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Photo by @beverlyjoubert / Ruler of a mere termite mound today…but if a youngster can navigate the difficult path to adulthood, far grander dominions await. For the world’s only truly social big cat, life is all about real estate. In fact, it’s why that sociable lifestyle evolved in the first place. Out on the African savanna, the best territories—those that deliver enough prey and shelter and cover for stalking—are worth fighting for. And territorial skirmishes are best approached in numbers. Lions working together as a social unit–a pride–are better equipped to win and defend covetable territory, expand it and then pass it on to their progeny. #lions #bigcats #lioncubs
Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman / Gulls land on a small iceberg in the Arctic Ocean earlier this week. The National Snow and Ice Data Center is about to announce the 2020 sea ice minimum, which indicates how far the ice has retreated during summer months. The region has seen a dramatic shrinking of the sea-ice extent over the past few decades, as climate change causes temperatures to rise steadily. A team of Greenpeace scientists and campaigners are currently on board the Arctic Sunrise—one of very few vessels currently conducting research because of the pandemic—to conduct biodiversity sampling and raise awareness of how the sea ice minimum stands to impact all of us. Follow me at @dzalcman for more stories from the Arctic this month.
Photo by @williamodaniels / The city of Paris recently experienced one of the strongest heatwaves in years, with temperatures hovering at 39°C (102°F) for several days. Here, passersby walk under a mister near the Seine River, with the famous Pont Neuf bridge seen in the background. Every summer, the city sets up "Paris Plage" (beach), an event that offers Parisians and visitors free places to relax and take advantage of leisure activities during hot days.
Photo by @paoloverzone / Samir Zouhri, professor of paleontology at Hassan II University of Casablanca, examines a Spinosaurus tooth at a villager’s home in Taouz, Morocco. Paleontologists in the region build relationships with locals to ensure that scientifically important fossils are brought to their attention. Spinosaurus was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs of all time. It is named for its elongated dorsal spine, which supported an enormous “sail” of skin. In contrast to other dinosaurs–which were predominantly terrestrial–a long list of anatomical features are indicative of Spinosaurus being adapted to live in freshwater, like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. #spinosaurus Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @joelsartore / Loggerhead sea turtles, like this juvenile @newport_aquarium, are the largest of all hard-shelled turtles, measuring about three feet (one meter) in length and weighing around 250 pounds (115 kg). A massive head and strong jaw allow the carnivorous loggerhead to feast on jellyfish, conchs, crabs, and fish as it travels through the ocean. Mature females will often return to the beach where they hatched to lay their eggs, which is one of the ways scientists keep tabs on the loggerhead population. While this species is the most abundant of marine turtle species in U.S. waters, persistent population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their nesting areas, among other factors, have kept this turtle on the threatened species list since 1978. To see more species featured in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. #PhotoArk #savetogether
Video by @KatieOrlinsky // Sponsored by @SamsungMobileUSA // Sled dogs enjoy a summertime "cart" run at Snow Hook Adventures in Willow, Alaska. These dogs love nothing more than running as they were born and bred for it. Using the Slow Motion feature, I was able to fully capture the joy in their happy faces. // Transform how you share your world with the @samsungmobileusa #GalaxyS20 5G series.
Sponsored by @SamsungMobileUSA // Nat Geo photographer Katie Orlinsky enlists two young photographers to join her in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley to create visual stories of off-season sled dog life. // Transform how you share your world with the @samsungmobileusa #GalaxyS20 5G series.
Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto / A view of the hall inside BlueCity, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a coworking space and incubator based in Tropicana, a former disco waterpark. Now it's repurposed for startups that focus on circular solutions and technologies. I had the chance to visit this unique space while shooting my latest story for National Geographic, called "The End of Trash," about solutions promising to put an end to our waste and instead turn it into a resource. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more. #bluecity #waste #environment #netherlands #lucalocatelliphoto Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @erintrieb / Thick ash settles at the base of charred pine trees after wildfires devastated forests near Bastrop, Texas, in September 2011. That year was recorded as one of the warmest years in the continental U.S., and global temperatures have continued to escalate each year, causing wildfires in arid environments to increase and grow in strength at an unprecedented scale. Follow @erintrieb for more human stories from around the world.
Photo by @amivitale / An elementary student rides the bus to Willow Creek School in Willow Creek, Montana. Willow Creek was one of the first schools in the country to reopen for in-person instruction in May, with 16 days left in the school year. Willow Creek is a small, rural community that had no reported cases of COVID-19, and parents and students were eager to return. In-person instruction was voluntary, the school made extra cleaning plans, and the educators were as much focused on students' emotional well-being as academic progress. Follow @amivitale for more stories about our interconnected world. @thephotosociety #schools #coronavirus #covid19 #students #schoolbus
Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman / For this family of shrimp farmers in Soc Trang, Vietnam, salinity intrusion is a growing problem near the mouth of the Mekong River. For several generations, their community has relied on catching freshwater shrimp for five months of the year and saltwater shrimp for another five months. But as the environment grows increasingly unstable due to climate change and upriver damming, their daily catch has been reduced by more than 80 percent, threatening their livelihood and survival.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / After three months of staying home due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, I visited Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Greece. Meteora is best known for its clifftop monasteries. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Meteora #Greece
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / After three months of staying home due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, I visited Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Greece. Meteora is best known for its clifftop monasteries. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Meteora #Greece
Photo by @laurakmorton / A member of the Grizzly Firefighters Crew 31 checks for hot spots by feeling the ground after the crew extinguished a fire flare-up during the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, California, in October 2019. As fires burn across California and the West Coast of the United States, I’ve been thinking about the firefighters at work out there and the day I spent following this crew, learning about the integral part "hand crew" firefighters play in battling wildfires. One job of hand crews is to conduct mop-up operations after fires are contained, ensuring that hot spots don’t flare up and the fire is fully extinguished. They battle any re-ignitions by hand: chain-sawing brush, digging out underground flames, and pumping water into fresh ditches. They check for spots still burning underground by physically feeling the ground with their hands. For more photographs of people, places, and culture, follow me @laurakmorton.
Photos by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto / The Falcon Warrior panel of Devilstep Hollow cave in Tennessee. The panel is named for the central figure, a Muskogean war god, engraved deep in the cave over 1,000 years ago. It is Mississippian-era artwork, and more specifically from the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, an artistic style and iconography that coincides with the adoption of maze agriculture in what is now the southeastern United States. This image was shot for my nonprofit @ancientartarchive. It is part of project to create a 3D model and build a VR experience of what the cave is like now—and what it would have been like when the warrior was carved. Follow me @salvarezphoto and my nonprofit @ancientartarchive for more.
Photo by @FransLanting / The recent fires that engulfed us in California have been unprecedented in scope and consequence. One evening the fire closest to our home, near Santa Cruz, burned with such fury that it came close to the shoreline of the cool Pacific Ocean, something few would have ever imagined possible. As the smoke begins to clear, we are faced with big questions about how to prepare for the next calamity in this era of extreme weather. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories from the frontline of our changing planet. #CZULightningComplexFire #CZUAugusLlightningComplex #CaliforniaFires #SantaCruzFire #Fire
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz / Rwanda has the highest rural population density in Africa, and there are close to 800 people per square mile. Many farms are under an acre in size, and competition for land is intense. Here, villagers walk through fields that terrace up the mountainside all the way to the protected Parc National des Volcans, a sanctuary for the endangered mountain gorilla. With the high fees for visitation by foreign tourists, wildlife and farming have found a way to coexist. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto / From my Toy Stories series: This is Maudy, 3, from Kalulushi, Zambia. Toy Stories is an ongoing project—wherever I travel in the world, I take portraits of children with their favorite toys. In three years, I've visited over 50 countries, where I've recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids, despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride that they have is moving, funny, and thought-provoking. Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories. #toys #play #kids #child #children
Photo by @babaktafreshi / A prominent comet visible to the naked eye passes by Earth every decade or so. In July comet NEOWISE put on a beautiful show in the northern hemisphere after surviving solar heat and radiation. It was fainter, colorless, and smaller to the eye than shown in this single-exposure (two minutes) through a 135mm telephoto lens—but it was still a beautiful sight to behold in the dark. Many comets have been recorded by my cameras in years of night-sky photography. Most were faint but a few were much brighter than this. I vividly remember Comet Hale-Bopp, in 1997, boldly visible even from cities, or Hyakutake, in 1996, with its long tail! No one knows when the next bright comet will arrive, next year or the next decade. Explore more with me from Earth to the universe @babaktafreshi. #comet #stargazing #astrophotography #astronomy
Photo by @kiliiiyuyan Iñupiaq Terrance Neakok listens to the sounds of passing whales and seals through a paddle in the Arctic Ocean. The sounds of bearded seals and bowhead whales are unique and distinctive, and can be heard easily in the vibrations of the wooden paddle. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan, for more on the relationship between people and the natural world. #arctic #alaska #inuit
Photo by @dina_litovsky Young Amish and Mennonite women play a night volleyball game in Pinecraft, Florida. Pinecraft is a small community in Sarasota, where Amish and Mennonites from all over the United States vacation each winter. The usual rules are a bit looser, as a blind eye is turned to the use of cell phones, cameras, and bicycles, and recreational activities and group sports are encouraged. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto China simultaneously operates the world’s first automated high-speed rail system and the world’s last revenue steam railroad. In 2012, I photographed both for National Geographic's "China Rails" story. The world's fastest train at the time was the China Railway 380 AL bullet train, capable of speeds up to 290 mph (about 466 kph), with its sleek, sword-like shape. At the same time, in the far northern province of Liaoning, where coal still powers the local economy, steam engines built in the 1980s were laboring to pull coal trains out of mines dug into the arid landscape. Today China operates 66 percent of the world’s high-speed network (with 22,000 route miles/35,000 km) and is still expanding. And though steam-powered engines are no longer used for passenger travel, Train magazine reports that there is one remaining bastion of revenue steam operations in China (and the world): in the Gobi Desert, where engines belching black smoke haul coal from the pit mines of Sandaoling in Xinjiang Province. But steam engine enthusiasts better get there fast, as rumor has it that the mines will be shut down by the end of this year, and the locomotives retired to museums, vestiges of a China that is disappearing at a high-speed pace. #chinarailway #highspeedtrains #steamtrain #trains
Photo by @erintrieb I was driving home from Houston after meeting my sister's newborn daughter in September 2011, when I noticed billowing clouds of smoke near highway I-10. I pulled off onto a country road and followed the smoke toward Magnolia, Texas, where I came across a raging wildfire. It was both terrifying and magnificent to witness Mother Nature in action. At that time, 2011 was recorded as one of the warmest years in the continental U.S., and records have continued to escalate, with global temperatures rising each year, causing wildfires in arid environments to increase and grow in strength at an unprecedented scale. Follow @erintrieb for more human stories from around the world.
Photos by @renan_ozturk A lifetime dedicated to the arts of slacklining, climbing, and high-angle rigging along with knowledge of the landscape and camera technology all came together for a brief moment under the moon for this one. See @renan_ozturk for more from this #moonwalk #slackline
Photo by @johnstanmeyer High school students at a girls’ academy in Dhuburi pose for a class portrait. The school, one of many that endeavor to empower young women throughout the country, was established in 1968. Educating young girls is crucial to the empowerment and advancement of women throughout all of India. From rom my latest story in @natgeo magazine, "Water Everywhere, and Nowhere," in the August issue. @outofedenwalk #walkingindia #edenwalk #india #dhuburi #assam Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Video by @bertiegregory A male polar bear shakes off snow after a nap on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. These huge bears can weigh more than 800kg/1800lbs. This particular male was in no rush. He was waiting at the water’s edge in anticipation for the big freeze: an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Our warming climate is delaying the arrival of the big freeze by about a day each year. That means that this bear has lost a month of hunting that previous generations relied on. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wildlife #animals #snow #canada #frozen
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski Braided rivers of glacial runoff, viewed from 4,000 feet (1,200 m), turn into an artistic tapestry of color and pattern as they make their way toward the coast of southern Iceland.
Photo by @isadorakosofsky Sarah and Chad share a moment of affection in her room, as another couple, Heather and George, recline on Heather’s bed (left). Sarah and Chad reside at a ranch for adults with developmental disabilities in Santa Clarita, California. They have been in a relationship for over a decade. Within the hundred residents, many have formed romantic relationships. Some are in long-term commitments, while others are married. For the past five years, I have photographed couples in this community in an attempt to understand their notions of love, connection, and partnership.
Photo by @babaktafreshi Life on Venus? Our neighboring planet appears bright in the morning twilight of the ALMA radio telescopes, situated at 5,000 meters (16,000 ft) in the Chilean Andes. Groundbreaking observations, using this array of 66 dishes and the JCMT telescope in Hawaii, revealed a possible sign of life in the clouds over Venus. The hottest solar system planet, with a surface temperature of 465°C (900°F), along with a crushing atmospheric pressure of 93 bar doesn't sounds a good place for life, but scientists speculated for decades that Venus's atmosphere could be home to aerial microbes. Now a rare molecule known as phosphine was observed in Venus's clouds. On Earth it is produced by microbes in oxygen-free environments. Sample return missions are needed to confirm this, but it's certainly an exciting time for astronomy and space exploration. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of Earth and sky wonders. #twanight #venus #life #astronomy
Photo by @paulnicklen Two young wolf pups play with an eagle feather along the ocean's shore of the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia. Behind each of my images is a story—a narrative trapped in a brief moment that evokes an emotion or inspires the wisdom of the natural world. And while I always aim to convey the boundless beauty our planet possesses, I feel obliged to use my art as a tool for cultivating the knowledge I have gained from the wild in others. When we exist in harmony with each other, the planet benefits and the ecosystems that sustain all the creatures we share it with flourish. We have a responsibility to take care of our home so this cycle will continue for those that come after us. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more images that remind us just how incredibly delicate and special our Earth is. #Wolf #Wolves #Feather #Harmony #Knowledge
Photo by @edkashi Earlier this year, pre-pandemic, I returned to Nicaragua with the Adelante Initiative, which is working toward solutions to #CKDnt (chronic kidney disease of nontraditional cause), an epidemic that has killed or sickened tens of thousands of people in Nicaragua and all over the world. These sugarcane cutters head into the fields at the Ingenio (sugar mill) San Antonio, in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua where they are working with partners to ensure safe and just working conditions. The disease can strike when high temperatures and a heavy workload cause core body temperature to rise and the body cannot cool itself if the conditions are too warm and humid. This can lead to an outright exertional heat stroke, which has long been known to lead to chronic kidney disease. In too much of the world, workers face 7-day work weeks, 12 hour days, and no access to water, rest, or shade, often as children. This initiative in Nicaragua is the leading effort to improve the workday and worker health in the sugar industry and beyond by demonstrating that safe working hours, working conditions, and medical care for all those at risk is good for workers, communities, and employers. #chronickidneydisease #nicaragua #sugarcane #daylabor #epid
Photo by @magnuswennman It was exactly five years ago today that I took this picture of Lamar, five years old, on the border between Serbia and Hungary. Hungary had just closed its border with a five-meter-high iron gate. Thousands of refugees trying to reach northern Europe were stopped. I remember this moment so clearly. Lamar slept in a forest area between the highway and a large grass field. The blanket over her was similar to one I have at home. Her family was sitting under a tree a few meters away, and her grandmother smiled as I approached. She told me that it was a bomb that changed everything. The family was on their way to buy food when it was dropped close to their house in Baghdad. “It was not possible to live there anymore,” she said. After two attempts to cross the sea from Turkey in a small rubber boat, they succeeded—making it as far as Hungary, then finding a closed border. This picture is part of my story “Where the children sleep,” which has been published and exhibited around the world in recent years. To see the full project, go to the link in my personal bio. All income from this project is donated to UNHCR. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I After he invited me for tea, I asked Bakh Shoh to pose for a picture before he headed out to his field. September is the time to harvest wheat and barley in Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. He stood, pocketing his small orange radio. When I asked about it, he said, “I keep up with the world. Also, the music, it makes me feel good.” Sometimes light and personality simply fall into place. @outofedenwalk #Wakhan #notesfromthefield #portraiture #unpublished
The diverse birds of paradise are not all brightly colored! Some have amazing super-black plumage to offset ornaments like the bright neck feathers of this magnificent riflebird, filmed by @TimLaman and Ed Scholes of the @birdsofparadiseproject in West Papua, Indonesia. Listen to the audio to hear the sounds of the male’s wings in his display to the female. Does she seem impressed? To see the full sequence of this display and many more birds of paradise, please visit @TimLaman. #Birdsofparadise #Indonesia #rainforest
Photo by @lucasfogliaphoto California, 2015: Wildfires are becoming more severe. To prevent them, the U.S. Forest Service performs controlled burns between fire seasons, when the land is wet enough to keep them contained. The annual budget for controlled burns is one percent of the amount spent fighting wildfires. If we increase the practice, then we can literally fight fire with fire.
Photo by @stephenwilkes | 57 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, the Reverend Al Sharpton spoke at the Commitment March on August 28th in Washington, D.C. The Commitment March drew thousands of people from around the nation, both young and old to peacefully march together to confront racial injustices. I had the incredible opportunity to photograph the Commitment March: Get Your Knee off our Necks. Thousands gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It was an inspiring day of speeches and protests. The protesters all came together with a unified message, seeking criminal justice reform and to remind everyone of their right & the need to vote. As I photographed from a remarkable vantage point, with the Washington Monument behind me, I reflected on the fact that this is a transformational moment in our country,and I felt grateful that this march was taking place. On assignment for @natgeo #DayToNight #commitmentmarch Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with the correct caption.
Photo by @jimmychin // Sponsored by @SamsungMobileUSA // One of the things I love about shooting in the outdoors is the endless spontaneity of light, clouds, and shadows. I’ve seen this view of the Tetons a thousand times and it is never the same. It also never gets old. // Transform how you share your world with the @samsungmobileusa #GalaxyS20 5G series.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto Slovenia has many wonders, but to me it's famous for its river caves—it's the birthplace of speleology. Pictured here is Križna jama (cave), named after a nearby church of St. Cross (Sv. Križa). The cave features a chain of underground lakes with emerald green water. It's one of the few touristed caves in Slovenia that doesn't contain concrete pathways or harsh lighting, which is harmful to the cave environment. It's considered to be one of the most beautiful and best-preserved caves in Europe—and the world.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train passes a wheat field just outside the town of Kremlin, Montana. Formerly known as the Great Northern Railway, the northernmost transcontinental railroad in the United States was privately funded; with no federal subsidies for its construction, it was unique among other transcontinental railroads. Follow @michaelchristopherbrown for more stories from around the world.
Photo by @williamodaniels Central African Republic, 2013. This is a girl whose relative was killed by grenade. It was thrown by a Seleka rebel; Central African Republic has been in the throes of civil war since 2013. The country has been vulnerable since gaining independence from France in 1960. In 2014, the UN Development Program rated CAR as the second least developed country in the world. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more stories around the world.
Photo by @moisessaman On February 2, an injured Iraqi protestor with a birdshot bullet wound to his forehead is comforted by another protestor at a makeshift first aid station near Al-Khilani Square in Baghdad. The ongoing series of youth-led protests, calling for the end of the sectarian political system that has existed in Iraq since the U.S. invasion, started in October 2019 and continue to this day.
Photo by @estherhorvath Storm over the central Arctic Ocean during the MOSAiC science expedition. It was hard to imagine that under my feet lay a 4,200-meter-deep ocean with about a meter (yard) of ice supporting me. All this while drifting through the ocean aboard the Polarstern, frozen into the sea ice. During our first storm, we reached our record speed, drifting 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) in one day. During the year-long expedition, the Polarstern was frozen into Arctic sea ice, drifting with the Transpolar Drift as scientists conducted research on board and on the sea ice. I've documented 3.5 months of the expedition, spending as much time as possible on the sea ice to photograph the mesmerizing darkness of the polar night. Please follow @estherhorvath for more science stories.
Photo by Prasenjeet Yadav @prasen.yadav As I walked across these living "root bridges" in India's Meghalaya State, I realized I couldn't find a comparable experience. They definitely did not feel like crossing a concrete bridge or even like climbing a tree. Instead, it felt like a fairy tale come to life. And, in a way, that's what it is. In a place where concrete bridges do not survive even a few decades because of constant rains, landslides, earthquakes, and floods, these bridges grow stronger, more robust, and resilient with age. They do not require revenue to build, only time. Also, these root bridges don't just support and connect humans who cross over them. Studies show that a single F. elastica tree potentially supports a few hundred living species—insects, birds, sometimes mammals, and vegetation like moss. These tree bridges are not just individuals but ecosystems, constantly interacting with their living and nonliving surroundings. Follow me @prasen.yadav for more photos from biodiverse India.
Photo by @amivitale Monday morning rush hour in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, as students bike to school. School starts at 7:30 a.m. sharp in this picturesque seaside town. Trincomalee is one of the oldest cities in Asia, and has been a Hindu pilgrimage site since 400 B.C.E. Now Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and Muslim communities live together—one of the many hopeful scenes I witnessed while working in Sri Lanka for @natgeo, looking at the memory of the 26-year-long civil war that ended in 2009. To learn more, follow @amivitale and read the @natgeo story, "Can Sri Lanka Hold On to Its Fragile Peace?" @thephotosociety #srilanka #Trincomalee #bicycle #bicycles #students Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @tamaramerino_photography On the other side of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India, lies a white sand beach, where Aghors perform rituals during the new moon. Two Aghor members are performing the puja, a ritual based on chanting mantras and offering alcohol and cannabis to the sacred fire, as their god, Shiva, used to do. The Aghor consume human flesh for some rituals—from corpses routinely found floating in the Ganges—and immerse themselves in environments where death surrounds them as part of their daily routine. They live and perform their rituals in cremation grounds, but despite their extreme practices and lifestyle, a true Aghor will never hurt another being. Follow me on @tamaramerino_photography to see the full story
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty Indigenous communities have lived closely in tune with the ancient Amazon rainforest for centuries, long before the conquistadors invaded the Americas. Today they still guard their borders against encroaching urbanization and fight to preserve their cultural heritage and natural resources. They fish in the forests' rivers, collect the fruit from acai trees, and grow manioc in their gardens. Sometimes hunters will return home after a few days of trekking with game to feed their families, stirring sleepy villages to life as fires are lit and people gather to prepare their meals. The mother of the baby monkey resting on this boy’s head had been shot for food. The hunters brought the baby back with them and the boy volunteered to be its caretaker. Sadly, the monkey passed away within a few days. As someone who loves animals, it can be difficult to see wildlife killed. But Indigenous peoples do not hunt to be cruel or for sport; they hunt to support their communities and feed their loved ones as their ancestors did before them. Follow me @Mitty for more stories from my work as a conservation photographer with my team @SeaLegacy and partner @PaulNicklen.
Photo by Kris Graves @themaniwasnt The Christopher Columbus monument at Columbus Circle in Syracuse, New York. The inscription reads, "Cristoforo Colombo, Discoverer of America" above four Native American busts. Designed by Dwight James Buam, the statue was dedicated in 1934 and was the culmination of a controversial 25-year campaign. To view more of my work, please follow @themaniwasnt and @kgpnyc.
Photo by @FransLanting / A wildfire rages on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean and Highway One north of Santa Cruz, California. That night it grew to an inferno and raced through the nearby mountain communities of Last Chance and Swanton, destroying most of the homes there. We grieve for the losses of so many friends and neighbors and brace ourselves for the next outbreak of fire. Local weather reports are dominated by smoke forecasts and fire alerts go out when the wind increases. Everyone’s nerves are on edge. Our fire season will only come to and end when the first rains arrive. But in this era of climate chaos, rain too has become an uncertain prospect. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories from the edge of the fire zone. #CZULightningComplexFire #czuaugustlightningcomplex #californiafires #santacruzfire #wildfire
Photo by @robertclarkphoto The oldest living WWII veteran, Lawrence Brooks, is turning 111 today. Brooks served as a support worker in the predominantly Black 91st Engineer Battalion (U.S.), stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines, and reaching the rank of private first class during the war. Mr. Brooks is an amazing man for reasons other than his age: he endured a high level of racism not only in military service but also when he returned home, and as a 96-year-old during Katrina, he left his flooded home and swam to his church, climbed to the roof and was rescued by a helicopter. @wwiimuseum
Photo by @andreabruce Judith Yolanda Quintana Vega prays with her sister, Estela, where the body of her daughter, Abigail Quintana, was found. Abigail was brutally tortured and murdered when she was 18 years old; they have been searching for justice ever since. The sisters have formed a group made of family members of victims of femicide, to advocate for justice. Femicide victims are women who were killed because of their gender, often by a husband or partner. Bolivia has the highest femicide rate in South America. In the June 2020 issue, see "Taking the Lead," the story I photographed about the inspiring women of Bolivia, New Zealand, Iraq, and Afghanistan who have made huge gains in achieving political power, but still face cultural resistance, and even violence, as their influence increases. Story by Rania Abouzeid. Follow me @andreabruce for more photos and stories. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @jimmychin On every expedition there's that moment when you first see your objective in person. This was the moment I saw our skiing objective for the first time (not from a photo) and thought, Wow...that’s a little bigger and a little steeper than I imagined...and is that a 400-foot-tall hanging serac in the middle of our line? The strip of snow and ice on the left is the 7,000-foot (2,100m) northeast face of Mount Tyree, the second tallest peak in Antarctica. The photo was taken on a ski mountaineering trip in January to the big ice with @hilareenelson @jimwmorrison and @conrad_anker to ski new lines on the tallest and second tallest mountains in Antarctica, Mount Vinson and Mount Tyree. For more images of ski adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin.
Photo by @chien_chi_chang Getting closer is a revered maxim for all of us. It is also an art. And at the heart of that art is patience. An honest portrait requires more than proximity. It requires trust. And that takes time. This picture was taken in Vienna airport in 2010, when my flight to Taipei was severely delayed. The airline was apologetic, but it was clear I would spend many hours in the lounge. As night fell I was getting to know the airport and its many faces. I decided to stick my camera to the window. Using a cable release, I opened the lens to the rhythms of the airport. I hoped that the light would not burn a hole in the film. Three hours later I heard the boarding announcement. I released the shutter. When I developed the film, I realized I had created a close and intimate picture of an airport and its personality. #MagnumPhotos
Photo by @irablockphoto A local Intha fishermen on Inle Lake with a "flying" fish. This serendipitous moment happened so quickly that I didn't even notice the fish until much later, as I reviewed images on my computer. I am still not sure what's going on with the fish. Inle is a freshwater lake located in the Shan State of Myanmar (Burma). Many of the fishermen there are known to perform with their conical nets for tourists. This fisherman wasn't performing, but maybe the fish was? Follow @irablockphoto for more travel stories. #travel #inlelake #myanmar #fishermen #irablock
Photos by @robertclarkphoto A hundred years ago today, Grammy-winning producer, actor, theater critic, and WWII veteran Eugene Polinsky was born in New York City. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces and served as a navigator on 35 top-secret B-24 night missions, dropping spies and supplies to the Resistance over occupied Europe for Operation Carpetbagger. (He holds a model of the plane from that mission in the second image.) He was, he’d learn nearly half a century later, part of General “Wild Bill” Donovan’s OSS, now recognized as forerunner to the CIA. Between 1944 and 1945, the Carpetbaggers dropped more than 500 agents and some 5,000 tons of supplies into hostile territory. Polinsky and his crew flew their final mission in August 1944. He returned to the U.S. days before his 24th birthday, with strict orders to forget all about what he’d done during the war. He married his Rutgers sweetheart, had four kids, and acted, wrote, and produced. In 2001, just after his wife had died, and months before 9/11 meant anything but his birthday, he received a mysterious invitation to a reception in Belgium. It was celebrating a new book about an elaborate Allied operation to liberate the Port of Antwerp in 1944. Polinsky never knew he had played an important part in the mission until his host, the former head of the Belgian resistance, told him the story. “We were friends all these years,” he said. “Only you were up in the air, and I was down on the ground.” Today, Polinsky lives in Grand View on Hudson, New York. In 2018, Congress presented him with the OSS Congressional Gold Medal. “You want your whole life to do something,” the veteran says. “To find out that you did it when you were just a kid and you didn’t know it, well—that’s a strange feeling.” Words by #KatieSSanders
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A section of the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, as seen on a rare clear day. The Namib is said to be the oldest desert in the world, and due to the cold current coming up from Antarctica, most of the year it’s shrouded in dense fog. This section is only possible to access by car at low tide, or by plane in clear weather. To see more of our Earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by @nataliekeyssar I'm sharing images from my long-term project, Heaven's Back Yard, about Robeson County, North Carolina. On the first weekend of July, the small town of Pembroke, hosts the Lumbee Homecoming, an annual event for the nearly 55,000 people who belong to the Native American Lumbee tribe. Every year since 1968, tens of thousands from Robeson County and the surrounding areas have gathered for a powwow, parade, golf tournament, and the most popular event of the week: a beauty pageant. The tribe has struggled to gain federal recognition, but during Lumbee Homecoming, each event is a show of pride. Here, participants prepare to ride in the parade. Follow me at @nataliekeyssar for more stories and images from Robeson and across the Americas.
Photo by @paoloverzone Anne Morgenstern, a geoscientist at Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), stands on an eroding ice-rich permafrost deposit on Kurungnakh Island, in Siberia, Russia. New studies by AWI have determined that even permafrost currently very cold could be gone near the surface by the end of this century. "Abrupt thaw processes could potentially increase total permafrost carbon emissions by 40 percent," said Guido Grosse, head of AWI's permafrost research division. #permafrost. Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories and @awiexpedition for polar research stories.
Photo by @dina_litovsky New York City is in phase 4 of reopening after more than three months of quarantine. During the peak of the pandemic, I was photographing after sunset. The night presented a cinematic glimpse of a city plunged into one of its bleakest times. The empty streets transformed into a Hopperesque space of the ultimate night, punctuated by glowing streetlights and windows. These few remaining sources of light offered a sanctuary against the alienating darkness, providing glimpses of life inside. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
This “Squid with a shell" the Palau Nautilus caught on film by @enricsala and @manusanfelix. This cephalopod (a cousin of octopus and squid) lives mainly in Palau and the Western Carolines on reef slopes typically between 150-300 meters deep, but can sometimes be seen at shallower depths like this when they make excursions at night when fish activity diminishes.
Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman Lam Van Ngoi mends his fishing nets at the end of a long day, surrounded by a floating forest of water hyacinth. Ngoi has been a fisherman in the Mekong Delta for 54 years. He lives in Long Xuyen, Vietnam, and worries constantly for his children and grandchildren—he's watched rapid environmental change unfold in the delta, from upstream damming and climate change, and he knows that his family won't be able to stay in the area if things continue to get worse.
Video by @bertiegregory A young grey wolf in a snowstorm on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes but this wolf looked totally unfazed by the brutal conditions. This wolf’s thick winter coat and bushy tail allows it to thrive in the cold. When sleeping, it would use its tail as a warm face covering. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wildlife #animals #wolves #wolf #snow
Photo by @babaktafreshi “The view to the night sky is shared by many, unhindered by borders or boundaries. Back on Earth, boundaries have long been associated with territory–fought over and shifted in the name of politics, religion, economy or race—but it is the view of our planet from space that reveals the true nature of our cosmic home, a borderless world divided only by land and sea. Under the single eternal roof of the night sky, we all belong to one family inhabiting one single planet.” Excerpted my book "The World at Night." Explore more with me @babaktafreshi. #twanight #onepeopleonesky #peace #inspiration