Nature never goes out of style. It is a love for nature that changes one’s perception of life. Wildlife, too, is a part of nature and adds to its beauty. It is this unabating love for nature that has given birth to art in different forms. One of them is photography. Over the centuries, photography as an art form has gone through several changes. It is no longer only about a love for nature and beautiful subjects but rather to convey a purpose. Greg Piper is one such photographer who is using his passion for a cause. His outstanding land and underwater photography have earned him several awards for spreading wildlife conservation awareness.
Piper is a born artist. He loved drawing and painting from a very young age. His love for art culminated in a passion for photography when he joined the U.S. Army in 1987. He started documenting his experiences in the army through his lens, including some exclusive moments like the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. After he left the army in 1994, Piper decided to pursue his passion as a profession. He turned his love for nature into a living by capturing surreal landscapes and wildlife.
In 2008, he went on a family vacation, which became a turning point in his career. It was then he tried scuba diving for the first time and was absolutely fascinated by the underwater wildlife. This gave a new dimension to his photography. He underwent professional scuba diving training just to master the art and turned into an underwater photographer.
Since then, it has been a roller coaster ride for him while capturing several unseen aspects of land and underwater wildlife. Piper has logged more than 4,800 dives throughout the world so far. Most of them have been in rare and undiscovered scuba diving destinations. He spends a couple of months every year capturing Alaska’s coastal brown grizzly bears, eagles, and marine mammals through his lens. He also frequently visits South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, and Tanzania to photograph the big cats.
Many of his photographs have been featured in world-renowned publications like Scuba Diving Magazine, other nature publications, and media outlets, including Discovery Channel, BBC, Nat Geo, and the list continues. His photography has earned him several awards and recognition worldwide, making him a prominent figure in the space. Piper’s photography even gets thousands of views across his social media platforms, especially Instagram. This prompted him to diversify his passion into not only documenting wildlife but educating people on it too.
In 2017, Piper took the initiative further to conduct photography workshops at various locations across the world, including South Africa and Alaska. He aims to spread awareness about wildlife conservation through this initiative. You can get all the details about these workshops from his website www.gregpiperart.com. He also regularly documents his journey and updates his fans on his Instagram.
Greg Piper has come a long way as a wildlife photographer working for a noble cause. He wants to continue his passion on the same path, influencing people along the way to realize the importance of wildlife and value its existence.