Lester Picker

Nikonians Academy Faculty

Lester Picker has been photographing since the age of 11, when his father, an accomplished amateur, bought him his first 35mm SLR film camera. Les has since photographed for National Geographic Society publications and many other consumer and corporate magazines and newspapers. He has had more than 600 published articles in major national publications. He was a monthly columnist and features contributor to Oceans Magazine and a weekly columnist, Op-Ed contributor and features travel writer and photographer for The Baltimore Sun. Les shoots all Nikon equipment and is a member of Nikon Professional Services, as well as the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Two characteristics shape Les’ photography; passion and inquisitiveness. Since an early age Les has been interested in the natural world and in other cultures. He has an earned doctorate in winter ecology, which he believes helps inform his landscape and wildlife photography. His interest in other peoples and cultures draws him frequently to exotic locales.

Les has spent time cruising on a nuclear attack submarine deep in the Pacific Ocean and has climbed the highest peak in the Pyrenees. He has been to the Arctic and stayed with a Bedouin tribe in the Eastern desert of Egypt. He was nearly bitten by a sea lion in the Galapagos (never stand between a mother and her pup!) and was chased by a 16-foot alligator in South Africa. In 2012 Les was named Best Travel Photographer for the prestigious Canada Northern Lights Award.

Les lectures on a variety of digital photography topics. He makes himself available for challenging editorial photography assignments.

“I feel blessed to be able to teach, write and photograph for a living,” Les says. “If my workshops and photographs help people better appreciate our natural world – and its fragility – then I feel I have accomplished a worthy life goal.”

The Nikonians academy is very proud to have Les as a member of it's Faculty