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
Lucas Bustamante / Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis sp.) (Possibly C. rhombicollis) Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Anthony's poison-frog (Epipedobates anthonyi) seen through hole in leaf. Buenaventura Reserve, El Oro, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Two Limon glass frogs (Sachatamia ilex) sitting on plant, one above the other, Canande, Esmeraldas.
Lucas Bustamante / Emerald tree Boa (Corallus batesii) close up portrait of juvenile whilst hanging on a branch. Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Lucas Bustamante / Rio pescado harlequin toad (Atelopus balios) pair on branch, female on the left, Azuay, Ecuador, Critically endangered species, possibly extinct.
Lucas Bustamante / Treehopper (Alchisme grossa) Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile of Amazon Tree-Boa (Corallus hortulanus) in defensive position. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Palmar tree frog (Boana / Hypsiboas pellucens) on leaf, Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / River in Amazon rainforest with reflections in water, Cuyabeno National Park, Sucumbios, Ecuador, May 2015.
Lucas Bustamante / Pinocchio lizard (Anolis proboscis) male on stem, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador, Endangered species.
Lucas Bustamante / Tungurahua Volcano erupting at dawn, Ecuadorian Eastern Slopes, Tungurahua, Ecuador, February 2014.
Lucas Bustamante / Brush footed butterfly (Lycorea sp.) caterpillar with parasitic wasp cocoons on silk threads, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Milky tree frog (Trachycephalus typhonius) looking out through hole in bark, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) on tree trunk, Cuyabeno, Sucumbios, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Striped vinesnake (Philodryas argentea) Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador .
Lucas Bustamante / Booted racket tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) two males fighting in flight, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Red howler monkey (Aloutta seniculus) eating clay close to the Tambopata river. Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Lucas Bustamante / Spotted genuine snake (Saphenophis boursieri) portrait, waving tail in defensive display, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Grey-cheeked parakeets (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera) perched and grooming on a branch. Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Changeable lizard (Calotes versicolor) perched close to a Buddhist temple. Yala National Park, Southern Province, Sri Lanka.
Lucas Bustamante / Ornate coral snake (Micrurus ornatissimus) viewed from above, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Broad-nosed weevil (Compsus sp.) about to take off with wing elytra raised and wings extended, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador .
Lucas Bustamante / Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Lucas Bustamante / Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) and Blue and yellow macaws eating clay close to the Tambopata river. Tambopata Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Lucas Bustamante / Amazonian poison-frog (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata) tadpoles on male's back, Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
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...
Lucas Bustamante / Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) with a Giant Cowbird (Scaphidura oryzivora). on back, Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile of Three-Toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) hanging on a tree. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador.
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
Lucas Bustamante / Plume of smoke from Wolf Volcano erupting, with reflections in water, Isabela Island, Galapagos, May 2015.
Lucas Bustamante / Spectacled or Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) Maquipucuna, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Lucas Bustamante / Black-Mantled Tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis) group with social grooming, Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador.