About Gary Alan Nelson

Minnesota native Gary Alan Nelson has spent the past 25 years exploring and photographing the wild places and vanishing rural landscapes of North America. He photographs national and state parks, trails, lakeshores, seashores, prairies, forests, rivers, deserts, wilderness areas, rural routes, scenic by-ways and country backroads throughout the country, from sweeping landscapes to intimate details.

Gary's images have been published in hundreds of magazines, calendars, books and other publications. His fine art photographs are displayed in private collections as well as health care facilities and corporations across the country. He has had two photographic books published, one of which was given the Benjamin Franklin Travel Book Award. He has also been named a master of photography by Outdoor Photographer Magazine.

A selection of publication credits include:



Men's Journal

National Geographic Books

National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Adventure

National Wildlife

National Parks and Conservation

The Nature Conservancy

Outdoor Photographer


Sierra Club

The Wilderness Society 

Gary Alan Nelson