Thomas D. Mangelsen, a Nebraska native, is recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers. Mangelsen’s love of nature, his life in the 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 hunt and observe the huge flocks of ducks, geese, and cranes that migrate through the area. From these outings Mangelsen learned the important lessons for photographing in the field, including patience, waiting for the right moment, and understanding animal behavior.
Since college, Mangelsen has been fascinated with photographing his early studies, birds in flight. In the early 1970’s, he and his brother David began selling limited-edition prints of Tom’s images. In 1978, Mangelsen opened his first Images of Nature™ gallery in Jackson, Wyoming, and printed his first brochure. Since then, thirteen galleries have opened; Scottsdale, AZ; La Jolla, CA; Galena and Oak Brook, IL; Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE; two in Denver, one in Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, CO; Las Vegas, NV; Park City, UT; and Kirkland, WA.
In 2005 Tom was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo magazine and was honored with Nikon’s “Legend behind the Lens” recognition. He received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society in 2002, was named North American Nature Photographer Association’s (NANPA) “Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year” in 2000, and in 1994, Mangelsen received the prestigious “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” Award, sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and British Gas.
Mangelsen’s work has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Natural History, Newsweek, Wildlife Art, American Photo, National Wildlife and other publications. In addition, there are a growing number of books for young readers, art cards, fine art posters, puzzles and calendars available through Images of Nature™ galleries.
Tom’s dedication to preserve our fragile natural world is best stated in his own words; “May these images inspire you to experience and preserve the wonders of our natural world.”