Life in Color Review & Giveaway (ends 12/31/12)


I love photography. Not only do I love to take photos but I also love to look at photos. I have several coffee table books that are nothing but photos. Sometimes I don’t want to actually read a book, I just want to enjoy looking at the photos and reading the captions. That is why I love my photography books. Not only can I appreciate the beauty captured in the photos, but it’s also a wonderful way to travel around the world and see things I might not otherwise see.

The newest addition to my coffee table book collection is a book called Life in Color. Life in Color is a collection of photographs from National Geographic. Knowing that the photos are from National Geographics’s collection you know the photos are amazing.

Life in Color is a book to celebrate all the colors in natural and in our every day lives. The book is divided into sections based on colors such as red, blue, green and yellow (there are more colors in the book). Each section has photos that showcase the specific color, whether it’s the color as it occurs naturally in nature, or the color with man made objects.

Here are a few photos from the book. Can you guess what color section they are from?

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As you can see, the photos are spectacular. Some are more abstract then others, but each one highlights the beauty of color and it’s use in the world around us.

Here is a more “official” synopsis of the book;

Life in Color is arranged by color in a rainbow of beauty. Each chapter, devoted to a color, begins with a short, inspiring essay that explores the qualities, meaning, and symbolism of that color, written in the same warm and lovely voice that guided the reader through Visions of Earth. Color chapters include photographs that are predominantly blue, orange, green, yellow, purple, and red. Smaller sections present images in silver, brown, black, gold, white, and “unseen color”—not seen with the naked eye, such as laser, the universe, and microscopic images. Throughout, interesting quotes and surprising short insights in the captions give the reader an entirely new look at the color in the world around us.

I love that the photos are from places around the world. It’s fun to see places, people and animals from around the globe that you might not otherwise be lucky enough to see.

The books also opens your eyes to the beauty that is all around us. Even in something as simple as a tiny chameleon or the architecture inside a cathedral.

The book it’s self is not huge, but it is heavy and is thick. It measures 6″ x 6.5″ and has 528 pages. There are 375 colorful photos within the pages of the book. It’s also a hardcover book and very much suitable to leave out on your coffee table for everyone to enjoy.

I find flipping through the pages of the book to be very relaxing too. 🙂

The book retails for $40.00 but it currently on sale on the National Geographic website for $24.00. This would make a great gift as well as a delight addition to any home library.

For more information visit Life in Color book page on the National Geographic website. You can also learn more about National Geographic at www.NationalGeographic.com. You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter.

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I have two copies of this book that I can give to two lucky winners (each winner gets one copy of the book).

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 12, 2012 at 11;59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this book AND what your favorite color is?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free copy to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not ifnluenced in any way.

** All photographs used in this post are copyrighted to “Life in Color: National Geographic Photographs” and their photographers.


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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Elizabeth Langston says:

    Beautiful photos. I love deep purples best, but green is starting to catch up.

  2. This looks beautiful! What vibrant colors! I love oranges and deep blues. Maybe this book will open my mind to all new colors! 🙂

  3. Amanda Dobarro says:

    Very Beautiful!

  4. I love photography. My fave color is … hmm…. green 🙂

  5. Jessica To says:

    I would like to win this because the photos are incredible. My favorite color is blue.

  6. These seem like beautiful photos, so that’s why I’d love to win- so I can see more. My favorite colors are purple and green.


  8. danielle lima says:

    My favorite color is grey and this is a beautiful book.

  9. Caitlin McClure says:

    I love photography and colours! I don’t have a favourite

  10. I like blue and I want my son to learn from this.

  11. I love looking at beautiful pictures, and my favorite color is purple.

  12. Shannon Baas says:

    I love cool pictures and mmy favorite color is blue.

  13. I have a photographer friend that would love this. My favorite color is green.

  14. Stephanie Larison says:

    I love photography books, this looks beautiful! My favorite color is purple.

  15. Ann Fantom says:

    I’d like to win this book for my daughter who would really enjoy it. Blue is my favorite color

  16. Their pictures are always beautiful, and often of things I have never seen before.

  17. Olivia Rubin says:

    Green.,,.these are the best pics out of all the pics and would love to be introduced to see it

  18. Charlotte Padgett says:

    Love National Geographic photography. I guess my current favorite is blue.

  19. I would like to win because this is a beautiful book to share with guest.

    Sky blue is my favorite color.

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  20. Debra Hall says:

    i get a lot of enjoyment out of books