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Award-winning photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen transports visitors at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) to breathtaking spots around the world through his photographs and journal entries. The exhibit The Natural World: Photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen features Mangelsen’s experiences as he worked in ten of the “world’s last great places”.

Mangelsen began his career in photography by taking images of birds in flight, which he and his brother began selling in 1970. By 1978 he opened the doors to his first Images of Nature gallery in Jackson, WY. Mangelsen has had an impressive career, opening many more Images of Nature galleries across America as well as published three books featuring his photographs along with writings by biologist Charles Craighead, Canadian author Fred Bruemmer and Jane Goodall. His work is also on display in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Mangelsen has also been the recipient of many awards including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year and received Nikon’s Legend Behind the Lens award.

The Natural World: Photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen shows images as he captures wildebeests migrating across the Serengeti all the way to the icy habitat of the polar bears that live on Hudson Bay. The photos are taken as a panoramic photograph that allows viewers to experience the stark differences between the environments and the life that flourishes there. Mangelsen’s images invoke a sense of wonder and are a call to action for people to work and protect these places and the natural beauty of them.

The exhibit is currently on display at theNAT and will be until Oct. 12, 2014. Admission prices for the San Diego Natural History Museum are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 62+, $12 for students and military (with ID), $12 for teens ages 13-17, $11 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under two. For members of all ages admission is free, to become a member sign up online. TheNAT is open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily.