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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The cloud forests that carpet the surface of Sarisariñama Tepui, Venezuela, hold secret signs to what lies beneath. Open holes called ‘Simas’ (pictured), break through the plateau and allow explorers and scientists to enter into the underworld. When we were there, we camped on the rim of this one for three days, whilst we explored the caves below. Can you spot our orange tent next to the heli landing zone? This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists we were traveling with were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is like no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. And as for the caves... they're even better! Stay tuned.

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Photo by @pedromcbride // Weather rolls over Grand Canyon National Park. I've spent a lot of time exploring this landscape which so often serves as a bell weather for other protected parks. These rocky walls also impart many lessons - most of them involving humility. Followme @pedromcbride to see more. chasingrivers grandcanyon light nature petemcbride @richrudow

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Video by @paulnicklen // Sometimes I am simply overwhelmed by the beauty in the world. When these cassiopeas—or upside down jellyfish—float past you in the pristine mangroves of Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina, there is little to do but stop and appreciate the magnificence of it all. Our expedition to Cuba has taught us many lessons and shown us limitless potential, but I think the simple, stunning beauty of these graceful invertebrates is one of the things I will remember most vividly. followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this magical protected corner of the sea. turningthetidewith @sea_legacy video nature naturelovers beauty

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Photo by @renan_ozturk // Creatures of the American South-West, emerging after a long day in the sun. moab utah

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Photo by @FransLanting “Ghost Trees” Dead camelthorn trees stand like sculptural skeletons on a rock-hard clay pan backed by huge sand dunes glowing in the morning sun. A river once flowed through this remarkable place, but it changed course. The trees are monuments to a time of abundance and a symbol for the effects of climate change in a desert country where rain patterns are fickle and easily disrupted as global weather patterns change. This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa,” which is based on the exhibition of the same name created for @NatGeo. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from wild Africa and to learn more about the exhibit and book. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @leonardodicaprio Africa nature Namibia climatechange amazing desert naturephotography picoftheday

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Video: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen getting up close and personal with a large American Crocodile during a sunset thunderstorm in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba. Paul and I worked together to capture this unique perspective in the mangroves until well after dark. Pushing our creative boundaries through lighting, floating 30 pound cinema cameras at split level & choosing difficult working conditions all paid off in these unforgettable scenes. Team work makes the dream work, they say, and I'm lucky to be surrounded with passionate filmmakers and photographers @natgeo @sea_legacy who raise each other up and work tirelessly to create stories with impact. Turningthetide with @cristinamittermeier, @paulnicklen @samkretch, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // Please followme @andy_mann to see more from this amazing expedition, casting a light on the Caribbean's healthiest marine ecosystem.

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Photo by @noralorek for  @natgeo. Esther Minella was working in the ministry of agriculture in South Sudan before the war broke out. One day the soldiers came to her home and tortured her in front of her kids. They were asking for her husband which they claimed was a rebel. After they had arrested him she went to prison every day to look for him but they said he wasn’t there. The third day they told Esther that they would kill her like they killed him if she ever came back. . Now Esther is the women representative in the council of block 4 in Bidibidi refugee settlement zone 1. “As a women representative my roll is to lead the women and also lift up the issues we’re having here and in South Sudan. We started a group of women here called Ama a Lo meaning ”We are one”. In South Sudan every child, even our husbands know how to make our bedsheets so we started to sell them here too. Now we have a budget but need more help to start business and things like catering training for our members. We also need a school for adults to teach them English. Most of us are widows, that’s how we came up with the idea that we need to work together. Women need to be trained to become independent and self sufficient.” . In August the one millionth refugee from South Sudan entered Uganda in escape of the war.  With most of the refugees being women and children and leaving during shootings at night their bedsheets called Milaya are often one of the few things they carry with them. The handmade patterns have been made in South Sudan and Sudan for generations and the tradition of the Milayas continues in what has become their temporary home while waiting for the war to end. Bidibidi is with its more than 270 000 people considered one of the worlds largest refugee settlements. For more pictures from 'The Milaya Studios' follow  @noralorek

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Photo by @DavidDoubilet. A sea turtle hatchling hides from predators in a dense floating canopy of sargassum algae near Cancun Mexico. Sargassum plays a critical role in sea turtle hatchling survival. Sea turtles hatch and swiftly head for the open sea running a gauntlet of hungry land and then sea creatures until the lucky ones find cover and protection in the sargassum weed. These floating forests maybe clump, table or football field sized and some patches stretch for miles like a vast ceiling on the sea but even the smallest is critical nursery habitat for immature and vulnerable sea life that would be quickly devoured in the open blue. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment with @jenniferhayesig for upcoming story on Sargassum:Nurseries in the Sea. // ocean seaturtle baby sargassumweed cancun survival life beauty mexico moreocean // To see a baby sea turtle searching the sea for a safe nursery follow @daviddoubilet

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Vertical star trails fall from the night sky above distant tepuis known as Aparaman, Aparauren and Murosipan that rise from the Gran Sabana plain in Venezuela. This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists we were traveling with were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is like no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. And as for the caves... they're even better! Stay tuned.

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Photo by @amivitale. Bawa puts his trunk in Sosian's mouth. It's a gesture that is reassuring and comforting, like a hug or a handshake for humans. Both elephants are residents of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r.e.s.c.u.e), the fist community owned elephant ophanage in Afica. Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to suppot and lean moe about thei impotant initiatives woking to etun ophan elephant calves into the wild. DontLetThemDisappea @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @thephotosociety elephant saveelephants retetielephants stoppoaching kenya northernkenya magicalkenya whyilovekenya africa everydayafrica photojournalism amivitale

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Photo by @jimmy_chin Alpine dreams. The Torre Group in Patagonia have a long legacy of epic ascents and epic failures. As they say down there, if the weather is good, wait five minutes. The dramatic winds coming off the Patagonian Icecap are notorious for making every foray into these high alpine granite spikes an exciting adventure.

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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Mesmerized by the underwater wonder of living corals and sponges, I lost myself in the artistry of nature, while diving in the Gardens of the Queen. Healthy reefs, an ecosystem that is barely surviving elsewhere, is alive and healthy here. With limited access to tourists, it’s vibrant and abundant life is as beautiful and it is soul-lifting. To see more photos and videos from an amazing expedition to this forgotten corner of the Caribbean, follow my Instagram feed at @cristinamittermeier. TurningTheTide, with @sea_legacy and @paulnicklen | @andy_mann gardensofthequeen | Cuba | coralreef | JardinesdelaReina| marineconservation |

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Video by @pedromcbride // Feeding time: I had the privilege to recently spend time at the @r.e.s.c.u.e elephant ophanage whee a small goup of dedicated animal loves ae helping save these cuties and ceate a consevation model at the same time with @nrt_kenya. It is amazing how independent each of these orphaned elies are - some are sweet and gentle while others want to wrestle all day. To see more wild adventures follow @pedromcbride // elephants orphans hope wildlife conservation kenya

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Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // nature naturelovers explore protect oceans love beauty

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Video @ladzinski / Autumn in the rockyMountains is one of the most fleeting times of year. The weather changes hard and fast and it’s a time where wildlife is busy bulking up for the long winter ahead. Here is a collection of clips throughout the Colorado high country.

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Photo @lucalocatelliphoto CERN and the artisans of the Universe is a project I've done about this incredible place, the CERN. What is the universe made of? How did it start? Physicists at CERN are seeking answers, using some of the world's most powerful particle accelerators and reading results with such huge detector. I was lucky to photograph the last maintenance work in ​the 100 meters underground tunnels where the experiments are, like the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), a general-purpose detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)​ in the photo. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about my stories science future futurology detector future technology science

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Video by @BertieGregory. An octopus on the hunt at night in the northern Red Sea, Egypt. Here the octopus is net feeding where it spooks fish into little caves before ballooning with its 8 tentacles blocking all exits. Predators like this octopus are crucial to the functionality of coral reefs as they keep the number of grazing animals in check. If octopus are overfished and removed the reef, the number of grazers increases and the reef as a whole suffers. Long story short, ecosystems need predators. When you look after the predators, you look after everything underneath. Follow @BertieGregory for more wildlife adventures!

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Photographer @thomaspeschak documenting giant tortoises for @natgeo and @sif_seychelles on remote Aldabra Atoll. Here temperatures are so hot that if these tortoises are not beneath a shade tree or deep in a cool coral cave at midday they cook to death in their shells. Only around 4pm do the tortoises pile out one by one to graze in the cool of the evening. It took nearly 2 hours for all of the tortoises to leave this cave. Video and time lapse footage shot by my assistant @ottowhitehead Follow him for more behind scenes videos

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Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) A group of refugees from Afghanistan including unaccompanied minors sleep on the ground outside an old train carriage where they took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia. According to UNICEF, 3,200 refugees in Serbia are children and one in three of them are unaccompanied. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees muhammedmuheisen

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Photo by: @renaeffendiphoto When I came to Khinaliq, Azerbaijan's highest inhabited village, a shepherd and the town’s elder I met took me to the village cemetery. He said pointing down the hill: “If you dig a hole right through, you will see seven layers of burial ground”. Archeological evidence suggests that Khinaliq was inhabited four millennia ago and dates back to pre-Zoroastrian times. This village of nearly 1,000 shepherd families is built into the side of a mountain, each house made of river stone, one upon the other, forming a staircase to the sky. Because of its remoteness, Khinaliq still managed to preserve its ancient way of life. The people speak Khinaluq, a unique endangered dialect attributed to the northeastern group of the Caucasus languages. The source of income is mainly sheep breeding. While men graze their flocks in mountain pastures, the women weave traditional carpet designs from wool. For more human interest stories follow me here: @renaeffendiphoto village history heritage culture azerbaijan mountains nature landscape @natgeocreative

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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Muztagata, literally, “ice mountain father” on the northern edge of the Pamir Plateau in Xinjiang province. So named for the 12 glaciers that ring it’s 7509 meter summit. The mountain plays hide and seek behind fast moving clouds that hide and reveal. This photograph taken from the Karakoram Highway side heading to Taxkorgan, western most town in China close by the Afghanistan border. @thesilkroadjourney korakoram mysilkroad2017 pamir xinjiang china glacier mountain @natgeocreative

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Photo @Ladzinski / Sunsets on lonely highways, the solitude of such wide open places is in a category all of its own.

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Photo by @stephenwilkes. Walking the back roads in Italy at sunrise is a magical experience, often greeted by beautiful light.  The feeling one gets in Tuscany, when the early morning light touches the landscape often brings back memories and creates new ones.  To see more of my work, follow me @stephenwilkes. italy sunrise tuscany light  memories landscape

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Photo by @williamalbertallard In the lovely but small French Basque town of Sare there was a weekend festival in the fall of 1967. These three men were standing in a doorway listening to a Basque poet. I was standing a bit below them which allowed me to frame them with just some ceiling beams above them but the base of the picture is dark with their coats and it’s their ancient appearing faces that stand out; faces that are seemingly ageless, all three intent upon what the poet is saying to them. Basque is an impossible language so I, of course, had no idea what so ever the poet was saying. But I was completely caught up in these three mens’ faces. And I still am. followme @williamalbertallard for more images from the Basque Country and other assignments over five decades. basquecountry basque poetry poet streetphotography leica filmphotography kodachrome

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Video @michaelchristopherbrown. Men dance in competition during the 2017 Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair Pow Wow, held annually on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I spent part of this summer photographing over a dozen Indian reservations in the American West, searching to photograph the beauty and complexities of these communities and lands, the symbols of both tribal success as well as issues perennially facing the tribes. I grew up near several reservations in Washington State though knew very little about them, a common experience for many Americans. During this trip I was struck by the indigenous stewardship to the land, from the elders to the seventh generation water protectors, of taking responsibility for what we are taking out of and putting into the earth, actively keeping track of it as a community and actively fighting for it. This stewardship goes back thousands of years, an egalitarian society where individual wealth was measured not by what was saved but by what was given away.

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Images by @joelsartore | For thousands of creatures living on Earth, time is running out. That’s why the National Geographic Society has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to launch the Photo Ark EDGE Fellowship. The fellowship focuses on Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species and kicks off with these five unique creatures: the Antillean manatee (photographed at the @Dallas_World_Aquarium), Baird’s tapir (photographed at @theomahazoo), the giant anteater (photographed at the Caldwell Zoo), the hawksbill turtle (photographed in Xcaret, Mexico), and the volcano rabbit (photographed at the Chapultepec Zoo). These species are the subject of conservation efforts by our first fellowship candidates in Latin America. Each species has been featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark, a flagship program of the National Geographic Society founded by National Geographic photographer @JoelSartore. Once selected, the final Photo Ark EDGE fellows will undertake a 2-year fellowship project to help protect their focal species. The fellowships will leverage the power of Sartore’s captivating portraits to bring attention to the global extinction crisis and will help put effective tools in the hands of conservationists working to turn the tide for species at risk. Learn more about these species and the people working to save them by clicking the link @joelsartore’s bio. PhotoArk

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Photograph by @michaelnicknichols | Jane Goodall and Jou Jou, chimpanzee at Brazzaville Zoo, Republic of Congo, 1990. I ( @michaelnicknichols) grew up with Jane Goodall, Flo, Flint and Greybeard on the pages of National Geographic magazine in the 1960’s, and wildly came to photograph Fifi, Frodo, Freud and Jane in the 1990’s. Jane and I collaborated on the book Brutal Kinship, bringing to light the disappearing terrain chimpanzees relied on to live, and how we humans cruelly and without irony used our closest relative as stand-in surrogates for space exploration, HIV and hepatitis research, language studies, and entertainment. - Jane, 83, is still at it, traveling nonstop on her mission. She recently closed my exhibit WILD at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a talk that brought me and the entire house to tears. - Opening in theaters today is a masterpiece film by Brett Morgen. JANE is an intense love story made from footage literally found in the NatGeo HQ basement from legendary Dutch filmmaker Hugo van Lawick, and includes a beautiful score by ‪Philip Glass‬. This is far more revealing than any huge budget biopic could ever hope to match. JANE

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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Three young Maasai photographed along the street A104 between Arusha and the Tarangire National Park. Traditional Maasai lifestyle centers around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. Every morning the children are in charge of bringing the cattles outside of the village and then to bring them back inside before the sunset tanzania africa maasai children cuttle tradition tarangire arusha

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid having a chat with the local wildlife, in this case a baboon at Mpala research centre, northern Kenya - Mpala lies beneath the shadow of Mt Kenya, in the heart of central Kenya’s Laikipia County, it is strongly committed to using research to benefit the surrounding communities, the nation of Kenya, and global conservation efforts as a whole. It hosts multiple educational outreach programs in order to tackle issues of human-wildlife conflict and thus ensure that both conservation and human livelihood goals are met. I’m delighted to be working with Mpala and will be bringing stories from here to the outside world over the next months. To see more from Mpala follow me here @chancellordavid and @natgeo and Mpala @mpalalive fightingextinction conservation everydayextinction africa Kenya wildlife conserving conservation stoppoaching endextinction elephant ivory rhino northernkenya Kenya africa

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Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Yoga with goats, who would have thought? Some participants say they experience a calming effect, the "goat factor” acting as a psychological help, driving the attention away from trying to perfect that pose... Here at the Mountain Flower Dairy Farm in Boulder (Colorado, USA), a practitioner gets into Savasana pose at the end of her class. And yes, it took place in the goat pen. Reducing stress level is a major factor in bringing a higher level of happiness in one’s life - there are many receipes to feeling happy, some are external to your life, some you can control. See a story on Happiness worldwide, coming out this month in @natgeo and follow me on @paleyphoto as I explore this topic on my Instagram feed. @natgeocreative yoga happiness boulder

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Go beyond her work, into her world. JANE, a film about Dr. Jane Goodall is in theaters now. Head to www.JanetheMovie.com to find a screening near you. JANE

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Photo by @ciriljazbec / Earlier this year I did my fifth trip to Greenland, a place on the Earth that never ceases to amaze me. This time I travelled to Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk, the world’s northernmost settlements to investigate how climate change has affected the lives of indigenous people, the community of around 700 Inughuits which in spite of several alarming climate and cultural threats persists with the traditional age-old way of hunting. These people are on the frontier of the climate change that is eventually going to affect us all. On the picture, you can see Qaanaaq and a frozen fjord in the back. Have a look at more work from this trip @ciriljazbec Arctic Greenland climatechange @natgeo

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Photographer @thomaspeschak on assignment for @natgeo shooting blacktip reef sharks in the near pristine waters of Aldabra Atoll seychelles. "Hanging out with these sharks of the shallows is still one of my all-time favorite wildlife encounters. They are so inquisitive and curious. Video shot by my fantastic assistant Otto. Please follow him @ottowhitehead for more behind the scenes videos."

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