Country: Russia 🇷🇺
Sergey Gorshkov was born in a faraway Siberian village. “Right now it sounds strange, but when I grew up, we didn’t have a TV in the house and I spent most of my time at one with nature. It was my only entertainment.
Many years later when I lived in the North I had some free time, so I took a Nikon and my life has chanched since then. I have sold my business and gained the freedom of creativity. Now my life looks like an endless photo safari. I can’t call myself a professional, I still use the trial-and-error method. I've made mistakes, but I’ve learned to analyze them and gain knowledge. Now I'm not ashamed of it – this is my history, my way.
While making wildlife photos I didn’t get rich, but the opportunity to communicate with wild animals brings me happiness. Right now photography is the reflection of the world I live in. It is my philosophy to this day.
My personal project is Russia’s Wildlife.
It was in Kamchatka where I started to shoot my first project about bears. Bears are still my passion and my trademark. I’m endlessly thankful to Kamchatka for its lessons of professionalism and love of nature.
Right now I am thinking about an ambitious project – the “conquest” of the Russian Arctic. I want to portray this ascetic and beautiful world the whole way - from the East to the West. I was able to work a lot on the Chukchi Peninsula, the Wrangell Island, the Taymyr Peninsula, the Putorana Plateau and Franz Josef Land, and I hope the work was fruitful.
My plans are - Novaya Zemlya.”
Right now, Sergey is shooting the rarest big wild cats in the world - the Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard.
Sergey Gorshkov is the founding member of the Russian Union of wildlife photographers.
Sergey has participated in the BBC projects "Frozen Planet" and "Planets Earth 2".
Photo of Sergey's "Arctic Fox with an egg" was chosen as the "face" of the WPY contest in 2017 and entered the top 50 of the Greatest Wildlife Photographs of 2018 by National Geographic.
Photo of Sergey the eruption of Tolbachik volcano was said to be one of the top 100 wildlife photos of the last 50 years according to the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year contest.
Sergey has received many awards for his works. He is the holder of two “Photographer of the year in Russia” awards, received in 2007 and 2012. In 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020 he became the awardee of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. In 2020 Sergey won the title of photographer of the year of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Sergey won numerous contests in the World. His works are recognized and popular. Gorshkov organizes personal exhibitions and seminars in Russia and Europe. His works are printed in magazines around the world. Right now Sergey is a resident in the National Geographic magazine. Gorshkov is the author of 8 photo-albums – “Bear”, “Kamchatka – the Vanishing world”, “Kamchatka”, “СatWalk”, ‘Wrangel Island’, “Animal”, ‘Plateau Putorana’ , «Taimyr Peninsula», «69 parallel», «Franz Joseph Land». Sergey pays much attention to preserving the richness of nature through photography. His report in the NG magazine and social networks spurred members of the Russian leadership to include the Wrangel Island in the cleanup list of the Russian Arctic and now garbage there is being collected.