• 8 years
  • Over 275,000 kilometers
  • 244 pages
  • 1 goal

laura crawford williams

Wildlife and conservation photographer Laura Crawford Williams traveled in southern South America for more than 8 years. This book is the result of her work with scores of conservation-minded individuals committed to protect wildlife and wild lands in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil. Her passion for wildlife and wild lands conservation shines on each beautifully designed page.

President Mauricio Macri of Argentina joins Laura’s call to action. In the book’s foreword, he writes: “The richness that surrounds us is changing at an accelerated speed. The planet is undergoing significant changes due to human activities. This context of climate change and extinction crisis forces us to think in new paradigms.”

Discover a thoughtful and breathtaking collection of images that celebrate the beauty and diversity of life.

Known internationally for her award-winning images, Laura’s keen ability to evoke an emotional response within one brief, beautiful moment is what makes this collection of images so special. In addition to its beauty, the book is the first of it’s kind to assemble such a diverse and complete collection of the animals found within the Southern Cone. The beautiful imagery is only part of what this 244-page book has to offer, for it is intellectually compelling as well.

Exploring wildlife in South America's wild lands.

Wetland, grassland, desert, mountain, forest, shoreline–there is no habitat that Laura and her partner, German Ambrosetti, have not explored. They created Frontera Wildlife Adventures, a non-profit company dedicated to helping projects such as the historic creation of Patagonia National Park. Wildlife in Wild Lands was created to celebrate beauty and diversity! It was also created to acknowledge and honor the tremendous labor of love made by scientists, researchers, students, and volunteers working for conservation in southern South America. This collection of images would not exist without the amazing help received from each one of these generous individuals.

Trinidad, Bolivia

In order to reach an extremely remote area of the Gran Chaco, our equipment-filled trucks had to be ferried across the river. We were in search of one of the rarest birds in the world, the Blue-throated Macaw.

Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Snorkeling while photographing fish communities commonly found in river ecosystems of the Pantanal. These are two big, scary fish.

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

We arrive before dawn to photograph Andean Condors as they warm up their wings and leave the evening roost.

Valle Chacabuco, Chile

Time to refill the gas tank in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Andean Cordillera.

Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Traversing a beaver dam through a Magellanic subpolar forest. The North American Beaver, responsible for building this dam, is an invasive species in South America.

Patagonia NP, Argentina

German and Laura recover after a surprise encounter with a Puma. Before Tompkins Conservation purchased the land, Puma were killed to protect grazing livestock. This was one of the first seen after the protection and restoration began.

The middle of nowhere, Chile

Just one of a multitude of flat tires we experienced while traveling along the worst roads in southern South America.

Misiones Province, Argentina

Photographing Yacare Caiman on the shores of the Esteros del Iberá wetland, one of the largest fresh water wetlands in the world.

La Meseta del Lago Buenos Aires, Argentina

While warming up in a Gaucho casita, Laura and German review video taken of species and ecosystems found in the future Patagonia National Park.

Laura Kayaking

Photography from a kayak is much less threatening to wildlife than it is on foot or in a land vehicle.

Falkland Islands/Las Malvinas

Sand blows in Laura’s face and equipment as she photographs various species on a cold, windy beach.

Patagonia Team

Volunteers and researchers from Proyecto Macá Tobiano and Aves Argentina are having a little fun for the camera.

Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

The unique Orca of the Península Valdés are the only population of Orca known to rush out of the surf and on to the beach to catch sea lion pups at the water’s edge.

Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

An orphaned Guanaco befriended us near Lagos las Coloradas, Patagonia. There was very little we could do to help, as we were extremely far from civilization.

Patagonia National Park

Volunteers watch over a Hooded Grebe colony to protect nestlings from predators such as the invasive Mink and native Kelp Gull. The Hooded Grebe is a critically endangered species.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

These two Pumas rested, played, and hunted as we spent time with them one snowy afternoon. It was one of our most inspiring experiences with wildlife.

On a roadside in Patagonia, Chile

Guanaco often get caught when attempting to jump barbed-wire fence and die when unable to free themselves. It was a pleasure to set this one free and watch as she reunited with the herd grazing in the distance.

Falkland Islands/Las Malvinas

German records King, Magellanic, and Gentoo Penguins as they leave nesting colonies nearby and return to the ocean to hunt.

Esteros del Iberá, Argentina

This young Giant Anteater is being fed by the staff at Tompkins Conservation. The organization has been successful in re-establishing a thriving population of Giant Anteater in Iberá.


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