Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | This year's Greenland Caves Project expedition started similarly to the 2015 expedition: The team of nine flew up the east coast of Greenland in a Twin Otter crammed full of gear and food needed for the following few weeks. Twin Otters are noisy, unpressurized aircraft, which means that they fly fairly low, giving a good view of the landscape below. On July 4, after three Twin Otter flights, we landed on this sandy spit of land jutting out into the southwest end of Centrum Sø. You can just about make out the landing strip. From here, a helicopter transferred us in five rounds to camp 1, in Grottedalen.
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | This is Walter, a six-year-old Florida panther living at ZooTampa. He was rescued in 2017 by @MyFWC biologists and veterinarians from Highlands County, where his front left foot had been caught in a snare that cut into his bones and nearly killed him. At @zootampa he underwent a series of surgeries and a partial amputation that saved his life. Unable to be returned to the wild, Walter was given a permanent home at ZooTampa, and he was named after a donor who was inspired to invest in the veterinary facilities to help Walter and other Florida panthers. Walter is now an ambassador at ZooTampa, where his story can inspire nearly one million annual visitors and where 13 Florida panthers have been rescued and rehabilitated since 1988. I am working with dedicated conservationists at ZooTampa and other Florida zoos to use my #PathofthePanther project with @insidenatgeo to help protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor. I captured this portrait with a lucky 1/10-second handheld exposure, focusing through the steel mesh of his enclosure with a telephoto lens. @pathofthepanther @FL_wildcorridor #FloridaWild #Panther #KeepFLWild.
Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Alessia, five years old, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. 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 Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, getting an insight into their tiny worlds and taking you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month trip in which I visited more than 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 among children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys had the same function; for 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
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | A Tuvan "cowboy" moves his herd outside the city of Kyzyl, in the remote Russian Republic of Tuva, in southern Siberia. This image was taken while I was hitchhiking across the Trans-Siberian Highway, from the Russian Far East to Moscow. I had seen these riders on a ridge above the road and climbed up to check out the scene. When I popped up and over I got a nod—an OK to photograph—just before he reared up. As the horse rose up, I dived to the ground to get it silhouetted against the sky and caught this frame in the first seconds of our encounter. Follow @argonautphoto for more from Siberia and beyond! #Tuva #Siberia
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Flora Aiken processes a seal near Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska. Hunting is an important rite of passage for the Inupiat families of the Alaskan Arctic, especially as these traditions are at an even greater risk of disappearing because of climate change. Whaling, hunting, fishing, and foraging for food (known as subsistence) is not only crucial as a food source for remote Inupiat communities, it is one of the most important aspects of cultural, spiritual, and everyday life. Traditionally hunting was a gendered activity, with women focused more on processing, cooking, and foraging, but that has all changed; as climate change and modernization undermine Inupiat subsistence practices, more women are engaging in them at every step to help keep traditions alive.
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Mustang, a former kingdom in north-central Nepal, is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. Hidden within the Himalaya are an extraordinary number of human-built caves, also known as the sky caves of Nepal. No one knows who dug them. Or why. Seven hundred years ago, Mustang was a bustling place and a center of Buddhist scholarship and art. Pictured here, a Buddhist monk practices a puja within the modern city of Mustang. #followme @coryrichards for more #travel #culture and #mystery from around the world.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | During the raising of the Greek flag, an evzone, a member of the Greek presidential guard, stands atop the ancient Acropolis hill, with the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple seen on the right, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #acropolis #Athens #Greece
Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | Magd and Nisrine snap a selfie on their wedding day in Tunis over the summer. Magd is one of six adult siblings from Raqqa, Syria, that I've been photographing for the past few years—they've each had to leave home and make a new life somewhere in Europe or the Middle East. The Ahmads are an ordinary family whose lives were thrown into chaos by war, and a huge part of telling their story involves seeing how they've all stayed connected through a 21st-century melange of social media and messaging apps. For more of their story, from France to Qatar to Norway, head to @dzalcman and check out the latest pinned story on my profile.
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Mist sweeps across an area of open water during the annual freeze-up of Hudson Bay, Canada. Every autumn, this huge expanse of salt water undergoes a dramatic change. In the space of just a few days, the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. This event is hotly anticipated by polar bears—the ice allows them to hunt their primary prey, the ringed seal. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #bear #arctic #cold #wild_life #wildlife
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Climbing Sherpas: Kagi is smiling and Lakpah seems concerned as we wait in hypoxic conditions for the sun to hit 28,000 feet, close to the Everest summit. This climb shifted my perspective on the evolving role of the climbing sherpas and high-altitude guides, which we'll show in an upcoming @natgeo supported film. Overall these workers are rightly exercising their power over the outcome of big foreign expeditions and gaining agency at the roof of the world. Follow @renan_ozturk for a deeper look into the state of affairs on #Everest.
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | Flamingo Bob visits the A.E. Goiloschool in Julianadorp, Curaçao. Bob is an animal ambassador for my cousin Odette's conservation charity @fdoccuracao. Odette, a veterinarian, rescued the bird after it flew against a hotel window on the island, and during the rehabilitation process she discovered it couldn't be released back to the wild due to a chronic foot condition (among other things). She decided to take care of the bird and make him an ambassador for her charity. Kids are excited to know about the natural world and what happens in it. Using their natural curiosity and love of animals is a great way to teach them about conservation. Just taking your kids around your neighborhood and talking about the trees and animals you see could be enough to show them how important the natural world is to our survival. With your help, they’ll become educated stewards of planet Earth. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob. #flamingobob #flamingo #natureeducation #conservationhero #curacao