45. Frans Lanting

Dutch photographer Lanting is the photographer-in-residence for National Geographic, which means that he has probably shaped the way you think about the world's most exotic (and unreachable) locales. In 2006, Lanting launched the LIFE project, defined as a "lyrical interpretation of the history of Earth." His current work on the project includes mountain lions in California and wildlife in Ghana.

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Above: Mountain Landscape, 2006