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Photo by @BrianSkerry.  A Great White Shark swims through an undersea forest - approaching a ray - in the waters of South Australia.  The largest predatory fish in the sea, the Great White Shark remains somewhat enigmatic, with much of its behavior - and even its population numbers - unknown. As a visual storyteller working in the sea for decades, I am always thinking about how to create images that will engage the viewer. I search for places and brief moments during which I can make a picture that will make people want to know more about an animal or place. Producing such images requires spending a lot of time underwater, waiting for that elusive moment that will resonate well as a photograph.  Photographed #onassignment for @NatGeo Magazine.  To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about the incredible creatures of our oceans, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram.  @thephotosociety @natgeocreative  #great #white #shark #south #austrailia #ocean #science #nature #photography #underwater #nat #geo #national #geographic #photooftheday
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A whirling dervish dressed in red at the Urs (death anniversary celebration) of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.  A profound scholar of religions and contemporary of Rumi, he travelled around the Muslim world in the mid 1200’s and settled in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan, where he was eventually buried. The annual Urs brings more than half a million pilgrims from all over Pakistan. The three-day feast fills the narrow streets of Sewan with pilgrims, fakirs and devotees. They visit the shrine to commune with the saint, offer tributes and ask for their wishes. They sing and dance day and night to folk bands and Quawwali groups.  To see a whole series on Sufism follow @argonautphoto! #damadammastqalandar
Cool car with cool old man broken down in #piura #peru by @edkashi
Photo by @pedromcbride // Saluting the empty in emptiness—somewhere inside the enormity of the Grand Canyon. Excited to start a speaking tour for @natgeo Live about the entirety of this iconic national park and our 750-mile, 13 month  hike/ immersion inside it.  Our first talk will be in Portland Oregon tmrw. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. The full journey come out in a book: #grandcanyonbetweenriverandrim later this year. @amysmartin21 soaking up the winter sun. #grandcanyon #sunrise #humility #nature #beauty #coloradoriver 📷#petemcbride #gratitude @kevinfedarkoauthor @richrudow
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto -  Potala Palace in Lhasa at night in rain, maybe the only time to see it without throngs of tourists and pilgrims.  Yesterday’s  Losar, Tibetan New Year celebrations were interrupted by a fire near the Jokhang Temple. Fortunately there were no injuries and apparently no damage to the 1,400 year old World Heritage site. The Potala Palace and Jokhang are Lhasa’s most sacred, visited by thousands of Tibetan devotees especially during the New Year - the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. #potala #losar #lhasa #tibet  For more on Tibet, visit @yamashitaphoto
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). We crossed the Western Himalaya, walking from village to village, often invited in people’s home. Early morning in Khon Jon’s kitchen in the Wakhan corridor, Afghanistan. His children playing with light while a feast is getting ready. This is one of the rare “meat day”: most Wakhi might only eat meat once or twice a month. A sheep had just been slaughtered, reducing the size of the family herd. On their forehead, everyone had a small drop of the blood of the sheep that will feed them and their neighbours. Swipe right to see a portrait of Khon Jon’s son - head out to @paleyphoto for details of his face - with @outofeden #evolutionofdiet
Photo by @nickcobbing I used a remote trigger to make this image, after realising all my crew-mates had turned in for the night and I was the only one who could be in the picture. I had stayed up late because the fading polar light was just too good to go inside. That’s often the case in the polar regions during summer -sometimes its better to ‘flip the clock’ and work into the night-time. It had been a long day, working with scientists conducting oceanographic work along the coast of Greenland and our ship was now anchored inside a fjord for shelter and much needed rest. There’s another bonus to staying up late, research ships can often be crowded places -space is at a premium because of the high cost involved- so its a good opportunity to watch the icy wonders outside and to reflect on my place in it all. #ice #greenland #icebergs #adventure #expedition #selfie #twilight
Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto which explore the role and function of toys in the lives of children around the world. The photographs reflect the impact of the children’s backgrounds and families on their chiose of toys and highlight the universality of play /// 1- Zambia 2- U.K. /// For more photos follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto  #toys #toystories #child #children #kids #play #playing #family #families
Photo: @ivankphoto / Fog rolls over the Santa Monica Mountains into Topanga Canyon, near Los Angeles, at dusk.
Photo by @hammond_robin for @onedayinmyworld - “In an institution there is no possibility of recovery because there is no freedom.” Ruzica Vidakovic (left) met her husband Zoran Stih (right) when they were living in ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia. Zoran developed PTSD during the war and Ruzica had a “nervous breakdown” during a violent first marriage. While living in the institution they couldn’t be together; it was against the rules. Now they live independently in an apartment in the city. “Before I met her I was on the bottom rung of life. Now that I’ve met her, I’m on the top of life.” - 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’ 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 #mentalhealth 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
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio  The archaeological site of Nemrut Dağ in southeastern Turkey, grave site of Antiochus I, 7000 feet up in the Antitaurus Mountains. The mountain lies 40 km (25 mi) north of Kahta, near Adıyaman. In 62 BC, King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built on the mountain top a tomb-sanctuary flanked by huge statues (8–9 m/26–30 ft high) of himself, two lions, two eagles and various Greek, Armenian, and Iranian gods, such as Hercules-Vahagn, Zeus-Aramazd or Oromasdes (associated with the Iranic god Ahura Mazda), Tyche, and Apollo-Mithras. These statues were once seated, with names of each god inscribed on them. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site. The western terrace at sunset. In the centre is Zeus/Oromasdes. Behind him on the left is Antiochus I, and to the right Commagene/Fortuna.  Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.  @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo  #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #turkey #archaeology #adıyaman #antitaurusmountains #nemrutdagi #tomb #worldheritage #archaeology #oromasdes #ancientsite #faith #zeus #fortuna #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects kahta #hercules #ahura Mazda #antiochusi  #turkeytravel #nemrut Dağ #mountnemrut
Photo by @cristinamittermeier // The face of a Papuan highlander, framed by a headdress made of tree bark, shells, Bird of Paradise feathers, and body paint, looks at my camera and his eyes tell me: I am not “the others”, I am just like you. That’s what I want to say with my photographs: even though we look different, we are all the same. To see how the body paint is applied #follow me at @cristinamittermeier  #human #nature #peace #beauty #love #instagood #picoftheday #paint #art
@stevewinterphoto photo @natgeo  I just returned from Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda working with @alexbraczkowski on a @natgeowild program on Tree Climbing Lions!!! There are only two populations of lions in Africa which regularly climb trees and this is one of them! Lions here are thought to climb trees to escape the heat, escape tsetse flies and to see their food better from above. #follow our journey with the lions and a mission to count them on @natgeo and @natgeowild over the next few weeks! Thanks so much to Sam and Mustafa - we could not have done this without you and the UWA team!  follow me @stevewinterphoto for more images of big cats and our natural world and thanks!  @natgeo @nateowild @leonardodicapriofdn @africanparksnetwork @stevewinterphoto @reddigitalcinema @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
Photo by @BrianSkerry.  Happy #worldwhaleday Everyone!  A female adult sperm whale babysits a calf while the calf’s mother feeds in the deep waters of the eastern Caribbean. Sperm whales are the largest predators on Earth and have been portrayed as monsters throughout human history. Despite these misconceptions, researchers are shattering such beliefs and are revealing instead an amazing animal with sophisticated behaviors and even a sense of ‘family values.' This ancient species was swimming in the sea before humans walked upright, and they possess the largest brains of any animal on the planet. Spending most of their lives in the deep ocean, we rarely see more than brief moments from the lives of these animals,  and we’re forced to slowly piece together the puzzle of their lives. In the time ahead, more will be learned about their complex societies and cultures. Coverage from an upcoming @natgeo story.  Dive into the sea with wildlife! Follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram!  #whale #worldwhaleday #spermwhale #underwaterphoto #instagood #natgeo #underwaterphotography #underwater #photooftheday #travelphoto #travel #wonderlust #ocean #caribbean
Photo: @andy_mann // A freediver stops in awe as we are momentarily graced by a curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark. When a shark of this size squares up to you, you can’t help but be humbled by its power and beauty. A single moment like this can lead to a lifetime of ocean conservation. // If you love the ocean and its colorful cast of characters, please follow me @andy_mann #turningthetide @sea_legacy
Photo by @williamalbertallard // Tucson, Arizona, 1998  A rodeo bullfighting clown moves in a storm of mud to draw a bull away from its thrown rider. Countless serious injuries and possible deaths are saved by these athletes who are out in the arena to be funny but to make it possible for the rodeo bull rider to ride another day.  #followme @williamalbertallard For more images of rodeos and other assignments spanning five decades.  #rodeo #bull #mud #tucson #arizona
photo by @vincentjmusi  Mercy, 2017 Happy New Year, I’m spending this Year of the Dog by photographing dogs.  Mercy is a Briard, a spectacular almost alien-like creature. They are an ancient French breed of sheep herding dog owned by everyone from Napoleon to Thomas Jefferson. I’ve spent much of the last 11 years photographing everything from honeybees to elephants and settled in recently with a personal project photographing the character and beauty of dogs. YES - Mercy has eyes - to see them and photographs of other dogs during my #yearofthedog journey go to @vincentjmusi.
Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) A Pakistani mother whose family was internally displaced by floods, tends to her child lying in a hammock in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.  For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
Photograph by @simoncroberts. Morjim a coastal town in North Goa, situated on the northern bank of the Chapora River estuary. It is known for its Russian presence - both tourists and immigrants - and has earned the nickname of India’s ‘little Russia’. Nearly 75% of chartered flights to Goa come from Russia and it’s estimated Russian tourists contribute roughly ₹4 billion to the local economy each year. Many shacks and restaurants run by locals have become accustomed to it and have sign boards and menus in Russian. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #goa #littlerussia #morjim
Photo by @renan_ozturk  The iconic Empire State Building. As a mountain person, I’m a bit of a fish out water here in the city but have a love for such landmarks because they are similar to the spiky summits I seek out in the greater ranges. @sanctityofspace #nyc #flynyon #empirestatebuilding
Photograph by Michael Yamashita - @Yamashitaphoto - Light on Lhasa’s pilgrims  parade - Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims doing the Kora, a  clockwise circumambulation around the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred in Tibet. Today is the beginning of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Many thousands will be following the sacred path, bringing them merit on their road to enlightenment. Happy Losar! Happy New Year! #tibet #tibetanplateu  #pilgrims #prayer #lhasa #kora #jokhang  #losar #newyear  For more on Asian celebrations, go to @yamashitaphoto