Spectacular Wildlife Photography by Takayuki Maekawa as presented by: ABC News

Takayuki Maekawa, one of Japan’s rising wildlife photography stars recently was awarded the grand prize in the first Nikkei National Geographic photo prize. Since 2000, Maekawa has traveled around the world to capture wildlife in its unabashed beauty. In Japan, and throughout Asia, Africa and North America, he has worked in extreme weather conditions to photograph polar bears, eagles, monkeys, elephants and lions. His art-like images capture moments of tranquility as well as the elegance of wildlife. They bridge emotional connections between the viewer and the animals being photographed. The following is a selection of an upcoming exhibition of Maekawa’s work. All photos are copyright Takayuki Maekawa and courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery.

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