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Photograph by @stephenwilkes. I've just got back from an amazing adventure on the Falkland Islands. Please check out TODAYS @natgeo IG STORIES for all the behind the scenes of this assignment. I'm creating a new series of #DayToNight images for the magazine. Please follow me @stephenwilkes for more images from this extraordinary place.
Photo by @amytoensing (Amy Toensing). West Bengal, India: This is Dhakti Dashi, a Bangladeshi widow who has lived in the back of an ashram for over a quarter century. Widowhood in some parts of the world marks a “social death” and a woman is expected to live in mourning for the remainder of her life - but these expectations are fading and laws are starting to be enforced to protect and empower women. Learn more about the issues surrounding widows in India, Uganda and Bosnia in the February edition of @natgeo magazine. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (@pulitzercenter) helped support the reporting for this story. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
Video by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo A blizzard in the Eastern Aleutian Islands, Alaska yesterday produced winds gusting around 80 mph. It was the wrong day to forget your mobile phone in the driveway:) Storms often ravage these islands, sometimes reaching hurricane force, but extreme weather is common and rarely make the news beyond Dutch Harbor. I'm photographing life on land and sea in the Aleutians over the next month or so. Follow along here and @arni_coraldo #storm #blizzard #wind #weather #natgeo #dutchharbor #unalaska #alaska #aleutiandream
Photo by @haarbergphoto (Orsolya Haarberg) I love the birch forest growing along the Scandinavian treeline as it changes it's face rapidly in the dramatic winter weather. Snow can come from all directions, one day falling lightly like white feathers from the sky, the next hitting your face like small needles in wild winds traveling parallel to the ground. Sometimes the snow lays like a thick carpet on the branches of the trees or covers the upright stems, creating a ghost forest. Occasionally it rains too, which then freezes immediately in close-to-zero temperatures, and the tinkling sound of the crackling ice suddenly fills the seemingly dead forest with life. These scenes and sounds surrounded me every morning and evening earlier this winter, while passing the forest on my way up to the mountains of the Swedish Sarek National Park, photographing reindeer and ptarmigan. Our longterm project in this area will soon come to an end—this trip was one of the last ones photographing for our upcoming book about the Laponia World Heritage Site that will be published in the autumn. Follow @haarbergphoto to see more photographs from this trip and following ones and don't miss our updates about the book that we will start posting later this year. #sarek #sweden #lapland #laponia #landscapephotography #birchforest @thephotosociety
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - A mother's moment, Palmar Beach, Mauritius. This tiny tropical island is justly famous for its beautiful beaches as well as it's friendly 1.3 million multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual people, all living in harmony. That's paradise! #palmarbeach #mauritius #indianocean #motherhood - For more on Mauritius follow @yamashitaphoto - I will be posting from here for the next 10 days. @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
Photo by @FransLanting Morning light colors a beach close to home, where freshwater from a local creek flows into the Monterey Bay. Grateful to start the day this way. Follow me @FransLanting to see more scenes from the coast of California. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #MontereyBay #CaliforniaCoast #Gratitude #Nature #GoodMorning
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Walking on the Bund is of the must-to-do things on your trip to Shanghai. Strolling along the promenade allows you to have a clear view of the Pudong Skyline. You can see people doing different activities like kite flying and tai chi practicing. Most of the kite flyers are local retirees or young kids. They fly kites for fun as well as for the purpose walking and exercise. They bring their own hand made kites which are various in type. The most common are bird-like and classical diamond, but you can often see more unique and creative shapes of kites. #shanghai #bund #pudong #kite #kites #china #promenade
Photo by @BrianSkerry. Life thrives within the kelp forest 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 yielded a unique habitat of kelp forest and surf grass on the seafloor, and has enabled a variety of pelagic marine life to thrive in the waters above. Places such as Cortes Banks are vital to the health of our planet, processing carbon and giving back oxygen. Diving in places like this is like swimming through a kaleidoscope, with color and light constantly changing. Scientists state that, in order to have a healthy planet, we must protect at least 40% of Earth’s oceans. Currently only about 3% is protected. Coverage from a story in the February issue of National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo) about the value of protecting ecosystems in US waters. To lean more about creating ‘Blue Parks,’ check out the February issue of @NatGeo Magazine and to see more photos of special underwater places, follow @BrianSkerry on Instagram. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #cortes #banks #san #diego #ca #cali #marine #ecosystem #underwater #photography #nature #photooftheday #united #states #preserve #national #geographic #nat #geo #climatechange #climate #change
Photo @andy_mann // Marine biologist and free diver, @cainedelacy, sets up a shot on a large, pregnant Oceanic Whitetip Shark, assessed as critically endangered in the Western Central Atlantic due to enormous declines in their population. Some studies show a decline of over 99% in the last 30 years. For three years I've been working in the Bahamas with great organizations and biologists to tag and track pregnant female Whitetips in hopes of learning where this evasive, pelagic shark goes to give birth. It is an absolute honor to be in the water with this amazing shark.
Photo by @johnstanmeyer • Stars ~ Masseures wash and bath men inside the Çemberlitaş Hamami in Istanbul, Turkey. Built in 1584, this hamami is one of the most important works of 16th century Ottoman architecture. • Thank you kindly much for following my latest project @bridging.stories on Instagram. • All my best, @JohnStanmeyer • @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #turkey #istanbul #hamami #cemberlitas #sauna #bath #bathing
Photo by @renan_ozturk // This man, Winfred Rembert, was violently attacked and hung by a rope in the 1960's, one of the only currently living survivors of a lynching in America. 4,000 African Americans were killed in similar acts of racial terrorism during that era after the emancipation of slavery and through Jim Crow. ~ Counterintuitively, he is not the hardened man he looks in this picture. At his core he full of forgiveness, sharing his story through his hand nailed leather murals. ~ "There ain't a person in the world who has reason more than I do to hate. I got a reason to hate. But guess what... there ain't a prejudice bone in my body. I wanna live, and I wanna let live." -Winfred Rembert ~ Part of the #AshesToAshesFilm project that @taylorfreesolo, her father @todd.rees and myself have been directing and producing this past year. The film is about Winfred and Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker, two individuals deeply affected by racism in America that are using art to heal.
Photo by @joelsartore | Meet Caramel, an Indochinese guar at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (@wildlife_alliance). Despite weighing over 800kg/1,800 lbs., she is extremely sweet and gentle! She has just become a mother of the very first gaur calf ever born at the Centre, join them in celebrating! The WildlifeAlliance, who cares for this animal and many others brought in for rehab here, operates the only mobile education team in Cambodia, bringing structured conservation education to rural areas where the illegal wildlife trades often begin. Since 2005, they have delivered conservation education to more than 50,000 children and teachers. To find out more about this unique team and support their work, please visit
Photo: @ivankphoto // Adebola Afolabi, of the Viver Brasil Dance Co, throws her hands in the air as hundreds of thousand of people take the streets during the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles on January 21, 2017. @panospictures, @runa_photos, @thephotosociety
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @natgeocreative // A young woman protests with the with word “UNAPOLOGETIC” written across her face today in #NYC. More than a million demonstrators gathered Saturday in cities worldwide in support of the Women’s March on Washington. Coincidentally, the January 2017 edition of @natgeo is a special, single-topic issue on the shifting landscape of gender. In this special issue of the magazine, we look at cultural, social, biological and personal aspects of gender. @womensmarch #womensrightsarehumanrights #genderrevolution #girls #girlseducation #photography #photojournalism #women #equality
Photo by @petekmuller. After a couple of crazy days, I retreated this evening to the ocean front in Lynn, Massachusetts, near where I grew up. No phone. No distractions. Just waves crashing against the sea wall and brisk winter air. "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence." #Lynn #Massachusetts #dailylife #ocean #water #MA #USA #winter
Photo by @BrianSkerry. A female leatherback turtle crawls back to the sea after nesting - under the Caribbean moonlight - on the island of St. Croix. Researchers are uncertain as to exactly how old leatherbacks must be in order to begin mating, though most estimates state that the turtles must be between 20 and 30 years old. The female crawls ashore typically after dark, digs her nest and lays a clutch of eggs. This picture was made at 2am, with a long exposure under a nearly full moon. Leatherbacks are the largest, widest-ranging and deepest diving of all sea turtle species. Their lineage dates back more than 100 million years. Coverage from a story in the February issue of National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo) about special marine ecosystems in US waters that would be valuable to protect permanently. For more marine photography, and to see more from my adventures as a National Geographic Photographer, follow me, @BrianSkerry on Instagram. @thephotosociety #leatherback #sea #turtle #seaturtle #caribbean #stcroix #underwater #photography #preservation #conservation #national #geographic #natgeo #photooftheday
Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - A mahout climbs on top of his #elephant's head in Delhi, #India. A mahouts job is to take care of his elephant all day long, even sleeping with them at #night. Replaced by modern machinery, just a few elephants remain in the city of #Delhi, mostly used as a tourist attraction. To see more cool elephant photos follow @brianlehmannphotography.
Photograph by @paulnicklen // Happy #penguinawarenessday. At up four feet in height, emperor penguins stand tall as they prepare to enter the cold 28F Ross Sea. They will be at sea for up to two weeks as they gorge on krill and ice-fish of which they will bring back to their hungry chicks. A bit ungainly on land, these gigantic birds are true athletes once in the water. #followme on @paulnicklen to see how they release millions of bubbles from their feathers to accelerate underwater. #penguin #nature #naturelovers #rosssea #MPA #instagood #love #beauty #happyfeet