Nature’s Best Photography Names Thomas D. Mangelsen 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year


One of the most prolific nature photographers of our time, Thomas D. Mangelsen is as much an artist as he is a conservationist. Over his 30-plus years of image-making, he has been profiled on CNN, BBC, NBC’s “The Today Show,” and many more television networks around the globe. He has also been recognized as Wildlife Photographer of the Year by BBC Wildlife as well as the Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photographers Association.

We are pleased to add to Tom’s prestigious list of accolades in naming him the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year for the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Born in 1946, Tom’s outdoor ethics are deeply rooted in a childhood filled with adventure along the Platte River in Nebraska. There, alongside his father and three brothers, Tom gained a passion for the wild that launched a lifetime commitment to the natural world.

Today, he enjoys views of the Grand Tetons from his home just north of Jackson, Wyoming, where he has built a flourishing photography business that has expanded to nine galleries across the country. Even with this success, Tom has never taken his eye off the importance of conserving the environment and protecting wildlife.

Through the years, the many partnerships Tom has developed with individuals and nonprofit organizations alike have made an enormous impact on the way the public views and connects with the wild. One of his most treasured friendships is with renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

Tom now sits on the International Advisory Council of the Jane Goodall Institute and, in turn, Dr. Goodall has joined the Board of Directors of The Cougar Fund he founded in 2001 to oversee and protect the future of this magnificent and often misunderstood big cat. In both pictures and actions, Tom Mangelsen has engaged and inspired awareness for animals, people, and places, creating a unique appreciation and celebration of planet Earth and our place in it. —SBF

“Tom sees the world around him with the perceptions of an artist, composing his pictures as a painter might…he has unlimited curiosity, unlimited patience, and all the determination of a perfectionist.” —Dr. Jane Goodall

Musician Dave Matthews joined Dr. Jane Goodall and Tom in Nebraska to enjoy the sandhill crane migration. Watch the video of Matthews performing for his friends.



Silhouette of a cougar on top of a ridge in Wyoming. Learn more about Tom’s Cougar Fund visit


“Rise and Shine” – In Manitoba, Canada, a polar bear family cuddles up for a nap on a bed of soft snow and frost-dusted spruce.


“Evening at Willow Flats” – Grizzly 610 and her two cubs split the resident herd of elk at Willow Flats in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. “


Documenting natural history in action as this Alaskan brown bear makes his “Catch of the Day” in Brooks Falls, Alaska.


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The Fall/Winter Issue reveals the winners of the prestigious annual Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. The Fall Collectors Editions feature the Grand Prize, the Conservation Photographer of the Year Award, the Youth Photographer of the Year Award and all the Winners and Highly Honored photos in each category. This is the complete catalog of the category Winners that are displayed at the annual Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and are also sold at the Museum shops.
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