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2017/07/24 15:25:52
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Photo by @TimLaman. I got to play @SteveWinterPhoto for a day and be a big cat photographer as we staked out this leopard and waited for it to come down from his tree at dusk. Such a beautiful animal, and super exciting to see him. I can understand Steve’s obsession with the big cats, and please support efforts to conserve these magnificent animals. To see some seriously original leopard and other big cat images, go check out @SteveWinterPhoto. #Serengeti, #Tanzania, #Leopard, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.

2017/07/24 09:45:48
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Image by @joelsartore | This #pollinatormonday is all about keeping our pollinators happy and healthy. As farmers become more efficient at eliminating all plants other than corn, beans and wheat from their fields, there are fewer and fewer places for milkweed and nectar-bearing plants to grow. Important pollinating insects like the butterflies and bees need these plants in order to survive. Without these pollinators, we lose much of our ability to grow the fruit and vegetables we eat. That's why it's so important that homeowners step and 'get growing' now in their backyards by planting a pollinator garden, and taking care of lawns and gardens organically. You'll be amazed at the results, and the good feeling you get knowing that you're doing your part in helping to preserve biodiversity right at home. And remember, “organic” means no chemicals should be used on your lawn like pesticides or weed killers. These not only kill plants and animals, but are detrimental to your health too as the chemicals migrate away from your yard and into groundwater. It’s time to get planting, and get natural. What are you waiting for? Keep on posting your pollinator garden and monarch pictures with the hashtag #pollinatorhero and see what we can #SaveTogether! . . #pollinators #butterflies #blue #wings #closeup #macro #pesticides #conservation #animalconservation #organic #gardening #photoark #natgeo

2017/07/23 23:12:32
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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Mako Shark cruises through the blue waves of San Diego, CA; its dorsal fin not even breaking the surface. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60 mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size. The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo. And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinating, check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold. #shark #mako #makoshark #underwater #photography #conservation #preservation #underwaterphoto #natgeo #nationalgeographic #follow #onassignment #sharks #savesharks #newzealand #nz #photooftheday #oceanambassador

2017/07/23 21:42:42
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Photo by @FransLanting On assignment for @NatGeo, we backpacked into a remote canyon in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area with a backcountry ranger from the Bureau of Land Management. We were impressed with his knowledge and amazed to learn that he was the only person employed by BLM as “boots on the ground” to patrol a vast area. Protecting natural landscapes is critical, but having enough people to look after them is just as important. As Washington, D.C. contemplates cutbacks to the stewardship of our protected areas, it’s sobering to know how few resources we dedicate even now to looking after some of the most iconic landscapes in North America, if not the world. Can’t we do better? Check some of the links below to add your voice to the conversation. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of special places in the American West. @WildernessSociety @thephotosociety @leonardodicaprio #MonumentsForAll #beauty #naturelovers #naturephotography #wilderness #America #Conservation

2017/07/23 18:30:41
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Photo [email protected] (Ira Block) Sea stacks, known as Rauks on the Fårö and Gotland Islands in the Baltic Sea were formed from limestone erosion during the Ice age. These geological formations rival modern art sculpture in their ability to evoke a multitude of images in our minds . #followme @irablockphoto to see more of my photos @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #rauks #gotland #Fårö #seastacks #balticsea #geology

2017/07/23 15:48:34
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Photo by @renan_ozturk // A tobacco farmer in Viñales Cuba, taking refuge from the mid-day summer heat. Shooting cultural portraits is something I've become fascinated with recently as a process of interaction and inherently learning more about myself as well as others. In places like Nepal where I speak the language it's much easier for me but since my Spanish is slim to none, Cuba was much more intimidating. I'm normally very timid and shy but in these types of situations it takes a sort of 'practiced courage' to connect with a stranger and raise your lens in a way that feels right. I'd say a third of the folks I approached were not into it and you have to respect that immediately. Most of the time it's nonverbal eye-contact or body language and you would be surprised how many people are actually delighted to give their time for a photo. Ideally I have time to be in a space for a long time and the subjects become used to my presence before taking a single shot. Capturing portraits of humanity whether it's your closest loved one or a stranger on the street is a practice that can teach you a lot about yourself. w/ @taylorfreesolo #cuba

2017/07/23 10:57:44
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - The Maasai giraffe, also called Kilimanjaro giraffe, is the largest species of giraffe native to East Africa, also the tallest land mammal. The Masai giraffe can be found in central and southern Kenya and in Tanzania. It has distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches which extend to the hooves. A median lump is usually present in males. All giraffes are considered vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Masai giraffe population declined 52% in recent decades. Overall, the approximate number of all populations accumulate to 32,550 in the wild. #serengeti #tanzania #giraffe #park #masaigiraffe #wild

2017/07/23 04:37:06
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Photograph by: @cristinamittermeier // A group of Gentoo penguins huddles in a snow storm to stay warm. Of all the different types of penguins, these to me, are the most entertaining. Their sassy curiosity and intelligent demeanour make them fun to photograph. Their survival is threatened by climate change because, without healthy and abundant sea ice, they cannot survive. Shot on #assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen @andy_mann @ladzinski and @craigwelch #followme @cristinamittermeier for more insight into my experiences and thoughts when photographing penguins and other interesting animals. * * * #stopclimatechange | #saveouroceans | #watersedge | #nature

2017/07/22 16:33:52
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Photo by @edkashi[email protected] Garbage burns at a dump in Erbil, Iraq in 2003. #kurds #Iraq #smoke #tbt #travel #onassignment #ontheroad #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #kurdistan #natgeo

2017/07/22 13:57:56
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The view from the Jungfraujoch Sphinx observatory in Switzerland is breathtaking. It's lofty location is dramatic and extremely exposed. These two photographs, taken from the viewing platform show the upper half of the Aletsch glacier, the largest glacial system in the Alps along with the observatory itself, during a cloudless night sky full of stars. Each time I visit this mass of ice, I am drawn more and more to its dwindling size. Glaciologists predict that by the year 2050, there will no longer be any glaciers in the European Alps. A sobering thought. We're here in Switzerland as part of a National Geographic Student Expedition. #natgeostudentexpeditions

2017/07/22 11:26:31
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Photo @pedromcbride // A last look at a smoke-filled sunset across Majete Game Reserve in Malawi. This wildlife reserve has become a protected island for wildlife in Africa. @africanparksnetwork #majete #500elephants #malawi

2017/07/22 07:58:11
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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial for @natgeo The Illusive and deadly Rhinoceros viper, is, in my opinion, one of the world's coolest looking snakes! It uses its amazing camouflage and stealth to ambush prey. Go to @mattiasklumofficial to a see a video of how I took this photo. By protecting rainforest and other ecosystems as well as their inhabitants and by using natures wealth sustainably we secure a healthier planet and future for humanity! Shot in the Republic of Congo for @natgeo #congo #deadly #venom #rhinocerosviper #bestjobintheworld #conservation #science #molecular #snake #medicin #photooftheday @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @mattiasklumcollection @irisalexandrov

2017/07/21 17:26:30
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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // Eight-year-old brides, Tehani and Ghada, begin preparations for a family meal at their home outside Hajjah, Yemen. Child marriage has long been an issue in Yemen, one of the few countries in the region without a legal minimum age of marriage. Attempts to set 18 as the minimum marrying age collapsed with the outbreak of the conflict in 2015 and it is estimated that, now, child marriage rates could be much higher. A UNFPA-INTERSOS assessment, which interviewed over 250 community members, local leaders and survivors of child marriage for insight into how families are coping with the conflict, stated that most participants “were of the opinion that child marriage has increased in their community. They all stated that the conflict pushed the practice,” according to the assessment’s findings. While more comprehensive assessments are difficult to do in conflict situations, the report also suggests that girls are being married off even younger. Of the child marriage survivors interviewed in the northern part of the country, 72 per cent were married between ages 13 and 15. Of those in the south, 62 per cent were married before age 16. . This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo, including this one. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice, which occurs in more than 50 countries spanning many cultures and religions. It also includes information about our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed, which seeks to protect girls' rights and #endchildmarriage. @letoitdelagrandearche #girls #child #conflict #color #letgirlslearn

2017/07/21 16:43:57
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Video by @joelsartore | Although incredibly vibrant and bold in color, the veiled chameleon would be almost impossible to see amongst the dense leaves of highly vegetated parts of the Arabian peninsula where it’s found. They’re quite shy around other, bigger species and may curl up into the fetal position when frightened. However, veiled chameleons (especially males) can get very aggressive toward one another. During breeding season, males perform for females by doing a courtship dance involving head rolls and chin rubs. To see a portrait of this chameleon, check out @joelsartore! . . #chameleon #lizards #reptiles #vibrant #green #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

2017/07/21 14:43:22
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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Mako Shark rises towards the surface in the late day light of New Zealand's coastal waters. Makos are ambush predators, often attacking fish - like tuna - from below. The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo. And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinating check, out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold. #shark #mako #follow #onassignment #nationalgeographic #natgeo #photographer #photography #underwaterphoto #makoshark #newzealand #nz #pacific #fishing #travelphoto #travel #photooftheday #conservation #preservation

2017/06/08 11:00:42
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Photo by @DavidDoubilet Celebrating World Oceans Day. A clownfish peers from the tentacles of its host anemone in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. The clownfish and the anemone are partners in the sea: the clownfish keeps predators from the anemone and the anemone provides valuable cover to an entire family of clownfish also called anemonefish. Papua New Guinea is a cornerstone of the Coral Triangle, a region in the Pacific Ocean known for its extreme marine biodiversity. It is critical for all us to recognize the role of oceans in our lives. We are inseparable from the sea, the ocean produces more than half of our oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. As the oceans go, so do we. Photographed for @NatGeo // @thephotosociety // #Ocean #Nemo #Clownfish #life #partners #beauty #WorldOceansDay For #MoreOcean follow @DavidDoubilet

2017/06/18 20:02:47
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Photo by @FransLanting #sponsored by @fujifilmX_US | Male emperor penguins are heroic symbols of fatherhood. After female emperors lay their eggs in the middle of the brutal Antarctic winter, their male partners take over incubation duty while the females go back to sea to replenish themselves. A male emperor incubates his precious egg by balancing it on his feet and he covers it with a brood flap to keep it warm. It takes up to two months for the eggs to hatch and during that period the prospective fathers do not eat or drink. By the time the chicks are born the males may have lost up to a third of their body weight. I spent a month camping on sea ice next to an emperor penguin colony in the Weddell Sea to document the parenting saga of these amazing birds on assignment for @NatGeo. - You can capture epic photos this Father's Day with the latest FUJIFILM X Series mirrorless technology. #sponsored #FathersDay #Penguins #Fatherhood #Antarctica #Chick #Parent #Nature

2017/06/02 18:29:31
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Photo: @andy_mann // While out searching for new dive sites off Selvagem Pequena Island, a remote archipelago 200 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, we observed this seemingly random wave rise from the depths and take the form of a snow-capped peak. A true sea monster which never formed the same way twice. We decided to have a look under it and quickly found an amazing sea-mount full of life. Always expect the unexpected at sea. Photographed on expedition with @natgeopristineseas, whose efforts have officially helped to protect this special place. // #followme @andy_mann to learn more about the "Savage Islands."

2017/06/23 23:18:49
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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses for his portrait underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities. Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have yielded havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. We live at a pivotal moment in history, where we understand the problems and have solutions; We simply need the will to take action. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible should be a national imperative. To see more images of ocean wildlife follow @BrianSkerry on Instagram. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #gulfofmaine #maine #newengland #ne #ocean #underwater #photography #nat #geo #national #geographic #protect #conserve #preserve #nature #seal #cute #animals #atlantic #photooftheday

2017/07/02 02:21:35
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2017/06/25 05:53:26
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Floating effortlessly above the stormy waters of Lake Ontario a kaleidoscopic sphere of perfection defies time. Every fragile second of its existence warping reality–a circle leading back to place of youth and friendships unbroken. Then past, present and future collapse, the gate to another dimension closes—yet it remains more extraordinary than reality, a memory. Photo by @kengeiger

2017/07/18 20:27:28
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - We are here in Grindelwald, Switzerland at the foot of the famous Eiger (pictured), Mönch and Jungfrau mountains at the beginning of a National Geographic Student Expedition program to the Alps. These peaks have provided countless mountaineers with incredible joy, but at the same time many have perished in such brave and valiant attempts to scale the great north face of the Eiger. If this vast wall of rock could speak, what would it tell us? #iPhone #natgeostudentexpeditions

2017/06/23 15:50:20
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Photo: @andy_mann // A large Polar Bear chases fleeting summer sea ice in Southeast Greenland. Those bears who miss the ice drifts North in the spring are often caught in a difficult situation, foraging for unsustainable food sources until the seals return with the ice later in the year. It's a fragile ecosystem and struggle to survive in the Arctic. #followme @andy_mann as I travel to remote Greenland this summer in hopes of spending time in the icy waters with these amazing animals on a climbing expedition with @ladzinski @mikelibecki @ethan_pringle.

2017/07/16 10:15:29
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@paulnicklen for @natgeo. Wolf pups exit their den to sniff the spring air in Canada’s Yukon Territory. There has been much pressure by gold mining companies to enter this fragile and pure Peel River ecosystem to extract its minerals causing much damage to the landscape and wildlife populations. The recent decision to preserve it extends the tenuous protection of one of the last vast expanses of unbroken wilderness. #follow #me on @paulnicklen to learn more about wolves. #protecthepeel #ilovenature #yukonterritory #yukon #naturelover #wolf #family

2017/06/21 16:07:29
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Photograph by @Paulnicklen // Sometimes they look over at you and instantly grab you by the heart. Approximately one in a thousand fur seals are born as ‘blonde' variants. The Antarctic fur seal was very heavily hunted in the 18th and 19th centuries for its dense fur by sealers from the United States and Great Britain. By the early 20th century, the seal was regarded as commercially extinct, and perhaps completely extinct. Today, their numbers have returned to near historic numbers. We as humans are capable of doing great harm but we are also capable of great compassion. #follow me on @paulnicklen to see my favorite images from #antarctica. #nature #naturephotography #naturalhair #gratitude #greatness #MPA #explore

2017/06/22 14:52:21
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Photo by @shaulschwarz - BASE jumpers jump of a 1000 meter cliff at Kjerag in Norway during the annual gathering of 2017 Heliboogie. Hundreds of BASE jumpers from all over the world are here celebrating the Art of human flight. Absolutely amazing to see what people can do when they put their heart and mind into it.

2017/06/21 00:45:15
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@FransLanting Look at this black rhino calf—frisky and curious, ears pointing my way as I watch its mother laboriously raising herself. Only one of her ears is pointing in my direction. The other one is checking what is happening behind her. Rhinos rely on their sharp sense of hearing and an acute sense of smell to make up for not seeing very well. In Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, they’re relatively protected, but that is not the case for most rhinos elsewhere in Africa and Asia. They’ve been hammered by poachers, and it’s more important than ever to draw attention to their plight, and to the people and organizations that are trying to turn things around, including the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Rhino, and WildAid. Help them help rhinos survive. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #rhino #endangered #Tanzania #WorldWildlifeFund #SavetheRhino #Wild_Aid #AfricanWidlifeFoundation

2017/07/08 18:11:47
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Photo by @SteveWinterPhoto. One of the many sunsets I've seen in the #BrazilianPantanal from one of my many trips to this amazing place. This time I'm here to set up my Earth Live segment airing live tomorrow July 9th at 8 EST on the @natgeochannel. The 2-hour segment will be broadcasted live from around the world and hosted by @janelynchofficial, so tune in to see what it's like in the field! Click on the link in my bio for show details and stay tuned for more beautiful shots from this amazing place! #EarthLive #wildlifeplanet #wildlife #onassignment #Brazil @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @natgeocreative

2017/07/02 07:24:20
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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Sunrise on the Great Wall at Juyongguan, once an impregnable pass on the road to Beijing dating back to the 15th century. Beat the crowds, get there early. #juyongguan #greatwall #thephotosociety @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @supchinanews

2017/07/05 12:25:12
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak Marine scientists explore a underwater cave at Wolf island, one of the most northerly outposts of the Galápagos Islands. Sea turtles, sea lions and even hammerhead sharks have been encountered inside. Follow me @thomaspeschak to see more images of ocean exploration and adventure.