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User Image natgeo Posted: Oct 19, 2017 2:30 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A leatherback sea turtle crawls back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Sandy Point, located on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Listed as vulnerable, this species of sea turtle has an ancestry that dates back more than 100 million years. Today they face a number of anthropogenic stresses - including entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and climate change - which affects the sex of turtle hatchlings. Sandy Point is a National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service who are responsible for protecting these nesting beaches. The combination of conservation efforts here and in the nearby Buck Island Reef National Monument have benefitted sea turtle species in this region.

I made this photo under moonlight at 2am, after weeks of working at night on these beaches. Being in this place with these ancient animals was like traveling back in time to a primordial Earth.

This picture won first place in the Reptiles and Amphibians Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition on October 17th in London.

Photographed for the February 2017 cover story in @natgeo about saving our oceans.

To see more ocean wildlife photos and read the stories behind them, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram.
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User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 22, 2018 11:20 AM (UTC)

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Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Anya Romanova (centre) in between classes at the Ataman Platov Cossack Cadet School, a co-ed boarding school in Belaya Kalitva, Southern Russia.
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 22, 2018 9:01 AM (UTC)
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North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder. The sun rises over the Juche Tower along the Taedong River in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang. For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites by @dguttenfelder.
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 22, 2018 7:28 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Natacha, 29 – Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Natacha's principal occupation is doing good. The form her good deeds take is fitting in her tormented homeland, where she fights a daily battle to give her country's children a future. Natacha, who was orphaned when she was only a few months old and raised in an institute for foundling children, understands their plight. Her life changed when, at the age of five, she was long-distance adopted by a German family. It was the beginning of a life-long journey made possible by their material and psychological support. In the beginning it was almost impossible to communicate with her new "family." In order to be able to speak with her German “parents,” Natacha set herself to study English. After just a few years they were having long conversations every day. Her long-distance “father" encouraged her to continue her studies and, eventually, she became a teacher at a Montessori children's school, where she learned the ropes of her profession. A few years later, in love with her work and determined to devote herself entirely to children, Natacha, with the financial backing of her German family, was able to build her own school. It is in Martissant, an unsavory neighborhood of Port-Au-Prince controlled by gangs, but everyone here knows Natacha and respects her. The terrible 2010 earthquake destroyed part of her school, burying some of the children and teachers beneath the rubble. It was a terrible tragedy but, confident in the support of her German parents, she decided to rebuild. Every day she takes in orphans and gives them a chance. It was with them that she wanted to be photographed for my project about @couchsurfing. Her entire life, not just her work, seems to hinge on helping others. Her house is home to an apparently permanent encampment of penniless journalists, determined to tell Haiti's stories but without money for hotels. When I was there, it was in the company of 5 other couchsurfers. Her home is an old villa perched on a hillside in Delmas, with a view over the whole of the city. She shares it with a girlfriend – and with occasional couchsurfers! #haiti #children
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 22, 2018 2:30 AM (UTC)
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Photo by @FransLanting The annual gathering of king penguins on the beaches of South Georgia Island is one of the most phenomenal wildlife spectacles on the planet. It is a confirmation of the abundance of the Southern Ocean on which they depend. These birds are in prime breeding condition and are showing off their colors to mates. Fisheries around South Georgia are well-regulated, but beyond the territorial limits of the island a lot of work remains to be done to safeguard a future for king penguins and all other wildlife dependent on the frigid seas surrounding Antarctica. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more penguin spectacles from the Southern Ocean.
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User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 10:59 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @ljohnphoto
“Only if we understand will we care. Only if we care, will we help.
Only if we help shall we all be saved.”
Jane Goodall
Women and girls standing for equality today. #womensmarch #equalityforall #womenempowerment
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 8:41 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A harp seal pup - about 2 weeks old - makes its first swim beneath the ice shelf in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Harp seal pups need stable pack ice from which to nurse from their mothers. Thinning ice due to climate change over the last decade has caused problems for this species, with pup mortality rates increasing during years with little ice. Survival long term will require adapting to the loss of sea ice if these trends continue.
To see more ocean wildlife, and to learn more about my experiences photographing for National Geographic, follow me, @BrianSkerry, on Instagram.

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Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo.
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User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 6:45 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @fritzphotos // Words by @petergwin
New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison (@jhharrison92) knows about pain—KNOWS about it. For nearly two decades he has been delivering and receiving devastating blows on NFL fields. This afternoon, at age 39, he will step onto the field for today’s AFC Championship Game as the oldest defensive player in professional football. (His teammate @tombrady is a year older and among the oldest offensive players.) Last spring, he let photographer Fritz Hoffmann and I visit him in Arizona #onassignment to document his workouts (lots of power lifts) and meticulous health routine (no alcohol, refined sugar, or processed carbs). In between weightlifting sessions, we asked him his secret for playing such a violent game at such a high level for so long. “Ain’t no damn secret, man. HARD WORK, lots of hard work!” Well that, and a lot of attention to caring for his body. Harrison spends about $350,000 a year employing a team of specialists, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors, who help manage the punishment his body endures. One of them is Codi Hoos, a massage therapist who uses cupping, an ancient therapy practiced for centuries in China, to reduce muscle soreness. I mentioned to Harrison that scientists are skeptical about cupping some of the other treatments he uses. Harrison shrugged. “All I know is before I get treated, I HURT, and after, I feel better.” #NFL #Defense #Cupping #Patriots #Newengland #footballer
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 6:22 PM (UTC)

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Video by @paulnicklen // To spend time in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is like walking through a scene in James Cameron’s “Avatar”. Spirit bears walk through an ancient forest, humpback whales lunge-feed skyward, a rich and diverse underwater world thrives, millions of salmon return to their natal streams and some of the biggest carbon sequestering trees in the world make this place appear otherworldly. And yet, like the film, all of this is under threat due to logging, overfishing, pollution, ship noise, and oil spills. When are we going to realize the true value of protecting 4 billion years of evolutionary perfection? #followme on @paulnicklen as we continue to use the power of visual-storytelling to connect the world to places that need our protection. For @sea_legacy and @natgeo #nature #naturelovers #video #livewithpurpose #bethechange #whale #underwaterphotography
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 4:13 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @williamalbertallard
At a gallery opening in 2013 when I was doing an essay for National Geographic on the Le Marais neighborhood in Paris, I attended an art gallery opening. A painter from a mid east country had an exhibit which was strongly inhabited by faces with staring eyes. I don’t remember why I chose to tilt the camera at the moment of exposure but it was probably in haste in order not to miss the little girl’s stance, one foot firmly planted, the other kind of wavering, her arms outstretched in an echo of her legs and feet. We really don’t need to see the child’s face; it’s very much implied that her eyes are locked on those in the paintings. And the angularity of the image is tight with tension.

#followme @williamalbertallard for more images from Paris and other assignments spanning five decades.
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User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 1:50 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @edkashi Workers clean up an oil spill of over 20,000 barrels of crude oil from an abandoned Oil well in Oloibiri, Niger Delta in 2004. This November, the @nytimes reported that Royal Dutch Shell pledged to increase its investment in renewable fuels and to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2050. Ben van Beurden, Shell’s chief executive said that from 2018 to 2020, Shell’s new-energies division will spend about $2 billion annually on wind, solar and hydrogen power and on electric-car charging stations. He added that Shell supports the Paris accord and will do so “by reducing the net carbon footprint of the full range of Shell emissions, from our operations and from the consumption from our products.” #everydayclimatechange #ECC #actonclimate #climatechangeisreal #climatechange
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 11:20 AM (UTC)

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Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl |Galina Prokopenko, a 75 year old great-grandmother, black-belt karate instructor and member of the “International Union of Cossacks” photographed at her home in Feodosia, Crimea. This picture was made in 2010 when Crimea was part of Ukraine. The Russian annexation of the peninsula took place four years later in 2014.
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 9:34 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.

Pictured here and in freezing cold temperatures, an explorer is dwarfed by a giant ice formation inside the Halle der Circe in Eiskogelhöhle, Austria. Ice caves like these are common in the Austrian Alps but are seriously under stress due to climate change. @natgeocreative
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 7:02 AM (UTC)
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Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Afghan refugee sisters I met yesterday in Krnjaca Asylum Center near Belgrade, Serbia, while visiting the center to document the daily life of the refugees taking shelter there, along with @rooswijngaards of @everydayrefugees foundation whose delivering help for children. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 4:44 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @amivitale. Giant panda cubs wake up from nap time in the incubator room at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China.
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador.
I have been working on a new book featuring my long-term panda work made on assignment for National Geographic. See more on my feed @amivitale.

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User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 21, 2018 1:36 AM (UTC)
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Photo by @renan_ozturk
An unexpected finish.
After a 24 push of painting on the ridge I had run out of food and the weather window to see the features of the mountains. In order to keep painting in these types of scenarios, I use the photos I take on my phone or from time-lapses to still study the features inside the safety of a tent. In this case I retreated back to the Khumjung, with the canvas soaked through from the precipitation it had endured. After a short dry out session in the tea house, I brought it out into the center of town and the unexpected happened as the Ed Hillary school released the gates of Sherpa and other Nepali children into the square. Not only had the landscape put its print on the art but now I had about 30 eager hands making their own marks on the canvas. Quite the unexpected finish to the piece. I plan on donating the final art to the school! #nepal #khumbu #nepaliloveyou #art Shot with @jetbutterflies @climber.abiral ~

See @renan_ozturk for more of this process of art and photography
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 20, 2018 11:33 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // This is how I like to think of sharks; not frightening and threatening, but poetic and mysterious. I get that we don’t all have to love sharks, but at the very least we should be intrigued by the important role they play in maintaining the diversity and stability of our oceans and we should respect them as living creatures. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year; that is not the sign of an enlightened society. We must do better!
#follow me to see more images of Wildlife and indigenous cultures.
In awe with @PaulNicklen @mdalio @samkretch @iankellet_story for @Sea_Legacy

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User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 20, 2018 9:40 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @kitracahana // Portrait of Brandy - a graduating senior at the Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center - a high school that provides a supportive and accommodating environment for pregnant teens and teen moms so that they can finish high school and achieve their dreams. // Visit @kitracahana to find out about other inspirational young women like Brandy!!
#teenmom #pregnant #graduation #girlpower #copesouth #miami
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 20, 2018 7:54 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @dguttenfelder
The Washington Monument stands above the frozen Potomac River in Washington, DC during the winter cold spell in early January 2018.
User Image natgeo Posted: Jan 20, 2018 6:16 PM (UTC)
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo

A leisurely drive through downtown Unalaska, a small city in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, is an easy way to spot a few of America’s national bird... or a few hundred. The population of bald eagles has exploded over the past few decades in many cities in Alaska as eagles increasingly find easy meals from human food waste and leftover fish from the thriving commercial fishing industry. Writer Laurel Braitman @laurelsara and I teamed up this past winter to document the scene up close! Click the link in my personal profile @arni_coraldo for more snaps and a short story written by Laurel in the Jan issue of Nat Geo Magazine. How many eagles can you count in this video??? #birding #birdsofinstagram #baldeagle #alaska #dutchharbor #humananimals #coreyarnold #aleutiandreams #eagle #natgeo #potd #votd
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Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Alexander Kydrin, a member of the “All Powerful and Great Warriors of the Don Cossack Army”, instructs his horse Tribunal to lay down at Azov aerodrome, where the troop practice Djigitovka tricks, a traditional form of Cossack trick-riding that are performed at state ceremonies. These complex acrobatic moves were originally developed by the Cossacks as battle techniques, and laying horses down allowed a whole army to hide in the grass of the Russian Steppes and attack advancing enemies in close quarters with the element of surprise. Azov, Southern Russia.