FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing the natural world–and never turned back.
For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding of the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.
“Frans Lanting has set the standards for a whole generation of wildlife photographers,’’ according to the BBC. “Mr Lanting’s photographs take creatures that have become ordinary and transform them into haunting new visions,” writes field biologist Dr George Schaller in The New York Times. “As a chronicler of natural history today, Frans Lanting is a singular, extraordinary talent,” says Thomas Kennedy, former Director of Photography at National Geographic. “He has the mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet.”
Lanting has received many honors and awards for his work. In 2001 H.R.H. Prince Bernhard inducted him as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands’ highest conservation honor. In 2018, Lanting was honored with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s first Lifetime Achievement Award at the Natural History Museum in London. He has received top honors from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award. Lanting has been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in London and is a recipient of Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award. Three of his images were selected by his peers for a charity auction at Christie’s that featured the forty most important photographs of nature ever made.