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CEO, Director of Photography

Lucas Bustamante is a biologist and a wildlife conservation photojournalist from Ecuador. He is the CEO and Director of Photography at Tropical Herping, an institution he co-founded in 2009 to preserve tropical reptiles and amphibians through tourism, photography, education, and research. He is author of two books (Reptiles of the Galápagos and The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo) and four scientific articles describing new species to science. Lucas' main goal is to use photography as a tool to promote environmental and cultural conservation. His photographic work has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, WWF, Conservation International, and many other magazines, books, photo exhibitions and articles. His images are represented by Nature Picture Library. Lucas is a Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice prizewinner. Also, he is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

Pristimantis labiosus
Alchisme grossa
Bradypus variegatus
Puma concolor
Chrysuronia oenone
Rhincodon typus
Amblyrhynchus cristatus
Micrurus heyeri
Marmosops impavidus
Microhyla borneensis
Conolophus marthae
Chelonoidis duncanensis
Phoebastria irrorata
Equus quagga
Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum

Behind the scenes

Lucas Bustamante has been bitten by countless snakes, chased by elephants, and has dived along whale sharks. He grew up in the Ecuadorian outdoors which led him to become a passionate biologist and a conservation photojournalist. When taking a break from work, Lucas spends his time diving and playing soccer.

Lucas Bustamante holding a Green Anconda in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Lucas Bustamante giving a TED talk
Lucas Bustamante climbing a palm tree
Lucas Bustamante leading a photo safari
Lucas Bustamante holding a Panama hat
Lucas Bustamante teaching photography
Lucas Bustamante and Nathaly Padilla in Galápagos, Ecuador
Lucas Bustamante in Bellavista Reserve, Ecuador
Lucas Bustamante giving a talk
New species described


New species described

Papers published


Scientific papers published

Hectares of rainforest saved


Hectares of rainforest saved

Books published


Books published

2 pocket field guides published


Pocket field guides published

1 venomous snake bite


Venomous snake bite

78 scuba dives


Scuba dives

2 charges by elephants


Charges by elephants