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Photo by @ljohnphoto for @rippleeffectimages // Varsha and her two sisters go to school at the Pardada Pardadi Education Society in rural India. In a region where girls are commonly kept from class to help around the house, they are quite lucky. Pardada Pardadi will provide these girls with the tools to succeed and be independent later in life. #India #education #photography #color #womenandgirls #humans #portrait
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Photo by @davidalanharvey | Havana 2-23-17. #cuba #travel
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Photo by @GerdLudwig // on assignment in Russia. In the living room of their small apartment in Zelenograd in the outskirts of Moscow, a dedicated young cosplay couple - he a banker and she an interior designer - act out a cosplay performance. Cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. Cosplayers are a subculture who convene at festivals or perform on or apart from stages. The characters stem from comic books and cartoons, live-action films, or video games. Cosplaying initially became a popular culture phenomenon in Japan but has since spread worldwide. The photograph appeared in my recent story on the Putin Generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in Russia and was published in the December issue of @natgeo. Instagram now has a new feature making it possible to post multiple images as a gallery - view my latest post using this new feature to see more cosplayers in Moscow at @GerdLudwig. @natgeocreative @theimagereview #Russia #Moscow #cosplay #youth #costume #apartment #portrait #PutinGeneration
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Photo by @MelissaFarlow |Winter beach scene - Oceanside, Oregon. @melissafarlow @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative @theimagereview #beach #freespirit #oceanside #oregon #ocean #sunset #travel
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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Two puffins in flight – This image was captured many years ago on the Farne Islands in Northumberland, UK. Whilst it is undoubtedly a fantastic place for wildlife photography I would probably recommend trying to schedule your visit for an overcast day, especially if your primary goal is photography. Your time on the island will always be limited to the hours of about 10am-3pm (unless something has changed in recent years!) and as such, with most of the seabird nesting times occurring in the height of the summer months the light can be quite harsh and shadowy on these days. On this particular day I had arrived on the island in thick cloud but then the sun started to burn its way through and I ended up being forced to work in light that I would usually try to avoid. Of course images such as these do require a significant amount of luck and in this instance these two puffins took off simultaneously and flew straight down the barrel of my lens as they made their way out to sea. A strong wind made their flight path predictable and whilst I like most of the images’ attributes I am less keen on the quality of the light. Nevertheless, the extremely colourful puffins coupled with the blue sky and the green vegetation at least create a colourful image and as far as flight shots go I can see that it does have merit. If you’d like to join me to photograph these colourful and charismatic birds this coming summer then I have just a couple of places left on my photo tour to the Shetland Islands this coming July. For more information you can email me at or you can join my mailing list by clicking on this link and filling in your details Alternatively you can #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @natgeo #puffin #andysphototours #FarneIslands #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography
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Photo: @ivankphoto // #WalkingtheLAwash // #WhereTheConcreteMeetsTheJungle // The Pink Rose // Ashley Heldman, 29, stands alongside a fence with colored leaves boarding the #LARiver in the San Fernando Valley. As she opened a fresh bottle of vodka, she told me that her family and now her boyfriend, who had left a few days ago, had rejected her. As she broke down in tears she said that her mom, who beat her regularly, died from chronic alcohol abuse. #Runaflirts, @runa_photos, @thephotosociety, @panospictures
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Photo by @FransLanting // Kanzi is a uniquely talented bonobo. He was born in captivity and learned how to communicate with humans at an early age, mastering a vocabulary of symbols developed by Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh at her research facility. Over a period of 30 years, Kanzi has had many complex conversations with Sue that reveal his emotions and his ability to empathize with others. When I spent time with him, I was struck by his social intelligence. He was totally tuned in to the intentions and emotions of people around him, including me. Along with common chimpanzees, bonobos are our nearest of kin, but we have not exactly treated them like family. In the wild, bonobos, also known as pygmy chimps, only occur in a remote part of the Congo Basin, where they are threatened by civil unrest and the bushmeat trade. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about bonobos and to see how closely related we are. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #Bonobo #Kinship #GreatApe #Language #Communication
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Photo @pedromcbride // Crumbling Reflections: Much has changed in Cuba over the 17 years I have visited this island. But much has stayed the same. Time still ticks at a Cuban pace and old cars still run… I don’t know how... and while pockets of new construction and renovation exist thanks to a growing tourism boom, most buildings are crumbling and cracking under the Caribbean climate. But amidst the hardship, nostalgia and messy vitality, the Cuban people keep moving, like their cars. And somehow, they do it with a colorful friendliness and warmth that always amazes me. To see more, follow @pedromcbride #cuba #havana #photo #workshop @natgeoexpeditions #reflection #photooftheday #petemcbride
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Photo By: @mclain.david / @thephotosociety An Inuit hunter ferries his sled dogs from Kiatak island Greenland, where they are kept for the brief summer, back to Qaanaaq, in preparation for the coming winter. Dogs first appeared in Greenland about 5,000 years ago and have been used ever since by the Inuit to hunt and pull dogsleds. The breed is remarkably pure as no dog is allowed to enter Greenland and any dog that leaves Greenland cannot return. While Americans tend to think of dogs as pets the Inuit see them as working dogs and partners in a subsistence lifestyle and age old hunting traditions. The pack of dogs in this boat is capable of pulling a dog sled that weighs a thousand pounds.
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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // FROZEN BUBBLES // We have a long winter in Hungary after many years. Not much snow, but at least cold, as winter should be. Weeks in a row with lower than freezing point temperature in average, with no wind. There is a lake in the middle of the village I live. Thanks for the weather there was a fantastic quality of ice on the lake. Smooth as glass and transparent. I checked, if I find something interesting, but it was not a good time for landscape, or any wide angle shots. So I looked after details at the section of the bank where stones protect the dam from erosion. Those stones are covered with algae, who do not stop photosynthesis even at low temperature. They produce oxygen bubbles, which normally rise up to the surface and disappear. Now they could not, but frozen into the ice. Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @joepetersburger @thephotosociety @natgeo #hungary #ice #frozen #oxygen #photosynthesis #bubble #winter #travel #educateandinspire
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Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography // The former path of receding glaciers is clearly visible from the air above #Greenland. Large pieces of ice continue to split off as the ocean temperature rises. #photography #ocean #climate #landscape #travel #blue
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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Mute swan cygnet with a neck warmer – During the summer of last year I was seeking to put the finishing touches to a mute swan story that I had been working on for some 3 years. One of the aspects that had to date eluded me was the first few days of a cygnets life, as they explored their new world for the first time, all under the protective watch of their attentive parents. I knew that the intimacy with which I would have to work would require a significant bond of trust and that this in turn would require a huge investment in effort. Every day for weeks I would visit the nest site and as hatching day approached this increased to twice daily visits, taking time to sit and talk with the parents as they incubated their clutch of eggs. When hatching day did finally arrive I then spent all day every day with the adult swans, documenting intimately, and I hope sensitively, their developing relationship with their precious offspring. In this moment a young female cygnet, the last to hatch and always the most clingy, is scrambling on to her mothers’ back, a place that she sought like no other. Her mums neck meanwhile is draped around her, her head tucked toward her body as she preens. I was incredibly privileged to be trusted in the way that I was, effectively as one of the family, the most memorable moment undoubtedly when I was left in charge of this little female on the nest, just hours after hatching, as the parents took the other two older cygnets onto the water. I had seen at previous nest sites how quickly a magpie or crow will fly down and attempt to snatch any unguarded cygnets and so I took my responsibility seriously, the adult swans completely trusting that she would come to no harm. Using natural frames such as these are always useful when creating intimate portraits and there is no more beautiful arch in nature than the gentle sweep of a swans neck. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #wildlife #nature #naturelovers #muteswan #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #wildlifephotography
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Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @natgeo // Caretaker Li Feng cradles her precious charge by the window of Bifengxia’s panda nursery, the most popular stop for visitors touring the facilities. More than 400,000 people visit each year to glimpse and snap photos of China’s most beloved baby animals. @natgeocreative #bifengxia #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #natureisspeaking #savetheplanet #photojournalism #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #amivitale
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Photo by @gordonwiltsie // A #polar traveler appears to be jogging on water as he runs across a deep blue, bare #ice #glacier near the #PatriotHills, deep in the interior of #Antarctica. Here, incessant winds racing downhill from the South Pole have polished the surface like glass and daring pilots use this as a runway for large, wheeled aircraft bringing mountaineers, researchers and other travelers to the continent. It is so slick that many visitors bring gum-soled mukluks to keep from slipping onto their tails.
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Photo by @migeophoto // July 27, 2010 // Owensville to Lake Ozark, Missouri – 62 miles // In my head, I thought I knew how America would shift and change as we cycled west. I had developed a mental image based on everything from clipart maps on diner placemats, to the stereotypes presented in Disney movies. Now I am actually seeing it. The northeast until Ohio all felt the same. Once we crossed under the “Gateway to the West” in St. Louis everything changed. We are currently on Route 66 and our conversations often drift back to the country’s history. What were the pioneers thinking when they saw the landscape steadily dry up into desert? These days, every inch of road is surrounded by a barbed wire fence, so we are discovering ourselves more than any patch of soil. I didn't anticipate our endless list of injuries. Backaches, knee pain, hand numbness, chafing, extreme hunger and sever exhaustion. Oh, and a stiff neck. Yesterday during our ride a piece of gravel flew out of the back tire of my friend Ryan's bike and hit me in the eye. I couldn't open it for the rest of the day. Losing depth perception while speeding down hills at 40mph is not the safest way to spend the afternoon. Eventually Adam tied one of his leg warmers around my head in a makeshift eye patch. // These stories are from my cross-country bike trip with @bikeandbuild in 2010. In this image, two riders prop up their legs to release the lactic acid. See more under the hashtag #bikebuildtps
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Amazon River Dolphins from below, Brazil. Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho – Choosing images to illustrate a story in National Geographic is a collaborative effort, involving the photographer, several editors and a designer. With limited space, and many thousands of available pictures to choose from, making the final selection can be a daunting task. Sometimes, otherwise worthy pictures have to be left out, especially if they don’t advance the narrative. Such is the case with this picture, shot on assignment for @natgeo on Brazil’s Rio Negro. It was one of my favorite images from that project, yet never appeared in the magazine. Why? Simply because there were other underwater images that better told the story we wanted to tell, about these dolphins and their lives within the flooded forests of the Amazon. In this image, a pair of dolphins circle directly above me, as I hung on a rope ten feet down. The blood red color is entirely natural, captured without filters or gimmicks, caused by the midday sun passing through the tannin-rich water of the Rio Negro, here “eclipsed’ by the dolphin directly above me. #boto #amazondolphin #nikon
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Photo by @rezaphotography // #Pakistan, #Karachi. I was attending to the wedding of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari at the Clifton Palace garden in Karachi. They had an almost traditional Pakistani wedding, but Benazir made the choice of a "simple" wedding. This young woman came to see Benazir Bhutto. Text written by Rachel Deghati. Published in "Sinbad by Reza" (Glénat publishing, 2009). #benazirbhutto #asifzardari #woman #traditional #portrait #beauty #beautiful #look #pakistanese #grace #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى #عكاس @thephotosociety
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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // SNOW BREAKERS // Hungarian naked lily, Colchicum hungaricum, is an endemic, endangered species of Hungary. It lives exclusively on the Southern slopes of one mountain in the world, called Szarsomlyo. Limestone mining is still threatens its habitat, but it seems it is controlled enough now to protect this tiny beauty. The species is the earliest blooming one in Hungary, developing flowers in January, early February, but sometimes even in December. I took this image from a low angle of view with a telephoto lens, so the surrounding snow gave a perfect white environment for the white flowers. Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @joepetersburger @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #hungary #endemic #conservation #endangered #winter #snow #lily #travel #educateandinspire
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Photo by @medfordtaylor | ‘fossil fuel art’ #fossilfuels #fossilfuelrainbows #fossilfuelfree #oilcolors #oilpatch #oilontheroad #natureworldnews
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Photo by @FransLanting // From a helicopter hovering over a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, amazing patterns become clear. Steam rises from the boiling blue water in the center and the stains along the edges are created by bountiful bacteria which thrive in this extreme environment. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from our living planet. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #Yellowstone #Nature
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