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Photo by @FransLanting | This is the time of year when the next generation of newborn emperor penguins gets its first look at the world beyond the belly feathers of their parents. They shelter the chicks on their feet to keep them from freezing on the sea ice where they gather. But it’s the melting of that sea ice that may become of a bigger problem for their survival. As Antarctica’s ice edge fractures under the forces of global warming, emperor penguins are going to become symbols of vulnerability just like polar bears already are for the Arctic. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about our changing planet. @ThePhotoSociety @LeonardodiCaprio @LeonardodiCapriofdn #Antarctica #Penguins #Planet #Climatechange #Earth

Photo by @davidalanharvey | Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. All of the islands in the Caribbean draw me in. Each with its own character. I’ve immersed myself most especially in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. I think I could easily go from island to island and never want to leave any of them. Yet Puerto Rico brings me back most often. We will announce soon details for our photo workshop in Old San Juan in February 2019. The wind picks up and a storm rolls in as I explore here the ruins of an old fortress and lighthouse. Waves crash against cliffs just yards away. Soon it will be dark. I pop a small $20 strobe to pick up detail. Minimalist. A palm bends. My mind is nowhere else but here. Obsessed with a wall. The photographer’s life.

Photos by @iantehphotography | I spent several days capturing life on this well-to-do residential street renamed after the civil rights icon, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, in Kolkata, India, for Nat Geo’s special issue on race last April. The first image of a vendor making drinks from sattu flour for his customers made the opening spread in the issue. Additional photos: a startled pigeon taking flight as a man walks by while on his phone, a young chai waiter smiling at me, the dappled shadows of leaves on the entrance of a street-lit yellow home, and finally, the plaque that explains the historical name change of the street to MLK Sarani. These are the myriad unfolding activities and scenes from day to the night. India’s native son Mahatma Gandhi, who led a peaceful resistance against British colonialism, was “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change,” said Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. #streetlife #calcutta #india #mlk #martinlutherking

Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | The planet must produce more food in the next four decades than all farmers in history have harvested over the past 8,000 years. Hunger Solutions about the future of farming, originally produced by @natgeo, has become a multimedia installation in collaboration with the video artist @alessandra_arno A journey that human eye pace through the robotic gaze for the first time. The technological evolution seen by the machine manifests itself as the only possible solution for survival in the near future. The estranged scenario of agricultural production is already a reality.
Here is the trailer of - 2050- a video installation premiered in Italy right now. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about my futuristic #stories #environment #agriculture #future #climatechange #anthropocene #videoart #art #multimedia #materia #2050

Photo by @renaeffendiphoto | Friends make round patties out of snow in Khinalug (also spelled Xinaliq) village, Azerbaijan's highest populated point. Located at 2,350 meters above sea level, this remote village, where about 1,000 shepherd families speak the unique and endangered language of Khinalug, managed to preserve its traditional way of life. Dating back to the period of Caucasian Albania, Khinalug is a cultural heritage site protected by UNESCO. For more human interest stories around the world, please follow: @renaeffendiphoto #village #culture #history #dailylife #azerbaijan #unique #language

Photo by @PaulNicklen | Orcas are one of the ocean's most efficient hunters, engaging in complex hunting practices. Individuals stay in close contact with each other during their hunt, and use echolocation to communicate. When hunting herring, a foundational species of the diet for some populations, orcas will carefully surround large schools of fish and strategically corral them into a ball. Once near the surface, the orcas will stun the fish with their tails, and take turns consuming the herring, one by one. It’s a sad fate for the herring, but this hunting technique is incredibly effective, and an impressive display of sophistication from these wild animals. The intelligence and social dynamics of orcas leads me to be constantly amazed on my dives with them. My team and I just finished up with our expedition in Norway, where we were photographing these incredible cetaceans. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more photos of orcas and for an upcoming campaign. #Norway #orca #ocean

Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | Markus Vollack, a Swiss re-enactor, joined his fellow hobbyists at Fort Niagara State Park in July to commemorate the French and Indian War. The weekend involved battle reenactments, living history camps, and other educational demonstrations for the public — largely meant to teach park visitors about the history surrounding the war. Indigenous allies fought on both the French and British sides of the war. A couple dozen reenactors who specialize in Native American impressions represented the Iroquois, Wyandot, and Algonquin fighters who participated in the war. Most of the re-enactors were not Indigenous, and some came from as far away as Germany and Switzerland to participate. This is part of my first story for @natgeo on the appropriation of Native imagery and identity, out now in the December issue.

Photo by @amivitale | Ntipiyon Nonguta and her one-year old son Bernard, relax with their neighbors as they make beaded belts for the Loisaba Community Trust in Ewaso Village in Laikipia, Kenya. These women are in a community surrounding Loisaba Conservancy (@loisaba_conservancy) and are being supported and given access to international markets. Revenue from ecotourism is reinvested into neighboring communities like #Ewaso.

To get involved and learn more about community-based conservation, please follow @loisaba_conservancy and @amivitale.

@nature_org @natgeoimagecollection #kenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #northernkenya #africa #children #mothersandsons #mothers #empowerment #conservation #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @FransLanting | A culling of red deer in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve is underway. This is a sad outcome to a debate over the most appropriate way to manage nature and wildlife in this wetland. For some, this was a chance to recreate nature on a scale that hadn’t been seen in the Netherlands in centuries. For others, the mortality of the horses and deer after a few bad winters became too much, and they demanded action. The Dutch government decided that the experimental approach needed to be replaced with a more conventional intervention of culling the large mammals back to a reduced population­­. If the plans get carried out, nearly 1,800 deer will be killed, and many hundreds of Konik horses will be removed. There are no easy answers for resolving this dilemma. I am sad that it has come to this. I hope that this won't be the last chapter in this saga and that it will fuel new ideas about the meaning of nature and wildness. #Oostvaardersplassen #RewildingEurope #Reddeer

Photo by @BrianSkerry | A tiger shark pup, about four days old, swims just below the surface in Hawaii. These animals are considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters. Researchers are now learning about behaviors that until recently remained a mystery. Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult, and they face many challenges to survive. As with all species, the tiger shark faces declining populations worldwide as the demand for shark fins continues.

Like sharks, whales and other ocean animals? Follow @BrianSkerry to see more!
#tigershark #shark #savesharks

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Najeeba, a 35-year-old refugee mother from Kunduz, Afghanistan, holding her two-month-old daughter Maria in a camp north of Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @everydayrefugees and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees

Photo by @renan_ozturk | For some reason this image reminds me of an American flag, with its horizontal lines and color schemes. But also a deeper tapestry representing the indigenous people, ranchers, miners, offroaders, and climbers all trying to coexist in this fragile landscape. Here’s to hoping we can keep this masterpiece in tact for thousands of years to come by our collective love and attention!

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