WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Winner 2018

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Frans Lanting, The Netherlands

Asiatic Cheetah

The Asiatic cheetah is one of the rarest mammals on earth. Fewer than 100 survive in the wild, and all of them are confined to Iran’s central desert, where I deployed camera traps. One of them captured this haunting image of a wary cat after dark that is struggling to eke out a living in bone-dry habitat where prey species have been decimated by hunters.


Naybandan Wildlife Reserve, Iran: latitude 32.593517, longitude 53.680557 Naybandan Wildlife Reserve, Iran: latitude 32.593517, longitude 53.680557

Naybandan Wildlife Reserve, Iran

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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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