Photo by @DavidDoubilet. A sea turtle hatchling hides from predators in a dense floating canopy of sargassum algae near Cancun Mexico. Sargassum weed is an algae that forms a floating golden forest on the sea. The rafts maybe small (table sized) or stretch for miles like a vast ceiling on the sea but all are critical nursery habitats for immature and vulnerable sea life that would be quickly devoured in the open blue. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment for upcoming story on Sargassum Golden Rainforest in the Sea. // #ocean #seaturtle #baby #sargassumweed #mexico for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Vertical star trails fall from the night sky above distant tepuis known as Aparaman, Aparauren and Murosipan that rise from the Gran Sabana plain in Venezuela. This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists we were traveling with were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is like no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. And as for the caves... they're even better! Stay tuned.
Photo by @amivitale. Bawa puts his trunk in Sosian's mouth. It's a gesture that is reassuring and comforting, like a hug or a handshake for humans. Both elephants are residents of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first community owned elephant orphanage in Africa. Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to support and learn more about their important initiatives working to return orphan elephant calves into the wild. #dontletthemdisappear @nrt kenya @conservationorg @tusk org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @thephotosociety #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @jimmy chin Alpine dreams. The Torre Group in Patagonia have a long legacy of epic ascents and epic failures. As they say down there, if the weather is good, wait five minutes. The dramatic winds coming off the Patagonian Icecap are notorious for making every foray into these high alpine granite spikes an exciting adventure.
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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Mesmerized by the underwater wonder of living corals and sponges, I lost myself in the artistry of nature, while diving in the Gardens of the Queen. Healthy reefs, an ecosystem that is barely surviving elsewhere, is alive and healthy here. With limited access to tourists, it’s vibrant and abundant life is as beautiful and it is soul-lifting. To see more photos and videos from an amazing expedition to this forgotten corner of the Caribbean, #follow my Instagram feed at @cristinamittermeier. #turningthetide, with @sea legacy and @paulnicklen | @andy mann #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #coralreef | #jardinesdelareina| #marineconservation |
Video by @pedromcbride // Feeding time: I had the privilege to recently spend time at the @r.e.s.c.u.e elephant orphanage where a small group of dedicated animal lovers are helping save these cuties and create a conservation model at the same time with @nrt kenya. It is amazing how independent each of these orphaned elies are - some are sweet and gentle while others want to wrestle all day. To see more wild adventures follow @pedromcbride // #elephants #orphans #hope #wildlife #conservation #kenya
Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy mann, @mdalio and @iankellett story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty
Photo @lucalocatelliphoto CERN and the artisans of the Universe is a project I've done about this incredible place, the CERN. What is the universe made of? How did it start? Physicists at CERN are seeking answers, using some of the world's most powerful particle accelerators and reading results with such huge detector. I was lucky to photograph the last maintenance work in the 100 meters underground tunnels where the experiments are, like the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), a general-purpose detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the photo. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about my stories #science #future #futurology #detector #future #technology #science
Video by @BertieGregory. An octopus on the hunt at night in the northern Red Sea, Egypt. Here the octopus is net feeding where it spooks fish into little caves before ballooning with its 8 tentacles blocking all exits. Predators like this octopus are crucial to the functionality of coral reefs as they keep the number of grazing animals in check. If octopus are overfished and removed the reef, the number of grazers increases and the reef as a whole suffers. Long story short, ecosystems need predators. When you look after the predators, you look after everything underneath. Follow @BertieGregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photographer @thomaspeschak documenting giant tortoises for @natgeo and @sif seychelles on remote Aldabra Atoll. Here temperatures are so hot that if these tortoises are not beneath a shade tree or deep in a cool coral cave at midday they cook to death in their shells. Only around 4pm do the tortoises pile out one by one to graze in the cool of the evening. It took nearly 2 hours for all of the tortoises to leave this cave. Video and time lapse footage shot by my assistant @ottowhitehead Follow him for more behind scenes videos
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) A group of refugees from Afghanistan including unaccompanied minors sleep on the ground outside an old train carriage where they took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia. According to UNICEF, 3,200 refugees in Serbia are children and one in three of them are unaccompanied. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
Photo by: @renaeffendiphoto When I came to Khinaliq, Azerbaijan's highest inhabited village, a shepherd and the town’s elder I met took me to the village cemetery. He said pointing down the hill: “If you dig a hole right through, you will see seven layers of burial ground”. Archeological evidence suggests that Khinaliq was inhabited four millennia ago and dates back to pre-Zoroastrian times. This village of nearly 1,000 shepherd families is built into the side of a mountain, each house made of river stone, one upon the other, forming a staircase to the sky. Because of its remoteness, Khinaliq still managed to preserve its ancient way of life. The people speak Khinaluq, a unique endangered dialect attributed to the northeastern group of the Caucasus languages. The source of income is mainly sheep breeding. While men graze their flocks in mountain pastures, the women weave traditional carpet designs from wool. For more human interest stories follow me here: @renaeffendiphoto #village #history #heritage #culture #azerbaijan #mountains #nature #landscape @natgeocreative
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Muztagata, literally, “ice mountain father” on the northern edge of the Pamir Plateau in Xinjiang province. So named for the 12 glaciers that ring it’s 7509 meter summit. The mountain plays hide and seek behind fast moving clouds that hide and reveal. This photograph taken from the Karakoram Highway side heading to Taxkorgan, western most town in China close by the Afghanistan border. @thesilkroadjourney #korakoram #mysilkroad2017 #pamir #xinjiang #china #glacier #mountain @natgeocreative
Photo by @stephenwilkes. Walking the back roads in Italy at sunrise is a magical experience, often greeted by beautiful light. The feeling one gets in Tuscany, when the early morning light touches the landscape often brings back memories and creates new ones. To see more of my work, follow me @stephenwilkes. #italy #sunrise #tuscany #light #memories #landscape
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Photo by @williamalbertallard In the lovely but small French Basque town of Sare there was a weekend festival in the fall of 1967. These three men were standing in a doorway listening to a Basque poet. I was standing a bit below them which allowed me to frame them with just some ceiling beams above them but the base of the picture is dark with their coats and it’s their ancient appearing faces that stand out; faces that are seemingly ageless, all three intent upon what the poet is saying to them. Basque is an impossible language so I, of course, had no idea what so ever the poet was saying. But I was completely caught up in these three mens’ faces. And I still am. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images from the Basque Country and other assignments over five decades. #basquecountry #basque #poetry #poet #streetphotography #leica #filmphotography #kodachrome #williamalbertallard
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Video @michaelchristopherbrown. Men dance in competition during the 2017 Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair Pow Wow, held annually on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I spent part of this summer photographing over a dozen Indian reservations in the American West, searching to photograph the beauty and complexities of these communities and lands, the symbols of both tribal success as well as issues perennially facing the tribes. I grew up near several reservations in Washington State though knew very little about them, a common experience for many Americans. During this trip I was struck by the indigenous stewardship to the land, from the elders to the seventh generation water protectors, of taking responsibility for what we are taking out of and putting into the earth, actively keeping track of it as a community and actively fighting for it. This stewardship goes back thousands of years, an egalitarian society where individual wealth was measured not by what was saved but by what was given away.
Images by @joelsartore | For thousands of creatures living on Earth, time is running out. That’s why the National Geographic Society has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to launch the Photo Ark EDGE Fellowship. The fellowship focuses on Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species and kicks off with these five unique creatures: the Antillean manatee (photographed at the @Dallas World Aquarium), Baird’s tapir (photographed at @theomahazoo), the giant anteater (photographed at the Caldwell Zoo), the hawksbill turtle (photographed in Xcaret, Mexico), and the volcano rabbit (photographed at the Chapultepec Zoo). These species are the subject of conservation efforts by our first fellowship candidates in Latin America. Each species has been featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark, a flagship program of the National Geographic Society founded by National Geographic photographer @JoelSartore. Once selected, the final Photo Ark EDGE fellows will undertake a 2-year fellowship project to help protect their focal species. The fellowships will leverage the power of Sartore’s captivating portraits to bring attention to the global extinction crisis and will help put effective tools in the hands of conservationists working to turn the tide for species at risk. Learn more about these species and the people working to save them by clicking the link @joelsartore’s bio. #PhotoArk
Photograph by @michaelnicknichols | Jane Goodall and Jou Jou, chimpanzee at Brazzaville Zoo, Republic of Congo, 1990. I (@michaelnicknichols) grew up with Jane Goodall, Flo, Flint and Greybeard on the pages of National Geographic magazine in the 1960’s, and wildly came to photograph Fifi, Frodo, Freud and Jane in the 1990’s. Jane and I collaborated on the book Brutal Kinship, bringing to light the disappearing terrain chimpanzees relied on to live, and how we humans cruelly and without irony used our closest relative as stand-in surrogates for space exploration, HIV and hepatitis research, language studies, and entertainment. - Jane, 83, is still at it, traveling nonstop on her mission. She recently closed my exhibit WILD at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a talk that brought me and the entire house to tears. - Opening in theaters today is a masterpiece film by Brett Morgen. #JANE is an intense love story made from footage literally found in the NatGeo HQ basement from legendary Dutch filmmaker Hugo van Lawick, and includes a beautiful score by Philip Glass. This is far more revealing than any huge budget biopic could ever hope to match. #JANE