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Photo by @FransLanting The annual gathering of king penguins on the beaches of South Georgia Island is one of the most phenomenal wildlife spectacles on the planet. It is a confirmation of the abundance of the Southern Ocean on which they depend. These birds are in prime breeding condition and are showing off their colors to mates. Fisheries around South Georgia are well-regulated, but beyond the territorial limits of the island a lot of work remains to be done to safeguard a future for king penguins and all other wildlife dependent on the frigid seas surrounding Antarctica. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more penguin spectacles from the Southern Ocean.
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Photo by @ljohnphoto
“Only if we understand will we care. Only if we care, will we help.
Only if we help shall we all be saved.”
Jane Goodall
Women and girls standing for equality today. #womensmarch #equalityforall #womenempowerment


Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A harp seal pup - about 2 weeks old - makes its first swim beneath the ice shelf in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Harp seal pups need stable pack ice from which to nurse from their mothers. Thinning ice due to climate change over the last decade has caused problems for this species, with pup mortality rates increasing during years with little ice. Survival long term will require adapting to the loss of sea ice if these trends continue.
To see more ocean wildlife, and to learn more about my experiences photographing for National Geographic, follow me, @BrianSkerry, on Instagram.

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Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo.
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Photo by @fritzphotos // Words by @petergwin
New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison (@jhharrison92) knows about pain—KNOWS about it. For nearly two decades he has been delivering and receiving devastating blows on NFL fields. This afternoon, at age 39, he will step onto the field for today’s AFC Championship Game as the oldest defensive player in professional football. (His teammate @tombrady is a year older and among the oldest offensive players.) Last spring, he let photographer Fritz Hoffmann and I visit him in Arizona #onassignment to document his workouts (lots of power lifts) and meticulous health routine (no alcohol, refined sugar, or processed carbs). In between weightlifting sessions, we asked him his secret for playing such a violent game at such a high level for so long. “Ain’t no damn secret, man. HARD WORK, lots of hard work!” Well that, and a lot of attention to caring for his body. Harrison spends about $350,000 a year employing a team of specialists, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors, who help manage the punishment his body endures. One of them is Codi Hoos, a massage therapist who uses cupping, an ancient therapy practiced for centuries in China, to reduce muscle soreness. I mentioned to Harrison that scientists are skeptical about cupping some of the other treatments he uses. Harrison shrugged. “All I know is before I get treated, I HURT, and after, I feel better.” #NFL #Defense #Cupping #Patriots #Newengland #footballer


Video by @paulnicklen // To spend time in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is like walking through a scene in James Cameron’s “Avatar”. Spirit bears walk through an ancient forest, humpback whales lunge-feed skyward, a rich and diverse underwater world thrives, millions of salmon return to their natal streams and some of the biggest carbon sequestering trees in the world make this place appear otherworldly. And yet, like the film, all of this is under threat due to logging, overfishing, pollution, ship noise, and oil spills. When are we going to realize the true value of protecting 4 billion years of evolutionary perfection? #followme on @paulnicklen as we continue to use the power of visual-storytelling to connect the world to places that need our protection. For @sea_legacy and @natgeo #nature #naturelovers #video #livewithpurpose #bethechange #whale #underwaterphotography


Photo by @williamalbertallard
At a gallery opening in 2013 when I was doing an essay for National Geographic on the Le Marais neighborhood in Paris, I attended an art gallery opening. A painter from a mid east country had an exhibit which was strongly inhabited by faces with staring eyes. I don’t remember why I chose to tilt the camera at the moment of exposure but it was probably in haste in order not to miss the little girl’s stance, one foot firmly planted, the other kind of wavering, her arms outstretched in an echo of her legs and feet. We really don’t need to see the child’s face; it’s very much implied that her eyes are locked on those in the paintings. And the angularity of the image is tight with tension.

#followme @williamalbertallard for more images from Paris and other assignments spanning five decades.
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Photo by @edkashi Workers clean up an oil spill of over 20,000 barrels of crude oil from an abandoned Oil well in Oloibiri, Niger Delta in 2004. This November, the @nytimes reported that Royal Dutch Shell pledged to increase its investment in renewable fuels and to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2050. Ben van Beurden, Shell’s chief executive said that from 2018 to 2020, Shell’s new-energies division will spend about $2 billion annually on wind, solar and hydrogen power and on electric-car charging stations. He added that Shell supports the Paris accord and will do so “by reducing the net carbon footprint of the full range of Shell emissions, from our operations and from the consumption from our products.” #everydayclimatechange #ECC #actonclimate #climatechangeisreal #climatechange


Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl |Galina Prokopenko, a 75 year old great-grandmother, black-belt karate instructor and member of the “International Union of Cossacks” photographed at her home in Feodosia, Crimea. This picture was made in 2010 when Crimea was part of Ukraine. The Russian annexation of the peninsula took place four years later in 2014.


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.

Pictured here and in freezing cold temperatures, an explorer is dwarfed by a giant ice formation inside the Halle der Circe in Eiskogelhöhle, Austria. Ice caves like these are common in the Austrian Alps but are seriously under stress due to climate change. @natgeocreative



Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Afghan refugee sisters I met yesterday in Krnjaca Asylum Center near Belgrade, Serbia, while visiting the center to document the daily life of the refugees taking shelter there, along with @rooswijngaards of @everydayrefugees foundation whose delivering help for children. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen


Photo by @amivitale. Giant panda cubs wake up from nap time in the incubator room at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China.
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador.
I have been working on a new book featuring my long-term panda work made on assignment for National Geographic. See more on my feed @amivitale.

#pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #sichuan #china #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


Photo by @renan_ozturk
An unexpected finish.
After a 24 push of painting on the ridge I had run out of food and the weather window to see the features of the mountains. In order to keep painting in these types of scenarios, I use the photos I take on my phone or from time-lapses to still study the features inside the safety of a tent. In this case I retreated back to the Khumjung, with the canvas soaked through from the precipitation it had endured. After a short dry out session in the tea house, I brought it out into the center of town and the unexpected happened as the Ed Hillary school released the gates of Sherpa and other Nepali children into the square. Not only had the landscape put its print on the art but now I had about 30 eager hands making their own marks on the canvas. Quite the unexpected finish to the piece. I plan on donating the final art to the school! #nepal #khumbu #nepaliloveyou #art Shot with @jetbutterflies @climber.abiral ~

See @renan_ozturk for more of this process of art and photography



Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // This is how I like to think of sharks; not frightening and threatening, but poetic and mysterious. I get that we don’t all have to love sharks, but at the very least we should be intrigued by the important role they play in maintaining the diversity and stability of our oceans and we should respect them as living creatures. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year; that is not the sign of an enlightened society. We must do better!
#follow me to see more images of Wildlife and indigenous cultures.
In awe with @PaulNicklen @mdalio @samkretch @iankellet_story for @Sea_Legacy

#TurningtheTide #nature #beauty #photography #underwater #sharks #停止吃鯊魚 #中國 #sayNOtosharkfinsoup


Photo by @kitracahana // Portrait of Brandy - a graduating senior at the Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center - a high school that provides a supportive and accommodating environment for pregnant teens and teen moms so that they can finish high school and achieve their dreams. // Visit @kitracahana to find out about other inspirational young women like Brandy!!
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Photo by @dguttenfelder
The Washington Monument stands above the frozen Potomac River in Washington, DC during the winter cold spell in early January 2018.



Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo

A leisurely drive through downtown Unalaska, a small city in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, is an easy way to spot a few of America’s national bird... or a few hundred. The population of bald eagles has exploded over the past few decades in many cities in Alaska as eagles increasingly find easy meals from human food waste and leftover fish from the thriving commercial fishing industry. Writer Laurel Braitman @laurelsara and I teamed up this past winter to document the scene up close! Click the link in my personal profile @arni_coraldo for more snaps and a short story written by Laurel in the Jan issue of Nat Geo Magazine. How many eagles can you count in this video??? #birding #birdsofinstagram #baldeagle #alaska #dutchharbor #humananimals #coreyarnold #aleutiandreams #eagle #natgeo #potd #votd


Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Alexander Kydrin, a member of the “All Powerful and Great Warriors of the Don Cossack Army”, instructs his horse Tribunal to lay down at Azov aerodrome, where the troop practice Djigitovka tricks, a traditional form of Cossack trick-riding that are performed at state ceremonies. These complex acrobatic moves were originally developed by the Cossacks as battle techniques, and laying horses down allowed a whole army to hide in the grass of the Russian Steppes and attack advancing enemies in close quarters with the element of surprise. Azov, Southern Russia.


Most of my recent aerial work is done with drones, but just a few years ago flying for me was a seat-of-the-pants operation in a motorized paraglider, with running take-offs and sketchy landings. You can get a sense of that in this video by my wingman François Lagarde who likes to fly low, with one hand holding the video camera, and the other on the controls of the wing and throttle. It’s nerve-wracking way to shoot with little margin for error. That’s me under the red wing, as we flew over the ancient #Roman city of #Timgad in #Algeria on assignment for @natgeo. To see more of the world from above, follow @geosteinmetz



Video @ladzinski / If you’re a #violetCrownedWoodNymph hummingbird, rain is just an opportunity for a shower. Once the sun comes out again however, it’s business as usual. Hummingbirds eat roughly 2 to 3 times their body weight per-day in nectar, which is a lot of work and a lot of flowers to visit. Filmed in #Colombia’s #SantaMartaMountains


Photo @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo Jaime is an asteroid hunter in south of Spain. With his team there, he discovered more than 3000 numbered asteroids of our Solar System, several of them belonging to this near to Earth dangerous family. Among those, 2012 DA14, named "Duende", the closest to Earth flyby of an asteroid with potential threat by its size registered so far. ‘We are watching you’ is a new fascinated story published on @natgeo magazine this month. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about the story. #future #asteroid #meteorites #


Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio

A wintery landscape near Ballstad, arctic Norway.
Ballstad is located on a small island off the southwestern tip of the island of Vestvågøya. It is one of the largest fishing communities in the Lofoten archipelago. There is evidence of human settlement in Lofoten extending back thousands of years. The archipelago's Stone Age inhabitants survived on hunting and fishing in an area that was covered by large pine and birch forests. There were bears, deer, reindeer, beavers and lynx here, and the waters teemed with seals and whales. Agriculture was quick to develop too - grain was harvested in Lofoten as early as 4,000 years ago.

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@RobertClarkphoto "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change." #CharlesDarwin (1809-1882). Have crocodiles cracked the evolutionary code? They are graced with a characteristic that makes them almost indestructible: the ability to enter a state similar to a living death.

They can go for over a year without food. They can live on land or stay submerged in water for long periods. They can slow their metabolism to require mere sips of breath and a few heartbeats a minute. It believed that these abilities allowed them to pass through catastrophes that caused many other forms to vanish.

The hatchling Siamese croc has a mouth that is lined with tack-like teeth that might come loose when first learning to feed.

Today’s crocodilians, from the mighty saltwater crocodile to the dwarf crocodile of West Africa, share basic traits. They are all semi-aquatic carnivores with a familiar morphology.
During the Cretaceous Period, when this area of the planet was a swampy wilderness crossed by large rivers, crocodiles had diversified much as mammals have done today. #Evolution has left us today with 23 species of crocodilian, a quarter of which are considered critically endangered.


Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Portrait of a Sufi pilgrim at the shrine of Hazrat Lal Shabaz Qalander in Pakistan. Part of a long term story of mine on Sufism, defined by its adherents as the mystic branch of Islam. Others claim it is a philosophy that pre-dates religion, the expression of which "flowered within Islam." In Pakistan Sufism is a voice of peace and moderation in times often filled with violent extremism. Follow @argonautphoto to see the Sufi series over the coming weeks.


Video: @coryrichards | The value of our state parks defined in game of football. Crystal Cove, CA.


Photo by @BrianSkerry.
Champion free diver Ai Futaki swims below a pod of spinner dolphins in the offshore waters of Hawaii. Spinner dolphins are among the most social of all dolphin species, and are rarely seen alone or in small groups. These creatures typically feed in deep waters offshore at night, then move into shallow, coastal bays during the day to socialize and rest. The name of these dolphins is derived from the acrobatic jumps and spins that they make, often leaping high out of the water.
After humans, dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, relative to body size. Through the games that they play with one another and through the means by which these dolphins socialize, researchers are able to measure their cognitive abilities. In fact, dolphins have been described as ‘an alien intelligence on Earth.’ In the years ahead, perhaps we will unlock the answers to the mysteries surrounding the complex lives of these animals, maybe even learning to communicate with one another at some point.
To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about my adventures as a National Geographic photographer, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram.
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Photograph by @paulnicklen // When elephant seal pups are born , they weigh approximately 50 to 80 pounds. Within three weeks of being born, their mother weans them ( hence their name- “weaners”) and they weigh as much as 400 pounds. They often get lonely once their mom leaves and they seek out companionship. Here @drpatrickavery was minding his own business while sitting on a beach in #Antarctica and this seal decided to park itself on his lap. That is a lot of weight. To see this same seal pestering me while I was pretending to sleep #followme on @paulnicklen. On Assignment for @sea_legacy. #nature #naturovers #instagood


photo by @renaeffendiphoto // Jun Peng is a sixty-seven-year-old female elephant whose previous owner made a hole in her ear and tied a rope to it in order to pull her. Jun Peng's new caretaker - Pati, himself a refugee, inserts a fresh flower in her ear every morning. Dozens of elephants have been rescued here at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiangmai, Thailand from exploitation in logging and other abusive treatment. For more stories please follow @renaeffendiphoto #elephants #thailand #nature #animals #wildlife #love #care #rescue


Photo @ladzinski / Photos like this aren’t easy to look at, in fact, they’re completely heartbreaking. However, the hope is that they ultimately encourage change and better understanding. This is a juvenile #gentoo #penguin, soaking wet from rain and bearing an injury. As the Antarctica peninsula continues to warm, precipitation is slowly changing from snow to rain, with many new consequences. There has been a vast increase in young penguins and other birds freezing to death, due to these newly wet conditions in this cold environment. Studies have also shown that penguin populations are decreasing due to habitat loss and fish stock depletion. Further, rain is also exasperating the ice melt, excelerating an already bad situation. It’s critically important that we pay attention to these signs and make changes, climate change is real and we are contributing to it. It’s extremely important to secure habitat and fishing stocks, notably Krill, a shrimp that nearly every mammal here relies on. Krill feed on sea ice, a habitat of bacteria, algae and crustaceans. If krill is over fished each and every animal that relies on it, like numerous species of whale, seal and penguin, will have nothing left to eat. Now, more than ever, we look to the leadership of #CCAMLR, the council responsible for managing the marine living resources in the waters surrounding Antarctica, to make the right decisions on how Antarcticas oceans are fished responsibly. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo @sea_legacy / @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @craigwelch @ianvaso @shanemoorefilms @pattersonimages #CCMLAR2018 #turningthetide


Video by @joelsartore | Band-bellied owls like this one photographed at the Monticello Center in Italy can be found within a large range throughout Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The hunting behavior of these elusive birds are widely unknown, but they are thought to feed mainly on small mammals and large insects. They can grow to be about 19 inches (48 cm) in length and weigh just over one pound (500 grams). These beautiful creatures are named for the horizontal stripes that can be seen across their cream-colored abdomens.
This photo shoot was made possible in collaboration with the @greenteenteam.
To see a portrait of this owl check out @joelsartore!


North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder. A military guide leads a tour on mystical Mount Paektu. It was here, official lore says, that Kim Il Sung fought for independence from Japanese occupiers in the 1930s. For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites @dguttenfelder.