Tom Mangelsen - Renowned Nature Photographer
With his formative years spent along the banks of the Platte River hunting and fishing, Tom Mangelsen's understanding of the natural world stems from a childhood rich in outdoor adventures. Tom grew up exploring the Nebraska landscape with his brothers Bill, David, and Hal, many times at their father Harold's side. Handcrafting his first frames with David in their garage, Tom bucked convention of what was traditionally considered "art" and opened his first gallery in Jackson, Wyoming in 1978, featuring signed, limited edition prints in the tradition of wildlife artists such as Owen Gromme, an early mentor.
Garnering attention from early collectors led to more exhibitions; his work is now offered in seventeen Images of NatureTM galleries across the United States. Tom's accolades and critical acclaim range from being named BBC's Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 1994 and the North American Nature Photographer's Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year in 2000, to the recipient of a Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship in 2002. In 2005, he was named "One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography" by American Photo Magazine, one of only two wildlife/environmental photographers selected for the list.
Tom's photography has been published in leading magazines such as Audubon, National Geographic, Life, Wildlife Art and National Wildlife. He has also been featured on television programs from The Today Show and Good Morning America, to CNN's World News and ABC World News Tonight with the late Peter Jennings.
As cinematographer and associate producer for the Emmy-nominated National Geographic film, "Flight of the Whooping Crane", Tom hoped to further awareness for the plight of this endangered species. He also photographed and produced the documentary film, "Cranes of the Grey Wind" for PBS Nature and BBC Natural World.
Twenty books for children and young adults have been illustrated with Tom's photography. Published fine art books include Images of Nature: The Photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen (now in its twelfth printing); Polar Dance: Born of the North Wind (recipient of the American Booksellers Association's 1998 Best of Small Press Award, and a "Holiday Pick" on Good Morning America); and Spirit of the Rockies: The Mountain Lions of Jackson Hole, the first and only portrayal of cougars in the wild. Tom's fourth fine art book, The Natural World, is based exclusively on his work in the panoramic format
Possessing a strong philanthropic passion, Tom co-founded The Cougar Fund based on his experience photographing the big cats outside his home town of Jackson, Wyoming, in 2001. A nonprofit organization, The Cougar Fund is dedicated to cougar conservation through the arts, sciences and habitat preservation and presently has members in 48 states and four countries.
When not traveling the globe documenting the earth's wild and ecologically-sensitive places, Tom lives in a cabin overlooking a pond with winter resident trumpeter swans on the edge of Grand Teton National Park.
On May 14, 2006, Mangelsen returned to Doane to receive an honorary doctorate degree and deliver the Commencement address. Mangelsen also took this opportunity to renew his relationship with a Doane legend, Professor Emeritus Dr. Katherine Buell.