Unforgettable Portraits

Rosamund Cox (Author)


From the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" Exhibition.

The newest collection from the world's best wildlife photography exhibition.

The juvenile Golden Snub-nosed monkey seen here is part of a band of about 70 or so such monkeys living high up in China's Qinling Mountains. The photograph is one of the winning or specially commended images in the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition -- the most famous and prestigious event of its kind in the world. Winners are chosen by a panel of recognized professionals for originality, artistry and technical complexity. The annual competition is open to professional and amateur photographers alike. Many of the winning photos are collected here in this mesmerizing collection.

The portraits capture moments from all corners of the wildlife world. They require both photographic skill and a knowledge of the subject that comes from spending long periods in the field, usually under very difficult conditions. Each is accompanied by the story of how the picture came to be taken and its importance as a record of an unforgettable moment and an animal or behavior rarely seen. They have been taken by more than 50 award-winning photographers worldwide representing more than 20 countries.

These 70 images form part of an annual exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, that tours worldwide. The book benefits from the widespread exposure at exhibitions and in international media coverage. It is a substantial crowd-pleaser that sells through every year. The charismatic monkey on the jacket helps, too.

Product Details

$29.95  $27.55
Firefly Books
Publish Date
September 13, 2019
10.0 X 0.9 X 10.2 inches | 2.12 pounds

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About the Author

Rosamund Kidman Cox was the editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine for 23 years. She is the coeditor of books including Frozen Planet, Life and Planet Earth for BBC Books.


Stunning full-page images and many close-ups pair with interesting insights on natural history and the art of photographing wildlife to keep readers engrossed on many levels. Unforgettable Portraits is highly recommended for a wide range of readers and collections, from specialty arts and science holdings to general-interest libraries-- (08/01/2019)
A wildlife photo brings to hand what rightfully belongs in the secretive haunts of untamed wilderness. The best of those photos capture an animal in its natural habitat acting true to its nature. And quite often, as voyeurs, we humans are left in a mindless, awed state. These photos defy words, and a book of such images serves to paralyze the conscientious reviewer with a blinkered type of writer's block. Unforgettable Portraits is exactly that: a stupefying collection of animal portraits and images sourced from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, a fifty-three-year and running competition owned by London's Natural History Museum... Unforgettable Portraits, yes. Your coffee table should be so lucky.-- (09/01/2019)
Unforgettable Portraits is a beautiful, large-format collection of images from several decades of the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Each stunning photo--close-ups and dioramas; elephants, leopards, ants and springtails--gets accompanying text explaining the species, the context, the photographer's equipment and technique, with an emphasis on endangered species and climate change. Readers meet the Atlantic wolfish, the spotted-tailed quoll and the Namib Desert's welwitschia, and learn that spirit bears have "a mutation of the same gene that gives rise to red hair in humans" and that the photographer must be part wildlife scientist to get these shots, designing blinds and lying in wait for days, weeks and longer. These 70 stunning images, by more than 50 photographers from more than 20 countries, would make a wondrous gift for any lover of wildlife, strangeness and beauty.-- (11/05/2019)