Ruth Petzold has had a lifelong passion for nature and photography, which became her life's work. Since getting her first camera at age seven, Ruth has devoted herself to photographing nature and wildlife above and below the water.

From wildlife in the wilds of Africa, Antarctica and the Arctic, to the undersea world of the Pacific Rim countries and the Caribbean, she has pursued the beauties of nature on all seven continents and in most of the global seas and oceans. Her passionate love of natural world has taken her to exotic and remote parts of the world in pursuit of her subject matter - eleven times to the African continent, New Guinea ten times, Solomon Islands ten times, six times to Indonesia, and much more.

A renown photographer with many awards to her credit, Ruth's work has been exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Crooked Tree Art Center in Michigan and the Lighthouse Gallery in Florida. Her work has been published in the National Geographic and her photographs appear in the Natural History of Fishes and other scientific publications with Dr. Eugenie Clark. She has won awards from the Crooked Tree Art Center, American Society of Media Photographers, and a gold medal for International Underwater Photography in Egypt.

All photographs appearing in this web site are the copyrighted material of Ruth Petzold and are protected under the United States and International copyright laws. The photographs may not be reproduced, stored, or manipulated without written permission from Ruth Petzold.

Please note, the quality of the photograph cannot be accurately represented online due to the differences in resolution and color rendering of individual computer monitors. This is not to be taken as a defect in the original photograph.

To purchase prints of these images or other created by Ruth Petzold, please contact her directly. Contact information is listed on the Contact page of this website.