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Frans Lanting on the art and sport of photographing birds

Red-and-green Macaws in flight, Buraco das Araras, Brazil. © Frans Lanting/

Frans Lanting is one of the most highly acclaimed nature photographers in the world. He is a photographer for National Geographic, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, the author of many books, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award.

Frans Lanting
Frans Lanting by Paul Schraub

More than 100 solo exhibitions of Lanting’s work have been held at museums and galleries around the world. And three of his images were selected by his peers for a charity auction at Christie’s that featured the 40 most important photographs of nature ever made.

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Brian E. Small

Brian E. Small

Brian Small is a Los Angeles-based bird and nature photographer whose photos appear in the “ID Tips” column in every issue of BirdWatching. His work has been published in Time, The New York Times, Audubon, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, and many other publications. His photos also illustrate many field guides, including Kenn Kaufman’s Birds of North America, a series of state bird identification guides published with the American Birding Association, and his own Eastern and Western photographic field guides to the birds of North America published in 2009 with author Paul Sterry and Princeton University Press.

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