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Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography. happy world giraffe day! young male giraffe practice “necking” to prepare for territorial fighting that will become quite brutal when they are older. giraffe fight by swinging their necks at one another so powerfully that they can actually k**l another male. for the younger males, it is far more playful. southern #serengeti national park, #tanzania.

@rippleeffectimages #giraffe #africa #nature #wildlife #giraffe

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Photo by @salvarezphoto (stephen alvarez) | there is an old saying in photography “bad weather makes for good pictures.” i kept that in mind last week when i walked out into an evening rainstorm in the foothills of cotopaxi volcano. the combination of rain, setting sun and a brief opening in the western sky made for a spectacular display of light refracting through a suspended liquid. most of us simply call it a rainbow. this one was brief -maybe 90 seconds at its maximum brightness- but that 90 seconds made getting wet completely worth it. #ecuador #rainbow

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Photo by @franslanting once emperor penguin chicks are a month old, their parents leave them alone in the colony while they go off foraging at sea. the chicks gather together and wait. emperors and their offspring recognize each other by voice rather than sight. so when adults return to the colony with food, they find their young by calling. parents trumpet, and the chicks chirp in response. at the edge of a crèche where chicks gathered in a huddle that keeps them warm, one emperor parent listens for the sound of her chick. in october of 2016, the lives of these penguins and of multitudes of marine life around antarctica were given an extraordinary gift: the largest marine protected area (mpa) in the world—covering 600,000 square miles—was declared in the ross sea off antarctica. follow @franslanting and @christineeckstrom for more images and stories from antarctica and the lives of the creatures dependent on ice.

@natgeo @natgeo travel @natgeo creative #penguins #emperorpenguins #antarctica #penguinchicks #southernocean

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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // ooops!!! // common #kingfisher (alcedo atthis) tries to emerge from the #water with a #fish. there are plenty of opportunities to record fascinating, sometimes funny moments in nature. just like this one, when the tiny little #bird was pulled back into the water by his prey... he did not give it up, just swipe for the result! taken only about 50 miles from my actual residency in #hungary... travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images!
@natgeo @instagram @natgeo creative @natgeo travel @natgeo fineart @canonusa #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #beauty #capture #moment #earthfocus #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #adventure #discoveryourbackyard #food #protein

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Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. school boys play together outside their primary school before classes begin in the central punjab farming village of pipli, pakistan in 2009. #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #student #education #punjab #pakistan #play #fog #youth

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Photo by @williamalbertallard // paris, france, 2013
a woman descending the steps of the dinner cruise boat “le calife,” paused to gaze out at the golden shape of the eiffel tower on a rainy night on the seine. i saw her and quickly made several exposures as she stepped down among the myriad of shapes that encompassed her figure. the geometric graphics of the image are striking and i felt quite fortunate in making it. it was one successful image out of several failures because, of course, the boat is moving, the person is moving, and the moment is fleeting. to take on perhaps the most iconic of parisian subjects and come up with something well beyond a cliché is difficult to do. it was used as the lead picture in my essay on central paris published in national geographic magazine in may, 2014. when the layout for the story was completed, editor-in-chief chris johns told me, “that lead picture is a killer.” i had to agree.

#followme @williamalbertallard for images of paris and other assignments spanning five decades.

@natgeo @natgeo travel @leica_camera

#paris #france #seine #leica

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Photo by @ljohnphoto for @rippleeffectimages . we met muzoon (right) at the unhcr (@refugees ) azraq refugee camp in jordan. only a teenager, she is already an activist. after meeting girls in her first camp who chose early marriage over an education, she now works passionately to convince her peers in azraq to remain in school. she is outspoken and strident, campaigning with the full support of her parents who are both educators. here she is pictured with her study buddy from the camp.

this week, the global community observes world refugee day, a day to redouble our efforts to end conflict and strife so that the more 68.5 million refugees may soon return home to rebuild their lives in peace. in the process, we will need all the muzoons we can find.
follow @ljohnphoto and @rippleeffectimages for more information about empowering #refugee communities.
#child #refugee #refugees #jordan #syria #syrianwar #syrianconflict #unhcr #azraq #education #girls #empowerment #withrefugees

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto //
lion snarling – as wildlife photographers we spend our lives seeking to protect the animals that we cherish so much. first in the mind of every decent wildlife photographer is the welfare of the animal but inevitably sometimes there can, no matter the intentions, be a negative consequence, often brought on by a chain of unexpected events outside of our control. i would love at this moment to say that this male lion is snarling at another vehicle but he isn’t, he’s snarling at the one that i was in. the male lion was with a female and they’d been mating over the course of that day but prior to this moment the female strolled casually over to our stationary vehicle and lay down beside it. before we had a chance to move the male suddenly took exception to our unplanned proximity and made his displeasure known. i immediately whispered to our driver to back away but, in our door-less, windowless and windscreen-less vehicle my request was met simply with a ‘shh’! by now our driver was huddled as close to the gearstick as he possibly could be, hat pulled over his face and making zero eye contact with the incensed lion. i at least had the disconnect of my massive 600mm lens between me and the obviously furious lion but despite repeated pleas from me to back away i was at every point politely told to ‘shh’. our driver later told me that, with his 16 years of experience as a guide and with 10 previous years of experience as a game ranger that the act of starting the engine, he believed, might have triggered an attack. now, whether i agree with him or not is irrelevant. he was the trusted expert and he rightly was the one making the critical decisions but i must admit that i found the whole experience excruciating, not least because of a horrific feeling that one’s own presence was having a negative consequence. with other vehicles behind us i can only imagine what i’d been thinking if i was in one of them, watching a male lion show his displeasure to a vehicle and the vehicle not move! so what do you all think, stick or twist, me, i’d have backed away! please do #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto . @natgeo

2 days ago comment 114 star 28,083

Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography. young male lions socialize on an overcast day in #serengeti national park, #tanzania. despite their territorial nature, male #lions are remarkably social.

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Photo by @stephenedwardferry // marmato, caldas, colombia | “(...) the town’s structures may be shaky, but the social fabric is stronger than in other cities and towns in colombia. in part this is because of the high employment rate in the mining economy. one resident told us, “you can’t get your shoes shined in marmato, because everyone has a better job than shining shoes.” notably, marmato has kept itself relatively separate from the internal armed conflict. neither the guerrillas nor the paramilitaries were able to recruit many combatants, spies, or collaborators in marmato.” - from the chapter marmato of la batea (elizabeth emma ferry and stephen ferry, red hook editions, 2018). you can buy la batea (with a spot of real gold on the cover) at www.redhookeditions.com
@redhookeditions @ojorojofabricavisual @thephotosociety @gold @oro @iconoeditorial @efanthro

2 days ago comment 12 star 5,984

Photo by carlos villalon @villalonsantamaria // ms. yerlis pushaina, 20, a wayuu indigenous, and student of audubon´s bird watching tourism program in la guajira, during a field class. colombia.
the program consists into teach locals to become tourists guides and to promote bird watching in a country that was at war for 52 years.

#birdwatching #audubonsociety #laguajira #wayuu #birdwatching

2 days ago comment 25 star 6,311

Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz
ninety years old, and still beautiful up close. #airtime #manhattan#newyorkairbook to see more of our world from above follow @geosteinmetz

2 days ago comment 33 star 11,654