Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak A great white shark crosses paths with a small school of silversides in the deep blue Pacific off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A long camera exposure and flash creates a motion blur as shark and fish travel in different directions. Shot on assignment for the Sept 2017 @natgeo magazine feature Ocean Stewards. This story was shot in collaboration with @maresmexicanos and written by the very very very tall @erikvance For more photographs of Mexico's great white sharks #followme @thomaspeschak
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At Isla Guadalupe
Photo by @andy_bardon /// Buddhist monk Nawang Paljor from the village of Pangboche in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal leads a puja ceremony to bless safe passage to visiting climbers. Our small team passed through this village on our way to climb Mt Everest, and we spent over an hour in the company of Nawang Paljor. He burned incense, chanted traditional blessings, and burned some juniper as our team sat quietly reflecting on the task that we had taken on. A few weeks later, after many trials and tribulations, the bulk of our team safely stood on the top of the highest mountain in the world. Shot on assignment for @natgeo @natgeocreative
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At Pangboche, Nepal
Video by @joelsartore | This Malay eagle owl was photographed at Jurong Bird Park, part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (@wrs.ig). This species can be found in the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia and prey on large insects, birds, small mammals and reptiles. It’s likely that they mate for life and they’ve been known to become very attached to their nesting locations. In many instances the owls will return to their site year after year, and if one mate dies the other will continue to maintain the same territory.
For a portrait of this owl, check out @joelsartore.
#owl #owls #birds #malayeagleowl #eagleowl #cute #cuteanimals #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether
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Photograph by @paulnicklen // After seeing a few very skinny bears while on this expedition through the Arctic it was a beautiful moment to spend time with this healthy looking mother and her 8 month old cubs. They had just finished eating a seal and a nap seemed to be in order after consuming so many calories. #followme on @paulnicklen to see how they use their black tongues to taste the air. For @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier and @natgeopristineseas seas. #nature #naturelovers #adventure #polarbears #family #love #ice #arctic #MPA #marineprotectedarea
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Video by @bertiegregory. The biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. Despite being a shark that can grow over 12m long (40ft) and
weigh over 20 tonnes, they don't have big teeth. Instead, they have about 3000 very very tiny teeth. Similarly to the baleen whales (e.g. humpbacks), they are filter feeders. Here you can see this huuuge individual sucking in a big mouthful of water to extract the plankton. This whale shark was part of the largest known aggregation of whale sharks on the planet off the coast of Mexico. Shot for @natgeo and @stevewinterphoto. Follow at @bertiegregory for more videos of these giants!
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Photo by @chien_chi_chang Facing the Bay of Bengal from Sittwe, Myanmar. The scrappy mood and the 2012 violence in the city mean that most foreign visitors use Sittwe as a transit point for the ruins at Mrauk U. #Sittwe #Rohingya #BayofBengal #cccontheroad
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // After a long, hot day shooting on the western coast of Madagascar, I came upon these adorable girls. They laughed and giggled, dragging their fishing net in the shallow waters of the tidal break in front of the fishing town of Maraonsetra. In broken French, and with a lot of sass and pride, they explained that they belong to the Vezo people, a semi nomadic tribe whose life is tied to the sea. After school they go fishing for their family’s dinner. A pretty big responsibility, I thought, reflecting on the questionable abilities of my own children to provide for my family. Like most kids in Madagascar and thanks to foreign aid from western countries, these girls have access to primary school, but as they learn to read and write, they also have to learn to become providers for their family.
I look forward to sharing more images of my work with the "people from the sea" on my #instagram feed at @CristinaMittermeier
#ocean #nativepride #fishing #girlpower #girlup #followme @cristinamittermeier
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What's on your menu for lunch? If you are a brown snake eagle, it would be an olive grass snake. We were driving through the bush in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, when I spotted a bird under a small tree. After watching for a few minutes, I saw the twitch of a snake tail, so I knew the eagle had its prey. It wasn't long and the eagle ripped the snake in half and proceeded to slowly swallow the tail half. Unable to devour the entire section, the eagle flew off with 8 inches of snake still hanging from its mouth.
Follow @kengeiger to see more images from South Luangwa—shot on assignment for @natgeotravel and @natgeoexpeditions #natgeoexpeditions
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At Luangwa National Park
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) Fallen Roof ruin in #BearsEarsNationalMonument , Utah. This Anasazi ruin has 3 fully intact rooms and negative hand prints on the soot stained ceiling. These prints were created by spraying pigment from the mouth around their hand. By 1300 AD Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) had vanished from the area. These could go back to 1 AD or earlier. Bears Ears is one of several Monuments up for review under the current administration to possibly be rescinded in the coming weeks. Difficult question: will Monument status protect this ruin or drive tens of thousands to this spot possibly making it "loved to death"? Will rescinding open up huge tracts of land to oil and gas development spoiling this beautiful landscape? Hard questions on the ground here. For more images from this assignment follow @argonautphoto.
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Photo by @timlaman of @tbfrost recovering from anaphylactic shock (stinging ants 🐜 got me!) in the remote rainforests of Borneo while On assignment documenting the lives of wild orangutans. (BTW - This was taken 3 yrs ago and I'm fully recovered :)) Despite such incidents, Like the one in this photo, Fieldwork is what photographers live for: time out in the world, in the quiet of the wild, or those few hours on some street corner sharing a meal with a remarkable person whose story is as of yet unknown. Sometimes though things go wrong: cars breakdown , permits aren't granted, you get lost, cameras break, natural disasters occur , and sometimes it's just tiny, tiny black ants in Borneo that turn a great day following Orangutans into one where you worry for your life. But that is life in general, sometimes things go great and sometimes things go wrong. I like to think we photographers, especially those of us lucky enough to work with National Geographic, are beyond privileged even when you consider the difficulties of field work because people and animals all over the world share their stories with us, they let us into their lives. I'm excited to be in Bangalore, India for the next week to share such stories of what it is like to be a young photographer telling stories about wildlife and people at the non profit @naturein_focus photography festival, India's largest gathering of dedicated wildlife and conservation photographers taking place August 18-19. For more stories about what it is like to be a young photographer trying to make it , follow me @tbfrost !
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak A whale shark travels through the seas off La Paz #Mexico. Whale shark numbers normally peak in this part of the Sea of Cortez when the ocean is green, murky and rough. In 2015 however unusual climatic and oceanographic conditions resulted in calm and clear water, making this unusual picture possible. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards written by @erikvance In collaboration with the Mexican conservation NGOs @maresmexicanos and @whalesharkmexico
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At La Paz, Baja California Sur
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Two lion cubs looking up as the pride takes a stroll in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat – you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest!
We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy!
Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo #instawild #instashooters #wildlife #wildlifephotojournalism @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
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I-phone video by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Two kilometers of Riviera Romagnola - Italy. During the whole summer and especially around the 15th of August, almost all the Italians try to get some days off from work and go to vacation, mostly at the sea. Riviera Romagnola, around 50 kilometers of coast in the region of Emilia Romagna, in the east side of Italy is for sure one of the top five destinations for Italians and foreigners that want to visit Italy. The towns on the Riviera Romagnola are packed with every kind of hotel, restaurant, bar and beach club, all of which are within steps of the sea. The beaches are full of people from 8:00am until sunset and find a free space for your towel in this period can be really difficult. #summer #rivieraromagnola #romagna #italy #beaches #beach #sea #vacation
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Photo by @edkashi Residents in Messiah Village, a Christian retirement community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, compete in a favorite pastime activity of shuffleboard in 1997. #AgingInAmerica #TBT #FromTheArchives #EdKashi
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Photo by @PaulNicklen // We did not want to get too close to him. I did not want him using his last ounce of energy in trying to avoid us. It took him a long time and a lot of effort to be able to stand up only to collapse again. We let him be. It was one of the hardest decisions I have faced in a long time. I want the images to be able to tell his story. I want to be able to tell the story of his species. He was once a huge male polar bear and now he is a bag of bones, reduced to skin hanging loosely off of his once massive frame. He will be dead soon and I want him to go in peace after living a life as a great polar nomad. We cannot prove that he is in this condition because of a lack of sea ice but is it a glimpse into the future as ice reaches its lowest extent in recorded history? I hear a lot of suggestions from people like “let’s take polar bears to Antarctica so they can eat penguins” or “let’s put out styrofoam platforms so they can be on the ocean”. These suggestions are irrational but it does mean that people do care. The only way polar bears can be saved is by reducing our global carbon footprint and finding renewable energy.
It breaks my heart, but the @Sea_Legacy team is shifting into high gear to connect the world to our ailing ecosystems. #followus @PaulNicklen @Sea_Legacy @natgeopristineseas and @CristinaMittermeier to learn about our mission to create healthy and abundant oceans for us and our planet. #bear #polarbear #nature
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Photo by @amivitale. Naomi Leshongoro with one of the orphaned elephants in her dedicated care at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. She and her Samburu colleagues at Reteti are some of the first indigenous female wildlife keepers in all of Africa. You can learn more about Reteti in my National Geographic story, out on newsstands now: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69
Follow us, @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale, to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #kenya #photojournalism #amivitale
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photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - lightning strikes in the sage brush sea between Pinedale and Big Piney, Wyoming yesterday evening. Lightning storms are frequent throughout the summer and a major case of wild fires. Sage brush has suffered severely from increased burning due to invasive cheat grass, which when dry turns the landscape into a tinder box. The sage brush eco-system is the dominant landscape of the west and a hugely important eco-system - home to sage grouse, golden eagles, bobcats, rattlesnakes and many more. Shot on assignment for @natgeo
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Photo by @GerdLudwig. In the living room of their small apartment in Zelenograd in the outskirts of Moscow, a dedicated young cosplay couple - he a banker and she an interior designer - act out a cosplay performance. Cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. Cosplayers are a subculture who convene at festivals or perform on or off stages. The characters stem from comic books and anime, live-action films, or video games. Cosplaying initially became a pop-culture phenomenon in Japan but has since spread worldwide. The photograph appeared last year in @natgeo in a story on the Putin Generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in Russia.
You can see the couple in a different set of masks at @GerdLudwig.
@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Russia #Moscow #cosplay #youth #costume #apartment #portrait #PutinGeneration
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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Color and culture: the annual Mount Hagan Sing Sing is about to begin. 90 plus tribes from all over Papua New Guinea gather together for song, dance, and showing off in one of the most spectacular and wildly colorful festivals that I've ever experienced. #mthagen #singsing #papuanewguinea #festival #tribe @yamashitaphoto @natgeocreative @natgeo.media
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At Papua New Guinea
Video by @joelsartore | Aptly named, the cliff chipmunk spends most of its time near cliffs foraging for berries, seeds and acorns during dawn and dusk. They communicate using three different calls-- a bark during normal activity, a sharp chirp indicating excitement, and a mixture of high-pitched sounds that are emitted when threatened.
This chipmunk is a resident of @southwestwildlife where he helps with their education programs. Southwest Wildlife is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing animals back into their wild habitats as well as educating the public about the importance of conservation.
To see a portrait of this chipmunk, check out @joelsartore.
#cliffchipmunk #chipmunk #cute #cuteanimals #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak One of the most expressive eyes in the animal kingdom zeros in for a closer look. I have photographed marine mammals for almost 20 years but never before have I experience an encounter this close. Can you guess what ocean animal this is just by looking at its eyeball? To find out and see a photo of this curious and playful giant #followme @thomaspeschak Shot #onassignment for @natgeo magazine
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At Bryce Canyon Natl Park. Utah
Video by @BertieGregory. A flamingo takes flight to spend the day feeding in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed from a blind with special permission from the reserve authorities. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory to see a drone aerial of the whole flamboyance!
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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial
Morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia shot on assignment for @natgeo This incredible rainforest fills me with awe and great humility. Remarkably diverse place and one of my personal hotspots on Earth! Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see my first @natgeo cover (Aug 97) from this incredible place! This rainforest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon rainforest). Extremely rich in biodiversity, Borneo provides habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. After years of work in Borneo it's one of the places in the world deeply stuck in my heart!
Please support rainforest conservation and try to stay away from products containing uncertified palmoil!
#borneo #danumvalley #malaysia #wwf #conservation #mattiasklum #rainforest #protectbiodiversity @natgeo @mattiasklumcollection @thephotosociety @alexandrovklumofficial
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Photo by @FransLanting World Elephant Day is behind us, but we still honor the matriarchs who are lending their strength and passing on their wisdom to the next generation. And we salute the people and organizations dedicated to ensuring there will be a future for these magnificent creatures. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our living planet. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #respect #dignity #wisdom #mother #elephant #awesome #protection #wild #WildAid #SaveTheElephants #WorldElephantDay
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Photo and caption by @petekmuller. As I wander the valleys of southern Norway, I consider the residual influence of Scandinavian culture in my own life. Seeking upward mobility, my paternal grandfather emigrated from Sweden in the 1920’s. As a matter of priority, he joined with other relatives to purchase a small cabin in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The cabin became a refuge for the family over several generations. As a boy, my father spent portions of his summers at the camp, where his father imparted a love for hiking and exploration of the outdoors. My father, in turn, shared that world with my sister and me. On my first visit to Scandinavia, I now realize how characteristic my grandfather’s relationship to the outdoors was and how much of his influence persists in me. Norway is defined by cabin culture and a voracious engagement with nature. A pleasant and unexpected discovery of connection. #Norway #Scandinavia #adventure #outdoors #mountains #hiking #nature #Sunndalsora #innerdalen
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The quagga (Equus quagga quagga) museum of natural history, Cape Town, South Africa-photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - This is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name was derived from its call, which sounded like "kwa-ha-ha". The quagga is believed to have been around 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) long and 125–135 cm (4 ft 1 in–4 ft 5 in) tall at the shoulder. It was distinguished from other zebras by its limited pattern of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. The rear was brown and without stripes, and therefore more horse-like. The distribution of stripes varied considerably between individuals. Little is known about the quagga's behaviour, but it may have gathered into herds of 30–50 individuals. Quaggas were said to be wild and lively, yet were also considered more docile than Burchell's zebra. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State in South Africa.
After the Dutch settlement of South Africa began, the quagga was heavily hunted as it competed with domesticated animals for forage. While some individuals were taken to zoos in Europe, breeding programs were unsuccessful. The last wild population lived in the Orange Free State, and the quagga was extinct in the wild by 1878. The last captive specimen died in Amsterdam on 12 August 1883. Only one quagga was ever photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today. In 1984, the quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analysed, and the Quagga Project is trying to recreate the phenotype of hair coat pattern and related characteristics by selectively breeding Burchell's zebras. They have a rhino too, it's not yet marked 'extinct' - to see more as of my work and projects follow me here @natgeo and @chancellordavid
#hunters #karoo #southafrica #conserving #conservation #quagga #zebra #extinct #fightingextinction #withbutterfliesandwarriors
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Photo by @TimLaman. Frost on pine needles on the shore of Walden Pond. Sometime on my visits to the pond, I take a macro lens, and search for details of nature to photograph. You can find beauty in nature at all scales. In celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday on July 12, I’m sharing a series of photos from Walden Pond. #HenryDavidThoreau, #Thoreau, #WaldenPond, #WaldenPondProject, #NewEngland, #Massachusetts, @NatGeoCreative
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Image by @joelsartore | An American crow, photographed at the @suttoncenter, whose mission is finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.
A familiar face to many of us, crows can be seen all throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. They are considered one of the most intelligent bird species, thriving not only in forests, orchards and fields, but also in suburbs and inner cities. They’re opportunistic hunters, feeding on anything from worms to seeds to human food scraps. The American crow is extremely sociable, gathering in familial groups to feed, roost and protect their territory. They are cooperative breeders, all members of the group aiding parents in raising and protecting their young.
To see a video of this bird, check out @joelsartore.
#crow #americancrow #birds #birdwatching #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether
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