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The Photo Society—a collective of over 170 National Geographic photographers. Sponsorship inquiries: thephotosocietyig@gmail.com

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // As I kicked hard to keep pace with this egg-yolk jellyfish (Phacellophora camtschatica) in the dwindling light of the Brith Columbia sunset, the strong currents of the Salish Sea drew us both, helplessly and rapidly, through one of the hundreds of fjords and channels that make this ecosystem so vibrant and abundant.
With @PaulNicklen @NatGeoCreative @Sea_Legacy @ThePhotoSociety

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Photo by @lucasfogliaphoto | Matt swings between trees on California's Lost Coast. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Matt worked in the solar energy industry and directed the design and construction of a clean-room factory in Thailand. Moving back to the United States, he spent 2 years sourcing his clothes, food, tools, and shelter from the wild. Now living in San Francisco, his goal is to bridge the primitive and modern worlds. He is currently working for Google X on a renewable energy project.

This photograph is included in a new book from Nazraeli Press. Lucas Foglia's Human Nature is a series of interconnected stories about people, nature, and the science of our relationship with wilderness. Visit my profile @lucasfogliaphoto and click the link to buy the book. #nature #california #reading

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Photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // Guided by the stories of the Cuban detective genre novelist Leonardo Padura I explored the streets of old Havana and other barrios of this amazing city. @natgeocreative #havana #cuba #cars #streets #streetlife #streetphotography #dailylife

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North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder
A North Korean train conductor stands before a statue of the late leader Kim In Sung on a subway platform in Pyongyang. For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites @dguttenfelder.

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Photo by @bethjwald //
A Bactrian camel stoically endures Kyrgyz children as they play on and around the beast, outside of a Kyrgyz winter camp at about 14,000 feet in the Little Pamirs, Wakhan Corridor, northeastern Afghanistan. These woolly, double-humped camels are domestic relatives of the wild and critically endangered Bactrian camels of southern China and northern Mongolia. The humps store fat that the camels can use for sustenance and water in lean times. Camels are important as beasts of burden for the nomadic Krygyz, who use them for moving their yurts from camp to camp, and they are also symbols of wealth and status. Not long ago, Kyrgyz men took camel caravans in winter months down frozen rivers to the villages in the valleys, where they would trade yak butter, sheep and goats for wheat and other supplies with the Wakhi, the indigenous people of the Wakhan. I took this photo ten years ago, in January of 2008, during a month-long journey on foot through the road-less, frozen mountain world of the Afghan Pamirs, part of a several year project to document the peoples of the Wakhan-the Wakhi and Kyrgyz-their ways of life, their relationship to each other, to their environment and to the wildlife of the Pamirs. Despite the hardship, it was one of the most amazing trips of my life, and I had the incredible privilege to spend time with incredible and hardy Kyrgyz and Wakhi families who welcomed me into their yurts, huts and houses. Check out my feed @bethjwald for more photos from this series, which I will be posting through the week. #Afghanistan #wakhancorridor #Afghanpamirs #Pamirs #Kyrgyz #Kirghiz #camel bactriancamel #mountainculture #Badakshan #roofoftheworld #bamidunya #onassignment #centralasia #pastoralist #frozen #nikon @thephotosociety @ilcp_photographers @natgeocreative

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The Photographer’s Photographer Award is voted on by the photographers of @NatGeo and is awarded to the peer they feel has most inspired them by expanding the possibilities of photography. This year @anandavarma became the 8th recipient of the award for his work with hummingbirds. (swipe right to see more). @geosteinmetz presented the award at the annual #NatGeoPhotoSeminar in Washington, DC. and had this to say, “ His picture editor here described him as “an editor’s dream”, someone you could give an idea to, and just let him run with it. Weeks later, he starts sending in samples of work with very publishable images accompanied by detailed self-critiques, as he is always searching for ways to make them just a little bit better. […] If you want to photograph the wonders of biology, you soon realize that the vast majority of life forms are less than a half-inch across. Taking pictures of small stuff is incredibly difficult, with problems of focus, scale, and the need for lighting equipment that is the same size as the moving subject. Although he claims that great photography is not about technique, but about understanding your subject, our winner is quite modest. He works on subjects so specialized that he has to build his own equipment. And although he is just 31 years old, this photographer already likes to give back. He works tirelessly in support of science, running workshops in the US and abroad to teach scientists how to be more visually literate.” // Many congratulations Anand! Photo of @anandavarma by @vincemusi

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Photo by @scottgoldsmithphoto // When you glance out a frigid winter window and a pleasant surprise awaits, the day feels warmer. @thephotosociety #snowlight #winterwonderland #sunbathing #coldweather

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Photo by @robertclarkphoto // I was struck by the shape and the webbed feet of the #crocodiles, the #reptile does not typically use them to help them to swim. However, on land a crocodile can run as quickly as 11 miles an hour for a very short distance on its short legs.

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Photo by @FransLanting // What looks like a golden sunset is actually a howling blizzard that forces emperor penguins to turn their backs against the wind and hunker down at their colony on Antarctic sea ice. From my platform stand I had a great view but I was on the edge of hypothermia when I made this image. It took me hours to warm up again afterwards by sealing myself inside my sleeping bag with all my clothes on. Yet what for me was extreme is a common condition which emperor penguins have evolved to survive. Follow me @FransLanting to see what I wore to stay warm.

@ChristineEckstrom @natgeocreative #Antarctica #EmperorPenguins #Penguins #Blizzard #Cold #Extreme

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Phone photo: @ivankphoto // Sometimes interesting photos can be made in the simplist of places. #breakfastwithNahuelito, @runa_photos, #runaflirts

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Photo by @williamalbertallard // Oxford, Mississippi, 1986

I saw a young couple riding an ATV alongside the highway outside Oxford and I followed them until they turned off on a gravel road. They stopped and I did too, explaining that I was photographing an essay about the works of William Faulkner, a former resident of Oxford and a Nobel Prize winning writer. I don't think they were familiar with the work of Faulkner, but I think the young blonde woman was aware of her attraction to my camera. Her boyfriend seemed a bit less enthralled.

#followme @williamalbertallard for more images from the American South and other assignments spanning five decades.

#oxford #mississippi #williamfaulkner #backroads #south #southern #headbands #throwback

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Bengal tiger tour – NEW DATES! My Bengal tiger tour to Bandhavgarh National Park in India has now sold out and so due to continued demand I am putting on additional dates. These new dates are from October 31st until 11th November 2018 and this will ensure that the group enjoys 8 full days in the wild forests on Central India looking for one of the world’s most spectacular creatures. I captured this close up image on a previous trip and the feeling of looking into the mesmerising eyes of such a beautiful creature is a feeling like no other. This particular tiger, a 19 month old sub-adult, emerged at speed from the forest and, with his brother, stalked, played and rested around our vehicle for some 45 minutes, an extraordinary encounter and privilege. When this individual clambered onto an elevated roadside rock he was ultimately just a few feet away, at eye level and we were in a vehicle with no doors, no windows and no windscreen. The feeling of excitement and joy was almost overwhelming but I took the opportunity of adding a 1.4x tele-converter to my 500mmm lens to try and capture a unique close up portrait. His gaze endured and was as compelling as anything that I’ve ever experienced but I was fortunate indeed to be able to capture a portrait with such symmetry. I am anything but a neat freak but with images such as these it is nice when they do come off. If the chance of looking through your lens and having this looking back at you is something that you’d like to experience then please do email me at tours@andrewparkinson.com for more details and it would be my privilege to guide you to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please do #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @landrover_uk #Bengaltiger #andysphototours #worklocally #ethicsbeforeimages #itsallabouttheluck #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #nature_brilliance #majestic_wildlife #wildlife.hd #wildlifeplanet #wildlife #featured_wildlife

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Photo by @amivitale for @rippleeffectimages || The burgeoning effects of climate change have hit Bangladesh especially hard. Areas that used to reliably flood every other year are now hammered by powerful storms every few months. The country is currently facing a historic food shortage due to the mass flooding of agricultural regions. #Bangladesh #flood #water #photography #climatechange #globalwarming #color #light

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Photo by @jasperdoest while #onassigment in #antarctica for @natgeoexpeditions // A large group of Adélie penguins on the fast ice in the Weddell Sea

The Adélie is the littlest, and also the most widespread, species of penguin in the Antarctic. Adélie penguins were discovered in 1840 by scientists on the French Antarctic expedition led by explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville. D’Urville named Adélie Land, in southern Antarctica, after his wife, Adéle. They might look a bit clumsy on land, but penguins are brilliant swimmers. They can dive down to 180m – though they tend to catch their food (mainly krill and fish) much closer to the surface.
Adélie penguins are increasing in Antarctica. However, in areas where climate change is established, Adélie populations have fallen by more than 65% in the past 25 years. The biggest threat to them right now is climate change (other penguins, like gentoos, are better adapted to warmer climates). Follow me @jasperdoest for more images of my recent Arctic and Antarctic adventures.
@thephotosociety @natgeo @ilcp_photographers #penguin #ice #iceberg #seaice #wildlife #wildlifeadicts #wildplanet

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Photo by @rezaphotography #Algeria

While on assignment for a book on Algeria for several months, I reached the #valley of #Assakrem, in the midst of a volcanic plateau, near the refuge of Father Foucault. I spent hours, early in the morning and also at down, when the stars seems to dialogue with the dying light; trying to catch the beauty of this stunning land.

Text written by @Racheldeghati
#landscape #algerian #landscapephotography #naturephotography #naturelovers #sky #sky_perfection #stars #travelmemories #travelphotographer #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى @thephotosociety

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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // DYNAMISM // Great tit (Parus major) #female leaves the #feeder with #sunflower #seed. We had couple really warm days, so birds did not really visit the feeder, but with colder weather they seem keep loyalty. Taken from the room of our living room in #Hungary... No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images!
@natgeo @instagram @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #beauty #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #discoveryourbackyard #birdstagram #birdphotography #greattit #bird #action #highspeedphotography #phototips

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Photo by @chancellordavid // Just returning from the National Geographic Photo Seminar in the US. An extraordinary week of talks and presentations - When poaching has escalated exponentially in the past decade; more than 7,000 rhinos have been killed in the past ten years alone, and The World Wildlife Fund estimates that 20,00 to 30,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks - It’s at times like these that I realise how important all the work done on this subject is, and how humbled I am by the continued support and mentorship received from all those @natgeo and elsewhere. Thank you all for sharing your amazing work and thoughts this week - Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - follow more of my work and projects here @chancellordavid and @natgeo #conserving #stoppoaching #stopthetrade #ivory #rhino #horn #wildlife

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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz // Known as the Medieval Manhattan, #Shibam, Yemen was once an important stop for camel caravans bringing frankincense from Oman to the Mediterranean. It remains one of the great masterpieces of Arabian architecture, with tower homes up to eight stories tall that are built entirely from mud and palm timbers. I took this photo while flying my motorized paraglider over the town, and created quite a ruckus. After landing and an interview with the local police captain, I was invited in for tea and hospitality, and noticed that the mud floor of an upper story flexed like the skin of an old drum. I heard rumors that the tower home seen at the near corner of the walled city had simply dissolved while its owner while was away working in Dubai, as there was no one to fix a leaky water tap. #unescoheritage
To see more visit @geosteinmetz

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Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) - After 10 days without meeting anyone, we came across this nomadic tent, on the edge of the Lut desert in Iran. They were herding camels, goats and sheep - the camp chief stood in front of his tent, practically disappearing in the landscape. NASA's satellite, from 2003 to 2010 testify that the hottest land surface on Earth is located here in the Lut desert. I was fortunate to visit this amazing place and country last March, when an Iranian scientifically team measured a land surface temperatures of 78.2 °C (172.8 °F), the highest ever recorded. For more interesting cultural encounters, please visit @paleyphoto . #Iran #hottemperature #desert

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Photo by @jim_sugar | American news photographer @CarolGuzy celebrates her masterful presentation at the annual @NatGeo Photo Seminar along with her tribe of fellow female photojournalists in Washington, DC. Ms. Guzy has won the #PulitzerPrize four times—one of four people to do so, and the only journalist with that achievement. Carol’s powerful presentation left her audience of 400+ people laughing and crying and shouting along with her. Here she is celebrating with her friends and colleagues. #NationalGeographic @thephotosociety @Lumix #GX85

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Photo by @bethjwald // A Kyrgyz girl carries a lamb through her family’s winter camp at about 14,000 feet in the Little Pamir with the snow-covered peaks of the Hindu Kush trip making a spectacular backdrop, in the Wakhan Corridor, northeast Afghanistan. The lamb was born in late December and is too young to spend the winter days with its mother and the rest of the flock as it forages for food in the cold and snow, so they are kept in a warm place at the camp for the day and then returned to its mother each evening to nurse. A small population of Kyrgyz live a nomadic life on the high plateau of the Afghan Pamirs, moving seasonally with their herds of yaks, goats, sheep, camels and horses. It is a hard life, especially in winter, and the Kyrgyz suffer from poverty, opium addiction and lack of education, but they also are proud of their culture, their ability to survive and their freedom on the “Bam-i-Dunya” or Roof of the World. The photo was taken exactly ten years ago today, during a hard, month-long journey on foot through the roadless, frozen mountain world of the Afghan Pamirs, part of a several year project to document the peoples of the Wakhan-the Wakhi and Kyrgyz, their ways of life, their relationship to each other, to their environment and to the wildlife of the Pamirs. The huge pay-off and privilege was being able to spend time with these families, some of whom I had met on previous journeys. Check out my feed @bethjwald - I will be posting more photos this week and next from the journey I took ten years ago through the winter landscape of the Afghan Pamirs! #Afghanistan #wakhancorridor #Pamirs #Kyrgyz #mountainculture #Badakshan #roofoftheworld #mountainjourney #onas

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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Rare snowfall at the Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Kungfu as Monks make it back to their dorms. Some 90,000 Kungfu enthusiasts visit here from around the world each year to learn from the masters. #kungfu #shaolin #shaolintemple #hebei #china @natgeo @natgeocreative @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney

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Photo by @williamalbertallard // Tucson, AZ, 1998

Rodeo bullfighting clown Rob Smets, often called “the toughest man in rodeo,” signs autographs for fans following the end of a mud swamped rodeo in normally sunny Tucson. I chose that rodeo for what I figured would be wonderful southwestern American light. It rained steady for the first four days. But rainy weather sometime produces excellent pictures.

#followme @williamalbertallard for more images of rodeos and other assignments spanning five decades

#rodeo #rodeoclown #Tucson #mud #rain

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Images by @joelsartore | To date, the Photo Ark has documented over 7,500 species in order to save species and their habitats. It is important to honor and protect all of the incredible creatures that continue to dwindle away during the extinction crisis. Though it’s easy to be moved by many of our favorite species like this Sumatran tiger or Western lowland gorilla, it’s important to remember that even some of the smallest of species are also on the verge of extinction, and their survival is essential in order to maintain balance in their ecosystems. For example, animals like this Choctawhatchee beach mouse (swipe to see) are the critical link between plants and carnivores in their environments, but they are endangered due to ongoing development of their homes. Climate change is decimating corals like this robust ivory coral, which provide nutrients and shelter to a plethora of marine animals. Even insects like this American burying beetle, who are responsible for recycling decaying matter back into the ecosystem, are in danger of extinction.
The Photo Ark gives a voice to each creature, large or small, in order to inspire the world to help save them. Protection is essential if we are to survive ourselves. Start taking steps today to help preserve these species and their environments. Follow @joelsartore for more images of the incredible creatures we share the planet with. #photoark @natgeo @thephotosociety #wildlife #conservation

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Photo by @_camdavidson At 4:53 pm January 12th, 2010 Southern Haiti was hit with a 7.1 earthquake centered on Léogâne. Most of Port au Prince was flattened with the death toll ranging between hundred-hundred to two-hundred and sixty thousand people. I shot aerials of the city a few weeks after the earthquake struck. This image is of the Presidential Palace. I've shot in Haiti since 1999 and this flight was my second visit to the country after the earthquake struck.
To see more of my aerial and location photography, please follow me at @_camdavidson
#haiti #earthquake #aerialphotography

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Photo by @aphotographicsurvey // Ichneumon Wasp, Arotes decorus​. I am constantly amazed by the diversity found all around me. My hope is that these images of plants, animals, and insects I find in my local environment help my audience and myself gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation and sense of responsibility for, our global ecosystem. ​#aphotographicsurvey​ ​#artscience #bug #entomology #ecology#ecologicalart #hymenoptera #ichneumon#iphone #minimal #nature​ ​#naturephotography​ ​#typology #wasp

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Big Mac penguin colony, Bird island – Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho @natgeo // It had long been a dream of mine to visit Bird Island, an outlier of South Georgia Island, on the very edge of Antarctica. I finally got a chance to go ashore there for just a few hours, and then, to my great good fortune, the weather stranded me there for four days, in one of the most glorious wildlife islands on the planet. This is an image of Big Mac, what may be the largest Macaroni Penguin colony in the world, with roughly 80,000 nesting birds. (Can you imagine counting them?) As I sat beside these two Macaroni pairs along the upper edge of the colony, I tried to imagine the challenges these birds face to return to this specific nest site every season. Not only must they navigate hundreds, if not thousands, of trackless miles of ocean to this exact spot, they must then weave their way through 80,000 other birds to find their mates, and their chosen nest sites. Then, every time they get hungry or need to feed their hungry chicks, they must march back down to the sea, and the cycle begins again. The sensory skills involved and the utter determination required to accomplish all these tasks frankly staggers me. (Full disclosure: I need Google Maps to get me almost anywhere nowadays.) #southgeorgia #birdisland #birdsofinstagram #seabirdparadise

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Photo by @FransLanting //When emperor penguin chicks are a month old they are no longer guarded by their parents around the clock and they form creches where they can keep each other warm by huddling together, just like their parents do in mid winter. When parents return from the sea they head for the creches to pick up their chicks. Go to @FransLanting to see more emperor penguin huddles.
@christineeckstrom @natgeocreative #Antarctica #Penguins #Extreme #Photography #Wildlifephotography #Cold #Parenting #Baby #Care #Bird #Naturelovers #Together

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Gannet pair – This is another image from a sequence which I re-discovered recently. The previous image that I posted from this sequence went on to become one of my most popular Instagram images of 2017 and it still fascinates me to this day what images people seem to connect with and which they are perhaps more ambivalent. I personally find gannets to be extraordinarily beautiful birds but large, relatively accessible and popular gannet colonies like those found on Bass Rock or Bempton cliffs means that these birds are extremely well photographed and by a great many people. As such it becomes even more important to try and produce something new, unique or dramatic but the pursuit of such drama means that too often we can overlook the simple or the obvious. Would I now I wonder have given these two birds the required time for such simple beauty to have found a way to shone through. I hope so but I do feel that I am one of those photographers who can often need quite a lot of time to find the images that I perhaps want to try and capture. Maybe this is because I have worked my local patch for so long that, indulged by time I’m able to allow the images to simply drift into my mind. I’ve also always been a bit of a wanderer, someone who likes to explore or to simply sit and watch, often for hour upon hour and this I’ve always felt is one of the best ways that we can pick up on the subtle nuances in our subjects behaviour. All being well I will be returning to this gannet colony this coming summer and it will be wonderful again to see how the colony has grown and developed over time. Though I have spent many hundreds of hours photographing these elegant birds I have never tired of it and I intend to make sure that I have plenty of time, and to remember the importance of noticing the little moments, like this epitome of elegance and grace. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @landrover_uk #gannets #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #wildlifeaddicts_ #nature_brilliance #majestic_wild

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