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Photo by @iantehphotography | When I took this image in 2007, I was struck by how this beautiful scene looked like a sunset over wintery trees at dusk. In fact, it was a chimney belching out flames from a nearby coal plant in Linfen, China. Back then, I was working on a series of images that explored the coal industry in China, which at the time was said to build an average of two coal power stations a week. Since then China has taken great strides to improve its environment. Today it invests more into alternative energy than any country in the world. However, a report published last year by the Global Environment Institute, a U.S.-based research group, found that the country is involved in building or planning over 100 coal-fired power plants across nations involved in its Belt and Road Initiative. #coal #globalwarming #fossilfuels
Photo by @noralorek | Four years ago the area containing the Bidibidi refugee settlement was a forest in northwestern Uganda. Now it’s a makeshift home for a quarter million refugees who fled the civil war in South Sudan. A year after fleeing her country, Poni Joselin had managed to save some money and started a business in Bidibidi, selling onions, soap, and small fish. Her two-year-old twins and five-year-old son join her every night.
Photo by @acacia.johnson | Light seeps through a crack in the roof of an ice cave in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Known as "aufeis," this unique type of river ice— which can sometimes cover rivers year-round—is found in parts of Alaska, Russia, Mongolia, and Arctic Canada. I discovered this cave on an expedition to Alaska's Arctic with my father, and I was learning to use a 4x5 film camera. We later heard that Alaska's aufeis has dramatically decreased with warming temperatures in the past few decades—one of many changes I have witnessed in my home of Alaska during my lifetime. Follow me at @acacia.johnson for more stories from Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. #alaska #aufeis #arcticnationalwildliferefuge
Photo by @KenGeiger | Look in the lower left corner of the first image—for scale, that's downtown Denver, Colorado. This thunderstorm was so massive I had to stitch several frames together to make this panorama. Colorado summer evening thunderstorms are one of the best free entertainments nature has to offer. #getoutside #infrared #blackandwhitephotography #thunderstorm To explore more images of the world follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | Bushra Khaliq, one of the most inspiring women I’ve met, is pictured during an informational session on the importance of female political participation in a village outside of Lahore, Pakistan. Aside from being the executive director of a nonprofit working on female empowerment, Ms. Khaliq is a human rights defender and women’s rights activist. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto #politicalparticipation #womensrights #Pakistan
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @BabakTafreshi | I felt an incredible connection to the history and culture of this far north land when the dazzling, dancing rays of aurora borealis appeared in a Viking village on September 27. This is where some of the earliest Nordic settlers lived in Iceland a thousand years ago. They were unaware that a nearby snow-capped mountain was (and remains) an active volcano. In 1104 a massive eruption ended life in the farming village. The replica turf houses were constructed near the original site, based on the archeological findings. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more visual stories under stars. #aurora #northernlights #vikings #nordic #twanight
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | Looking slightly wary of the photographer, a school of black margate fish drift in the water column within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, in Belize. This protected area, located off Ambergris Caye, was created in 1987, and has allowed marine life and ecosystems to thrive. Researchers report that at least 30% of Earth’s oceans must be protected in order to have a healthy planet, yet today only about 3% has been conserved. The ocean is the greatest carbon sink on Earth, taking in carbon and giving back oxygen. But as fish are removed in alarming numbers, habitats are destroyed and increased amounts of carbon from fossil fuels are turning seawater acidic. As a result, the ocean loses its ability to function efficiently. Creating more marine protected areas is not only good for fish, but for all life on Earth. To learn more about ocean exploration follow @BrianSkerry. #belize #mesoamericanreef #marineprotectedareas
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | People cross themselves before a meal during an indigenous fiesta in the province of Huancané, near Lake Titicaca, Perú. This photo was part of book project in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.
Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Orly, 6. Brownsville, Texas. Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips, and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, getting an insight into their tiny worlds and taking you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month trip, in which I visited more than 50 countries and took photographs of children and their favorite toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found similarities among children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys had the same function; for example, protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have. It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. | Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children
Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | // Supported by Nat Geo Society/Wyss Campaign for Nature committed to protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. // Spotted hyena pups emerge from their den at sunset on the plains of Kenya's Maasai Mara as their clan rests. The pups are just a few weeks old, but already venturing out of the den to mix with the older hyenas, establish bonds, and confirm hierarchy. Hyenas live in matriarchal clans, and even young pups can be dominant over adult members of the clan, especially male members, which tend to rank low in the pecking order. #campaignfornature
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | To celebrate this Veterans Day I am sharing a story about a young veteran, Harry Turner, and an ocelot named Keanu. Keanu was destined for the illegal wildlife trade before being rescued by Samantha Zwicker and her Peruvian non-profit @hojanueva, who enlisted the help of Harry (pictured here) to reintroduce Keanu back into the wild. It is no exaggeration to say that while Harry has saved Keanu, Keanu has also saved Harry, who suffers from severe post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD from his tour in Afghanistan. For me, this story is a reminder that wild places and wildlife are places for healing not just veterans, but all of us. To see more photos of Keanu the ocelot, I'm @tbfrost.
Photo by William Albert Allard @williamalbertallard | Stan Kendall at the Miner's Club Bar, Mountain City, Nevada, 1979. A buckaroo crew and I went in one day to get supplies in the tiny hamlet of Mountain City, Nevada. Far from being a city, the community consisted then, as I recall, of a couple bars and a grocery store. It was late afternoon, and sunlight was blasting through the door, filling the room with red: Stan’s shirt, the curtains, the wainscoting on the bar, the barstool tops. It was as if the entire room was bleeding. Stan is kind of slumped there on the stool, a faraway look on his face. He had what I called that “leaving look.” And he did so the next day, packing up his bedroll and saddle, picking up his pay, and heading to another job on another ranch somewhere down the road. For more images of the American West and other assignments spanning a five-decade career #followme @williamalbertallard #nevada #red #bar #sunlight #cowboy
Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes | A lone sailboat glides through the fog on a turbulent day in Greenland. Long-term residents of Greenland are seeing firsthand the impacts of climate change, from a decrease in dogsledding, shorter ice-fishing seasons, and increased deaths from falling through thinning ice. The weather across the country, which used to be steady and predictable, is becoming increasingly volatile and threatening a way of life. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #StephenWilkes #Greenland #Iceberg #Melting #Climatechange
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A dining couple is painted on a wall next to a breakfast booth at a Route 66 roadside restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico. We’ve been crossing the country, making a classic U.S.-style road trip. But we’re also driving electric cars, visiting renewable energy projects, and meeting people with innovative ideas about energy to see where we are, where we need to be, and how to get to a renewable energy future. On assignment for @natgeo on a renewable energy #roadtripto2070
Photo by Becky Hale @beckythale | Marine geoarchaeologist Beverly Goodman didn’t blink when we asked her to get into a wet suit and stand in a shallow pool while I photographed her behind a sheet of falling water. Gabe Scarlett, our photo intern at the time, and Mark Thiessen, a fellow staff photographer, poured water while photo editor Julie Hau made sure I was sharp and photo editors Shweta Gulati and Eslah Attar made sure no one got electrocuted. Beverly is one of the amazing women I've had the privilege of photographing on assignment for National Geographic magazine.
Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died in 2012, is considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. He was best known for his design of civic buildings in Brasilia, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. This is the Palácio do Planalto, official workplace of the president of the Federative Republic of Brazil. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material. #OscarNiemeyer #Brasil #Brazil #Brasilia #architecture
Video by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | Emerging from the darkness below a fjord off the coast of northern Norway, a large male orca zeroes in on a herring that he stunned just minutes before with a slap of his powerful fluke. There were stunned herring everywhere, glittering like silver stars in the water around us. I gambled by parking myself next to one of them, preparing for the shot, and lucked out. You can see this male orca's incredible intelligence, his slow and deliberate approach toward the stunned herring. I watched with awe as he grasped the little fish, gingerly decapitated it, and then ate the body. Orcas are team players when it comes to hunting, corralling herring into balls and stunning them with their tails before they dive in to feast. It is incredible to watch, and it is such a privilege to be able to share these moments with all of you. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more videos and images of apex predators, like the orca, that keep our earth and ocean in balance. #OilFreeLofoten #Ocean #Norway
Photo by Karla Gachet @kchete77 | Yessenia Aguayo prepares for her quinceañera (15th birthday) at her grandparents house in the province of Los Rios, Ecuador, in 2008. For this celebration, her entire extended family pitched in and the whole town was invited. Yessy grew up in Hacienda La Mariana, a tightly knit community that survives off their land. Most of the people are blood related and inherited land from their parents. A quinceañera is a special celebration, a coming-of-age ritual. Back in the day, it used to be a way to show off your daughter to possible suitors. Things are starting to change for girls in the community. Yessy finished school and went on to college, and in this way she became a role model for many of her younger cousins. #mocache #montubiopride
Photo by Amber Bracken @photobracken | Samantha Gordon, 27, has given birth twice, and both times were seriously life threatening but successfully triaged by the rural hospital where she lives in Hinton, Canada. Her daughter Amelia Nagam, two, was only one pound three ounces at birth because she was born extremely early, at just 23 weeks and six days, in April 2017. Samantha's younger daughter Annie Nagam, three months old, was born close to term in May 2019, when Samantha's uterus ruptured. The entire family is now healthy and medical-debt free. #maternalmortality #publichealthcare #emergencycare
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A full moon rises over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga, Morocco. Ergs are seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand over time. Some of the dunes rise up to 150 meters (500 feet) from the surrounding desert. Besides visiting tourists, the area is also popular for sandboarding, a sport similar to snowboarding. #followme for more travel imagery @irablockphoto #travel #morocco #sanddunes #irablock
Photo by Michael Melford @michaelmelford | While driving like mad to get to my destination, an aurora lit up the sky! I had flown into Fairbanks, Alaska, on assignment to photograph the wild and scenic river Birch Creek, some two hours away. I was very lucky, as the northern lights went on all night long, allowing me to get a good shot. #Alaska #aurora #nightsky #wildandscenic
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Vebjørn Aishana Reitan prepares to hunt caribou in Kaktovik, Alaska, an Iñupiat village on the coast of the Beaufort Sea located within the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is currently in danger of being opened up to gas and oil drilling. This not only threatens the 200,000 caribou that calve and raise their young there, but the people who rely on them. For Iñupiat and Gwich'in communities, subsistence hunting is not only a source of food, but a tradition that is crucial to their cultural, spiritual and everyday life.