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  • AuthorLaura Crawford Williams
  • PublisherMy Wild Life Press
  • Date of PublicationNovember 1, 2017
  • Retail price
  • $49.95 - hardcover edition with dust jacketISBN -10: 0-9983714-0-8ISBN -13: 978-0-9983714-0-5
  • $39.95 - softcover edition with book markISBN -10: 0-9983714-1-6ISBN -13: 978-0-9983714-1-2
  • $79.95 - special edition, hardcover with dust jacket, slip cover case, red ribbon bookmarkISBN -10: 0-9983714-2-4ISBN -13: 978-0-9983714-2-9
  • book size11.75” x 9.5”
  • page count244 Pages
  • chapters6 Chapters
  • LANGUAGESEnglish & Spanish
  • additional info113 Different Species
  • additional infoBonus chapter with stories and images of the team working in the field

Unique Selling Points

  • Female wildlife photographer who has traveled over 270,000 km with her team in southern South America taking pictures of wildlife in the craziest, most remote, and gorgeous places.
  • The photographs are uniquely beautiful, truly fine-art quality.
  • This collection of images was collected during 8 years of working with wildlife researchers and conservation organizations.
  • There are no books with this unique collection of animals.
  • Introduction from current president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri.
  • National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Books published photographer
    Book is in Spanish as well as English
  • Latin names and common names (in English and Spanish) for each species.
  • Thought provoking captions describe interesting behavior, conservation issues, and conservation status.
  • In the field adventures included (photos and captions), many more stories to be told
  • Acknowledgement of the individuals and organizations dedicated to conservation in southern South America
  • Dedicated to Douglas Tompkins of Tompkins Conservation, who had been writing the introduction before his untimely death.
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Eco-Regions Visited

  • Altiplano, Andean Plateau
  • Amazon Rainforest, Brazil and Bolivia
  • Andean Patagonia
  • Atlantic Coast Restingas
  • Atlantic Forest, Argentina
  • Atlantic Forest, Brazil
  • Atlantic Islands
  • Coastal Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
  • Espinal, Argentina
  • Gran Chaco, Argentina
  • Gran Chaco, Bolivia and Argentina
  • Iberá Wetlands
  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brasil
  • Pampas Grasslands
  • Pantanal, Brazil
  • Paraná Flooded Savanna
  • Patagonian Forest, Argentina and Chile
  • Patagonian Steppe, Argentina and Chile
  • Salt Flats, Argentina
  • Southern Andean Steppe
  • Southern Andean Yungas
  • Tropical Savanna, Bolivia
  • Valdes Peninsula
  • Valdivian Temperate Forest
  • Yungas, Argentina
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Parks & Preserves Visited

  • Calilegua National Park
  • Chaco National Park
  • Copo National Park
  • Cueva de las Manos
  • El Palmar National Park
  • El Rey National Park
  • Esteros del Iberá Provincial Reserve
  • Iguazú National Park
  • Ischigualasto Provincial Park
  • Laguna Blanca National Park
  • Laguna Brava Provincial Reserve
  • Laguna Llancanelo Provincial Reserve
  • Laguna Mar Chiquita
  • Laguna Nimez Reserve
  • Lanin National Park
  • Los Alerces National Park
  • Los Cardones National Park
  • Los Glaciares National Park
  • Monte León National Park
  • Mount Fitzroy – El Chaltén
  • Nahuel Huapi NP
  • Patagonia National Park
  • Perito Moreno NP
  • Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve
  • Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Quebrada de Humahuaca UNESCO site
  • Reserva Luro
  • Reserva Mar Chiquita
  • Salar de Pocitos
  • Salar del Diablo
  • Salinas Grandes
  • Santa Rosa de los Pastos Grandes
  • Talampaya National Park
  • Tierra del Fuego NP
  • Torres del Paine NP
  • Valdes Peninsula UNESCO site
  • Valle de la Luna
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Species Photographed

  • Jaguar
  • Ornate Hawk-eagle
  • Brown-throated Sloth
  • White Woodpecker
  • Jabiru
  • Rosy-billed Pochards
  • Black and Gold Howler Monkey
  • Common Vampire Bat
  • South American Tapir
  • Great White Egret
  • Coypu
  • Marsh Deer
  • Yacare Caiman
  • Blue-throated Macaw
  • Hyacinth Macaw
  • Capybara
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Toco Toucan
  • Red-breasted Toucan
  • Cururu Toad
  • Yellow Anaconda
  • Andean Condor
  • Guanaco
  • Chilean Torrent Duck
  • Puma
  • Flying Steamer Duck
  • Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk
  • South American Gray Fox
  • Southern Crested Caracara
  • Magellanic Horned Owl
  • Black-chested Buzzard Eagle
  • Rufous-chested Dotterel
  • Vicuna
  • Hooded Grebe
  • Red Shoveler
  • Lesser Rhea
  • Chilean Flamingo
  • Chilean Flicker
  • Southern Viscacha
  • Maned Wolf
  • Pampas Deer
  • Silver Teal
  • Southern Screamer
  • Argentine Black and White Tegu
  • Rufous Hornero
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Southern Lapwing
  • Strange-tailed Tyrant
  • Red-legged Seriema
  • Greater Rhea
  • White-tufted Grebe
  • Black-masked Finch
  • Pampas Flicker
  • Black-necked Swan
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Southern Crested Caracara
  • Yellow Cardinal
  • Chestnut-capped Blackbird
  • Savanna Hawk
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark
  • Plains Viscacha
  • Dolphin Gull
  • Southern Elephant Seal
  • Blue-eyed Cormorant
  • Red-legged Cormorant
  • Orca
  • King Penguin
  • Burrowing Parrot
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Black-browed Albatross
  • Striated Carcara
  • Chilean Skua
  • Southern Rockhopper Penguin
  • Magellanic Penguin
  • Southern Giant Petrel
  • Magellanic Oystercatcher
  • Olrog’s Gull
  • Gentoo Penguin
  • Antarctic Skua
  • Southern Right Whale
  • Patagonian Crested Duck
  • Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula
  • Southern Mountain Cavy
  • Variable Hawk
  • Puna Flamingo
  • Southern Three-banded Armadillo
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark
  • Patagonian Mara
  • Burrowing Owl
  • American Black Vulture
  • Giant Anteater
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Geoffroy’s Cat
  • Green-barred Woodpecker
  • Azara’s Night Monkey
  • Crab-eating Fox
  • Common Barn Owl
  • Blue-crowned Parakeet
  • Vampire Bat
  • Faciated Tiger-heron
  • Spectacled Owl
  • Black Hawk-eagle
  • Gilded Saphire
  • Dusk-legged Guan
  • Magellanic Woodpecker
  • Austral Pygmy Owl
  • Neotropical River Otter
  • Red Deer
  • Red Brocket
  • Southern Tamandua
  • Austral Parakeet
  • Bolivian Squirrel Monkey
  • Llama
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Text Examples: Story Behind the Book

A Labor of Love
Wildlife in Wild Lands: Photography for Wildlife Conservation in southern South America

“Our world is full of unique, fragile, and irreplaceable beauty. I wish I could protect it all. In the face of difficult times in my life, it is the natural world that healed me, helped me, calmed me, and inspired me. I remain desperate to protect it – every tiny, amazing piece of it.”

My name is Laura Crawford Williams, and I have been a professional wildlife photographer for 17 years. My photographs have been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, and Nature Conservancy magazines.

I am self-publishing a 244-page photography book, that assembles a wide collection of animals found in southern South America; many of them in high risk of extinction.

The book contains 150 images of 113 different wildlife species, each with corresponding caption describing behavior, conservation issues, and conservation status. It is being printed in 6 colors on soft touch Aqueous paper. The final chapter, “Between Frames”, shares the stories, experiences, and difficulties while capturing these images in the field.

This story began with a wildlife photography trip to the Pampas Grasslands of Argentina, where I was introduced to German Ambrosetti. In 2008, German became my videographer, and partner, for the next 8 years. Altogether, we traveled over 270,000 kilometers exploring the most remote areas of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil alongside scores of conservation-minded individuals and organizations. We photographed diverse species in some of the wildest and most dramatic lands on Earth! Most of the images, have never been published, anywhere, but in this book.

In 2013, Fundación Parques Nacionales de Argentina, directed by Claudio Hirsch, Dylan Williams, and Daniel Hirsch, approached me about creating a fine art book of wildlife photography. But, as I thought more about the project, it became clear to me that the photographs were merely the result of a much larger story. Conservation efforts are often rewarded with little financial compensation, despite the extraordinary amount of time spent and effort made by those committed to preserving the beauty of our planet. The commitment of these champions is truly an altruistic and wholehearted labor of love! This book, celebrates these individuals, as well as, my experiences working with them.

In dedication to Doug Tompkins…

In 2008, I had the good fortune of meeting Kris and Doug Tompkins of the Tompkins Conservation. These outstanding wild lands philanthropists invited us to explore areas that the foundation is working so diligently to protect. When Doug heard about the book, he offered to write the foreword. Sadly, he died before he could write it. The death of this remarkable, ecological visionary, is beyond tragic. We wish to honor his legacy, in our small way, by dedicating this book to him, in gratitude for all he has done for conservation.

Argentina’s current President, Mauricio Macri, generously offered to write the foreword in Doug’s place. I am honored to have the President helping us with this project.

The goal of this project is to print 2,750 copies in 3 editions: Hardcover with a dust jacket, softcover, and a special edition. The special edition includes the hard cover with a dust jacket, protective case, red ribbon bookmark, and hand stitching in the colors of the Argentinean flag.

We are professionals. We are volunteers. This is our mission. Conservation is a mission we feel passionately about, and this is a story worth telling… It is our Labor of Love.