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Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) - you know "epic" when you see it—now share it with us. what scenes have made you pause to take in the moment? i am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot entitled “epic," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to express your understanding of the word ‘ epic’ and how it can be portrayed in a single image. this photograph captures a time and place that to me has left a lasting memory of being truly epic. for three days we had been camping deep underground in mulu national park, malaysia exploring the cave system for new uncharted galleries. we only had one large flashbulb in the bag, we had one chance to pull off this photograph. we had no idea what the cave looked like. it was pitch black! it's amazing to see the beauty of the underground world lit up for the very first time. #natgeoyourshot

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Photo by @franslanting the waterpocket fold is a major geologic feature that defines capitol reef national park. it’s a buckle in the earth’s surface where rocks have been pushed up and erosion has cut through the layers. from the air it looks like a giant multicolored gash with crazy zig zag patterns. on the ground you can experience it in the course of a spectacular drive along route 24. but if you want to find out what it’s named for, you have to get out and hike into the backcountry where shaded rocky hollows can contain precious freshwater well into the dry season. follow me @franslanting to see more special places from the southwest. @natgeo @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #america #explore #naturelovers #beauty #wild

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Photo by @chamiltonjames / charlie hamilton james - a young mule deer inspects a camera trap near jackson hole, wyoming. i collected the camera today and found this little bambi along with several other shots of mule deer. camera traps are a great way to monitor movement and get interesting images without disturbing the subject. shot on assignment for @natgeo with the help of @framiltonjames

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Photograph by @stephenwilkes. please see my latest instagram story on my adventure to bass rock, scotland. you will see a behind the scenes look at one of the most challenging locations i’ve photographed in. we spent 36 hours, photographing for my latest “day to night”, at the world's largest colony of northern gannets at bass rock, off eastern scotland. described famously by naturalists as "one of the wildlife wonders of the world”. please follow me @stephenwilkes to see more of my work. #bassrock #scotland #gannet #birdmigration #daytonight #seabirdcentre

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By @jonasbendiksen inri cristo, 69, who claims he is the second coming of jesus christ, lives with twelve full-time disciples in a walled compound outside brasilia, brazil. he moves around the grounds on an electrical bike. he takes his first name from the initials that pontius pilate inscribed on christ’s cross, (iesus nazarenus rex iudaeorum: jesus of nazareth, king of the jews.) he had his first awakening as christ reborn in 1979, and has lived as the messiah ever since. the image is an outtake from this month's article in national geographic magazine on messiah claimants, also coming out as a book, the last testament, published by @aperturefnd / gost in september. @magnumphotos #thelasttestament

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Photo by stephanie sinclair @stephsinclairpix // portrait of trapeze artist kristin finley. she’s the first african-american trapeze artist to fly for ringling bros. and barnum & bailey circus. she now performs with two shows -- the tarzan zerbini (circus) and the jordan world circus, who work mostly for shriners hospitals for children. "it’s a good feeling to know that we are helping to raise money for children in need,” she said of her new chapter. . this image was part of a portrait series on ringing circus performers before the show’s final performance in may. to learn more about how the shoot came together and this lighting set up, please visit the link to my latest blog post on my instagram bio @stephsinclairpix. #circus #trapeze #chalk #portrait #beauty #strength #women

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Video @lucalocatelliphoto i was on assignment for @natgeotravel in sicily, italy and i can't resist to fly my drone to see the rock of cefalù from the sky. here we can see the dimension of the rock which was used as fortress to protect this strategically position of this ancient greek town. follow me to see more of this project and others @lucalocatelliphoto #italy #sicily #cefalu #rock #greek #drone

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Photo by @timlaman. on my trip to tanzania, one of the highlights was seeing this massive african crowned eagle fly in to deliver what appears to be a leg of a duiker to its young. the crowned eagle is considered to be africa’s most powerful eagle and has exceptionally strong legs and talons. in this shot the adult just landed on a branch with the food in its talons. an eagle that can take down a small deer – now that’s impressive. shot in arusha national park, #tanzania, #africa, @thephotosociety @natgeocreative, #eagle, #africancrownedeagle.

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Photograph by michael yamashita @yamashitaphoto - monks at work, dogs at play: novices sweep the grounds of the monastery as a daily chore. dogs do as they please in #bagan #myanmar #buddism @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @thesilkroadjourney

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Video portrait by @johnstanmeyer - it's what he does, handsomely all day, reading while awaiting customers behind his tiny leather kiosk in front of the grand mosque de koumassi, a liveliest of areas in abidjan, côte d'ivoire, welcoming with kind people. - this september 11-27, i will be teaching a storytelling workshop in porto, portugal. details and registration on the link in my instagram bios or direct message me here @johnstanmeyer - @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #cotedeivoire #ivorycoast #abidjan #koumassi #red #leather #kiosk #reading #book #video #portrait

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Photo by @pedromcbride - pete mcbride // a male leopard looks for prey from an acacia tree in samburu wildlife reserve. with extreme drought plaguing the region, wildlife populations are stressed but big cats have found weakened prey. increased traffic to the reserve, however, has created a new type of challenge for leopard — unregulated tourism shadowing and stressing these large predators. to see more, follow @pedromcbride. @savetheelephants #leopard #bigcat #smaburu #kenya

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Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. newlyweds stay dry under umbrellas on their rainy wedding day in halabja, iraq in 2005. both sarkant and razanwere in halabja as children during the devastating chemical attacks of 1987 and fled to iran before they returned home in 1991 when northern iraq was established as a kurdish safe haven under the protection of american and european allied forces under the no flight zone set up by operation provide comfort. #kurds #tbt #travel #onassignment #ontheroad #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #kurdistan #natgeo

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Photo by: @cristinamittermeier // reminiscent of the aquatic version of a velociraptor, a baby blue-eyed shag eyes me underwater as it searches for small crustaceans on which to feed. curious and unafraid, i spent several hours in the company of these charismatic birds as they came and went from the colony. #followme @cristinamittemeier for more stories of my personal interactions with amazing creatures from some of the most remote places on earth. * * * shot on #assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen @andy_mann @ladzinski and @craigwelch #stopclimatechange #saveouroceans #watersedge #nature

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Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. the herd of rescued elephants plays near reteti elephant sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern kenya. elephants are highly social and sensitive animals who greet and offer comfort to each other. these elephants were orphaned by various circumstances, including environmental changes and habitat loss, but are being rehabilitated at reteti, where they have a good chance of being reunited with their family herds. my story on the incredible work happening at reteti will be in print in the august issue of national geographic. follow @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to learn more about these initiatives and help support their work! @lewa_wildlife @nrt_kenya @nature_africa @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #retetielephants #amivitale

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Video @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo here we are flying over the desalination plant of dubai that serves over two million people. natural gas is burned to produce electricity and to desalinate seawater for drinking. dubai’s electricity & water authority plans to scale up on more energy efficient way of desalinating by reverse osmosis that can be powered by solar electricity. dubai is on a mission to make this notoriously unsustainable city to be one of the greenest in the world in the next decades. follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about dubai project and others. #dubai #water #drone #dronevideos #sustainable #city #uae #climatechange

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@robertclarkphoto editing my collection of mummy images for a new project, it is quite fun to look back at all the different types of mummies i have meet. mutilated by the iron rods of workers dredging peat from a dutch bog, yde girl’s body offers clues to her death. the band of fabric around the 16-year-old’s throat suggests she was strangled. she may have been chosen for sacrifice because of a deformity revealed by a ct scan: a curvature in her spine. #mummies #bogbodies

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Photo by stephanie sinclair @stephsinclairpix // portrait of matthias phiri, program coordinator for lifesavers zambia, which has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world with 31% of women aged 20-24 years married by the age of 18 according to unicef. in communities outside zambia’s capital city of lusaka, matthias phiri meets regularly with traditional leaders, faith-based organizations, school and police officials, and other prominent locals to strategize ways to combat child marriage. members of his ever-growing circle keep an eye out for children who are at risk of getting married and intervene if necessary, pulling vulnerable children out of harm’s way, providing them counseling, re-enrolling them in school and, in some cases, pursuing legal remedies against the perpetrators of child marriage. the biggest challenge, he said, is the discord between the country’s statutory laws, which set the minimum marriage age at 21, and its customary laws, which allow for much greater latitude. in march 2016, the government of zambia adopted a five-year national action plan to end child marriage. the convention on the rights of the child recommend counties set a minimum age of marriage to 18 for both men and women. . this image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “too young to wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new l’arche du photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious grand arche de la defense in puteaux, paris. many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo. the show, which opened june 1 and runs through sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @tooyoungtowed. @letoitdelagrandearche #zambia #color #champions #everydayafrica #red #change #inspiration #endchildmarriage #letgirlslearn #heforshe #girls

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Video by @ciriljazbec / this light... this light that breaks, after a heavy rainfall, through clouds that roll over the mountain range that surrounds the valley where i grew up... this light is why i became a photographer. my room often felt like a first-row-seat experience of the most spectacular light transformations. when this magical light arrived, it was impossible to study. i would literally run out to catch it. yesterday i drove back to my parents’ village after a long time and was once again welcomed by it . working for @natgeo is often more about getting to the bottom of the story but good light can help sometimes. if you want to see more from this golden light jump to my account @ciriljazbec #trzic #slovenia #kriskopolje #travel

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Photo by @salvarezphoto (stephen alvarez) | fireflies light a road in sewanee, tn. they are known by many names, big dipper firefly, common eastern firefly, here on the cumberland plateau they are called lightning bugs. photinus pyralis are the most common species of firefly in north america. their distinctive light is a mating ritual, a way for lonely insects to find each other. they rise from the forest floor at dusk in a swarm of phosphorescence, searching for mates. they quickly pair up and the woods fade to darkness. the minutes that they fly together are a magic time of night. check out @salvarezphoto for more!  #firefly #lightningbug #tennessee

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Video by @joelsartore | a lesser blue crab photographed at @gulfspecimen marine lab. this crab has powerful oar-shaped rear legs which make them very strong swimmers. males use color to determine which mate they’ll try to attract and then perform a display with their pincers. mating can last as long as 5-12 hours and females produce between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs per spawning. for decades, gulf specimen has been running a public education center in panacea, fl, educating thousands of schoolkids each year about the wonders of marine creatures from the gulf of mexico and beyond. to see a portrait of this blue crab, check out @joelsartore! . . #lesserbluecrab #marinelife #underwater #crab #c***s #sealife #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #savetogether

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