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Photo by @johnstanmeyer ~ Fitting in quite well to my new surroundings here in Rwanda while on assignment for the magazine. No, this is not a double exposure. It is a self portrait, my reflection off the hotel room balcony glass door in Kigali where the ground floor garden is filled with beautiful plants and trees. Photography is about light and the chance noticing of layers before all of us. To see my latest Instagram Story from Rwanda and other photographs from National Geographic assignments, follow me here @johnstanmeyer. Thank you, John
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@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #selfie #rwanda #kigali #trees #plants #greenness #reflection #onassignment #selfportrait

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Image by @joelsartore | This gray mouse lemur at the @DukeLemurCenter is named ‘Buckwheat’, and he's tiny, weighing the same as 32 pennies. He went from having a broken foot during in his first week of life to becoming a supermodel.
These tiny primates can develop symptoms of neurological disorders similar to Alzheimer’s in humans. Because lemurs are so genetically close to us, studying them can prove very promising for neurological aging research. Recently, non-invasive research on these little creatures has led to a new Alzheimer’s hypothesis that could help identify humans at risk before they develop symptoms and possibly delay onset and progression of the disease.
To see another image of this adorable lemur, check out @joelsartore.
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#graymouselemur #lemur #primates #cute #NOTAPET #cutenessoverload #nature #conservation #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark

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Photo @ladzinski / A Patagonian #caracara preparing to take flight, these birds are generally scavengers but also known to be voracious hunters. Highly intelligent, they are known to hunt in packs, even preying on sleeping sheep, attacking in a flocks! Swipe right to see this beautiful bird in flight. To see more wildlife from #Patagonia please visit @ladzinski

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Hidden Doom. A small fish unknowingly drifts over a stargazer buried in the soft sediment bottom in Anilao Philippines. Stargazers are ambush predators that bury themselves in the sand and wait for unsuspecting prey to pass overhead. This image was taken at night with underwater lights that exposed the prey so I moved on not wanting to accidentally cause predation. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment Philippines // @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #Philippines #predation #stargazer #fishface #CoralTriangle for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet

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Photo by @jimmy_chin
Catching a rare moment with @alexhonnold when he isn't in motion. Beautiful morning to stop and appreciate the changing seasons in Yosemite Valley.

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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // “My father dropped me out of school to be married with an older man,” 16-year-old Modestar said during @tooyoungtowed’s Tehani Photo Workshop in partnership with the @samburugirlsfdn. The workshop brings together child marriage survivors to not only help them gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, but learn tools to manage their trauma, express themselves, advocate for the rights of girls’ and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants.


Through Nov. 28th you can visit www.TOOYOUNGTOWED.ORG/PRINTSALE to purchase an 8.5x11 signed print to support our future workshops. #protectgirlsrights #endchildmarriage #tooyoungotwed #printsale #kenya #girls #letgirlslearn #beauty #color #red #girlscandoanything #UniversalChildren’sDay

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Photo by @ronan_donovan | Captured #withgalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa | A man stands well away from a 9ft long African rock python along the road in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Pythons can lie in wait for weeks at a time for a meal to come within striking distance. Once suitable prey is grabbed, pythons then wrap their muscular bodies around the animal to constrict the prey before swallowing whole.

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Photo by @TimLaman. A beautiful fully flanged male Tapanuli Orangutan taking a mid-day siesta. It was amazing how relaxed this male was in our presence, as we followed him through the rugged mountain forests of Sumatra. So much so that he took a snooze in a small tree where I had a perfect view to get this shot. But sadly, if he understood the broader situation around him, he probably wouldn’t be so at peace. This newly described third species of orangutan, while just scientifically confirmed, only has less than 800 individuals in their whole population! Though highly intelligent, orangutans have little control over this situation….. its up to us humans to make the right decisions to allow Tapanuli Orangutans and all the rich biodiversity of earth to persist. Or not. Where do you stand? See more of my Tapanuli orangutan photos by following me @TimLaman, and follow the links to help at @socp.official.
#Endangered, #orangutan, #Tapanuli, #TapanuliOrangutan, #BatangToru, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @NatGeoCreative

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Photo @michaelchristopherbrown
I photographed Rebecca Masika Katsuva several times between 2012-2016 and was amazed by her resiliency, bravery and compassion. As an activist and a survivor of sexual assault, she continually sacrificed her safety to help other victims over the years. During the Second Congo War in 1999, attackers killed Masika’s husband and sexually assaulted her and her daughters, then 13 and 14. When they became pregnant as a result of the assaults, Masika and her daughters were forced to leave home after being disowned by her husband's relatives. That same year, Masika founded a ‘listening house’ at her home, located in the isolated village of Minova. A shelter for women to recover from violent acts, it provided medical help and consisted of several dozen houses for women to live in. In January 2009, former rebels, then newly integrated into the Congolese military, raped Katsuva for the fourth time. The former rebels said they attacked Katsuva because she accused them of assaulting women. Masika adopted 18 children over the years, all born of mothers who were sexually assaulted. In the decade before her death, in February 2016, she helped over 6,000 rape survivors.

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Video by @PaulNicklen // Rarely seen with human eyes, the stunning display of bowhead whales engaging in the act of sex play in the Canadian Arctic is a marvel to witness. To read more about these ancient, massive whales and @Sea_Legacy’s expedition to the new marine protected area of Tallurutiup Imanga please #followme at @PaulNicklen.

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto

This is not an image you “LIKE” but needs to be shown and is published in Nat Geo Mag this month. Poaching of jaguars is rampant again like is was back in the 60’s and 70’s. It needs to be stopped and showing images like this is one way to make that happen - get it out in the press and hopefully Governments will be forced by their citizens to act. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more like this, unfortunately.

In a community outside of Iquitos, Peru local indigenous people sell the skins of jaguars that they have killed.
One village chief told us he hunts jaguar all year long as in October someone from a “Chinese corporation” comes to buy the 4 canines from each jaguar. The skins do not sell for very much as the buyer does not want them and they are illegal to export for tourists, as are the teeth and any other part of the jaguar.

My @natgeo jaguar story came out this week - the December issue of National Geographic Magazine! and LOOK for our @NatGeowild Big Cat Week show which premiers on Dec 10th @ 9PM, filmed with the amazing @bertiegregory.

Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for people who think they receive the “power of the jaguar through their teeth”, Chinese Traditional Medicine and now Luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid @bertiegregory

My first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo Jaguar story 20 years ago! It has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world. Animals have emotions just like we have.

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative @africanparksnetwork @jaguar #jaguar @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris @leonardodicapriofdn

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Video by @BertieGregory. Extreme climber Alejo Sanchez descends down an enormous rock face deep in the heart of the unexplored Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia (turn sound on to hear him singing!). When he reached the bottom of this cliff, he made a remarkable discovery. He found a massive panel of ancient paintings featuring jaguars, people and more. This area is home to many of these paintings, representing some of the earliest evidence of humans in the Amazon. I shot this whilst accompanying a team from Fundacion Herencia, an incredible group of people doing real 21st century exploration. It’s very humbling to know that there are still places on this planet we know almost nothing about. But despite it’s remoteness, it is still under threat.
We owe a huge thanks to Parks Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Culture for their support. For more on this place, Stay tuned for @stevewinterphoto ‘s upcoming jaguar story for @natgeo Magazine. Also stayed tuned for our jaguar TV show for @natgeowild premiering in the US on December 10th. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!

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Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A manatee calf hitches a ride - piggy-back style - on it’s mom in the waters off the coast of Belize. While working on an @NatGeo story about the Mesoamerican Reef, I frequently went out early in the morning - using only a mask, snorkel and fins - to quietly search for wildlife. Manatees in this region are far less acclimated to humans than those in Florida, and can difficult to approach. They typically spend their nights within thick, protective mangroves, feeding on nearby seagrass beds during the day. All of these ecosystems are connected and conservation of the whole is vital since animals depend on each other for survival.
This mom and calf were very tolerant of me, and allowed me into their world that morning.
To see more underwater photography, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram.

#natgeo #underwaterphoto #instagood #follow #underwaterphotography #manatee #cute #animals #animal #followme #photooftheday #photography #travelphoto #travel

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Video by @joelsartore | Although orangebanded stingfish like this one at @GulfSpecimen Marine Lab are well camouflaged already, they’re also able to bury themselves in the sand all the way up to their eyes. Their frontal, claw-like rays are used both for movement along the muddy ocean floor and for capturing prey. These fish can be found in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean and are capable of delivering an incredibly painful sting.
To see a portrait of this fish, check out @joelsartore.
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#fish #orange #stingfish #venomous #weirdnature #strangeanimals #nature #conservation #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark

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Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodríguez )
Portrait of Maria from "Rojochique" village. She belongs to Rarámuris (Tarahumaras) people.

One of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had was to work at the northern part of Mexico, at the state of Chihuahua, in a region known as Sierra Madre. That’s where Rarámuris live.
Etymologically rarámuri means “runner’s feet“ and in a broader sense it means “the ones with light feet“, referring to the most antique tradition they have: running. They’re known for their capacity to travel long distances at high speed in the complex topography of the region.
The "Rarámuris" (Tarahumara) are believed to be descended from the Mogollon culture.
#raramuri #sierramadre #mexico #méxico #chihuahua Photo by @christian_foto

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Photo @ladzinski / A pair of #JamesFlamingos strengthening their bond in a show of affection at Bolivia’s #redLagoon. The James is the rarest flamingo in #SouthAmerica and is the only flamingo the spends it’s time year round on the high altitude #AndeanPlateau, a place where temperatures range from +100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to -40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. To see more photos from the Andean Plateau please visit @ladzinski

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The distinctive quartzite Tepuis of Venezuela provided the magical setting for Arthur Conan Doyle's - The Lost World. In the book the explorers traveled by very traditional means, but for us, we had the advantage of flying around in a helicopter to search for caves. We were very lucky to find this spectacular cave entrance, which was large enough to fly the helicopter straight into! Can you spot it on the rocks to the left of the lake?
This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists from the Italian geographic exploration group known as ‘La Venta’ and the Venezuelan team ‘Theraposa’ were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is likely no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. @natgeocreative

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Photo by @Katieorlinsky | Northern lights and the glow from a nearby home in Ruby, Alaska.

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Video by @CristinaMittermeier // For thousands of years, as the days of summer wane, the salmon return from the sea. As the fish push in great pulses to reach their spawning grounds, on countless creeks and rivers, the excitement in the forest is electrifying. The fish are not only the vital vehicle that transfers nutrients from the ocean to the rainforest, as wolves, bears and eagles gorge themselves; they are also food, ritual, identity and tradition for thousands of indigenous communities. Find out how these fish are the magical thread that ties nature, communities and economies on the coast of British Columbia by #following my #instagram feed at @CristinaMittermeier.

#TurningtheTide with @Sea_legacy. With @PaulNicklen #getfishfarmsout #respectnature #indigenouspride #humanrights #ReconciliationCanada #thanksgiving #salmon #firstnationspeople @gitgaatspirit

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Photographs by @robertclarkphoto #RealisRare #DiamondJourney, sponsored by @realisadiamond | As a National Geographic photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph locations and elements that are nearly as old as the planet. Photographing diamonds was another opportunity to see and learn by putting my hands on surprises from the center of the earth. Locating and accessing both rough and polished diamonds was more complicated than I thought. Most diamonds that I was able to find were from South Africa and were cut and polished at the source or in Antwerp, Belgium. But diamonds have a much longer and arduous journey long before they are presented to the public. Check our Instagram Story today to see how a diamond is created and learn more about what makes diamonds extraordinarily unique, rare, and precious at realisadiamond.com.

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Photo by @edkashi  Miners manually drill holes in the bowels of the Khewra Salt Mines, one of the largest in Asia and the second largest in the world, turning out over 300,000 tons of salt per year. This massive mine has tunnels running nearly half a mile into the mountain under which the salt deposits are found. #Pakistan #independence #homeland #Muslim #travel #tbt #fromthearchives

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Image by @joelsartore | When you have babies as cute as these mallard ducklings, you definitely don’t want them to lose their way. Luckily, imprinting on their mother gives these little guys a boost when it comes to survival. When a duckling imprints on it’s mother they never want her to be out of their sight and will call out to her the moment she leaves their field of vision. Not only does imprinting help keep baby ducks in a row, but it also helps them learn survival behaviors by watching everything that mom does.
Immediately upon hatching, ducklings are able to follow their mother to the nearest source of water to feed. Though they are lined with down already, their feathers are not yet waterproof, so they depend on their mother for both waterproofing and warmth. After 50-60 days, ducklings become fully mature and ready to fly off on their own.
To see more images if these adorable ducklings, check out @joelsartore.
These ducklings were photographed at @wildlife_rescue_team_inc in Nebraska.
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#ducklings #cutnessoverload #babyanimals #cute #birds #nature #conservation #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark

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Video @ladzinski / Colorful sunrise over a lone #Moai known as “the Travler” standing on the fringe of #AhuTongariki. There are nearly 1,000 Moai’s throughout the island, all carved between the 12th and 15th century. The tallest Moai on the island is over 30 feet tall and weighs over 90 tons! To see more photos from Easter Island please visit @ladzinski 🗿

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Photo by: @renaeffendiphoto Excavations from the commoners cemetery of the ancient city built by Akhenaten, 18th Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh (1300s BC) revealed that people were buried on the desert floor, where few markers or grave goods have been found. Elaborate braids on a skull reflected the care that residents took with their appearance, despite difficult conditions. Near the city of Minya, modern Egyptians still honor their dead by building permanent structures—such as a cemetery of domed roofs and limestone walls. At the ancient site of Amarna, the elite prepared elaborate tombs that were carved high into the cliffs east of the city. #antiquity #ancient #egypt #artefacts #legacy #history // For more human interest stories please follow: @renaeffendiphoto @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

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photo @chien_chi_chang October 30, 2017. Since late August, Myanmar military has conducted clearance operations burning over 200 Rohingya villages in Rakhine State which have caused 600,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. With no hope on the horizon and no guarantee for safe return by the Myanmar government, they can only rely on aid from UN and NGOs for a meager survival while they are scattered around makeshift refugee camps outside of Cox’s Bazar. Remember Rwanda?! #RohingyaCrisis #Magnum Photos #cccontheroad

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Photo @Hammond_Robin. “I dream of Syria of the bombings and missiles. Life in Lebanon is nicer because there are no bombings” says 10 year old Ayat Ramadan from Homs, Syria. She now lives in Beddawi Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon, and like many of the children newly arrived there, displays signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
#InMyWorld is my new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_international as part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. To see more please follow @OneDayInMyWorld

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Video by @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom When the female chimp we knew as Farafa led her young infant, Fanta, to a secret water hole in a forest in Senegal, we witnessed something that made us wonder about the nature of chimps—and our connection to them. Fanta was just one year old and had never experienced a water hole before. While her mother watched, she explored the water’s surface at first with a leaf, but then she discovered her own reflection and began to interact with it, poking at it, making funny faces, and ultimately kissing herself, like a human child might do in front of a mirror. When we showed this video to Jane Goodall she was as enchanted by this display as we were. Fieldwork with chimps is hard, but being able to capture glimmers of insight about our fundamental kinship with chimps makes it all worthwhile. There are less than 200 chimps left in Senegal and their future hangs in the balance, just like it does for all chimps in Africa. As we gather together with family during this holiday season, let’s embrace our next of kin on the great tree of life. We can all help chimps survive by supporting the individuals and organizations that protect them and the forests they depend on. Follow me @FransLanting for more amazing images and stories of these unique chimps in Senegal.
@natgeocreative @thephotosociety @janegoodallinst @Rootsandshoots @World_wildlife @conservationorg @racingextinction #Senegal #Wildlife #Conservation #Chimps #Rootsandshoots #Family #Play #Wonder #Gratitude

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photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - yesterday morning in the Amazon; a group of indigenous Awã head off on an overnight hunting and gathering trip into the forest. It’s was big family affair and they took with them all the children, grandchildren and pet monkeys - along with backpacks woven from palm, containing food and hammocks and of course bows and arrows. On the way to one of their many forest camps they collected seeds and other snacks to eat while they traveled. Overnight the men went hunting and brought back a caiman (small crocodilian), a paca (large rodent) and a porcupine (which had just been attacked by a jaguar when they shot it). All three animals were cooked up on the fire and eaten for breakfast this morning. It was nice to watch such diligent sharing amongst people - nobody went without the protein. It was a very special moment to spend the night in the forest with the Awã - one I will never forget. Shot on assignment for @natgeo

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Video by @paulnicklen //Watching humpback whales bubble-net feed is a marvel of nature. They dive out of sight for several minutes, and then you hear their complicated songs reverberate through the hull of the boat—these are the sounds that drive their prey towards the surface. The bubbles rise to the surface and create a perfect ring. Inside that ring are panicked fish attempting to escape. The whales quickly swim through the center of their own bubble trap—mouths agape—swallowing hundreds of pounds of fish. They break the surface while slamming their mouths shut, and then use their massive tongues to push water through their baleen, capturing the life-sustaining protein that is the forage fish they feed on. We watched one whale bubble-net feed for hours. Impressively, it launched its entire body out of the water, again and again. To witness these whales hurling their bodies out of the ocean, #followme on @PaulNicklen // With @CristinaMittermeier for @Sea_Legacy.
#whale #nature #naturelovers #food #wildlife #video #instagood #videooftheday #instagramhub #beauty #explore

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Photo: @andy_mann // This Loggerhead Turtle is resting at the surface in 3000 feet of deep blue water. I approached slowly while on a pelagic scouting mission in the Azores. It gave me one confused look before closing its eyes again. Thanks to unseasonably calm waters, the surface acted as a mirror that day and provided nice chilling conditions for this guy. The juvenile pilot fish you see harboring under the turtle will likely move onto a shark soon as they grow larger because animals which might eat them will not come near a shark. In return, sharks do not eat pilot fish because they eat their parasites. // #followme @andy_mann to learn more about our planets wild oceans. @sea_legacy

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