Frans Lanting's Image

Seeking relief from the intense summer heat, a male chimpanzee prepares to enter a seasonal pool in a remote corner of West Africa.

I joined researchers there conducting a first study of chimps who live in open savanna woodlands—rather than deep forest—and was able to document behavior never photographed before.

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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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