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Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

Photo by @cookjenshel | Twenty two years ago, on September 18th President Clinton designated the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah, to protect for generations to come – the irreplaceable antiquities that exist within its over 1.7 million acres. It was a dream assignment for us, and our first for National Geographic, to photograph that spectacular landscape containing 250 million years of geologic history. It would take a lifetime to see the vast number of rock art panels and historic dwellings found within the monument’s borders, so we were fortunate to have the help of archeologists and geologists to lead us to many of the more important sites. Much of this landscape has still not been fully surveyed, and with current proposals to shrink the monument, it’s heartbreaking that we may lose an unknown rich history before it’s been fully revealed. @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #MonumentsForAll #SaveGrandStaircase #GrandStaircaseNationalMonument


Photo by @BrianSkerry | A large Tiger Shark swims within a shallow water region in The Bahamas that researchers believe might be a ‘maternity ward’ where pregnant females spend time before pupping. Despite a reputation as one of the most adaptable predators in the ocean, life for tiger sharks is not always easy. Over fishing and climate change can effect the abundance of their prey, making some years rather lean. Science is revealing this species to be far more complex with cognitive abilities and behaviors that show a highly evolved creature with fascinating characteristics. Divers that spend time with these animals frequently describe the ‘personality’ of animals they see often. Follow @BrianSkerry for more photos of ocean wildlife and the stories behind them! #sharks #tigersharks #bahamas #personality #savesharks


Photo by @dina_litovsky | Every winter, Amish and Mennonite travelers from all over the United States and Canada set out on a journey to Pinecraft, a tiny community in Sarasota, Florida. Starting out as a tourist camp in the 1920s, Pinecraft has since turned into a popular vacation spot, with hundreds of people visiting each year. The usual rules, though varied for different communities, are overall a bit looser, accepting the use of cell phones, cameras and bicycles. In this image, people gather around a local ice-cream shop that has become a popular hang-out after dark for vacationers of all ages.


Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The world’s first commercial dairy for camels, in Al Ain, U.A.E., produces various kinds of camel milk, camel yogurt, and even camel ice cream. This image is part of a long-term project about the global food supply. To see more, follow @FeedThePlanet



Photo by @davidalanharvey | Recovering opium addicts in Hanoi 1989. The Vietnam War had many tremendous after shock consequences long after truce was declared. One of them, drug addiction from the ranks of combat soldiers, was prevalent on both sides of the war. With another photojournalist colleague I tried opium once while we covered North Vietnam after the war. Pretty easy to see how one would get addicted. Clear headed euphoria. Not drunk. Not stoned. A sharp edged enlightened vision. No wonder poets and soldiers alike succumbed. I never tried it twice however. I was so sick at the exit point that it erased my pleasure forever. Vietnam now is of course a popular tourist destination and your athletic shoes are most likely made in Vietnam. I went to North Vietnam on assignment for NatGeo to meet our former U.S. enemy. Mixed feelings all around. Yet when you get right down and look your enemy in the eye what do you see? Another human being with hopes and dreams and pain and families and songs and art and a desire for peace. I have no idea what these men went through before hospitalization nor what happened after. Yet I did clearly see that war was not the answer.


Photo by @ismailferdous | In North India, it is traditional for a groom to arrive at his wedding on a horse with his wedding party - it’s called a baraat. This is Munveer Bhangoo’s baraat at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Dana Point, CA. He, his family and his friends arrive, singing and dancing to be welcomed by Avnish's family. Bhangoo, a Sikh American, grew up in Bakersfield, California, is a doctor, as is his father, one of his brothers, and the woman he is about to marry. When people say “Indian wedding” it’s a very generalized concept. For this @natgeo South Asian American story, I photographed Gujarati, South Indian and Sikh weddings in the United States. There are so many cultures and religious traditions within India and therefore Indian weddings, even in America, are diverse and observed in different ways. At each wedding I had a unique and miraculous experience.


Photo by @chamiltonjames // Captured #withGalaxy S9 produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro mode ISO 200 1/4th second f1.5 // Visitors watch the nightly spectacle of Garden Rhapsody in Supertree Grove at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. The nightly music and light show illuminate the so-called ‘Supertrees’ - enormous tree like structures - between 25 and 50 meters tall that are planted with a variety of orchids, bromeliads and ferns. Singapore prides itself on being a ‘green city’, despite being densely populated and is promoting development of green spaces, either on the ground or up in the air - on rooftops and the sides of buildings.


Our October 2018 issue brings you across the Amazon basin where settlers, miners, illegal loggers, and drug traffickers threaten the survival of the last 50 to 100 isolated and uncontacted tribes—some 5,000 people in all. We focus on one little known tribe, the Awá. Under siege in eastern Brazil, and on recently contacted people in the remote forests of the southern Peru-Brazil borderlands. We show why the indigenous peoples’ rights group Survival International has called the Awá “Earth’s most threatened tribe.” Only 100 uncontacted Awá still roam as nomads, hunting with bows and arrows, gathering wild honey and nuts. How much longer can they remain apart? Photos by @chamiltonjames.


Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Yarchen Gar Monastery, home to an estimated 10,000 Tibetan nuns. At over 4000 meters, the weather can get bitterly cold, and tents and only crudely constructed huts provide shelter. Electricity, sanitation, running water and food supply are also limited. Despite the harsh living conditions devotees continue to come, stay and study Tibetan Buddhism. This is the largest community of nuns in the world. #yaqing #yarchengar #tibetan #garze


Photo by @Jimmy_chin | Our original plan was to make a film, a character portrait about @alexhonnold. When he told us he was planning to free solo El Cap (climb El Cap without a rope), we stepped back and hit pause on the film for a few months to think about it. Were we willing to take the risk with Alex? It was only after a conversation @mochinyc and I had with friend and mentor, @krakauernotwriting, that it felt right to move forward. Jon asked, “Is he going to do it whether you film it or not?” “Are you in the best position to cover it?” “Do you believe he can do it?” Like all great mentors, he asked the right questions and made us answer them ourselves. Thank you to @natgeo, @mochinyc and our incredible crew for making the film what it is and to Alex for showing us what is possible. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. #FreeSolo premieres tonight in NYC and then opens in NYC, LA and Denver / Boulder on Sept 28. More cities to follow. Check to find a screening near you. For more photos from Free Solo, follow @jimmy_chin


Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Niko, 5 years old - Homer, Alaska. Take a moment and think back to your childhood. The era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my series ‘Toy Stories’, I explore the connection between children and their toys and I try to give an insight into their tiny worlds and takes you on a trip down memory lane. ‘Toy Stories’ is the result of an 30 month round the world trip where I visited more then 50 countries and took photographs of children and their favorite toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found similarities between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys played the same function, or example protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. - Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have, it was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. // Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children #toy #kid #alaska #homer #lego #toystories


Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Golden Wildebeest, Eastern Cape, South Africa - Along the Limpopo River basin, Golden Wildebeest naturally occurred adjacent to the Tuli-Block of Botswana. Earlier farmers in the 1920′s, called them “Vos Wildebeest.” —- The first Golden Wildebeest Bull, was captured by Alec Raff in the early 1990′s on the game farm Swinburne, in the Limpopo Valley, here they formed an integral part of the large migratory herds that once moved freely between South Africa and Botswana. Just over a quarter of century later its estimated than in excess of 2000 of these animals graze on South African game ranches, bred in the hope that hunters would pay a lot more to shoot unusually colored trophy animals. As early as 2011 the International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC) declared color variants a manipulation of wild game and said they should not be hunted. The industry continued and prices at auction continued to climb until 2016 when the market collapsed. With color-variant animals, a supply of ‘unnatural freaks' was created for which there is no real demand. The animals that roam the land have become commodified, part of a new consumerism, marketed and sold, their ‘brands’ pitted against each other, their continued existence now a question of human demand, whim and calculation. Follow me here and @chancellordavid and @thephotosociety to see more work and projects #southafrica


Photo by @renaeffendiphoto (Rena Effendi) | High above the Nile a barefoot couple ritually descends a cliff face in Minya in hopes of curing infertility. Egyptians sometimes ask archaeologists to allow a young woman to circle an excavation, believing that the power of the antiquities will help her conceive. Such beliefs have nothing to do with traditional religion, and they reflect patterns and instincts that would have been familiar in ancient times. For more stories of cultures around the world please #FollowMe @renaeffendiphoto #egypt #antiquity #rituals #traditions #beliefs #culture #family #dailylife"


Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | A 16-year old girl from a village near the mining town of Numbi, Democratic Republic of Congo was raped by three Hutu militia fighters, one of whom impregnated her and gave her HIV. She did not know she had HIV at the time this image were made. She was at a HEAL AFRICA clinic in Goma with her child and her mother, who is covering her face. Control over the mines, and the income they provide, has fueled conflicts in the area for decades, including violence against women. - “In Sub-Saharan Africa, the fight against HIV/AIDS is far from finished. Among the tragedies of HIV/AIDS is that it strikes in the prime of life, when young people should be finishing school, starting businesses, raising families, and building strong communities. We need to recommit to reaching more young people with effective treatment and prevention measures. ” – @melindafrenchgates


Photo by @tasneemalsultan | “I’ve been working as a housemaid for the same family, for the last thirteen years. I choose to not take a holiday to Indonesia, so I’ve not visited my family, since I arrived. My salary was $160, but now I earn $400 a month. With this money, I’ve built a farm, and a big villa for my family. I retire next month. It’s funny, because I think I’m more wealthy than the old couple I look after in Saudi” - Suty, who is now 68 years old. - “Human capital investments must focus on women and girls. Here’s why: because a history of discrimination has created greater barriers to their success. And, because the evidence shows that when women have access to opportunity and resources, the impact ripples through their families and communities.” – @melindafrenchgates #Goalkeepers18


Photo by @renaeffendiphoto | A young mother and a survivor of the Lord Resistance Army rebels violence attend a literacy class organized by Sister Angelique in Dungu, Democratic Republic of Congo. There is a large gap in literacy rates between men (86%) and women (67%). Herself a refugee, Sister Angelique Namaika helped transform lives of move than 2000 women and girls who fled the LRA violence by creating educational and economic opportunities for them. “Over the past two decades, I’ve met countless young people who are fighting with everything they have for the chance to learn. They know that the path out of poverty begins in the classroom. It’s critical that the world keeps investing in access to contraceptives and health care services that help them remain in school. ” – @melindafrenchgates #Goalkeepers18


Photo by @lynseyaddario | Kahindo, 20, sits in her home with her two children born out of rape in North Kivu Province, eastern Congo in April 2008. - “Every child born into a cycle of poverty and violence has the potential to break that cycle. But that will only happen if the world chooses to invest in their lives and their wellbeing. ” – @melindafrenchgates


Photo by @waynelawrence | Iman Saleh, whose parents are from Yemen, is a journalism student at Wayne State University in Detroit. This image was part of National Geographic’s May 2018 issue on Diversity in America, covering racial, ethnic, and religious groups and examining their changing roles in 21st-century life. - “There’s no doubt that today’s young people face enormous challenges. Still, the data tells us that they’re healthier, better educated, and have greater potential than any group of young people that’s come before—and I’m willing to bet that the generation that will transform the world into a better, more equal place has already been born. ” – @melindafrenchgates #Goalkeepers18


Photo by @stephsinclairpix | Sisters Yagana, 21, YaKaka 19 and Falimata, 14, were all abducted and held captive by Boko Haram until they escaped. To attract male recruits and motivate combatants, Boko Haram awards these kidnapped “wives” to fighters. As these girls reach puberty, forced marriages often turn them into unwilling mothers, their children pegged as the next generation of fighters. - “Poverty is not inevitable. But violence, gender inequality, and other deep-seated problems make it difficult to fight against. Today, most of the world’s population growth is happening in the world’s poorest places—the very places where it is hardest to live a healthy, productive life.” – @melindafrenchgates


Photo by @mmuheisen | 21-month-old Afghan refugee Anna Rahmoni sleeping under a mosquito net outside her family's tent in a camp north of Athens. Nobody leaves their home unless they’re forced to leave their home. - “Since 1990, the world has cut child mortality in half—a truly stunning feat. But behind that statistic are stories like Anna’s. She reminds us that our work is far from done. Every child, everywhere, deserves to live a life that is healthy, safe, and full of potential.” – @melindafrenchgates