Vitaly Nikolaenko, a famous animal photographer, died 7 years ago. He spent 33 years traveling around the world and walked thousands of kilometers. His passion was brown bears. He met them 800 times and had 12 thousand shots of these animals.
He devoted his life to the brown bears. Unfortunately one of these animals took the Vitaly Nikolaenko's life in 2003
He was a naughty child spending much time outdoors. He didn't remember his father because he died during the war. At 14 years old Vitaly started reading classic literature and stopped being naughty. Later he joined the army and after that devoted himself to self-education.
At the young age he changed a great variety of different jobs. But one day he saw an advertisement that said: Kamchatka Peninsula needs a fish processor. So in 1965 he found himself in the Lavrov Bay processing herrings. Some time later he dropped this job for another one - a tourism instructor. And this was the very beginning of his acquaintance with the Valley of Geysers and its residents - brown bears.