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The work of photographer Luciano Candisani shows the world's vast wilderness areas through images that seek to reveal the link between species, including humans, with the environment. The interruption of this link, by the habitat's destruction, is one of the main threats for the biodiversity and indigenous cultures conservation.
His story for the National Geographic magazine, "The Comeback Croc" (July 2013 issue), is an good example of his creative motivation and style. It presents a fresh visual interpretation on the life of Pantanal Caiman, a species that strongly depend on the dynamics of the water in the world's biggest wetland . One of the pictures on this feature has awarded him first place in one of the categories of the prestigious 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the year.

Candisani started his career as a photographer for scientific expeditions, while he was still a graduate student at the Biosciences Institution of São Paulo University. His first great professional opportunity was a three months expedition to Antarctic frozen seas to document the marine life under the ice in 1996. Since then, his assignments have taken him to some of the world's most remote places, such as Antarctic, Patagonia, Amazon, Rocas Atoll, Darwin and Wof Islands, Falkland islands, and Philippines Danajon Banks.

Nowadays, he is a contributing photographer for National Geographic and author of 7 photographic books, several exhibitions, workshops and stories featured in other key publications worldwide, such as Geo and BBC wildlife.
Luciano also had completed several assignments exclusively for the Brazilian edition of the National Geographic. One of these stories, "The Hippie Monkeys" (2002 ) won first prizes in four categories of the Abril Journalism Awards, including the top award of distinction in photography of the year. The great repercussion of his story brought real benefits to conservation efforts of this very endangered primate which is between the 25th world's most endangered monkeys according to IUCN red list.

Luciano was born in Brazil and lives with his family between the rainforest and the sea in "Ilhabela", an island protected by a huge natural reserve in the southeastern Brazilian coast.
Rio Negro in dry season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00454316 Rio Negro in dry season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae) flowering in atlantic rainforest, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00454346 Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae) flowering in atlantic rainforest, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Newly discovered Orange Toadlet species (2010)(Brachycephalus pitanga) in defensive posture, Serra do Mar, Atlantic Forest, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00546940 Newly discovered Orange Toadlet species (2010)(Brachycephalus pitanga) in defensive posture, Serra do Mar, Atlantic Forest, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Brazilian Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) walking underwater, Olho D'agua River, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil
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00568473 Brazilian Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) walking underwater, Olho D'agua River, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) portrait, Rosa Beach, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790063 Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) portrait, Rosa Beach, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) fluke, Abrolhos Islands, Bahia, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790176 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) fluke, Abrolhos Islands, Bahia, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Butterflies sipping salt off sweaty tennis shoes, Cerrado Ecosystem, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790208 Butterflies sipping salt off sweaty tennis shoes, Cerrado Ecosystem, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Troupial (Icterus icterus) perched in flowering tree, Cerrado Ecosystem, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790210 Troupial (Icterus icterus) perched in flowering tree, Cerrado Ecosystem, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group on beach, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790244 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group on beach, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands© Luciano Candisani
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) chick near colony, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790248 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) chick near colony, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands© Luciano Candisani
Rio Negro, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790266 Rio Negro, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Fig (Ficus sp) tree and Rio Grande Waterfall, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790270 Fig (Ficus sp) tree and Rio Grande Waterfall, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Blue-fronted Parrot (Amazona aestiva) portrait, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil
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00442718 Blue-fronted Parrot (Amazona aestiva) portrait, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Sebastiao Gomes Reef, Caravelas, southern Bahia, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00447617 Sebastiao Gomes Reef, Caravelas, southern Bahia, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Waterfall, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goias State, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00454248 Waterfall, Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goias State, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Caterpillar group, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00546927 Caterpillar group, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Maned Sloth (Bradypus torquatus) portrait, Atlantic Forest, Bahia, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790015 Maned Sloth (Bradypus torquatus) portrait, Atlantic Forest, Bahia, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Treefrog (Dendropsophus elegans) on fern, Atlantic Forest, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00546944 Treefrog (Dendropsophus elegans) on fern, Atlantic Forest, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) on beach, Urucuca, Bahia, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790191 Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) on beach, Urucuca, Bahia, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group on beach, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790225 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group on beach, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands© Luciano Candisani
Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) portrait, Atlantic Forest, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790272 Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) portrait, Atlantic Forest, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf, southern Bahia, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00447629 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf, southern Bahia, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Cumulus cloudbank before rainy season tropical storm, Rio Touro Morto River, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537243 Cumulus cloudbank before rainy season tropical storm, Rio Touro Morto River, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group on beach, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790230 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group on beach, Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island, Falkland Islands© Luciano Candisani
Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) two weeks old young in wetland, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00543210 Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) two weeks old young in wetland, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) waiting for fish to swim through open mouth in wetland, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00543192 Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) waiting for fish to swim through open mouth in wetland, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Brush fire in the Cerrado ecosystem, Formosa do Rio Preto, Brazil
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00442698 Brush fire in the Cerrado ecosystem, Formosa do Rio Preto, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) standing on bottom of wetland, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00543197 Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) standing on bottom of wetland, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) pair in flooded field, rainy season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537248 Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) pair in flooded field, rainy season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) and rainbow during dry season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537247 Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) and rainbow during dry season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Aquatic plants and fish in a shallow lake, rainy season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537245 Aquatic plants and fish in a shallow lake, rainy season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Cushioned Star (Oreaster reticulatus), Gipoia Island, Ilha Grande, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537293 Cushioned Star (Oreaster reticulatus), Gipoia Island, Ilha Grande, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Jaguar (Panthera onca) resting on riverbank, Cuiaba River, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537296 Jaguar (Panthera onca) resting on riverbank, Cuiaba River, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) in flooded forest, Rio Negro, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537297 Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) in flooded forest, Rio Negro, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) newborn in reef pool, first contact with sea after hatching, Rocas Atoll, Brazil
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00790080 Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) newborn in reef pool, first contact with sea after hatching, Rocas Atoll, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Domestic Horse (Equus caballus) grazing in a flooded field, wet season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537292 Domestic Horse (Equus caballus) grazing in a flooded field, wet season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Saltwater lakes in southern Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00454313 Saltwater lakes in southern Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537260 Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) schooling in clear water stream, Cerrado Ecosystem, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790093 Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) schooling in clear water stream, Cerrado Ecosystem, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) group in wetland at night, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00543184 Jacare Caiman (Caiman yacare) group in wetland at night, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Cowboy walking through a flooded field during wet season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537264 Cowboy walking through a flooded field during wet season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Characid (Astyanax asuncionensis) in a flooded field, wet season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537270 Characid (Astyanax asuncionensis) in a flooded field, wet season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) in Cerrado Ecosystem, Serra de Canastra National Park, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790214 Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) in Cerrado Ecosystem, Serra de Canastra National Park, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) swimming, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00454881 Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) swimming, Bodoquena Plateau, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) on Pipewort (Paepalanthus bromelioides), Cerrado ecosystem, Jalapao State Park, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00454258 Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) on Pipewort (Paepalanthus bromelioides), Cerrado ecosystem, Jalapao State Park, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) emerging from nest in a Panama Tree (Sterculia apetala) cavity, endangered species, Pantanal Ecosystem, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790068 Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) emerging from nest in a Panama Tree (Sterculia apetala) cavity, endangered species, Pantanal Ecosystem, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Southern Anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla) in defensive position, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790265 Southern Anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla) in defensive position, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Brown Capuchin (Cebus apella) using a rock as a hammer to crack a palm nut, Gilbues, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790258 Brown Capuchin (Cebus apella) using a rock as a hammer to crack a palm nut, Gilbues, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Clouds reflected in flooded field at the end of the wet season, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537290 Clouds reflected in flooded field at the end of the wet season, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus), male, climbing in canopy, critically endangered species, largest new world monkey, Atlantic Forest, Minas Gerais, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790005 Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus), male, climbing in canopy, critically endangered species, largest new world monkey, Atlantic Forest, Minas Gerais, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
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