WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Winner 2018

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Frans Lanting, The Netherlands

Eyes of the Night

I like to get eye to eye with the animals I photograph and portray them as individuals. I followed this pride of lionesses for several weeks, and got to know their most intimate moments. Here at dusk, with eyes and ears scanning the bush, they are awake and ready to hunt.


Chobe National Park, Botswana: latitude -18.66686, longitude 24.499979 Chobe National Park, Botswana: latitude -18.66686, longitude 24.499979

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting, The Netherlands

Over more than three decades Frans has set the standard for photographers. His images have been consistently original, characterised by signature eye-level perspectives and sophisticated lighting techniques. His many honours include the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, a Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society, Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award and The Netherlands’ highest conservation honour, the Royal Order of the Golden Ark.

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