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Born and raised in Bratislava, Slovakia, Martin Gregus is an internationally awarded wildlife photographer and cinematographer. Martin’s passion for travel and photography started when he was just 8 years old, having grown up in a household full of artists. He learned everything from his father—also a photographer—before venturing out to document the local wildlife for himself. Martin first traveled around the world through the hundreds of National Geographic magazines found in his home. Now after almost 19 years, he has journeyed to all 7 continents, visiting dozens of countries and some of the planet's most unique ecosystems. His images have received numerous awards, including 2 wins and 2 nominations at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in London, UK.


Currently based in Canada, Martin has worked extensively throughout the Americas, as well as the South Pacific. However, it was his thorough knowledge and experience of the Arctic and Antarctica that earned him world recognition. Among various projects, his work with polar bears—in particular, his expedition 33 Days Among the Bears—has become an international sensation following its coverage in National Geographic magazine in 2022.


In the autumn of 2022 Martin exhibited his work on the Arctic in Slovakia and gave many presentations and speeches about photography in schools and museums including a TEDx talk in Vancouver, Canada. Today  Martin is a a full member of the ICG 699 where he works as a DOP and drone pilot, continuing his exploration of the polar regions, working on several cinematic projects for Disney, BBC and Netflix.


Over the years Martin has joined his father in the creation of a variety of projects and companies and together they create a team that is unmatched in the field. Martin and his company MatkoPictures are proud to work along side PhotoFabrica and AviaEye in bringing you the best service possible.


For editorial or contract work inquires please contact Martin HERE


Other Awards and Publications:

National Geographic, GEO France, Canadian Geographic, PhotoLife Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Washington Post, Vancouver Sun, HuffPost, Nový čas, Georgia Straight, Calgary Herald


Peoples Choice Award Wildlife Photographer of the Year - London UK, 2022

Bronze Metal PX3 - Prix De La Photographie Paris 2022

Highly Commended Memorial Maria Louisa 2022

Highly Commended, International Contest of Photography NARAVA 2021

Specially Commended Film Category, Siena Drone Awards 2020

Runner Up, GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Winner 11-14 Category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year - London UK, 2010

Specially Commended Museum of Flight - Seattle WA, 2008

Commended 11-14 Category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year - London UK, 2008


Martin Gregus Jr at work, © 2024 Martin Gregus, Arctic Circle


Arctic Visions

Siena Drone Awards, Highly Commended - Film Category

Siena, Italy

Sleeping Beauty

Siena Drone Awards, Commended - Wildlife Category

Siena, Italy




Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021, Winner - Rising Star Portfolio

Natural History Museum, London UK & Worldwide tour


Winner 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year