Jeff Mauritzen tries look at the world each day with childlike wonder, always striving to find the beauty and uniqueness in whatever he photographs. Through visual storytelling, Mauritzen hopes to inspire others to awaken their own inner child and see the world with fresh wondering eyes again.

In his own words:

“The world is filled with wonders, not just in far off places but also in our own backyards. We need to rekindle our wonder of the nature that surrounds us. With wonder comes care, and with care comes the hope of a better future for all living creatures.”

Zebras stampede after a crocodile takes a zebra foal at the nearby watering hole.Zebras stampede after a crocodile takes a zebra foal at the nearby watering hole.

My daughter Alana runs through a field of tulips in Northern Virginia.My daughter Alana runs through a field of tulips in northern Virginia.

A bride and groom kiss in front of Tower Bridge at sunset.A bride and groom kiss in front of Tower Bridge at sunset.

The Quiraing, part of the Trotternish Ridge escapment on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.The Quiraing, part of the Trotternish Ridge escarpment on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

My daughter Alana runs through a field of sunflowers in the Virginia countryside.My daughter Alana runs through a field of sunflowers in the Virginia countryside.

A squadron of spotted eagle rays swim in the nutrient rich waters of the Galapagos Islands.A squadron of spotted eagle rays swim in the nutrient rich waters of the Galapagos Islands.

Shipwreck in Little Horseshoe Bay on Kerrera Isle, part of the Scottish Inner Hebrides.Shipwreck in Little Horseshoe Bay on Kerrera Isle, part of the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

Dramatic sky above an Iceberg floating in the Errera Channel off the coast of Antarctica.Dramatic sky above an Iceberg floating in the Errera Channel off the coast of Antarctica.

Two Irish Wolfhounds rest on the grounds of Ashford Castle, a 13th century castle turned into a 5 star luxury hotel located in Cong, Ireland.Two Irish wolfhounds rest on the grounds of Ashford Castle, a 13th century castle turned into a 5 star luxury hotel located in Cong, Ireland.

A young woman paddles her kayak near a waterfall at Misty Fiords National Monument, Alaska in springtime.A young woman paddles her kayak near a waterfall at Misty Fiords National Monument, Alaska in springtime.

Expedition travelers aboard zodiac inflatable boats explore King George River in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia.Expedition travelers aboard zodiac inflatable boats explore King George River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Steps lead up and over a small waterfall in the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. Above it lies Cascada Reina an even larger waterfall.Steps lead up and over a small waterfall in the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. Above it lies Cascada Reina, an even larger waterfall.

Coloful stilt houses known as palafitos in Castro, Chiloe Island, Chile.Colorful stilt houses known as palafitos in Castro, Chiloé Island, Chile.

A ship passes through the calm waters of the Weddell Sea amidst tabular icebers in Antarctic Sound.A ship passes through the calm waters of the Weddell Sea amidst tabular icebergs in Antarctic Sound.

A Highland cow in front of Iona Abbey, Iona island, Scotland.A Highland cow in front of Iona Abbey, Iona island, Scotland.

Glendalough or "the valley of the two lakes" is the site of an early Christian monastic settlement nestled in the Wicklow mountains of County Wicklow, Ireland.Glendalough or “the valley of the two lakes” is the site of an early Christian monastic settlement nestled in the Wicklow mountains of County Wicklow, Ireland.

Rainbow over glacial ice in the Garibaldi fjord in Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini, Chile.Rainbow over glacial ice in the Garibaldi fjord in Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini, Chile.

Portrait of "Summer" and "Greywind" direwolves from the Game of Thrones series photographed in front of the Castle Ward, Northern Ireland.Portrait of “Summer” and “Greywind” direwolves from the Game of Thrones series photographed in front of the Castle Ward, Northern Ireland.

A hummingbird flies at sunset in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.A hummingbird flies at sunset in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

A Blue-footed pluge dives into the Pacific Ocean near Santiago island in the Galapagos.A blue-footed booby dives into the Pacific Ocean near Santiago island in the Galapagos.

The sunrise over an acacia tree in the Serengeti National Park.The sunrise over an acacia tree in the Serengeti National Park.

Close up portrait of an Adelie penguin at Brown Bluff, Antarctica.Close up portrait of an Adélie penguin at Brown Bluff, Antarctica.

Horseback riding in Ecuador's high altitude grasslands known as the Paramo.Horseback riding in Ecuador’s high altitude grasslands known as the Paramo.

Arenal volcano, an active stratovolcano, is framed by palm trees underneath a star-filled night sky in Alajuela Province, Costa Rica.Arenal Volcano, an active stratovolcano, is framed by palm trees underneath a star-filled night sky in Alajuela Province, Costa Rica.

Three Atlantic puffins walk along the edge of a cliff near their burrows on Fair Isle, Scotland.Three Atlantic puffins walk along the edge of a cliff near their burrows on Fair Isle, Scotland.


bio-pic-jeffmauritzenMauritzen is a seasoned photographer, lecturer, and explorer. His assignments and adventures have immersed him in vivid landscapes in all 7 continents and more than 60 countries around the world. Whether capturing 360-degree panoramas of wildlife along an African savanna or photographing sharks in the Pacific depths, Jeff’s work expresses an unwavering passion, respect, curiosity, and awe for the natural world. His photography has appeared in over a dozen National Geographic books, several National Geographic Traveler magazine articles and on the @natgeotravel instagram account, where he’s a regular contributor. Jeff’s most recent assignment was to photograph the update for the Society’s forthcoming Ireland guidebook. In addition to assignment work, Jeff is also a popular photography expert, guiding and lecturing on natural history-focused trips around the world for National Geographic Expeditions.

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