Christian Ziegler is a photojournalist specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and has been widely published in other magazines such as Geo, Smithsonian, and BBC Wildlife. A tropical ecologist by training, Ziegler has worked in tropical rainforests on four continents, and for the past ten years has been an associate for communication with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.
Ziegler photographed A Magic Web, a photography book on tropical ecology on assignment for STRI, and Deceptive Beauties, a book about wild orchids. He is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, for which he volunteers assignments every year. Ziegler’s work has been awarded prizes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions, and in 2008, he was honored with the Vision Award by the North American Nature Photography Association. Ziegler lives on the edge of a rainforest national park in central Panama and is working on several magazine articles and book projects, as well as a biodiversity museum.