Photo by @cristinamittermeier // I am working on a new book and as I go through my photos I am finding lots of images of people with “interesting stuff on their heads”. I photographed this Kayapó elder during a warrior’s ceremony. He was wearing a beautiful headdress made with the feathers of Amazonian parrots and macaws that people keep as pets so that they can pluck some feathers whenever they need to repair or make a new headdress. To see more photos of “Interesting stuff people wear on their heads” #follow me at @cristinamittermeier #beauty @natgeocreative @the_explorers_club @thephotosociety #culture #hat #headgear #interesting @kayapoproject #portaitphotographyXingu, Amazonas, Brazil
Photo by @coryrichards // Captured #withgalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Soma Wera, 63, of Galle Sri Lanka stands for a portrait in the city market. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa before it was colonized in the 16th century by Portuguese and became the primary port of the island. The city played an important role long before the it’s colonization and according to James Emerson Tennent was the ancient seaport of Tarshish. It was ‘discovered’ by the Portuguese in 1502 when a fleet was blown off course en route to the Maldives. Galle has played many roles throughout its history, most recently as a major tourist destination that highlights the Fort of Galle. For better or worse, the city’s function is and always has been built on the back backs of laborers like Soma Wera.Sri Lanka
photo by @vincentjmusi Vegas, 2018 A name like Vegas invokes curiosity and intrigue. She is a 14 year-old Greyhound that was adopted as a puppy. She was never raced, which is fairly unusual for these graceful dogs. She was a good sport about being photographed, most dogs are, particularly when food is involved. This a personal project on the character and beauty of dogs and you are seeing it develop as I work through this #yearofthedog Thanks for sharing your your dog pictures with me and for your suggestions, I’m touched by your outreach and kind words about this work. I wish I could travel to every place suggested and photograph all of the incredible dogs. Give me time, I’m just getting started - I post more of these @vincentjmusi where I welcome your input. #greyhoundCharleston, South Carolina
Video by @joelsartore | Yucatan box turtles are unique in that the males have quite striking facial pigmentation. Some are pigmented so strongly that it is almost reminiscent of makeup. Because males are so ornate, scientists once believed that female Yucatan turtles were a completely different species than their male counterparts. These turtles can only be found in the Yucatan peninsula and are very elusive; they are rarely encountered by humans and are often only seen during or after rain. This male Yucatan box turtle at @okczoo loves to emerge from his hiding place for an evening mist before retiring for the night. He, along with three others of his kind are housed together and get along very well. Turtles and tortoises are the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with wild populations across the globe declining sharply as a result of harvesting by humans for pet and food markets. In addition to caring for and breeding endangered turtles and tortoises, the @okczoo partners with the @turtlesurvival Alliance (TSA) to conserve turtles. TSA works in turtle hotspots in 15 countries, leading conservation efforts that include enforcing laws that protect turtles, rehabilitating and releasing turtles confiscated from traffickers, and breeding and releasing endangered turtle species. Check out @joelsartore for an up close portrait of a Yucatan box turtle.
Video by @bertiegregory. Rockhopper penguins have got to be one of the toughest animals on the planet. After battling through the open ocean in search of food, this group of adults is returning to their colony on Sea Lion Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. In order to reach their hungry chicks at the top of the cliff they must first time their exit to perfection. Although the rocks and waves are potentially dangerous to the penguins, they are experts in using the power of the wave to eject them out the water and up the cliff. Even though I know they are built like little tanks and they have done this many times before, it’s still nerve-wracking to watch! Shot as part of a new online series for National Geographic. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife videos and to find how I got the shot.
Pablo Pacherres walks alone into a rice field in the early hours to earn money as a day laborer to pay for his daughter’s cost of treatment for her Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown cause (#ckdu ). Two of his sons already succumbed to the disease. Many rural families have to go to extraordinary lengths to get the treatment they need in Northern Peru. As Pablo said, “When my son got sick I sold my roof, I sold my land. After a few months of treatment I had nothing left and my son died. Now I work when I can to take care of my family.” @edkashi and @t_laffay on assignment with support from @natgeo Explorer Award to document #CKDu in desolate Northern Peru. @insidenatgeo @natgeoexplorers @edkashi @t_laffay #peru #ckdu
Photo by @jtkerby // This male gelada monkey shakes off his mane as shadows fall on the Great Rift Valley below. A primate unique to the Ethiopian Highlands, with one of the strangest diets (mostly grass!) and colorations (red chest patch and large mane) of any monkey. Ethiopia has made the news in recent weeks for political reasons, but for geladas life in the highlands goes on as usual - for now. As with many photos taken #onassignment , this one didn’t make the cut for the magazine. To see more about the people and other wildlife that call this region home, see my profile @jtkerby // 🇪🇹 #ethiopia #gelada #natgeoMehal Meda, Shewa, Ethiopia
Video by @ronan_donovan // This is the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda. Now one of the largest refugee resettlements in the world, Bidibidi provides a safe heaven to nearly 300,000 (mainly South Sudanese) refugees who've fled civil war in their neighboring country. I'm here with a team from @ngphotocamp , funded by the National Geographic Society (@insidenatgeo) to hold a photo workshop to allow the youth here to tell their own stories. Here's a selection of images by some of the students so far. Hop on over to @ngphotocamp and follow along to see more of the student's photos and with the rest of for more stories from the field. Here's the team: @ljohnphoto @ronan_donovan @brackjon @kirstenelstner @halima_asijo @noralorek @insidenatgeo #ngphotocamp #natgeo
Video by @renan_ozturk // Chilean Flamingos taking flight in one of the many lakes of Parque Patagonia in Valle Chacabuco. This area was one of Chile’s largest sheep ranches and is now protected by the help from @tompkins_conservation. The Chacabuco valley serves as a corridor to the Argentine steppe to the east, where the birds head for the winter. See @tompkins_conservation for more current images of this Patagonian conservation success story!Conservacion Patagonia, Estancia Valle Chacabuco
Photo by @mishkusk (Michaela Skovranova) A juvenile humpback whale after feeding. This photograph was captured off the coast of the Kingdom of Tonga. - Every year thousands of whales migrate to these warm waters to breed and give birth. The annual migration of humpback whales from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to their breeding grounds in Tonga is one of the largest and longest animal movements in the world and is essential for their survival as a species. The calves are believed to consume up to 150 liters of their mother’s rich and fatty milk per day, allowing them to gain weight at the rate of about 45 kgs per day. They will need all their strength for the long and tedious journey to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. #wildlife #nature #underwater #ocean #humpbackwhale #tonga #humpbackwhalecalfKingdom of Tonga
Photos by @lucasfogliaphoto. Rikers Island is New York City's main jail complex. There are three organic gardens on the island, run by the Horticultural Society of New York. Prisoners tend flowers, fruits, and vegetables, even as beatings, lockdowns, riots, and solitary confinement occur in the nearby buildings. "If we could stay here all day that would be wonderful," said one inmate named Peter. "It's the only place we feel like human beings." To see more photographs from the gardens on Rikers Island, visit Aperture Foundation's Prison Nation exhibition and publication @aperturefnd in New York City.
Video by @stephenwilkes. Lake Bogoria, in Kenya, Africa is one of the largest feeding areas for the lesser known Flamingos. We traveled here to document their epic migration, as part of a new “Day to Night” series for National Geographic. Using a drone, I observed thousands of Lesser Flamingos gathering in colonies, creating small pink islands within the lake. From above these clusters of flamingos look like giant lily pads. Flamingos find safety in numbers, so isolating themselves this way helps to protect them from predators, especially the Marabou Stork. You can see this and more behind the scenes video @natgeomuseum exhibition, “Transcend the Passage of Time in ‘Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes’, through April 30, 2018. Please see the “Day to Night” photographs which are part of a story, “The Journeys of Migratory Birds, coming out in the March issue of National Geographic magazine. Please follow me @stephenwilkes to see more images from my bird migration series and to learn more about my process in creating these images, please check out my TED talk link in my bio. #lakebogoria #kenya #africa #birdmigration #lesserflamingo #flamingo #aerial #flight #nature #daytonight #natgeomuseum #natgeoLake Bogoria
Photo by @gerdludwig . Ivan and his wife have come home to their village near Chernobyl. It’s 40 roughly years ago that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went first online, but it’s reactor #4 blew up in 1986 after operators botched a safety test. Of all manmade environmental catastrophes in human history, Chernobyl is considered to have caused the most lasting impact. Approximately 350,000 people were forced to evacuate after the explosion. But, disaster be damned, a couple of hundred elderly people have retuned. At first Ukrainian officials discouraged them, but they soon turned a blind eye, allowing them “to live out their lives on a contaminated soil instead of dying of a broken heart in anonymous city suburbs”. Recently, Ukraine’s minister of ecology announced that his country is talking to a multinational energy company about constructing a giant solar park inside the contaminated Exclusion Zone around the ill-fated reactor. Since my first visit in 1993, I have been documenting the aftermath of accident in dramatic photographs – the failed reactor, the contamination to the land, and the countless victims in the fallout regions, leading to my book and iPad app ‘The Long Shadow of Chernobyl’. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #chernobyl #ukraine #returnee #radiation #contamination #disaster #nuclear #exclusionzone
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Barefoot explorers wade through the jungle-stained waters of Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil. From above it looked like a strange painting of a muscled body. And when I landed my #paraglider , it was a chance roll up my pants and cool off in the shallow tobacco-colored water. To see a larger view of the area and the multi-colored lakes that form, visit and follow @geosteinmetzLençóis Maranhenses
Photo- @andy_bardon /// The mountains, basins, and valleys of the U.S. Northern Rockies have received a few feet of snow in the last week. Skiers have been taking it in stride, bundling up, and getting outside. Pictured here, a local mountain man named Neil grins ear to ear after skiing his favorite stash of fresh snow. Please follow @andy_bardon for more adventures from around the globe.
Video by @joelsartore | This federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker was admitted to Florida Wildlife Care, Inc. in Gainesville, Florida as a fledgling with a severe infection after suffering a foot and lower leg amputation in the wild. After months of treatment, recovery and evaluation for long term captivity, he will be placed at a facility to be used for education. This little guy will soon have a permanent home at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport, Florida, where he will serve as an ambassador for this species and the conservation and protection of the longleaf pine ecosystem. To see a portrait of this bird, follow @joelsartore!
Photo by @timlaman. Blue Bird-of-Paradise male in his upside-down display pose. This is just one of the amazing 39 species of Birds-of-Paradise you can see images and videos of and learn more about if you visit my exhibit, now open in Chicago at the Chicago Academy of Science’s Nature Museum! Sponsored by @natgeo and #cornelllabofornithology . Check it out if you are in the Chicago area any time up to June 10! See “naturemuseum.org” for details. The exhibit includes my best bird-of-paradise images, videos, and many fun interactive elements and behind-the-scenes stories about my long term project on Birds-of-Paradise with Ed Scholes of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Follow me @timlaman to see more of my best wild bird images throughout this special “#yearofthebird ”. @birdsofparadiseproject , #papuanewguinea , #birdsofparadise , #birds -of-Paradise, @natgeocreative, @thephotosociety.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - In silhouette, Dr. Marc Luetscher assesses the potential for finding the illusive cryogenic calcite crystals (CCC’s) hiding inside this giant ice formation inside Eisriesenwelt Eishöhle, Werfen (South Salzburg) in Austria. 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. @natgeocreative
Photo by @hammond_robin for @onedayinmyworld - "The last sign said that we were crazy people – it was not correct. We are not marked by this ugly name now. I feel equal, I am no longer ashamed by the name of the institution.” Darko lived in the “Home for the Insane” until its name and mission were changed to provide support for beneficiaries living independently in apartments. Now it is called 'Centre for People Like Us’. Darko has lived in psychiatric institutions since the age of 11. Soon, with the support of ‘Centre for People Like Us’ he will move into his own home. He will still receive support, but will live independently. - Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize. - #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld