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Photos by Chien-Chi Chang @chien_chi_chang | Arrival and departure at Shanghai Pudong Airport in May, 2019. #cccontheroad

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Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. When women have the tools and knowledge to market their goods, they can provide for themselves, they can provide for their families and they can expand their businesses. In Peru, @rippleeffectimages aid beneficiary @heiferinternational helps women work together to sell the exquisite knitwear they make from the wool their livestock produce. Fair pay for fine stitching means school fees get paid, bellies are full and everyone rises together. Congratulations to @heiferinternational for celebrating 75 years of giving families the tools they need to raise themselves from poverty! #PhotographyForGood by @anniegriffithsphotography | @rippleeffectimages ⠀⠀⠀ @photography.for.good #inspiration #peru #hope #womencooperatives #women #empowerment #empowerwomen #farming #nourish #knitting #stitches #sewing #embroidery #womenfarmers #agriculture #anniegriffiths #rippleeffectimages #therippleeffect

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Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // FEED ME! FEED ME! // Western marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus) #chicks in their nest. I am participating in an exciting projects, where we are monitoring avian life of privately owned lakes and wetlands. I found this nest accidentally, even though, we expected to have it somewhere in the reed labyrinth… Three of them posing to fight (pretty much the same aggressiveness, when they are asking for food. The smallest one decided to hide. Pic is a bit misleading, larger ones are not hurting them. However, #cannibalism might occur, if the smallest one cannot grow fast enough. ● # westernmarshharrier #wetlandprotection #natureconservancy #animalfacts #funfacts

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Photo by @rezaphotography Candyfloss #Turkey, #Istanbul. On the Galata Bridge. I spent a few months in Turkey through years while on different assignments for National Geographic Magazine. I like the city of Istanbul, between West and East. At one point, years ago, I even thought that I will move there. This particular day, while observing the patience of the fishermen waiting for the fish, those three candyfloss sellers came to me. A strange contrast with Suleymaniye and Yeni Mosques in the background. Text by Rachel Deghati. Published in the book Reporters Without Borders ( 2008). #galatabridge #bridge #fishermen #fish #candyfloss #patience #turkish #mosque #Suleymaniye #yeni #pink #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى# عكاس @thephotosociety

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Seeing Stripes: Botswana’s national animal, the zebra, migrates across the country twice a year. During such migrations, zebra and other wildlife started competing with cattle for limited water sources after the drying up of the Boteti River. In 2009, high rainfall restored the river’s flow for the first time in 20 years, bringing much-needed relief to the region’s migratory animals. Botswana is one of 17 countries under extremely high water stress, like many regions facing imminent global water shortage. For more on conservation of wildlife and water, follow @pedromcbride. #zebras #Botswana #okavango #water #migration #nature #aerial #zebra

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Hare ball – I make no apology for that awful pun but I did think it perhaps time for a change of photographic scenery. From the bear-filled wilderness of Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula we now venture into the Scottish Highlands in winter, to the land of the mountain hare. Alongside me on this day was the legend that is @kevmorgans (renowned puffin botherer), the incomparable @gemma.veronica (snow drift long jump world champion) and my great friend @ewancro (posted exactly the same image yesterday-what are the chances! 😃). The weather this day was brutal with high winds and swirling spindrift, the kind of day where perhaps curling myself into a ball, much like this beautiful mountain hare, might have been exactly the right idea. As odd as this image might look however I am always inexorably drawn to these occasionally abstract shapes in nature and as soon as I saw the hare-ball form I could immediately see the potential of some pleasing symmetry. Fortunately for me the hare did this when she was exactly square on to me and with a distant backdrop of the snow free hills lower in the valley I had a dark enough backdrop against which to reveal the spindrift filled air. Look closely at Lady’s back (at left) and you can see the snow ricocheting off her body, such was the speed with which this dry, mobile snow was being blown. Of the four images that I framed in this sequence only this one had a catchlight in the hares eye, another one of those tiny little details that can make all the difference. In this moment she is just beginning the process of grooming and at any point during this she will certainly rise to shake off the snow and ice that has become encrusted in her hair. Indeed if you look closely at the ice on her back then you can see where it has split, tectonic plate like, as she has begun to arch her back. Remarkably robust animals I am already looking forward to being in their company again this coming winter.

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Photo by @lucianocandisani (Luciano Candisani). Even well after her 90th birthday, Hyun Seon-jik still spends most of her time beyond the surf and far from seashore . She is one of the 4500 women divers ( Haenyeo ) in full activity on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It is a 400 years old cultural tradition of sustainable extractivism included in the UNESCO list of humanity intangible cultural heritage. Most of the remaining Haenyeo are between 65 and 90 years old that still freedive up to 15 meters below the surface to gather sea food . These pictures showing two moments in Hyun's daily life are part of my new exhibition "Haenyeo: women of the sea" oppening on August 31th, at 10 am, in the MIS ( Sound and Image museum ) , located in São Paulo, Brazil. This is a project with @vento.leste (editora Vento Leste) , @mis_sp ( MIS ) and @ateliermarkobrajovic ( Marko Brajovic ). This is an amazing story. If you want to know more about it I strongly recommend the new Lisa See's book "The Island of Sea Women” . This great novel was helped me a lot to understand the deeper aspects of the Haenyeo culture. ( @lisasee_writer ) . . @ilcp_photographers @natgeo @#lucianocandisani @lensculture @sealegacy @solo.br #lucianocandisani #candisani #haenyeo #womendivers #underwaterphotography #photography #sea #ocean #southkorea #jeju #jejuisland #culture #conservationphotography #southkorea #korea #coreia #pacific #pacifico #vento.leste #journeylife #longevidade #longevity

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Photo by @amivitale | I am thrilled to running a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for #WORLDELEPHANTDAY!! You have until the end of TODAY August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of this image in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to donate just $10 to enter to win a camera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and a signed print of this adorable image to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. Visit amivitale.com/elephants to get involved. (Link in bio) The orphaned elephant that are cared for by the Samburu community, are symbols of a new wave of thinking about wildlife and the environment, that goes far beyond traditional conservation methods, and dives deeper into the core value of what nature represents. @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectearth #conservation #earth #elephants #saveelephants #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #northernkenya #kenya #magicalkenya #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by Robert W. Madden @rwmaddenphotog / Today is World Elephant Day, promoted by many conservation groups to raise our collective awareness of elephants. In the 1930’s more than 10 million elephants roamed Africa. But decades of ivory poaching has dropped the savanna population to less than 300,000, moving the species dangerously close to extinction. Save the elephants! @worldelephantday #elephant #serengetinationalpark #worldelephantday #🐘

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Kamchatka bear cub leaning on his mum – I was going to post a cropped version of this image, concentrating primarily on the leaning cub, but first I wanted you see this image in it’s entirety. It was one of those magical evenings and early on, before the last evening light came through this young cub sauntered up to his mum. In these moments it is impossible to guess at what the cub may or may not do so at all times I simply try to respond as best as possible. Fortunately I was shooting on my @nikoneurope 200-400mm lens, a zoom which always provides excellent versatility and responsiveness and it was this that enabled me to zoom out and include the stretching cub. First of all the cub simply went and sat next to his mum, the resulting images were nice enough. Then he blessed us further by deciding to stand up but the real joy was when he suddenly decided that he might like to recline against his mum, a privilege afforded to only the luckiest little bear cubs. None of us could believe our luck but our evening was not to end there, the little cubs soon came running over before the whole family went to fish in the river on the other side of us. It was here that we were able to photograph them using beautiful backlight, the resulting images will no doubt be posted here shortly. For now though I’ll leave you with this little fella, no doubt enjoying leaning into the soft, warm fur of an adult bear, arguably one of the safest places that anyone could find themselves. Thanks again to @nikoneurope for the loan of their rocket-ship D5, a camera that not only focussed super quickly and accurately but also allowed me to shoot a bewildering amount of images, images which I now need to sort through to try and decipher which ones are the best to process. If you want to join me here next year then please register your interest at tours@andrewparkinson.com

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Photo by @lucianocandisani (Luciano Candisani). This picture of a 83 years old lady with an octopus is part of my new exhibition "Haenyeo: Women of the Sea”, opening August 31th at 10am in MIS (Sound and Image Museum), São Paulo, Brazil. It’s about the women divers of Jeju island, South Korea, a 400 years old cultural tradition of sustainable extractivism included in the UNESCO list of Humanity intangible cultural heritage. Most of the 4500 remaining Haenyeo are between 65 and 90 years old that still free dive up to 15 meters below the surface to gather seafood. They are notoriously capable to read the signs of their working environment. When I got this picture, the lady was already swimming back to the beach, when she suddenly halted and her head kept looking downwards. She saw something among the seabed rocks; it was approximately three meters deep. I also stopped. In a split second, she took a deep breath and submerged, carrying her hook. She came down steadfastly toward something I was failing to discern. I went back, in time to see the moment when, in a single blow, she snatched an octopus, from a crack in the rocks. It was a big one, and it came out wrapped among billows of ink, an unsuccessful attempt of self-defense at that point. I made this photograph at the end of the struggle, on the surface, when the octopus was on its way to the bag. All of this did not take more than two minutes to happen. . @ilcp_photographers @natgeo @#lucianocandisani #candisani #haenyeo #divers#brazil #underwaterphotography #photography #wildlife #southkorea #jeju #jejuisland #culture

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Photo by @cameron.davidson.usa Personal project shot in late May of this year: I spent a couple of days exploring remote sand dunes in the Mojave Desert. These protected dunes have not "experienced" ATV's and 4WD vehicles running up and down the slopes. They are beautiful and pristine. To see more of my landscape and aerial photography (drone and helicopter) please follow me @cameron.davidson.usa #dunes #aerialphotography #blmland #mojavedesert #captureonepro

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Photo by @yamashitaphoto // A view of Singapore on the eve of the 2015 Jubilee celebration which marked the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965. Happy National Day of Singapore, celebrated each year on August 9th. #independenceday #singaporenationalday #singaporecity @sonysingapore @leehsienloong @maritime_sg @temasekseen

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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 nonprofit @ancientartarchive.

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Kamchatka bear cub running – There are definitely worse things in life than lying on a remote lake shore in the Russian wilderness watching as a couple of spring cubs, likely just three months old, come running through the water toward you. This was one of countless unforgettable encounters that myself and our group enjoyed during my recent photographic tour to the wilds of Kamchatka in Eastern Russia. The mum and her cubs had been hunting for salmon when they decided to come and start fishing in the river behind where we lay. Relaxed in our presence, so incredibly respectful was my group, that as the mum sauntered casually past us her two cubs came sprinting through the water, straight down the barrel of our lenses. In the end I actually stopped photographing, just to ensure that the cubs didn’t end up coming too close. As it was moments after this cub emerged from the water he scooted right of frame and went to join both his sibling and their mother. I love the quizzical look in this image but most of all it is of course his ridiculously oversized paw, almost as big as his head, that really adds something a little different to the image. Lying flat on the sand I was able to include a distant backdrop, made blue by the early light and the mist shrouded hills. For those that would like to join me next year then I’d encourage you to email me at tours@andrewparkinson.com, just to register your interest whilst I put the finishing touches to the dates and prices. I can’t guarantee you a repeat of an encounter as unique and special as this one but I can guarantee you that the scale, the beauty and drama of Kamchatka, couple with an astonishing density of bears makes this remain the most spectacular destination that I have ever visited. Once again though, just look at that paw! @nikoneurope Nikon D5, Nikon 200-400mm F4 lens, 1.4x teleconverter, 1/1600sec at F5.6, ISO 3200

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Photo by @lucianocandisani ( Luciano Candisani ). The West Indian manatee (subspecies of Florida Manatee) seeks the protected waters of estuaries and mangroves in the north and northeast costs of Brazil for feeding and breeding. The hunt took this species near of extinction, but today the main threat to the small population remaining in Brazil is the destruction of the mangroves. This photograph I did in Tatuamunha river in Alagoas. I have been following the history of conservation of this species for fifteen years. @ilcp_photographers @natgeo@natgeobrasil #lucianocandisani#candisani #peixe-Boi #manatee#brazilianmanatee#naturephotography #photography#wildlife #manatee #brazil #mangroves

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Photo by @paoloverzone // Disko Island, Greenland view of the small town of Qeqertarsuaq, located 100 km west of Ilulissat. It means “the big island”, it was founded in 1773 and has approximately 860 residents plus another 35 in Kangerluk, the island’s only village. Qeqertarsuaq houses the Arctic Station, the oldest continuously manned station in the Arctic. Greenland’s ice sheet is experiencing one of its biggest melting events on record, losing some 11 billion tons of ice in a 24-hour period after Earth’s hottest June and July in recorded history. #greenland #diskoisland Follow me @paoloverzone for more photos and stories

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Photo by @MichaelGeorge // This was the smelliest place I have ever been. I was also totally and completely exhausted. For this assignment, I was asked to drive the entire Ring Road of Iceland in only five days. This journey often takes people ten days to complete. Driving the winding and lonely roads in a fever dream of tiredness added another layer of magic to this otherworldly landscape. The Hverir Geothermal area in Iceland is a unique wasteland in which pools of boiling mud, hot springs, and hissing chimneys give life to a desolate Mars-like scenery. The sulfur and other minerals are so pungent that they stick to your nose for hours after you depart. This area is part of the Diamond Circle drive in northeastern Iceland. The ridge leads to Námafjall, a small mountain in the back of the geothermal field that provides visitors with an overlook of the geothermal features. // #hverir #iceland #icelandscape #icelandtravel #enroute #geothermal #hotsprings #mars #travelphotography #natgeotravel #natgeo #travel #icelandic #diamondcircle

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Kamchatka male bear – I arrived back last night from another sensational trip to the Kamchatka peninsula in the Far East of Russia. It remains the most spectacular place that I have ever travelled to and the photographic opportunities there, to me at least, are unrivalled. Nevertheless it always amazes me just how different it can be at the same place over different years and how ones work can shift seismically in what I’m able to produce. This year for me it was about close ups and bear cubs. As I’m still downloading I haven’t yet gotten around to all of the bear cub images that I captured but rest assured, they will be appearing soon! For now however let me introduce Scarface, undoubtedly the biggest bear that we encountered on our trip, a massive male in the prime of his life, an occupier of the best fishing spots and a bear that, when he make direct eye contact with you, leaves an indelible impression. Massive thanks for this image go first to my good mate @mark_cale for the loan of his mighty @nikoneurope 800mm F5.6 lens, a sensational prime lens that enabled me to produce this dynamic close up. Thanks also to @nikoneurope for a loan of the Nikon D5, one of a number of pieces of equipment that they were kind enough to loan me for this trip. At this particular location there were a number of rocks in the river that could, when included in an image, cause unnecessary clutter and so, using a massive focal length combined with an appropriate amount of depth of field (F11) I was able to exclude all extraneous distractions and focus the images attention on this magnificent apex predator. I’ll be releasing the dates and prices for next years’ Kamchatka tour shortly and as I’m expecting the trip to sell out quickly, given the amount of interest so far already, I’d be quick about expressing your interest in this sensational trip. You can email me at tours@andrewparkinson.com to get more details. The response from my group this year was emphatic with all shooting more images on this trip than they had on any previous trip, a testament indeed to the magic and majesty of Kamchatka. Nikon D5, Nikon 800mm F5.6 lens,

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Photo by @rezaphotography #China. Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) Near Karakul Lake, at over 11,800 ft, the summits of the Pamir, the "roof of the world", tower above the landscape with their 23,000 ft. We are at the heart of the Tajik country, in the Province of Tashgurkan, accessible by only one road. Protected by their isolation, the Tajiks try to preserve their culture, their tradition, and their language despite the Chinese invasion. The only native Persian-speaking people in Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang in Chinese), the Tajiks are free to speak their language but elementary school students are required to learn Uigur, a language of Turkish origin. In Tashgurkan, I discovered the plain of Mazar, its village and its pastures. I met the intensity of her eyes. On the heights of the world, her ancestors built their den. On that land, they unrolled a similar parchment now in possession of their descendants, the parchment of life. With the passing of centuries, their bodies have blended with the earth they walked upon as they lived. On the heights of the world, she was born, she grew up, lived, worked, gave birth, and buried. As the evening settles by the wavering candlelight, the child gets near her, all so gently. He puts his little fingers on her face scouring the so beautiful furrows dug by her history. #easternturkestan #portrait #closeup #woman #oldwoman #intensity #Tajik #Tajik_woman #Xinjiang #culture #Tashgurkan #look #beautiful #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى # عكاس @thephotosociety

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Photography by @remibenali. Neolithic site of Stonehenge, England. "Lighter than air, anchored in Mankind as a rock". In the August issue of the National Geographic magazine, I am pleased to present a 2 years long assignment regarding the origins of the First Europeans. This image of a family celebrating the Summer Solstice in Stonehenge is not printed in the magazine, don't you desserve a little "exclusive" here on TPS ? ;) But there are plenty of others photos published, meticulously chosen by Senior Editor Kurt Mutchler and Director of Photography Sarah Leen that I thank both warmly for their confidence, as well as Andrew Curry for his excellent writing and great company on the field. It was a long and challenging work, with new scientific knowledge unfolding while progressing on the path. Since prehistoric time, Europe has always been a land of mixing, a melting-pot of bloodlines from Africa, the Middle-East and today's Ukraine and Russia. We are all connected. #onemankind. Best Regards from France. Remi. #nationalgeographic, #nationalgeographicsociety, #nationalgeographicmagazine, #europe, #stonehenge

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Photo by @gerdludwig | In 2011, the Ukrainian government legalized tourism within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and it quickly became a disaster tourism destination. One of the most riveting attractions is the ghost town of Pripyat, where dolls are scattered in abandoned kindergartens such as this one, and gas masks litter floors. Much of what is on display in Pripyat today was arranged by guides and tourists alike, made to be photographed by countless cameras and phones. This weekend, I am heading off to the opening of my exhibit, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” at the ROSPHOTO state photo museum in Saint Petersburg, which will show over 100 of my photographs from the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. The opening coincides with much renewed interest in the accident after the Chernobyl miniseries on HBO, which was noticed in Russia as well. The opening of the exhibit will be on Tuesday, August 6 at 6pm at the ROSPHOTO state photo museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection #disastertourism #Chernobyl #Pripyat #nuclear

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) | American speleologist and cave explorer Erin Lynch peers over her shoulder and down into the giant void of Cloud Ladder Hall. The fog gathers and remains trapped in the roof of this giant room and although the floor is out of view and can not be seen because of the cloud, her echo reminds her that it is over 300m (1000ft) below. This really is a very lofty location to be suspended from a single rope.

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Photo by @pablocorralvega // A polylepis grove at 15.000 feet of altitude in the Cayambe Coca Reserve, in Ecuador. Polylepis (meaning many layers) are very slow growth trees. An inch growth (in diameter) of these unique trees can take a 100 years, so the ones that we are seeing in this photograph can easily be 600 or 700 years old. They grow only at very high altitudes in the Northern Andes of Ecuador, and as many other forests they are in danger because they are still being used for cooking, and the agricultural frontier doesn’t stop expanding. #Ecuador #Andes #Forest #Landscape #River #Water

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Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // DRAGON DOWN // Common bee-eater (Merops apiaster) flies with an #emperor #dragonfly (Anax imperator) to its nest. After the assignment for @natgeo, feature story was published about this magnificient birds ib 2008. Now I started to work on this topic again, because the confusing name cause lot of problems for these birds. Many apiarists kill them, destroy the nests, because they believe, these birds will eat up their colonies. Spending years by studying this species I can tell, they prefer much larger prey, and #honeybee is the rarest prey on their diet! If they pick stinged insects, they prefer much more bumblebees, which are much larger. Please help these birds by spreading this message! ● #beeeater #animalfacts #funfacts

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Photo by @rezaphotography #Turkmenistan. Dance of angels on the Cheleken Peninsula I was on assignment for National Geographic on the Caspian Sea. A wanderer like Ulysses or Sinbad, I circled the Caspian Sea for nine months, passing through Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia to arrive at Turkmenistan, my final destination. In each place, I made an effort to understand the country, its economy, its people and their history, their traditions, their daily lives, their joys, their sufferings, and their expectations. Turkmenistan is known for its famous breed of horses, the Akhal Teke, and for its folklore. The country is rich in gas, most of it found in the Cheleken Peninsula. I had reached the small town of Cheleken. At the edge of town, a wide, arid plain yielded to the blue vastness of the Caspian Sea. Two graceful, free-spirited “angels” appeared in front of me. The girls were dancing in the breeze and playing with the puffs of wind. They belonged to a folk company that performed great scenes from Turkmen history and were rehearsing with their troupe. At the moment, they personified the angels in a traditional dance about evil spirits. Curious, I asked what the evil spirits were. The troupe leader pointed to the black smoke in the distance. “Look at that smoke,” he said. “It’s constantly hovering over our beautiful Eden. That is our bad spirit. The oil is being burned to make car tires. Some are growing rich from it, but it is ruining our lungs.” Published in "War + Peace" (National Geographic Publishing, 2007), "Reza, Entre Guerre et Paix" (National Geographic Publishing, 2008), "Crossing Destinies" (Hors Collection Publishing, 2003) and "Insouciances" (Castor & Pollux publishing, 2004), #children #dance #caspiansea #gas #plain #angels #girl #folk #turkmeni #spirit #pollution #environment #smoke #petrolium #oilwell #petrole #energy #petrolium #oilwell #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan

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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

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Photos by @MichaelGeorge // There are two reasons to hike through Þingvellir National Park in Iceland. The first being that you can “Walk Between Two Continents,” as this is the exact spot that the North American & Eurasian tectonic plates are separating from one another, creating a rift valley. Iceland is the only place in the world where this rift is above sea-level, and in Þingvellir you can clearly see the edges of both plates. If geology doesn’t interest you, maybe you’re a Game of Thrones fan? You might recognize part of the park as the place they filmed all of the scenes at the 'Bloody Gate.' I landed in Iceland overnight and was supposed to take my first day off to get settled and plan my loop on the Ring Road. I couldn’t resist a chance to drive the Golden Circle so I went straight from the airport to Þingvellir and wandered in a jet-lagged haze. These young sheep were the first of about a million I would see, but they’re the ones who made it into the printed story. In order to get that image I had to park the car about half a mile away and walk blearily along the side of the road until they finally stopped wandering and munching to look at me with a face that begs the question: “Why is this crazy exhausted man stalking us?” // #thingvellir #thingvellirnationalpark #iceland #icelandtravel #goldencircle #icelandic #landscape #tectonicplates

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@RobertClarkphoto // A beautiful bank of clouds hands over the #brooklynnavyyard, the area was treated to an amazing sunset this evening, The color looked like a fire in camp fire, I’m not sure if it has anything to do with heat, I have lived in Brooklyn for 25 years and I can not remember it being anywhere near this hot. The heat index reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit today. Oppressive heat is affecting 200 million people in the United States, Baltimore recorded a heat index of 122 degrees today. The death of six people are being blamed on the heat.

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Photo by @davidalanharvey | OBX. Like all of the “locals” I get a bit arrogant about being a local during the heavy tourist season when total strangers act like they own the place wear black clothing on black bikes at night texting and somehow are never on the bike path and in general on vacation from any sense of physics reality while driving here...yet it’s a good family crowd hang ...don’t come here for spring break it’s boring ..i have my summer morning coffee feet in the water at sunrise ..yea shooting too and I loved meeting these warm folks from Oklahoma a couple of sunrises back who were helping Dakota get his toes in the sea for the first time. Noble. What friends and family do. I don’t know any more about this family. I left them to their moment. Of course my Oklahoma friends and all out of towners are welcomed OBX. I’m the one usually from out of town. So i get it. If we meet I promise I won’t play the “I’m local” card. 🎈🙏🏻#nagshead #obx

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) | The limestone in this region of China is so strong, it can withstand such giant voids like Cloud Ladder Hall. Eventually though, over time, the weight of rock above will become too great and it will collapse, forming a giant sinkhole or Tian Keng, a huge hole open to the surface. This gigantic cave that has never seen the light of day is a tough photography target under clear conditions. But this one posed an extra challenge: it's so large and so isolated that it has its own weather – including clouds. Weather makes its way in, but it can't make its way out. For this photograph, I had three accomplices: one standing out of frame with a large single-use flash bulb, one standing on the rock to the left shining her headlamp at the cave wall, and a third dangling from a rope hundreds of metres away. Although the shutter was open for only 30 seconds, the whole operation took four hours, with the team communicating via walkie-talkie because the echoes made shouting unworkable.

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Photo by Robert W.Madden @rwmaddenphotog // Fifty years ago today I was assigned by National Geographic Magazine to be a “pool photographer” on the USS Hornet where we picked up the Apollo 11 astronauts returning from the moon. This image is of them in the isolation unit. What an assignment! @nasa @natgeo #apollo50 #apollo50th #moon

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Photo by @MichaelGeorge // The Jacobite Steam train operates from May to September and takes passengers from Fort William to Mallaig in the Scottish Highlands. It is one of the few remaining steam trains in operation and follows one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. The train travels along the shores of Loch Eil, and eventually goes over the Glenfinnan viaduct (seen here), where passengers can see the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel. The train is often filled with two types of enthusiasts: Those who love trains, and those who love Harry Potter. Many of you will recognize this train as the iconic Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter films. In the second movie, as Harry & Ron attempt to board the train via a flying car, the train is traveling over the viaduct seen here. Visitors will also gather on the hills surrounding the viaduct to witness the train from above. // #jacobite #jacobitesteamtrain #glenfinnan #glenfinnanviaduct #jacobitetrain #scottishhighlands #steamtrain #viaduct #hogwartsexpress #traintravel #harrypotter #harrypottertravel

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Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // BUTTERFLOWER // It was a fantastic experience to witness such group of large white #butterflies (Pieris brassicae) on the ground. They looked like a fast moving flower by opening and closing their wings swiftly, when a new one arrived. There was a heavy rain the day before and I was off-roads, where potholes were filed with broken brick pieces. They sucked out salt and other valuable material from that burned clay... Taken about 10 miles from my actual residency in #Hungary. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! ● #cabbagebutterfly #largewhitebutterfly #butterfly

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Photo by @davidalanharvey | OBX...sand pump...pelicans glide ..I am working on a science book of sorts...pumping sand up onto a beach that will be 8 feet under water in 20 years... but now is now and July needs tourists and tourists need a beach...I am all for it .. it’s honestly rather miraculous what these engineers can do ... this book will have lots of charts and graphs and tables and stats and numbers numbers numbers, proof!! My pictures will always have a tweak of nostalgia probably yet a hard steel edge will run through.. #outerbanks #nagshead

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Rabbit kitten sitting upright – This image of a rabbit kitten was taken in Norfolk several years ago. Whilst these abundant mammals are found throughout the UK it’s unusual that I’ve never really found a strong enough population to work with around my home in Derbyshire. In recent months however this has changed somewhat and just yesterday whilst out walking my dog I happened to notice a warren that had at least 5 young rabbit kittens outside, these young rabbits making the ideal photographic subject. When I captured this image I was fortunate that my camera was already in portrait position as I wouldn’t have had time to rotate the camera in time to capture this brief moment of inquisitiveness. It was another one of those moments that I’ve logged as ‘lucky’, especially as I had just enough room to fit the rabbit in the frame, even though I was in portrait. On days like these, with scudding clouds and variable light it is one of those rare occasions when I will happily shoot on aperture priority, the neutral even tones of both the rabbit and the surrounding grass providing easy metering for the camera, allowing predictable and consistent results when it comes to my exposures. It’s also fortunate that both of the kittens ears are fully up, not to mention his two front feet being visible, all of the little additional elements that can elevate an image and make it more complete.

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Photo by @joemcnallyphoto - Lots of memories of space exploration this week. #50thanniversaryofthemoonlanding-Training to go to the hostile environment of space is rigorous. Here, astronauts train in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, underwater, to achieve effect of weightlessness they experience in space. This giant pool, 200’x40’ by 40’ deep, has trained astronauts preparing for EVA (Extravehicular Activities) such as space walks, Space Shuttle repairs, etc. Lots of permissions, training and preparations went into gaining access to shooting this photo, made for @natgeo, on assignment photographing STS-95, John Glenn’s return to space.

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Photo by @rwmaddenphotog // A lightning strike in a thunderstorm over the city of Baltimore, Maryland brought on by high humidity and temperatures. See more of my photography at www.bobm.me #lightning #thunderstorm #storm #baltimore

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | To fly in remote areas I always take an expert pilot like World Champion Alan Arnoux to come back and find me in case things don’t go as planned. I think we were the first ones to paraglide in the mega-dunes of the Dasht-e Lut in Iran. NASA satellite analysts say it’s the hottest place on earth, but there was nobody out there with a thermometer. If you want to go exploring, take a #wingman #DesertAirBook To view more of our earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

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Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | In early morning, a man stares out over the Cayapas River as a woman walks on the street below in the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas. This photo was part of book project, in which Karla Gachet ( @kchete77) and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America. @runa_photos

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Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // COST OF STORYTELLING // Well, it is a dangerous job sometimes. I was in a reed, monitoring wildlife and the mud was slippery under my boots. I lost my balance and somehow a piece of reed found its way behind my glasses and reached my eye. The one I use for photography… No worries, it took only several days to be a #pirate. Swipe to see, what I found in the reed, like nest of #littlebittern, #coot and how my #daughters decorating me. It helped all of us to go through on this. Special thanks to one of my 8 years old daughters to help taking the ’healthy eyes’ pic. #lovemyjob #riskyjob #injury #bepositive #nevergiveup #sciencecommunication

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Photo by @KenGeiger | Serendipity, at times, is simply a by-product of stubbornness. This lioness had taken down a young zebra for herself and her single cub. They were alone in the dark bush, the light was terrible, and after hours of waiting and watching it seemed that the scene just wasn't producing an image—except for one minute at sunset, when the light broke through the bush and the cub turned to a distant sound. #zambia #southluangwa #lioncub #lionking To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by @irablockphoto // Seeing triple in a sea of lavender in Hokkaido, Japan. July is peak season for lavender in the town's of Furano and Biei in central Hokkaido. For many years lavender was part of this island's economy, until the late 1970's when cheaper lavender flooded the market. Many farms were on the brink of financial ruin - but tourism saved the day. Now tourist from Japan and around the world come here to see the lavender fields and purchase soaps, perfume and other products made from this flower. Have you ever tried lavender ice cream - sensational!! To see more images from our world #followme @irablockphoto #lavender #japan #flowers #hokkaido #irablock

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Photo by @chien_chi_chang // It was late on a May afternoon in the Burmese capital of Yangon. The air was hot and humid. One heavy gray cloud obscured the sun, and others sailed behind. Above each monolithic cloud, it seemed, there was a gigantic bucket of water at tipping point. In an instant, the bucket overflowed over downtown Yangon. The pedestrians and street vendors all reacted reflexively—finding refuge under colorful umbrellas, sheltering their wares, walking carefully around potholes of water in their sandals. While the rain continued to pour, the sun seeped through the clouds. A distant Buddhist chant provided a baseline to the cacophony of merchants, walkers, shoppers, and commuters. Then it was all over, business as usual, just another day during the rainy season. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Mountain hare vogueing – During the 5 weeks earlier this year that @kevmorgans and I were up in Scotland the weather to be fair was a bit rubbish. Unseasonally warm the complete absence of snow from the hillsides, or the patchy nature of it, made capturing the standard of images that we both seek incredibly difficult. Fortunately we knew a few friendly hares by the name of Lady and Grouse though of the two Lady was definitely the most active. For Grouse any kind of movement was really quite unusual so how she hadn’t already been nailed by a golden eagle I’ll never know, especially given that she was such a beautifully striking white colour. Lady on the other hand, though incredibly confiding much like Grouse, often like to hang out in a damp, peaty ditch so whilst getting close was never an issue capturing a half decent image usually was. On this occasion though we were fortunate that she had decided, whilst still in her peaty ditch, to sit upon a small patch of snow. This was all that we needed to be able use the reflected light bouncing off the snow to give Lady’s fur a wonderfully even tone, free from shadows. We also both clocked then when Lady groomed she would occasionally bring both paws up over her face as she did so, thereby enabling us both to be able to produce so unique portraits, a bit different form the norm. Whenever I shoot like this I always ratchet up the ISO on my camera, most likely to about 1600-3200, thereby allowing me increase the depth of field and bringing the whole of Lady into sharp focus. Otherwise it would be incredibly difficult at such close quarters to be able to keep my focussing point on her eye. Now as @kevmorgans is most likely a massive @madonna fan he’ll probably start singing and dancing along as soon as he hears this so ‘come on vogue, let your body move to the music’ 😂 @kevmorgans@madonna #topbants

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Photo by @dzalcman // Nisrine, two nights before her wedding. I spent last week in Tunisia photographing her marriage to Magd, one of six Syrian siblings from Raqqa whose story I've been trying to document for the past four years as they each tried to build a new life in the aftermath of war. For more, check out the "Ahmads" story pinned in my profile. @dzalcman @thephotosociety @natgeo

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Moray, the restored Inca-built gardens were carved from natural depressions up to 100ft. deep with terraces reinforced in stone. The design maximized the use of groundwater and provided a humid micro-climate to protect against the freezing nights at 11,500ft. in the Peruvian Andes. @GIAHS To explore more of our world from above, follow me, @geosteinmetz.

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | North Korean children play with toy exercise equipment at a recreational area inside the Kyongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder, for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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Photo by @bethjwald// A young sea elephant does a belly crunch to get at a pesky itch, while basking with buddies on a beach along the Patagonia coast of Argentina. It is approaching mid-winter at the southern tip of South America and the weather is harsh and inhospitable to humans, but marine life thrives in the productive waters of the South Atlantic. A thick layer of fat protects elephant seals from the cold; these young ones are about 5 feet long but male elephant seals can reach up to 5 meters and weigh up to 8,800 pounds! Males spend up to 80% of their life feeding on fish in the South Atlantic, an ocean that is pristine and largely unexplored but is also one of the world’s seas most threatened by overfishing. But there has been progress - last year CLT Argentina, the Argentine team of Tompkins Conservation, helped create the country’s first two National Marine Parks off the coast of Tierra del Fuego and they are also working with the provincial government and local communities in Chubut to protect land and sea along this wild coast. Follow me for more images over the next weeks as I explore the winter landscapes of Patagonia and conservation initiatives! @tompkins_conservation @cltargentina #patagoniacoast #patagoniawild #sinazulnohayverde #marinemammals #southernwinter

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Photo by @lucianocandisani ( Luciano Candisani ). A giant anteater from a recent assignment on Pantanal wetlands of Brazil. @ilcp_photographers @natgeo @lucianocandisani #lucianocandisani #candisani #fotografia #natureza #fotografiadenatureza #pantanal #brasil #brazil #anteater #tamanduabandeira