Christian Ziegler


He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and has been widely published in other magazines such as Geo, Smithsonian, and BBC Wildlife. Christian’s aim is to highlight species and ecosystems under threat and share their beauty, and importance with a broad audience. A tropical ecologist by training, he has worked in tropical rainforests on four continents, and for the past 12 years has been 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. 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. He's also won in three consecutive World Press Photo Contest awards.

He lives on the edge of a rainforest national park in Central Panama, from where he starts his adventures around the world.

Christian Ziegler