The world is captivating. One only has to flip through National Geographic Magazine or take in an episode of Planet Earth to understand why. Today, getting a glimpse of the wilder side of nature and the people exploring it doesn’t require a magazine subscription or an expedition around the world — just an Instagram account. The same men and women behind the lenses of some of the most breathtaking images are also documenting their experiences in real time on social media. So are countless other adventurers, mountain sport athletes and travel writers, many of whom are living proof you don’t need a full-frame camera to capture an amazing image — you just need an amazing subject. You probably haven’t heard of many of the outdoorsmen and women below, but maybe you should. From trekking through the Swiss Alps to working with great white sharks, these adventure Instagrammers will give you the extra impetus to get out under that big blue sky.

Jimmy Chin

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Even if you haven’t heard of Jimmy Chin, you’ve seen his photographs. His work has graced the covers of National Geographic, Outside and more. He’s an acclaimed photographer, but he’s also a professional climber, mountaineer, skier, director and athlete sponsored by The North Face. His Instagram is populated by high-quality shots of his daily life, meaning incredible people and adventures.

Julian Bialowas

A Montreal transplant now residing in San Francisco, Bialowas is a professional photographer and avid adventurer. His creative lens goes wherever he does: through forests, interstates, mountains, freshwater lakes and beyond.

Chris Burkard

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Burkard is a self-taught photographer who covers surfing, lifestyle and the wild outdoors. A Gear Patrol contributor, his photographs are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss.

Kyle Frost

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Sunsets, rapturous landscapes and people who live a little off the cuff: Frost captures them all. He’s a San Francisco-based adventure photographer who rarely takes a picture indoors.

Rachel Moore

Off to Mexico to dive with these schooling beauties! #hammerheads #sharkdiving #LaPaz #ElBajo

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On her Instagram profile, Moore describes herself as a “climber, divemaster, traveler and adventurer”, and her snaps prove it. But that’s not all. Moore is a professional high-fashion and fitness model who’s worked for Bebe, Guess, Levis, Urban Outfitters and more: so yes, she’s also beautiful.

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