Image by @markosian: In the isolated hills of southern Georgia, a religious dissident known as a Spirit Wrestler, or Doukhobor, in the village of Gorelovka, Georgia. Originating in Russia, the pacifist group believes God resides within every person, rendering the need for the church. Gorelovka was once the spiritual center for Doukhobors. Today there are less than 100 of them left. #georgia
@natgeo @stevewinterphoto A pride of lions takes a stroll on one of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s dirt roads. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat – you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest! We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive#instawild#instashooters#wildlife#wildlifephotojournalism#videooftheday @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #natgeocreative#onassignment#wildlifeconservation#inthefield#wildlifephotojournalism#bci#bigcatsintiative#photooftheday#beauty#lion @africanparksnetwork #wildaid#bci#bigcatsintiative#startwith1thing @pantheracats #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia
Photos by @jenniferhayesig, Mark Thiessen, and @marcogrob | National Geographic and @Rolex have supported the history-making endeavors of some of the world’s most distinguished explorers. Among them: photographer @daviddoubilet, filmmaker James Cameron, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle. - A message from National Geographic Society President and CEO, Gary E. Knell: National Geographic is synonymous with exploration. Similarly, Rolex has long been driven by the spirit of exploration, and continues to support pioneering ventures in discovery and conservation. This month, we are pleased to announce an enhanced partnership with Rolex—the first of its kind in National Geographic history—that further unifies the efforts of our two organizations. Our shared goals in this new partnership are to advance human knowledge. To raise awareness of the planet’s challenges as well as its marvels. And to inspire the next generation of explorers as they seek solutions that will ensure a healthy and sustainable future. How will we pursue these goals? By focusing, during the next five years, on three critical attributes of our planet: the oceans, the poles, and the mountains. We will enable and participate in expeditions that lead to scientific discovery, foster research and invention that will yield new exploration technologies, and convene summits and activities that generate public support for conservation. We invite you to explore with us, as we dive into this exciting future.
Photo by @johnstanmeyer - Always the pleasant unexpected during the expected, offers so much to my lack of expecting anything at all. Thankful when a light shun in the emerald chambers upon a priest befuddled by curiosity in the ancient church of Biete Medhane Alem, Lalibela, Ethiopia. To follow my photography from more than 14 stories with @natgeo, personal projects, films, follow me on Instagram @johnstanmeyer - @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ethiopia#lalibela#bietemedhanealem#church#priest#portrait#emerald#red
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A Quechua girl from the highlands of Ecuador, proudly shows me her most prized possession: a cute pup named Hector. Girls in rural areas have very limited access to education, job opportunities, or participation in local, regional, national or global economies. Efforts to narrow down the gender gap in corporate America are already underway. However, at the pace we are going, it will take 115 years for women to reach the same earning power as our male counterparts! What can you do today to empower the women around you? This week I was proud to participate in #thegirlslounge on behalf of @NatGeo with @AmiVitale. How are women changing the world? #followme on @CristinaMittermeier to learn more. * * * @WeAreTFQ | #girlpower | #genderequality | #inspired | #grateful | #girlsup| #mujeres | #igualdad | #mascota | #pet
Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses for his portrait underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities. Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have yielded havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. We live at a pivotal moment in history, where we understand the problems and have solutions; We simply need the will to take action. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible should be a national imperative. To see more images of ocean wildlife follow @BrianSkerry on Instagram. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #gulfofmaine#maine#newengland#ne#ocean#underwater#photography#nat#geo#national#geographic#protect#conserve#preserve#nature#seal#cute#animals#atlantic#photooftheday
Photo by @FransLanting Half an hour from where I live on the coast of California, sea lions haul out by the thousands on Año Nuevo Island, a rocky outcrop at the northern tip of Monterey Bay. It’s a great testimonial to the natural abundance and the resurgence of life that happened here after the protection of the California coast and the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which covers more than 6,000 square miles and harbors 34 species of marine mammals, including these sea lions. Follow me @FransLanting for more scenes from Monterey Bay. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @MBNMS #montereybay#sealions#nature#wildlifephotography#nationalmarinesanctuaries#anonuevostatepark
Photo: @andy_mann // A large Polar Bear chases fleeting summer sea ice in Southeast Greenland. Those bears who miss the ice drifts North in the spring are often caught in a difficult situation, foraging for unsustainable food sources until the seals return with the ice later in the year. It's a fragile ecosystem and struggle to survive in the Arctic. #followme @andy_mann as I travel to remote Greenland this summer in hopes of spending time in the icy waters with these amazing animals on a climbing expedition with @ladzinski @mikelibecki @ethan_pringle.
Video by @joelsartore at Parc Assango, managed by ONG Animal's World in Gabon. African golden cats are forest-dependent creatures living in equatorial Africa, a part of the world that is being ravaged by deforestation. As their habitat is lost, mainly to palm oil plantations, African golden cat populations are steadily disappearing. They’re now listed as vulnerable on the #iucn Redlist. By avoiding the purchase of products that contain palm oil, we can make a statement that we will not tolerate the excessive destruction of this animal’s habitat. This seven-year-old male African golden cat named Tigri is the only one of his species currently kept anywhere in human care. His intense stare made him among the most memorable creatures we’ve brought on board the ark. Tigri now he stands as an ambassador for his entire species and will help us spread the word about the importance of its conservation. . To see a portrait of this beautiful cat, check out @joelsartore. . . #africangoldencat#bigcats#cats#golden#gold#cute#paws#nature#wildlife#naturephotography#wildlifephotography#animalconservation#wildlifeconservation#cuteanimals#notapet#notopalmoil#palmoil#photoark#natgeo#savetogether
Photo by @TimLaman. Baby elephants are well protected by their mothers and the whole herd, but somehow never get trampled though they are often among many big legs. Elephants are huge, but not clumsy! Head to @TimLaman to see more from my Tanzania collection. #elephant, #serengeti, #tanzania, #africa @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
Photo @ladzinski / A mix of adult and fledgling #adelie penguins lining up at the icy waters edge, scanning the scene carefully before plunging in. For some the young penguins, this will be there first venture to sea to hunt krill, a critical time to learn from the adults how to survive and fend for yourself. Safety in numbers is the strategy here, especially with leopards seals on patrol. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @craigwelch @ianvaso @shanemoorefilms @pattersonimages #ccmlar2018
Video by @ronan_donovan // The lingering twilight in the far north illuminates the evening commute of this Atlantic puffin colony in Scotland. The adults spend most their day at sea, sometimes flying more than 60 miles in order to find shoals of small fish to dive on. They'll then bring home a beak full of fish for their single chick that's been tucked away in a burrow. Turn the sound 🔉on for this one and listen to the wings and bodies whizzing by!! Follow along with @ronan_donovan for more wildlife images from around the world.
Photo by @JenniferHayesIG Partners in the sea. A bigeye trevally swims in the shadow of an ancient green sea turtle on its way to a favorite resting spot on the reef in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines. We have been working in Tubbataha, A World Heritage Site sometimes called the Serengeti of the sea where the unpredictable is predictable. * On assignment for @natgeo in Philippines, an Ocean Nation #ocean#partners#friend#seaturtle#philippines#coraltriangle for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @JenniferHayesig
Photo by @johnstanmeyer - Seven Pillars ~ Under starlight, the lunar-like surface of Wadi Rum, winds that sweep away all traces of time, tire marks in the sand that have long vanished, the grandeur of Seven Pillars overseeing this landscape of history. To follow my photography from more than 14 stories with @natgeo, personal projects, films, follow me on Instagram @johnstanmeyer - @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #jordan#wadirum#stars#landscape
Photo by @kirstenluce. Eduardo Ortiz releases a lantern during Day of the Dead celebrations in the old cemetery in Allende, Mexico, near the Texas border. Allende was the site of a deadly Massacre in 2011 by the Zetas drug cartel. Story and pictures are in the July issue of the magazine.
Video by @joelsartore | A critically-endangered female northern white-cheeked gibbon named Polly at the @EndangeredPrimateRescueCenter in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. She was a youngster, and instead of sucking her thumb, she actually sucked on her big toe during our photoshoot. Because they are hunted for meat, used in traditional “medicines” and sold into the illegal pet trade, Northern white-cheeked gibbons’ main predators are humans. Their forest habitats in China, Vietnam and Laos are steadily being destroyed as logging continues, causing their populations to diminish along with it. In fact, there hasn’t been a Northern white-cheeked gibbon sighting in China since the 1990s. The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not-for-profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam's endangered and critically endangered primate species. Their final aim is to reintroduce and release these animals as stable family groups into well-protected natural areas. To see a portrait of this gibbon, check out @joelsartore! . . #gibbon#monkeys#cute#mammals#cuteanimals#adorable#nature#wildlife#wildlifephotography#naturephotography#video#photoark#natgeo#savetogether
Photo by @shaulschwarz - BASE jumpers jump of a 1000 meter cliff at Kjerag in Norway during the annual gathering of 2017 Heliboogie. Hundreds of BASE jumpers from all over the world are here celebrating the Art of human flight. Absolutely amazing to see what people can do when they put their heart and mind into it.
Photo by @pedromcbride // The Central Arizona Project (CAP) winds across the Arizona desert bringing Colorado River 336 miles uphill to Phoenix and Tuscon. This diversion canal delivers up to 50% of drinking water to municipal taps, irrigates nearly one million acres of farmland and is the second largest aqueduct system in the U.S. Where does your water come from? To see more more on the Colorado River, #followme @pedromcbride #chasingrivers#sunrise#coloradoriver#engineering#petemcbride#freshwater#water