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Photo by @daisygilardini | Hunting among the icebergs. Polar bears are at the top of the Arctic food chain, and are the only truly carnivorous bears. Seals make up 90 percent of their diet. They fear no other species — except humans. Polar bear lives are broken into two seasons. The first is winter, the feasting season, when bears hunt seals while roaming on the pack ice. And then there is summer, the fasting season, when the absence of ice pushes the bears onto land, with scarce food sources. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scene #bear #polarbear #wildlifephotography #svalbard #norway #climatechange

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Photo by @hellokrisdavidson | Reaching the top of the Kelso Dune Field in the Mojave Desert in California involves a Sisyphean effort of scrambling upward and sliding backward against the traction resistant incline, but it’s all worth it. Upon reaching the top just as the sun is setting is akin to stepping into a dreamscape. In all my years of travel journalism, it remains a favorite memory. As the largest field of aeolian sand deposits in the Mojave Desert, the area spans 45 miles, comprised of migrating dunes, vegetation stabilized dunes, sand sheets and sand ramps— and a good dose of magic. #Mojave #NPS #kelso

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Asimina lights a candle with her grandchildren during the Greek Orthodox Easter in the Greek Island of Hydra last April. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Hydra

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | The sun sets over the North Korean capital Pyongyang along the Taedong River. 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 Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | It was a special moment watching and photographing the moon as it rose above the columns of the ancient Temple of Poseidon, built in 444 B.C., in Cape Sounion, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Sounion #Poseidon

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Photo by @max lowe I Silent and with barely but a ripple the white scape of the bay on the Antarctic peninsula was broken by a tiny black dorsal fin of a Minke Whale, reminding me once again what might lay below the empty surface. Follow @max lowe to see more from my time in Antarctica.

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Photo by @michaelgeorge | Torres del Paine is the rare park where humans are the outsiders in a vast, legitimate wilderness. Though it occupies 930 square miles, the park receives only 2,000 visitors per day in peak season. Here we travel over “Lago Pehoé,” translated as “Hidden Lake.” The color is caused by glacial “flour” or rock dust suspended in the water. In the distance you can see Macizo Paine, a group of mountains that look like broken teeth. #torresdelpaine #patagonia #chile


Photo by @taylorglenn | A herd of elephant stand in the Silale swamp of Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Follow @taylorglenn for more from Africa and beyond. #elephant #safari #tanzania


Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | There are only 47 people living in the village of Padrão, and most of the work on the terraces appeared to still be done by hand and beast of burden. They call this valley the Tibet of Portugal. It was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO a few years ago, which helps to attract ecotourism to sustain the local economy. It was tough find a place to park my car on its one cobbled street, but the potato pancakes were wonderful! To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz


Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Monument Basin and the White Rim as seen from the Grand View Point Overlook in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. #monumentbasin #canyonlands #utah


Photo by @chiaragoia | The view on Saint Peter's Church with candles lit all around it, during the celebrations of Madonna Bianca. Madonna Bianca commemorates the apparition of the Virgin Mary which happened in Porto Venere, Italy, in 1399. Every year, candles are set in the old town, around Saint Peter's Church, and lit in the evening. #portovenere #madonnabianca #italy


Photo by @cristinamittermeier | The Mandrare River and surrounding regions of Southern Madagascar have been devastated by years of extended drought seasons. Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot, with over 90% of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. The island's diverse ecosystems and its unique wildlife are threatened by the rapidly growing human population and other environmental threats. For me, this is more evidence that the choices we make every day impact our global community and that we are all connected through the world's ocean and waterways. Follow me, @cristinamittermeier , for more images that document the relationships between people and water. #madagascar #mandrareriver #waterconnectsusall


Photo by @tobyharriman | Hong Kong has a population density of 67,000 people per square mile. To house them all, the urban center features enormous, brightly colored apartment block towers. #hongkong #aerial


Photo by @Sofia_Jaramillo5 | Sheep are loaded onto a truck at a lambing camp in Mabton, Washington. After spending the winter in barns, sheep are trucked out to various public and private land allotments to feed. Each year between 2,000 and 3,000 H-2A migrant shepherds work in Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California and Oregon. Most of the shepherds are from Peru or other South American countries. #sheep #wool #pnwsheepherders #sunrise

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Despite the fact that the brown bear is the most widely distributed of the eight species of bears, its North American range has declined precipitously. Once extending from Alaska to Mexico, its territory south of Canada is now limited to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington. Coastal bears’ diets include salmon and clams, which provide the nutrients necessary to build the fat reserves for winter hibernation. Protecting these coasts means protecting the land ecosystem that plays such an integral role in maintaining a healthy marine environment. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scene #bear #grizzlybear #brownbear #Alaska #Katmainationalpark

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Photo by @max lowe I Nothing moving but the clouds above on a glassy evening on the Lemaire Channel on the Antarctic peninsula. The ice flows moving past our ship pocked by the tiny footsteps of Gentoo Penguins who stopped for a brief respite before moving on. To see more from my time in Antarctica follow @max lowe.

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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The sunset inflames the very top of the dome of the Jame Masjid in Yazd, Iran. Photographers luck: I stood on the roof of this mosque at sunset watching the sun as it dropped in the sky. To my surprise and delight, it fell with perfect placement over the top of the blue tiled dome. #Yzad #Iran #mosque

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Photo by @taylorglenn | Evening ride in the park. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Follow @taylorglenn for more from #JacksonHole and beyond. #tetons #wyoming

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Photo by @BabakTafreshi | As fascinating as the aurora was, the excitement of this couple seeing the northern lights for the first time, bursting in colorful rays above the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in West Iceland, was better. People often ask me the where and when to see the lights. Once you are near polar latitudes in the right season there is no particularly favored place for aurora watching, anywhere with a clear sky, away from city lights and an open horizon works fine. Pick a moonless night to see fainter auroras, especially now that we are deep in the solar minimum and the activity is generally low. Sometimes you have to wait until midnight to see a better display. Anytime from September to March is fine when the sky is dark at latitudes of above 60 degrees. Check reliable sources like for aurora activity and follow me @babaktafreshi for more. #twanight #aurora #northernlights #astrophotography #stargazing

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Photo by @mborowick | Hong Kong is one of the most dense cities I’ve ever traveled to. With a current population of almost 7.5 million people, most residential buildings go straight up into the sky instead of spread out like many other large cities throughout the world. There are over 9,000 high-rises, with more than 1,500 of them being considered skyscrapers which stand over 100 meters. #hongkong #travel #city #explore

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Video by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | People enjoy a boat ride past the world’s only floating animal sanctuary in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. De Poezenboot, seen in the background, is Dutch for “the catboat” hosts around 50 stray and abandoned cats, 17 of which are permanent residents that have lived on the boat for several years. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #amsterdam #Netherlands

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Photo by @jessicasample | The edge of Ke'e beach is the last beach before the start of the steep Kalalau Trail that is an 11 mile hike each way along the Napali Coast. #kauai #hawaii

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Photo by @MichaelGeorge | Autumn in Japan is a spectacle of joy and color. Through the trees you can see visitors walking slowly in the canopy of trees near Kitano Tenman-Gu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. #kyoto #autumn #japan #fallfoliage

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Photo by @renan_ozturk | Absorbing the beating pulse of collective world culture. I'm not a city person but I always appreciate a trip to the Big Apple and the inspiration it provides. See @renan_ozturk for travel images from around the globe.

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Photo by @tobyharriman | Taken from an amazing flight over the Alaska Range. On a rare clear day, you get to see the incredible Ruth Gorge Glacier leading up to the giant Mount Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. Peaks from left to right are Mount Church, Mount Dickey, and Mount Denali. #alaska #alaskastories #climateaction

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Photo by @cristinamittermeier | I was ready to drop my cameras and spring to the rescue as I watched fishermen fight to keep their boat upright as they approached the shore of the historic fishing town of Winneba, Ghana. Thankfully my heroics were not needed, but despite the incredible amount of effort they put into today’s haul, they will not have great economic reward. The odds are stacked against them because there is no means to preserve their catch. What isn’t sold at the local markets is thrown away or sold at a very low cost, placing struggling families under even more economic strain and at risk of selling their children into slavery under the false promise of a better life. Follow me @cristinamittermeier for more stories about people living in coastal communities all over the world. #Ghana #fishermen #community #sailboat

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Botswana is home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations (a third of the total ), around 130,000 individuals in all. A 2018 Elephants Without Borders survey, however, reports an unprecedented increase in poaching, after nearly 90 elephant carcasses were found. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes #africa #elephant #botswana #chobenationalpark #wildlifephotography

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Photo by @Sofia_Jaramillo5 | Sheep jump out of a truck as they are let out to graze near Sunnyside, Washington. Sheep have to be moved to new areas every two days to avoid overgrazing. I first learned about sheep herding in the western United States when I was a young kid. I was mountain biking, came around a bend and accidentally crashed into a band of sheep in a forest near Ketchum, Idaho. Ever since then, I've been curious about sheepherding in the American West and continue to work on projects exploring it. For more photos from this project follow me @sofia_jaramillo5 #sheep #wool #pnwsheepherders #ranching

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Photo by @taylorglenn | Smoke rises from a lightning-caused fire just north of Jackson, Wyoming. Fortunately, favorable weather conditions assisted the fire crews in controlling this event before any damage occurred aside from burning the hillside. In late summer, dry conditions make it very easy for fires to spark and with thunderstorms quite common in the afternoons these events happen frequently. Follow @taylorglenn for more from #Wyoming and beyond. #wildfire #tetons

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Photo by @paulnicklen | A hunter from Qaanaaq, Greenland walks cautiously across thin sea ice with his dog team; the man and his dogs and the surrounding land illuminated by beams of sunlight. The sun would not set again for months after the night this photo was taken, transforming this Arctic wonderland into a world of never-ending day. The rugged beauty of landscapes like these might be too stark and open for a lot of people. For me, trips to the Arctic are like going home. Follow me @paulnicklen for more stories from the field. #culture #greenland #sunset #arctic

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A man bathes under a waterfall, part of the hot sulphur springs in Thermopylae, central Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Thermopylae

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Photo by @jessicasample | The iconic Waikiki beach in Honolulu as seen from one of the surrounding skyscraper hotels. #waikiki #honolulu

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Photo by @jimmychin | Josh Huckaby dropping in on the 3000ft granite wave of El Cap during production of @freesolofilm When Josh isn’t motoring around Indonesia on a motorcycle with his surfboard searching for some shade, he’s climbing El Cap or working with Yosemite Search and Rescue. We were lucky to have him as our primary rigger and safety consultant along with Dave Allfrey for the production. #YOSAR #neveradullday #elcapitan #stonemonkeys

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