, Northwoods, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116623 Wet rocks, Northwoods, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Canoe bow with autumn trees, Discovery Lake, Superior National Forest, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00114384 Canoe bow with autumn trees, Discovery Lake, Superior National Forest, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Lake with fall colored leaves, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116725 Lake with fall colored leaves, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Lily pads at dawn, Northwoods, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116767 Lily pads at dawn, Northwoods, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pair in snow, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00116804 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pair in snow, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Moose (Alces alces andersoni) female looking in car window during winter, the animals lick salt off of cars, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00964792 Moose (Alces alces andersoni) female looking in car window during winter, the animals lick salt off of cars, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) at edge of lake in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with 1200 miles of canoe routes, part of Superior National Park, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00128733 Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) at edge of lake in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with 1200 miles of canoe routes, part of Superior National Park, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Kawishiwi Falls, Kawishiwi River, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, near Ely, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00442786 Kawishiwi Falls, Kawishiwi River, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, near Ely, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Mont Saint-Michel and tidal expanse, Normandy, France  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00486982 Mont Saint-Michel and tidal expanse, Normandy, France© Jim Brandenburg
Thickspike Gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya) flowers in grass, Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00486998 Thickspike Gayfeather (Liatris pycnostachya) flowers in grass, Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) tree on prairie, Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00953984 Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) tree on prairie, Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota© Jim Brandenburg
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pair in forest, Minnesota  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00111231 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) pair in forest, Minnesota© Jim Brandenburg
Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) growling, Asia  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00114021 Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) growling, Asia© Jim Brandenburg
Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis) covering cliffs on coastline, Point Lobos State Park, California  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00069869 Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis) covering cliffs on coastline, Point Lobos State Park, California© Jim Brandenburg
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