Photo of the Day: Elephants at Chobe among “40 Greatest Nature Photographs of All Time”

In honor of the 40th annual Earth Day on April 22, Christies Auction House auctioned off what was viewed as 40 Iconic Nature Photos.  Within the group, this one, “Twilight of the Giants,” was taken by Frans Lanting in Botswana’s Chobe National Park in 1986. Selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), the “40 Greatest Nature Photographs of All Time” include spectacular images of animals, plants and natural landscapes. The full gallery of photos is available HERE but you can click through our slideshow to see 10 of them. (Frans Lanting Photography, via International League of Conservation Photographers).

Chobe should be honored to have had one of these iconic shots taken within the park grounds … but we are not surpised.  Congratulations to Chobe NP and to Frans Lanting on this nomination.

'Twilight of the Giants' by Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting Biography

FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. For more than two decades he has documented wildlife and our relationship with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica. He portrays wild creatures as ambassadors for the preservation of complete ecosystems, and his many publications have increased worldwide awareness of endangered ecological treasures in far corners of the earth.

Lanting’s work has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where he served as a Photographer-in-Residence. His assignments have ranged from a first look at the fabled bonobos of the Congo Basin to a circumnavigation by sailboat of South Georgia Island in the subantarctic. Images from his year-long odyssey to assess global biodiversity at the turn of the millennium filled the February 1999 issue of National Geographic. Lanting’s work also includes profiles of ecological hot spots, stories on Hawaii’s volcanoes, Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, and a series of photo essays on American landscapes. His global survey of albatrosses was published in the December 2007 National Geographic. A feature on groundbreaking research with chimpanzees in Senegal appears in the April 2008 issue of the Magazine.

In 2006, Lanting launched The LIFE Project, a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth, as a book, an exhibition, an interactive website, and a multimedia orchestral performance with music by Philip Glass. Conducted by Maestra Marin Alsop, the multimedia production of LIFE premiered in Santa Cruz, California, in 2006 and is currently touring North America and Europe.

Lanting’s books have received awards and acclaim: “No one turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting,” writes The New Yorker. His books include Life: A Journey Through Time (2006), Jungles (2000), Penguin (1999), Living Planet (1999), Eye to Eye (1997), Bonobo, The Forgotten Ape (1997), Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden (1993), Forgotten Edens (1993), and Madagascar, A World Out of Time (1990).

Lanting is a Trustee of the Foundation Board of the University of California Santa Cruz. He serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and is a columnist for Outdoor Photographer.

Frans Lanting makes his home in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, Christine Eckstrom, a producer, videographer, and former staff writer at National Geographic who collaborates with him on fieldwork and publishing projects

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