Olympus Visionary

Ralph Lee Hopkins

Ralph Lee Hopkins

Ralph is a professional travel and wildlife photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ralph is a professional travel and wildlife photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

About Ralph

Olympus Visionary Ralph Lee Hopkins grew up on New York’s Long Island. After seeing the Grand Canyon on a summer vacation when he was 12, traveling became his dream. Ralph is currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina and specializes in travel, wildlife and conservation photography, traveling to the world’s wildest places as the Director of Expedition Photography for Lindblad Expeditions.

As Director of Expedition Photography, he has photographed expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic and points in between over the last 30 years. His books include Hiking the Southwest’s Geology and Nature Photography: Documenting the Wild World.

“It was the in-camera technology, image stabilization, and sharp optics of the Olympus system that sold me. Live capture is a game changer and being able to hand hold out to 800mm is absolutely amazing. In my work I carry 3 camera bodies and a full assortment of lenses. My go-to is the 12-100mm for portraits and landscape but love working with the 40-150mm paired with the MC-14 or MC-20 extenders for wildlife situations.”


The Olympus Visionary Program is Olympus America Inc.’s official program for its sponsored photographers. Olympus Visionaries consist of a select group of photographers from across the U.S. and Canada who represent a variety of photography genres, and offer varying years of experience and influence. From Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists to successful entrepreneurs to passionate creators who shoot and share their vision with their dedicated social communities, each has a unique point of view, an enthusiasm for Olympus products and the brand, a strong presence in the photography community, and best practices to share.

The Visionaries use their unique real-world experiences and technical expertise to inspire photo enthusiasts and professionals alike and embrace Olympus camera systems as their tool of choice for capturing and sharing their world in vivid detail. They provide product feedback in an effort to improve Olympus products, programs and services. They also represent Olympus by speaking at Photography Conferences, Photo Specialty Dealer Events, Tradeshows, and more.

For regularly updated content from all of the Olympus Visionaries, visit www.facebook.com/getolympus, www.youtube.com/getolympus and follow @getolympus on Twitter and Instagram. 
To inquire about membership in the program, please contact VisionaryProgram@olympus.com.www.facebook.com/getolympus, www.youtube.com/getolympus and follow @getolympus on Twitter. For more information about the Olympus Visionary program, please contact Eric Gensel at eric.gensel@olympus.com.