Canon Ambassador Maxime Aliaga's photography celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the natural world, but it also highlights the importance of conservation work. "Photography, for me, is a way to talk about the fragility of nature and the need to take action to preserve it," he says. "That's my purpose."
Maxime took up photography at the age of 24, finding his first subjects in the abundant wildlife of the Mediterranean forests around his hometown of Montpellier, southern France. "The forests were my playground, a great place to start," he recalls.
In the years since, Maxime has worked in countries such as Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea and the Seychelles, photographing a wide range of species, from insects to primates. He has always used Canon kit, starting with a Canon EOS 350D and later moving on to other bodies (such as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II), while increasing his range of lenses. In 2019, his work was recognised with an associate fellowship from the International League of Conservation Photographers.