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Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Mako Shark cruises through the blue waves of San Diego, CA; its dorsal fin not even breaking the surface. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60 mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size. The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo. And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinating, check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold. #shark #mako #makoshark #underwater #photography #conservation #preservation #underwaterphoto #natgeo #nationalgeographic #follow #onassignment #sharks #savesharks #newzealand #nz #photooftheday #oceanambassador
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Photo by @FransLanting On assignment for @NatGeo, we backpacked into a remote canyon in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area with a backcountry ranger from the Bureau of Land Management. We were impressed with his knowledge and amazed to learn that he was the only person employed by BLM as “boots on the ground” to patrol a vast area. Protecting natural landscapes is critical, but having enough people to look after them is just as important. As Washington, D.C. contemplates cutbacks to the stewardship of our protected areas, it’s sobering to know how few resources we dedicate even now to looking after some of the most iconic landscapes in North America, if not the world. Can’t we do better? Check some of the links below to add your voice to the conversation. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of special places in the American West. @WildernessSociety @thephotosociety @leonardodicaprio #MonumentsForAll #beauty #naturelovers #naturephotography #wilderness #America #Conservation
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Photo by@irablockphoto (Ira Block) Sea stacks, known as Rauks on the Fårö and Gotland Islands in the Baltic Sea were formed from limestone erosion during the Ice age. These geological formations rival modern art sculpture in their ability to evoke a multitude of images in our minds . #followme @irablockphoto to see more of my photos @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #rauks #gotland #Fårö #seastacks #balticsea #geology
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Photo by @renan_ozturk // A tobacco farmer in Viñales Cuba, taking refuge from the mid-day summer heat. Shooting cultural portraits is something I've become fascinated with recently as a process of interaction and inherently learning more about myself as well as others. In places like Nepal where I speak the language it's much easier for me but since my Spanish is slim to none, Cuba was much more intimidating. I'm normally very timid and shy but in these types of situations it takes a sort of 'practiced courage' to connect with a stranger and raise your lens in a way that feels right. I'd say a third of the folks I approached were not into it and you have to respect that immediately. Most of the time it's nonverbal eye-contact or body language and you would be surprised how many people are actually delighted to give their time for a photo. Ideally I have time to be in a space for a long time and the subjects become used to my presence before taking a single shot. Capturing portraits of humanity whether it's your closest loved one or a stranger on the street is a practice that can teach you a lot about yourself. w/ @taylorfreesolo #cuba
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - The Maasai giraffe, also called Kilimanjaro giraffe, is the largest species of giraffe native to East Africa, also the tallest land mammal. The Masai giraffe can be found in central and southern Kenya and in Tanzania. It has distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches which extend to the hooves. A median lump is usually present in males. All giraffes are considered vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Masai giraffe population declined 52% in recent decades. Overall, the approximate number of all populations accumulate to 32,550 in the wild. #serengeti #tanzania #giraffe #park #masaigiraffe #wild
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Photograph by: @cristinamittermeier // A group of Gentoo penguins huddles in a snow storm to stay warm. Of all the different types of penguins, these to me, are the most entertaining. Their sassy curiosity and intelligent demeanour make them fun to photograph. Their survival is threatened by climate change because, without healthy and abundant sea ice, they cannot survive. Shot on #assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen @andy_mann @ladzinski and @craigwelch #followme @cristinamittermeier for more insight into my experiences and thoughts when photographing penguins and other interesting animals. * * * #stopclimatechange | #saveouroceans | #watersedge | #nature
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The view from the Jungfraujoch Sphinx observatory in Switzerland is breathtaking. It's lofty location is dramatic and extremely exposed. These two photographs, taken from the viewing platform show the upper half of the Aletsch glacier, the largest glacial system in the Alps along with the observatory itself, during a cloudless night sky full of stars. Each time I visit this mass of ice, I am drawn more and more to its dwindling size. Glaciologists predict that by the year 2050, there will no longer be any glaciers in the European Alps. A sobering thought. We're here in Switzerland as part of a National Geographic Student Expedition. #natgeostudentexpeditions
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Photo @pedromcbride // A last look at a smoke-filled sunset across Majete Game Reserve in Malawi. This wildlife reserve has become a protected island for wildlife in Africa. @africanparksnetwork #majete #500elephants #malawi
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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial for @natgeo The Illusive and deadly Rhinoceros viper, is, in my opinion, one of the world's coolest looking snakes! It uses its amazing camouflage and stealth to ambush prey. Go to @mattiasklumofficial to a see a video of how I took this photo. By protecting rainforest and other ecosystems as well as their inhabitants and by using natures wealth sustainably we secure a healthier planet and future for humanity! Shot in the Republic of Congo for @natgeo #congo #deadly #venom #rhinocerosviper #bestjobintheworld #conservation #science #molecular #snake #medicin #photooftheday @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @mattiasklumcollection @irisalexandrov
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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // Eight-year-old brides, Tehani and Ghada, begin preparations for a family meal at their home outside Hajjah, Yemen. Child marriage has long been an issue in Yemen, one of the few countries in the region without a legal minimum age of marriage. Attempts to set 18 as the minimum marrying age collapsed with the outbreak of the conflict in 2015 and it is estimated that, now, child marriage rates could be much higher. A UNFPA-INTERSOS assessment, which interviewed over 250 community members, local leaders and survivors of child marriage for insight into how families are coping with the conflict, stated that most participants “were of the opinion that child marriage has increased in their community. They all stated that the conflict pushed the practice,” according to the assessment’s findings. While more comprehensive assessments are difficult to do in conflict situations, the report also suggests that girls are being married off even younger. Of the child marriage survivors interviewed in the northern part of the country, 72 per cent were married between ages 13 and 15. Of those in the south, 62 per cent were married before age 16. . This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Defense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo, including this one. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the practice, which occurs in more than 50 countries spanning many cultures and religions. It also includes information about our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed, which seeks to protect girls' rights and #endchildmarriage. @letoitdelagrandearche #girls #child #conflict #color #letgirlslearn
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Video by @joelsartore | Although incredibly vibrant and bold in color, the veiled chameleon would be almost impossible to see amongst the dense leaves of highly vegetated parts of the Arabian peninsula where it’s found. They’re quite shy around other, bigger species and may curl up into the fetal position when frightened. However, veiled chameleons (especially males) can get very aggressive toward one another. During breeding season, males perform for females by doing a courtship dance involving head rolls and chin rubs. To see a portrait of this chameleon, check out @joelsartore! . . #chameleon #lizards #reptiles #vibrant #green #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether
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