Alex Noriega

Hello there! I’m a full-time nature photographer and photography educator based in the United States.

My photography journey began in 2010, while living in Minnesota and working in Information Technology. I purchased a camera to take better photos of the spare computer parts I was selling online, and I was immediately enthralled by the process of photography.

In that first year, I primarily focused on architecture and portraiture. But in 2011, a couple of friends and I took a road trip to California that would change the course of my life. It was on that journey that I first witnessed the mountains and deserts of the West, which I had previously known only through films and photographs. Seeing these rugged landscapes firsthand stirred something within me; I was inspired.

I moved to California that same year, and by 2012 I ended up in Oregon. It was then that I decided to focus exclusively on nature photography. I enjoyed exploring the mountains, forests, and coasts of the Pacific Northwest, but in the following years I made increasingly longer photography excursions to the desert Southwest. It is in those deserts that I have continued to find my greatest inspiration.

From 2019 to 2023, my girlfriend and I were full-time nomads, adventuring around the American West in our travel trailer. However, the call of the desert was too strong to ignore, and we are now have a home base in Southwestern Utah – not far from Zion National Park.

I want to convey a sense of mystery with my photographs – to spark the viewer’s imagination. Though I initially became known for grand landscapes, I now prefer to focus on more subtle, intimate scenes with less context. I have a great appreciation for the timeless compositions of the masters of film. I enjoy blending the influence of this classic style with contemporary techniques in my work. Composition and light are everything, aided (but not replaced) by development in the digital darkroom.

While you can follow me on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Threads / Twitter), I hope that you enjoy viewing my photography here on my website, where I have the greatest control over its presentation.


My photographs and writing have been featured by a number of publications and organizations, including:

  • AAA Via Magazine
  • Amateur Photographer UK
  • Backpacker Magazine
  • Conversations with Nature (Eric Bennett)
  • Digital Camera World
  • Digital Photo Magazine
  • Digital Photographer Magazine
  • DPReview
  • Ebb and Flow (TJ Thorne)
  • Elements Photography Magazine
  • Insider
  • Keller AG
  • Landscape Photography Magazine
  • LeNs Magazine
  • N-Photo Magazine
  • Nature Photographers Network
  • Natuurfotografie Magazine
  • New Scientist Magazine
  • Outdoor Photographer Magazine
  • Photo World China
  • Photographer’s Companion Magazine China
  • Photography Masterclass Magazine
  • Practical Photography Magazine
  • Réponses Photo France
  • Scholastic
  • Terra Quantum (La Défense, Paris)
  • The Illuminating Engineering Society
  • The National Park Service (Olympic)
  • The Wilderness Society
  • USA Today
  • Voice of the Eyes (René Algesheimer)


I don’t believe awards to be a meaningful measure of an artist. There are countless “award winning” photographers making dubious claims for marketing purposes, while more talented ones may not enter competitions at all, or may lack the visibility to gain proper recognition for their work. I also believe competition can hinder the creative pursuit of nature photography if care is not taken to compartmentalize it.

That said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention on my own website that I won three competitions a few years ago:

I have also served as a judge – most notably for the 2021 and 2022 Natural Landscape Photography Awards. I believe it is the very best landscape photography competition, elevating thoughtful, high-quality work through a rigorous judging process unlike any other in this genre.

In 2017, I was on the judging panel for International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

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