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Lucas Bustamante is an Ecuadorian nature and conservation photographer, biologist and co-founder of Tropical Herping and Kids Conservation Photography Workshops. In recent years he has focused on documenting tropical biodiversity, including many rare and endangered species. Lucas’ primary objective is to use photography as a tool to promote wildlife conservation. He has been successful in a number of international photographic competitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and he is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Lucas is currently focusing on the Ecuadorian Chocó and the Andean Amazon, two of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, but also very threatened. He aims to document the factors involved in the conservation of these places, as well as the threats to them from mining and oil companies, deforestation, illegal pet trade and hunting
Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis sp.) (Possibly C. rhombicollis) Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis sp.) (Possibly C. rhombicollis) Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
Anthony's poison-frog (Epipedobates anthonyi) seen through hole in leaf. Buenaventura Reserve, El Oro, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Anthony's poison-frog (Epipedobates anthonyi) seen through hole in leaf. Buenaventura Reserve, El Oro, Ecuador.
Two Limon glass frogs (Sachatamia ilex) sitting on plant, one above the other, Canande, Esmeraldas. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Two Limon glass frogs (Sachatamia ilex) sitting on plant, one above the other, Canande, Esmeraldas.
Emerald tree Boa (Corallus batesii) close up portrait of juvenile whilst hanging on a branch. Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Emerald tree Boa (Corallus batesii) close up portrait of juvenile whilst hanging on a branch. Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Rio pescado harlequin toad (Atelopus balios) pair on branch, female on the left, Azuay, Ecuador, Critically endangered species, possibly extinct. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Rio pescado harlequin toad (Atelopus balios) pair on branch, female on the left, Azuay, Ecuador, Critically endangered species, possibly extinct.
Treehopper (Alchisme grossa) Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Treehopper (Alchisme grossa) Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Juvenile of Amazon Tree-Boa (Corallus hortulanus) in defensive position. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile of Amazon Tree-Boa (Corallus hortulanus) in defensive position. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Palmar tree frog (Boana / Hypsiboas pellucens) on leaf, Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Palmar tree frog (Boana / Hypsiboas pellucens) on leaf, Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
River in Amazon rainforest with reflections in water, Cuyabeno National Park, Sucumbios, Ecuador, May 2015. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / River in Amazon rainforest with reflections in water, Cuyabeno National Park, Sucumbios, Ecuador, May 2015.
Pinocchio lizard (Anolis proboscis) male on stem, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador, Endangered species. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Pinocchio lizard (Anolis proboscis) male on stem, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador, Endangered species.
Tungurahua Volcano erupting at dawn, Ecuadorian Eastern Slopes, Tungurahua, Ecuador, February 2014. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Tungurahua Volcano erupting at dawn, Ecuadorian Eastern Slopes, Tungurahua, Ecuador, February 2014.
Brush footed butterfly (Lycorea sp.) caterpillar with parasitic wasp cocoons on silk threads, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Brush footed butterfly (Lycorea sp.) caterpillar with parasitic wasp cocoons on silk threads, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Milky tree frog (Trachycephalus typhonius) looking out through hole in bark, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Milky tree frog (Trachycephalus typhonius) looking out through hole in bark, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) on tree trunk, Cuyabeno, Sucumbios, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) on tree trunk, Cuyabeno, Sucumbios, Ecuador.
Striped vinesnake (Philodryas argentea) Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador . - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Striped vinesnake (Philodryas argentea) Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador .
Booted racket tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) two males fighting in flight, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Booted racket tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) two males fighting in flight, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Red howler monkey (Aloutta seniculus) eating clay close to the Tambopata river. Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Red howler monkey (Aloutta seniculus) eating clay close to the Tambopata river. Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Spotted genuine snake (Saphenophis boursieri) portrait, waving tail in defensive display, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Spotted genuine snake (Saphenophis boursieri) portrait, waving tail in defensive display, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Grey-cheeked parakeets (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera) perched and grooming on a branch. Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Grey-cheeked parakeets (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera) perched and grooming on a branch. Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador.
Changeable lizard (Calotes versicolor) perched close to a Buddhist temple. Yala National Park, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Changeable lizard (Calotes versicolor) perched close to a Buddhist temple. Yala National Park, Southern Province, Sri Lanka.
Ornate coral snake (Micrurus ornatissimus) viewed from above, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Ornate coral snake (Micrurus ornatissimus) viewed from above, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Broad-nosed weevil (Compsus sp.) about to take off with wing elytra raised and wings extended, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador . - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Broad-nosed weevil (Compsus sp.) about to take off with wing elytra raised and wings extended, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador .
Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) and Blue and yellow macaws eating clay close to the Tambopata river. Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) and Blue and yellow macaws eating clay close to the Tambopata river. Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Amazonian poison-frog (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata) tadpoles on male's back, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Amazonian poison-frog (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata) tadpoles on male's back, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Ants (Formicidae) attacking newly emerged cicada (Cicadacae), Yasuni National Park, Ecuador . Highly commended in the Invertebrates Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Comp... - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Ants (Formicidae) attacking newly emerged cicada (Cicadacae), Yasuni National Park, Ecuador . Highly commended in the Invertebrates Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) Comp...
Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) with a Giant Cowbird (Scaphidura oryzivora). on back, Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) with a Giant Cowbird (Scaphidura oryzivora). on back, Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Juvenile of Three-Toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) hanging on a tree. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile of Three-Toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) hanging on a tree. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
The San Rafael waterfall, the biggest falls in Ecuador, located on the boundary of the Amazon with The Andes. San Rafael, Napo, Ecuador. February 2016 - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / The San Rafael waterfall, the biggest falls in Ecuador, located on the boundary of the Amazon with The Andes. San Rafael, Napo, Ecuador. February 2016
Plume of smoke from Wolf Volcano erupting, with reflections in water, Isabela Island, Galapagos, May 2015. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Plume of smoke from Wolf Volcano erupting, with reflections in water, Isabela Island, Galapagos, May 2015.
Spectacled or Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) Maquipucuna, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Spectacled or Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) Maquipucuna, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Black-Mantled Tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis) group with social grooming, Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Black-Mantled Tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis) group with social grooming, Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador.
Wire-crested thorntail hummingbird (Discosura popelairii) Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador . - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Wire-crested thorntail hummingbird (Discosura popelairii) Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador .
Peruvian screech-owl (Megascops roboratus) half face close up portrait, Macara, Loja, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Peruvian screech-owl (Megascops roboratus) half face close up portrait, Macara, Loja, Ecuador.
Buff-Tailed Coronet hummingbird (Boissonneaua flavescens) flying to flower, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador . - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Buff-Tailed Coronet hummingbird (Boissonneaua flavescens) flying to flower, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador .
Juvenile Andean mouse opossum (Marmosops impavidus) eating a moth, El Oro, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile Andean mouse opossum (Marmosops impavidus) eating a moth, El Oro, Ecuador.
Andean Gull (Chroicocephalus serranus) calling in flight, Cotopaxi, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Andean Gull (Chroicocephalus serranus) calling in flight, Cotopaxi, Ecuador.
Mosquito (Culicidae) feeding on the back of an Equatorial anole (Anolis aequatorialis) Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Mosquito (Culicidae) feeding on the back of an Equatorial anole (Anolis aequatorialis) Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Las gralarias glass frog (Nymphargus lasgralarias) on leaf, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Las gralarias glass frog (Nymphargus lasgralarias) on leaf, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Hoffmann's two-toed sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni) hanging from branch at night, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Hoffmann's two-toed sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni) hanging from branch at night, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Male Andean cock of the rock (Rupicola peruvianus) perched on branch, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Male Andean cock of the rock (Rupicola peruvianus) perched on branch, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Amazonian canopy at sunset, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador, September 2017. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Amazonian canopy at sunset, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador, September 2017.
Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis rhombicollis) in defensive position, on flower, Chinambi, Carchi, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis rhombicollis) in defensive position, on flower, Chinambi, Carchi, Ecuador.
Emerald glass frog (Espadarana prosoblepon) pair mating, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Emerald glass frog (Espadarana prosoblepon) pair mating, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) portrait, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) portrait, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Chocoan parrot snake (Leptophis bocourti) on heliconia flower with fly in background, Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Chocoan parrot snake (Leptophis bocourti) on heliconia flower with fly in background, Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica.
Giant monkey frog / Blue and yellow frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) on branch, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Giant monkey frog / Blue and yellow frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) on branch, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Ecuadorian toad (Rhaebo ecuadorensis) on branch, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Ecuadorian toad (Rhaebo ecuadorensis) on branch, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
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