Travel Reads: The World by Michael Poliza

Simply titled The World, this limited-edition tome lifts the lid on 280 previously unpublished color photos gathered from his travels across all seven continents.

The World by Michael Poliza.

German entrepreneur Michael Poliza got his start as an acclaimed nature photographer at the turn of the millennium, when he led a three-year round-the-world voyage to document remote locales aboard his own expedition vessel, the Starship.

Thick-billed murres take flight as the sun sets on the remote Kuril Islands in the Russian Far East.

Now a WWF ambassador and the head of a small company running private adventure tours, Poliza continues to raise environmental awareness through his latest coffee-table book and tenth project with German publisher teNeues. Simply titled The World, this limited-edition tome lifts the lid on 280 previously unpublished color photos gathered from his travels across all seven continents.

The moss-green slopes of Iceland’s Mount Mælifell volcano.

Magnificent aerial shots offer a bird’s-eye view on places like Purnululu National Park in Western Australia and the shores of Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, whose mangrove forests are in need of greater protection.

Lionnesses near Lake Ndutu in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Poliza also captures the drama of the annual wildebeest migration in Tanzania; Adélie penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula; then a wet-season sunrise over the world’s largest salt flat, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, as a layer of floodwater turns the basin into a giant reflective mirror. In all, it’s a mesmerizing celebration of nature and, in Poliza’s own words, a “grateful homage to all that glorious diversity” found on our planet.

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This article originally appeared in the December 2019/January 2020 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“A World of Difference”).

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