thephotosociety The Photo Society—a collective of over 170 National Geographic photographers. Sponsorship inquiries: [email protected] http://thephotosociety.org/
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Photo by @paulnicklen // it all comes down to attitude and self-confidence. this tiny adélie penguin in the ross sea, antarctica, put the run on these 60-lb emperor penguins and then came and chased me away. through my work with @sea_legacy and @natgeo, we managed to protect 598,000 square-miles (more than twice the size of texas) of the ross sea. this is just one of the real-life solutions conservation outfits like sealegacy accomplish, and i am proud to be part of a movement to make things better with hope and action, rather than fighting in internet comment sections. next time you get roped into an inane debate online, follow us at @paulnicklen and @sea_legacy for a dose of how we can make things better in real life. like i said, attitude and self-confidence! #turningthetide

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Photo by @pedromcbride // back at this place of awe giving a talk for @goparks and the @usinterior. @kevinfedarkoauthor and i will do our best to impart what we learned on our 750+ mile hike through this magical public park. to see more follow @pedromcbride // #grandcanyon #dustintheblood #humility #nature

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Photo: @rubensalgadoescudero // in india’s state of odisha villagers trap fish using cone-shaped baskets and solar light. fewer than half of odisha’s 42 million residents use grid electricity. roughly 1.1 billion people in the world live without access to electricity, and close to a quarter of them are in india. the portrait was set up using solar lights as the only source of ilumination. the long term project 'solar portraits' addresses the important issue of lack of access of electricity around the world. it is a series of portraits depicting the lives of inhabitants of remote areas worldwide who, for the first time have access to electricity through the power of solar energy. each subject was asked how solar light has affected their life. the portraits were set up according to what they expressed. all scenes have been lit only by solar powered light which are contributing to the improvement in people´s standard of living. #solar #india #energypoverty #portrait #sustainable #led #solarpower #energy #solution #onassignment #natgeo #nationalgeographicmagazine

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Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown // a dancer prepares for competition during the 2017 oglala lakota nation wacipi rodeo fair pow wow, held annually on the pine ridge indian reservation. #pineridgeindianreservation #nationalgeographic @natgeo @natgeoctreative #southdakota #oglalalakota #natgeo #sponsored @sonyalpha #a7rii

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Kermode or “spirit” bear in temperate rainforest – photo by kevin schafer -– @schaferpho @natgeo // i spent a week last month tracking these remarkable white bears along canada’s spectacular west coast. they are actually a rare white form of the black bear, their coloration a result of a recessive gene in a small, isolated population. there are less than 200 of these bears in existence on islands and adjacent mainland in a region known as the great bear rainforest. in this situation, i wanted a picture that captured not just the animal itself, but the lush, moss-draped world it inhabits. the truth is, i saw this setting first... and then waited two days for a bear to pass through. happily this female eventually obliged. #greatbearrainforest #spiritbear #pacificwild #bcwild

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Photo by @daviddoubilet a group of mating loggerhead sea turtles rest on the sand bottom near key largo, florida in the florida keys national marine sanctuary. as i took this photo a fourth and fifth male arrived. after a few minutes the mating group rose to the surface as one to breath and returned to the sand. loggerhead turtle courtship and mating season can last 4-6 weeks and the female can store s***m from many males resulting in multiple paternity. the female will return to her nesting beach and lay a clutch of 100 +\- eggs over a few days of which only a very few will survive. loggerheads, like all sea turtles are an endangered species struggling against active and passive harvest, consumption and entanglement in marine debris, loss of nesting beaches to development and rising levels. with @natgeo @natgeocreative @the_explorers_club //#love #loggerhead #seaturtle #floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary #ocean #nationalmarinepark #endangeredspecies for #moreocean follow at @daviddoubilet

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Photo by @migeophoto // after boarding a small boat, i captured this image of a rock structure that stands between faial and pico islands in the azores. on the way, the sun began dipping behind the island, casting a golden gradient on the rock face. as we approached, we found a cacophony of seabirds hunting inside the small crevice in the center. white rock pigeons made nests on the ledges and their coos echoed across the water. // #faial #azores #pico #faialisland #picoisland #rockpigeon #rockoutcrop #seasunet

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Photo by @joannapinneo //excited to be traveling to india. i will be a clean cooking forum panelist on storytelling and then working on my project on clean cookstoves & household air pollution. #cookstoves #india #cleancookstoves #energyaccess #global health #globalgoals

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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // mirror mirror // a tropical #water #lily #flower reflecting on the water. heviz lake is the biggest thermal lake in europe. the flow of water is very strong and the water in the lake is completely replenished every 72 hours! water lilies are still in blossom because of warm water. taken only about #100 miles from my actual residency. no need to travel far away for fantastic experience. travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #beauty #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #macro #macrophotography #macrophoto #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #hungary #mycanon #teamcanon #adventure #discoveryourbackyard

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Photo @lucianocandisani (luciano candisani). the end of a day in with the giant baobas of the madagascar west coast. next year i will lead two photo expeditions to this amazing island. @onelapsebr @natgeo @ngbrasil @lucianocandiani @natgeocreative @ilcp_photographers #baobab #baoba #onelapsebr #conservation #conservação #expedition #expedição #tree #ecologia #fotografia #photography #nationalgeographic #madagascar #endemicespecies #arvoresgigantes #africa

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Photo @camdavidsonphoto //boats were tied up in a hurricane hole on lower matecumbe key in advance of hurricane irma coming ashore. a hurricane hole is a spot where boat owners can tie off and anchor their vessels at several points to protect them. photographed for national geographic from a bell jet ranger helicopter. to see more of my aerial and landscape photography, please follow me @camdavidsonphoto. #nationalgeographic #hurricaneirma #aerialphoto #florida #floridakeys

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Photo by @melissafarlow | met a few horses and a mother and daughter who are fabulous trainers in wyoming. they’ve adopted 50 horses -many unwanted mustangs - that make up their small herd. the horses are not fed treats -they came close because they are just curious about who the new person was with shiny glass on a camera. adopt a mustang! @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #marieclaire #onassignment #horses #wyoming #inheaven

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Out of 651 people in the marafoto prison in madagascar, 45 are women. photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. // around the world prisons are in crisis. the number of people incarcerated is growing, rates of re-offending remain high and too many prisons are dangerously under-resourced. // too often it is the poorest, least educated and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. // in madagascar, there are inmates who will never meet a lawyer. many prisons in the country lack adequate food, sanitation and access to proper medical care, and provide few rehabilitative programmes, educational or vocational opportunities. children are detained alongside adults. many young children are living with their mothers in prison.// inmates in such conditions are at high risk of mental illness. for those who enter the system with psychosocial disability, the stress of prison can make their condition dramatically worse.// in marofoto prison, madagascar, handicap international has partnered with the ministry of justice and the prison authorities to work to prevent psychological distress of detained people, and to ensure the care of inmates living with mental health problems.// #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. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld. #mentalhealth #photography#storytelling #visualstorytelling#photojournalism #mentalwellness#documentaryphotography#humanrights #socialwork#publichealth #portraits #publicpolicy#mentalhealthawareness #reportage#globalhealth #disability#photographyeveryday #dignity#awareness #respect #poverty#bethechange #development#mentalhealthmatters #endthestigma#breakthestigma #solidarity #inmyworld#blackandwhite

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Video by @timlaman. anything to impress the ladies! two male goldie’s birds of paradise displaying in the canopy on fergusson island, papua new guinea. turn on our sound if you dare to hear these noisy birds! this amazing species is only found on two small islands off the e coast of papua new guinea, and current population estimate for the entire species is only 650! i’m trying to spread the word about the need for conservation of the birds of paradise and all the other spectacular biodiversity in the rain forests of the new guinea region. follow me @timlaman for more photos and videos of birds-of-paradise wildlife and wild places around the world. #endangered, @birdsofparadiseproject, #cornelllabofornithology, #endangered, #birdsofparadise, #birdofparadise, #birds, @natgeocreative, @thephotosociety.

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Photo by @bethjwald // “soon jang-bu calls me down again, for a man has brought the thin elegant lute known as the danyen, its stem carved as the long neck of a swan. everyone is dancing. more villagers come, filling the smoky room with the companionable smells of human grease and coarse tobacco….. the lute player, a dashing handsome fellow in short smock and boots, smiles at me wholeheartedly in welcome, as if i were his dearest friend on earth….. the dance is a short rhythmic step well suited to small spaces, and very like eskimo igloo dances, even to the jet-black braids and red-bronze faces and the shuffle of the soft, mukluk-like boots.” from “the snow leopard” by peter matthiessen. in mid-october last year, i took this photo of the villagers of #pugmo, in the remote himalayan region of dolpo, singing and dancing at a celebration in the old bon gompa to the music of a traditional lute, as described above by peter matthiessen. i was traveling through dolpo with renowned conservation biologist george schaller, following the route schaller took with matthiessen in 1973, a journey that become the basis for his famous book, “the snow leopard”. also with us in 2016 was peter matthiessen’s son, alex, tshiring lama, a young biologist from dolpo who is studying the snow leopard in her #mountain homeland, and peter werth, who brings renewable energy to #dolpo villages. we spent five weeks in dolpo looking at changes to communities, wildlife and habitat. although there were many aspects of the culture that have endured, like the hospitality given by villagers here in pugmo, there are also many changes, including the erosion of the role played by spiritual leaders and religion in both the buddhist and bon communities. thanks to national geographic for a grant that helped support the project. check out my feed @bethjwald throughout the month to see more photos of our journey. #bon #bon-po #religion #dance #traditionalmusic #sacredspaces #buddhism #thesnowleopard #conservationhero #himalayan #dolpa #himalaya #nationalgeographic #sheyphoksundonationalpark #onassignment @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @bluemarbleproject

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Amazon river dolphins in the flooded forest, brazil. photo by kevin schafer – @schaferpho @natgeo – it was the last day of a month-long assignment tracking wild amazon river dolphins in brazil. i already had thousands of pictures for the story, but i was haunted by one idea. before i left home, the editors has told me: “don’t just send us portraits - show us how these animals live.” this was going to be critical in telling the story of these astonishing animals, land-locked in fresh water for as much as fifty million years. evolving as did the amazon basin itself, they have adapted to a very different world than their ocean-going dolphin cousins. for one thing, they must hunt their prey, not in the open ocean, but literally between the roots of trees and in the branches of the flooded forest canopy. (no wonder they developed a flexible spine, quite distinct from marine dolphins which have fused, rigid spines for speed and power.) yet the question remained: how to capture these dolphins in the trees. on the last day of the assignment, i still wasn’t sure i had the shot i wanted. i had planned to spend that last day underwater, checking other pictures off my list before i headed home. then, an accident changed everything - a boisterous dolphin smashed my underwater housing - not an act of hostility, just a case of my being in the wrong place at the wrong moment. either way, my underwater work was suddenly finished. wondering how to spend the rest of this final day, i paddled out to a spot my assistant had found for me earlier in the month - a watery “path” through the forest that the dolphins often used to reach a different part of the river. it had never panned out before, but this afternoon i got lucky; a trio of dolphins swam through the flooded treetops right in front of me. it was just the sort of picture i had been hoping for, but had just about given up on. in the end, it was an important image for the story and ran full-page in national geographic. i lost a camera that day, but i got the picture i wanted. so it goes. #boto #amazondolphin #onassignment

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Photo by @williamalbertallard // in 1986, while doing my essay on the sidewalks of paris for national geographic’s traveler magazine, i went with my assistant, sophie elbaz, to the huge port de clignancourt les puces flea market. sophie, a very personable young woman and also a photographer, became fond of a hat with a veil and modeled it briefly for me before purchasing it. i am just slightly out of focus but it works in my favor. one is drawn to sophie’s right eye which is kind of the “handle” for this image. every picture needs a handle, a place one’s eyes can go to for reference, a place to start. the warm light and soft screening of the veil provides an intimacy between the subject and the viewer. this is an imperfect picture that finds success in the end. #paris #france #veil #portrait #portraitphotography #portraits #parisfashion #film #filmphotography #kodachrome #leica #williamalbertallard #pariseyeoftheflaneur

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Photo by @pablocorralvega @artesdequito la fiesta de la luz in #quito, the capital of #ecuador is the largest light festival in the americas, and it attracts over two million people to the perfectly preserved colonial area. forty years ago, quito was the first city to be declared a world heritage site by unesco. in this photo we can see the basilica illuminated by artist #patricewarrener. this light festival is possible because of the close collaboration between quito and the city of #lyon @onlylyon @fetedeslumieres

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Photo by @migeophoto // life on squashington farm is meditative. the old farm house sits on a ridge that clears the air for the morning and evening light. breakfast is made with eggs from the chickens out back, and butternut (the farm dog seen here) is often itching to go for a morning run. after a good sprint, she plays with her volleyball and often disappears into the sea of tomato vines. there are distant sounds from neighboring cows, and the occasional hum of a pickup truck. hours slip away as we dig for potatoes, snip the squash, and sort through the carrots. // #squashingtonfarm #mthoreb #wisconsin #madison #shoplocal #farming

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