Millennials are known for their love of travel and their love of social media. Both these avenues are the combined topic of Forbes’ most recent list of popular Instagram travel photographers. Travel photography represents a third of the annual revenue that the industry brings in and an estimated 1 trillion dollars is spent globally on scenic photos. The industry is not showing any signs of decline with an estimated 8 billion dollars spent on travel photography in the United States as of the publication of Forbes’ article. With so much success over the course of several years, the travel photography industry has gained quite a presence on social media websites like Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Instagram, in particular, has become a beacon of hope for up-and-coming photographers who travel on a regular basis. Instagram’s focus on beautiful graphics has created a new avenue for both photographers and travel lovers who have access to the internet. According to Jordan Bishop, a Forbes contributor, several of these Instagram travel photographers are worthy of national attention for the work they produce.
Bishop lists Kiersten Rich, Mareen Smith, Brooke Saward, Karen Ng, Anna Jacobs, and Alex Schimmer as the top travel photographers on Instagram. These photographers all produce a caliber of skill in photography and art that far exceeds other photographers in their field. These six photographers have amassed a combined following of over 10 million Instagram users. By creating a means of storytelling through travel photography, these six artists have utterly changed the way many people experience travel to destination areas. By following the Instagram account labeled, “The Blonde Abroad,” (delightfully named by Kieresten Rich) Instagram users have experienced travel to beautiful places like Colorado, Australia, and New Zealand. The other photographers listed in this article have shared similar experiences from locations across the globe.
In addition to the development of new ways that users can experience travel photography, these photographers have also developed new careers as spokespersons for companies like Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines.