Penguins make utterly wonderful subjects for anyone’s photography. They instill a great feeling of happiness in all who come into contact with them, and it’s our job as photographers to convey that to anyone who sees our work.
by Andy Rouse
Conservation photographer Pete Oxford has spent more than three decades documenting environmental issues in Ecuador. From the Galápagos to the Amazon, he uses his imagery to draw attention to the natural world in decline. To do so, he must cast his net wide. ‘I specialise in being a generalist,’ he says.
In conversation with Pete Oxford
Interview by Nick Smith
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Discover the National Geographic Difference
The National Geographic Society was founded upon a passion for discovery and a desire to understand our world on a deeper level. We’ve spent more than a century sending scientists, journalists, and explorers all over the globe to investigate and share the spectacular diversity of our planet. Our expeditions carry on that same spirit—they bring you up close to incredible places with the people who know them best.
Spectacular new safari camps in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania are changing the way we experience this prehistoric phenomenon.
Photos by Tom Parker
Dawn at Entamanu and the world seemed newborn. Mists unfurled from the depths of Ngorongoro Crater. Three giraffes materialised like ghosts from behind acacias. Two golden jackals trotted past, and somewhere a hyena barked as the day, and the world, shed their darkness.
Born in Iran and living in Germany ever since, Benny is one of the most successful wildlife photographers of this century. Until now he has organized and carried out numerous film, photo, environmental protection, and adventure expeditions to several countries. He is famous for his extreme close-up portraits of dangerous wildlife of Africa by approaching within feet of the animals.
More than 20 years ago, I came in contact with several environment protection organizations and learned about the various abuses caused to wild animals by greedy people and companies. They ruthlessly destroyed nature and had already exterminated many species of animals, while others were on the brink of it.
When we started helping out endangered species, mainly elephants, whales and rhinoceroses, we had to take several extensive measures to protect them.