Photo by @renan_ozturk // Climber @david_goettler exploring an icefall in the Nepal Langtang Himalaya. These sculpted mountain features are like hidden pieces of art but also among the most unstable and dangerous, ready to collapse at any moment. Even just in my short lifetime I’ve seen climate change decimate many of such ice-falls flowing off the peaks at the roof of the world. #nepal #actonclimate
Photo by @petekmuller. Elephants graze on the savanna in Kenya's Masai Mara National Park. I've been shooting pictures in this incredible reserve for a forthcoming National Geographic Magazine story about enhanced anti-poaching operations. These efforts are far-reaching, of course, aiming to deter ivory poaching but also to interrupt the practice of bushmeat hunting, which remains a persistent problem in certain areas of the park. Before this assignment, I'd only visited the Mara as a tourist. It's incredible to see all that goes on behind the scenes. Follow @petekmuller for observations and adventures from Kenya and beyond. #kenya #Africa #elephants #conservation #wildlife #masaimara #maasaimara
Photo by @irablockphoto //
A quiet moment in the sands of the Sahara desert for a Moroccan camelier. #followme @irablockphoto to see more images of Morocco @thephotosociety @natgeocreative -
#desert #sand #saharadesert #camels #morocco #camelier #merzouga #ergchebbi
Video by @bertiegregory.
Killing time by filming bubbles on a scuba diving safety stop can often yield weird and interesting shots! Spot my camera's reflection in the biggest bubble. Follow @Bertiegregory for more underwater adventures!
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // Kadiatu, a teenage obstetric fistula survivor,
reacts to being able to walk safely and independently with the use of splints on her feet. She was participating in "Fistula Camp" at the Aberdeen Women's Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating and serious childbirth injuries and is the result of extreme pressure and tissue damage during prolonged or obstructed labor. When the fetus cannot fit through a mother’s pelvis due to her small stature stature, and if a Caesarean section delivery is not available to end the ordeal, the baby is usually stillborn and a fistula — or abnormal opening between the vagina and rectum or bladder — forms, resulting in severe incontinence. In many cases, like Kadiatu’s, women and girls can also experience peroneal nerve injury, resulting in leg weakness, foot drop and difficulty in walking. Those who attended the camp underwent surgeries to repair their fistulas, treat their decreased mobility, and improve their self-esteem.
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 Paris, France. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo, including this one. The show ends tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 24, and is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed.
For more information about the exhibition please visit the link to my blog listed in my bio @stephsinclairpix . #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed #paris #freetown #sierraleone #fistula #healing #photojournalism #girls #education #letgirlslearn
Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez)
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania.
The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps. Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodland, Commiphora-Combretumwoodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and Baobab trees.
Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez )
#tanzania #elephants #tedglobal
This past summer I traveled to the Dead Sea in Israel, and was captivated by this amazing landscape. Taking in this serene scene of the beautiful blue salt water in contrast with the algae filled green pond was a bittersweet moment as I learned that this was created by the surface shrinking 30% in the last 20 years. The Dead Sea has been shrinking at a rate of more than one meter per year causing major sink holes and heavily receding sea shores. Major parts of the Dead Sea are now closed to the public due to some of these environmental changes. To see more images like this follow me @stephenwilkes.
#deathofthedeadsea #stephenwilkesphotography #stephenwilkes #iconiclocations #fineart #Israel #travel #landscapephotography #deadsea #climatechange #enviromentalchanges #globalwarming #sinkholes
Photos by @dominicbracco On Tuesday Sept. 19th Mexico was struck by a 7.1 earthquake, the second quake of three this month, leaving at least 286 dead across the country. Within minutes thousands of civilian volunteers, police, military, worked together at times with their bare hands to uncover survivors. Work sites became centers for aid. Parks filled with donations of water, medicine, and food for those in Mexico City and surrounding areas. Much of the effort continues, especially in rural communities. Today a 6.1 earthquake hit, sending a nervous population again into the streets. #fuerzamexico
Video by @paulnicklen // I have always wanted to look inside a Lion's mane jellyfish as it pulses through the Pacific ocean. These jellyfish get up to 3 feet in diameter and can trail tentacles that are over 20 feet long. And I can tell you from personal experience in getting this shot that they live up to their reputation of being powerful stingers. #Followme on @paulnicklen to see more moments in nature shot in slow-motion. #nature #natureLovers #instagood #video #beauty #follow #slowmotion
Photo and caption by @petekmuller. Along the Mathioya river, the sound of rushing water makes the world beyond feel like tracing. Deep in Kenya's Muranga County, the river meanders between hills and sustains artisanal tea plantations, which in turn sustain the community. Foot paths span its banks, from which I cast my fly line with rainbow trout in mind. Owing to Muranga's high altitude, the days are both radiant and temperate at once, allowing for comfortable wading in pursuit of fish. In between assignments, I visit Muranga as often as I possible. It is, perhaps, the most serene and restorative place I know. Follow National Geographic photographer @petekmuller for observations and adventures from #Kenya and beyond. #Kenya #Africa #rivers #outdoors #nature #fishing
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - The Equinox Flower, ("Higanbana" in Japanese). It only blooms at this time of the year, perfectly timed for yesterday's Autumn Equinox. Photographer's luck. At #Tenryuji Temple Garden, #Kyoto #Japan #japanesegarden #worldheritage @natgeocreative @natgeo.media
Photo by @jimmy_chin
I'm a terrible wildlife photographer. I can't sit still for more than 30 seconds so to get a wildlife shot they have to pretty much run or fly through my frame....which is basically what happened here. Baldy over some smokey Tetons...
Today is world rhino day and here is a video I shot of some rhino babies with my assistant @alexbraczkowski at the @careforwild rhino orphanage in South Africa! These youngsters lost their mothers but were taken in by the orphanage and they're almost ready for release back to the wild! We need to stand up for our rhinos and say no to illegal wildlife products like rhino horn! #wildaid Rhino horns belong on rhinos not in dagger handles and traditional eastern medicine!
Rhinos are so important to not only our cultures, but to the ecosystems in which they live. They are mega herbivores and serve a crucial function in the savanna, desert and woodland habitats in which they live across southern and East Africa.
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#worldrhinoday #rhino #love #rhinoday #conservation #antipoaching @careforwild @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #saverhinos #wildlifephotojournalism #inthefield #lookingforrhinos
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @TooYoungToWed // Niamat weeps over the grave of his daughter Khalida, who set herself on fire after enduring years of abuse from her husband and in-laws. Her younger sister, Khadija, 8 (right), was her main caregiver while she lay dying with burns. The family lives in a small village outside of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. I first encountered the issue of child marriage while working as a news photographer in Afghanistan, where I met several girls in a Herat burn ward. More than 1/2 of the girls who attempted suicide by self-immolation were married as children. Poverty, strong patriarchal values and poor access to education are behind Afghanistan’s high child marriage rates. This April, Afghanistan's Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Culture launched a “National Action Plan To Eliminate Early and Child Marriage” to better address the issue.
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. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through this Sunday, Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed.
For more information about the exhibition please visit the link to my blog listed in my bio @stephsinclairpix . #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed #afghanistan #family #photojournalism #girls #education #letgirlslearn
Image by @beverlyjoubert. His horn is covered in green scrapes - paint residue from a custom-made container that carried him out of a poaching hotspot in South Africa to relative safety in Botswana. Accompanied by vast security detail, he has travelled by plane, truck and helicopter to reach this new home. #RhinosWithoutBorders is working to move 100 animals to keep them from being poached for their horns and to create new breeding nuclei - an idea that saved the rhino from extinction once before. Despite huge anti-poaching efforts and millions of dollars, the levels of poaching are still extreme with rhinos killed at a rate of 3-4 a day - an unsustainable number. But dozens of these huge animals have already been moved to safety and the project has seen the birth of 7 calves so far. This #WorldRhinoDay, as this rhino makes his way into a safer land of plentiful water and lush grasses let us celebrate those people who work tirelessly, putting their own lives on the line in order to save these species. And let us also celebrate the successes that are happening despite the current incessant illegal trade in rhino horn.
Photo by @FransLanting This female black rhino and her calf are massive, armed with horns and protected by thick skin, and yet they are utterly vulnerable. All ears pointing my way. Rhinos make up for not seeing well with a sharp sense of hearing. The calf is just curious, and has no clue what is going on. But we know what is happening to them across Africa and Asia. Rhinos are in imminent danger of extinction in the wild. And that is why we need to celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22—to draw attention to them and to the organizations that are making a difference where it matters, in the hallways of governments and in the front lines of protection on the ground so that rhinos will have a fighting chance. Support the World Wildlife Fund in its efforts to establish an International Court for Wildlife Crimes; support Wild Aid for its campaigns to influence consumers in China and Vietnam and support the Lewa Conservancy for its efforts to maintain a sanctuary for rhinos in Kenya. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories about rhinos and how you can help.
@natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @wildaid @world_wildlife @SaveTheRhino @lewa_wildlife #wildaid #Rhino #WorldRhinoDay #SaveTheRhino #AspinallFoundationn #celebrate #protection #naturelovers @rememberingrhinos #rememberingrhinos
Photo: @andy_mann // An estimated 50 large bull sharks aggregating off Pacific Harbor, Fiji. A location simply known as "shark reef." Local villagers have been working with these sharks for over a decade, turning this reef into a well studied and protected marine resource. By doing so, it brings economic stimulus to the area through commercial diving and educating people on the importance of a healthy shark population. @sea_legacy // Please #followme @andy_mann to see and learn more about sharks and their vital role in a healthy marine ecosystem. 🦈
Video by @tbfrost | This is a Grey Crowned Crane, found in Eastern and Southern Africa. I was filming it in slow motion with my phone, mesmerized by its staggering beauty, when I guess it decided the phone looked appetizing and began pecking at it! I immediately left it alone after this as it was obvious it wasn't a fan of phones , people, or thought the phone was food - and I didn't want to disturb it. Now onto more important information: It grows about 3 feet tall and is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is the national bird of Uganda and is one of two crane species that can roost in trees thanks to a long hind toe. My favorite thing about this crane though Is the light colored eyelid that closes as the crane pecks at my phone. Can you see it? That is called a nictating membrane , it is an inner eyelid that closes when the bird thrusts its head underwater to catch a fish or other prey items. It protects the eye and allows the crane to see underwater. Why I really like this is that it shows cranes and many other birds are closely related to crocodiles, my favorite animal and the subject of my latest work for nat geo.
This crane was in captivity as part of an important conservation breeding program.
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Today is World Rhino Day!! Rhinos are being massacred for their horns. Last year 1054 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. Rhino horn has been found to have no medicinal value. It is made of keratin, the same tissue as our hair or nails - so chew your fingernails - and SAVE THE RHINO!
Check out: Save the Rhino and Rhinos without Borders
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#savetherhino #ivoryfree #wildaid @wildaid #worldrhinoday2017 #endpoaching
#photooftheday @eiainvestigator #rhinoswithoutborders #racingextinction #startwith1thing #savetherhino #rhino #africa @africanparksnetwork
@natgeo #instawild #instashooters #wildlife #wildlifephotojournalism @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Sperm Whale rests just below the surface in the waters off the Azores in the North Atlantic. The largest of all “toothed whales,” the Sperm Whale was once believed to be a monster, but is actually an elusive and gentle animal. Sperm whales have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, but much of their complex lives remains a mystery, with researchers continually challenged in understanding these creatures.
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Shot on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.
#spermwhale #whale #azores #north #atlantic #monster #underwater #photography #nat #geo #nationalgeographic #natgeo #research #whales #photooftheday #instagood #wanderlust #travelphoto #traveller #followme #follow`
Video by @joelsartore | This beautiful European barn owl was rescued and rehabilitated in Italy by Il Futuro della Biodiversita Locale in Italy. This owl’s rescuers suspected that she had accidentally consumed poisoned prey and was nearing death upon her arrival at the rehabilitation center. Every hour she received medication and meals until she was healthy again. Eventually, she became strong enough to safely be released back into the wild.
Barn owls are the most widespread of any owl species, thriving on six continents and on many islands. This bird’s ghostly appearance, eerie call, and habit of roosting in places like church belfries and abandoned buildings has provoked a lot of negative superstition. However, since barn owls prey mainly on rats and mice, their presence has actually proven to be quite beneficial for some. Barn owls have very soft feathers, which help them fly silently while on the hunt. Their ears are lopsided on the sides of their heads, one higher than the other, which helps them to triangulate the sound made by prey, and detect its exact location, even in total darkness.
Il Futuro della Biodiversita Locale’s goal is to collect, rehabilitate and release animals back into the wild. Since late 2016 they’ve collected over 300 animals and released more than 80. The organization involves teenagers in the release of the recuperated animals to help them become aware of the importance of caring for the environment. For more about this conservation program, follow @ilfuturodellabiodiversita and @greenteenteam.
In order to help save the lives of barn owls near you, always use chemical-free, non-toxic rodent control.
Check out @joelsartore to see an image of another barn owl and learn more about these majestic creatures.
#owls #barnowls #birds #owl #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark
Photograph by @cookjenshel
The Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. We’re noting this occasion with a photograph from our @natgeo story “The Wisdom of Trees,” published in the March 2017 issue. This remarkable tree is called Pando (Latin for “I Spread”), and although it looks like an Aspen forest, it is a single clonal organism – with a long list of superlatives. At 80,000 years old, it is the oldest organism on Earth. It weighs 13 million pounds, making it the heaviest organism on Earth. And it is comprised of over 40,000 genetically equivalent trunks, with a root system extending over 106 acres. Pando lives in Fishlake National Forest, Utah. This most amazing tree (and many others) is included in our forthcoming book entitled “Wise Trees,” which Abrams Books will be releasing on October 17th. Thanks also to the National Geographic Expedition Council for their support of this project. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @abramsbooks
# WiseTrees #NationalGeographicExpeditionCouncil #autumn #autumnequinox
#treelover #naturelover #fishlakenationalforest
Video by @katieorlinsky | Sharks circle a living bait ball inside Johnny Morris’ @wondersofwildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, MO. This week, @bassproshops celebrates the opening of @wondersofwildlife—the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world that honors and celebrates the conservationists who act as stewards of the land and water.
Check out today’s Instagram Story to get a peek inside the brand-new 320,000-square foot experience, which boasts a 1.5 million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish and countless interactive displays featuring mammals, reptiles, and birds—all bringing visitors eye-to-eye with an incredible collection that celebrates and encapsulates the beauty of our natural world.