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Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I High up in the Afghan Pamir Mountains, a Wakhi girl waits for her dad to return from herding sheep. Every year during summer, a small community of shepherds moves up to the high pastures with their herd. For up to four months, they live a self-sufficient life with no way of connecting to the outside world. Visit @paleyphoto for more cultural encounters and behind the scenes. #Afghanistan #reddress

Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I High up in the Afghan Pamir Mountains, a Wakhi girl waits for her dad to return from herding sheep. Every year during summer, a small community of shepherds moves up to the high pastures with their herd. For up to four months, they live a self-sufficient life with no way of connecting to the outside world. Visit @paleyphoto for more cultural encounters and behind the scenes. #Afghanistan #reddress
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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A tusk hacked from the skull of an elephant killed by poachers seen in flood water as the Ewaso Nyiro River rises under heavy rain, northern Kenya - a herd of elephants cross the river ahead of rains. Kenya announced that following the introduction of various strategies, including the introduction of tough wildlife laws, it has seen poaching decline sharply. "The application of strong and deterrent prison sentences has worked well to reduce poaching. Nonetheless, illegal trafficking of ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, among others, still persists" Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) director-general John Waweru said. A KWS report shows an 85 percent reduction of rhino poaching in 2017 compared to 2013 when poaching was at its peak. The number of elephants killed in 2018 was 38, compared to 302 in 2013 - However, frequent threats to wildlife continue, we should NOT be complacent, and we should remember ALL those who gave their lives or lost loved ones in the fight to get us to this point. To see more follow me @chancellordavid

Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A tusk hacked from the skull of an elephant killed by poachers seen in flood water as the Ewaso Nyiro River rises under heavy rain, northern Kenya - a herd of elephants cross the river ahead of rains. Kenya announced that following the introduction of various strategies, including the introduction of tough wildlife laws, it has seen poaching decline sharply.
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Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This coal and mineral ore storage facility in the port of Hamburg is surrounded by wind turbines that extend into the distance. These minerals were shipped here from thousands of miles away to feed coal plants and heavy industry throughout Germany. In the wake of environmental crisis, Germany aims to phase out coal energy production; by 2022 an estimated 12 coal plants will be shut down, making renewables the main source of power for the country. But at this moment Germany is still producing more than 30% of its energy needs with coal. Wind energy accounts for about 20% of German production, a visible reminder of the transition across the nation. For the last four years, I have been documenting the German Energy Transition— Energiewende—a government program to make Germany free of fossil fuels by 2050. My focus as a photographer is to explore this transition and how technology could limit our impact on the planet. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more stories on our environment. #germany #industry #energy #transition #climatechange

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This coal and mineral ore storage facility in the port of Hamburg is surrounded by wind turbines that extend into the distance. These minerals were shipped here from thousands of miles away to feed coal plants and heavy industry throughout Germany. In the wake of environmental crisis, Germany aims to phase out coal energy production; by 2022 an estimated 12 coal plants will be shut down, making renewables the main source of power for the country. But at this moment Germany is still producing more than 30% of its energy needs with coal. Wind energy accounts for about 20% of German production, a visible reminder of the transition across the nation. For the last four years, I have been documenting the German Energy Transition— Energiewende—a government program to make Germany free of fossil fuels by 2050. My focus as a photographer is to explore this transition and how technology could limit our impact on the planet. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more stories on our environment. #germany #industry #energy #transition #climatechange
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Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Sisters and their young niece enjoy lunch at a local sushi restaurant in Jeddah. #saudiarabia #Jeddah

Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Sisters and their young niece enjoy lunch at a local sushi restaurant in Jeddah.  #saudiarabia #Jeddah
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Photo by @jasperdoest | I never expected to have family members being published in @natgeo magazine, but it happened after visiting my cousin Odette and her flamingo named Bob. Odette, who is a veterinarian in Curaçao, rescued the bird after it crashed against a hotel window and ended up beside the swimming pool with an injured left wing and concussion. These and other injuries prevented his return to the wild. He now lives with his rescuer, who named him Bob and turned him into the bird ambassador of her conservation education charity @fdoccuracao. Find out more about Flamingo Bob in the February issue or follow @jasperdoest. #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #flamingolove #family

Photo by @jasperdoest | I never expected to have family members being published in @natgeo magazine, but it happened after visiting my cousin Odette and her flamingo named Bob. Odette, who is a veterinarian in Curaçao, rescued the bird after it crashed against a hotel window and ended up beside the swimming pool with an injured left wing and concussion. These and other injuries prevented his return to the wild. He now lives with his rescuer, who named him Bob and turned him into the bird ambassador of her conservation education charity @fdoccuracao. Find out more about Flamingo Bob in the February issue or follow @jasperdoest. #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #flamingolove #family
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A glaucous-winged gull takes a flight break on the icy bow of a Bering Sea crabbing vessel that's en route to the opilio (snow crab) fishing grounds near St. Paul Island, Alaska. During my years working as a crab fisherman, we were never alone at sea. No matter how stormy the weather and how far from land, seabirds were always following us, or using the bow of the boat as a rest stop and cleaning platform. This gull is finding his sea legs during the calm before a storm. #alaska #commercialfishing #birdsofinstagram #fishwork #seagull

Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A glaucous-winged gull takes a flight break on the icy bow of a Bering Sea crabbing vessel that's en route to the opilio (snow crab) fishing grounds near St. Paul Island, Alaska. During my years working as a crab fisherman, we were never alone at sea. No matter how stormy the weather and how far from land, seabirds were always following us, or using the bow of the boat as a rest stop and cleaning platform. This gull is finding his sea legs during the calm before a storm. #alaska #commercialfishing #birdsofinstagram #fishwork #seagull
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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | When you visit the Volcanoes National Park, you often have to hike for miles up the steep, slippery slopes of the mountain in hopes of finding a family of mountain gorillas. Our first day was a disaster, as we hiked for hours, only to find the gorillas hiding deep in the bush. Not one to be discouraged, I was pleased on our last day when our guide signaled us to be quiet because he spotted a group of these beautiful animals resting ahead. I loved watching this young gorilla peek at me as it laid on the forest floor. They say the eyes are the windows into our soul, and I truly believe that! All four subspecies of gorillas in the world are either endangered or critically endangered. We can all make a difference to the future of gorillas like this one by supporting organizations that protect them. Follow me @Mitty to learn more about the influence and impact of conservation communication, and my journey to becoming a @NatGeo photographer. With @PaulNicklen #Conservation #Gorilla #Rwanda #wildlifephotographer

Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | When you visit the Volcanoes National Park, you often have to hike for miles up the steep, slippery slopes of the mountain in hopes of finding a family of mountain gorillas. Our first day was a disaster, as we hiked for hours, only to find the gorillas hiding deep in the bush. Not one to be discouraged, I was pleased on our last day when our guide signaled us to be quiet because he spotted a group of these beautiful animals resting ahead. I loved watching this young gorilla peek at me as it laid on the forest floor. They say the eyes are the windows into our soul, and I truly believe that! All four subspecies of gorillas in the world are either endangered or critically endangered. We can all make a difference to the future of gorillas like this one by supporting organizations that protect them. Follow me @Mitty to learn more about the influence and impact of conservation communication, and my journey to becoming a @NatGeo photographer. With @PaulNicklen #Conservation #Gorilla #Rwanda #wildlifephotographer
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Photo by @williamodaniels | Central African Republic, 2014. A woman cooks for a patient in the kitchen of the hospital in Bambari, one of the towns most affected by the civil war that began in 2013. The country has been vulnerable ever since gaining independence from France in 1960, and ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories.

Photo by @williamodaniels | Central African Republic, 2014. A woman cooks for a patient in the kitchen of the hospital in Bambari, one of the towns most affected by the civil war that began in 2013. The country has been vulnerable ever since gaining independence from France in 1960, and ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories.
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Photo by @estherhorvath | There's no TV, no radio, no cell or internet connection at Greenland's Station Nord. Six Danish soldiers are stationed here for a two-year posting, and between September and March they are completely alone. Then the first scientists arrive to conduct climate research, and the soldiers are happy to see other human beings again. The station is essentially disconnected from the outside world, which forges a strong bond between the people who live and work there together. Here scientists and soldiers stop for a lunch break in minus 38°C (-36°F) during their fieldwork on the Arctic Ocean. For more, see "Eyes on the Ice," published in the September 2019 issue.

Photo by @estherhorvath | There's no TV, no radio, no cell or internet connection at Greenland's Station Nord. Six Danish soldiers are stationed here for a two-year posting, and between September and March they are completely alone. Then the first scientists arrive to conduct climate research, and the soldiers are happy to see other human beings again. The station is essentially disconnected from the outside world, which forges a strong bond between the people who live and work there together. Here scientists and soldiers stop for a lunch break in minus 38°C (-36°F) during their fieldwork on the Arctic Ocean. 
For more, see
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Photo by @carltonward | Illuminated by the brake lights on his horse trailer, Seminole cowboy Josh Jumper prepares for a day’s work at the Big Cypress Reservation during the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s annual cattle sale roundup, in July. I am thankful to all of my Seminole friends who have shared some of their Everglades world with me. Members of the tribe who are ranchers are continuing centuries of heritage that began in the 1500s, when the Spanish first brought cattle and horses to the New World via Florida. Today the Seminole Tribe of Florida is one of the top ten producers of beef cattle in the United States, and their rangelands provide critical habitat for the Florida panther and other endangered wildlife. @pathofthepanther #heritage #nativepride #cowboy #floridawild #keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @seminoletribune @flcattlemen @freshfromflorida

Photo by @carltonward | Illuminated by the brake lights on his horse trailer, Seminole cowboy Josh Jumper prepares for a day’s work at the Big Cypress Reservation during the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s annual cattle sale roundup, in July. I am thankful to all of my Seminole friends who have shared some of their Everglades world with me. Members of the tribe who are ranchers are continuing centuries of heritage that began in the 1500s, when the Spanish first brought cattle and horses to the New World via Florida. Today the Seminole Tribe of Florida is one of the top ten producers of beef cattle in the United States, and their rangelands provide critical habitat for the Florida panther and other endangered wildlife. @pathofthepanther #heritage #nativepride #cowboy #floridawild #keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @seminoletribune @flcattlemen @freshfromflorida
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Photo by @thomaspeschak | Swimming in tandem, shark and surfer are portrayed in harmonious coexistence. Aliwal Shoal, near Durban in South Africa, is a popular dive site where visitors can swim with sharks in close quarters. The surfer is actually testing a prototype surfboard with a built‑in electronic shark deterrent. Here the deterrent is switched off, allowing the curious blacktip shark to check out the surfer. But when it was switched on, the shark immediately moved away, its sensitive electromagnetic organs having been overstimulated. Even without the use of experimental deterrents, the risk of shark bites is already incredibly low; in 2018 worldwide there were just 66 unprovoked bites, of which four were fatal. For more shark photographs follow @thomaspeschak.

Photo by @thomaspeschak | Swimming in tandem, shark and surfer are portrayed in harmonious coexistence. Aliwal Shoal, near Durban in South Africa, is a popular dive site where visitors can swim with sharks in close quarters. The surfer is actually testing a prototype surfboard with a built‑in electronic shark deterrent. Here the deterrent is switched off, allowing the curious blacktip shark to check out the surfer. But when it was switched on, the shark immediately moved away, its sensitive electromagnetic organs having been overstimulated.  Even without the use of experimental deterrents, the risk of shark bites is already incredibly low; in 2018 worldwide there were just 66 unprovoked bites, of which four were fatal. For more shark photographs follow @thomaspeschak.
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Photo by @amytoensing | Long solstice evenings provide plenty of trampoline time in the Werk family’s backyard in Hays, Montana. The Werks, members of the Aaniiih tribe, live and ranch along the edge of an ambitious conservation project in central Montana. The American Prairie Reserve (APR), an independent, nonprofit organization, is working to create the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 by stitching together 3.5 million acres of private and public lands. APR’s goal is to remove all the cattle and replace them with 10,000 free-roaming bison, and allow this temperate grassland, one of the four left on our planet, to thrive and be forever protected. However, most ranching families that have worked this land for the last 125 years see this as a threat to their way of life. Many Native Americans, like the Werk family, whose ancestors lived on this land for tens of thousands of years before being forcibly pushed off, are wary of outsiders taking over but thankful to see the return of the bison. Says Toby Werk: “We know firsthand what it’s like to be taken off the land and destroyed.” In the February issue, the story “Prairie Divide” looks at this complex conservation project and how it’s impacting the land and the people who live there.

Photo by @amytoensing | Long solstice evenings provide plenty of trampoline time in the Werk family’s backyard in Hays, Montana. The Werks, members of the Aaniiih tribe, live and ranch along the edge of an ambitious conservation project in central Montana. The American Prairie Reserve (APR), an independent, nonprofit organization, is working to create the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 by stitching together 3.5 million acres of private and public lands. APR’s goal is to remove all the cattle and replace them with 10,000 free-roaming bison, and allow this temperate grassland, one of the four left on our planet, to thrive and be forever protected. However, most ranching families that have worked this land for the last 125 years see this as a threat to their way of life. Many Native Americans, like the Werk family, whose ancestors lived on this land for tens of thousands of years before being forcibly pushed off, are wary of outsiders taking over but thankful to see the return of the bison. Says Toby Werk: “We know firsthand what it’s like to be taken off the land and destroyed.” In the February issue, the story “Prairie Divide” looks at this complex conservation project and how it’s impacting the land and the people who live there.
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Photo by @amytoensing | Long solstice evenings provide plenty of trampoline time in the Werk family’s backyard in Hays, Montana. The Werks, members of the Aaniiih tribe, live and ranch along the edge of an ambitious conservation project in central Montana. The American Prairie Reserve (APR), an independent, nonprofit organization, is working to create the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 by stitching together 3.5 million acres of private and public lands. APR’s goal is to remove all the cattle and replace them with 10,000 free-roaming bison, and allow this temperate grassland, one of the four left on our planet, to thrive and be forever protected. However, most ranching families that have worked this land for the last 125 years see this as a threat to their way of life. Many Native Americans, like the Werk family, whose ancestors lived on this land for tens of thousands of years before being forcibly pushed off, are wary of outsiders taking over but thankful to see the return of the bison. Says Toby Werk: “We know firsthand what it’s like to be taken off the land and destroyed.” In the February issue, the story “Prairie Divide” looks at this complex conservation project and how it’s impacting the land and the people who live there.

Photo by @amytoensing | Long solstice evenings provide plenty of trampoline time in the Werk family’s backyard in Hays, Montana. The Werks, members of the Aaniiih tribe, live and ranch along the edge of an ambitious conservation project in central Montana. The American Prairie Reserve (APR), an independent, nonprofit organization, is working to create the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 by stitching together 3.5 million acres of private and public lands. APR’s goal is to remove all the cattle and replace them with 10,000 free-roaming bison, and allow this temperate grassland, one of the four left on our planet, to thrive and be forever protected. However, most ranching families that have worked this land for the last 125 years see this as a threat to their way of life. Many Native Americans, like the Werk family, whose ancestors lived on this land for tens of thousands of years before being forcibly pushed off, are wary of outsiders taking over but thankful to see the return of the bison. Says Toby Werk: “We know firsthand what it’s like to be taken off the land and destroyed.” In the February issue, the story “Prairie Divide” looks at this complex conservation project and how it’s impacting the land and the people who live there.
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Photo by @stevewinterphoto | From the "Tiger Next Door" in the December 2019 issue: Backstage in Spokane at a VIP reception at an illusionist's show which features two tigers.

Photo by @stevewinterphoto | From the
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Photo by @stephenwilkes | While scouting locations in southern Iceland, I captured the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall drops 197 feet (60 meters) and is part of the Seljalands River. I was so mesmerized by the waterfall that I almost didn’t notice a tourist who was photographing on the opposite side. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Iceland #waterfall #Seljalandsfoss

Photo by @stephenwilkes | While scouting locations in southern Iceland, I captured the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall drops 197 feet (60 meters) and is part of the Seljalands River. I was so mesmerized by the waterfall that I almost didn’t notice a tourist who was photographing on the opposite side. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Iceland #waterfall #Seljalandsfoss
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Photo by @jimmychin | Walking the walk. @conrad_anker climbs a new route on Ulvetanna, aka the Wolf’s Fang in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin

Photo by @jimmychin | Walking the walk. @conrad_anker climbs a new route on Ulvetanna, aka the Wolf’s Fang in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | This complex rock art panel on the San Rafael Swell, in Utah, has engravings that span thousands of years—from the archaic era to modern times. The site sits on a conspicuous rock overlooking the junction of a major creek with its tributary. The images are incredible. There is also considerable evidence of vandalism, as someone tried to take some of the engravings off the rock wall with a chisel. One of the reasons I started the nonprofit @ancientartarchive is to digitally preserve and share sites like this. Follow me @salvarezphoto and the @ancientartarchive for more.

Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | This complex rock art panel on the San Rafael Swell, in Utah, has engravings that span thousands of years—from the archaic era to modern times. The site sits on a conspicuous rock overlooking the junction of a major creek with its tributary. The images are incredible. There is also considerable evidence of vandalism, as someone tried to take some of the engravings off the rock wall with a chisel. One of the reasons I started the nonprofit @ancientartarchive is to digitally preserve and share sites like this. Follow me @salvarezphoto and the @ancientartarchive for more.
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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | This banded krait was captured in D’ray Sap, Vietnam, by Vietnamese and international herpetologists searching for venomous scorpions, snakes, snails, frogs, and spiders in order to extract deadly toxins and use them to help discover pain medications and life- saving drugs. Collecting venom from around the world, biomedical scientists hope to identify new remedies because there are currently few good alternatives to opioids. Venom has already led to one notable success, when scientists derived a drug for chronic pain from another of the world’s deadliest animals: the cone snail. For more, see our story "A World of Pain" in the January 2020 issue.

Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | This banded krait was captured in D’ray Sap, Vietnam, by Vietnamese and international herpetologists searching for venomous scorpions, snakes, snails, frogs, and spiders in order to extract deadly toxins and use them to help discover pain medications and life- saving drugs.

Collecting venom from around the world, biomedical scientists hope to identify new remedies because there are currently few good alternatives to opioids. Venom has already led to one notable success, when scientists derived a drug for chronic pain from another of the world’s deadliest animals: the cone snail. For more, see our story
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Photo By Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | On the outskirts of San Francisco, a lone mule deer has a view of the evening fog rolling in over the iconic #GoldenGateBridge. This beautiful view can be seen from #Hawkhill in Marin County along Highway 1.

Photo By Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | On the outskirts of San Francisco, a lone mule deer has a view of the evening fog rolling in over the iconic #GoldenGateBridge. This beautiful view can be seen from #Hawkhill in Marin County along Highway 1.
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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We humans have long been fascinated by the search for our origins … the place where our story began. Scientists are far from being able to agree on where that place might be, but some have suggested that the cradle of humanity might lie in the middle of the dry savanna in northeastern Botswana: the Makgadikgadi Pans. This may be a disputed claim, but the Makgadikgadi does at least seem like a suitably enigmatic spot when we try to imagine our collective ancestral home. Today the world's largest salt flats are famously crisscrossed by travelers of the hoofed and striped kind, but rewind some 200,000 years, and in place of a salty desert you would find a flourishing wetland teeming with wildlife. It is certainly intriguing to think about our earliest ancestors setting off from this watery haven, their own migratory pathways peeling away to all corners of the globe. #Makgadikgadi #Origins #aerialpathways

Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We humans have long been fascinated by the search for our origins … the place where our story began. Scientists are far from being able to agree on where that place might be, but some have suggested that the cradle of humanity might lie in the middle of the dry savanna in northeastern Botswana: the Makgadikgadi Pans. This may be a disputed claim, but the Makgadikgadi does at least seem like a suitably enigmatic spot when we try to imagine our collective ancestral home. Today the world's largest salt flats are famously crisscrossed by travelers of the hoofed and striped kind, but rewind some 200,000 years, and in place of a salty desert you would find a flourishing wetland teeming with wildlife. It is certainly intriguing to think about our earliest ancestors setting off from this watery haven, their own migratory pathways peeling away to all corners of the globe. #Makgadikgadi #Origins #aerialpathways
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Photos by @babaktafreshi | The show never ended on this late November night, as I watched thunderstorms in Guatemala. An average of 40-50 lightning flashes occur every second on the planet, a total of 1.4 billion a year. Most occur over land in the tropics. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the World at Night photography. ⁣#storm #weather #climate #tropics

Photos by @babaktafreshi | The show never ended on this late November night, as I watched thunderstorms in Guatemala. An average of 40-50 lightning flashes occur every second on the planet, a total of 1.4 billion a year. Most occur over land in the tropics. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the World at Night photography. ⁣#storm #weather #climate #tropics
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Dot-shaped barchan dunes migrate with the wind across the plains of Wadi Hazar, in the Yemeni part of the Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter). Some stuff, like this unusual natural phenomenon, you don’t find in school books: “The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”—J. B. S. Haldane #paramotor To explore more of our Earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Dot-shaped barchan dunes migrate with the wind across the plains of Wadi Hazar, in the Yemeni part of the Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter). Some stuff, like this unusual natural phenomenon, you don’t find in school books: “The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”—J. B. S. Haldane #paramotor To explore more of our Earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
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Photo by @renan_ozturk | A simple slice of home life: our dog Baloo in his winter element. As I move into the next decade, I'm hoping to consume less, eat local, and travel less—even though our work as journalists often depends on the latter. It's a hard balance to strike, but sometimes just being home is enough—and I bet the planet appreciates that. Follow @renan_ozturk for more slices of life. #dog #husky

Photo by @renan_ozturk | A simple slice of home life: our dog Baloo in his winter element. As I move into the next decade, I'm hoping to consume less, eat local, and travel less—even though our work as journalists often depends on the latter. It's a hard balance to strike, but sometimes just being home is enough—and I bet the planet appreciates that. Follow @renan_ozturk for more slices of life.  #dog #husky
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Photo by @adamjdean | A cleric shops in a bazaar near the university where Ayatollah Khomeini studied in Qom, Iran, December 2013. Qom is considered a holy city and a global center for Shia scholarship.

Photo by @adamjdean | A cleric shops in a bazaar near the university where Ayatollah Khomeini studied in Qom, Iran, December 2013. Qom is considered a holy city and a global center for Shia scholarship.
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Photo by @dina_litovsky | This was taken on my first visit to Istanbul. Standing by the Galata Bridge, the gorgeous sunsets of the city took my breath away. Dubbed the City of Minarets, Istanbul is home to thousands of mosques, including the Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, pictured here, which this year celebrated its 356th birthday. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.

Photo by @dina_litovsky | This was taken on my first visit to Istanbul. Standing by the Galata Bridge, the gorgeous sunsets of the city took my breath away. Dubbed the City of Minarets, Istanbul is home to thousands of mosques, including the Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, pictured here, which this year celebrated its 356th birthday. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A mama brown bear watches her cub feast on a wild sockeye salmon, found on the muddy tidal flats of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Aside from being a photographer, I spend my summers working as a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay. My crew and I live in a remote outpost at the mouth of the Kvichak River, and share our shoreline with dozens of large brown bears when the salmon are running. Lately Bristol Bay has seen much higher than normal returns of salmon; in 2019 over 56,300,000 sockeye returned to the rivers of Bristol Bay to spawn. Conservative science-based fisheries management for over 100 years has proven successful, as the Kvichak river continues to produce one of the largest returns of wild sockeye salmon on Earth, but today a proposed open-pit copper mine, known as Pebble Mine, threatens to transform part of these headwaters into a mining district. More from Bristol Bay can be found @arni_coraldo. #pebblemine #bristolbay #photooftheday #bear #salmon

Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A mama brown bear watches her cub feast on a wild sockeye salmon, found on the muddy tidal flats of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Aside from being a photographer, I spend my summers working as a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay. My crew and I live in a remote outpost at the mouth of the Kvichak River, and share our shoreline with dozens of large brown bears when the salmon are running. Lately Bristol Bay has seen much higher than normal returns of salmon; in 2019 over 56,300,000 sockeye returned to the rivers of Bristol Bay to spawn. Conservative science-based fisheries management for over 100 years has proven successful, as the Kvichak river continues to produce one of the largest returns of wild sockeye salmon on Earth, but today a proposed open-pit copper mine, known as Pebble Mine, threatens to transform part of these headwaters into a mining district. More from Bristol Bay can be found @arni_coraldo. #pebblemine #bristolbay #photooftheday #bear #salmon
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Photo by @thomaspeschak | Rockhopper penguins live up to their name on subantarctic Marion Island. They navigate the treacherous lava rock that blankets the steep western coastline with surprising grace and ease. Follow @thomaspeschak for more penguin photographs from this remote ocean wilderness.

Photo by @thomaspeschak | Rockhopper penguins live up to their name on subantarctic Marion Island. They navigate the treacherous lava rock that blankets the steep western coastline with surprising grace and ease. Follow @thomaspeschak for more penguin photographs from this remote ocean wilderness.
2237 4 days ago

Photos by @ciriljazbec | These are sea ice reflections of hunters Uunartoq and Albert who are fishing for halibut in Greenland with local youths Ulla and Innunguaq. Uunartoq (first photo) pulls up a line full of halibut through a hole in the ice. Fishing is their main source of income, and these fish will be sold for export. Daily life for these hunters and fishermen is changing due to climate change, unpredictable weather, higher temperatures, and the resulting thin ice. You can follow @ciriljazbec to see more photos from the Arctic. #Greenland #seaice #north #fishing

Photos by @ciriljazbec | These are sea ice reflections of hunters Uunartoq and Albert who are fishing for halibut in Greenland with local youths Ulla and Innunguaq. Uunartoq (first photo) pulls up a line full of halibut through a hole in the ice. Fishing is their main source of income, and these fish will be sold for export. Daily life for these hunters and fishermen is changing due to climate change, unpredictable weather, higher temperatures, and the resulting thin ice. You can follow @ciriljazbec to see more photos from the Arctic. #Greenland #seaice #north #fishing
476 4 days ago

Photos by @joelsartore I As today’s fires spread across Australia, they threaten untold numbers of animals, from koalas and echidna to insects and amphibians. Even after the flames have been extinguished, thousands of animals, including already endangered species, will need long-term care and support, such as supplementary feeding and water stations, while habitat restoration efforts get underway. During my visits to Australia, I have had the opportunity to capture the diversity of its native wildlife through photography at a number of institutions providing care for these incredible creatures. Many of these facilities, like @australiazoo and @zoosvictoria, are working tirelessly to treat bushfire victims, ensuring that they can one day return to the wild. Follow me @joelsartore and click the link in my bio to learn how you can support these on-going, life saving efforts. #Australia #bushfires #PhotoArk #savetogether

Photos by @joelsartore I As today’s fires spread across Australia, they threaten untold numbers of animals, from koalas and echidna to insects and amphibians. Even after the flames have been extinguished, thousands of animals, including already endangered species, will need long-term care and support, such as supplementary feeding and water stations, while habitat restoration efforts get underway. During my visits to Australia, I have had the opportunity to capture the diversity of its native wildlife through photography at a number of institutions providing care for these incredible creatures. Many of these facilities, like @australiazoo and @zoosvictoria,  are working tirelessly to treat bushfire victims, ensuring that they can one day return to the wild. Follow me @joelsartore and click the link in my bio to learn how you can support these on-going, life saving efforts. #Australia #bushfires #PhotoArk #savetogether
1434 4 days ago

Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and the largest urban slum in Africa. Despite the fact that most Kibera residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than one dollar a day, there is still much hope in this remarkable community—roughly one million people sharing an area the size of New York’s Central Park.

Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and the largest urban slum in Africa. Despite the fact that most Kibera residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than one dollar a day, there is still much hope in this remarkable community—roughly one million people sharing an area the size of New York’s Central Park.
598 5 days ago

Photo by @katieorlinsky | Whaling captain Ida Olemaun in Utqiagvik, Alaska. The annual spring bowhead whale hunt in Utqiagvik is the lifeblood of their community and Iñupiat culture. Almost the entire village participates in the tradition in some way, from hunting and camping out on the sea ice to helping process and prepare thousands of pounds of precious meat that will feed the entire community for the year to come. This ancient practice is now being threatened by climate change in a number of ways. It has become increasingly dangerous to travel and camp on sea ice as more and more of it melts every year. Another example is storage. Hunted foods can only feed the community during the long winter months if they are properly stored, which traditionally has been done in ice cellars—generations-old massive freezers dug deep into the permafrost. As permafrost thaws, it is wreaking havoc, melting what used to be permanently frozen ground and destroying and flooding many ice cellars. Others have warmed up to a point that they are unusable, spoiling whale meat and other crucial hunted foods.

Photo by @katieorlinsky | Whaling captain Ida Olemaun in Utqiagvik, Alaska. The annual spring bowhead whale hunt in Utqiagvik is the lifeblood of their community and Iñupiat culture. Almost the entire village participates in the tradition in some way, from hunting and camping out on the sea ice to helping process and prepare thousands of pounds of precious meat that will feed the entire community for the year to come. This ancient practice is now being threatened by climate change in a number of ways. It has become increasingly dangerous to travel and camp on sea ice as more and more of it melts every year. Another example is storage. Hunted foods can only feed the community during the long winter months if they are properly stored, which traditionally has been done in ice cellars—generations-old massive freezers dug deep into the permafrost. As permafrost thaws, it is wreaking havoc, melting what used to be permanently frozen ground and destroying and flooding many ice cellars. Others have warmed up to a point that they are unusable, spoiling whale meat and other crucial hunted foods.
511 5 days ago

Photos by @amivitale | Wonderful news! The incredible team from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (@leibnizizw) #Avantea, @OlPejeta Conservancy, @KenyaWildlifeService and @SafariParkDvurKralove has conducted another successful ovum pickup from Najin and Fatu, daughter and granddaughter of Sudan and the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. The oocytes (immature egg cells) were transported immediately to the Avantea Laboratory in Italy. Over Christmas, they were incubated, matured and fertilized, creating one viable embryo. That embryo joins the two others created this past August. They are being stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate southern white rhino mother sometime this year. As Richard Vigne of @olpejeta noted, “We have taken yet another small step along the road of saving the northern white rhino from extinction... Let us hope for news of a successful northern white pregnancy in the not too distant future.” Learn more, including how to help, by following @amivitale and @BioRescue_Project. @bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft #NorthernWhiteRhinos #StopExtinction #Rhinos #conservation #kenya

Photos by @amivitale | Wonderful news! The incredible team from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (@leibnizizw) #Avantea, @OlPejeta Conservancy, @KenyaWildlifeService and @SafariParkDvurKralove has conducted another successful ovum pickup from Najin and Fatu, daughter and granddaughter of Sudan and the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. The oocytes (immature egg cells) were transported immediately to the Avantea Laboratory in Italy. Over Christmas, they were incubated, matured and fertilized, creating one viable embryo. That embryo joins the two others created this past August. They are being stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate southern white rhino mother sometime this year.

As Richard Vigne of @olpejeta noted, “We have taken yet another small step along the road of saving the northern white rhino from extinction... Let us hope for news of a successful northern white pregnancy in the not too distant future.” Learn more, including how to help, by following @amivitale and @BioRescue_Project. 
@bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft #NorthernWhiteRhinos #StopExtinction #Rhinos #conservation #kenya
2326 5 days ago

Video by @bertiegregory | A female grey wolf moves down a frozen river to meet up with the rest of her pack. We found these wolves would regularly use meandering frozen rivers to get from point A to B. These routes were often significantly longer than choosing a straighter line through willows and deeper snow. Although longer, these river routes seemed to be much faster and energy efficient, acting as highways throughout their territory. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wolf #cold #snow #polar #canada

Video by @bertiegregory | A female grey wolf moves down a frozen river to meet up with the rest of her pack. We found these wolves would regularly use meandering frozen rivers to get from point A to B. These routes were often significantly longer than choosing a straighter line through willows and deeper snow. Although longer, these river routes seemed to be much faster and energy efficient, acting as highways throughout their territory. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wolf #cold #snow #polar #canada
2496 5 days ago

Photo by @estherhorvath | We all know that the Arctic Ocean sea ice is melting, but who are the scientists delivering this information and how do they work in one of the world's most remote locations? The Station Nord military and science base, in Greenland, is home to the IceBird program. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute come twice a year to measure the sea ice at its maximum thickness in winter and at its minimum at the end of summer. Based on their findings, since 2001 Arctic sea ice has decreased by 30% in the summer months. Here Jan Rohde, from the institute, checks over documentation before the next day's measurement at Station Nord. See more of this story in the September 2019 issue in the article “Eyes on the Ice.”

Photo by @estherhorvath | We all know that the Arctic Ocean sea ice is melting, but who are the scientists delivering this information and how do they work in one of the world's most remote locations? The Station Nord military and science base, in Greenland, is home to the IceBird program. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute come twice a year to measure the sea ice at its maximum thickness in winter and at its minimum at the end of summer. Based on their findings, since 2001 Arctic sea ice has decreased by 30% in the summer months. Here Jan Rohde, from the institute, checks over documentation before the next day's measurement at Station Nord. See more of this story in the September 2019 issue in the article “Eyes on the Ice.”
620 5 days ago

Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I San Pietro Caveoso church stands above the gorge of the Gravina River in the city of Matera, in the southern region of Basilicata, Italy. Known as la Città Sotterranea (the subterranean city), it's centered on the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Indeed, Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago. Miserably poor throughout the centuries, and a burden on the national psyche, the Sassi were forcibly cleared in the 1950s, but in recent years have seen the return of tourists, boutique hotels, and Hollywood film crews. Matera was a European Capital of Culture for 2019. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, and unpublished and archival material. #matera #italy #unesco #Sassi #europe

Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I San Pietro Caveoso church stands above the gorge of the Gravina River in the city of Matera, in the southern region of Basilicata, Italy. Known as la Città Sotterranea (the subterranean city), it's centered on the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Indeed, Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago. Miserably poor throughout the centuries, and a burden on the national psyche, the Sassi were forcibly cleared in the 1950s, but in recent years have seen the return of tourists, boutique hotels, and Hollywood film crews. Matera was a European Capital of Culture for 2019. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, and unpublished and archival material.
#matera #italy #unesco #Sassi #europe
881 5 days ago

Video by @paulnicklen | Some people call me an activist. I don't know how you can be anything else. When you stand in the presence of a wolf and look into their eyes, how can you not vow to protect all that they are and all that they represent? If caring for wildlife and nature makes me an activist, then I am proud to call myself one. The alternative—to be inactive—is unfathomable for me. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more videos like this one, and to find out how you can become a part of a powerful movement to create healthy and abundant oceans with my team at @SeaLegacy. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #VideoOfTheDay #SeaWolf

Video by @paulnicklen | Some people call me an activist. I don't know how you can be anything else. When you stand in the presence of a wolf and look into their eyes, how can you not vow to protect all that they are and all that they represent? If caring for wildlife and nature makes me an activist, then I am proud to call myself one. The alternative—to be inactive—is unfathomable for me. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more videos like this one, and to find out how you can become a part of a powerful movement to create healthy and abundant oceans with my team at @SeaLegacy. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #VideoOfTheDay #SeaWolf
2436 6 days ago

Photo by @joelsartore | A western diamondback rattlesnake is poised to strike in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. This snake will coil and stand its ground when threatened, rattling the end of its tail rapidly as a warning sign for any creature coming too close to stay away. Follow me @joelsartore to learn more about this venomous snake. #rattlesnake #diamondback #venomous #PhotoArk #savetogether

Photo by @joelsartore | A western diamondback rattlesnake is poised to strike in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. This snake will coil and stand its ground when threatened, rattling the end of its tail rapidly as a warning sign for any creature coming too close to stay away. Follow me @joelsartore to learn more about this venomous snake. #rattlesnake #diamondback #venomous #PhotoArk #savetogether
1850 6 days ago

Photo by Saumya Khandelwal @khandelwal_saumya | Against a Himalayan backdrop, monks attend a class at a monastery in Dharamshala, India. Follow me on @khandelwal_saumya for glimpses of people and their surroundings.

Photo by Saumya Khandelwal @khandelwal_saumya | Against a Himalayan backdrop, monks attend a class at a monastery in Dharamshala, India. Follow me on @khandelwal_saumya for glimpses of people and their surroundings.
434 6 days ago

Photo by @gerdludwig | Hoping to rejuvenate body and soul, a devout Russian Orthodox Christian briefly submerges herself into the icy waters of Yekaterinburg. On January 18—the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany (the church follows the Julian calendar)—thousands of Russians prepare for an annual tradition: gathering on frozen rivers and lakes to take a dip in the icy priest-blessed waters. This ceremony is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #RussianEpiphany #RussianOrthodox

Photo by @gerdludwig | Hoping to rejuvenate body and soul, a devout Russian Orthodox Christian briefly submerges herself into the icy waters of Yekaterinburg. 
On January 18—the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany (the church follows the Julian calendar)—thousands of Russians prepare for an annual tradition: gathering on frozen rivers and lakes to take a dip in the icy priest-blessed waters. This ceremony is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #RussianEpiphany #RussianOrthodox
4043 6 days ago

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | It was a magical evening as I captured this image of the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple, illuminated atop the ancient Acropolis hill, with the Saronic Gulf seen in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Acropolis

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | It was a magical evening as I captured this image of the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple, illuminated atop the ancient Acropolis hill, with the Saronic Gulf seen in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Acropolis
1065 6 days ago

Video by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto I Children play with a street artist in Central Park, New York City. #nyc #newyork #streetartist #children #bubble

Video by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto I Children play with a street artist in Central Park, New York City. #nyc #newyork #streetartist #children #bubble
2113 6 days ago

Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | JoAni Johnson, who grew up during the height of the civil rights movement, poses for a portrait in New York City. "When I was growing up, there was a singular suggestion of beauty," she says. "It was mostly blonde hair, blue eyes. Although you liked and appreciated the fashion, you still did not have a very strong representation of yourself." One day while walking around New York with her husband, a street photographer asked to take her portrait. The image, after being shared on the Internet, led to the beginning of her modeling career. JoAni was in her 60s. Since then she has gone on to appear in runway shows and print ads, modeling for brands like Fenty Beauty, Eileen Fisher, and Tommy Hilfiger. While taking her portrait, I asked JoAni what she thought beauty meant. "I believe that each person needs to find what it is and what it means for them," she says. "And then work it." For the upcoming issue of @natgeo magazine, we explore the many beauty standards that impact women, and take a look at those who are redefining them. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales to see more of this story and my work.

Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | JoAni Johnson, who grew up during the height of the civil rights movement, poses for a portrait in New York City.
914 7 days ago

Photo by Diana Markosian @markosian | Teens gather in the courtyard of a church in Havana, Cuba, as they prepare for their friend’s quinceañera, the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, which marks her passage from girlhood to womanhood. #cuba

Photo by Diana Markosian @markosian | Teens gather in the courtyard of a church in Havana, Cuba, as they prepare for their friend’s quinceañera, the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, which marks her passage from girlhood to womanhood. #cuba
2222 7 days ago

Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A venomous scorpion, glowing under blue ultraviolet lights and a red headlamp, is found inside a national park in central Vietnam. Collecting venom from around the world, biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs hopes to identify new pain medications because there are currently few good alternatives to opioids. Venom has already led to one notable success when scientists derived a drug for chronic pain from another of the world’s deadliest animals: the cone snail. For more please see our @natgeo January 2020 issue story, "A World of Pain."

Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A venomous scorpion, glowing under blue ultraviolet lights and a red headlamp, is found inside a national park in central Vietnam. Collecting venom from around the world, biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs hopes to identify new pain medications because there are currently few good alternatives to opioids. Venom has already led to one notable success when scientists derived a drug for chronic pain from another of the world’s deadliest animals: the cone snail. For more please see our @natgeo January 2020 issue story,
660 7 days ago

Photo by @tasneemalsultan | One of the highlights of Al Ula, located in northwest Saudi Arabia, are the beautiful rock formations. Elephant Rock attracts many families during the tourism season. #saudiarabia #alula

Photo by @tasneemalsultan | One of the highlights of Al Ula, located in northwest Saudi Arabia, are the beautiful rock formations. Elephant Rock attracts many families during the tourism season. #saudiarabia #alula
375 7 days ago

Photo and video by @carltonward | I set up one of my camera traps along this trail beside an ancient cypress tree for more than a year and only got two visits by a panther during that entire time, and only once facing my camera. As luck would have it, a Florida black bear knocked over two of flashes and bumped my trigger the week before. So this beautiful female panther is a bit more mysterious than I wanted: the bear knocked over the left flash, leaving the right side of her face dark. And she's a bit further from the camera than I'd like because the bear misaligned the trigger. But I am still quite happy with the moment, a gift of capturing a rare panther walking in the shadow of this 500-year-old cypress on Green Glades West ranch, next to Big Cypress National Preserve. The video gives a behind the scenes view of the curious cat. For more @pathofthepanther and #FloridaWild stories from my work with @insidenatgeo please visit @carltonward. #panther #everglades @FL_wildcorridor #KeepFLWild

Photo and video by @carltonward | I set up one of my camera traps along this trail beside an ancient cypress tree for more than a year and only got two visits by a panther during that entire time, and only once facing my camera. As luck would have it, a Florida black bear knocked over two of flashes and bumped my trigger the week before. So this beautiful female panther is a bit more mysterious than I wanted: the bear knocked over the left flash, leaving the right side of her face dark. And she's a bit further from the camera than I'd like because the bear misaligned the trigger. But I am still quite happy with the moment, a gift of capturing a rare panther walking in the shadow of this 500-year-old cypress on Green Glades West ranch, next to Big Cypress National Preserve. The video gives a behind the scenes view of the curious cat. For more @pathofthepanther and #FloridaWild stories from my work with @insidenatgeo please visit @carltonward. #panther #everglades @FL_wildcorridor #KeepFLWild
939 7 days ago

Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The ancient citadel Arg-e Bam was the largest monument made of clay bricks in the world—until it was reduced to rubble in a 2003 earthquake (this image was taken in 1999). Its heyday was from the 7th to the 11th centuries, when Bam sat at a crossroads of major east-west trade routes of the Silk Road. Efforts are on going to rebuild and restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. #Bam #Iran #argebam #bamcitadel #citade

Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The ancient citadel Arg-e Bam was the largest monument made of clay bricks in the world—until it was reduced to rubble in a 2003 earthquake (this image was taken in 1999). Its heyday was from the 7th to the 11th centuries, when Bam sat at a crossroads of major east-west trade routes of the Silk Road. Efforts are on going to rebuild and restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. #Bam #Iran #argebam #bamcitadel #citade
2252 7 days ago

Photo by @edkashi | An aerial of the Mount Pinatubo crater and the surrounding terrain, which still shows the scars of the 1991 eruption—vast tracts of lahar flows created an eerie lunar landscape. Philippines, 1999. #mtpinatubo #philippines #volcano #eruption #lunarlandscape

Photo by @edkashi | An aerial of the Mount Pinatubo crater and the surrounding terrain, which still shows the scars of the 1991 eruption—vast tracts of lahar flows created an eerie lunar landscape. Philippines, 1999. #mtpinatubo #philippines #volcano #eruption #lunarlandscape
460 8 days ago

Photo by @adamjdean | People attend Friday Prayer at Tehran University in Tehran, Iran, December 2013.

Photo by @adamjdean | People attend Friday Prayer at Tehran University in Tehran, Iran, December 2013.
2765 8 days ago

Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Names matter. That’s as true for a Shakespearean rose as it is for one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa. An appealing common name has the power to keep a species in the (often fickle) public consciousness–and to rally support and funding for its conservation. On the flip side, a moniker with negative connotations can leave its owner out in the cold. That’s why many conservationists prefer to use the alluring "painted wolf" over the stereotype-saddled "wild dog." And let’s be frank–this is no exercise in false advertising. What could be more fitting than a name which evokes the painterly, brushed-on beauty of those unmistakable coat markings? And although Lycaon pictus is today the sole ruler of its taxonomic territory (as the only surviving member of its genus), somewhere in the murky evolutionary past, these canids do share a common ancestor with wolves. Like their carnivore cousins, painted wolves are accomplished pack hunters, known to scavenge only rarely. This photo captures one of those rare instances: a meal of giraffe carcass too tempting for the pack to pass up. #paintedwolf #patterns #endangeredspecies

Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Names matter. That’s as true for a Shakespearean rose as it is for one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa. An appealing common name has the power to keep a species in the (often fickle) public consciousness–and to rally support and funding for its conservation. On the flip side, a moniker with negative connotations can leave its owner out in the cold. That’s why many conservationists prefer to use the alluring
493 8 days ago

Photo by @stevewinterphoto | This image will stay with me forever. It's of a lioness called Naturinda that got caught in a poacher's snare in January 2018. I was on assignment for @natgeowild, shooting a story on tree-climbing lions with scientist and cameraman Alex Braczkowski when we found her in a weakened state. The biggest threats to African lions are snaring and conflict with cattle farmers. When a lioness like Naturinda gets caught in a snare, she loses condition, struggles to keep up with the pride, and often dies. But it’s not just the loss of her that’s a shock to the system; it’s also the lost opportunity of having eight to 15 cubs in her lifetime. See more about this lioness on @disneyplus where you can catch our show on tree-climbing lions. The world needs to see the real threats facing Africa’s big cats. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots and stories of the world’s big cats. #lioness #lionking #snares #snaring #snare

Photo by @stevewinterphoto | This image will stay with me forever. It's of a lioness called Naturinda that got caught in a poacher's snare in January 2018. I was on assignment for @natgeowild, shooting a story on tree-climbing lions with  scientist and cameraman Alex Braczkowski when we found her in a weakened state. The biggest threats to African lions are snaring and conflict with cattle farmers. When a lioness like Naturinda gets caught in a snare, she loses condition, struggles to keep up with the pride, and often dies. But it’s not just the loss of her that’s a shock to the system; it’s also the lost opportunity of having eight to 15 cubs in her lifetime. See more about this lioness on @disneyplus where you can catch our show on tree-climbing lions. The world needs to see the real threats facing Africa’s big cats. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots and stories of the world’s big cats. #lioness #lionking #snares #snaring #snare
47570 8 days ago

Photos by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | A koala rescued from a bushfire receives care at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery—however, due to Australia's bushfire emergency, it's uncertain when he will be able to return home. It’s been estimated that half a billion animals have been killed in New South Wales alone. This includes thousands of koalas and other iconic species, such as kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos, and honeyeaters that were burnt alive, and many thousands more injured and homeless. #australia #nsw #koala #wildlife #Australianbushfires

Photos by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | A koala rescued from a bushfire receives care at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. 
He is expected to make a full recovery—however, due to Australia's bushfire emergency, it's uncertain when he will be able to return home.

It’s been estimated that half a billion animals have been killed in New South Wales alone. This includes thousands of koalas and other iconic species, such as kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos, and honeyeaters that were burnt alive, and many thousands more injured and homeless. #australia #nsw #koala #wildlife #Australianbushfires
7510 8 days ago

Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I Buddhist monks gather in front of the Labrang Monastery before the morning prayer, in the Gansu Province, in China. Shot with a panoramic film camera—swipe to see the full image. To view more of our world, follow @paleyphoto #yellowhat #gelugpa #tibetanbuddhism

Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I Buddhist monks gather in front of the Labrang Monastery before the morning prayer, in the Gansu Province, in China. Shot with a panoramic film camera—swipe to see the full image. To view more of our world, follow @paleyphoto #yellowhat #gelugpa #tibetanbuddhism
567 8 days ago

Photo by @williamodaniels | Near Mambele, Central African Republic, workers from a logging company travel on the back of a truck on their way to work in the forest. Before the sectarian violence started in 2013, logging was responsible for slightly more than 40 percent of the country's export revenues, and the sector employed approximately 4,000 people—a figure now in decline, according to the forest ministry. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.

Photo by @williamodaniels | Near Mambele, Central African Republic, workers from a logging company travel on the back of a truck on their way to work in the forest. Before the sectarian violence started in 2013, logging was responsible for slightly more than 40 percent of the country's export revenues, and the sector employed approximately 4,000 people—a figure now in decline, according to the forest ministry. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.
303 9 days ago

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This futuristic architecture is the home of Amager Bakke, in Copenhagen, which claims it's the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant. It was designed by architect Bjarke Ingels to incorporate a ski slope and a hiking path on its roof, turning the plant into a public gathering space. The plant can burn through 70 tons of trash each hour, producing hot water and energy for 120,000 households in the city, and its gas filtration system clears the pipe discharge of pollutants. As a photographer engaged in technological and environmental innovation, highlighting and telling stories about our struggle to transition toward sustainability is the main focus of my work. Can technologies like Amager Bakke help us solve our waste issue on the way to a circular economy society? As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear "take, make, waste" economy. We are in a transitional time, when the world is awakening to the urgency of needing solutions for living sustainably on our planet—and realizing that this linear model is unsustainable. The concept of the circular economy, in which we are frugal with resources and recycle endlessly, is emerging as a way to a better future. It requires changing our mindset—to see waste as a resource and avoid creating trash in the first place. These were taken on assignment for "The End of Trash," a forthcoming cover story for the magazine. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see the most promising examples of confronting the climate crisis. #denmark #waste #energy #environment #transition

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This futuristic architecture is the home of Amager Bakke, in Copenhagen, which claims it's the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant. It was designed by architect Bjarke Ingels to incorporate a ski slope and a hiking path on its roof, turning the plant into a public gathering space. The plant can burn through 70 tons of trash each hour, producing hot water and energy for 120,000 households in the city, and its gas filtration system clears the pipe discharge of pollutants. 
As a photographer engaged in technological and environmental innovation, highlighting and telling stories about our struggle to transition toward sustainability is the main focus of my work. Can technologies like Amager Bakke help us solve our waste issue on the way to a circular economy society? 
As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear
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Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | Aerofarms, New Jersey: Endless rows of salad leaves are grown with hydroponics, LED lights, and no pesticides, allowing this futuristic vertical farm to produce fresh vegetables right in the heart of a city. Food waste is one of today’s most pressing issues, and Aerofarms claims that their technology reduces waste by optimizing production, through using less land and water, while educating communities on farming and healthy nutrition. Technological solutions may make our impact more sustainable and less wasteful; as a photographer, my work revolves around this transition humanity is facing while looking for new ways to live in the future. As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear "take, make, waste" economy. We are in a transitional time, when the world is awakening to the urgency of needing solutions for living sustainably on our planet—and realizing that this linear model is unsustainable. The concept of the circular economy, in which we are frugal with resources and recycle endlessly, is emerging as a way to a better future. It requires changing our mindset—to see waste as a resource and avoid creating trash in the first place. These were taken on assignment for "The End of Trash," a forthcoming cover story for the magazine. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see the most promising examples of confronting the climate crisis. #transition #greenhouse #future #environment #lucalocatelliphoto

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | Aerofarms, New Jersey: Endless rows of salad leaves are grown with hydroponics, LED lights, and no pesticides, allowing this futuristic vertical farm to produce fresh vegetables right in the heart of a city. Food waste is one of today’s most pressing issues, and Aerofarms claims that their technology reduces waste by optimizing production, through using less land and water, while educating communities on farming and healthy nutrition.

Technological solutions may make our impact more sustainable and less wasteful; as a photographer, my work revolves around this transition humanity is facing while looking for new ways to live in the future. 
As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear
1117 9 days ago

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | An array of C-5 Galaxy military aircraft are parked at a place known as the Boneyard on an Air Force base in Tucson, Arizona. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) is the largest aircraft dismantling and repurposing facility in the world. More than 3,000 airplanes are parked here, serving the U.S. Air Force for spare parts and as a storage facility for planes waiting to go back in service or be scrapped. As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear "take, make, waste" economy. We are in a transitional time, when the world is awakening to the urgency of needing solutions for living sustainably on our planet—and realizing that this linear model is unsustainable. The concept of the circular economy, in which we are frugal with resources and recycle endlessly, is emerging as a way to a better future. It requires changing our mindset—to see waste as a resource and avoid creating trash in the first place. These were taken on assignment for "The End of Trash," a forthcoming cover story for the magazine. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see the most promising examples of confronting the climate crisis. #aircraft #desert #waste #environment #lucalocatelliphoto

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | An array of C-5 Galaxy military aircraft are parked at a place known as the Boneyard on an Air Force base in Tucson, Arizona. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) is the largest aircraft dismantling and repurposing facility in the world. More than 3,000 airplanes are parked here, serving the U.S. Air Force for spare parts and as a storage facility for planes waiting to go back in service or be scrapped.

As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear
872 9 days ago

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This buzzing swarm is comprised of millions of soldier flies swirling around a breeding chamber at London-based start-up Entocycle that's producing insect protein powder as a substitute for meat and for other products. Workers wear gas masks when inspecting the chamber, as the odorous "lures"—on which the insects lay their eggs—make the air unbreathable. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will gain up to 5,000 times their body weight in two weeks—while feeding on leftovers from beer, bread, and coffee production. The company founders say that raising insects on food waste is key to reducing the enormous amount of nutrients we throw away, while providing an alternative protein to livestock and fish. As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear "take, make, waste" economy. We are in a transitional time, when the world is awakening to the urgency of needing solutions for living sustainably on our planet—and realizing that this linear model is unsustainable. The concept of the circular economy, in which we are frugal with resources and recycle endlessly, is emerging as a way to a better future. It requires changing our mindset—to see waste as a resource and avoid creating trash in the first place. These were taken on assignment for "The End of Trash," a forthcoming cover story for the magazine. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see the most promising examples of confronting the climate crisis. #food #london #waste #environment #lucalocatelliphoto

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This buzzing swarm is comprised of millions of soldier flies swirling around a breeding chamber at London-based start-up Entocycle that's producing insect protein powder as a substitute for meat and for other products. Workers wear gas masks when inspecting the chamber, as the odorous
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Photo by @jasperdoest | “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” These words by John Lennon couldn't be more true when it comes to the story of Flamingo Bob. Three years ago, I traveled to Curaçao for a family visit. My father was born there, and while he moved to the Netherlands, where I was born and raised, his brother and two of my cousins still live on this Caribbean island. Never could I have imagined that during this visit I would be swimming with a rescued flamingo—or that these images would result in a story for @natgeo magazine. Due to his injuries, the flamingo couldn't be released, and he is cared for by my cousin Odette, a veterinarian in Curaçao. She named the bird Bob and made him the ambassador for her conservation education charity. Through @fdoccuracao Odette educates children about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob, who is slowly becoming instafamous. #birdrescue #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #flamingolove

Photo by @jasperdoest | “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” These words by John Lennon couldn't be more true when it comes to the story of Flamingo Bob. Three years ago, I traveled to Curaçao for a family visit. My father was born there, and while he moved to the Netherlands, where I was born and raised, his brother and two of my cousins still live on this Caribbean island. Never could I have imagined that during this visit I would be swimming with a rescued flamingo—or that these images would result in a story for @natgeo magazine. Due to his injuries, the flamingo couldn't be released, and he is cared for by my cousin Odette, a veterinarian in Curaçao. She named the bird Bob and made him the ambassador for her conservation education charity. Through @fdoccuracao Odette educates children about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob, who is slowly becoming instafamous. #birdrescue #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #flamingolove
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Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This is the composting center in Missoula, Montana. Driven by the neighboring wastewater facility, it receives sludge from the plant and uses it to generate fertilizer for agriculture and nourish a vast, newly planted poplar forest. Stretching for 140 acres, the plantation is claimed to offset CO2 emissions while absorbing nutrients from the water utility. As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear "take, make, waste" economy. We are in a transitional time, when the world is awakening to the urgency of needing solutions for living sustainably on our planet—and realizing that this linear model is unsustainable. The concept of the circular economy, in which we are frugal with resources and recycle endlessly, is emerging as a way to a better future. It requires changing our mindset—to see waste as a resource and avoid creating trash in the first place. These were taken on assignment for "The End of Trash," a forthcoming cover story for the magazine. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see the most promising examples of confronting the climate crisis. #compost #usa #waste #environment #lucalocatelliphoto

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | This is the composting center in Missoula, Montana. Driven by the neighboring wastewater facility, it receives sludge from the plant and uses it to generate fertilizer for agriculture and nourish a vast, newly planted poplar forest. Stretching for 140 acres, the plantation is claimed to offset CO2 emissions while absorbing nutrients from the water utility.

As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear
455 9 days ago

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | Clouds are generated by steam rising from one of the largest geothermal power plants in the world, which draws energy and heat from the heart of a volcano in Iceland. Geothermal power plants use heat from deep inside the Earth to generate steam, which spins turbines for electricity production. Once the steam cools off, the remaining water is pumped back into the Earth to begin the process again. Geothermal is an efficient and circular way to create energy, which Iceland has been doing for decades. Energy production is a major contributor to climate change, and fossil fuels account for almost 80% of the global emissions of CO2. We need a new way to live on our planet, and renewable energy is a top priority. As a photographer, my aim is to document possible solutions to the climate catastrophe pushing our ecosystems to the limit. As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear "take, make, waste" economy. We are in a transitional time, when the world is awakening to the urgency of needing solutions for living sustainably on our planet—and realizing that this linear model is unsustainable. The concept of the circular economy, in which we are frugal with resources and recycle endlessly, is emerging as a way to a better future. It requires changing our mindset—to see waste as a resource and avoid creating trash in the first place. These were taken on assignment for "The End of Trash," a forthcoming cover story for the magazine. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see the most promising examples of confronting the climate crisis. #iceland #geothermal #energy #transition #climatechange

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | Clouds are generated by steam rising from one of the largest geothermal power plants in the world, which draws energy and heat from the heart of a volcano in Iceland. Geothermal power plants use heat from deep inside the Earth to generate steam, which spins turbines for electricity production. Once the steam cools off, the remaining water is pumped back into the Earth to begin the process again. Geothermal is an efficient and circular way to create energy, which Iceland has been doing for decades. Energy production is a major contributor to  climate change, and fossil fuels account for almost 80% of the global emissions of CO2. We need a new way to live on our planet, and renewable energy is a top priority. 
As a photographer, my aim is to document possible solutions to the climate catastrophe pushing our ecosystems to the limit.

As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear
461 9 days ago

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | Airplane debris is crushed for recycling in Roswell, New Mexico. A bulldozer tears apart the fuselage and the interior trim of an MD-80 airliner with brute force. This shredding is the last phase of recycling when a plane is decommissioned. About 20 percent of an airliner can be reconditioned to be put back into the market; after the most valuable parts are extracted, the dismantled planes become recycled aluminum, ending up in everyday objects like soda cans. As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear "take, make, waste" economy. We are in a transitional time, when the world is awakening to the urgency of needing solutions for living sustainably on our planet—and realizing that this linear model is unsustainable. The concept of the circular economy, in which we are frugal with resources and recycle endlessly, is emerging as a way to a better future. It requires changing our mindset—to see waste as a resource and avoid creating trash in the first place. These were taken on assignment for "The End of Trash," a forthcoming cover story for the magazine. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see the most promising examples of confronting the climate crisis. #aircraft #dismantling #waste #environment #lucalocatelliphoto

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | Airplane debris is crushed for recycling in Roswell, New Mexico. A bulldozer tears apart the fuselage and the interior trim of an MD-80 airliner with brute force. This shredding is the last phase of recycling when a plane is decommissioned. About 20 percent of an airliner can be reconditioned to be put back into the market; after the most valuable parts are extracted, the dismantled planes become recycled aluminum, ending up in everyday objects like soda cans.

As the population booms, we are draining the Earth’s resources in a linear
371 10 days ago