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Photo by @maggiesteber. In Haiti religious pilgrims pray at the top of a mountain outside of Gonaives. They climbed every morning during the Christmas season, as they explained, to be closer to their God. I had seen people on top of this mountain many times when driving to the north and always at this time of year. One morning some years ago I climbed the mountain myself before the sun rose to find out what they were doing. When I got to the top, no easy feat in the dark, I sat there wondering if anyone would arrive. Finally as the sun came up one by one the pilgrims arrived. I sat and watched them for a time until the minister arrived. I asked if I could photograph the gathering praying and he said yes because they wanted the message to get out to everyone, that this was the time to be thankful for what they called the greatest gift. I asked if they had a church and the minister told me that there was no greater church than Nature itself. In a country where many well-meaning people go to build churches for Haitians, this response reaffirmed my admiration for Haitians who see beauty in their country that strangers often miss. If there is a lesson here, it’s that while people might seem poor, they can also imagine themselves richly as the most fortunate people on earth in their love of the land and country. #haiti #gonaives #christmas #religion
Photographed on assignment by @ciriljazbec for the current issue of National Geographic Magazine. Entrepreneurs collaborate at a popular technology-innovation center in Nairobi called iHub Nairobi, where they share ideas, take classes, and participate in hackathons, competing to solve challenging software problems. Young, tech-savvy Africans have flocked to Kenya’s nascent version of Silicon Valley, nicknamed Silicon Savannah, seeking the money and expertise to create groundbreaking technology solutions. Follow the link in my profile @ciriljazbec to read 'How Africa's Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent'. #NatGeo #story #Africa #Tech #startups #revolution #Kenya #Innovation #Nairobi
Photo by @ljohnphoto. Cannabis is a lifesaver for this family. Mom, Shannan and her sons, Joseph, 9, and Oliver, 7, have each been helped by the plant as true medicine. It is a cancer / pain fighting ally for Shannan, a calming medicine for Joseph who is on the autistic spectrum and fights severe anxieties, and Oliver who uses the oil to control seizures and shrink the multiple malignant tumors that cause them. @thephotosociety #cannabis #cannabisismedicine #livingproof #mmj #teamsuperbean #joeysalphabetsoup
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Matt Redd rounding up cattle on the Dugout Ranch in Indian Creek, Utah (now owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy). Photographed on assignment covering the land battles over #BearsEarsNationalMonument.  To see more images of Matt and ongoing coverage of the National Monuments struggle, follow @argonautphoto.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Suspended on a thin rope and immersed by light from a tiny opening in the Earths surface, an explorer makes his way up 900 ft in Kačna jama (cave) near Divača, in Slovenia. The cave is the third longest cave in Slovenia and is one of several locations that offers a gateway down to the mighty Reka River. This portfolio of photographs we have been sharing were shot for @NatGeoAdventure from the famous river caves of Slovenia, birth place of speleology and home to the 'human fish'. With my caving colleagues I visited 8 caves, each one varied and different with its own personality.
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) | Children chase bubbles released by a street performer in Amsterdam’s Dam Square, The Netherlands on Saturday the 16th of December 2017. To see more, follow @mmuheisen #muhammedmuheisen
Photograph by @paulnicklen // A sunflower seastar (Pycnopodia helianthoides) works stealthily across the ocean floor in search of food. They can grow up to 3 feet in diameter and travel at rip roaring speeds of 3 feet a minute as they seek out sea urchins. Water temperatures off the coast of the US and Canada have warmed by several degrees and tragically, this starfish species was the hardest hit from an aptly named disease called “starfish wasting disease”. I took this image several years ago when this species was everywhere. Now, they have all but vanished from this coast. #climatechange #warmingoceans
Photo by @robertclarkphoto | While working on a story about Bird Origins I was able to photograph this female #Ostrich, a member of one of the modern bird groups. The common ostrich was originally described by Carl Linnaeus from Sweden In his 18th century work. #birds
Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodríguez) | Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother at the age of 15. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother, in Complexodo Alemão, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after starting their relationship she got pregnant, and after three months her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. She hopes she can go back to school some day, and study medicine. "Complexo de Alemão" is the largest set of favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series made in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts. Girls who become pregnant before they are 18 rarely achieve an adequate standard of living. The patterns of poverty and limited access to education and health care are a common thread among teen pregnancies. Brazil could have increased its productivity up to US $3.5 billion if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties. (Population Fund of the United Nations) To learn more about the Teen Mom project, please follow @christian_foto #teenmom #youngmother #brazil #latinamerica
Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistani children repeat after their teacher at a makeshift school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // Porbandar city, birth place of Gandhi. Free roaming cows look out towards the sea. Mahatma Gandhi spent his early childhood here strolling on this beach road on his way to the temple and library. For more human interest stories follow: @renaeffendiphoto #history #legacy #india #gandhi #leaders #cows #sea
Photo by @TimLaman. Hummingbird and moon. Back in Oct, I photographed this Costa’s Hummingbird just as the full moon rose at sunset in the Coachella Valley, California. There was just enough light coming from the sun to get some color in the foreground. Hummingbirds feed right up until it is getting dark, and then often go into torpor to survive the night, during which they can slow their heart rate down from over 500 beats/min to under 50 beats/min. These guys are such fascinating little birds! If you’d like to see more of my new images of hummingbirds from California, visit my feed @TimLaman. How did I get a shot like this? It is all about seeing an opportunity, getting an idea, and then having the patience to pull it off. In this case, waiting for the hummingbird to return to a certain flower I had lined up with the moon. Shot at Sunnylands as part of a project I’m working on to document the birdlife of this sanctuary. #hummingbird #moon #sunnylands #annenberg #birdsofsunnylands #birds #coachellavalley #palmsprings #ranchomirage #desert #california
Photo by @pedromcbride (Pete McBride) // I love dark spots on the map — those areas where the night sky shines. One of those places is Grand Canyon where the night sky can become so bright it looks like a river of stars mirroring the river below inside the canyon. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #grandcanon #coloradoriver #nightsky #milkyway #nature
Video by @florianschulzvisuals | There is hardly a greater wildlife spectacle left in North American then the massive caribou migration of the Porcupine Caribou herd. Every year about 200 000 caribou migrate to the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to give birth to their young. Migrating close to 3000 miles it is the longest migration route of any land mammal. The reason: The caribou are dependent on the nutrient rich vegetation that the coastal plain provides. The current GOP tax bill would allow oil drilling in this pristine wilderness. Opening up the Refuge has often been attempted by drilling supporters but never received congressional approval. This time around the situation is different. As the measure is tied to the budget process the bill only needs 51 votes – not the usual 60. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge could become a reality, destroying one of the greatest wild places in the country that has often been called the Serengeti of the north. In my work, I specialize in the last wild place on the planet and those become increasing rare. I think it would be devastating to see one of the greatest wilderness gems be destroyed over a few months worth of the nation’s oil. #Followme @florianschulzvisuals to see more of the wild planet. #savethearctic #endangered #publiclands #alaska #wilderness
Video @ladzinski / A flock of #flamingos running across the surface of the water to take flight. These birds are so large that it takes a tremendous amount of momentum before they can take to the skies, a sight that is always remarkable to watch. Filmed in #camarones Colombia. To see more of this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski
Photographed whilst on assignment by @simonnorfolkstudio for the current issue of National Geographic Magazine.. Pastor Philip Mantofa (@philipmantofa ) is Vice Head-Pastor of Mawar Sharon church which oversees 70 local churches all around Indonesia. With the pastor are 956 pilgrims from Indonesia. They are all being baptised at Yardenit Jordan River Baptismal Site. This site is a long way from the authentic site of Jesus’ baptism which is way down in the Lower Jordan at Bethany where it is narrow and muddy and badly polluted with sewage and agricultural run-off. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #Nazareth #christianity #christian #photojournalist #holyland #Nazarene #jerusalem #baptism #religious # indonesian #Yardenit #Mawar #pastor #christening #indonesian
Photo @lucalocatelliphoto Yesterday I was walking in the center of Milan, Italy when it happens to see a tennis court inside a church. I’ve played 10 minutes in this incredible art performance. The artist Asad Raza which wanted to create a meditative experience of dialogue in a space which was used for one-way communication from higher authorities.So he I created a situation in which the visitor can experience this by doing it, with coaches who help them, and with a jasmine tea to drink when they become thirsty from the activity, and a scent to imbue the atmosphere with another sense. It is a contemporary way to reach a feeling of communion with the body and the senses. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more images from the world. #tennis #milan #italy
By @drewtrush // We didn’t really know what we were doing because no-one had done it before.  Sure people have gotten footage of mountain lions, but we began a deep dive into the lives of specific individuals over the course of what ended up being the next couple of years while following these groups of cat’s, gathering footage for @natgeowild American Cougar.  We had primarily been focusing on finding kills of both collared and un collared cats in northwest Wyoming.  While the kill idea definitely worked, I thought we needed to start focusing on other aspects of the kill site to start getting some different footage and mix it up.  I figured if we could find their day bed, or where they will spend the day sleeping we could put a camera there and potentially get something unique.  I was working for cinematographer @jeffhoganfilms and as any true mentor should, he always pushed me to go out and try and shoot something better than he did.  He allowed me the freedom to make mistakes.  That’s the only way you’ll get better in this game.  We had some of the best times out there figuring it out as we went, just ecstatic when we’d get a shot, trying to help each other figure it out when we wouldn’t.  Thanks Jeff. To get more behind the scenes stories like this please follow along with me @drewtrush.
Photographed on assignment by @ciriljazbec for the current issue of National Geographic Magazine. Delivering blood units all over Rwanda with drones. Building tech capacity, Rwanda partnered with Zipline to deliver blood and plasma units inside drones, creating technical jobs for people like flight operator Olivier Mugiraneza. Olivier here on the first photo recovers a drone just after delivery of blood to a remote hospital. Zipline is a blood delivery system by drones in remote parts of Rwanda. It delivers on demand blood and plasma units to hospitals immediately after being reqeusted. Blood used to take hours to drive to remote hospitals. Now it happens in minutes. Follow link in my profile @ciriljazbec to read 'How Africa's Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent'. #Africa #Rwanda #Tech #revolution #drone #blood #delivery
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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial I photographed this little pink skunk clownfish and some grey reefsharks in the Koro Sea, Fiji for @natgeo. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see one of my favorite realms under the stars:Torres del Paine National Park in Chile! Everyday is a good day to celebrate the importance and beauty of our marine worlds! Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. Our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet and play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate, absorbing carbon dioxide and they produce over half the oxygen that we, and all other land animals, breathe. Their wealth is truly beyond comprehension. Please support conservation organizations to help protect our oceans. #ocean #protect #conservation #wwf #oceana #fiji #protectbiodiversity #mattiasklum #conservation @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @natgeo @alexandrovklumofficial @mattiasklumcollection
Photo by @FransLanting “California Burning” One of the largest wildfires in California’s history is raging through the rugged coastal mountains near Santa Barbara. The other night the hills looked like a scene from the apocalypse as the flames were encroaching upon scores of homes on the outskirts of town. Thousands of firefighters from all over the American West are combating the blaze in a massive operation that is as impressive as the fire itself. California is used to wildfires, but the ferocity and the magnitude of recent outbreaks is rattling people. These are megafires. Governor Jerry Brown calls them part of the “New Normal,” as the state is adapting to the consequences of climate change. Our local firefighters are heroes when it comes to battling the flames, but we need a global force to address the root causes of the inferno that will impact all of us. Check the hashtags below to learn how you can engage. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories about a planet under pressure. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @christineeckstrom #California #Wildfire #Climatechange #climatereality #stopclimatechange #leonardodicaprio