Leonardo Merçon is a Brazilian wildlife and conservation photographer. He graduated as Graphic Designer at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) and specialized in Photography at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (KHM), Germany.
In 2011, Léo founded the non-profit organization Instituto Últimos Refúgios (translation: Last Refuges) that engages in raising environmental awareness, trying to encourage the dialogue between the society, environmental organizations, private institutions and the government. His mission is to encourage the development of empathy for nature, wildlife and traditional populations. The results his work are published in photographic books, exhibitions, documentaries, web-series and social media.