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Claudio Contreras Koob studied biology at the Sciences Faculty in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. For more than 20 years he has been professionally dedicated to photography, bringing awareness to nature and conservation related themes all over Mexico. His images have been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he has also received numerous awards from prestigious competitions like the WPY, Natures Best and Asferico. He is a full Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. Claudio's latest expedition was to the Socrorro Islands of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Revillagigedo Archipelago, where he documented many endemic and endangered species.
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) extreme close up with jaws open, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) extreme close up with jaws open, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preparing to sleep, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, July - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) preparing to sleep, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, July
Grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) licking nose, captive, Mexico City - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) licking nose, captive, Mexico City
Magnificent hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) male, flying, Milpa Alta Forest, Mexico, May - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Magnificent hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) male, flying, Milpa Alta Forest, Mexico, May
Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) portrait,  Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) portrait, Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April
Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) portrait, Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) portrait, Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April
Volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi)  Milpa Alta Forest, Mexico, September, Captive, critically endangered species. - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi) Milpa Alta Forest, Mexico, September, Captive, critically endangered species.
California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), IUCN Critically Endangered, captive. - Claudio Contreras Koob,Claudio Contreras Koob
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Claudio Contreras Koob,Claudio Contreras Koob / California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), IUCN Critically Endangered, captive.
Collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April
Clarion Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia rostrata) at burrow entrance, Clarion Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (... - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Clarion Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia rostrata) at burrow entrance, Clarion Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (...
Cactus bee (Diadasia rinconis) inside a cactus flower, pollination, Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, central Mexico, June - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Cactus bee (Diadasia rinconis) inside a cactus flower, pollination, Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, central Mexico, June
Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with nuptial gift calling mate, Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with nuptial gift calling mate, Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) calling mate, IUCN redlist Near Threatened, slopes of Barcena volcano, San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Re... - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) calling mate, IUCN redlist Near Threatened, slopes of Barcena volcano, San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Re...
Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris / Agriocharis ocellata) portrait. El Mirador-Rio Azul National Park, Department of Peten, Guatemala. - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris / Agriocharis ocellata) portrait. El Mirador-Rio Azul National Park, Department of Peten, Guatemala.
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) captive, Mexico City, September. - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Bobcat (Lynx rufus) captive, Mexico City, September.
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) juvenile, Punta Laguna, Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, October. Endangered species. - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) juvenile, Punta Laguna, Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, October. Endangered species.
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming, viewed from below, Cozumel Reefs National Park, Cozumel Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, February - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming, viewed from below, Cozumel Reefs National Park, Cozumel Island, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, February
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015. - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adult feeding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June. Winner of the CONABIO Nature Photography Competition 2015.
Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) close-up of eyes, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, January - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) close-up of eyes, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, January
Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) feeding view of tail, Isla Mujeres, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, August. Vulnerable species. - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) feeding view of tail, Isla Mujeres, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, August. Vulnerable species.
Gray Cracker Butterfly (Hamadryas februa) on Heliconia sp. flower, Dzibilchaltun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, August. - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Gray Cracker Butterfly (Hamadryas februa) on Heliconia sp. flower, Dzibilchaltun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, August.
Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris), with Remoras (Echeneididae) Socorro Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve (Socorro Islands), Pacific Ocean, Western Mexico, March - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris), with Remoras (Echeneididae) Socorro Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve (Socorro Islands), Pacific Ocean, Western Mexico, March
La Hotte big-legged landfrog (Eleutherodactylus apostates), critically endangered, Haiti, captive - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / La Hotte big-legged landfrog (Eleutherodactylus apostates), critically endangered, Haiti, captive
Neotropical green anole (Anolis / Norops biporcatus) shedding skin, Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Lacandon Rainforest, Mexico, August - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Neotropical green anole (Anolis / Norops biporcatus) shedding skin, Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Lacandon Rainforest, Mexico, August
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) rear view of animal resting in shallow water, close up of tail, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) rear view of animal resting in shallow water, close up of tail, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) departing from nest, San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (Socorro Isl... - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) departing from nest, San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (Socorro Isl...
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) split level with animal resting at surface in shallow water over seagrass bed, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) split level with animal resting at surface in shallow water over seagrass bed, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) rear view of animal swimming away over seagrass bed, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) rear view of animal swimming away over seagrass bed, Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean region, Mexico
Brown booby (Sula leucogaster) pair with chick stretching its wings, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, December - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Brown booby (Sula leucogaster) pair with chick stretching its wings, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, December
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) close-up of feet, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, December - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) close-up of feet, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, December
Mexican mushroom-tongue salamander (Bolitoglossa mexicana) Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, February - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Mexican mushroom-tongue salamander (Bolitoglossa mexicana) Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, February
Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults guarding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June - Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) adults guarding chick, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, June
Flamingo tongue shell (Cyphoma gibbosum) on Sea fan (Gorgonia sp) Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, May - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Flamingo tongue shell (Cyphoma gibbosum) on Sea fan (Gorgonia sp) Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, May
French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) under Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) Cancun National Park, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, July - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) under Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) Cancun National Park, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, July
Royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) pair, post-mating dance, Rasa Island Special Biosphere Reserve, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, April - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) pair, post-mating dance, Rasa Island Special Biosphere Reserve, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, April
Hibernating Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) El Rosario Colony, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico, February - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Hibernating Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) El Rosario Colony, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico, February
Juvenile Green / Common iguana (Iguana iguana) portrait, Morro de la Mancha, Mexico, July - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Juvenile Green / Common iguana (Iguana iguana) portrait, Morro de la Mancha, Mexico, July
Kemp's ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) two hatchlings on beach, La Pesca Beach, Tamaulipas, northeast Mexico, July - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Kemp's ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) two hatchlings on beach, La Pesca Beach, Tamaulipas, northeast Mexico, July
Heermann's gull (Larus heermanni) with chick begging for food, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, April - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Heermann's gull (Larus heermanni) with chick begging for food, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) Mexico, April
Male Blue footed booby (Sula nebouxii) displaying, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) December - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Male Blue footed booby (Sula nebouxii) displaying, Isabel Island National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) December
Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) feeding on Pitaya cactus fruit (Stenocereus griseus) Jaumave desert, northeast Mexico, May - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) feeding on Pitaya cactus fruit (Stenocereus griseus) Jaumave desert, northeast Mexico, May
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) head portrait, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, Pacific ocean, September - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) head portrait, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, Pacific ocean, September
Hispaniolan giant treefrog (Osteopilus vastus), endangered, La Visite National Park, Massif de la Selle, Haiti, October - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Hispaniolan giant treefrog (Osteopilus vastus), endangered, La Visite National Park, Massif de la Selle, Haiti, October
Hispaniolan crowned landfrog (Eleutherodactylus corona), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Hispaniolan crowned landfrog (Eleutherodactylus corona), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October
La Hotte big-legged landfrog (Eleutherodactylus apostates), critically endangered, Haiti, captive - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / La Hotte big-legged landfrog (Eleutherodactylus apostates), critically endangered, Haiti, captive
Green spiny landfrog (Eleutherodactylus nortoni), critically endangered, Haiti, captive - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Green spiny landfrog (Eleutherodactylus nortoni), critically endangered, Haiti, captive
Paper Wasp (Polistes sp.) guarding nest. Micos river, Huasteca region, northeast Mexico, August - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Paper Wasp (Polistes sp.) guarding nest. Micos river, Huasteca region, northeast Mexico, August
Crevice Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus poinsettii), Miquihuana, northeast Mexico, October. - Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Crevice Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus poinsettii), Miquihuana, northeast Mexico, October.
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