Photo by @BrianSkerry. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A lobster crawls over the rocky sea floor near Hook Head Light in County Wexford, Ireland. According to legend, the saying ‘By Hook or by Crook’ is derived from this location. Oliver Cromwell, the English military leader, proposed to invade Ireland during the English Civil War by way of the village of Crooke - in Waterford - or from Hook Head in Wexford. Ireland is a frequently photographed place, with ‘forty shades of green,’ beautiful landscapes, and charming towns. But Ireland under the sea is equally beautiful, with a stunning variety of marine life, ranging from marine mammals and fish to colorful invertebrates. To see more photos of the elusive wildlife in our oceans, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #stpatricksday #ireland #green #stpatty #patrick #natgeo #instagood #photooftheday #travelphoto #travel #followme #travelphotographer #nature #animal #lobster
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Photo @michaelchristopherbrown. When a boy in the village of Kazinga is age 4 or 5 they may join the fishermen, swimming alongside the boats to scare the small fish, mostly Dagaa, into the nets. Kazinga, which means a place where there is fishing, was founded in 1957. 99% of the men in this village are fishermen. Initially the fishermen used small boats and just tied a net on the boat. They used kerosene lanterns at night, fishing until dawn. As the population increased, they began using bigger boats with motors and LED lights. Check out the World’s Biggest Lakes and Climate story in the March 2018 issue of @natgeo magazine, now online, and follow @michaelchristopherbrown for more from the story.
- @natgeoCat Island, The Bahamas
Photo: @andy mann // Sport fisherman take a minute to appreciate the balance of a pelagic ecosystem as a large Oceanic Whitetip Shark cruises by. Often called the “tax man” by offshore fisherman, it’s common for pelagic sharks to take fish right off their line, attracted by the struggle of the fight. Often, fisherman don’t take so well to this and I’ve seen bullet holes, bang-stick scars and gaff hooks in many species of sharks at sea. Most sport fisherman know that this is part of the game and is an exciting honor to be visited occasionally by the tax man. Sharks play an important role in our oceans and must be treated with respect. Some of the Atlantic’s best shark tourism can be found in the Bahamas. // Follow me @andy mann for stories and imagery from our oceans breaking points. @sea legacy
- @natgeoBaku, Azerbaijan
photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // Visitors posing for pictures on top of the rock formations in Gobustan National Park where prehistoric cave carvings were found dating back to 40,000 years. Check out Caspian Mystique, the story I photographed in my home city of Baku in the April-May issue of the National Geographic Traveler magazine @natgeotravel #baku #azerbaijan #prehistoric #caves #art #history #travel
Image and text by @beverlyjoubert. Sea-green eyes stare out at us from an Acacia branch. This young leopard hasn’t seen much conflict in his life. The ears are intact and the nose remains unscarred. Leopards are astounding creatures- with their remarkable stealth they are still able to live undetected (at low numbers) in major cities. Due to their secrecy it’s not easy to determine their populations but we know that they are following the same downward trajectory as all big cats, as habitats change and prey disappears. Despite the difficulty in determining their populations, they are targeted by trophy hunters and poachers alike; their exquisite skins still desirable in some cultures. In this corner of the Okavango all hunting has been stopped for over a decade, poaching has been kept to an absolute minimum and we have been rewarded with frequent sights like these, of relaxed cats who are willing to share their space. Over their lifetimes big cats like these will bring in millions of dollars through photographic tourism, ensuring that their environment and ecosystem can be maintained in a world where human populations keep expanding and taking. #leopard #bigcats #thisismytrophy
Photograph by @simoncroberts. River Esk at Trough House Bridge, Eskdale, Cumbria from the series #merriealbion Trough House Bridge, an old packhorse bridge, is in a little rock gorge below Stanley Gill in Eskdale, and is popular for jumping off into the deep river pool. For Wordsworth, Eskdale was ‘the Green Vale of Esk—deep and green with its glittering serpent stream’. The development of Eskdale Common in Cumbria is an integral part of the valley’s landscape history. Initially an aristocratic estate, it is now an expanse managed by the National Trust that includes the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. There are still more than a million acres of common land in England and Wales, most privately owned and in upland regions of northern England and Wales. The National Trust, along with English Heritage, Ministry of Defence, utility companies, and the Forestry Commission, are among the largest landowners in Britain. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #eskdale #nationalproperty
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - so..if you’ve ever wondered what a sleeping bull elephant sounds like ? Turn up the volume and wonder no more ❤️❤️ - I’ve been working today with the extraordinary combined teams from @savetheelephants and @Lewa wildlife @nrt kenya here in northern Kenya. We’ve collared 3 cows, and 2 bulls right up in Biliqo Bulesa, it’s one of the largest conservancies with @nrt kenya therefore nomadic pastoralists from several ethnic backgrounds converge across this vast and beautiful rangeland; this is one of my favourite places on the planet 💚💚 It forms a vital corridor for wildlife from Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserves, and from Sera conservancy. By collaring these elephant we will more easily be able to see their routes of travel, predict possible areas of conflict, and mitigate them ahead of issues arising, and share vital data received from them in times of climatic change, such as drought. The collars will function without further intervention for 3/4 years supplying data continuously. The entire process took minutes due to the great skill of those working on this project, and Dr Mathew Mutinda, a Kenya Wildlife vet who I’ve had the incredible honour to work over the past years. He, without any shadow of exaggeration is singlehandedly responsible for saving more wildlife in this region than any other individual I’ve ever met, anywhere ! 👍🏿👍🏼 - One fact - elephants can breathe through their mouths and trunk, however, during this procedure, whilst sleeping, the trunk end is held open with a small stick as limiting air through either air passage would cause discomfort. Once the elephant starts to wake, the stick is removed - The respiratory system of the elephant is quite exceptional and the success of this operation relies on the immense skill and speed of the teams here - A perfect day today for wildlife and those humans acting as custodians in these challenging times #nopoaching #elephant #conserving #conservation @nrt kenya @lewa wildlife @savetheelephants @natgeo @thephotosociety
Photo: @ivankphoto / Waves roll onto an isolated beach on the coast between San Quintín and Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico.
Photo by @johnstanmeyer ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Conflict between groups inflicts pain on people who have no say in the fight. After fleeing Myanmar army troops, hundreds of Rohingya children struggle for food at Balukhali refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. In 2017 at least 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee a campaign of murder, rape, and devastation by Myanmar’s army, seeking safety in refugee camps in Bangladesh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From my latest story for @natgeo, Us vs Them, Things That Divide Us, in the March 2018 single topic issue on Race. Link is in my Instagram bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow me @johnstanmeyer over the next month as I publish each day on my Instagram account images from this global project I photographed for the magazine throughout 2017, a visual dialogue on what divides us to understand why we don’t get along, including images as this from Bangladesh. Join me on this story through the US, Brazil, Armenia, the Middle East, Bangladesh and Rwanda, lacing together a complex narrative in order to find a means to no longer divide ourselves. #IDefineMe ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #bangladesh #rohingya #refugeecrisis #children #fightforfood #foodline #refugee #IDefineMe
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Goat skull left out on the shore of Lake Assale, Djibouti, to get encrusted in salt by the waves that come up every afternoon on this hyper-saline lake. The Afar Depression has numerous salt lakes below sea level, and is one of the hottest places on earth. I brought this skull home as a souvenir, and on humid summer days in New Jersey, the old boy starts to melt on the shelf in my office. To see more follow @geosteinmetz
Photograph by @thomaspeschak I have photographed sharks obsessively for more than 15 years and this image is from one of my early shoots at Aliwal Shoal off the East coast of South Africa. Many of my older images have not stood the test of time, in fact looking at most them triggers feelings of embarrassment. This photograph however is not one of those and I continue to enjoy the raw power and energy that I feel when looking at this image. At the time things happened so quickly that I still don't know if this shark was gaping at me or had just swallowed a sardine. Only a few inches from my underwater camera the shark turned on a dime and elegantly avoided what I was certain was going to be a head on collision. A blacktip shark’s teeth are narrow and slender, perfectly adapted for a diet of small fish NOT underwater photographers. Follow @thomaspeschak for more #shark encounters. @natgeocreative
As racial tensions escalate, historically black colleges are seeing a surge in enrollment and a new brand of activism. Photos from the April issue of National Geographic by @ninarobinsonnyc and @ruddyroye. For preeminent HBCU alumnus W.E.B. Du Bois, it was a vibrant and dynamic community of people whose experiences were as diverse as the complexions of their skin. Through #idefineme, we hope to elevate a discussion about the complexity of race and identity in today's society. Share your story with @natgeo in photos, videos or tweets.
Image by @joelsartore | Hearing the songs of the pileated gibbon in a tropical Southeast Asian forest is an extraordinary experience. But, unfortunately, many of these forests are going silent. Habitat loss, poaching and collection for the pet trade has caused the populations of this beautiful primate to drop significantly. They are now listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. This young Pileated Gibbon named Sokny was photographed at @ACCB cambodia near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Sokny arrived at the ACCB last year weighing just 1.2 pounds (550g). He was so weak that he could not even cling to his caretaker. After his parents were killed by poachers, a well-meaning local family tried their very best to hand-rear him, but thankfully decided to hand him over into professional care when his condition worsened. Over the last year, Sokny has improved significantly and now loves to climb and swing in his enclosure! Recently, he has been fully weaned off of milk and has been permanently introduced to two other young gibbons who were also taken from the wild to be pets as babies. The three of them are now forming a tight knit youngster group. Check out @accb cambodia to learn more about their wonderful conservation and animal rescue work in Cambodia! Follow @joelsartore to see a video of this gibbon!
- @natgeoCubango, Huila, Angola
Photos and caption by @petekmuller. In the days ahead of the Cubango River expedition, the base camp hums with activity. Everywhere, everyone is busy; packing and checking equipment and supplies with the keenest attention to detail. Soon the @intotheokavango team would commence a 1100 km (683 mile) journey down the Cubango River in basic, dug-out canoes. It's one of several, similar missions to survey the key tributaries that feed the Okavango Delta, a pristine and protected wilderness area in northern Botswana. The aim is to compile data to convince the governments to protect the tributaries to ensure the future health of the Delta. No easy task. My friend @neilgelinas has made a film about all of this, called INTO THE OKAVANGO, which has just been announced as an Official Selection at the @Tribeca Film Festival this year! The film tells the inspiring story of @drsteveboyes and his team which aims to both chart and project the headwaters of the Okavango Delta, one of the last truly pristine wilderness areas on the African continent. This incredible film is the product of so many people working together to accomplish something momentous. Stay tuned for more information on ticket sales, screen time, etc. Follow me, @petekmuller, for more images and stories from the Cubango expedition. #tribeca2018 #conservation #Africa #Angola #Cubango #film
Video by @bertiegregory. A king penguin returns to its colony with a belly packed full of fish on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. These penguins hunt mainly for laternfish here. This prey species undergoes a daily vertical migration so during the night, the kings hunt near to the ocean's surface. If hunting in the day though, the kings must dive much deeper. Whilst they might look clumsy on land, these penguins have been recorded diving to depths of over 300m/1000ft. Once on land, the adult pictured must now find its chick to offload the hard earned meal. Shot as part of a new online series for National Geographic coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more!
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio According to UNICEF, Since March 2015 the war in Yemen has killed or injured more than 5,000 children and left another 400,000 severely malnourished and fighting for their lives. Nearly 2 million Yemeni children are currently out of school, a quarter of them since the conflict escalated when the Saudi-led coalition intervened. Malnutrition and disease are rampant as basic services collapse whilst an entire generation of Yemeni children are growing up knowing nothing but violence. Here photographed in more peaceful times one of the mosques in Shibam in Hadramout province. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo #cityscape #photojournalism #islamicarchitecture #islamic #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #reportage #Yemen #photojournalism #journalism #documentaryphotography #UNESCO #CivilWar #war #conflict #arabianpeninsular #arabia #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #worldheritage #hadramout #shibam #mosque #mosque #islam #UNICEF @UNICEF Image: @simonnorfolkstudio Words: @tribaleye
Photo by @TimLaman. Helmeted Hornbills are one of the iconic birds of Indonesia’s rain forest, but in recent years they have been the target of illegal hunting and trade for their casques and bills, which can be carved like ivory. Today I photographed this stockpile confiscated from smugglers in Samarinda, East Kalimantan at the Conservation Department office. On one table, we saw more than 100 hornbill heads and beaks, which was shocking, especially since I have been spending many weeks in the wild just to get brief glimpses of the live birds. Authorities in Indonesia are trying to clamp down on this trade that is driving this species toward extinction, and I’m hoping to raise awareness through this story, which is a partnership between @NatGeo and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and working with @rangkongid. Stay tuned for the full story about Helmeted Hornbills coming up in the August issue of @NatGeo and pls do what you can to spread the word to protect this bird. #onassignment #yearofthebird #hornbills, #helmetedhornbills #rangkonggading #Indonesia #kalimantan #Borneo
- @natgeoGudel, Nepal
Photo by @renan ozturk An elder in the Kulunge Rai village of Saadi in remote eastern Nepal. As part of the @natgeo #TheLastHoneyHunter story I made an effort to shoot a portrait of every member of the village, young and old, as a visual catalogue of the resilient Kulunge Rai people. It was remarkable how open everyone was to the camera. A quiet sense of pride to their seldom documented story in the shadow of Everest, the next valley to the west. ~ @taylorfreesolo @sadiequarrier @ben knight @m synnott @jetbutterflies @climber.abiral @petergwin See @renan ozturk for more images from nepal and this assignment.
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) on assignment for the magazine in the slot canyons of #EscalanteNationalMonument in Utah. We are looking at sites that were recently removed or otherwise affected when the Monument was shrunk by around %50 and split into 3 smaller units by Executive Order. These slots (carved over thousands of years by water in red and white striped sandstone) were not removed from the but the trail to get to them, and the larger buffer area around them was. This opens the area for potential resource extraction in the future. For scale this section in the image is about 25 feet tall. Watch my IG story feed @argonautphoto in the coming days for other views and videos from these slots!