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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo Cleaning nets of purse seining pirogues after bringing in the catch from night fishing on the open sea. Schools of pelagic fish rise to the surface and make a bright spot in West African waters, which makes them easier to find at night. It’s tough way life for these Senegalese fishermen, who bring in the primary source of protein for the country. To see how they land their catch through the surf, go to @geosteinmetz

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Photo by @paolowoods - A dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) seen from underneath in the nature reserve of Homhil in the mountains of Socotra. The dragon’s blood tree is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree that is only found in Socotra. Its red sap was the dragon's blood of the ancients, sought after as a medicine and a dye. Socotra is a small island in the Indian Ocean that is part of Yemen. It is far from the main land (about 350 Km) and that has contributed to its historic and biological isolation over the years resulting in an amazing endemic fauna and flora. Surveys have revealed that more than a third of the 800 or so plant species of Socotra are found nowhere else. It has been till recently a Yemeni military base, were access was very restricted, and this has contributed to preserve it from any kind of mass tourism. But the immense beauty of the mountainous landscape, the stunning variety of the underwater life, the pristine beaches and uniqueness of its flora are making it a sought-after ecotourism destination. #socotra #yemen #homhil #dragonbloodtree #ocean #tree

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Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl on assignment for @natgeo | A story where my first love met my second- horses and photography. This image is from the cover story of the first issue of Far & Away, a new magazine that brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the reporting of The Wall Street Journal. Flat race horses cool down in the sea after training on the public gallops at Barka beach, Barka, Oman. The training racetrack is nicknamed "Newmarket Barka" after the famous Newmarket racecourse in the UK, around which a large number of racing stables are based. Every afternoon local racing stables come to the sand tracks to exercise endurance and flat race horses.

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Pictured here is one of the most spectacular tunnels inside Lechuguilla (cave). The Lebarge Borehole lies about 4 hours of general caving from the entrance. The walls are coated in pristine white gypsum crystals that sparkle and shimmer when lights are shone onto them. For millions of years, Lechuguilla has been sealed off from human and animal interaction. The cave, which lies in Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. @natgeocreative

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Photo by @renan_ozturk The vivid intersection of water and mountains that is so iconic of New Zealand. No fancy access or hard fought locations for this one. I just ignored the ‘fasten your seatbelts’ for landing from my aisle seat on our commercial flight and shot a few frames from the back galley past the flight attendant glares. With @taylorfreesolo #newzealand See @renan_ozturk for more images from this recent exploration.

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Film by @amivitale. While the UK is introducing one of the world's toughest ivory bans, and China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are strengthening their own bans, the US is taking steps backwards, to ease the import of so called “elephant trophies.” Dave Matthews Band (@davematthewsband) is taking a stand for the elephants and for community based conservation. I am so proud to have made this film of Dave and his incredible song “Mother of Africa” at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg Thank you to @danehenrydigital & @brettlowell for all your help on this @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @coreyrich @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo @ladzinski / Glowing railroad tracks cutting through the twilight in #TolarGrande. The sun had already been down for the better part of an hour but the landscape was still illuminating a yellow haze reflecting off the sky and exaggerated by the inordinate amount of dust kicked up by the wind. As we crossed the tracks I could faintly make out the scene, but through my camera and a long exposure it was a completely different image. As a photographer you’re always chasing light and moments like this are always special and fleeting. I snapped off a handful of long exposures as the light faded out, leaving me with this picture to remember the evening with. To see more photos of his beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski

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Photo by @CarltonWard // Summer thunderstorms are starting to roll across the Florida peninsula. I recently photographed Biscayne National Park, near Miami, for @natgeotravel. I was using my small boat to line up views juxtaposing historic stilt houses with the skyline of Florida’s most populous city (see @carltonward for a photo). A wall of dark clouds had built over the Everglades and was racing across the bay. As we motored to the nearest stilt house to take shelter, this couple on their paddleboard was doing the same thing, giving me a great subject to frame against dramatic weather bearing down on us. The rain hit hard but lasted just a half hour. #BiscayneBay #Florida #FloridaWild #Storm @BiscayneNPS with @alexofthewild.

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Photograph by @thomaspeschak This gigantic constantly shape shifting school of jacks/trevally inhabits the rich waters of the Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve in #baja #mexico The dorsal fins of the uppermost fish break the oceans surface while deepest fish scrape their bellies on the sandy seabed 20 m below. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine. Follow @thomaspeschak for more images and stories from the world’s oceans.

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Photo by @edkashi Workers subcontracted to clean up an oil spill from an abandoned well in Oloibiri, Niger Delta. Wellhead 14 was closed in 1977 but had been leaking for years; in June of 2004, it spilled over 20,000 barrels of crude oil. #everydayclimagechange #ECC #actonclimate #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nigerdelta #oilspill #petroleum #nigeria

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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo Thousands of fiberglass boats clogged Nouadhibou harbor at the end of octopus season last week. The maximum allowable catch is 25k tons according to the government, but this year the catch was 38k tons, with the overage from small motorized pirogues like these. Mauritania has one of the richest fisheries remaining in West Africa, and most of it is caught for export, like octopus for the Japanese market. To see more on the state of our global fisheries follow @geosteinmetz #fishing #sustainability

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