Natural History Photography – My Favorite Photos of 2023

By December 31, 2023January 3rd, 2024Best Photographs of the Year

2023 brought a trip to dive the coast of South Australia, a little diving at the West End of Catalina and Farnsworth Banks, a few days diving around San Diego and a lot of diving among sea lions in the Coronado Islands in the fall for pups. Tracy and I both hit a major birthday and treated ourselves to a safari in Kenya focusing on Amboseli and the Masai Mara. We rented homes on Catalina and in North Carolina to hang out with our daughters (and I went diving to see my favorite fish). I was able to sneak in a few solo outings to southern Utah for landscapes and New Mexico for birds, and we were up at Bass Lake / Yosemite about once a month. All in all we thought 2023 was a fantastic and busy year.

This is the 17th year I have done an annual photography retrospective. Thank you to friends Richard Salas, Celia Kujala and Mike Johnson for sharing fun days on and in the ocean, and to The Giant Stride, M/V Rodney Fox, Africa Odyssey safaris, Waterhorse Charters and Big Blue Photo Boat for supporting my diving and travel. My favorite images of the past year are below, roughly in chronological order. Click each image to go big. My goal for any one year is always to shoot 3-4 world-class images and 10-15 portfolio-quality images. If you like these feel free to check out previous years’ favorites as well: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 20182017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.  Cheers and thanks for looking!

Sierra Nevada summer paddle with best friend

Yosemite’s Mist Trail living up to its name

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!