Frans Lanting

Santa Cruz

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.

  • Cougar male, Puma concolor, Belize © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Lion at twilight, Panthera leo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Water lilies, Nymphaea nouchali, Okavango Delta, Botswana © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Emperor penguin family, Aptenodytes forsteri, Antarctica © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Chinstrap penguins on iceberg, Pygoscelis antarctica, Antarctica © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • African elephants at twilight, Loxodonta africana, Chobe National Park, Botswana © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • African elephants in mist, Loxodonta africana, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • River in lowland rainforest, Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Wandering albatrosses courting, Diomedea exulans, South Georgia Island © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Lionesses drinking at waterhole, Panthera leo, Chobe National Park, Botswana © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • African elephant at dawn, Loxodonta africana, Chobe National Park, Botswana © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Impalas alarmed, Aepyceros melampus, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Gemsbok in sand dunes, Oryx gazella, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Macaws over river, Ara chloroptera, Ara macao, Ara ararauna, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Emperor penguin parent with chicks, Aptenodytes forsteri, Antarctica © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Toco toucan face, Ramphastos toco, Pantanal, Brazil © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Llama overlooking Inca ruins, Lama glama, Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Peru © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto
  • Polar bears sparring, Ursus maritimus, Hudson Bay, Canada © Frans Lanting / LUZphoto