Photo by sony artisan @yamashitaphoto // these are kham cowboys arriving at the nakchu horse festival at full gallop under a bright rainbow. these cowboys are nomad horsemen that compete in events, show off their riding skills, and just look cool in stetsons, chupas and boots. #sponsored #798artdistrict, #beijing, china. #kham #cowboys #festival #rainbow #nomad #tibet #china #shangrila #teahorseroad #exhibition #gallery #photographyexhibition #798artzone #798 @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @sonyalpha
Honduran white tent bats (ectophylla alba), costa rica — photo by kevin schafer @schaferpho @natgeo – for years, i searched for these beautiful bats in the forests of costa rica, but repeatedly found just their abandoned tents, not the animals who constructed them. (these bats spend their days resting under tents like this, built by chewing little holes along the leaf’s midrib, which then droops down to form a perfect shelter.) finally, i stumbled on to this handsome group, hanging upside down and nestled together under a heliconia leaf, less than a foot off the ground. to get this picture i had to lie on my back and slide slowly under the leaf, taking care not to disturb them; the slightest jiggle of their leaf would have scattered them instantly. i took a few images and then slid out again, happy to have left them relatively undisturbed, and thrilled to have finally found them at all. #ectophyllaalba #batlovers #nikon #costaricawildlife
Photo by @jasperdoest // meet bob; a young caribbean flamingo who got rescued and is currently raising awareness for a local wildlife conservation effort on the island of curaçao. i just got the news this story got selected for ‘the fence, a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in 7 cities across the united states. as i'd like to try to raise as much awareness as possible for bob and his friends, i would like to invite you to read bob's story and vote for the public choice award by following this link & clicking the facebook like button in the right corner: http://fence.photoville.com/artist/meet-bob/. i know; people's choice awards are often shameless marketing campaigns, but i hope you're willing to back this story for it's good cause! #doitforbob thanks ahead! i'm currently on curaçao where we just rescued another flamingo with a broken wing and have another youngster in rehab. hope to release her later this week. @thephotosociety @natgeo @vetdoest @ilcp_photographers #flamingo #prettyinpink #curacao #environment #pleasevote #animalrescue #wildlife #animals
Photo by @timlaman. a study in stripes. i know you have been wondering… are zebras white with black stripes, or black with white stripes. turns out it is the later. if you look at their skin color underneath the hair, it is all black. but why do they have stripes anyway? there are about five different theories, but the currently most popular ones have to do with cooling the skin, and repelling biting flies that don’t seem to like landing on striped surfaces. shot on my recent tanzania trip. to seem more of my new africa images, follow @timlaman. #zebra, #tanzania, #africa, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.
Photo by @amivitale. happy #worldgiraffeday! here, a reticulated giraffe roams near sarara camp (@sararacamp) in northern kenya. reticulated giraffe number less than 8,700 individuals — as a distinct species, it makes them some of the most endangered large mammals in the world. until now, scientists had only recognized a single species of giraffe made up of several subspecies, but according to the most inclusive genetic analysis of giraffe relationships to date, giraffes actually are not one species, but four. learn more about how scientists are working to stop the "silent extinction" of giraffe in my national geographic story: http://on.natgeo.com/2sw5xvb @nrt_kenya @natute_africa @sandiegozoo @giraffe_conservation @natgeo @natgeocreative #giraffe #savegiraffe #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @franslanting i share this image in celebration of world giraffe day. a newborn thornicroft’s giraffe rests in a thicket in zambia’s luangwa valley—the only place in the world where this subspecies of giraffe is found. leafy-shaped spots distinguish the thornicroft's giraffe, which has a population of only 1,500, all living in the wild. red-billed oxpeckers clean the young giraffe's fur of ticks and other parasites, a symbiotic relationship that benefits both. but the future for giraffes is uncertain: giraffe populations have taken a sharp decline in recent years due to habitat loss and poaching, and they were recently placed on the iucn’s red list of threatened species. we need to stand tall for giraffes, and support the people and organizations who are fighting to protect them, including the world wildlife fund and the giraffe conservation foundation. follow me @franslanting for more images of africa’s remarkable wildlife. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #worldgiraffeday #giraffe #zambia #luangwavalley #newborn #babyanimals #worldwildlifefund #giraffeconservationfoundation
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety mountain hare close up – i had lain next to this hare for a few hours as the rain fell and we both got wetter and wetter. the hare was simply hunkered down, enduring the cold but i was waiting, hoping that at some point he would sit up and shake the water from his fur. as time passed it became increasingly obvious that this wasn’t going to happen but by then i had edged myself closer and closer, all the time working on my 200-400mm lens. i knew that, having invested so much time with this individual that he (his name was beardie) was entirely trusting of my intentions and as long as i continued to behave respectfully and with great caution that he would continue to allow such intimate working. i became increasingly drawn to the graphic lines in his wet fur and i knew that i wanted to try and capture this kind of image, where it contained nothing but hare and ideally, with a bit of symmetry. i eventually managed to rise slowly to my knees and then to my feet and it was only then that i was able to produce this kind of image. i’m returning to scotland next january-february and so if anyone is interested in experiencing moments such as these then i will be guiding a maximum of two people per day into the mountains and creating moments such as these. working up there for 5 weeks solidly allows me to build an encyclopaedic knowledge of the local hares and their characters and this hare, and a number of others, were ones that we were able to turn to time and again, all the time working respectfully and cautiously. as such their naturally confiding nature was allowed to flourish, safe in the knowledge that the human visitors to their mountain home posed no threat and instead just sat close by making strange clicking noises! for more information you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or alternatively please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #mountainhare #andysphototours #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #donoharm #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth
Clouds boil over monument valley photo by @salvarezphoto (stephen alvarez). this is the classic american landscape and it never fails to impress. towering desert spires, dramatic skies. the monuments themselves that we know from so many western movies lie in the navajo nation. part of, yet very much apart from the united states. i shot this image on my first trip for the @ancientartarchive headed from one site to another. #oljato-monumentvalley
African penguins, cape peninsula, south africa – photo by kevin schafer @schaferpho – a decade ago i published a book, penguin planet, in which i tracked and photographed all of the world's penguin species across 4 continents and dozens of islands, large and small. of all the places i visited, one of the most remarkable, and unexpected, was along the rocky coastline south of cape town, south africa. here, amidst a striking landscape of granite boulders, i spent a week alongside an active colony of wild african penguins, an endangered species limited to the cold currents of that continent’s southern tip. so when i had a chance to go back recently, i was curious how things had changed for these birds, which had seemed to thrive among the hedges and gardens of suburban houses that line this shoreline. happily, i found a situation little changed, with the exception of vastly more tourist buses — and cameraphones. i was delighted to wander once again among the boulders, keeping an eye out for the penguins that suddenly appeared without warning on their way to and from the ocean. yet i was disappointed to hear that despite the well-protected status of this colony, the species as a whole continues to decline, losing 80% of its global population in the past 50 years. it is a reminder, once again, that wonderful places like this, where people and penguins seem to happily co-exist, can mask the real challenges animals face in the modern world. still, time spent in the company of wild penguins can be both a tonic and an inspiration: to learn more about what you can do to help african penguins, visit sanccob at http://sanccob.co.za #sanccob #africanpenguins #capetown #endangered #penguins #bouldersbeach @natgeo
Photo by @rezaphotography // it is high time to rekindle the stars. i was on a road and train trip with my 15 years old son from beijing to paris. it was a promise that i had made to him when he was 8 years old to take him around the world at 15. we met some tibetan nomadic tribe not far from qinghai lake. this little boy was running everywhere with a feeling of freedom. today, for the 1st day of 2016, i think about a part of a poem written by french poet, guillaume apollinaire and i invite us to follow his wish for a better world "it is high time to rekindle the stars." #china #mongolia #happiness #child #kid #boy #love #children #yurte #sky #together #tenderness #goodtime #infinite #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى # عكاس @thephotosociety
Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. a young refugee listens as her grandmother, reyhan kerimova, talks about her life in the village of taxta korpu in aghjabadi, azerbaijan on may 28, 2013. 13,000 refugees originally from lachin in nagorno-karabakh fled their homes between 1988 and 2012 as a result of the armed conflict between azerbaijan and armenia over the territory of nagorno-karabakh. by the time a ceasefire agreement was signed, an estimated 30,000 people had been killed and more than 700,000 internally displaced. more than 25 years later her family still lives in a dug out under ground. #worldrefugeeday #refugeeday #achildisachild #refugee #azerbaijan #solidarity
Photo by @robertclarkphoto // a view of lower manhattan from the brooklynnavyyards where my office is. @tentonstudio has quite a view from my deck. huge storm had blown in with 60 mph gusts and four inches of rain in a few hours, the the sky cleared. by the way this is a straight capture, no filter.
Photo by @amivitale. meet mike learka, a proud wildlife keeper at reteti elephant sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). he is part of a team of keepers, all from his local community in northern kenya. reteti is part of the namunyak wildlife conservancy and is owned by the samburu community. pokot, the elephant calf, is an orphan through drought but will one day be back in the wild, walking the migratory routes that his family has walked for centuries. until then, mike will look after him. read more about reteti in my @natgeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69 follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and @sararacamp to learn more about their amazing work! @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @kenyawildlifeservice @tusk_org @sandiegozoo @conservationorg @natgeocreative @nature_africa #elephants #saveelephants #retetielephants #ecotourism #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo @lucianocandisani (luciano candisani). lemurs are endemic of madagascar and the indri in the picture are the biggest living species. it was yesterday. exciting. @onelapsebr @natgeo @ngbrasil @lucianocandiani @ilcp_photographers #onelapsebr #conservation #conservação #expedition #expedição #bird #ecologia #fotografia #photography #nationalgeographic #lemur #lemurs #madagascar
Photo by @franslanting eyes full of innocence light up the face of this elephant seal pup which is less than two months old. yet it’s already been weaned by its mother, who nourished it for a month with milk that is one of the highest in f*t content of any animal on earth, and now it’s languishing on the shores of south georgia before it takes a plunge into the cold waters of the southern ocean. elephant seals dive deeper than almost any other marine mammal; some of them go farther down than 7000 feet. it takes more than big eyes to survive down there. watch out, young seal! follow me @franslanting for more stories about seals and other wildlife wonders. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #elephantseal #pup #nature #ocean #life #awesome #photooftheday #wildlifephotography
Photo by @gerdludwig. in the living room of her small apartment in moscow, angelina, a cosplayer, is posing in the roll of katrina from the book of life. cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. the photograph is an outtake from my story on the putin generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in russia. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #putingeneration #moscow #russia #cosplay #bookoflife
Photo by @joepetersburger / @ thephotosociety // last chance // this might be the last morning to photograph #red #poppies (papaver rhoeas) with sunset. poppy season is over on its zenith, and a cold front is proposed for several days. i am really tired. wife will work from this morning until tomorrow. i have the kids all day and night. i should better sleep... - 4:30am - phone is ringing. - go back to sleep! - little #devil says - no! it seems to be the last chance - 4:58 am - sun is rising - i am at the poppies and really have only couple seconds, but have the shot - got back home with some pics and still had a little nap with the smallest one - wife could leave in time, with no worries pic was taken less than a mile from our house. no need to travel far away for fantastic experience. waking up early is more difficult sometimes... 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 @thephotosociety @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #beauty #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #hungary #mycanon #teamcanon #adventure #1frame4nature #discoveryourbackyard
Photo by @timlaman. i got to play @stevewinterphoto for a day and be a big cat photographer as we staked out this leopard and waited for it to come down from his tree at dusk. such a beautiful animal, and super exciting to see him. i can understand steve’s obsession with the big cats, and please support efforts to conserve these magnificent animals. to see some seriously original leopard and other big cat images, go check out @stevewinterphoto. #serengeti, #tanzania, #leopard, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.
Photo @pedromcbride // land of the dinosaurs: this ancient landscape where two rivers join — one wild, the yampa (left), meets the green which runs clearer and "green" due to the flaming gorge dam up stream. their juxtaposition serve as a living ecology laboratory comparing two aquatic river systems. this entire region was once proposed to be flooded by the echo park dam proposed in the 1950s. due to the dedication and hard work of a few, the echo park dam which was proposed in the 1950s by the @bureau_of_reclamation was not built. the final congressional decision was decided by one vote. today, the yampa is the only major wild river left on the colorado river basin. to see more, #followme at @pedromcbride #chasingrivers #aerial #yampa #dinosaur #greenriver #nature
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero // cock-fighting is a highly important ancient custom in balinese culture dating back to at least before the 10th century. the death of a rooster leads to 'tabuh rah' (spilling of blood) which is used as a sacrifice to appease evil spirits. no religious ceremony in a temple may commence until the blood of at least three sabung (roosters) has been spilled on the ground. this image is part of a series of portraits which show an intimate side of the pride and love that many balinese men have for their most prized possession. #bali #balinese #indonesia