Your ultimate list of nature hashtags

You’ve taken the perfect nature photograph, and it’s ready for posting to your social network of choice: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the like. But, particularly for Instagram, your challenge is to ensure it gets the maximum exposure, right? That’s where you need to consider nature hashtags.

In this guide to nature hashtags, we aim to give you a list of the best nature hashtags in different categories for your copy and paste pleasure.

But, more than that, if you’re going to grow your account, you also need to consider getting the right hashtag ‘recipe’, as well as broadening your reach with Instagram Feature Accounts in the nature, landscape and photography niche. These are accounts that feature your work to their huge followings, bringing you more followers and engagement.

Related: Instagram hashtag cheat sheet

So, beyond the initial list of hashtags, do read on for more tips and tricks on how to use the right nature hashtags and how to send your posts viral.

Top 10 nature hashtags

You probably shouldn’t use the following, but perhaps you – like us – find it fascinating how many posts each hashtag attracts? Here is the Top 10 nature hashtags, by volume:

  1. #nature
  2. #naturephotography
  3. #naturelovers
  4. #naturelover
  5. #natureza
  6. #naturegram
  7. #natureaddict
  8. #naturephoto
  9. #naturelove
  10. #natureshots

Infographic of the top 10 nature hashtags on instagram

Nature hashtags – top, very popular and popular categories

Top Nature Categories

#naturewalk #naturegram #naturelove #natureonly #natureporn #bestnatureshot #natureshots #naturephoto #landscapes #planet #earthpix #nakedplanet #nature_lovers #naturesbeauty #natureaddict #wildlifephotography #discoverglobe #ilovenature #earthofficial #marvelshots #naturehippys #nationalgeographic #landscapephotography #landscapehunter #fantastic_earth #theworldshotz #awesome_earthpix #jungle #conservation #landscape_lover #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #theglobewanderer #earthfocus #climbing #outdoorslife #discoverearth #places_wow #keepitwild #roamtheplanet #fantastic_earth #fiftyshades_of_nature #adventurethatislife #ourplanetdaily #stayandwander #naturepics #naturepic #natures_hub #natureshot #nature_of_our_world #natureisbeautiful #naturebeauty #earthpics #awesomeglobe #natureperfection #wildlife_perfection #earth_shotz #ig_landscapes #animallove #natgeohub #natgeowild #natgeolandscape #natgeocreative #planetearth #ecology #splendid_earth #earth_portraits #beautyofnature

Very Popular Nature Categories

#naturehub #natureloversgallery #natureview #natureheals #naturephotos #natureisart #nature_photo #wildanimals #wildanimal #landscapephoto #naturelife #igworldglobal  #wildlife_seekers #respectnature #dream_spots #endangered #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifephoto #wildlifephotographer #mthrworld #majestic_earth #mammal #bigcats #bigcat #natureisamazing #pocket_world #ig_divineshots #visual_heaven #biodiversity #saveearth #loveearth #outdoorsy #outdoorfun #mountainscape #earthexperience

Popular Nature Categories

#naturegood #naturerocks #naturevibes #natureloves #naturepicture #naturepark #naturepower #wildliferescue #earthawesome #earthpic #protectnature #wildlifelover #wildliferefuge #wildlifephotos #conservationphotography #natureiscool #natureislife #appreciatenature #natureisperfect #criticallyendangered

General nature hashtags – landscape & photography

Landscapes

#beautifullandscape #landscape_perfection #landscapeart #landscape #landscapeofnorway #landscapedesign #landscapers #landscape_kings #landscapearchitect #landscapedesigner #landscapelover #landscapehunter #landscape_collection #landscapearchitecture #landscaper #landscapestylesgf #landscape_captures #landscape_lover #landscape_russia #landscapecaptures #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #landscape_capture #landscapepainting #landscapephoto #landscape_lovers #landscapephotos #landscapeporn #landscape_love #landscapes #landscape_hunter #landscapeshot

Photography

#JustGoShoot #InstaGood #InstaPhoto #PicOfTheDay #PhotoOfTheDay #Photogram #Capture #PhotographyDaily #PhotographyIsLife #Camera #Composition #Photoshop #Instadaily #Igers #HDR #HDRspotters #Instafocus #IGworldclub #Visuals #Aesthetics #ThroughTheLens #Snapshot #Exposure #Moment #PhotographyAddict #Nature_Photo

Specific nature hashtags – wildlife, hiking, outdoors, mountains, waterfalls, seasons

Wildlife

#wildlifeonearth #seewildlife #wildlifepics #wildlifeofinstagram #wildlife #wildlife_photography #wildlife_captures #wildlifeperfection #wildlifephotography #wildlifepage #wildlifeprotection #wildlifephotographic #wildlifetour #wildlifetrust #wildlife_inspired #wildlife_shots #wildlifeartist #wildlifecentral #wildlife_vision #wildlifechile #wildlifeig #wildlifeseekers #wildlifeowners #wildlifefriend

Outdoors

#lessismoreoutdoors #outdoorslife #seekingtheoutdoors #outdoorslover #outdoors360 #outdoors #ncoutdoors #outdoorshooting #goneoutdoors #outdoorspaces #outdoorsports #exploreoutdoors #theruffoutdoors #outdoorsy #gardaoutdoors #outdoorshoot #outdoorstyle #outdoorsecond #theearthoutdoors #briskoutdoors #outdoorsupply #exploretheoutdoors #outdoorspace

Hiking

#mountainhiking #hiking #hiking_daily #hikingislife #hikingviews #hiking👣 #hikingtime  #hiking_my_life #hikingtherapy #hikingvibes #hikinglifestyle #hiking_lifestyle #hikinglove #hikinglovers #hikingfun #hiking_hobby #hikingtheglobe #thruhiking #hikingaddict #hikingadventures #hikingworldwide #hiking🌲

Waterfalls

#waterfalling #waterfallchasing #waterfall💦 #waterfallsofinstagram #waterfall #waterfallporn #waterfall_lover #waterfalls #waterfallhike #waterfalladventures #waterfallphotography #waterfallsfordays #waterfalllovers #bestwaterfalls #waterfallwednesday #waterfallselfie #waterfallchaser #waterfalltrail #waterfallfordays #waterfalls💦 #waterfallhunting

Picture of the Silver Waterfall in Sapa Vietnam

Mountains

#mountainstones #mountain #mountaineers #mountaineer #mountains #mountainlove #mountainlovers #mountainlife #mountainlover #mountains🗻 #mountain_world #mountainclimbing #mountainworld #mountainview  #mountainside #mountainstories #mountainesia #mountainphotography #mountaineering #mountaintop

Summer

#summertime #summer #summerfun #summervibes #summerday #summernails #summer18 #summer19 #summers #summertime😎 #summertimelovin #summertimeiscoming #summertimefeels #summertimes #summertime2019 #summertime🌞 #summertimevibes #summertimeandthelivingseasy #summertime #summertimefine #summertimefun☀️ #summertimelove #summertimefun #summertimemagic # #summertimeshine

Winter

#winterfun #winter #wintersun #winterwonderland #winterishere #winterstyle #winters #wintervibes #winterday  #winterjam #winter❄️ #winter19 #wintry #frosty #snow #snowlife

Spring

#springs #springsummer #springwatch #springtime #springrolls #springfield #springnails #springdecor #springtime🌸 #springsummer19 #springsummer2019 #spring

Autumn / Fall

#autumn #vscoautumn #loveautumn #autumn🍁 #autumnleaves #autumnlover #autumnal #autumnday #autumncolors #autumnaesthetic #autumndecor #autumnvibes #autumnmood #autumnvibes🍁 #autumncolors🍁 #autumnwinter #autumn🍁🍂 #autumn🍂

Why use hashtags?

Unless your account is set to private, you’re probably looking to grow your Instagram account, increasing your engagement (likes, comments, views) and following. Hashtags is a key way to do this -we’ve actually covered it in great detail in our free Instagram Hashtag Cheat Sheet.

In short, hashtags ‘expose’ your posts and stories to more people that are following it, increasing visibility and possibly attracting more followers. On our best posts, we get up to 80% more views through hashtags, so they are essential for success!

Creating your nature hashtag recipe

Now if you’re just going to use all the most popular hashtags I’m sorry to deliver some bad news: you might not see any results. Instagram’s algorithm is constantly changing but it’s definitely always true that it’s difficult to find yourself in the Top 9 for a hashtag if it’s very competitive. So, a hashtag like #nature with 457 million posts would be significantly more difficult than, say, #appreciatenature, which has only 75,000.

The best way to see which hashtags work for you is to mix it up! Try different volumes of hashtags to see if you can trend.

Here’s our personal recipe for hashtags. It includes a mix of 28 hashtags, so you can add 2 ‘wildcards’ to make up your maximum 30 hashtags.

  • 7-8 very popular hashtags – think 100 – 500k posts but no more than 1 million
  • 7-8 popular hashtags – try hashtags with over 10k but definitely less than 100k
  • 5-6 niche hashtags – think about your niche. Are you in the travel industry, or just love clothing and style? Choose hashtags related to your image and your industry or focus
  • 3-4 branded hashtags – wearing a specific dress or shoes? What about being in a specific region or area? Find hashtags for the brand or for the place you’re in
  • 1 own hashtag – use your account name as your own hashtag. You never know when you’ll grow big enough for other Instagram accounts to use it!

Infographic for Instagram Hashtags Cheat Sheet

Using Instagram search for nature and related keywords

More than just using the list we’ve given you, it’s good to consider other elements of your picture. Does it have a beautiful sky, or a sunset, or a rainbow perhaps?

You can either use a hashtag generator to find related words – we like All Hashtag and Instavast (where you can even upload a picture to get suggestions). But, actually the best (totally free!) way to find good nature hashtags is to use the search functionality right at your fingertips: Instagram search!

We have found that the best tool on the market is Hashtags For Likes – there is a small monthly fee but you can cancel anytime, and the results you get are far better than any free tool on the market.

In the example below we’ve used one of the very popular hashtags #naturephotos and it has given us some great options including #naturephotoshoot (70k posts) and #naturephotoportal (176k)

Screenshot of nature hashtags in Instagram

The Best Nature Tag for Feature Accounts

Beyond using a hashtag recipe, another way to increase reach on your account is to work with so-called Instagram Feature Accounts. These are community or ‘hub’ accounts which feature great posts in their niche.

Increasingly some of these accounts ask you to pay for their feature but there are still heaps of free accounts out there, looking for good content.

Getting your post featured by one of these accounts involves a number of steps including the right hashtag, photo tagging and messaging, which we have covered here <LINK>.

Luckily, the nature photography category has quite a few of these accounts including some of our favourites like @discoverearth, @earthpix, @visualsoflife, @agameoftones, @artofvisuals @passionpassport and @waitingontheworld

Increasing engagement

The most important thing to drive engagement is making sure your picture is as compelling (if not more), than your caption or even your perfectly-researched hashtags. For us, the only way to ensure we have a stand-out, cracking shot is to use Adobe Lightroom Presets. Think of these as your photo editing game-changer; taking a good picture and making it GREAT by just using a solid preset. Check out some of these that we would highly recommend. They also make sure our Instagram feed looks consistent.

Bonus: Using nature hashtags in your Instagram stories

You know what Instagram Stories are great for? TESTING! You can use different nature hashtags in your stories and see which ones perform best. Make sure you change your account to a Business or Creator account, and you’ll get Instagram Insights, which shows you how many people have viewed your Stories. Try a different hashtag with each story frame and see which ones gets the most views…

Want more Instagram content? We have a number of photo and caption guides too.


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