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Photo by @gerdludwig. Located 150 miles (240 km) to the south of the mainland, T
Photo by @gerdludwig. Located 150 miles (240 km) to the south of the mainland, Tasmania is an island state of Australia. Wool production is one of Tasmania’s main sources of export income, producing some of the world’s finest Merino wool. With over 2 million sheep grazing the pastures of the island, sheep outnumber humans four to one. @natgeocreative@natgeo#Tasmania#Australia#sheep#merino#agriculture#pasture#livestock
18.09.2018 21:30:30
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Golden Wildebeest, Eastern Cap
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Golden Wildebeest, Eastern Cape, South Africa - Along the Limpopo River basin, Golden Wildebeest naturally occurred adjacent to the Tuli-Block of Botswana. Earlier farmers in the 1920′s, called them “Vos Wildebeest.” —- The first Golden Wildebeest Bull, was captured by Alec Raff in the early 1990′s on the game farm Swinburne, in the Limpopo Valley, here they formed an integral part of the large migratory herds that once moved freely between South Africa and Botswana. Just over a quarter of century later its estimated than in excess of 2000 of these animals graze on South African game ranches, bred in the hope that hunters would pay a lot more to shoot unusually coloured trophy animals. As early as 2011 the International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC) declared colour variants a manipulation of wild game and said they should not be hunted. The industry continued and prices at auction continued to climb until 2016 when the market collapsed. With colour-variant animals, a supply of ‘unnatural freaks’ was created for which there is no real demand. The animals that roam the land have become commodified, part of a new consumerism, marketed and sold, their ‘brands’ pitted against each other, their continued existence now a question of human demand, whim and calculation. Follow me here and @chancellordavid and @thephotosociety to see more work and projects #southafrica
18.09.2018 16:45:27
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Photo by @davidalanharvey | Recovering opium addicts in Hanoi 1989. The Vietnam
Photo by @davidalanharvey | Recovering opium addicts in Hanoi 1989. The Vietnam War had many tremendous after shock consequences long after truce was declared. One of them,drug addiction from the ranks of combat soldiers, was prevalent on both sides of the war. With another photojournalist colleague I tried opium once while we covered North Vietnam after the war. Pretty easy to see how one would get addicted. Clear headed euphoria. Not drunk. Not stoned. A sharp edged enlightened vision. No wonder poets and soldiers alike succumbed. I never tried it twice however. I was so sick at the exit point that it erased my pleasure forever. Vietnam now is of course a popular tourist destination and your athletic shoes are most likely made in Vietnam. I went to North Vietnam on assignment for NatGeo to meet our former U.S. enemy. Mixed feelings all around. Yet when you get right down and look your enemy in the eye what do you see? Another human being with hopes and dreams and pain and families and songs and art and a desire for peace. I have no idea what these men went through before hospitalization nor what happened after. Yet I did clearly see that war was not the answer.
18.09.2018 12:05:15
Photo by @davidalanharvey | Miss Hanoi 1988. I hung around this event for a full
Photo by @davidalanharvey | Miss Hanoi 1988. I hung around this event for a full day. I knew the part I wanted to shoot would only last for a few seconds max. Yet being tall and the American recent enemy, I came several hours early to make eye contact, lower my head, and smile with everyone connected. Easy to imagine that everyone in this picture had lost a relative in the war. 250,000 dead. So I had to make sure they identified with ME personally. By the time the new winner was announced, I was “known” by everybody. They’d gotten used to me. So by that time I could step right in front of them and shoot. Fast in deftly, get the shot, fast out so as not to be rude. #vietnam
17.09.2018 16:35:04
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz

Geoglyphs made by pre-Columbian Na
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Geoglyphs made by pre-Columbian Native Americans decorate the sun-darkened gravels of the Lower Colorado River Valley in California. On the bottom is a creator-figure called Mastamho, and at the top is his spirit helper, a mountain lion. Tire tracks from recreational vehicles have marred these 1,000 year-old religious symbols that are now protected by fences. Over 400 geoglyphs have been identified in the Mojave Desert. There is no high point nearby from which to view this earthwork, which makes their origin somewhat mysterious. To see more of the world from above follow @geosteinmetz#EarthArt#intaglio#geoglyph
17.09.2018 12:15:15
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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety 
Hanuman langur leaping – The
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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Hanuman langur leaping – There’s an obvious temptation when one travels to photograph tigers to focus too intently on just one subject, to become so consumed in the search that one might be tempted to drive past other opportunities or to overlook other moments. When I return to India in a few weeks to lead two photographic trips there tigers will of course be our primary species but I will always encourage the guests to see the beauty, and the potential in all of the other creatures that inhabit the beautiful little corner of India that is Bandhavgarh National Park. It was the light that first drew me to pause with these young langurs, the relatively soft backlight highlighting their distinctive form and their remarkable tails. As we waited with them, listening to the sounds of the forest, so the youngsters started to play and to scramble, running up the fallen trees and then leaping between them. It was, photographically speaking both a dream and a challenge, trying to anticipate which langur would leap and to where. Their movements were scattergun at best and at times my photography reflected that and even with this image, likely my best from the encounter, the langur is leaping out of the frame. A camera club judge would pan me for such heresy, the image they would claim is fundamentally flawed but this is nature in the raw. Inexplicably beautiful, laugh out loud funny and utterly unpredictable. To all of you out there who have had your self-esteem or your images battered by cruel words then give them no credence, take pictures for yourself and only you. I’ve always loved this picture because I cherish the moment and I remember the joy, not my own at having captured it but rather the innocence of those langurs at play. I’ve just released the dates for my 2020 tiger tour so come and join me, email me at tours@andrewparkinson.com Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety
16.09.2018 23:47:15
Waiting for the Ice. Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho @natgeo – For thousand
Waiting for the Ice. Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho@natgeo – For thousands of years, Polar Bears have gathered on the shores of Hudson Bay every autumn, waiting for the sea ice to re-form, allowing them to hunt seals once more. Until then, they pass the time by sleeping or pacing the shoreline looking for scraps of something to eat. Now, with increased global temperatures, the sea ice throughout the arctic is increasingly late in forming and diminished in area. (Arctic sea ice is thought to be shrinking 14% every decade). The polar bear population of southern Hudson Bay, the southernmost in the world, may disappear completely within the next few decades. #climatechange#polarbears#hudsonbay
16.09.2018 18:50:02
Photo by @flipnicklin // Humpback Whale in Maui, a female without a calf and mak
Photo by @flipnicklin // Humpback Whale in Maui, a female without a calf and making long dives with almost no movement. A male escort waits below. Quiet, but beautiful whale behavior . Follow @flipnicklin for more images and stories about whales. @thephotosociety@natgeo#whaletrust#humpback
14.09.2018 20:30:25
Photo by @EdKashi  @viiphoto

I recently worked with the @the_endfund and @talki
Photo by @EdKashi@viiphoto I recently worked with the @the_endfund and @talkingeyesmedia on a film and photo series about the topic of ending river blindness in Senegal. There has been tremendous progress made over the last 30 years. We are very close to ending this vicious affliction caused by a parasite that a certain black fly carries. In the past it left nearly half of the folks in some villages blind. There is hope when science, medicine, proper funding and committed people and organizations come together to tackle our problems. #beatNTDs#Africa#AfricaRising#neglectedtropicaldiseases#Senegal#WestAfrica#ReachingtheLastMileFund#progress#publichealth#RLMF#edkashi
14.09.2018 16:15:21
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Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography. Barrier islands are constantly on the move.
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography. Barrier islands are constantly on the move. The naturally growing deep-rooted sea oats are the crucial plants that hold dunes in place on barrier islands. They are essential to dunes weathering bad storms. Development often breaches the dunes and destroys the sea oats, making these islands vulnerable to rapid erosion, especially in the face of massive storm systems and hurricanes. I photographed these sea oats on one of South Carolina’s barrier islands for a National Geographic (@natgeo) book and traveling exhibit called “Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands,” authored by @barbarakingsolver. Our goal was to celebrate the last 1% of wilderness remaining in the United States, and urge its protection. It was shot on black and white infrared film and I then hand tinted the resulting prints. My goal was to use this romantic technique to give the images a sense of timelessness. The work raised more than a quarter million dollars for grassroots conservation efforts. #PhotographyForGood@rippleeffectimages#america#usa#nature#wilderness#barrierislands#dunes#beach#grasses#eastcoast
14.09.2018 12:05:17
Photo by @gerdludwig. Sometimes the Goddess of Photography has mercy on you and
Photo by @gerdludwig. Sometimes the Goddess of Photography has mercy on you and throws you a bone unexpectedly. Following the route of the explorer Vitus Bering, one morning in Tobolsk, Siberia the sun lifted the fog as a lone man crossed the street in the far distance. In 1725, Danish-born navigator, Vitus Jonassen Bering, led two far-reaching naval expeditions devised by Peter The Great to explore the eastern most limits of the Russian Empire, and to establish whether or not America and Asia were separate continents. During his second expedition, known as The Great Northern Expedition, his vessel reached the Alaskan shore but during his return the ship got stranded on one of the Commander Islands. Several of his men perished of malnutrition or scurvy, and Bering himself died on 19 December 1741 on the island that now bears his name, Bering Island – as do many of his other landmark discoveries: Bering Strait, Bering Sea, Bering Glacier, and Bering Land Bridge. In 1585-1586 during the first Russian advance into Siberia, Tobolsk was founded by Yermak’s Cossacks, a famous (and sometimes infamous), resilient and self-reliant culture from which Bering was quick to seek recruits for his arduous expeditions. When Bering landed in Tobolsk in the 1700s, its population was around 10,000 - today its inhabitants near 100,000 - one of whom is here crossing the street on a foggy morning. @natgeo@natgeocreative#Tobolsk#Russia#Siberia
13.09.2018 16:15:31
Photo by @andyparkinsonphoto | Mountain hare rolling – This was actually a surpr
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Photo by @andyparkinsonphoto | Mountain hare rolling – This was actually a surprisingly difficult image to capture, especially given that the hare really wasn’t that far away and I was comfortably set up. It was more to do with the unpredictable way that the hare actually rolls, twisting and turning on the ground, all the while kicking up spindrift that can cause the autofocus some confusion. Not only that but as it wriggles around on the ground it is the eye that is usually most critical to creating the important connection with the animal and also the part that photographers need to get in sharp focus. As the hare twists and wriggles then the head can become obscured or is simply difficult to maintain sharp focus on. Yet again of course the more experienced one is with animal behaviour, usually because of significant time already invested in their company, the better chance one has of being able to anticipate and plan for witnessing moments of behaviour like this. On this occasion I was lucky as the hare did at one point look directly at me whilst kicking its hind feet gleefully into the air. I might have preferred the backlighting to be a little softer but again, I decided to compromise detail in the highlights around the hare in order to illuminate its face enough that his character was able to shine through. If you’d like to join me in Feb-March 2019 in the Scottish mountains to experience these incredible creatures for yourself, at fantastically close quarters then please do email me at tours@andrewparkinson.com for more details. You can also sign up to my mailing list by hitting the link in my bio. @andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety@canonuk
13.09.2018 12:15:15
Photo by @lucianocandisani ( Luciano Candisani ). This is one of the pictures pi
Photo by @lucianocandisani ( Luciano Candisani ). This is one of the pictures picture of my recent coverage about whale watching in Tonga. I spent 15 days in this polynesian archipelago on assignment for @onelapsebr, the main photo workshop company in Brazil. Our idea is to produce a photo reportage showing the places in the world that are using wildlife watching tourism as a real conservation toll. This image shows a Tongan boat dedicated to whale watching, a modality of environmentally sustainable tourism that generates an positive economic impact of more than 20 billion dollars in 120 countries, including those few countries still practicing comercial whaling such as Norway, Iceland and Japan.
13.09.2018 01:15:09
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Photo by @villalonsantamaria ¨Coca is the origin of our life, it is what is not
Photo by @villalonsantamaria ¨Coca is the origin of our life, it is what is not seen, it is energy. From there comes the sweetness so that the heart is in harmony, that sweetness like that of yucca, gives us joy.¨ Calixto Kuiru Friends there are only 2 days left to get your copy of “ Coca The Lost War”, a photo book to start debating the war on drugs. https://igg.me/at/cocathelostwar “La coca es el origen de nuestra vida, es lo que no se ve, es la energía. Desde allí viene la dulzura para que el corazón esté en armonía, esa dulzura como la de la yuca, nos da la alegría.¨ Calixto Kuiru Amig@s sólo quedan 2 días para obtener tu ejemplar de ¨Coca La Guerra Perdida¨, un foto libro para comenzar a debatir la guerra contra las drogas. https://igg.me/at/cocathelostwar #cocathelostwar#cocalaguerraperdida#cocaleaves#indigenouspeople#muruimuinai#amazonrainforest#amazonia#hojasdecoca@reduxpictures@ojorojofabricavisual@villalonsantamaria
12.09.2018 21:35:09
Photo by @rezaphotography# Afghanistan

Heading for the Front

We were, with the
Photo by @rezaphotography# Afghanistan Heading for the Front We were, with the writer and journalist Sebastian Junger, went for the National Geographic Channel, on assignment to meet with Massoud, who had been coordinating a resistance movement against the Taliban, who had taken over most of the country, from his stronghold in the Valley of Panjshir. We had just passed the Kokcha river and were heading in the direction of a position at a post nicknamed Abdallah, which had been taken by the mujaheddin only two days earlier. As the Taliban attempted to retake the post, the rockets were whistling around us. Both horses and men had no other choice than to continue to advance towards an uncertain outcome. In this report, National Geographic Channel has produced “Into the Forbidden Zone”. Text by @racheldeghati Published in “Massoud, des Russes aux Talibans, 20 ans de résistance afghane” (Editions 1 publishing, 2001), “Afghanistan, les âmes rebelles” (Democratic Book Publishing, 2010), “War + Peace” (National Geographic Publishing, 2007), “Reza, entre guerre et paix” (National Geographic Publishing, 2008) and “Insouciances” (Castor & Pollux publishing, 2004) #afghan#resistance#massoud#taliban#war#panjshir#panjshirvalley#mujaheddin#men#horses#ride#mountains#reportage#photooftheday#photojournalism#reza#rezaphoto#rezadeghati#rezaphotography#rezaphotojournalist#webistan
12.09.2018 16:15:29
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. Children at the @cw
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. Children at the @cws_global Wangu School in the outskirts of Nairobi point at the letter “m” in unison. The school, located on the edge of one of Nairobi’s largest dumps, has become one of the best in the city. The quality education these children are receiving will help guide them to success and opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty. #PhotographyForGood#photojournalism#empowerment#children#education#school#Kenya#Africa
12.09.2018 12:15:15
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. Kenya’s Kakuma Refu
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp of 185,000 people has been hit hard by drought and desertification. The riverbed has dried up, but the camp provides potable water several times a day. Solutions like these are more vital than ever as climate change heats the planet, and rains are more erratic and scarce in dry regions like East Africa. Many predict that the greatest human migration of the future will be climate refugees. #PhotographyForGood#photojournalism#women#girls#conservation#climatemigrants#climaterefugees#refugees#globalwarming#africa
11.09.2018 21:45:12
Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // SWALLOW // Common #kingfisher (Alc
Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // SWALLOW // Common #kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) swallowing common #roach (Rutilus rutilus). Taken only about 50 miles from my residency... Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @canonusa#joepetersburger#YearoftheBird#HWAOP#educateandinspire#eisvogel#fishing#fish#discoveryourbackyard#birdstagram#birdphotography
11.09.2018 11:45:13
thephotosocietyPhoto by @flipnicklin // Right whale, My career and images are bu
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thephotosocietyPhoto by @flipnicklin // Right whale, My career and images are built on a foundation of research, here Dr. Roger Payne (right), Dr, Jim Darling (left) and Gustavo Alvarez Columbo(center) study a right whale in 1986 ( I hope I remembered the spellings) . Follow @flipnicklinfor more images and stories about whales. @thephotosociety@natgeo#whaletrust#humpback#wildlife#endangered
11.09.2018 03:06:43
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. The Wangu School, l
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. The Wangu School, located at the edge of one of Nairobi’s largest dumps, used to feel like part of the dump itself. There was no fence, so strangers used to wander into the school at night. CWS (@cws_global) fenced the school, brought in teachers, and installed water pumps and a feeding program. The kids receive healthy meals, clean drinking water, and can now play safely during recess. Today, it’s one of the best schools in Nairobi. #PhotographyForGood#photojournalism#girls#empowerment#children#education#school#Kenya#Africa
10.09.2018 15:45:25
Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti.  Early morni
Photo by @TimLaman on safari with @ThomsonSafaris in the Serengeti. Early morning in a small river in the Serengeti, and these young hippos were feeling restless. These youngsters were play fighting and putting on quite a show for us. See more of my Africa photos @TimLaman.#Hippo#Serengeti#Tanzania#ThomsonSafaris
10.09.2018 12:15:19
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