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TOP100 photographers on the web

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  • TOP100
    on the web
  • TOP 20
    Great Britain
  • TOP 20
    France
  • TOP 20
    Germany
  • TOP 20
    Women
  • TOP 20
    Young talents*
  • TOP 20
    Landscape
  • TOP 20
    Fashion
  • Infographic
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
16Mario Testino
@mariotestino
Fashion399,60
233Laurence & Jessica Norah
@lozula
TravelGallery109,39
334Lara Jade
@larajadephotography
FashionGallery108,46
441Nick Knight
@showstudio_nick_knight
Fashion94,64
545Mike Kus
@mikekus
Commercial81,64
650Dan Rubin
@danrubin
CommercialGallery75,03
756Paul Steele
@paul_steele
TravelGallery70,37
869Martin Parr
@parrstudio
DocumentaryGallery59,65
980Philip Bloom
@philipbloom
Documentary55,66
1089Michael Kenna
@Michael-Kenna-Photography
Landscape50,00
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
16Mario Testino
@mariotestino
Fashion399,60
215Emanuele Ferrari
@EmanueleFerrariPhotographer
FashionGallery167,56
316Terry Richardson
@terryrichardson
Fashion158,17
428Adam Bouska
@adambouska
Fashion119,28
532Russell James
@nomadrj
Fashion112,12
634Lara Jade
@larajadephotography
FashionGallery108,46
738Emily Soto
@emilysoto
Fashion104,86
839Annie Leibovitz
@annieleibovitz
Fashion103,51
941Nick Knight
@showstudio_nick_knight
Fashion94,64
1043Patrick Demarchelier
@patrickdemarchelierofficial
Fashion92,20
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
114JR
@jr
Streetstyle201,09
243Patrick Demarchelier
@patrickdemarchelierofficial
Fashion92,20
364JB Qorz
@qorz
Travel62,22
470Rehahn
@rehahn_photography
Documentary59,53
5101Laurent Baheux
@laurentbaheux
Nature39,70
6116Alexandra Sophie
@alexandrasophiephoto
Fashion34,08
7128Théo Gosselin
@theogossselin
Lifestyle28,75
8146Yann Arthus-Bertrand
@Yann_A_B
Travel23,54
9157Jefferson Kent York
@jeffonline
Streetstyle22,19
10160Alexandre Bouya
@booyasan
Travel20,00
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
118Hannes Becker
@Hannes_Becker
LandscapeGallery140,91
221Robert Jahns
@nois7
ArtGallery131,61
324Thomas P. Peschak
@thomaspeschak
Wildlife121,35
867Ellen von Unwerth
@ellenvonunwerth
Art60,44
447Jannik Obenhoff
@JannikObenhoff
LandscapeGallery78,14
554Thomas Kakareko
@thomas_k
Streetstyle72,64
1072Laura Zalenga
@laurazalenga
PortraitGallery58,47
657Daniel Ernst
@daniel_ernst
Travel70,08
766Max Muench
@muenchmax
Landscape60,92
971Paul Ripke
@paulripke
CommercialGallery59,44
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
112Alex Strohl
@alexstrohl
Landscape211,68
218Hannes Becker
@Hannes_Becker
LandscapeGallery140,91
322Daniel Kordan
@danielkordan
Landscape128,42
423Auditya Venkatesh
@audiphotography
Landscape126,19
526Richard Bernabe
@bernabephoto
LandscapeGallery120,70
647Jannik Obenhoff
@JannikObenhoff
LandscapeGallery78,14
761Benjamin Hardman
@benjaminhardman
Landscape63,24
866Max Muench
@muenchmax
Landscape60,92
968Lisa Bettany
@mostlylisa
Landscape60,23
1074Trey Ratcliff
@treyratcliff
Landscape57,75
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
247Jannik Obenhoff
@JannikObenhoff
LandscapeGallery78,14
144Syed Hussian Jamal
@shjphotography
WeddingGallery85,31
372Laura Zalenga
@laurazalenga
PortraitGallery58,47
5113Luis Valadares
@luis_valadares
Portrait35,72
491Lina Tesch
@linatesch
FashionGallery49,24
7128Théo Gosselin
@theogossselin
Lifestyle28,75
6116Alexandra Sophie
@alexandrasophiephoto
Fashion34,08
8144Nuno Assis
@nunoassis
Architecture23,80
9205Tom Foster
@spectacularedinburgh
Landscape12,98
10218Kim Leuenberger
@kim.ou
Travel11,59
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
11Brandon Stanton
@humansofny
Streetstyle2.723,20
27Chris Burkard
@chrisburkard
Travel362,43
38Steve McCurry
@stevemccurryofficial
Documentary317,47
49Clark Little
@clarklittle
Other313,06
510Terry Richardson
@terryrichardson
FashionGallery280,42
611Jimmy Chin
@jimmy_chin
Travel224,23
712Alex Strohl
@alexstrohl
Landscape217,78
815Theron Humphrey
@thiswildidea
TravelGallery164,03
918Michael Stokes
@Stokes_Photo
ArtGallery138,53
1023Adam Bouska
@adambouska
Fashion121,60
1128Emily Soto
@emilysoto
Fashion117,61
1229David Guttenfelder
@dguttenfelder
DocumentaryGallery115,83
1330Gary Arndt
@everythingeverywhere
Travel114,35
1432Steven Meisel
@stevenmeisel
Fashion110,86
1534Richard Bernabe
@bernabephoto
LandscapeGallery108,57
1635Jake Olson
@jakeolsonstudios
Portrait108,37
1738Cory Richards
@coryrichards
Travel103,79
1839Ami Vitale
@amivitale; @Amivee
Wildlife100,44
1943Renan Ozturk
@renan_ozturk
Travel94,21
2044Annie Leibovitz
@annieleibovitz
FashionGallery89,51
RankLast yearName & AliasGenreWebWPI
11Brandon Stanton
@humansofny
Streetstyle2.869,58
22Thomas Vijayan
@ThomasVijayanPhotography
WildlifeGallery1.074,18
33Said Mhamad
@saidmhamadphotography
Wedding899,27
46Paul Nicklen
@PaulNicklen
Wildlife617,76
55Murad Osmann
@muradosmann
OtherGallery415,30
64Mario Testino
@mariotestino
Fashion399,60
77Chris Burkard
@chrisburkard
Travel397,06
88Steve McCurry
@stevemccurryofficial
Documentary353,51
911Jimmy Chin
@jimmy_chin
Travel282,51
109Clark Little
@clarklittle
OtherGallery256,60
1114Sudhir Shivaram
@sudhirshivaram
Wildlife215,07
1212Alex Strohl
@alexstrohl
Landscape211,68
1349Jordan Matter
@jordanmatter
PortraitGallery202,73
1417JR
@jr
Streetstyle201,09
1513Emanuele Ferrari
@EmanueleFerrariPhotographer
FashionGallery167,56
1610Terry Richardson
@terryrichardson
Fashion158,17
1715Theron Humphrey
@thiswildidea
Travel152,87
1820Hannes Becker
@Hannes_Becker
LandscapeGallery140,91
1918Michael Stokes
@Stokes_Photo
ArtGallery134,50
2050Cristina Mittermeier
@cristinamittermeier
NatureGallery133,72
2122Robert Jahns
@nois7
ArtGallery131,61
2241Daniel Kordan
@danielkordan
Landscape128,42
2326Auditya Venkatesh
@audiphotography
Landscape126,19
2433Thomas P. Peschak
@thomaspeschak
Wildlife121,35
2535Jake Olson
@jakeolsonstudios
Portrait121,10
2634Richard Bernabe
@bernabephoto
LandscapeGallery120,70
2719Christoffer Collin
@wisslaren
Travel120,18
2823Adam Bouska
@adambouska
Fashion119,28
2925Rathika Ramasamy
@rathikaramasamy
WildlifeGallery115,95
3029David Guttenfelder
@dguttenfelder
Documentary114,79
3139Ami Vitale
@amivitale; @Amivee
WildlifeGallery113,18
32157Russell James
@nomadrj
Fashion112,12
3331Laurence & Jessica Norah
@lozula
TravelGallery109,39
3437Lara Jade
@larajadephotography
FashionGallery108,46
3543Renan Ozturk
@renan_ozturk
Travel107,72
3645Manfred Baumann
@manfredbaumann
Portrait106,79
3738Cory Richards
@coryrichards
Travel106,23
3828Emily Soto
@emilysoto
Fashion104,86
3944Annie Leibovitz
@annieleibovitz
Fashion103,51
4036Hari Menon
@harimenonphotography
NatureGallery98,69
4153Nick Knight
@showstudio_nick_knight
Fashion94,64
4240Simone Bramante
@brahmino
Commercial94,01
4316Patrick Demarchelier
@patrickdemarchelierofficial
Fashion92,20
4467Syed Hussian Jamal
@shjphotography
WeddingGallery85,31
4548Mike Kus
@mikekus
Commercial81,64
4652Adam Senatori
@adamsenatori
Other78,40
4756Jannik Obenhoff
@JannikObenhoff
LandscapeGallery78,14
4857Joe McNally
@joemcnallyphoto
Portrait76,52
4958Dan Rubin
@danrubin
CommercialGallery75,03
5047Andrew Knapp
@andrewknapp
WildlifeGallery75,02
5151Timothy McGurr
@13thwitness
Streetstyle74,66
5274GMB Akash
@gmbakash
StreetstyleGallery72,73
5365Thomas Kakareko
@thomas_k
Streetstyle72,64
5460Chase Jarvis
@chasejarvis
Documentary71,61
5562Paul Steele
@paul_steele
Travel70,37
5682Daniel Ernst
@daniel_ernst
TravelGallery70,08
5771Jasmine Star
@jasminestar
Wedding70,05
5854Scott Kelby
@scottkelby
PortraitGallery69,03
5975Bruce Weber
@bruce_weber
Fashion63,55
60106Benjamin Hardman
@benjaminhardman
Landscape63,24
6179Steven Klein
@stevenkleinstudio
Fashion63,14
6259Sue Bryce
@suebryce
Portrait62,72
6383JB Qorz
@qorz
TravelGallery62,22
6472Jim Harmer
@jimharmer
Documentary61,45
6593Max Muench
@muenchmax
LandscapeGallery60,92
6642Ellen von Unwerth
@ellenvonunwerth
Art60,44
6773Lisa Bettany
@mostlylisa
Landscape60,23
68105Martin Parr
@parrstudio
Documentary59,65
6970Rehahn
@rehahn_photography
DocumentaryGallery59,53
70110Paul Ripke
@paulripke
Commercial59,44
7178Laura Zalenga
@laurazalenga
PortraitGallery58,47
7246Michael Schulz
@berlinstagram
StreetstyleGallery58,14
7355Trey Ratcliff
@treyratcliff
Landscape57,75
74160David LaChapelle
@lachapelleland
Fashion57,42
7580Vicky Navarro
@lavicvic
StreetstyleGallery56,86
7697Everton Rosa
@rosaeverton
Wedding56,74
7784Paul Octavious
@pauloctavious
Documentary56,42
7892Michael Christopher Brown
@michaelchristopherbrown
Documentary55,95
7976Philip Bloom
@philipbloom
DocumentaryGallery55,66
8095Erik Johansson
@alltelleringet
Landscape55,59
81109Mario Sorrenti
@mario_sorrenti
Nude55,54
8291Sam Horine
@samhorine
Streetstyle54,82
8389Jared Polin
@jaredpolin
Documentary53,96
8464Jörg Nicht
@jn
TravelGallery53,27
8524David Lloyd
@davidllo; @davidlloyd
Wildlife50,56
86100Ahmed Mokhtar
@ahmedmokhtarph
Wedding50,27
87139Lindsay Adler
@lindsayadler_photo
Portrait50,13
8899Michael Kenna
@Michael-Kenna-Photography
LandscapeGallery50,00
8987Jeremy Cowart
@jeremycowart
Portrait49,78
90173Lina Tesch
@linatesch
Fashion49,24
9194Neeta Shankar
@neetashankar
WeddingGallery48,98
92133Lee Jeffries
@lee_jeffries
Portrait48,88
9396Johan Lolos
@lebackpacker
TravelGallery47,98
9430Gary Arndt
@everythingeverywhere
TravelGallery47,29
9521Benjamin Jaworskyj
@jaworskyj
LandscapeGallery46,08
96107Benjamin von Wong
@vonwong
Art44,40
97111Sean Scott
@seanscottphotography
Landscape43,64
98114Dirk Bakker
@macenzo
Architecture43,37
99113Sapna Reddy
@sapnareddy
Nature42,68
10077Laurent Baheux
@laurentbaheux
NatureGallery39,70
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
1Brandon Stanton
@humansofny
Streetstyle2.723,20
2Michael Kenna
@Michael-Kenna-Photography
LandscapeGallery49,47
RankTop 100Name & AliasGenreWebWPI
225Rathika Ramasamy
@rathikaramasamy
Wildlife115,95
538Emily Soto
@emilysoto
Fashion104,86
434Lara Jade
@larajadephotography
FashionGallery108,46
331Ami Vitale
@amivitale; @Amivee
WildlifeGallery113,51
983Ellen von Unwerth
@ellenvonunwerth
Art60,44
639Annie Leibovitz
@annieleibovitz
Fashion103,51
120Cristina Mittermeier
@cristinamittermeier
NatureGallery133,72
863Sue Bryce
@suebryce
PortraitGallery62,72
758Jasmine Star
@jasminestar
WeddingGallery70,05
1068Lisa Bettany
@mostlylisa
Landscape60,23
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Paul Nicklen

Chris Burkard

Steve McCurry

Clark Little

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Terry Richardson

Emanuele Ferrari

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Patrick Demarchelier

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Michael Stokes

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Hannes Becker

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Benjamin Jaworskyj

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Robert Jahns

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David Lloyd

Rathika Ramasamy

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Peter Lindbergh

Gary Arndt

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Laurence & Jessica Norah

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Richard Bernabe

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Hari Menon

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Lara Jade

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Ami Vitale

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Ellen von Unwerth

Manfred Baumann

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© Andrew Knapp

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Mike Kus

Jordan Matter

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Cristina Mittermeier

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Nick Knight

Scott Kelby

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Jannik Obenhoff

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Joe McNally

Dan Rubin

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Regine Heuser

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Jörg Nicht

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Syed Hussain Jamal

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Dave Zdanowicz

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Réhahn

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Lisa Bettany

GMB Akash

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Philip Bloom

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Laurent Baheux

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Laura Zalenga

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Vicky Navarro

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Daniel Ernst

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JB Qorz

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George A. Rauscher

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Sam Horine

Michael Christopher Brown

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Neeta Shankar

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Erik Johansson

Johan Lolos

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Michael Kenna

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Analysis of the TOP100:

TOP 10 photographers remain popular

With 2,869 WPI, American Brandon Stanton leads the TOP100 once again in 2019. Second and third places are occupied respectively by Canadian Thomas Vijayan (1,074 WPI) and Lebanon-born Said Mhamad (899 WPI).  The TOP 10 of the most popular photographers today remains relatively unchanged in 2019. Only American travel photographer Jimmy Chin has managed to win himself a new spot in the Top 10, climbing from no. 11 to no. 9. All other photographers in the Top 10 were already there last year.

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Photographers from 20 different countries in the TOP100

Once again in 2019, the majority of the photographers in the Top 100 are from the US; 40 of the photographers in the rankings are based there. In second place for national representation is Germany with 14 photographers, just in front of the UK at no. 3 with 11. Canada and India are each represented by 5 photographers in the rankings.

In 2019 once again, the majority of the photographers in the Top 100 are men: 84 male photographers score together 14,089 WPI points (∅ 167.3 WPI). The 16 women in the rankings bring together 1,239 WPI points (∅ 77.5 WPI).

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New entrants and climbers

Two Australians are at the top of the new-entry list: Fashion photographer Russel James has grabbed himself a spot at no. 32. Last year, he was ranked at no. 157 and so has jumped an impressive 125 positions. His fellow countryman, landscape photographer Benjamin Hardmann has also climbed by 45 positions and is now in the Top 100 for the first time at no. 61.

Within the Top 100, American Jordan Matter improved his ranking significantly: the portrait photographer managed to climb a remarkable 36 positions to the no. 13 spot. If he keeps this development up, the fan millionaire is a sure bet for the Top 10 in the coming years.

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Instagram is the most important social media channel

Instagram leaves all other social media platforms in the dust and is the only platform to show increasing fan numbers. Even platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are experiencing falling numbers of followers for the TOP photographers. Whereas the average number of followers on Facebook has decreased by 4.9% to 623,299, the average number of followers on Twitter has dropped again by 23% to an all-time low of 76,451.

It was also noticeable in an analysis of the social media accounts that there is a significant number of Facebook and Twitter accounts that still exist but are no longer currently updated. This makes the prognosis of a further loss in significance for these platforms a no-brainer. In the 2017 survey, Facebook was still the most important social media platform for photographers.

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The Web Popularity Index (WPI)

The Web Popularity Index (WPI) takes into consideration the three key factors of the social web: reach, interaction with users, and external references. Thousands of social media and web indicators for popular photographers of the present day were collected during the survey period and evaluated for the creation of the index.

We analysed: fans, followers and subscribers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr, 500px and other social networks, ratios for interaction with subscribers, fans and followers, as well as references for the photographers’ publications.

Poster PDF “TOP100″ Download

All the photographers of our ranking at a glance: Download the official Poster of the “TOP100 Photographers on the web” as a PDF. With all the information on countries of origin, genre and the Web Popularity Index.

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