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Photo by Jennifer Hayes @JenniferHayesIG | A group of young girls followed me into the sea to watch me photograph the coral off Lababia Island, Papua New Guinea. The girls were remarkable swimmers, able to breath-hold far longer than I could, leading to great laughter among the three of them. After we left the water, we sat on the beach and looked at images in the back of the camera. They chose this picture as their favorite. In my travels to remote corners of the ocean, I often watch young boys leading the the way into the sea. It was wonderful to see the girls enter the sea with the full confidence and capability of their brothers. With @natgeo inside the #CoralTriangle #EqualInTheOcean #Ocean #WomenInTheSea for #MoreOcean follow @JenniferHayesIG

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Photo by Nora Lorek @noralorek | Not long after Angelina Nyakum came to Uganda in the summer of 2016, her husband was killed in South Sudan. He had been walking past a street fight. In Bidibidi refugee camp, 27-year-old Angelina is left to care for their children. "They don't believe me that their father is dead," she says. "They still ask to call him all the time." What began as a @natgeo assignment is now the @milayaproject , a nonprofit we just launched on Kickstarter to connect customers with South Sudanese women making hand-embroidered pillowcases, bedspreads, and wall hangings, like those seen in the background. The civil war in South Sudan has displaced two million people. When refugees arrived to Uganda they carried their only possessions wrapped in milayas, embroidered sheets passed down for generations. Today in Bidibidi, the second largest refugee camp in the world, milayas are being sewn but there are few customers. Through the Milaya Project these women will be able to sell their art and transform their collectives into self-sufficient businesses. Follow @milayaproject for more information on how to support these women.

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | Portraits of the late leaders of North Korea, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, hang above frilly cloth-covered pianos at Pyongyang Kyongsang Kindergarten. Across the country, images, pins, mosaics, and monuments of the two late leaders, who died in 1994 and 2011, are ubiquitous. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I A glacier table: a boulder perched on a pedestal of ice. Photographed on assignment during an ascent to the Chhota Shigri Glacier, Himachal Pradesh, Indian Himalaya. The boulder protects the ice from ablation during sunny weather. Around the boulder, the ice surface ablates while the boulder remains at the original level. As the pedestal becomes higher and higher in relation to the glacier's surface, the sun shines further under the boulder from the south. Consequently the pedestal gets ablated on its southern side, and the boulder will eventually fall off the pedestal. After this, a new cycle of table growth and destruction may begin. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material on this and future projects. #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #ice #climatechange

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | A health worker carries Kakule Kavendivwa, 14, to a waiting ambulance in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. The day before Kakule's sisters had taken him to a nearby health center, but fled when the team encouraged them to go to an Ebola treatment center. The health center alerted the World Health Organization who found the family. After several hours of talking with community outreach workers, they allowed an ambulance to take him for treatment. “People need to have a chance to talk,” Zoe Kyavaghendi, a risk communication officer told me as we waited for Kakule's sisters to consider their options. “You can’t force them right away, you need to give them a chance to express their fears, and then to explain afterwards.” To learn more about the ongoing Ebola outbreak — already the second largest in history, and the first in an active war zone — take a look at our story “Life amid an Ebola outbreak: Combating mistrust—and saving lives.” Link in bio @nicholesobecki #ebola #drc #health #epidemic

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Young girls walk in a light breeze at sunset outside their home overlooking the city of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Photo by Carlton Ward, Jr. @carltonward | A herd of endangered desert elephants makes its way through a scrubby acacia forest around the edge of Lake Banzena in the Sahel of Mali. Early in my career, I spent two months tracking and photographing these elephants with @savetheelephants and @wildfoundation The project taught me about the importance of protecting large connected landscapes for wildlife and people—and inspired much of my thinking at the heart of the Florida Wildlife Corridor campaign ( @FL_WildCorridor ). The Mali elephants also deepened my respect for the power of nature. These elephants, unaccustomed to vehicles, required us to approach them only on foot. Looking up from the desert floor at this towering herd made me feel both very alive and very small. It’s hard to believe an animal as powerful as an elephant is also so vulnerable and endangered. For more conservation photography please follow @carltonward #mali #elephants #sahel #migration #corridor

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Portrait of Ebola survivor Aisha Ramzani Djadi, 17, in the bedroom of her home in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. When she first became ill, Aisha was pregnant and she lost the baby during her treatment. She is just one of many in this central African nation caught between the promise of new anti-Ebola measures and the barriers to their success: widespread fear, mistrust of foreign-run medical relief efforts, and general unrest fed by armed militias, poverty, and despair. As she works to rebuild her life in the wake of great loss, Aisha has returned to care for others fighting the virus at the Ebola Treatment Center in Beni. "I'd like to have more children in the future,” she told me, a nearby window casting light across her young face within the shadowy room where we stood. #ebola #drc #health #survivor

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Photo by William Albert Allard @williamalbertallard | This child wearing one of his papa’s hats is the son of John Hand, a rancher living in New Mexico back in 1971, when I was wandering the American West, taking photographs for the National Geographic book "The American Cowboy in Life and Legend," published in 1972. I don’t recall the boy’s name, but he was out in one of the barns where his father was shoeing a horse, and I found making portraits of the little boy more productive than watching the horse. This is a full, in-your-face portrait showing the boy's soft, smooth skin and dark, pool-like eyes, all accented by the piece of alfalfa clamped in his mouth. His father was a wonderful, highly respected rancher, and I’d like to think the little boy grew up to be the same, but I can’t say for sure. For more images of the American West and other assignments spanning a five-decade career, follow me @williamalbertallard

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | The Rio Pequeno, a tributary of the Iriri in the southern Amazon, was filled with giggles as this group of Kayapo girls played tagalong on its shallow bank. Indigenous communities that directly depend on their natural surroundings for survival develop a unique and intimate relationship with nature. From a young age, these children are raised to believe that if they treat the forest, river, and wildlife with respect and gratitude, they will be provided for by nature, and presented with everything they need to sustain themselves. Is there a lesson there for the rest of us? #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos from around the world. #Kayapo #Amazon #nature #community

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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl // Sponsored by @always_brand // Schoolgirls receive free period products at a workshop at Thabotona Primary School in Katlehong, South Africa. Teams of students prepared vision boards detailing their dreams for the future and a nurse taught them about female reproductive organs. // Every day, all over the world, millions of girls miss school because they lack resources to navigate the onset of menstruation. @always_brand provides puberty education & period products to girls around the world to help keep them confident #LikeAGirl & focused on getting an education. Together we can #EndPeriodPoverty !

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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl // Sponsored by @always_brand // Schoolgirls attending Thabotona Primary School in South Africa perform a traditional dance. The girls sang and clapped while they took turns dancing in the yard outside a classroom. // Every day, all over the world, millions of girls miss school because they lack resources to navigate the onset of menstruation. @always_brand provides puberty education & period products to girls around the world to help keep them confident #LikeAGirl & focused on getting an education. Together we can #EndPeriodPoverty !

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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl // Sponsored by @always_brand // Amelia sits in her bedroom, which she shares with two sisters and her niece, in Katlehong, South Africa. Amelia is at the top of her class, and she is very confident and motivated. She is just beginning puberty and hasn’t started menstruating, but she is very knowledgeable and feels prepared for it when the time comes. “I want to be a doctor. Your body is yours. This body is mine—nobody owns it,” she said. // Every day, all over the world, millions of girls miss school because they lack resources to navigate the onset of menstruation. @always_brand provides puberty education & period products to girls around the world to help keep them confident #LikeAGirl & focused on getting an education. Together we can #EndPeriodPoverty !

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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl // Sponsored by @always_brand // Boikarabelo lives in Soweto, South Africa. She told me that her favorite subject is math and that she'd like to be a lawyer. "I like to stand for up other people," she said. Boikarabelo also taught me about the seven B’s: “Books Before Boys, Because Boys Bring Babies." Her mother, Nomkululeko, didn’t have access to disposable pads when she was growing up and no one educated her about menstruation. At the time, she was unaware that girls could get pregnant after their periods came. // Every day, all over the world, millions of girls miss school because they lack resources to navigate the onset of menstruation. @always_brand provides puberty education & period products to girls around the world to help keep them confident #LikeAGirl & focused on getting an education. Together we can #EndPeriodPoverty !

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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl // Sponsored by @always_brand // On an overcast morning, schoolgirls attending Thabotona Primary School in South Africa perform a traditional dance. Menstruation is a taboo topic in poor South African communities, and girls often start menstruating with little information about what’s happening, leading to fear and a lack of knowledge about how to safely manage their cycles. Teachers in South Africa say they do not always feel it is their role to teach girls about menstruation, nor do they have the skills to do so. The cost of period products proves to be a hindrance for many girls in poor communities, but citizens are trying to overcome that obstacle. In 2010, the ANC Youth League started appealing to the government for free sanitary pads in schools, and the movement gained momentum when then President Zuma promised to expand access to sanitary pads a few months later. Many years have passed, but there is still no federal policy or infrastructure put in place to provide free sanitary pads. // Every day, all over the world, millions of girls miss school because they lack resources to navigate the onset of menstruation. @always_brand provides puberty education and& period products to girls around the world to help keep them confident #LikeAGirl & focused on getting an education. Together we can #EndPeriodPoverty !

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | It doesn’t take long before you feel as though you’re being transported to another dimension while staring into the eye of this pied mossy frog. A patchwork of ornate textures and patterns helps camouflage it, giving it a unique look that seems out of this world. Follow me, @joelsartore to see more. Photo taken @houstonzoo #piedmossyfrog #frog #amphibian #eye #textured #photoark

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Photo by Fritz Hoffmann @fritzphotos | The Tibetan horse racing season is approaching. At the Maqu Gesar races in the Gannan Tibetan prefecture in Gansu, China, a nomad leads a horse across grass fields littered with prayer notes on the way to the race track. To send the prayer notes to higher places, the notes are placed in helium filled balloons, which are let go to rise to the heavens. This week I'm posting pictures from races past, longing to be there myself. Please check out my feed at @fritzphotos #FritzHoffmann #MaquHorseRaces #MaquGrasslands #TibetanHorseFestival #Gannan

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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | Here, one might say that "simba" translates as "caution, speed bump ahead." But of course simba means "lion" in Swahili. This guy, after spending most of the day feasting on a kudu, decided to take his evening nap in the middle of the road. Speed limits in Kruger National Park are low, making wildlife safety the priority over tourist vehicles. #krugernationalpark #lion #SouthAfrica To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti @paolowoods and @gabrielegalimbertiphoto I Gary S. Settles is a mechanical and nuclear engineer and distinguished professor emeritus at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. He has conducted extensive research on fluid dynamics and flow visualization, and has become a specialist of Schlieren. Schlieren is a process that uses a curved mirror to visualize the flow of air and fluids of varying density. Invented by the German physicist August Toepler in 1864, it is widely used in aeronautical engineering to photograph the flow of air around objects. In this case, he's demonstrating the turbulence caused by hot air from a candle in his lab in State College. This effect is not visible to the naked eye, but Leonardo da Vinci understood that turbulence in the air is similar to turbulence in fluids, a concept that he had intensely studied and that deeply obsessed him. Check our story in @natgeo for more on #leonardodavinci #leonardo #davinci #schlieren #air

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Photo by Robin Hammond @Hammond_Robin | I am not a war photographer, but several times while documenting mental health in Africa I found myself in the middle of a conflict. When I arrived in Mogadishu in 2011, the front line ran down one of the main streets. This photo is from a former psychiatric hospital close to the fighting. The foreign, nongovernmental organization running it had left. A Muslim cleric took over, and here he recites verses of the Quran through a blowhorn, in an attempt to heal patients. The World Health Organisation @WHO has said 1 in 3 Somalis live with a mental health condition. After decades of war, famine, and displacement this can hardly be a surprise. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Photographers can raise awareness, but I wonder how useful that is if it does not lead to action. On the campaign website www.onedayinmyworld.com you can read about my own struggle with this question. To see more from the project (and to find a link to that story ) follow @onedayinmyworld

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Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames I Spinner dolphins hunt for sardines and lantern fish in the clear Pacific waters off Costa Rica. Spinners form huge pods of up over 1,000 individuals. They are known as spinner dolphins because they spin (up to 5.5 times ) as they leap from the water. Shot two days ago on assignment for @natgeo for a story on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsular, with @osaconservation @uwrealm and @pstalks In order to protect places like this, we need to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030. #CampaignforNature

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | World Turtle Day is May 23, and it can't come a moment too soon. Turtles have roamed the Earth for more than 200 million years but struggle to adapt to today’s rapidly changing environment, caused by habitat destruction, human consumption, the pet trade, and climate change. Like this southern river terrapin @accb_cambodia , more than half of the Earth’s 360 turtle and tortoise species are on the brink of extinction. This species is among the 25 most endangered freshwater turtle and tortoise species of the world and is the national reptile of Cambodia. Referred to as the “royal turtle,” this iconic species is already extinct in Singapore and likely Vietnam, with only small populations surviving in a few river systems in Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Allwetterzoo Münster, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Cambodia’s fisheries administration are jointly working to protect the royal turtle by protecting their last remaining habitats, maintaining "captive assurance" colonies, conducting research, and raising awareness of this iconic species. If you like turtles and would like to contribute to conservation efforts, share this post with your friends and turtles lovers and join us to celebrate World Turtle Day! To learn more about this and other amazing species, follow me, @joelsartore #worldturtleday #photoark #savetogether

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Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | This photo took weeks to capture. Waiting patiently in my blind, camera ready, I was finally rewarded with the opportunity to photograph the elusive coastal wolves of British Columbia. The den mother brought her pups out in front of me and proceeded to nap peacefully. Meanwhile, these playful, young wolves respected their mother’s sleep and explored the intertidal zone, finding an eagle feather to play with. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more photos and stories from #BeautifulBC #coastalwolf #BritishColumbia #ocean

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | The Arrigetch Peaks, whose name translates as "fingers of the outstretched hand" in the regional Inupiat language, are a cluster of rugged granite spires in the Brooks Range in northern Alaska. I was lucky to not only take aerial photographs of these beautiful peaks but also to climb over them while photographing the National Geographic story "Circling Alaska in 176 Days," published in 2011.

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Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I During a Buddhist religious festival called Tshechu, young monks in costume hang out in their dorm room, waiting for their turn to perform Tibetan "cham" dances at the Gasa monastery in Bhutan. Tshechus are large gatherings that facilitate social bonding among people from remote and spread-out villages. From a recent @natgeo assignment. For more cultural encounters, visit @paleyphoto #himalayanculture #buddhism #bhutan #tshechu #mountainworld

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A view of Pyongyang at dawn across the Taedong River from a window in the Yanggakdo Hotel. Towering above the rest is the 105-story, pyramid-shaped Rygyong Hotel, under construction since 1987. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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Photo by Andy Mann @andy_mann | Walruses haul out on the icy banks of Svalbard, Norway. Walruses are rather slow and awkward onshore, but in the water they're in their element, and incredibly agile and fast. Bear this in mind when you're nearby in a small boat: On my first @natgeo magazine assignment to Arctic Russia in 2013, we had our inflatable zodiac suddenly punctured when we surprised a large territorial male in the water. All in a day's work behind the lens. Please follow me @andy_mann for adventures in arctic conservation.

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | A man and his children play around an Olympic-size pool atop Bibi Mahroo Hill, commonly known as Swimming Pool Hill, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Once used by the Taliban as an execution ground, the area now has benches and shaded areas to take in panoramic views of the city.

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Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | In December 2008, a dike ruptured at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant near Kingston, Tennessee, pouring more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash into the Emory River. More than 200 cleanup workers and family members are now suing TVA's main contractor, Jacobs Engineering, for refusing to provide them with protective equipment and for causing their debilitating, and in some cases deadly, diseases. Jeff Brewer stands outside of the Kingston plant on the tenth anniversary of the spill. Like many cleanup workers, he has serious medical conditions that began when he was working with coal ash every day. "They told us it wouldn't hurt us," he says. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo For more photos from this story, follow me @maddiemcgarvey

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Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I Kyrgyz girls wait for their mother to come and help them handle the family yaks for the evening milking. Up in the Afghan Pamir mountains, life is harsh; it has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates and about 10 months of winter a year, and it's extremely isolated. This Kyrgyz community of roughly 1,300 lives inside the recently established Wakhan National Park, the second and largest national park in Afghanistan. For more cultural encounters, visit @paleyphoto #pamirmountains #mountainworld #mountainculture

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Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I The "glacial river lagoon" (Icelandic: Jökulsárlón ) is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. The first settlers arrived in Iceland around 870 C.E., when the edge of the tongue of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier was about 12 miles (20 km ) further north than it is today. As glacial retreat has extended its boundaries, the lake has increased fourfold in size since the 1970s, and is reported to be the deepest lake in Iceland (over 815ft (248m ) deep. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material on this and future projects @simonnorfolkstudio #glaciers #photojournalism #iceland #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A group of refugees from Afghanistan, including an unaccompanied minor, sit on a roadside preparing to break their daily fast during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sid, Serbia, before trying to cross the border to Croatia. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @everydayrefugees and @mmuheisenpublic #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen

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Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Boats, blessings, and banana hearts. Before the rush of tourists and locals, mornings in Thailand's floating markets can be quite serene. For more photos from Southeast Asia and beyond follow @hannahreyesmorales #Thailand #SouthEastAsia #ASEAN #hannahreyesmorales

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Say hello to Liilu and her three-month-old baby named Marshmallow. From birth, common marmosets have a very strong cling reflex and will spend the first several weeks of life attached to mom. Marmoset mothers like Liilu often give birth to twins that can make up more than 20% of the new mother's body weight, making a tough job even more challenging. Luckily, this species practices what is known as cooperative rearing, meaning every member of the group plays a role in caring for and raising infants! Video footage taken in Omaha, NE. To see another adorable duo follow me, @joelsartore

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