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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Walking on the Bund is of the must-to-do things on your trip to Shanghai. Strolling along the promenade allows you to have a clear view of the Pudong Skyline. You can see people doing different activities like kite flying and tai chi practicing. Most of the kite flyers are local retirees or young kids. They fly kites for fun as well as for the purpose walking and make exercise. They bring their own hand made kites which are various in type. The most common are bird-like and classical diamond, but you can often see more unique and creative shapes of kites. #shanghai #bund #pudong #kite #kites #china #promenade

Photo by @BrianSkerry.

Life thrives within the kelp forest on Cortes Banks, located approximately 100-miles off the coast of San Diego, California.

Cortes Banks is an underwater mountain range, rich with nutrients, that has yielded a unique habitat of kelp forest and surf grass on the seafloor, and has enabled a variety of pelagic marine life to thrive in the waters above. Places such as Cortes Banks are vital to the health of our planet, processing carbon and giving back oxygen. Diving in places like this is like swimming through a kaleidoscope, with color and light constantly changing.
Scientists state that, in order to have a healthy planet, we must protect at least 40% of Earth’s oceans. Currently only about 3% is protected.
Coverage from a story in the February issue of National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo) about the value of protecting ecosystems in US waters. To lean more about creating ‘Blue Parks,’ check out the February issue of @NatGeo Magazine and to see more photos of special underwater places, follow @BrianSkerry on Instagram.
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative

#cortes #banks #san #diego #ca #cali #marine #ecosystem #underwater #photography #nature #photooftheday #united #states #preserve #national #geographic #nat #geo #climatechange #climate #change

Photo @andy_mann // Marine biologist and free diver, @cainedelacy, sets up a shot on a large, pregnant Oceanic Whitetip Shark, assessed as critically endangered in the Western Central Atlantic due to enormous declines in their population. Some studies show a decline of over 99% in the last 30 years. For three years I've been working in the Bahamas with great organizations and biologists to tag and track pregnant female Whitetips in hopes of learning where this evasive, pelagic shark goes to give birth. It is an absolute honor to be in the water with this amazing shark.

Photo by @johnstanmeyer

Stars ~ Masseures wash and bath men inside the Çemberlitaş Hamami in Istanbul, Turkey. Built in 1584, this hamami is one of the most important works of 16th century Ottoman architecture.

Thank you kindly much for following my latest project @bridging.stories on Instagram.

All my best, @JohnStanmeyer

@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #turkey #istanbul #hamami #cemberlitas #sauna #bath #bathing

Photo by @renan_ozturk // This man, Winfred Rembert, was violently attacked and hung by a rope in the 1960's, one of the only currently living survivors of a lynching in America. 4,000 African Americans were killed in similar acts of racial terrorism during that era after the emancipation of slavery and through Jim Crow. ~

Counterintuitively, he is not the hardened man he looks in this picture. At his core he full of forgiveness, sharing his story through his hand nailed leather murals. ~ "There ain't a person in the world who has reason more than I do to hate. I got a reason to hate. But guess what... there ain't a prejudice bone in my body. I wanna live, and I wanna let live." -Winfred Rembert ~

Part of the #AshesToAshesFilm project that @taylorfreesolo, her father @todd.rees and myself have been directing and producing this past year. The film is about Winfred and Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker, two individuals deeply affected by racism in America that are using art to heal.

Photo by @joelsartore | Meet Caramel, an Indochinese guar at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (@wildlife_alliance). Despite weighing over 800kg/1,800 lbs., she is extremely sweet and gentle! She has just become a mother of the very first gaur calf ever born at the Centre, join them in celebrating!
The WildlifeAlliance, who cares for this animal and many others brought in for rehab here, operates the only mobile education team in Cambodia, bringing structured conservation education to rural areas where the illegal wildlife trades often begin. Since 2005, they have delivered conservation education to more than 50,000 children and teachers. To find out more about this unique team and support their work, please visit

Photo: @ivankphoto // Adebola Afolabi, of the Viver Brasil Dance Co, throws her hands in the air as hundreds of thousand of people take the streets during the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles on January 21, 2017. @panospictures, @runa_photos, @thephotosociety

Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @natgeocreative // A young woman protests with the with word “UNAPOLOGETIC” written across her face today in #NYC. More than a million demonstrators gathered Saturday in cities worldwide in support of the Women’s March on Washington. Coincidentally, the January 2017 edition of @natgeo is a special, single-topic issue on the shifting landscape of gender. In this special issue of the magazine, we look at cultural, social, biological and personal aspects of gender. @womensmarch #womensrightsarehumanrights #genderrevolution #girls #girlseducation #photography #photojournalism #women #equality

Photo by @petekmuller. After a couple of crazy days, I retreated this evening to the ocean front in Lynn, Massachusetts, near where I grew up. No phone. No distractions. Just waves crashing against the sea wall and brisk winter air. "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence." #Lynn #Massachusetts #dailylife #ocean #water #MA #USA #winter

Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A female leatherback turtle crawls back to the sea after nesting - under the Caribbean moonlight - on the island of St. Croix. Researchers are uncertain as to exactly how old leatherbacks must be in order to begin mating, though most estimates state that the turtles must be between 20 and 30 years old.
The female crawls ashore typically after dark, digs her nest and lays a clutch of eggs. This picture was made at 2am, with a long exposure under a nearly full moon.

Leatherbacks are the largest, widest-ranging and deepest diving of all sea turtle species. Their lineage dates back more than 100 million years.
Coverage from a story in the February issue of National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo) about special marine ecosystems in US waters that would be valuable to protect permanently.
For more marine photography, and to see more from my adventures as a National Geographic Photographer, follow me, @BrianSkerry on Instagram.

#leatherback #sea #turtle #seaturtle #caribbean #stcroix #underwater #photography #preservation #conservation #national #geographic #natgeo #photooftheday

Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - A mahout climbs on top of his #elephant's head in Delhi, #India. A mahouts job is to take care of his elephant all day long, even sleeping with them at #night. Replaced by modern machinery, just a few elephants remain in the city of #Delhi, mostly used as a tourist attraction. To see more cool elephant photos follow @brianlehmannphotography.

Photograph by @paulnicklen // Happy #penguinawarenessday. At up four feet in height, emperor penguins stand tall as they prepare to enter the cold 28F Ross Sea. They will be at sea for up to two weeks as they gorge on krill and ice-fish of which they will bring back to their hungry chicks. A bit ungainly on land, these gigantic birds are true athletes once in the water. #followme on @paulnicklen to see how they release millions of bubbles from their feathers to accelerate underwater. #penguin #nature #naturelovers #rosssea #MPA #instagood #love #beauty #happyfeet

Photo by @petekmuller. Two rising sophomores from Saint Benedict's Prep School rest in the grass during school's annual wilderness expedition. Each year, as an enshrined rite of passage, the outgoing freshman class must complete a grueling five-day, 55-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. “The experience teaches kids to help one another,” explains Edwin Leahy, the school’s headmaster. “It creates a sense of community that is frequently not taught to young men. It’s this rugged individualism that gets communicated.” The all boys’ prep school in Newark, New Jersey aims to impart an emotionally aware and expressive form of masculine identity. “If young guys don’t find constructive means of expression, their anger either gets expressed outwardly in poor behavior or inward as self destruction,” Leahy adds. #boyhood #gender #masculinity #hiking #appalachiantrail #SBP #saintbenedicts #newjersey #newark

Photo @ladzinski / A little colorado winter magic. Seeing this herd of horses grazing in the gently falling snow was a nice way to start the morning. Photographed outside of #EstesPark Colorado

Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
Kamchatka brown bears are the largest carnivorans in Eurasia. Here photographed emerging from steam in the Valley of The Geysers in Russia's Kamchatka peninsular. The first Europeans who went to Kamchatka observed that the bears here were relatively harmless compared to their Siberian counterparts. However, in 2008, a platinum mining community in the region was besieged by a sleuth of bears who killed two guards and prevented workers from leaving their homes. Kamchatka remained closed to Soviet citizens until 1989 and to foreigners until 1990 and the bear population thrived to that point, but since the demise of the Soviet Union and the opening up of the region to mineral exploitation and international trophy hunting, the bear population has been put under pressure.

Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.

@simonnorfolkstudio @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #igtravel #onassignment @world_wildlife #bear #Kamchatka #камчатка #wildlife

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo
I am working on a @natgeo Jaguar story. Here is a jaguar running to a caiman it hopes to eat for dinner. Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid

My first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo Jaguar story 20 years ago! It has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world.

Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. They give us 75% of the fresh water.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the JAGUAR and Puma. The forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. And the forests of South Asia for the Tigers and Leopards. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves.

National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing big cats. Please visit to find other ways to become involved to save big cats!

#follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive #natgeochannel @natgeochannel @natgeowild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NGcreative @natgeocreative #fursforlife #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #startwith1thing @projetooncafari @refugioecologicocaiman @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris

Photo by @woods_galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Jersey. A guide with Jersey Walk Adventures leads a group of tourists for a “Moonwalk,” on a patch of seabed that can only be explored at low tide. The British crown dependency of Jersey experiences tides of up to ten meters, some of the world’s most dramatic, exposing kilometers of land that are covered by the ocean the rest of the time. #jersey #tide #walk #moonwalk #lowtide #ocean

Video by @joelsartore | Fez, the three-banded armadillo from the Lincoln Children's Zoo (@lincolnchildrenszoo) searches our photo studio for tasty tidbits such as grubs and other treats. In his native Brazil, he would be bustling about the forest floor searching through leaf litter, dining as he sniffs along with a hard, protective shell on his back. The three-banded armadillo can close its shell the tightest of all of the armadillos, which comes in handy if they run into any predators in the wild. #Follow @joelsartore to see more cool animals! #armadillo

Photo by @mattiasklumofficial
An extreme skier, bottom left, preparing his gear in Oasi Zegna, situated in the Italian alps. One of my personal favorites in Europe. A haven for a photographer and for a bunch of red listed species. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial for more images from this oasis and from our other projects around the world! #planet #alps #oasizegna #conservation #stopclimatechange #mattiasklum #italy #winter #extremeskier #photooftheday #fineart #moon #adventure #trekking #europe #instagood #mattiasklumworkshop @mattiasklumcollection @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeo @irisalexandrov

Photo by @stephenwilkes: In 2013, I had the incredible opportunity to capture President Obama's second inauguration. It was an overwhelming day, with estimates of 1 million people in attendance.
I spent 20+ hours--from setup to breakdown--above the sea of waving flags in a scissor lift. As planes landed at Ronald Reagan Airport gusts of wind shook the lift, threatening to blur my exposures.
The final image was worth the stress and more as I was able to create an image that captures the sentiments of the day, and years, of Obama's continued presidency.
For further details on this print, including how to obtain a copy, contact
#DayToNight #StephenWilkes #inauguration #Obama #TASCHEN #BryceWolkowitzGallery #Artitled #PeterFettermanGallery #MonroeGallery

Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo
America's national symbol, the Bald Eagle, is not always the stoic postal service mascot fearlessly plucking salmon from the pristine rivers of Alaska that many of us imagine. I found this eagle scavenging old fish from the deck of a pollock trawler and many others rooting through garbage dumpsters around town. Reality can be easily overshadowed by what we believe to be true. This eagle is not blind but instead captured mid-blink. I'll be spending the next month in the Aleutian Islands exploring the relationship between industry and nature adding to my eagle-centric series #AleutianDream . Follow the journey here and learn about upcoming exhibitions at @arni_coraldo
#blind #american #baldeagle #symbol #leader #america #alaska #eagle

In the forest high above the canyons of Utah, Clint Mecham a predator specialist from the State of Utah Dept of Natural Resources, gently lowers a sedated mountain lion onto the forest floor. For more than 30 years he's consistently collected data from lion across the entire state, and collared in excess of 400 mountain lion, allowing both the health and numbers of lion present to be accurately monitored by researchers. To see more of my personal work and projects follow me @chancellordavid @natgeo

Photo by @FransLanting Flying home to California, I saw more snow cover on the Sierra Nevada than I’ve seen in many years, thanks to the recent storms that have pummeled the state. It’s great for skiers, and great for all the creatures that depend on spring runoff into our streams. The long-term drought prospects may not have changed, but it’s a great relief for the time being. Follow me to see more images of what winter weather does to the Golden State.
@natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #SierraNevada

Photo by @andy_mann // While out searching for new dive sites off Selvagem Pequena Island, a remote archipelago 200 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, we observed this seemingly random wave rise from the depths. A true sea monster. We decided to have a look under it and quickly found an amazing sea-mount full of life. Always expect the unexpected at sea. Photographed on expedition with @natgeopristineseas, whose efforts have officially helped to protect this special place.

Photo by @joelsartore | An eastern mole shows off why he's so good at digging--his giant, paddle-shaped front feet!
This little mammal was nursed back to health by Nebraska Wildlife Rehab (@newildliferehab) in Louisville, Nebraska.
He's one of thousands of injured and orphaned native animals saved by this place each and every year. #Follow @joelsartore to see more amazing animals! #PhotoArk #mole #teeth #claws

@renan_ozturk photo // Exploration isn't just about seeking the places that haven't been found. It's just as much about creating things that haven't been created, especially when that art and those stories can give voice to things unheard. Unfelt. That's an adventure in itself. ~

@the_hula @taylorfreesolo @rudy.le @paytenpurdy @camp4collective

photo by @chien_chi_chang/@magnumphotos The time was 1996 and the location Hsinkang, in central Taiwan. Rain or shine, each spring in Taiwan, followers of Taoist saint Matsu make a pilgrimage to commemorate her birthday (she would have been 1062 this year). The procession creeps along from temple to temple on a seven-day, 280-kilometer (174 miles) journey through central Taiwan. Upon reaching their destination, performers wearing lion masks dance in front of the temple. This is one of the images to be exhibited by the RATP (Paris public transportation) in its metro stations and in collaboration with Magnum Photos to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Magnum. The exhibition will start on the 28th of February 2017 and on view for four months. #LionDance #cccontheroad #MagnumPhotos

Photo by @jimmy_chin
Our good friend and guide Youssef waiting patiently for our crew. We would have been lost without Youssef helping show us the short cuts and traverses through and around the endlessly steep, chaotic and unforgiving terrain. #desertwandering #onlocation #onassignment @natgeo

Photo by @GerdLudwig. On the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany, January 19th (as the Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar) hundreds of thousands of Russians prepare to do what they do on Epiphany every year. They gather – like here in Moscow - to take a dip in the icy priest-blessed waters. This is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. In many places, the first faithful arrive before sunrise and the ceremony continues throughout the day and well into the night. You can find more photographs from Russian Epiphany events at @gerdludwig and on my website:

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative @theimagereview #RussianEpiphany #RussianOrthodox #celebration #religion #tradition #iceswimming

Photo by @haarbergphoto (Orsolya Haarberg)
Siberian spruce has a slender crown which is an adaptation to protect it from the heavy snowfall it withstands. During the summer, the individual trees blend together into infinite green forests amidst the rolling landscape of Swedish Laponia. In early winter, however, the candle-like crown of the trees becomes distinct against the white snow covering the ground. The low winter Sun casts a beautiful warm light on the highest tree tops while the white snow develops a blue tone on the lower tree crowns and on the shaded forest floor.

#Muddus National Park, #Laponia World Heritage Site, #Lapland #Sweden @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

photo by @daviddoubilet A small but mighty Pygmy goby defends its chosen shelter, a discarded glass bottle resting in the silty bottom of Anilao, Philippines. The sloping sea beds near Anilao are a barren empty seascape with little cover for marine creatures trying to escape predation. Any discarded object or natural debris becomes priceless real estate. Nearly 102 million people live in this island nation defined by the sea. The Philippines are a cornerstone of the Coral Triangle, the richest marine diversity on the planet, geographically defined by Phillippines,Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. More marine stories to come from current assignment Inside The Coral Triangle with @natgeo. #ocean #Philippines #coraltriangle #life #laugh #hope #home for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet

Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - A #vintage #car drives down the streets of Havana, #Cuba. To see more fascinating cultural photographs from Cuba and other places around the world #follow @brianlehmannphotography.

Photo by @stephenwilkes: A small moment of a much larger image. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to create a Day to Night of President Obama's 2012 Inauguration. I witnessed a sea of waving flags, cheers of proud constituents, and the pride of the nation --all illuminated by a bright and colorful sunrise--I am so honored to have been part of such a momentus day in history.
#Inauguration #PresidentObama #WashingtonDC #America #BryceWolkowitzGallery #PeterFettermanGallery #MonroeGallery #DayToNight #StephenWilkes

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