Nature is full of fleeting wonders. This breathtaking collection of nature photography reveals rare creatures, transports us to distant landscapes, and captures uncommon moments of drama and beauty in the natural world.
From a heart-pounding shot of the Wildebeest Migration to a glimpse of the elusive Pampas cat, each image tells a story about the diversity and grandeur of life on earth. Bold, surprising, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, these photographs are all winners of the California Academy of Sciences' BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition.
With more than 100 photographs and captions explaining the scientific phenomena and photographic techniques behind each picture, this book will captivate nature lovers, science enthusiasts, photographers, and adventurers.
Rhonda Rubinstein is the creative director of the California Academy of Sciences and cofounder of the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. She lives in San Francisco.
Dr. Jonathan Foley is the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences. He lives in San Francisco.
Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is a legendary oceanographer, explorer, and author. She lives in Oakland, California.
Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer. She lives in Petaluma, California.