60 Beautiful Winter Pictures

A photographer has to change their whole approach when taking pictures during the winter season. The cold weather and variable conditions requires thinking about wearing the proper clothing and protecting equipment from inclement weather, keeping hands and batteries warm, and understanding how to shoot in the different types of lighting and environment conditions the wintertime brings. But the season of snow and chilly winds provides an opportunity to take a lot of interesting photos.

One bonus that comes with the colder season, sunrises and sunsets are at reasonable times, which means more sleep and time to edit all of those amazing photos you took all year long. Here are 60 beautiful winter pictures separated into 4 different categories; landscapes, animals, cityscapes, and portraits.

Landscapes

From mountain tops to waterfalls, a layer of snow that comes with the winter season can change a landscape view dramatically, offering a completely different perspective to the same scene you’ve shot over and over.

Markus Trienke – Norwegian snow desert
Markus Trienke - Norwegian snow desert

swapnil deshpande – Monte elmo pano
swapnil deshpande - Monte elmo pano

Markus Trienke – Winter Morning
Markus Trienke - Winter Morning

Gareth Hutton
Gareth Hutton

Chris Combe – Snow way
Chris Combe - Snow way

john mcsporran – The Guardians
john mcsporran - The Guardians

Elvir K – Niagara Falls SnowScape
Elvir K - Niagara Falls SnowScape

David Schiersner – winter landscape
David Schiersner - winter landscape

Alexander Russy – Winterlandschaft
Alexander Russy - Winterlandschaft

liz west - new growth

Zach Dischner – Fog in the Valley, Candle in the Sky
Zach Dischner - Fog in the Valley, Candle in the Sky

john mcsporran – Lochan na h'Achlaise & The Black Mount Mountains
john mcsporran - Lochan na h'Achlaise & The Black Mount Mountains

Maarten Takens – After sunset … near Oymyakon in Yakutia ..
Maarten Takens - After sunset ... near Oymyakon in Yakutia ..

Filippo C – galaverna
Filippo C - galaverna

Andrew Petersen – Winter Trees
Andrew Petersen - Winter Trees

Animals

Like landscape photos, a winter scene can bring another perspective to how animals behave. The season may highlight certain animals that love to be out in the snow as well as provide a serene background for every shot.

Tambako The Jaguar – Jumping squirrel
Tambako The Jaguar - Jumping squirrel

USFWS Mountain-Prairie – Snow Bunny
USFWS Mountain-Prairie - Snow Bunny

Rennett Stowe – deer bridge
Rennett Stowe - deer bridge

Shanthanu Bhardwaj – Bighorn in Snow
Shanthanu Bhardwaj - Bighorn in Snow

Umberto Nicoletti – Fox in the snow
Umberto Nicoletti - Fox in the snow

Tupulak – Snow storm
Tupulak - Snow storm

Yellowstone National Park – Bull moose along Soda Butte Creek
Yellowstone National Park - Bull moose along Soda Butte Creek

Lali Masriera – carla bruni:at last the secret is out
Lali Masriera - carla bruni:at last the secret is out

Finiky – Cardinal
Finiky - Cardinal

Clarice Barbato-Dunn – Snowy Charlie
Clarice Barbato-Dunn - Snowy Charlie

Tambako The Jaguar – Serious bear in the snow
Tambako The Jaguar - Serious bear in the snow

Tambako The Jaguar – Pflümli doesn't like snow?
Tambako The Jaguar - Pflümli doesn't like snow?

Tambako The Jaguar – Passing by her mom
Tambako The Jaguar - Passing by her mom

Yiannis Theologos Michellis – A Hot Bath
Yiannis Theologos Michellis - A Hot Bath

USFWS Mountain-Prairie – 1950, March 12 – Roahen – Mallards moving in to winter feeding station on Duck Creek
USFWS Mountain-Prairie - 1950, March 12 - Roahen - Mallards moving in to winter feeding station on Duck Creek

Cityscapes

Despite the amount of chaos a winter storm can bring to a city, snow also provides an opportunity to add a lot of unique cityscape pictures to your portfolio. The cold days that bring fog and gloom around buildings can provide a full day of shooting interesting images.

Anthony Quintano – Blizzard of 2015 in Central Park New York City
Anthony Quintano - Blizzard of 2015 in Central Park New York City

Alexander Fisher – Snowy home town
Alexander Fisher - Snowy home town

Mantas Volungevicius – Vilnius, Lithuania winter evening 2015
Mantas Volungevicius - Vilnius, Lithuania winter evening 2015

euno – Murmansk
euno - Murmansk

MK Feeney – Boston Skyline
MK Feeney - Boston Skyline

Thomas8047 – Zurich, Switzerland
Thomas8047 - Zurich, Switzerland

Ruth Hartnup – Atypical Vancouver morning
Ruth Hartnup - Atypical Vancouver morning

aepg – Downtown LA
aepg - Downtown LA

Thomas Rousing – Winter images – Sunset
Thomas Rousing - Winter images - Sunset

Charles Knowles – City of Boise Idaho Winter
Charles Knowles - City of Boise Idaho Winter

Dun.can – Smithy Row
Dun.can - Smithy Row

Guillaume Baviere – Helsingborg
Guillaume Baviere - Helsingborg

Brad Hammonds – Prague, Czech Republic
Brad Hammonds - Prague, Czech Republic

x1klima – Winter in Vienna, pure Urbanity
x1klima - Winter in Vienna, pure Urbanity

m01229 – Central Park Pond skating rink
m01229 - Central Park Pond skating rink

Portraits

A portrait photographer doesn’t always have to worry about the harsh light of the summertime midday sun when doing outdoor photos. The wintertime also provides magical snow falling scenes that need to be taken advantage of.

Chung Ho Leung – Canadian Winter
Chung Ho Leung - Canadian Winter

Jonathan Grado – Williamsburg Snow 2015
Jonathan Grado - Williamsburg Snow 2015

Steven Guzzardi – Snow day
Steven Guzzardi - Snow day

ciocci – smiling in the snow
ciocci - smiling in the snow

Steve Jurvetson – Uplifting
Steve Jurvetson - Uplifting

Philip Bitnar
Philip Bitnar

Zach Dischner – Winter is Coming
Zach Dischner - Winter is Coming

John O'Nolan – Snow Day
John O'Nolan - Snow Day

Drew Selby – Christmas Joy
Drew Selby - Christmas Joy

Chung Ho Leung – Winter Fun!
Chung Ho Leung - Winter Fun!

Ivan Tokanawa – My little sister
Ivan Tokanawa - My little sister

Umberto Salvagnin – Alice – Let it Snow
Umberto Salvagnin - Alice - Let it Snow

allen – Breaking the Ice
allen - Breaking the Ice

martinak15 – snowfall
martinak15 - snowfall

The Freelens – snow in the city
The Freelens - snow in the city

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