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Thomas D. Mangelsen

Renowned American Nature and Wildlife Photographer

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Thomas D. Mangelsen Biography

Renowned American nature and wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for over 40 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. A Nebraska native, Mangelsen’s love of nature, his life outdoors and business success were heavily influenced by his father. An avid sportsman, Harold Mangelsen took his sons to favorite blinds along the Platte River in Nebraska to observe the great flocks of ducks, geese and cranes that migrate through the valley. From these adventures, Mangelsen learned important lessons for photographing in the field, most notably patience and understanding animal behavior. —Watch "The Shooter" video, listen to Tom tell his story.—

In 1965, Mangelsen began studying business at the University of Nebraska. In 1967, Tom transferred to Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, where he changed his major and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Tom continued postgraduate study in zoology and wildlife biology at the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University.

In 1970 Mangelsen moved to Nederland, Colorado. He spent two years living in the Rocky Mountains in an old mining shack without electricity or running water with his English setter, black lab and raccoon. Tom continued to work on his photography and studied arctic alpine ecology at the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station near Nederland. There he met Bert Kempers, a CU film producer, who later hired Tom as cinematographer and film editor for his company Westwind Productions, making educational and nature documentaries. Tom longed to make a documentary about the Platte River and its great wildlife resource. He returned to the Platte each spring to film the great crane migration. These experiences led to Tom traveling to the cranes’ nesting grounds in Alaska and their wintering areas in Texas. National Geographic television wanted to produce a documentary, which would chronicle the plight of the endangered whooping crane and the efforts to bring them back from the brink of extinction. After learning that Tom had been photographing sandhill and whooping cranes for more than ten years, they hired him as cinematographer and associate producer for the television special Flight of the Whooping Crane, which was nominated for an Emmy award. Mangelsen also photographed and produced the PBS NATURE and BBC Natural World film, Cranes of the Grey Wind, a documentary on the life cycle of the sandhill crane.

Initially Mangelsen was fascinated with photographing birds in flight. In the early 1970s, Tom and his brother David began selling limited edition prints of his images. In 1978, Mangelsen opened his first Images of Nature® gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. Since then a number of Mangelsen®—Images of Nature Gallery locations have opened across the United States.

One of the most prolific nature photographers of our time, Mangelsen is as much an artist as he is a conservationist. Tom was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, placing his work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He was named one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography. His image Polar Dance was selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time. He was chosen as one of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet and profiled in the television series of the same name. Mangelsen was named one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine and honored with Nikon’s Legend Behind the Lens recognition. The North American Nature Photography Association named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year, and Mangelsen also received the prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. He was presented with an honorary doctorate from Doane College and received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society.

Mangelsen’s photographs have been exhibited internationally. Showcased in Vital Signs: Images of Biodiversity, this exhibit was a combination of Mangelsen’s art and knowledge of natural history, and stressed the importance of maintaining a balanced and diverse ecosystem. Vital Signs opened at the San Diego Natural History Museum in 1997 and was also exhibited in museums throughout the United States and Canada. Tom’s photography has been shown at the Natural History Museum in London, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and in a major exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Tom’s photography has been shown at the Natural History Museum in London and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tom joined fellow renowned nature photographers Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe in presenting the Masters of Nature Photography Seminars. The three prominent photographers present a unique event drawing on their wide-ranging experience with subjects and locations around the world to change how photography is looked at and empower attendees to use photography to benefit conservation causes and other personal interests.

Tom has produced several fine art and conservation focused books; his first book, Images of Nature: The Photographs of Thomas D. Mangelsen, written by noted biologist Charles Craighead, was published in 1989 and contains more than 200 photographs that document the natural history of North America. Polar Dance: Born of the North Wind, published in 1997, was produced after photographing polar bears on the wild, western shores of Hudson Bay for ten years. Written by preeminent Canadian author Fred Bruemmer, this poetic story tracks a mother polar bear with her two cubs and a lone male through the seasons of a year. Spirit of the Rockies: The Mountain Lions of Jackson Hole, published in 2000, is the first photographic documentary of wild cougars. Author Cara Blessley Lowe gives a rare inside look at these secretive animals as human development encroaches into their habitat.

In 2007, Tom released his third fine art book, The Natural World, with a foreword by Jane Goodall. This book of panoramic images was the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee Table/Large Format Book in 2008 by the PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen was published in 2014. This book contains more than 150 of Tom’s most important images, spanning all seven continents and crossing the northernmost to the southernmost extremes of the Earth. A forward by Jane Goodall and written by Todd Wilkinson, this book takes both an intimate and far-reaching look into the natural world that has inspired artists, conservationists, and adventurers for centuries.

In 2015, Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: An Intimate Portrait of 399 was published. In stunning images by Mangelsen and words by Todd Wilkinson, Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek tells the dramatic story of Grizzly 399, the most famous mother bear in the world. In a book that has been called unprecedented by Jane Goodall, readers are taken on a heart-palpitating adventure into the harrowing life and death encounters of both grizzlies and people as bears try to survive in the modern world. This book has been awarded the Los Angeles Time’s Mesmerizing Coffee Table Titles, the Forward Indies Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence in Craft Contest.

Mangelsen’s work has been published in National Geographic, GEO, Le Figaro Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Life, Audubon, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Natural History, Newsweek, Wildlife Art, American Photo, Nature’s Best Photography and many other publications. Tom has also been profiled on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN’s World News, CBS News, ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper. In addition, Mangelsen is co-founder of The Cougar Fund, a founding Fellow of The International League of Conservation Photographers, on the international advisory council for the Jane Goodall Institute and a board ambassador for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

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Thomas D. Mangelsen Biography

Renowned American nature and wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for over 40 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. A Nebraska native, Mangelsen’s love of nature, his life outdoors and business success were heavily influenced by his father. An avid sportsman, Harold Mangelsen took his sons to favorite blinds along the Platte River in Nebraska to observe the great flocks of ducks, geese and cranes that migrate through the valley. From these adventures, Mangelsen learned important lessons for photographing in the field, most notably patience and understanding animal behavior. —Watch "The Shooter" video, listen to Tom tell his story.—

In 1965, Mangelsen began studying business at the University of Nebraska. In 1967, Tom transferred to Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, where he changed his major and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Tom continued postgraduate study in zoology and wildlife biology at the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University.

In 1970 Mangelsen moved to Nederland, Colorado. He spent two years living in the Rocky Mountains in an old mining shack without electricity or running water with his English setter, black lab and raccoon. Tom continued to work on his photography and studied arctic alpine ecology at the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station near Nederland. There he met Bert Kempers, a CU film producer, who later hired Tom as cinematographer and film editor for his company Westwind Productions, making educational and nature documentaries. Tom longed to make a documentary about the Platte River and its great wildlife resource. He returned to the Platte each spring to film the great crane migration. These experiences led to Tom traveling to the cranes’ nesting grounds in Alaska and their wintering areas in Texas. National Geographic television wanted to produce a documentary, which would chronicle the plight of the endangered whooping crane and the efforts to bring them back from the brink of extinction. After learning that Tom had been photographing sandhill and whooping cranes for more than ten years, they hired him as cinematographer and associate producer for the television special Flight of the Whooping Crane, which was nominated for an Emmy award. Mangelsen also photographed and produced the PBS NATURE and BBC Natural World film, Cranes of the Grey Wind, a documentary on the life cycle of the sandhill crane.

Initially Mangelsen was fascinated with photographing birds in flight. In the early 1970s, Tom and his brother David began selling limited edition prints of his images. In 1978, Mangelsen opened his first Images of Nature® gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. Since then a number of Mangelsen®—Images of Nature Gallery locations have opened across the United States.

One of the most prolific nature photographers of our time, Mangelsen is as much an artist as he is a conservationist. Tom was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, placing his work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He was named one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography. His image Polar Dance was selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time. He was chosen as one of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet and profiled in the television series of the same name. Mangelsen was named one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine and honored with Nikon’s Legend Behind the Lens recognition. The North American Nature Photography Association named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year, and Mangelsen also received the prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. He was presented with an honorary doctorate from Doane College and received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society.

Mangelsen’s photographs have been exhibited internationally. Showcased in Vital Signs: Images of Biodiversity, this exhibit was a combination of Mangelsen’s art and knowledge of natural history, and stressed the importance of maintaining a balanced and diverse ecosystem. Vital Signs opened at the San Diego Natural History Museum in 1997 and was also exhibited in museums throughout the United States and Canada. Tom’s photography has been shown at the Natural History Museum in London, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and in a major exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Tom’s photography has been shown at the Natural History Museum in London and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tom joined fellow renowned nature photographers Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe in presenting the Masters of Nature Photography Seminars. The three prominent photographers present a unique event drawing on their wide-ranging experience with subjects and locations around the world to change how photography is looked at and empower attendees to use photography to benefit conservation causes and other personal interests.

Tom has produced several fine art and conservation focused books; his first book, Images of Nature: The Photographs of Thomas D. Mangelsen, written by noted biologist Charles Craighead, was published in 1989 and contains more than 200 photographs that document the natural history of North America. Polar Dance: Born of the North Wind, published in 1997, was produced after photographing polar bears on the wild, western shores of Hudson Bay for ten years. Written by preeminent Canadian author Fred Bruemmer, this poetic story tracks a mother polar bear with her two cubs and a lone male through the seasons of a year. Spirit of the Rockies: The Mountain Lions of Jackson Hole, published in 2000, is the first photographic documentary of wild cougars. Author Cara Blessley Lowe gives a rare inside look at these secretive animals as human development encroaches into their habitat.

In 2007, Tom released his third fine art book, The Natural World, with a foreword by Jane Goodall. This book of panoramic images was the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee Table/Large Format Book in 2008 by the PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen was published in 2014. This book contains more than 150 of Tom’s most important images, spanning all seven continents and crossing the northernmost to the southernmost extremes of the Earth. A forward by Jane Goodall and written by Todd Wilkinson, this book takes both an intimate and far-reaching look into the natural world that has inspired artists, conservationists, and adventurers for centuries.

In 2015, Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: An Intimate Portrait of 399 was published. In stunning images by Mangelsen and words by Todd Wilkinson, Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek tells the dramatic story of Grizzly 399, the most famous mother bear in the world. In a book that has been called unprecedented by Jane Goodall, readers are taken on a heart-palpitating adventure into the harrowing life and death encounters of both grizzlies and people as bears try to survive in the modern world. This book has been awarded the Los Angeles Time’s Mesmerizing Coffee Table Titles, the Forward Indies Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence in Craft Contest.

Mangelsen’s work has been published in National Geographic, GEO, Le Figaro Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Life, Audubon, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Natural History, Newsweek, Wildlife Art, American Photo, Nature’s Best Photography and many other publications. Tom has also been profiled on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN’s World News, CBS News, ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper. In addition, Mangelsen is co-founder of The Cougar Fund, a founding Fellow of The International League of Conservation Photographers, on the international advisory council for the Jane Goodall Institute and a board ambassador for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

Thomas D. Mangelsen Videos

  • The Gift of the Grizzly | Thomas D. Mangelsen | TEDxJacksonHole ...
    Nov 9, 2018 ... Thomas D. Mangelsen is one of the most prolific and widely celebrated nature photographers of our time and an international hero for...
  • Presenting Bronze Sculpture by Thomas D. Mangelsen - YouTube
    Aug 31, 2016 ... The Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery is proud to unveil the first works in a novel series of bronzes inspired by the...

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  • How to book Thomas D. Mangelsen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Thomas D. Mangelsen for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Thomas D. Mangelsen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Thomas D. Mangelsen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Thomas D. Mangelsen?

    Booking fees for Thomas D. Mangelsen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Thomas D. Mangelsen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Thomas D. Mangelsen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Thomas D. Mangelsen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Thomas D. Mangelsen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Thomas D. Mangelsen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Thomas D. Mangelsen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Thomas D. Mangelsen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Thomas D. Mangelsen for your event is available upon request. Thomas D. Mangelsen generally travels from Jackson, WY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mattias Klum, Frans Lanting, Ben Moon, Cristina Mittermeier and Joseph McNally. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Thomas D. Mangelsen for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Thomas D. Mangelsen Speaker Videos

  • The Gift of the Grizzly | Thomas D. Mangelsen | TEDxJacksonHole ...
    Nov 9, 2018 ... Thomas D. Mangelsen is one of the most prolific and widely celebrated nature photographers of our time and an international hero for making ...
    Presenting Bronze Sculpture by Thomas D. Mangelsen - YouTube
    Aug 31, 2016 ... The Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery is proud to unveil the first works in a novel series of bronzes inspired by the legendary ...

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