Instagram has about 200 million active users every month. Most Instagram accounts feature your typical friends and family type of stuff–fun for those you know as you share in life’s every day moments ( in between the selfies and the food porn). However, there are Instagram accounts from photographers who can bring you the world like you’ve never seen it before. A few on this list are members of photography’s elite, while others are just handy with their cameras and smartphones. Follow all 20 of these Instagram Travel Photographers and you’ll see the world from an entirely different perspective.
1. Joe McNally
Also known as the Master of Light as his friends call him, is pretty handy with his iPhone. Good thing too since in his travels for National Geographic, LIFE and TIME he is always on the move. Joe is one of the funniest men on the planet, or above it, as in this case high top the Burj Khalifa.
2. Corey Rich
Rich has snowboarded in New Guinea, raced in the Sahara and train-hopped in the wild, wild west. He shoots for, no surprise, National Geo Adventure, The North Face, Nike, and Sports Illustrated. If you yearn for an outdoor adventure all over the world, Corey will bring it to your Instagram.
3. Jordan Oram
Oram is instantly likeable. This Canadian is a storyteller who reminds me, philosophically, of a hobbit. He has a real passion for food, the brewing of ale, peace and quiet, and a love of things that grow. Follow MapleMusketeer on Instagram and you will feel the warmth of his heart as he marvels at his surroundings.
Snipes is known for photographing sporting events and extraordinary athletes. His Instagram also shows off his eye for patterns and shadows and “why didn’t I think of that” moments, like this one below.
5. Cole Rise
calls himself an escape artist, and he clearly weaves his escapism through his camera. He is a world traveler who makes the world a dreamy and magical-looking place.
Jones proves that sometimes the best way to see the world is through the eyes of a tiny stormtrooper.
7. Ami Vitale
Vitale brings you the world through the faces of its inhabitants. This Montana resident captures the emotion of a wagging tail on a dog to the depth of sincerity of a woman’s faith.
8. Laurie Rubin
Rubin loves animals and nature. Her Instagram feed will make you feel as connected as she with the non-humans of this planet. Laurie loves to travel. To see animals. And nature.
The Travelettes are nine women who travel the world–Katja, Sophie, Franki, Alex, Kathi, Rita, Marie, Annika and Caroline. Kick back with them as you sight-see among friends.
10. Dr. P. Munther
This feed is gritty. He’ll take you all over Egypt, Hong Kong, India, and more–following him is an inexpensive way to see how other’s live.
Byrd’s Instagram snaps feel nostalgic and homey. Explore with him and discover the hidden gems that make a trip all about the journey. He lives in Nashville, plays the banjo and has adventures.
12. Flavio Bandiera
Bandiera lives in Italy and travels worldwide to capture weddings and special events. On Instagram it’s he goes light on the wedding shots and heavy on landscape and architecture shots. (all of which look like very expensive places the average person could never afford to visit).
13. Aik Beng Chia,
Chia, often just referred to as ABC, turned to photography in 2008 with his purchase of the iPhone 2G. He lives in Singapore and his photos catalog the vibrance of his city.
14. Jussi Ulkuniemi
Ulkuniemi is based out of Finland. His photos may turn your world upside down. These days he and three friends are photographing their way from Finland to Vietnam.
15. Vik Muniz
Muniz is a New York resident who hails from Brazil. His world brims with color. And pasta.
16. Dirk Bakker
Bakker lives in Amsterdam and he is in love with his city. He showcases it in terms of lines, patterns and reflections.
Guttenfelder is a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer. You know his photos are going to be amazing. He only posts his iPhone pictures on Instagram and being a working photojournalist, he’ll take you everywhere.
This photographer’s true identity is well-hidden, says she was born in Seattle. She has traveled to over 30 countries, sometimes stopping to stay and live for awhile. Currently she is a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan armed with an iPhone and a Canon.
19. Jacob Maentz
Maentz joined the US Peace Corps in 2003 and now makes his living as a photographer residing in the Philippines. If you want to visit far away lands that are more on the remote side and less on the touristy one, Jacob will take you there.
20. Dan Bailey
Bailey brings the expanse of the largest state in the Union to your Instagram feed. Dan is an action figure who knows how to pilot a plane and likes cookies.
Featured photo credit: Joe McNally via joemcnally.com