Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I An image from my Blenheim oaks series. Blenheim Palace was a gift from a grateful nation to General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his victories in battle. Over the years, blasted by lightning or simply toppling over in their senescence, the oaks at Blenheim seem like ancient pachyderms or baobabs clinging to the edge of life. They were originally planted, it is said, as a leafy reminder of a faraway military conquest—to map the configuration of troops at the beginning of the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. #photojournalism #nature #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lowlight
Photo by @iantehphotography | My taxi driver during my stay in Linfen, also known as China's coal-capital in 2007, was an ex-coal miner. He would tell me stories about the dangers of the job, worrying everyday if he'd make it back aboveground after a hard day's work in the mines. He wasn't exaggerating, because at that time 80% of the world's coal mining accidents were in China. He took me to his old workplace, and while he caught up with his boss, I was allowed to explore. I walked down past the entrance to the colliery and waited in the dark until I heard footsteps of miners approaching. They were surprised when they saw me—a man in civilian clothes with a pair of cameras. I asked to take their portraits, but I'd need their help in the dark. Moving various workers around my chosen subject, I asked them to shine their head torches directly at their friend as I took this picture of him. They were delighted. After the shot I could hear them chattering excitedly as they continued deep into the dark for another day's work on the coal seams. #coal #mining #climatechange
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Cultural legacies all over the world are passed down from parents to children. In Galicia, the mariscadoras (fisherwomen) have harvested berberechos (cockles) for generations and generations. Traditionally, the men in this region would spend their days fishing the deep ocean while the women stayed on land, raking the shores for clams and cockles. Berberechos is considered a predominately matriarchal trade, handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter. Throughout various times of the year, these women venture to different parts of the coastline, raking away until they fill their buckets with berberechos. They then rush over to the weighing station to sell their berberechos before the daily quota is met! Conservation efforts have turned cockle collecting into a sort of race; once the daily quota hits its peak, cockles can no longer be traded in or sold. Follow me @cristinamittermeier for more images of people from around the world. #pescaderias #denominaciondeorigen #mariscadoras #mulheres #espana
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Abdulhadi, a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, reaches for the ball while playing with his friend in a tented settlement in Jordan. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen. For more on how to get involved, follow @everydayrefugees. #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | “You look straight ahead. You try to breathe normally. You can smell the scent of the huge cat that is staring back. You are a cameraman. He is the King of Beasts.” There's no feeling quite like looking directly into the eyes of a true predator. Your primitive being awakens immediately, recognizing that the animal before you is a phenomenal force with which to be reckoned. For me, trying to convey the power of that feeling in a single camera frame is an endless challenge, and clicking the shutter has become almost as instinctual as the hairs that can rise up on the back of my neck. But it's not just the stories and images that we can convey; responsible nature-based tourism, of “hunting” with our eyes and our cameras, offers us an effective, invigorating, and sustainable way of safeguarding species and their habitats, as well as uplifting the communities that live alongside wildlife. In a world where lions have vanished from 90% of their historic range, their numbers falling to dangerous lows, this is an important, minimum-impact conservation tool, bringing in money for conservation, preserving wild habitats, and cementing the relationship with nature that we need. #thisismytrophy
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | An Atlantic bluefin tuna nearly 10 feet in length and weighing close to 1000 pounds swims past a diver in the chilly, green waters of Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bluefin possess incredible biology; they continue to grow their entire lives, swim faster than torpedoes, crisscross the ocean each year, and generate heat in their bodies, allowing them to swim into cold waters to feed. Revered for centuries, their stocks have now dwindled. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more wildlife in the sea and to read the stories behind the photos. #bluefintuna #tuna
Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Girls join hands during their ballet class on a basketball court in one of Rio's largest favelas. It's run by ballerina Tuany Nascimiento, who is from the community. Years ago, when Tuany couldn't afford the commute to classes, she would practice by herself. Soon, young girls started watching and asking her to teach them. From three girls, they grew to more than 50, dancing amid challenges, sometimes cancelling sessions because of gun violence in the community. I witnessed their dancing, each movement a lesson in grace in every sense of the word. #Followme @hannahreyesmorales, for more stories while on the road.
Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | It’s National Honey Bee Awareness Day! Did you know that every honey bee you see pollinating a flower is female? Each hive has one queen, with 100 female worker bees for every male drone bee. The queen’s only job is to lay eggs and a drone’s only job is to mate with the queen. The female worker bees are responsible for everything else: gathering nectar, guarding the hive and honey, caring for the queen and larvae, keeping the hive clean, and producing honey. Bees give new meaning to the phrase "A woman’s work never ends." They pollinate 70 of the top 100 consumer food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world's nutrition. #NationalHoneyBeeAwarenessDay
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | A mother and son about to board a rescue ship, the Aquarius, at sea off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean, operated by @doctorswithoutborders. This image is an outtake from a 2016 project documenting migration into Europe. During its time at sea, the Aquarius rescued roughly 80,000 migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean. Without the work of @doctorswithoutborders and dozens of other rescue organizations on the Mediterranean, thousands more would have lost their lives. Rescue ships like the Aquarius are no longer allowed to operate in the Mediterranean, and dinghies carrying migrants from Libya are often turned away. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | At the end of a long day at her veterinary practice, Odette Doest makes supper, accompanied by Bob and, on her shoulder, Willy, a two-year-old free-flying, chestnut-fronted macaw that she rescued as a chick. Odette and her son also share their home with nine cats and eight dogs. Bob is unfazed by his housemates. Bob is a Caribbean flamingo from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by Doest, a local vet (and also my cousin) who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation center and conservation charity—the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for @fdoccuracao, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob and other stories about the human-wildlife relationship. #birdrescue #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #curacao
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Muhammad, a groom from Sudan, has been in Saudi Arabia for the past three years. Each day he tends to his horse at dawn and sunset, to prepare for the Riyadh race track. #riyadh #saudiarabia #horse #groom
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Battling to stay afloat, American speleologist Erin Lynch struggles to pull her way across a raging torrent of white water that relentlessly bombards her. She holds on while crossing the main river in China's Quankou Dong cave and explores beyond. Following very heavy rains, these caves in Wulong County are impassable.
Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | A quarter of all shark species are at risk of extinction. Around the world, we are fishing many shark species faster than they can reproduce, and once over-fished, sharks will take a long time to recover—if they can recover. We can be angry and heartbroken, but we also can go deeper to understand why this problem exists and rectify it. We need stronger management and legislation in place to protect them. Thankfully, the world is starting to wake up to the crisis sharks face, but we need more voices to join us. Please help me in preserving their beauty and start #TurningTheTide for sharks at @cristinamittermeier. #ocean #conservation #CITES4Sharks
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Euphrasia poplar trees tap into shallow ground water near the Talimu River, as it sinks into the sands of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China. Scientists call these trees diversifolia, as the mature trees have two leaf shapes, some round like an aspen and some elongated like eucalyptus. Yet both turn yellow at the same time in mid-October. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Elephants enjoy a mud bath at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). A coating of soil helps protect sensitive elephant skin by acting as both sunscreen and insect repellent. These elephants are being cared for by members of the local community: “We take care of the elephants, and the elephants are taking care of us. We now have a relationship between us.” Follow @amivitale to learn how I am using my personal photography to support @r.e.s.c.u.e's crucial work. @conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Sunrise on the Circle Cliffs, Utah. Sometimes it is easiest to see what’s important in the rearview mirror. These spectacular cliffs were removed from the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and opened for mining by presidential proclamation in 2017. Besides being visually stunning, the Circle Cliffs house archaeological sites that trace human occupation of the area for thousands of years. For more images from this @insidenatgeo project examining landscape and rock art in western national monuments, follow me @salvarezphoto and my non profit @ancientartarchive.
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | It may seem like a ubiquitous sight: a pair of serene, long-necked giants ambling their way across a grassland landscape toward tea-colored water. It's as if they have the place to themselves. But we know the reality is very different: giraffe populations are in alarming decline, and habitat loss is one of the biggest threats they face. For a towering, supersized browser, the pressures of survival in landscapes increasingly hemmed in by humans can be especially intense. In fact, studies have shown that giraffes living near dense human settlements have larger home ranges, requiring them to travel greater distances and use up more precious energy to obtain critical resources. Just like a deep channel blocking their path, more and more barriers impact the animals' chances of survival, and they are certainly not alone. Will we pull together to slow the looming extinctions, stabilize the climate, and prioritize the health of the planet over short-term developmental gains? As of 2018, 14.9 percent of the Earth’s land surface and 7.3 percent of the world’s oceans are formally protected. We have a long way to go, but it is possible—if we just don't leave things too late. #spacefornature
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | When you're a penguin, there's no telling when you might become a sea lion's lunch. These rockhopper penguins race toward shore in groups because it increases the odds of survival; you're less likely to be picked off by a hungry predator when you're surrounded by a dozen birds that look just like you, and if you're faster than all the others, then that's great news for you. Penguins have evolved for life on land and in the ocean, but once you've seen the way they move through and over water, it's hard to call them flightless. At the very least, these rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) seem to remember what it was to soar through the sky, before evolution took them out of the air and gave them the sea to fly through instead. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more photos and stories from some of the most remote parts of the world. #naturephotography #penguins #explore #gratitude
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | It was a special moment watching and photographing the moon as it rose above the columns of the ancient Temple of Poseidon, built in 444 B.C., in Cape Sounion, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Sounion #Poseidon
Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes | Photographing in India was a very humbling experience, and one of my favorite locations was the holy city of Varanasi. There is an overarching sense of calm and acceptance of the cycle of life. Varanasi is known as the place where loved ones are taken to be cremated on funeral pyres, seen as a beautiful ritual. This Day to Night image shows the multitude of color and activity throughout the city and its port, even on days with temperatures of 108 degrees, as it was on the day of the shoot. In the Day to Night series, epic cityscapes and landscapes are portrayed from a fixed camera angle, capturing fleeting moments of humanity and nature as light passes in front of the lens over the course of a full day. A select group of these images are blended into a single composite. The Day to Night Monograph has been released by Taschen. To see more about the book and my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Varanasi #India #Sunset #Monograph
Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | On this day three years ago, a group of Lakota riders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule reservations came together on horseback to push back a police line that had formed between a group of native water protectors and the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. The demonstration was planned and peaceful, but was meant to signal to both the local county police and the construction team, which had begun bringing heavy machinery up the hill to finish the last segment of the pipeline, that their community was staunchly against a project they believed would have catastrophic environmental consequences and directly undermine tribal sovereignty. Today, native Hawaiians are similarly standing together at Mauna Kea to prevent the construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in a spot of deep ecological, spiritual, and cultural significance to Hawaiians. This seems to be a story we can find at any moment in post-contact American history. #standingrock #maunakea
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Kagi and Lakpa Sherpa are hit by the first rays of light near the summit of Everest. The role of "climbing sherpas" has changed and evolved over time, and I believe these days the Nepalis working in this field have more and more control over the outcome of every expedition. We learned this the hard way on our recent #everestmystery assignment and @natgeochannel film. Stay tuned for more story details and follow me @renan_ozturk for more images from the roof of the world.
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @TasneemAlsultan | The largest single structure in At-Turaif is Salwa Palace, sprawling across 10,000 square meters. Dating to the early 18th century, the palace (3D projection mapping on Salwa Palace seen here) was the home of the royal family and served as the seat of government during the first Saudi state. #AtTuraif #SaudiArabia #Diriyah #SaudiArabia
Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Mongolian horses: Strong, swift, and sure-footed, this native breed made the armies of Genghis Khan almost invincible as they conquered most of the known world, from China and Central Asia to the borders of Poland, in the 13th century. #innermongolia #mongolianhorse #mongolia
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Today is World Lizard Day! A tokay gecko strikes a pose during a photo shoot @sunsetzoomhk. Two variants of tokay geckos exist: red-spotted and black-spotted. The coloration of this species is important for camouflage, and they can actually lighten or darken their skin color to better blend in with their environment. To see other colorful species in the Photo Ark and learn how you can protect animals like this one in the wild, follow me @joelsartore. #WorldLizardDay #tokaygecko #cute #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | Fighters with the Kurdish militia, the YPG, await surrenders of men, women, and children in the human corridor in the edge of Baghouz, Syria, in March 2019. This is an outtake from a forthcoming story for @natgeo, to be published in November. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.
Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | People walk on a hardened lava field at the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, Hawaii. The expansive park is home to two volcanoes, including Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. For more images around the world, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Methane lake fire in Fairbanks, Alaska. I've been photographing in the Arctic for close to six years, trying to tell stories that put a human face on climate change. For nearly two of those years I've been working on “The Carbon Threat” for @natgeo, online today (link in my bio @katieorlinsky). The article, written by @craigwelch, tackles the urgent subject of permafrost thaw. It has been one of the most challenging stories I have ever photographed, a journey that fluctuated from frustrating and disturbing to fascinating and inspiring at a moment's notice. What is happening to our planet is not easy to swallow, but we must confront it head-on. I hope our article can help the public and policymakers recognize this new, groundbreaking reality and take action. Arctic permafrost is thawing much faster than expected, releasing carbon gases that could drastically speed up climate change. Scientists say what was once hundreds of years away could now happen in our lifetime, with permafrost thaw releasing nearly three times more greenhouse gases than expected. In this image, flammable methane, a potent greenhouse gas, bubbles from the thawing permafrost beneath a frozen lake. When you punch a hole through the ice, the gas escapes and can be measured—or set on fire— as a scientist demonstrates here. Permafrost refers to the layer of continuously frozen soil that covers almost 1/4th of the Earth’s surface, found mostly in the Arctic. Most permafrost areas have been frozen for more than 10,000 years. And trapped inside permafrost are carbon dioxide and methane gas, built up from thousands of years of decomposing organic matter. If the amount of CO2 trapped in the Earth’s permafrost was released, it would be two times the amount we currently have in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, methane is 25 times as potent as CO2, and if released could make today’s fossil fuel emissions look like chump change.
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Aymara women give a push to a three-wheel Chinese pickup after loading wild oats, harvested near the shores of Lake Titicaca, Peru. Most of the Aymara eke out a very basic living by hand, with little more than a hectare of land. The international demand for quinoa has helped bring some much needed income to this aging population of subsistence farmers. #Altiplano #LakeTiticaca #AymaraTo view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | For World Elephant Day, I'm posting an image of the burning tusks from thousands of elephants in Kenya in 2016, the largest ivory burn to date. These burns are controversial acts against poaching because of the high monetary value of ivory, and while Kenya didn’t expect this to end the poaching, it sent a strong message: Elephants are worth more alive, and Kenya was stepping up its war against those who traffic in wildlife and wildlife products. Why not sell the ivory and use the money for the conservation of these animals? Well, these tusks are mostly from elephants illegally killed for their ivory, which has been confiscated over the years, and Kenya refused to make money from contraband. Also, in the past ivory released for sale ended up fueling the demand, and there was a sudden and extreme rise in elephant poaching, which has cost countries countless more millions than were ever raised from sales. Tanzania lost over half its elephant population in just five years, and Africa lost a whopping third of all elephants. Many people don’t know that elephants are killed for their tusks and believe that they fall out naturally. They don’t. Since this burn, a number of important things have happened. China has banned the sale of ivory, and while there is still illegal trade, prices have fallen dramatically and so has elephant poaching. However, in southern Africa, where the world's last substantial elephant population remains, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are calling for an end to the ban in trade of raw ivory and are planning to apply for these changes at the next CITES to conference, declaring that the money raised will be used for conservation and anti-poaching. #WorldElephantDay #worthmorealive #saynotoivory #kenyaivoryburn #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | The sanctity of space. Lucky weather, years of planning, and lots of hard work from a talented team pays off. Chris Burkard and Ted Hesser pushing into the magic light atop the Ushishir caldera in the remote Kuril Islands.
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | A female member of the ELN walks through a village to bathe by the river after spending the night with her unit in Colombia, February 2019. This is an outtake from a forthcoming story for @natgeo, to be published in November. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | When it comes to experiences with the power to change your life, it doesn't really get more raw than when you find yourself up against an 8,000-lb elephant bull seal who's mistaken you for a rival breeding male. You're in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but freezing water and icy desert, and your heart's beating so fast it feels like it's going to bruise the inside of your chest. This elephant seal came barreling toward me in defense of his harem and the entire beach, and this is what it looked like when I used my underwater housing to push him off. I accidentally hit the shutter as I scrambled to get out of his way. Other photographers ask me if they should get in the water with elephant seals in Antarctica during breeding season. The answer is no. It's like getting in the water with hippos. When this male approached me, I was in the shallows, and I made it back to land with my camera still clutched in my hands and without injury. Elephant seals beat up on each other all day long; bulls grab 1,500-pound females in the surf zone and drown them in an attempt to breed. I still do not want to play a role in affecting their behavior; it is always my prime objective to be like a ghost when I walk in the wild parts of our world. I should have known better and now I do. Please #follow me @paulnicklen where I share more about the experiences that have both shaped my career. #respect #elephantseal #nature #wildlife
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | A photo of Souq Albalad, which translates to Old Town Market, that I took a few weeks ago. The market is in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, and caters to many ethnic and economic backgrounds. Tourists and locals thrive in the bustling streets of Al Balad. While the area was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014, investments to restore the buildings and tourism had already taken place. #Jeddah #SaudiArabia
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A young Japanese macaque peers through branches at tourists visiting Iwatayama Monkey Park on Mt Arashiyama, in Kyoto, Japan. There are over 170 wild monkeys at the park; they are not caged and can roam freely. #macaque #japan #kyoto #monkey
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Ranger Achian practices tracking with Tipper the tracking dog. Achian has been a ranger on @lewa_wildlife for 13 years. His father was also a ranger on @lewa_wildlife, just like a number of others there. More often than not, we're confronted with heartbreaking stories of rampant poaching across Africa but rarely do we hear about conservation success stories. I'd like to share the incredible work of the @lewa_wildlife anti-poaching team, which has successfully protected their booming rhino population from poaching for over six years, proving that it's indeed possible to win the war against wildlife crime. These hard-working and passionate rangers have discovered that by working collaboratively with neighboring communities, partnering with government, and investing in technology, they are saving threatened wildlife, including the more than 200 rhinos that makes up 15% of Kenya's entire rhino population. Learn how to get involved and support rangers like these by following @amivitale and @lewa_wildlife @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #wildlife #kenya #dogs #bloodhounds
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | Ahnie Jumper belongs to a multigenerational Seminole ranching family, and she's a rodeo champion and college athlete. I photographed her in July working in the cow pens with her family at the Big Cypress Reservation during the Seminole tribe’s annual cattle sale. I'm thankful to the Jumper family for allowing me to document their lives and connections to their land and heritage. Because they love and protect the land, Florida’s wildlife and citizens all benefit. For more photos of Seminole land and culture, please visit @carltonward. #nativepride #seminole #floridawild #KeepFLWild #FloridaWildlifeCorridor @fl_wildcorridor
Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A bat ray searches for food in the surf grass on Cortes Banks, located approximately 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, California. Cortes Banks is an underwater mountain range, rich with nutrients, that has created a unique habitat of kelp forest and surf grass on the bottom with a variety of pelagic marine life in the water above. Places such as this are vital to the health of our planet, processing carbon and giving back oxygen. To see many more photos of ocean animals and read the stories behind the pictures, follow @BrianSkerry #specialplaces #cortesbanks #california
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. The ambitious introduction of 24 lions from South Africa in 2018 was the largest international translocation ever undertaken. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years, restoring the apex predator to its native lands. Already, six cubs have been born since the lions’ release. I covered this historic undertaking. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off" on natgeo.com @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #lions #mozambique #worthmorealive #WorldLionDay
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | Three and a half years ago, Flamingo Bob was living a pretty normal flamingo life on the salt flats of Curaçao—until he made an unfortunate mistake. He flew into a window at the local Hilton hotel and ended up near the swimming pool with a concussion. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest, who is a veterinarian on the island and also runs a wildlife rescue facility. Odette discovered he suffered from a chronic condition on his feet and he had been habituated to people, which made it impossible for her to release the flamingo in the wild. Instead, she made him an ambassador for the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben @fdoccuracao, her nonprofit organization for educating locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. Bob's life has made a dramatic turn, and today it's far from normal: Kids love the pink bird, and he's a rising star and a true ambassador for all flamingos in the Caribbean. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob, who is slowly becoming instafamous. #birdrescue #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #flamingolove
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A breathtaking view of the King Talal Dam in the hills of northern Jordan. The dam irrigates about 17,000 hectares and supports the livelihood of 120,000 people. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Jordan #kingtalaldam
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | A juvenile Caribbean flamingo checks out the improvised socks that veterinarian Odette Doest created for its severe foot lesions. The bird was brought to Curaçao by airplane from the neighboring island of Bonaire after spending time at Bonaire Wild Bird Rehab. When @bonairewildbirdrehab realized that the small infection on its feet worsened, they decided the bird needed immediate medical care and connected with Odette, who picked up the bird from the airport the following day. Odette, who also runs a rehabilitation center, treated the bird and made special socks to fit the bird's feet and to avoid too much stress on the healing wounds. After the bird's recovery, it was transported back to Bonaire, where it occasionally still visits the rehabilitation center there. And guess what, it's pink now! Follow @jasperdoest for more flamingo stories, including Flamingo Bob, the instafamous animal ambassador of @fdoccuracao, a Caribbean conservation charity in Curaçao. #flamingo #flamingolove #wildliferescue #flamingobob #curacao
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | Cuban mourners hang a flag from a hill on the side of the highway outside the city of Las Tunas as they wait for the funeral procession of Fidel Castro to pass by on December 2, 2016. The remains of Castro, who died at the age of 90 on Friday, November 25, 2016, made a four-day road trip across Cuba to the city of Santiago.
Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | Two oceanic whitetip sharks swim just beneath the surface in the Bahamas. Considered the most abundant large animal on Earth in the 1970s, this species has been decimated by overfishing. Currently its numbers are 99 percent in decline throughout much of its range worldwide. The value of sharks to the health of the ocean is substantial, and a healthy ocean is vital to all life on our planet. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more pictures of ocean wildlife. #sharks #oceanicwhitetipshark #bahamas
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Loftheiller Cave, Iceland, is a permafrost-encrusted lava tube and one of the few lava tubes I know of that has permanent ice formations. Ice inside this cave grows slowly and is hundreds and maybe thousands of years old. The cave itself was created when fast-flowing molten rock drained through a lava field and left this void underground. The cave is now a product of fire and ice. #iceland #cave
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Fishing boats wait for the port of Chimbote, Peru, to open during heavy seas, a week into the start of the lucrative season for the Peruvian anchoveta. The Peruvian anchoveta is the world's largest fishery by weight, and is primarily harvested for fish meal and oil, which are critical components of feed for aquaculture, pig, and chicken farms throughout the world. On assignment for #natgeo. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by Andy Mann @andy_mann | After going to sleep aboard the Freya, an arctic research vessel circumnavigating around Svalbard, Norway, I heard a gentle knock on my door around 2:30 a.m. “A bear is approaching, please quietly make your way out to the deck if you’d like to observe it,” said the guide. I grabbed my camera and rushed down the hallway, noticing I had accidentally left my 12-24mm wide angle lens mounted on the camera body overnight. Not the best lens for photographing distant polar bears. I’ll just have a quick look outside, I thought. I opened the port-side door to the deck; the cold air hit my face as I scanned the horizon for bears. Nothing. Moments later, I heard a heavy breath at my feet, even before I smelled it. I looked down to see a mother bear had stood up on her hind feet and was taking a good look at my muck boots through the ship's gunnel hole. My photo instincts are much sharper than my survival instincts, and I bent down in front of her and took a few photos before she lost interest, gathered her cubs, and made her way back into the mist. I thanked my lucky stars for walking out into this moment with the "wrong" lens. A little luck goes a long way. Please follow me @andy_mann for more exciting stories from the field.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | This is Hamzeh, a lion that was rescued from a zoo outside Aleppo, Syria, in 2017. Since then he has been rehabilitated and living in @almawa.jordan in Jerash, Jordan. Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife is part of the Princess Alia Foundation @paf.jordan which provides emergency medical treatment, rehabilitation, and re-homing for animals. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Jordan
Photo by Fritz Hoffmann @fritzphotos | This photo was shot for the National Geographic magazine story "Searching for Shangri-La." On their arduous pilgrimage to circle the sacred mountain Kawagebo, Tibetan pilgrims approach the 14,721-foot pass to cross into Tibet from Yunnan Province, China. The once-in-a-lifetime journey takes two weeks. Camping far below the pass with my Tibetan assistant, I heard the pilgrims passing me in the middle of the night, when drifting in and out of sleep under a thick wool Tibetan blanket covered with frost. I woke and gave chase in the dark. At daybreak on the pass, I waited several hours for pilgrims to come into my frame. I was an unexpected sight, there, alone with my camera. I greeted them with "Tashi delek," the only Tibetan greeting I knew. They smiled and returned the greeting. If they could speak Mandarin, we conversed. To see more pictures from "Searching for Shangri-La" and China, visit my feed @fritzphotos. #threeparallelrivers #yunnan #china #ruralchina #mountkawagebo
Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Father and daughter get creative to beat 110 Fahrenheit temperature on Sunday, July 21, in New York City. They were cooling off with the fire hydrants in their neighborhood.