He is the son of Tokumitsu Iwagō, himself a noted wildlife photographer. After graduating from Hosei University, Iwago went as his father's assistant to the Galápagos Islands, where he decided to become a photographer. His work Letters from the Sea (海からの手紙, Umi kara no tegami) won the Kimura Ihei Award in 1979. He is also the first Japanese photographer whose work has twice appeared on the cover of National Geographic (May 1986 and December 1994). He is now a spokesman for Olympus Corporation.
- Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain. Chronicle Books, 1987. ISBN 0-87701-441-8.
- In the Lion's Den. Chronicle Books, 1996. ISBN 0-8118-1203-0.
- Priceless: The Vanishing Beauty of a Fragile Planet, coauthored with Bradley Trevor Greive, Andrews McMeel, 2003. ISBN 0-7407-2695-1.
- Tabi yukeba neko (旅ゆけば猫). Nihon Shuppansha, 2005. ISBN 4-89048-894-4.
- Profile - by Olympus
- Global Warming Witness - Mitsuaki Iwago Special - by Olympus
- Mitsuaki Iwago Photo Gallery - by AnimalsandEarth
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