FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1951, he earned a master's degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing wildlife and never turned back. Lanting's work has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic, and in 2001 he was named a Contributing Photographer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. He has traveled to all seven continents in search of subjects and received numerous prestigious awards including the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award. He now lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, writer Christine Eckstrom.