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Photo by @ljohnphoto | On the side of the only highway in Konso, Ethiopia, is a frequent gathering of women “scratching” for water from the sand of the once full Aroyo River. The women complain the sand dam stopped the underground flow they depend on for daily water supply but soon they will have clean and dependable water at a pump nearby. But for now it’s scratching and filling jerry cans, cup by cup.
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo The terraced rice fields of Yuanyang in China are the world’s largest, and cover over 1000 meters of vertical terrain. The local Hani and Yi minority groups carved the mountain into terraces that are watered by an elaborate system of cascading aqueducts. April is the beginning of the rice planting season, when seedlings are transplanted after the paddies have been prepared by both hand and water buffalo. This ancient landscape has started to change, and now 10-20% of the terraces are dry, as young people are choosing more urban forms of work instead of eking out a meager living from hard rural labor. To see more ancient ways of farming, go to @geosteinmetz

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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Ritu Saini (foreground), 21, and Rupa, 23, enjoy monsoon rains on a roof in Agra, India. Both women are acid attack survivors. A disfiguring and sometimes deadly retributive act generally taken by, or on behalf of, men whose advances the women rejected, acid attacks disfigure hundreds of women and girls in India every year. Formerly a volleyball player, Ritu was attacked by her cousin. After several reconstructive surgeries, she lost her left eye. Rupa was attacked when she was 15. Ritu now spends her days educating people about acid attacks while working at Sheroes Hangout Cafe @sheroeshangout in Agra, India, which is staffed by acid attack survivors and supported by the group @StopAcidAttacks. The group advocates for policies to help acid attack survivors.
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Today it was announced that I am the recipient of this year’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, granted each year to a female photographer since Anja’s tragic death in Afghanistan in 2014 by the International Women's Media Foundation @theiwmf. It is a tremendous, if bittersweet, honor to win an award in Anja’s name. I’ve long been moved by IWMF’s mission to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. Today, I feel this is needed more than ever. I am humbled and proud that the jury would recognize my photojournalism in this way and be one of the women journalists supported and empowered by this prestigious organization. I am grateful for the awareness such a high profile honor will bring to the stories I shared in my application, including Ritu’s above, which was made on assignment last year for @natgeo. It is a privilege to share the stories of the women and girls who truly deserve an award for their courage. #women #girls #iwmf #sheroes #stopacidattacks

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Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown.
A baby chimpanzee observes visitors to the Kisangani Zoo. Despite being among the most minerally rich countries in the world, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ranked among the poorest and most underdeveloped nations, largely due to corruption. The Kisangani Zoo receives just enough funding from visitors to stay open but not enough to maintain healthy conditions for the Chimps, Crocodiles, Snakes, Monkeys, Birds and other creatures that populate the grounds. Organization such as the @janegoodallinst are active in pursuing proper conditions for chimps in the region. For more from Congo follow me at @michaelchristopherbrown

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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Girls under the guardianship of Don Bosco Fambul, participate in classes in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown. The organization is one of the country’s leading child-welfare organizations and has been on the forefront of efforts to help girls in crisis by providing counseling, shelter and defending them in court. Countless studies have shown that supporting girls’ education provides overwhelming returns in terms of health, economic growth and peace-building, both for the girls personally and for their communities.
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To see more of my photography, please follow @stephsinclairpix where I post outtakes, unpublished and archive material. Thanks! @tooyoungtowed @thephotosociety #letgirlslearn #girlseducation #girls #women #education #photography #photooftheday #color #sierraleone #freetown

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Photo by @christian_foto Mother's day
Traveling across the north of Vietnam in a small motorcycle from west to east, I had the opportunity to visit a lot of small villages. My attention was drawn so strongly to the mothers working the land with their children on their backs, which was a great physical effort.
The mothers, the tireless workers on the terraces of Vietnam, are an example of strength and dignity for me.
Vietnam is one of the world's richest agricultural regions and the second-largest rice exporter worldwide and the world's seventh-largest consumer of the grain. Rice is the basis of their diet and it is considered a gift from God. Photo by @christian_foto #mother #rice #vietnam

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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio

On this day (15 May) in 1988 Soviet troops began their withdrawal from Afghanistan after 8 years of bloody conflict… Photographed years later Soviet-era cluster bombs scattered like fossils at a child’s feet in the grounds of an Elementary School. Walking Afghanistan's fields and streets can be like passing through a museum of the archaeology of war - different moments of destruction lie like sediment on top of each other.

From my book: ‘Afghanistan: Chronotopia’ (2002)

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Photograph by @danwintersphoto | Learning to lie is a natural stage in child development. Kang Lee, a psychologist that works at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, has explored how children become more sophisticated liars as they age. Darshan Panesar, a research assistant, and nine-year-old Amelia Tong demonstrate functional near-infrared spectro­s­copy technology, which Lee uses in his studies. Read more about the science behind our complicated relationship with the truth in the latest issue of @natgeo. #onassignment

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Commune in life, hands in commune at death, villagers gently bathing the body of Ahmad Sukarnom, an elder of the Wetu Telu community in the island of Lombok, Indonesia.
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Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A large Tiger Shark swims alongside a diver in the Bahamas. With the Tiger Shark once considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters, researchers are just now beginning to understand behaviors that were once a mystery.
Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult, and these creatures face many challenges in order to survive. As with all species of shark, the Tiger Shark faces declining populations worldwide due to the continued demand for shark fins. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.

This photo appears on the back cover of my new book - entitled ‘SHARK’ - which will be available on June 13th wherever books are sold. This book is filled with photos of sharks, and it chronicles my personal journey of photographing sharks worldwide over the past 40 years.

Follow me on Instagram, @BrianSkerry, to see more photos from the book and to learn more about my adventures as a National Geographic photographer.
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The Monte Corona (Crown Mountain) lava tube system on the Canary island of Lanzarote is one of the world’s classic lava tubes. This lava tube was formed during the eruptions of Monte Corona volcano some 3,000 - 4,500 years ago. Pictured here, a cave explorer wades through one of the many long lakes deep inside Cueva Los Lagos lava tube. Although surface temperatures are stiflingly hot on this Spanish Canary island, the water is icy cold and comes as quite a shock.

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Sego Canyon, Utah photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
When I first saw paintings like these in the Utah desert they completely freaked me out. I'd been driving across the country and made the turn off I-70 toward some "indian writings" -that's how the map listed them- almost at random. It was winter in the high desert, it was night and I was alone. It seemed like a long drive down a dirt road. The canyon narrowed as I drove through silt beds and dry washes. I pulled into an old corral that served as a parking area and as my headlights swept the canyon wall I could not believe what the lights illuminated. Human sized figures with horns, huge hands, snakes dangling from their bodies. I opened the car door, took out my camera and fired off a few fast frames. Looking through the viewfinder undid me. See the rock art like that, alone and at night, vulnerable was like looking into someone else's dream. A dream I did not understand and could not deal with. I was so unnerved that I did not even leave the car, just shot through space in between the open door and the hood. Like I wanted to keep as much mass in between me and those figures as possible. I shot half a dozen frames at most then got back in the car and sped away. I drove the rest of the way east across Utah and then across half of Colorado. That was almost 30 years ago. I still go back to Sego Canyon every chance I get. Although they do not frighten me like they once did, the images written on the canyon wall still move me. They make me sad as well. I see people paint and scratch over artwork that is centuries old. One of the reasons I started the Ancient Art Archive is to help preserve artwork and places like Sego Canyon so that these stories are not lost forever. The link in @ancientartarchive profile takes you to our support page. 
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