Photo by @FransLanting | The other night I had the great honor of receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from @nhm_wpy, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition during a ceremony in London’s magnificent Natural History Museum. I was given a wonderful sculpture of a bull elephant. When my partner in life and work @ChristineEckstrom examined it closely, she realized it had been modeled after a photo I had made on assignment for @natgeo years ago of a famous elephant named "Survivor" in Zambia’s North Luangwa Valley. Survivor lived through a previous poaching holocaust in the 1980s and he was written up in Mark and Delia Owens' books "Eye of the Elephant" and "Survivor’s Song." The bull elephants depicted here, which I photographed in Botswana one memorable evening, lived more tranquil lives thanks to its government’s enlightened policy of putting a moratorium on elephant hunting, but even there the tide is turning. Nearly one hundred elephants were found poached in an area recently that had been a safe haven for years. I’m sharing this image in honor of all elephant champions including the late Paul Allen, and respectfully ask that you consider supporting the organizations that can turn the current poaching crisis around and secure a future for elephants. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more. @elephantcrisisfund @savetheelephants @wildaid @wildnetorg #elephants #elephantcrisisfund #ivory #nhm_wpy #conservation #wildlifephotography #wildlife.
Wild_life with @bertiegregory | Based on wingspan, the wandering albatross is the biggest bird on the planet. With this giant wingspan of more than 11ft, these birds are able to glide effortlessly over the waves for 1000s of miles in search of food. Scientists put heart rate monitors on albatross to gauge their energy expenditure during different activities. The study found that if the wind direction was favorable for the direction the bird wanted to travel, their heart rate was not much higher than when they’re sat on the water resting. This shows that their 11ft wingspan combined with ultra efficient flying techniques allow flight with very little extra energy cost. Nice one nature. We were lucky enough to encounter this beautiful bird during our 6 day crossing to the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. // Check out the new season of Wild_Life at natgeo.com/wildlife.
Photo by @irablockphoto | From the Charles Bridge, night falls on Prague Castle along the banks of the Vltava River in Prague. The castle dates back to the ninth century and is still in use today - as the office of the president of the Czech Republic. It is rumored to be the largest ancient castle in the world, occupying 750,00 square feet (70,000 square meters) and housing St Vitus Cathedral. #followme @irablockphoto to see more images from the world.
#praguecastle #vltavariver #prague #czechrepublic #charlesbridge
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | As I prepare to dive into the water with over 1000 southern fur seals in the Falkland Islands, I'm hesitant, unsure of how the seals will react to my presence in their aquatic territory. However, within moments, I am surrounded, and my nerves fade away as they quickly reveal their playful nature. Nibbling and nudging at my scuba gear and camera, they are endlessly curious, and time slips aways as we enjoy a once in a lifetime visit together. #TurningTheTide #seal #nature #wildlifephotography
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | Under the heavy rains of the African winter, I watched this southern ground hornbill and his mate make the best of the wet weather. As he made his way across the savannah, he stuffed his beak, stopping every few moments to catch a tasty frog or insect, content to have his beak spilling with frog legs. The couple eventually made their way into the forest, likely to drop off their abundant meal to their nest. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier for some of my favourite images from around the world. #Kenya #nature #wildlife #photography
Photo by @andreabruce | In Peepli Kheera, India, girls line up for school where there is no working toilet. Most girls drop out of school when they start their period due to a lack of toilets and privacy. This happens in many parts of the world.
India has been grappling with the problem since before it won independence from Great Britain in 1947. “Sanitation is more important than independence,” Mahatma Gandhi said, urging his compatriots to clean up their act. To some extent they have: The percentage of Indians who defecate in the open has declined substantially in recent decades. But with the population growing rapidly, census data suggest that most Indians now live in places where they are more exposed to others’ feces, not less. #india #sanitation @noorimages
Photo by @chien_chi_chang | I have been working in New York’s Chinatown since 1992—for more than 26 years—and it is still a project in progress.
Immigration is often propelled by suffering. To witness the shifting patterns of populations is to see the world in all its exigencies—war, natural disasters, repression, famine, poverty and persecution.
But there is a rainbow at the bottom of that Pandora’s box of troubles; hope, too, propels immigrants to settle in strange lands. I should know: I am one myself.
Photo by @Hammond_Robin for @ICRC | “It was so long ago. Do you still think of him often” I asked Luzmila Mahuanca, an indigenous leader in Peru. The tears rolled down her cheeks - “You always remember - a mother never forgets her children.” Luzmila’s 15-year-old son was taken away during the years of conflict between the military and the Shinning Path. He was never seen again. Peru’s Ashaninka communities like Luzmila’s, which reside in the country’s jungle regions, were devastated by the conflict. She has never stopped fighting for justice and answers about the disappearance of her son. She is not alone. An estimated 20,000 people are still missing.
Men make war; women live with the consequences. At least that is the way it is largely perceived. Women are hardly passive victims though. They grieve, they fight against the suffering, and many find they are forced to re-invent themselves, shedding an old identify and forging a new one shaped by war. //
This work was made with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, a humanitarian organization working on all sides of conflict to alleviate people’s suffering. To see more from the A Woman’s War project, go to @ICRC
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | A hiker thinks twice before attempting to climb down old Moki steps (hand and foot holds carved into the near-vertical sandstone) once used to access these Ancestral living and storage structures in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. The structures most likely date between 900-1250 CE. #MokiSteps can be found all over the American southwest. With a potential fall of a couple hundred feet, this hiker chose not to enter the cave. If you encounter any site like this please DO NOT ENTER it. #VisitWithRespect Follow @argonautphoto to learn more about the Ancestral Pueblo people and to see more images that show how high up these dwellings are!
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Autumn has arrived in Baimaxueshan Mountains National Park in Yunnan, China. The snow-covered White Horse Mountains have 20 peaks all over 4,000 meters high. Larch trees glow a golden hue beneath the mammoth mountains. #Deqin #Hengduan #Baima #Yunnan
Photo by @CarltonWard | I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It’s where I first fell in love with the water and became a conservationist. Stories from my parents made me realize how much the health of the estuaries and fisheries had degraded in just one generation. For the past dozen years I’ve been focused a bit further inland, working to raise visibility of the Florida Wildlife Corridor — a 17-million acre network of connected wildlife habitat that is very much threatened from expanding roads and development. The Corridor is hidden in plain sight for most of Florida’s 21 million residents and 120 million annual visitors, and same could be said for the Gulf. I am thankful to have experienced the intersection of these two worlds during the 2015 #Glades2Gulf Expedition (supported by @insidenatgeo). This photo was made on Day 10 of that journey among tendrils of the Chassahowitzska River delta. I couldn’t find my team members to use as subjects during the first of the magical sunrise, so I set my camera on a tripod, started the interval timer and paddled off into the fog. The experience was one of my favorites from the 70-day trek. Later that year, this image was selected as the cover for The Forgotten Coast, made for PBS by @GrizzlyCreekFilms. In many ways, the Gulf of Mexico is America’s Forgotten Coast. Last week the specific region of the Florida panhandle officially known as the Forgotten Coast was devastated by Hurricane Michael. My prayers are with the people, many whom lost their homes. Let us remember and support them. You can donate to the Red Cross hurricane relief through the link in my bio. #ForgottenCoast #GulfofMexico #Resilience @Sea_Legacy @ilcp_photographers @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @natgeoimagecollection #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild @FL_WildCorridor
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | She's a phenomenal hunter in perfect condition. Like all Okavango lions, her muscles are highly developed from running through water on a daily basis and she is bigger than most lions found in other areas. It is not possible to live in this wet environment without learning to incorporate the water into following prey species and being successful in hunting them. She currently has small cubs tucked away from the rest of the pride and is hunting on her own. @dereckjoubert and I have watched her stalking red lechwe in the deep swamps for hours. She doesn't stop until she is successful. With the very high numbers of lechwe around the island, she also doesn't need to hunt at night and indeed seems to be getting up later and later in the day - often hunting around mid-day. We used to stay with these lions from pre-dawn to film their hunts, but we're learning that right now, when the sun is rising, we too can rest with her. She's not going to move if she doesn't need to. #thisismytrophy #okavangolions #bigcats #dubaplains