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Randy Olson  Randy Olson is the founder of @thephotosociety and has over thirty stories in National Geographic magazine (@natgeo)

Samoan spear fisherman at Ofu... the only US National park in the Southern Hemisphere... packing my bags for Tahiti... @natgeoexpeditions @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #samoa #spearfishing

Restaurant in Khartoum | Sudan is the largest country in Africa where millions have died in an insidious conflict between the north and the south… there are nonstop tribal rivalries and wars over resources… human lives exchanged for material goods in some of the most difficult situations I’ve seen in my life. I photographed the war in 2002. When separation happened after the war and it was declared over, I hoped lives would get better… but the killing continued. Bashir is finally out and I hope this signals promise for the Sudanese people. #sudan #khartoum @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection

#Natgeo100contest This photo of Sand Hill Cranes is from an @natgeo story about the Ogallala aquifer and is available from @natgeofineart galleries. NatGeo is celebrating 100 million followers! Post YOUR Nat Geo inspired photo to your own IG feed using the hashtag #natgeo100contest. 10 images will be selected, and the grand prize winner will go to Tanzania on a photo safari. You have 24 hours. Go to @natgeo for details. And good luck! @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #ogallala #sandhillcranes #lightning #photocontest #nebraska

Pentedattilo, is a ghost town tucked into a mountain that resembles the shape of a hand, about 25 minutes drive from Reggio Calabria Italy @bluocean_workshop with @melissafarlow @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection @pourpix with flashlight

Piazza del Campo in Siena...teaching Siena workshop #SIPAworkshop @sipacontest @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection

On the Cabot trail in Cape Breton Nova Scotia teaching a workshop @cbphotoworkshop #explorecb

Jelijio Tzul is a lobster fisherman in Belize and part of a management committee for the National Fishermen Cooperative. This co-op, supported by @nature_org, promotes using a sustainable noose allowing you to release the lobster undamaged if it is under-size. We’ll be on the road soon with a bunch of workshops (see link under my profile)… check out @cbphotoworkshop in beautiful Dingwall Nova Scotia October 19-21.

Seaweed farmers in Belize shot for @nature_org. The advantage of seaweed aquaculture is that it provides fishermen supplemental and alternative income. This reduces fishing pressure on wild stocks and the seaweed farms provide a nursery for ecologically and commercially important species. Underwater photography is not on the agenda, but we are teaching a number of workshops in the coming months. See the link above for our workshop page. @melissafarlow and I have been lucky enough to teach the Missouri Photo Workshop (MPW) for a very long time (not saying how long... it dates us) MPW is September 23-29. The Cape Breton workshop is October 19-21 @cbphotoworkshop. The Siena workshop associated with the Siena International Photo Awards is October 29-November 2nd @sipacontest. And the BLUOCEAN workshop in association with National Geographic Italy is November 5-9 #bluocean_workshop @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

Not Ocean day anymore, but that doesn’t mean children aren’t still trying to catch plastic laden fish on plastic laden beaches in Manila - Manila’s Pasig River dumps into Manila Bay, and is one of the three main river systems pushing plastic out into the world’s oceans. The Philippines puts 10 million metric tons of plastic waste into the ocean each year. #planetorplastic #plastic #oceans #waste #slums #manila #philippines @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

A Day on the OCEAN in Philippines - Manila’s Pasig River dumps into Manila Bay, and beachgoers enjoy a solid floor of plastic waste to lounge upon. The Philippines puts 10 million metric tons of plastic waste into the ocean each year. I live in a U.S. town with an ocean beach, and I wonder how soon this stuff will show up on my beach walks. We all share the same oceans. Every single mussel in the world now contains micro plastics—mussels share the oceans with all of us as well. Beach cleanups in areas with extreme plastic debris just don’t work… the trash is back the next week. #plastic #oceans #waste #slums #manila #philippines #planetorplastic @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

This family sorts plastic under a bridge in Dhaka that is part of an amalgamated informal plastics industry. The communities involved in plastic waste become specialized. Some have contacts with hospitals or casinos to bring plastic waste into the slums for processing. Others sort white bottles, or broken plastic buckets. Some groups have access to vehicles and can take the material to junk shops that store the waste in the same way a wheat farmer stores the grain, waiting for better pricing. And finally there are those with big trucks who take the plastic bales to ports or large local processing companies. Sometimes the plastic doesn’t make it out of the slums. There are businesses that make finished plastic objects like flip flops from the plastic waste being sorted by the business next door. #PlanetorPlastic @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
These images are part of a multiyear effort at National Geographic to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/pledge

Informal Plastic Waste Economy - Dhaka, Bangladesh, Carefully sorted and run thru chipping machines, plastic waste is laid out to dry after washing in the river. The race to cities generates workers for the informal plastic waste industry. People rush to mega-cities without having any way of supporting themselves and end up with jobs laying out slightly processed plastic in public areas for a few dollars a day. This woman is turning the plastic over so it will dry more efficiently. #PlanetorPlastic @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
These images are part of a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis at National Geographic @natgeo Learn what you can do to help. Take Your Pledge: natgeo.com/environment/pledge

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