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Bio National Geographic Photographer || Author || Speaker || Creator of images, stories and events to inspire wonder and concern about our living planet.

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Video by @christineeckstromand @franslantingWhen the female chimp we knew as Farafa led her young infant, Fanta, to a secret waterhole, we were treated to a display of play that made us wonder about the nature of chimps —and our connection to them. Fanta was just one year old and had never experienced a water hole before. While her mother watched she explored the water with a leaf, but then she discovered her own reflection and began to interact with it, making funny faces and ultimately kissing herself, like a child might do in front of a mirror. When we showed this video to Jane Goodall she was as enchanted by this display as we were. Field work with chimps is hard, but glimmers of insight into our fundamental kinship make it all worthwhile. We do not think there is much that separates us from chimps—what do you think?@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#chimps#jane#janegoodallinstitute#rootsandshoots#family#play#wonder#gratitude

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Usually we are behind the camera, but here is a rare look at both of us. When I met @christineeckstrom , she was a staff writer at @natgeoBooks and I was a freelance photographer for @natgeoMagazine, but ever since we joined forces in life and work, we have combined our skills—and expanded them. While I create photographs, Chris covers our subjects on video, so we can tell our stories using multiple media together. Our gear keeps evolving, but our mission has remained the same throughout the years: We want to share the wonders of our living planet at a time when its future is imperiled—and make a difference where we can. We’ve dedicated our lives to that. And we hope you can help us spread the message.Sometimes our fieldwork involves lots of support, but when we tracked chimps in Senegal, we had to be minimalist. The chimps were shy and did not tolerate strangers besides the two of us, researcher Jill Pruetz—whose work was crucial to ours—and two local assistants, Mboule and Johnny Kante, who helped us greatly with tracking and carrying the heavy loads of gear we needed for long days in the forest from dawn till dusk. In this image we’re smiling for the camera, but if you look closely you’ll see our clothes are drenched in sweat. It takes teamwork to do what we do. You can catch a glimpse of an exhausted Johnny in one of our recently posted video clips. Mboule was a wonderful man and chief of the nearby village of Fongoli, who passed away recently. We miss him! Please stay tuned for more images and stories from wild Africa. @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#africa#gratitude#teamwork#wildlifephotography#creativity

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Video by @christineeckstromwith @franslantingMale chimpanzees are competitive and often fight for dominance, but in the savanna woodlands of southern Senegal, where we tracked one group of chimps for 6 weeks, we found a secret waterhole recently filled with rain. In the brutal summer heat it provided precious relief and squabbles were suspended for a temporary truce. We hid our cameras under rocks at the edge of the waterhole and watched from a distance to give the chimps privacy. This amazing behavior had never been captured before and it shows that even male chimps can get along when they want to. Stay tuned for more unique chimp behavior. Images and stories from this project are also featured in our new book “Into Africa.” Check the link in our Instagram bio to learn more.@natgeo@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ape#chimp#wildlife#wildlifephotography#assignment#challenge#wild#waterhole#men#competition#cooperation#peace

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Video by @christineeckstromwith @franslanting.Working with chimpanzees in the wild is tough. We tracked one group of chimps in Senegal for six weeks from dawn to dusk with researcher Jill Pruetz on assignment for National Geographic. It was hot and humid, we carried heavy packs, and the chimps moved fast and far. In the end I had lost nearly 20 pounds of body weight, but we had gained precious insights about the intimate lives of our nearest relatives on the great tree of life. In this video you’ll get an idea of the challenges. In next posts we’ll follow up with other videos that show some of the unique behavior we were able to capture. Stay tuned! Images and stories from this project are also featured in our new book “Into Africa.”@natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ape#chimp#wildlife#wildlifephotography#assignment#challenge#wild

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Photo by @franslantingIf this photo was made at Loch Ness it might create a sensation. But instead of a dinosaur it shows an elephant crossing the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia with only the tip of its trunk visible above water. This boundary area is a crucial corridor for multitudes of elephants migrating between these two countries across fertile river floodplains and into their dry hinterlands. More than 100,000 elephants congregate in a region that may be the last best place for elephants in Africa. This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa," which has just been released. Follow me @franslantingfor more images and stories of wild Africa and to learn about the book.@natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@leonardodicaprio@savetheelephants#africa#elephants#botswana#namibia#conservation#wild#hope

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Photo by @franslantingIlluminated by my torch, the whirling flight patterns of moths and other insects trace stroboscopic pulses against the night sky during a long exposure. It was made possible by the remarkable sensitivity of the latest generation digital cameras I use now, whose sensors are so good that I can capture images in near darkness. This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa," which has just been released. It is based on our @natgeoexhibition of the same name. To see more images of wild Africa and to learn more about the book follow me @franslanting.@natgeo@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#botswana#wonder#nature#creativity#naturephotography

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One day I peered down into a clear lagoon in the Okavango Delta and noticed how a patch of water lilies was anchored in desert sand. An idea took hold. I slipped in and sank to the bottom. Looking up, I saw that the lilies symbolized the essential wonder of the delta: This great wetland, with its abundance of life, is really just a thin sheet of water stretched across Kalahari sand.This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa,” which has just been published. If you are in the Netherlands, please consider joining me on Saturday October 28 at Cinemec in Ede, where I will do a presentation about “Into Africa,” sponsored by @natgeo.Books will be available for sale and signing. For event details, go to www.Cinemec.nl. A reminder to all our friends in the Netherlands and Belgium: Tomorrow, October 25, is the last day you can vote for your favorite images shortlisted for this year’s WNF-Frans Lanting Award. Go to www.wnf.nl/photoaward to see the images that are vying for the top awards and cast your vote.@natgeo@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#okavango#botswana#nature#wonder#kalahari#beauty#naturephotography#photocontest#photoaward

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I am pleased to announce the publication of our new book, INTO AFRICA. The result of many journeys across the continent over the past three decades, it captures the wonders of wild Africa—and shows what is at stake in the twenty-first century.The trade edition of the book is published in English, German, and Dutch editions, and is now available in stores and online. French and Chinese editions are in development for next year. In collaboration with our publisher, Insight Editions, we have also produced a luxurious Collector’s Edition of INTO AFRICA. This exclusive edition of the book is limited to 250 numbered copies and will be available in November. Copies can be pre-ordered now from our studio and delivered in time for the holidays. Click on the web link in my Instagram bio for more details.I hope you will enjoy our new book!@thephotosociety#africa#wildlifephotography#nature#gift#wonder#beauty#holiday

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In the week to come we will celebrate the natural heritage of Africa in connection with the release of our new book, “INTO AFRICA," which covers more than 30 years of our field work on that great continent. We want to draw attention to what is at stake for its wild places and its wildlife as Africa modernizes fast. In this image towering sand dunes roll down to the South Atlantic Ocean on the wild Skeleton Coast of Namibia, in the southwest corner of Africa. This area was once known as the Sperrgebiet—German for “prohibited zone”—and was off limits to outsiders for more than a century as an exclusive diamond-mining concession. A few years ago the government of Namibia turned this area into a new national park, part of a bold effort to protect its entire coastline. We hope that Namibia’s commitment to conservation can serve as an inspiring example for other nations. Go to the link in my Instagram bio to learn more about our “INTO AFRICA” book. Follow me @franslantingfor more images of wild Africa. @natgeo@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@leonardodicaprio#africa#namibia#skeletoncoast#conservation#explore#safari

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Inside every one of these orange globes is a future fish—it’s the miracle of life in front of our eyes. These are steelhead trout eggs incubating at a fish hatchery on California’s central coast. Steelhead and coho salmon are raised here for reintroduction into local streams where their populations have been dramatically reduced due to habitat degradation and drought. Young coho and steelhead migrate downstream to the ocean where they mature, and then return to their native streams to spawn—a life cycle that links land and sea and depends upon the health of both. I made this image for our project, “LIFE: A Journey Through Time,” which is a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on earth. We are pleased to announce that our film about the making of this project, “The Evolution of LIFE," will be screened during the Santa Cruz Film Festival, this Sunday, October 15th, 2017. Please check www.santacruzfilmfestival.org for more details. Follow me @franslantingfor more images from The LIFE Project.@natgeo@thephotosociety@natgeocreative@natgeotravel#fish#salmon#steelhead#coho#california#ocean#montereybay#evolution#egg#miracle

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