With baby animals, patience pays: Photographer describes new book of intimate portraits

With baby animals, patience pays: Photographer describes new book of intimate portraits

Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer whose work adorns over 100 cover and feature stories for publications from TIME to Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, The New York Times, and Ranger Rick. With 21 books in print and another three in progress, she is always on the go but it’s usually a case of ‘hurry up and wait.’ Best known for her work documenting newborn animals and family life in the wild, she’s constantly ready for biologists to alert her about a new birth which sends her hurrying out the door, but upon arriving it can be weeks before she makes her first images, as she waits for wary parents to become used to her presence. Eszterhas is a dedicated conservationist, too, and raises funds and awareness for environmental organizations around the globe, and recently founded Girls Who Click, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging young women to enter this male-dominated profession. She was recently named as Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association, and despite her busy schedule took a few minutes to answer Mongabay’s questions about her latest book, “New on Earth: Baby Animals in the Wild.” Mongabay: You’re well known for images of baby animals, why is this your focus? Suzi Eszterhas: When I was six years old my parents bought me a point and shoot camera, which I used to photograph my cats in my backyard and then later told people that they were lions on the African savanna or tigers in…This article was originally published on Mongabay

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