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Ron Niebrugge was 12 years old when his family relocated from San Diego to Alaska, where they settled in what is now Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. The move had a profound effect on the young boy. He fell in love with the scenery and the wildlife around him, and he soon took an interest in photographing it. In the subsequent decades, Niebrugge has become an accomplished nature photographer with a glowing client list. National Geographic's glossy pages have showcased his shots, the National Park Service assigned him to shoot Kenai Fjords National Park, and Runner's World once sent him scuttling up a 3,000-foot mountain. Even Walt Disney World® Theme Parks have commissioned his work, as have the Smithsonian, airlines, and luxury resorts.
Like a kid who just found out he's going to space camp, Niebrugge likes to share his knowledge with others. During his one-day and multiday photo trips, which he sometimes supplements with seminars, he leads photographers into close proximity of whales and grizzly bears. One trip even went all the way to the Antarctic peninsula.