Photograph by @CristinaMittemeier // The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo remains steadfast in opening up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for oil exploration and drilling. Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park, is one of the world’s most biologically diverse areas and is home to over half of the global population of critically endangered mountain gorillas. Similar in merit, Salonga protects several endemic endangered species and covers a significant part of the Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest rainforest after the Amazon. Allowing drilling in these parks produces nothing positive; large amounts of carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere; biodiversity in the area will be lost; endangered species will be put at significant risk; the livelihoods of thousands of traditional farmers and fishermen who rely on unpolluted lands and water will be in peril. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermier for more photography that helps mend the plight of our planet by sparking dialogues on conservation. #Wildlife #Endangered #Conservation #Gorilla #Oil #Nature
Photo by @BrianSkerry A Southern Right Whale swims over the sandy sea floor in New Zealands Auckland Islands (sub Antarctic). Their cousins, the North Atlantic Right Whales, are the most endangered whale on Earth and though the Southern Rights are also endangered, their populations have increased better (since the whaling days) due to the fact they they live further away from industrialization and are less likely to be hit by ships or entangled in fishing gear. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more photos of ocean wildlife follow @BrianSkerry #whales #rightwhales #nz #endangeredspecies
Photo by @ivankphoto | Protesters marched under a giant American flag as an estimated 15,000 people made their way from MacArthur Park to Grand Park during a May Day rally in Los Angeles, on May 1, 2017. This is the cover of the Latin American edition and was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @kchete77. Karla and Ivan’s photos were published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” Please check the link in my profile (@ivankphoto) to see the feature.
By @drewtrush // I spent three weeks in June working with the National Park Service (@nationalparkservice) watching the wildlife of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in eastern Alaska. It’s a truly incredible, road- and trail-less ecosystem shaped by predators like grizzly bears and wolves. Follow along with with @drewtrush to see more and click the link in his bio to learn more about the incredible landscape of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto // 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 series ‘Toy Stories’, I explore the connection between children and their toys and I try to give an insight into their tiny worlds and takes you on a trip down memory lane. ‘Toy Stories’ is the result of an 24 month round the world trip where I visited a variety of countries and cultures and took photographs of children and their 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 between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys played the same function, or 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. // Photo N1: Keynor, 3 - Cahuita, Costarica. Photo N2: Farida, 4 - Cairo, Egypt // Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toystories #toys #play #kids #child #children #toy #kid #costarica #cahuita #egypt #cairo
Photo by @melissafarlow | An Irish Setter greeter and lush fields on the west coast of Ireland are two memories from a year ago. Soon I’ll meet writers and photographers on a NatGeo student expedition and travel from Galway to the Aran Islands. We will soak in the local culture and create personal projects. Very cool. @NatGeoExpeditions #NatGeoStudentExpeditions @thephotosociety #onassignment #NatGeoCreative #summer #Ireland
Photo by @TimLaman. A high valley in the Lorentz National Park filled with tree ferns and limestone outcrops has a real “lost world” feel to it. I was keeping my eye out for dinosaurs, but no luck. This habitat is at about 3500 meters elevation where temperatures regularly drop to around freezing at night, even here near the equator. See @TimLaman for more from my explorations of the rarely visited alpine environment of Papua, Indonesia. #LostWorld, #Indonesia, #LorentzNationalPark, #Papua, #IndonesiaBiodiversity.
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - A shopkeeper’s daughter stands at the counter as the family finishes up breakfast in Manigango, along the Tea Horse Road, in the eastern Tibetan region of Kham. For more on this historical region follow @yamashitaphoto #Kham #Tibet #teahorseroad #Sichuan
Photo by @joelsartore | This is Mosi, a patas monkey who lives at the @houstonzoo. This is the fastest primate species on earth, running at speeds of up to 34 miles per hour! They have diverse means of communication, using different calls in response to different situations and types of predators. If faced with an aggressor, the male will make a diversionary display, bouncing on the bushes and trees before fleeing through the grass. This detracts attention from the females and young, allowing them time to flee silently or stay hidden in the grass. Female patas monkeys typically use a ‘moo’ call to stay in contact while on the move. Males of this species are nearly twice the size of females, and are also more brightly colored. Follow @joelsartore for a close up image of this monkey! #photoark #patasmonkey #primates
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