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Photo by @FransLanting // On Sep. 22 we celebrate World Rhino Day — She is massive, armed with horns and protected by thick skin, and yet she is utterly vulnerable. One ear is pointing my way, the other faces backwards. Rhinos make up for not seeing well with a sharp sense of hearing. Her calf is just curious, and has no clue what is facing them. But we know what is happening to them across Africa and Asia. Rhinos are in danger of extinction in the wild. And that is why we need World Rhino Day—to draw attention to them and to the organizations that are making a difference where it matters, in the hallways of governments and in the front lines of protection on the ground. I hope you will support them so that rhinos will get a fighting chance. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about rhinos and how you can help. @worldrhinoday@Wildaid @World_wildlife @Lewa_wildlife #wildaid #wild_net #Rhino #WorldRhinoDay #SaveTheRhino #AspinallFoundation


Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography. The Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered species of wolf in the world. Hunted nearly to extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 11 Mexican gray wolves into the wild in 1998. Their numbers have grown slowly, but steadily since then. This wolf was photographed in a refuge in Arizona. This photo is from the series of images I shot for a National Geographic (@natgeo) book and traveling exhibit called “Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands,” authored by @barbarakingsolver. Our goal was to celebrate the last 1% of wilderness remaining in the United States, and urge its protection. The image was shot on black and white infrared film. I then hand tinted the resulting prints. My goal was to use this romantic technique to give the images a sense of timelessness. The work raised more than a quarter million dollars for grassroots conservation efforts. #PhotographyForGood @rippleeffectimages #america #usa #nature #wilderness #arizona #wolves #wolf #greywolf #desert


Photo by @ljohnphoto for @rippleeffectimages. Ritu and Priya lead their class in a series of morning exercises before class begins. These girls attend Pardada Pardadi (@pardadapardadi) Girls’ School in Anupshahar, India along with hundreds of other girls from the area. Pardada Pardadi provides these hardworking students with high-quality education, hot meals, and a fun learning environment. Pardada Pardadi’s mission is to give their girls everything they’ll need to succeed in the future. It’s why they also provide a growing savings fund for each girl that they can access after graduation. This savings fund ensures that the students will be financially independent and won’t be pushed into early marriage. #PhotographyForGood #photojournalism #girls #children #education #india #determination #inspiration #opportunity #empowerment


Photo by @williamalbertallard // Crenshaw, Mississippi, 1968 In 1968 I was assigned to photograph the “Poor Peoples March” that was to start in the Deep South and end up in Washington DC. A reporter and I went to a gathering of African Americans in the area of Crenshaw, Mississippi who were supposed to leave for Washington in a day or two. The people were crowded together under a huge canvas tent where we met the Irbys, a nice family who agreed to let us follow them back to their home, an aged wooded tenant house sitting in the midst of vast cotton fields. But before we left the tent, I made a few portraits of some of the family, but mostly of Hank, who was 17 at the time. The details in the portrait are so important probably because they are really imperfections, something one might change or correct if one we’re going to do a serious portrait session. Little details like the part of an under shirt that shows. How the top button of his shirt is buttoned tight, the second button is loose. And there are small flecks of blue paint on his shirt that echo the color of his sweater. His well worn cap is tilted just so. The wall of the tent behind him provides background color that blends so well with his dark eyes, his brown skin. His gaze at me is just slightly apprehensive but accepting. Although unstudied, it’s probably as honest and direct a portrait as I’ve ever made. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images spanning a five-decade career @natgeo @leica_camera @leicacamerausa #portraitphotography #filmphotography #60s #1960s #south #kodachrome #leica #mississippi


Photo by @flipnicklin //Narwhal in front of researchers Dr. John Ford and Debbie Cavenaugh. After months of trying to get a close look at the Unicorn of the Seas, this situation of narwhal fighting around a dead female gave us more questions than answers. This shot led to many more trips North. Follow @flipnicklin for more images and stories about whales. @thephotosociety @natgeo #whaletrust #humpback


Photo by @jasperdoest | @vetdoest goes for a weekly swim in the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island of Curaçao with her two brown pelicans and flamingo Bob. With all the attention Flamingo Bob is getting; you’d almost forget the incredible work @vetdoest & @fdoccuracaoare doing for other species on the island. @vetdoest often gets injured wild animals at her practice and works hard to rehabilitate them. These two pelicans were beaten up by local fishermen and wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild. Therefore @vetdoest added these two characters to her team of wildlife educators to teach local children about wildlife conservation and animal welfare. And in case you haven’t heard about Bob yet: Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the Dutch island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. #followme @jasperdoest, @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao for more images of Flamingo Bob who is slowly becoming #instafamousas the animal ambassador of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC). @thephotosociety @natgeo #animalrescue #birdrescue #animalambassador #pelicans #meetbob #flamingolove #flamingo #islandlife


Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Bengal tiger road block – Granted, there are worse problems to have. When the call comes over the radio that some tigers have been spotted a few miles away and then, as you’re on route your vehicle gets stuck because there’s bloody tiger lying in the middle of the road! 😊 Not only a tiger but one that seems intent on demonstrating just how much like a house cat they really are by playfully rolling, stretching and kicking it’s feet in the air. Lying there it seemed to delight in its own mischief, as if trying to tempt the unwary into an ill-advised belly rub. Anyone who has ever lived with cats, as I have, know how quickly a belly rub can turn into a rabbit punch though with claws sheathed such playfulness rarely leads to discomfort. Now expand the size and power of that house cat into adult tiger size and you’ll quickly begin to imagine that such belly rubs are generally not such a good idea, no matter how playful or innocent the expression or how tempting the belly might look! We never did get to see the other tigers that morning but we did nonetheless leave with big smiles on our faces, and all our limbs intact! If you’d like to experience sights like this then I’m leading a tiger tour to India in January 2020 to the place in India with the highest density of tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park. For more details then please email me at or hit the link in my bio on my personal page @andyparkinsonphoto. This is also where you can keep up with my images and my tips for improving your own photography @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety


Photo by @FransLanting This alien creature may look like a cousin of Star War’s Yoda, but it is actually a distant relative of humans. Tarsiers are tiny primates the size of a mouse. They have huge eyes, which are bigger than their brains. Scientists consider them a living link with the very earliest primates from which all monkeys, lemurs and apes evolved. But to me it was a wonder on its own; one of the many miracles I’ve come upon while working in the jungles of the world. Go to @FransLanting for other views of tarsiers and follow @ChristineEckstrom for more video encounters with the animal world. @natgeocreative #Borneo #Primate #Rainforest #Jungle #Tarsier


Photo by @davidalanharvey | Farmers somewhere between Hanoi and Hué.. #vietnam


Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Ticklish moment: Tibetan grandmother helps her little one putting on his socks inside a traditional yak hair tent. The nomads are now migrating with their herds of yak from summers high pastures, to their home base near towns, following the fresh grass that becomes available as the seasons change. For more photos of Tibetan life follow @yamashitaphoto. #Tibetans #nomads #traditionallife


Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // BLUE MAGIC // Ornamental #feathers of Eurasian #jay (Garrulus glandarius). Normally you cannot get this close to a wild, healthy jay. Indeed, it was not healthy at all, but killed by a car in a remote place, where a road is crossing a forest. It was a young bird, who could not calculate the speed and did not depart in time. So this specimen became the perfect demonstration for my kids, how important is to be careful beside the road... Taken about 3 miles from our home in #Hungary. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeocreative #joepetersburger #beauty #capture #simple #natgeo #YearoftheBird #educateandinspire #adventure #discoveryourbackyard #birdstagram #birdphotography #feather