Jeff Schultz has what’s possibly one of the world’s funnest jobs: He’s been the Iditarod Sled Dog Race’s official photographer since 1982.

In his new coffee-table book, Chasing Dogs, Schultz has selected 200 of his nearly 50,000 images of the event to release to the public.

“For years, I’ve dreamed of producing a book that shows the race just the way I’ve seen it,” he says in a video promoting the book, currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

The way he’s seen it is stunning: from snowmobiles, from helicopters, or right up in dogs' snouts.

The 2014 Iditarod Race kicked off this past Sunday.

Nearly 70 mushers from around the globe and their teams of canine athletes departed from a frozen lake in Anchorage.

They bound across 1,000 miles of tundra, through mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dark forests, and sub-zero temperatures.

Green aurora borealis and sherbet-colored sunsets are the backdrop for this festival of Olympian canines.

In aerial shots snapped from helicopters flying through narrow canyons, the racers are mere specks on treacherous mountain faces.

The Iditarod, an annual tradition since 1973, bills itself as the "Last Great Race on Earth.”

"I love nothing better than combining Alaskan adventures with photography," Schultz says.

"I’ve traveled the entire trail via airplane and snowmachine more than thirty times."

Schultz himself was nearly killed in a terrible helicopter crash in a narrow canyon in 1992 but still photographs the race from the air annually--a remarkable testament to his love of the event.

"I want to show and tell the world all about those trail miles, beautiful scenery, adventures, and behind-the-scenes tales in this book."

"In three decades of photographing the race, I’ve experienced a lifetime of adventures--camping in life-threatening cold, digging out my snowmachine, flying through narrow canyons with expert pilots, surviving a crash that nearly took my life."

Schultz's photographs have appeared in magazines, brochures, ads, and several books, but this is the first time he's publishing his favorite images in his own book.

Go here to support the book project and get your own copy of Chasing Dogs.

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An Intimate Look At The Life Of A Sled-Racing Dog

Sunday kicked off the 1,000-mile Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. The race's official photographer is Kickstarting a stunning book featuring his exclusive photos of snow doge galore.

Last Sunday, nearly 70 mushers from around the globe and their teams of canine athletes set off on Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. They departed from a frozen lake in Anchorage to bound across 1,000 miles of tundra, through mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dark forests, and sub-zero temperatures. The Iditarod, an annual tradition since 1973, bills itself as the "Last Great Race on Earth.”

Jeff Schultz has what’s possibly one of the world’s funnest jobs: He’s been the Iditarod’s official photographer since 1982. In his new coffee-table book, Chasing Dogs, Schultz has selected 200 of his nearly 50,000 images of the event to release to the public. “For years, I’ve dreamed of producing a book that shows the race just the way I’ve seen it,” he says in a video promoting the book, currently being funded on Kickstarter.

The way he’s seen it is stunning: from snowmobiles, from helicopters, or right up in dogs' snouts. Blue-eyed huskies bearded with ice mush running fiercely in neon booties, tongues flailing wildly. Green aurora borealis and sherbet-colored sunsets are the backdrop for this festival of Olympian canines. In aerial shots snapped from helicopters flying through narrow canyons, the racers are mere specks on treacherous mountain faces. Schultz himself was nearly killed in a terrible helicopter crash in a narrow canyon in 1992 but still photographs the race from the air annually--a remarkable testament to his love of the event.

Go here to support the book project and get your own copy of Chasing Dogs.

[Photos by Jeff Schultz]

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