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Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. Newlyweds stay dry under umbrellas on their rainy wedding day in Halabja, Iraq in 2005. Both Sarkant and Razanwere in Halabja as children during the devastating chemical attacks of 1987 and fled to Iran before they returned home in 1991 when northern Iraq was established as a Kurdish safe haven under the protection of American and European allied forces under the No Flight Zone set up by Operation Provide Comfort. #kurds #tbt #travel #onassignment #ontheroad #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #kurdistan #natgeo


Photo by: @CristinaMittermeier // Reminiscent of the aquatic version of a velociraptor, a baby blue-eyed shag eyes me underwater as it searches for small crustaceans on which to feed. Curious and unafraid, I spent several hours in the company of these charismatic birds as they came and went from the colony.

#followme @cristinamittemeier for more stories of my personal interactions with amazing creatures from some of the most remote places on earth. *
Shot on #assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen @andy_mann @ladzinski and @craigwelch
#stopclimatechange #saveouroceans #watersedge #nature


Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. The herd of rescued elephants plays near Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Elephants are highly social and sensitive animals who greet and offer comfort to each other. These elephants were orphaned by various circumstances, including environmental changes and habitat loss, but are being rehabilitated at Reteti, where they have a good chance of being reunited with their family herds. My story on the incredible work happening at Reteti will be in print in the August issue of National Geographic.
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to learn more about these initiatives and help support their work!

@lewa_wildlife @nrt_kenya @nature_africa @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #retetielephants #amivitale


Video @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo here we are flying over the desalination plant of Dubai that serves over two million people. Natural gas is burned to produce electricity and to desalinate seawater for drinking. Dubai’s Electricity & Water Authority plans to scale up on more energy efficient way of desalinating by reverse osmosis that can be powered by solar electricity. Dubai is on a mission to make this notoriously unsustainable city to be one of the greenest in the world in the next decades.

Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about Dubai project and others. #Dubai #water #drone #dronevideos #sustainable #city #uae #climatechange


@robertclarkphoto Editing my collection of Mummy images for a new project, it is quite fun to look back at all the different types of mummies I have meet. Mutilated by the iron rods of workers dredging peat from a Dutch bog, Yde Girl’s body offers clues to her death. The band of fabric around the 16-year-old’s throat suggests she was strangled. She may have been chosen for sacrifice because of a deformity revealed by a CT scan: a curvature in her spine. #mummies #bogbodies


Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Portrait of Matthias Phiri, Program Coordinator for LifeSavers Zambia, which has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world with 31% of women aged 20-24 years married by the age of 18 according to UNICEF. In communities outside Zambia’s capital city of Lusaka, Matthias Phiri meets regularly with traditional leaders, faith-based organizations, school and police officials, and other prominent locals to strategize ways to combat child marriage. Members of his ever-growing circle keep an eye out for children who are at risk of getting married and intervene if necessary, pulling vulnerable children out of harm’s way, providing them counseling, re-enrolling them in school and, in some cases, pursuing legal remedies against the perpetrators of child marriage. The biggest challenge, he said, is the discord between the country’s statutory laws, which set the minimum marriage age at 21, and its customary laws, which allow for much greater latitude. In March 2016, the Government of Zambia adopted a five-year national action plan to end child marriage. The Convention on the Rights of the Child recommend counties set a minimum age of marriage to 18 for both men and women.

This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed. @letoitdelagrandearche #zambia #color #champions #everydayafrica #red #change #inspiration #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #heforshe #girls


Video by @ciriljazbec / This light... This light that breaks, after a heavy rainfall, through clouds that roll over the mountain range that surrounds the valley where I grew up... This light is why I became a photographer. My room often felt like a first-row-seat experience of the most spectacular light transformations. When this magical light arrived, it was impossible to study. I would literally run out to catch it. Yesterday I drove back to my parents’ village after a long time and was once again welcomed by it . Working for @natgeo is often more about getting to the bottom of the story but good light can help sometimes.
If you want to see more from this golden light jump to my account @ciriljazbec #Trzic #Slovenia #Kriskopolje #travel


Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) | Fireflies light a road in Sewanee, TN. They are known by many names, big Dipper firefly, common eastern firefly, here on the Cumberland Plateau they are called Lightning Bugs. Photinus pyralis are the most common species of firefly in North America. Their distinctive light is a mating ritual, a way for lonely insects to find each other. They rise from the forest floor at dusk in a swarm of phosphorescence, searching for mates. They quickly pair up and the woods fade to darkness. The minutes that they fly together are a magic time of night. Check out @salvarezphoto for more!  #firefly #lightningbug #tennessee


Video by @joelsartore | A lesser blue crab photographed at @GulfSpecimen Marine Lab. This crab has powerful oar-shaped rear legs which make them very strong swimmers. Males use color to determine which mate they’ll try to attract and then perform a display with their pincers. Mating can last as long as 5-12 hours and females produce between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs per spawning.
For decades, Gulf Specimen has been running a public education center in Panacea, FL, educating thousands of schoolkids each year about the wonders of marine creatures from the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
To see a portrait of this blue crab, check out @joelsartore!
#lesserbluecrab #marinelife #underwater #crab #crabs #sealife #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether


Photo by @FransLanting Beyond the National Parks and National Monuments we’re all familiar with, there are scores of other public lands in the USA that are administered by the Department of the Interior. The American idea of preserving large wild landscapes for all generations to come has been an inspiration to many people in many countries around the world, and my hope is that the US can continue to be a beacon. The Bureau of Land Management is charged with looking after many millions of acres of wilderness areas, but it barely has the resources to do so. And that is before the cutbacks that are now being contemplated in Washington, D.C. Here’s one amazing place I discovered while doing an aerial survey of the Colorado Plateau on assignment for @NatGeo. It’s called the San Rafael Swell and it’s located in central Utah; it’s remote, but that does not mean it’s protected forever. Imagine what this landscape would look like if there were access roads for mineral extraction. Add your voice to the conversation if you care. Check the links below to find out what you can do. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of these special places.
@WildernessSociety @thephotosociety @leonardodicaprio #MonumentsForAll #beauty #naturelovers #naturephotography #wilderness #America #Conservation


Video by @renan_ozturk // One of the world's most accomplished alpinists @conrad_anker on a sunset scramble up Pigeon Spire in Bugaboos provincial park, British Columbia. One thing among many that I've learned from Conrad on the expeditions I've done with him is that the greatest attribute a mountain climber can have is a bottomless well of childlike enthusiasm, just to be out in the thick of it. Whether it's completing the Shark's Fin of MERU or a relatively casual outing such as this one, he always brings this contagious energy to the table. #bugaboos


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot entitled “EPIC," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to express your understanding of the word ‘EPIC’ and how it can be portrayed in a single image.
This photograph captures a time and place that to me has left a lasting memory of being truly epic.

I was on a caving expedition in Papua New Guinea and at this point we had travelled deep underground following a 50ft deep, 2ft wide canyon passage for over 2 miles. We were the first people to ever undertake this arduous and technically challenging journey. Finally after several hours of hard work we burst out into this huge chamber where the noise was so loud from all the rivers and waterfalls that we had to shout to one another to be heard above the roar. Our journey didn't end here though, we swam across the beautiful green Myo lake and climbed up the waterfall to explore never-before-seen passages beyond.
Everything about this expedition was epic beyond imagination. Out of over 30 expeditions, it still remains as the most challenging I’ve ever undertaken.

To submit your photos and stories, go to Good luck! #natgeoyourshot


Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - The Trola Pass, a mere dirt road, which is part of Northern Sichuan-Tibet Highway, climbs to an astounding 5100 meters over the Trola (Chola) Mountains. Part of the ancient Tea Horse Road between Derge and Manigango, this mountain pass is covered with snow most of the year. For a sense of the immense size of these mountains, see if you can find the trucks along the road?
#kham #tibet #teahorseroad #sichuan #china #highway #dirtroad @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety


Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. Members of the Iraqi National Guard train at the Mosul Dam base, which was home to the 6th Brigade, 2nd division, in Mosul, Iraq in 2005. These men are all Kurds and former Pesh Merga. #kurds #Iraq #mosul #soldier #military #training #deployment #tbt #travel #onassignment #ontheroad #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #kurdistan #natgeo


I-phone photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Castiglion Del Lago, Umbia, Italy - Fantastic natural lighting show over the Trasimeno Lake last night! #trasimenolake #umbria #italy #lighting #sunset #castigliondellago


Photo by @jimmy_chin
The wild places in the world are where I find perspective. Always grateful to find my way back to the high alpine. A climber stands near the summit of the North Howser Tower. #Bugaboos #Canada


Image by @markosian | Girls outside of their home in a village near Kars, Turkey, wait for their parents to return home after a day in the field. #turkey


Photo by chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - @watsonthewonderdoodle chases @guductions up a road embankment this afternoon in Fremont County, Wyoming. We're on assignment for @natgeo shooting a story on the sage brush sea - the barren but beautiful landscape that epitomises the American west.


A fiery sunset sets the mountains ablaze in the fabled Pleanau Inlet, in the Antarctic Peninsula. We are working towards a network of MPAs in this area that will protect the abundant wildlife from the effects of the large krill fishery. Through collaboration with #CCAMLR.
Shot on #assignment for @natgeo, @natgeopristineseas with @paulnicklen @andy_mann @ladzinski and @craigwelch
#followme @cristinamittermeier for more icy landscapes and other wonders of our amazing world. *

#stopclimatechange | #saveouroceans | #watersedge | #nature


@natgeo @stevewinterphoto
Did you know that African lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. All of the females you see in a pride are related. Young male cubs like the one at the back of this photo leave their pride when they are about 2-3 years old, while females stay. Lion prides usually feature one or two males, a dozen or more female lionesses and a few cubs, but in rare cases can number 25 or 30 members! That’s a lot of mouths to feed!
Big cats like this young African lion have fascinated me for over 25 years since my first jaguar story for @natgeo magazine. It is our responsibility to give the next generation of big cats a fighting chance in the wild. 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 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 @nglive #nglive @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork#wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia


Photo by @TimLaman. I got to play @SteveWinterPhoto for a day and be a big cat photographer as we staked out this leopard and waited for it to come down from his tree at dusk. Such a beautiful animal, and super exciting to see him. I can understand Steve’s obsession with the big cats, and please support efforts to conserve these magnificent animals. To see some seriously original leopard and other big cat images, go check out @SteveWinterPhoto. #Serengeti, #Tanzania, #Leopard, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.


Image by @joelsartore | This #pollinatormonday is all about keeping our pollinators happy and healthy. As farmers become more efficient at eliminating all plants other than corn, beans and wheat from their fields, there are fewer and fewer places for milkweed and nectar-bearing plants to grow. Important pollinating insects like the butterflies and bees need these plants in order to survive. Without these pollinators, we lose much of our ability to grow the fruit and vegetables we eat.
That's why it's so important that homeowners step and 'get growing' now in their backyards by planting a pollinator garden, and taking care of lawns and gardens organically. You'll be amazed at the results, and the good feeling you get knowing that you're doing your part in helping to preserve biodiversity right at home. And remember, “organic” means no chemicals should be used on your lawn like pesticides or weed killers. These not only kill plants and animals, but are detrimental to your health too as the chemicals migrate away from your yard and into groundwater. It’s time to get planting, and get natural. What are you waiting for?
Keep on posting your pollinator garden and monarch pictures with the hashtag #pollinatorhero and see what we can #SaveTogether!
#pollinators #butterflies #blue #wings #closeup #macro #pesticides #conservation #animalconservation #organic #gardening #photoark #natgeo


Photo by @BrianSkerry.

A Mako Shark cruises through the blue waves of San Diego, CA; its dorsal fin not even breaking the surface.
Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60 mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.
Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo.

And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinating, check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold.
#shark #mako #makoshark #underwater #photography #conservation #preservation #underwaterphoto #natgeo #nationalgeographic #follow #onassignment #sharks #savesharks #newzealand #nz #photooftheday #oceanambassador


Photo by @FransLanting On assignment for @NatGeo, we backpacked into a remote canyon in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area with a backcountry ranger from the Bureau of Land Management. We were impressed with his knowledge and amazed to learn that he was the only person employed by BLM as “boots on the ground” to patrol a vast area. Protecting natural landscapes is critical, but having enough people to look after them is just as important. As Washington, D.C. contemplates cutbacks to the stewardship of our protected areas, it’s sobering to know how few resources we dedicate even now to looking after some of the most iconic landscapes in North America, if not the world. Can’t we do better? Check some of the links below to add your voice to the conversation. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of special places in the American West.

@WildernessSociety @thephotosociety @leonardodicaprio #MonumentsForAll #beauty #naturelovers #naturephotography #wilderness #America #Conservation


Photo by@irablockphoto (Ira Block)
Sea stacks, known as Rauks on the Fårö and Gotland Islands in the Baltic Sea were formed from limestone erosion during the Ice age. These geological formations rival modern art sculpture in their ability to evoke a multitude of images in our minds . #followme @irablockphoto to see more of my photos @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #rauks #gotland #Fårö #seastacks #balticsea #geology


Photo by @renan_ozturk // A tobacco farmer in Viñales Cuba, taking refuge from the mid-day summer heat. Shooting cultural portraits is something I've become fascinated with recently as a process of interaction and inherently learning more about myself as well as others. In places like Nepal where I speak the language it's much easier for me but since my Spanish is slim to none, Cuba was much more intimidating. I'm normally very timid and shy but in these types of situations it takes a sort of 'practiced courage' to connect with a stranger and raise your lens in a way that feels right. I'd say a third of the folks I approached were not into it and you have to respect that immediately. Most of the time it's nonverbal eye-contact or body language and you would be surprised how many people are actually delighted to give their time for a photo. Ideally I have time to be in a space for a long time and the subjects become used to my presence before taking a single shot. Capturing portraits of humanity whether it's your closest loved one or a stranger on the street is a practice that can teach you a lot about yourself. w/ @taylorfreesolo #cuba


Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - The Maasai giraffe, also called Kilimanjaro giraffe, is the largest species of giraffe native to East Africa, also the tallest land mammal. The Masai giraffe can be found in central and southern Kenya and in Tanzania. It has distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches which extend to the hooves. A median lump is usually present in males.
All giraffes are considered vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Masai giraffe population declined 52% in recent decades. Overall, the approximate number of all populations accumulate to 32,550 in the wild. #serengeti #tanzania #giraffe #park #masaigiraffe #wild


Photograph by: @cristinamittermeier // A group of Gentoo penguins huddles in a snow storm to stay warm. Of all the different types of penguins, these to me, are the most entertaining. Their sassy curiosity and intelligent demeanour make them fun to photograph. Their survival is threatened by climate change because, without healthy and abundant sea ice, they cannot survive.
Shot on #assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen @andy_mann @ladzinski and @craigwelch
#followme @cristinamittermeier for more insight into my experiences and thoughts when photographing penguins and other interesting animals. *

#stopclimatechange | #saveouroceans | #watersedge | #nature


Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. Garbage burns at a dump in Erbil, Iraq in 2003. #kurds #Iraq #smoke #tbt #travel #onassignment #ontheroad #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #kurdistan #natgeo


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The view from the Jungfraujoch Sphinx observatory in Switzerland is breathtaking. It's lofty location is dramatic and extremely exposed. These two photographs, taken from the viewing platform show the upper half of the Aletsch glacier, the largest glacial system in the Alps along with the observatory itself, during a cloudless night sky full of stars. Each time I visit this mass of ice, I am drawn more and more to its dwindling size. Glaciologists predict that by the year 2050, there will no longer be any glaciers in the European Alps. A sobering thought. We're here in Switzerland as part of a National Geographic Student Expedition.