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thephotosociety The Photo Society—a collective of over 170 National Geographic photographers. Sponsorship inquiries: [email protected] http://www.thephotosociety.org/
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Photo by @florianschulzvisuals

As part of my quest to document some of the last wilderness areas on the planet, I did a long photography expedition in Arctic Canada, traveling over 1200 km from Qikiqtarjuaq along the edge of Baffin Island past Pond Inlet to Arctic Bay. We explored many of the fjords and the ice edge along the coast. In the northern tip of the island, we regularly encountered polar bears, like this mother and cub.

With temperatures rising, the ocean ice forms later in the year and retreats earlier, making it ever harder for the bears to hunt their most important prey: seals. We are at a crucial time to turn things around for our planets climate, the bears and ourselves. Follow me @florianschulzvisuals for more images and stories from the wild. @natgeo @florianschulzproductions #polarbear #arctic #mothers #arcticwildlife #canada #nikon #expedition #wildlifeplanet #earthimage #florianschulzphotography #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #conservation #savethearctic
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Photo by @florianschulzvisuals as part of my quest to document some of the last wilderness areas on the planet, i did a long photography expedition in arctic canada, traveling over 1200 km from qikiqtarjuaq along the edge of baffin island past pond inlet to arctic bay. we explored many of the fjords and the ice edge along the coast. in the northern tip of the island, we regularly encountered polar bears, like this mother and cub. with temperatures rising, the ocean ice forms later in the year and retreats earlier, making it ever harder for the bears to hunt their most important prey: seals. we are at a crucial time to turn things around for our planets climate, the bears and ourselves. follow me @florianschulzvisuals for more images and stories from the wild. @natgeo @florianschulzproductions #polarbear #arctic #mothers #arcticwildlife #canada #nikon #expedition #wildlifeplanet #earthimage #florianschulzphotography #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #conservation #savethearctic
Photo by @hammond_robin for @witnesschange “When we came here, I could not even approach him, because he would have hit me. But now with the help of men of God who prayed for him here, I see that he is better” said Sankpel Bédagou (right) of her son Lare (left). They agreed to tell their story for my new campaign on mental health #InMyWorld. Lare is usually chained to a tree inside the grounds of a church in the region of Bokiccenag in northern Togo where I met them. I saw 15 other adults living with mental health problems chained to trees or posts around the church while they waited to be cured through prayer. Some had been there, chained, for more than a year. Lare, like the others, was brought to the church to be healed. People come to the Church to pray for the resolution of problems ranging from financial difficulties to severe illnesses. In many parts of the world mental health problems are perceived to be spiritual in nature, so spiritual remedies are sought. In many cases chains are used to immobilise while the healing is taking place. All over the world the freedom of movement is a human right often denied to people with mental health issues. 
#InMyWorld is my new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_international as part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. To see more please follow @OneDayInMyWorld
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Photo by @hammond_robin for @witnesschange “when we came here, i could not even approach him, because he would have hit me. but now with the help of men of god who prayed for him here, i see that he is better” said sankpel bédagou (right) of her son lare (left). they agreed to tell their story for my new campaign on mental health #inmyworld. lare is usually chained to a tree inside the grounds of a church in the region of bokiccenag in northern togo where i met them. i saw 15 other adults living with mental health problems chained to trees or posts around the church while they waited to be cured through prayer. some had been there, chained, for more than a year. lare, like the others, was brought to the church to be healed. people come to the church to pray for the resolution of problems ranging from financial difficulties to severe illnesses. in many parts of the world mental health problems are perceived to be spiritual in nature, so spiritual remedies are sought. in many cases chains are used to immobilise while the healing is taking place. all over the world the freedom of movement is a human right often denied to people with mental health issues. #inmyworld is my new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_international as part of witness change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more please follow @onedayinmyworld
Photo by @jasperdoest // First gentoo penguin spotted as the National Geographic Explorer arrived at the Antarctic peninsula after crossing the Drake Passage.

These charismatic waddlers, who populate the Antarctic Peninsula and numerous islands around the frozen continent, are the penguin world’s third largest members, reaching a height of 30 inches and a weight of 12 pounds. Gentoos are partial to ice-free areas, including coastal plains, sheltered valleys, and cliffs. They gather in colonies of breeding pairs that can number from a few dozen to many thousands.

Follow me @jasperdoest for more photographs while #onassignment in #Antarctica with @natgeoexpeditions.
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Photo by @jasperdoest // first gentoo penguin spotted as the national geographic explorer arrived at the antarctic peninsula after crossing the drake passage. these charismatic waddlers, who populate the antarctic peninsula and numerous islands around the frozen continent, are the penguin world’s third largest members, reaching a height of 30 inches and a weight of 12 pounds. gentoos are partial to ice-free areas, including coastal plains, sheltered valleys, and cliffs. they gather in colonies of breeding pairs that can number from a few dozen to many thousands. follow me @jasperdoest for more photographs while #onassignment in #antarctica with @natgeoexpeditions. opmerking verwijderen@natgeoexpeditions @thephotosociety @natgeo @ilcp_photographers #penguin #bird #natgeoexplorer
Close to the Edge Cave, British Columbia photos by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) Neeld Messler makes his way through a constriction at the bottom of the 255 meter deep entrance shaft. This is the crack we widened to allow us to barely squeeze through. I remember it taking almost 45 minutes to squeeze and shimmy down this head sized slot. On my first trip through a rock came tumbling down the passage while I was wedged inside. I couldn't move my head and could only watch it fall straight toward me. The rock broke the bridge of my nose but we still pushed the cave downward. #explore #britishcolumbia
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Close to the edge cave, british columbia photos by @salvarezphoto (stephen alvarez) neeld messler makes his way through a constriction at the bottom of the 255 meter deep entrance shaft. this is the c***k we widened to allow us to barely squeeze through. i remember it taking almost 45 minutes to squeeze and shimmy down this head sized slot. on my first trip through a rock came tumbling down the passage while i was wedged inside. i couldn't move my head and could only watch it fall straight toward me. the rock broke the bridge of my nose but we still pushed the cave downward. #explore #britishcolumbia
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero // A baby donkey stands next to its home near Sani Pass, Lesotho. Lesotho is a landlocked country in southern Africa, completely surrounded by South Africa. It is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 meters in elevation. 
Even though donkeys have been extensively used by people in many areas in the world, their use has been regarded as synonymous with backwardness, underdevelopment and low status. This is apparent both in traditional attitudes towards donkeys and in the institutional neglect of donkey issues. Most small farmers can't afford neither tractors nor motorized transport so farmers and transportersare increasingly using donkeys for cultivation, transport and for income-generation. 
#photography #documentary #storytelling #photooftheday #portrait #travel #picoftheday #everydaymexico #art #dailylife #500px #instagram #visualsoflife #portrait #natgeo #baby #donkey #horse #horsecart #lesotho #portrait #lesotho #onsassignment
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Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero // a baby donkey stands next to its home near sani pass, lesotho. lesotho is a landlocked country in southern africa, completely surrounded by south africa. it is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 meters in elevation. even though donkeys have been extensively used by people in many areas in the world, their use has been regarded as synonymous with backwardness, underdevelopment and low status. this is apparent both in traditional attitudes towards donkeys and in the institutional neglect of donkey issues. most small farmers can't afford neither tractors nor motorized transport so farmers and transportersare increasingly using donkeys for cultivation, transport and for income-generation. #photography #documentary #storytelling #photooftheday #portrait #travel #picoftheday #everydaymexico #art #dailylife #500px #instagram #visualsoflife #portrait #natgeo #baby #donkey #horse #horsecart #lesotho #portrait #lesotho #onsassignment
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety 
Kamchatka brown bear tour – There now remains just two places left on a trip-of-a-lifetime photographic trip that I am leading to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East next July. Our primary target will be the Russian brown bear or grizzly as it is known in Alaska. Kamchatka remains one of the last great pristine wildernesses on Earth and to even get there we need to fly in by helicopter. I’ve put a link in my bio for anyone that might be interested in grabbing these last two places. As I’ve never been before I’ve posted this image of an Alaskan grizzly bear fishing which I captured a few years ago. Our visit to Kamchatka will coincide with the spectacular salmon spawning and this is pretty much what bears do when they fish. If you can get yourself into the right position, or you have a little bit of luck then you might end up having a full grown grizzly bear running toward you. Of course it helps if there’s a salmon in between you and the bear but these are definitely one of those opportunities when it’s best to get as low to the ground as possible. This not only increases the feeling of intimacy but it also has the effect of distancing the backdrop, allowing the photographer to throw it more out of focus. Of course I would have preferred that this bear wasn’t intersected by the featureless white sky but I was too busy trying to maintain focus on a galloping grizzly to worry about whether the backdrop was going to end up being distracting or not. With subjects like bears the best thing to do is to pick your spot and commit, not keep ferreting and fidgeting and doing anything at all that might interrupt their natural behaviour. This image is filled with things that I’d like to improve and so in Kamchatka I might be able to get a volcano in the backdrop! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @tatraphotography #brownbear #grizzlybear #russia #kamchatka #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_
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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety kamchatka brown bear tour – there now remains just two places left on a trip-of-a-lifetime photographic trip that i am leading to the kamchatka peninsula in the russian far east next july. our primary target will be the russian brown bear or grizzly as it is known in alaska. kamchatka remains one of the last great pristine wildernesses on earth and to even get there we need to fly in by helicopter. i’ve put a link in my bio for anyone that might be interested in grabbing these last two places. as i’ve never been before i’ve posted this image of an alaskan grizzly bear fishing which i captured a few years ago. our visit to kamchatka will coincide with the spectacular salmon spawning and this is pretty much what bears do when they fish. if you can get yourself into the right position, or you have a little bit of luck then you might end up having a full grown grizzly bear running toward you. of course it helps if there’s a salmon in between you and the bear but these are definitely one of those opportunities when it’s best to get as low to the ground as possible. this not only increases the feeling of intimacy but it also has the effect of distancing the backdrop, allowing the photographer to throw it more out of focus. of course i would have preferred that this bear wasn’t intersected by the featureless white sky but i was too busy trying to maintain focus on a galloping grizzly to worry about whether the backdrop was going to end up being distracting or not. with subjects like bears the best thing to do is to pick your spot and commit, not keep ferreting and fidgeting and doing anything at all that might interrupt their natural behaviour. this image is filled with things that i’d like to improve and so in kamchatka i might be able to get a volcano in the backdrop! please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @tatraphotography #brownbear #grizzlybear #russia #kamchatka #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_
Photo by @melissafarlow | Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah ranks as one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen. It is vast, remote and rugged with geologic artistry of sandstone and sculpted cliffs above canyons. When working on an assignment for @NatGeo on public lands, I hiked to places so fragile and beautiful that I never imagined they existed. I watched paleontologists work to uncover puzzles to the past.  At night I heard nothing but silence. I saw planets and stars in a clear, dark sky. I flew over some of the 1.9 million acres when it was first designated a National Monument in 1996 amazed I’d never known this special place before.  And it was protected until this past week when it shrunk to nearly half its size and was split from a contiguous wilderness into separate areas. Big business and states rights got a sympathetic presidents ear and #Trump reversed federal protection. Bears Ears National Monument was cut by 85 percent. Other places are being reviewed. These monuments protect irreplaceable Native American cultural sites, habitat for wildlife and open space that provides an unspoiled wilderness experience. These lands belong to all, not just a few.  How ironic that when the West was settled, these were the lands that no one wanted. @thephotosociety @natgeo #wilderness #grandstaircase #utah #nationalmonument
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Photo by @melissafarlow | grand staircase escalante in utah ranks as one of the most amazing places i’ve ever seen. it is vast, remote and rugged with geologic artistry of sandstone and sculpted cliffs above canyons. when working on an assignment for @natgeo on public lands, i hiked to places so fragile and beautiful that i never imagined they existed. i watched paleontologists work to uncover puzzles to the past. at night i heard nothing but silence. i saw planets and stars in a clear, dark sky. i flew over some of the 1.9 million acres when it was first designated a national monument in 1996 amazed i’d never known this special place before. and it was protected until this past week when it shrunk to nearly half its size and was split from a contiguous wilderness into separate areas. big business and states rights got a sympathetic presidents ear and #trump reversed federal protection. bears ears national monument was cut by 85 percent. other places are being reviewed. these monuments protect irreplaceable native american cultural sites, habitat for wildlife and open space that provides an unspoiled wilderness experience. these lands belong to all, not just a few. how ironic that when the west was settled, these were the lands that no one wanted. @thephotosociety @natgeo #wilderness #grandstaircase #utah #nationalmonument
Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // BLUE DIVE // Common #kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) dives into the #water to catch #fish. I made this shot 8 years before. There were several successful images of diving kingfishers already from previous days. Finally, I could position myself to have clear #blue #sky reflecting on the water. On the same day I was lucky enough to have the blue kingfisher with its #reflection against the blue sky reflection! Picture was taken only 50 miles from my actual residency in #Hungary, but traveled around the world so many times. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #beauty #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #discoveryourbackyard #fish #birdstagram #birdphotography
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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // blue dive // common #kingfisher (alcedo atthis) dives into the #water to catch #fish. i made this shot 8 years before. there were several successful images of diving kingfishers already from previous days. finally, i could position myself to have clear #blue #sky reflecting on the water. on the same day i was lucky enough to have the blue kingfisher with its #reflection against the blue sky reflection! picture was taken only 50 miles from my actual residency in #hungary, but traveled around the world so many times. no need to travel far away for fantastic experience. travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #beauty #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #mycanon #teamcanon #adventure #discoveryourbackyard #fish #birdstagram #birdphotography
Close to the Edge, Canada photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) a Facebook post this morning reminded me of one of my first expeditions. Close to the Edge is a huge pit in the Canadian Rockies. Remote, cold, dangerous, it's entrance shaft is 255 meters deep. I was part of a 3 man crew that enlarged a blockage at the bottom of the cave and pushed downward to -430 meters. I remember riding south after the trip, crunching survey data in the back of a greyhound bus and calling friends from a payphone in Wyoming to announce we had explored what was the the second deepest cave in Canada.  #britishcolumbia #explore
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Close to the edge, canada photo by @salvarezphoto (stephen alvarez) a facebook post this morning reminded me of one of my first expeditions. close to the edge is a huge pit in the canadian rockies. remote, cold, dangerous, it's entrance shaft is 255 meters deep. i was part of a 3 man crew that enlarged a blockage at the bottom of the cave and pushed downward to -430 meters. i remember riding south after the trip, crunching survey data in the back of a greyhound bus and calling friends from a payphone in wyoming to announce we had explored what was the the second deepest cave in canada. #britishcolumbia #explore
Video/music by @pedromcbrde // After supplying water to seven states, the Colorado River dries up when it reaches Mexico. But a few years ago, the gates of the Morelos Dam lifted and the Rio Colorado delta jumped back to life for eight weeks as part of bi-national effort to restore one of North America’s great estuaries. For a brief moment, a river of sand became wet again and people celebrated along the banks with music, dancing horses and more. Thanks to the hard work of a few, ongoing restoration efforts continue to bring pulses of water and life back to this forgotten delta region. To see more, including the short film about this, go to @pedromcbride. #chasingrivers #deltadawn #conservation #nature #water #exodusaveirofest
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Video/music by @pedromcbrde // after supplying water to seven states, the colorado river dries up when it reaches mexico. but a few years ago, the gates of the morelos dam lifted and the rio colorado delta jumped back to life for eight weeks as part of bi-national effort to restore one of north america’s great estuaries. for a brief moment, a river of sand became wet again and people celebrated along the banks with music, dancing horses and more. thanks to the hard work of a few, ongoing restoration efforts continue to bring pulses of water and life back to this forgotten delta region. to see more, including the short film about this, go to @pedromcbride. #chasingrivers #deltadawn #conservation #nature #water #exodusaveirofest
Photo by @jasperdoest // The view from my room aboard the National Geographic Explorer while crossing the Drake Passage towards Antarctica.

The Drake Passage is the body of water between South America's Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean (Scotia Sea) with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean.

There is no significant land anywhere around the world at the latitudes of Drake Passage, which is important to the unimpeded flow of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current which carries a huge volume of water (about 600 times the flow of the Amazon River) through the Passage and around Antarctica.
Follow me @jasperdoest for more photographs while #onassignment in #Antarctica with @natgeoexpeditions.
Opmerking verwijderen@natgeoexpeditions @thephotosociety @natgeo @ilcp_photographers #drakepassage #ocean #natgeoexplorer
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Photo by @jasperdoest // the view from my room aboard the national geographic explorer while crossing the drake passage towards antarctica. the drake passage is the body of water between south america's cape horn and the south shetland islands of antarctica. it connects the southwestern part of the atlantic ocean (scotia sea) with the southeastern part of the pacific ocean and extends into the southern ocean. there is no significant land anywhere around the world at the latitudes of drake passage, which is important to the unimpeded flow of the antarctic circumpolar current which carries a huge volume of water (about 600 times the flow of the amazon river) through the passage and around antarctica. follow me @jasperdoest for more photographs while #onassignment in #antarctica with @natgeoexpeditions. opmerking verwijderen@natgeoexpeditions @thephotosociety @natgeo @ilcp_photographers #drakepassage #ocean #natgeoexplorer
Photo by @Hammond_Robin for @Witness_Change “I think my daughter is bewitched” says Margaret Konga, sitting with with her 7 year old daughter Bibiyan Ida. Margaret suspects her husband’s family of cursing her daughter. Juba, South Sudan. In many parts of the world, mental health problems are thought to have spiritual causes. Remedies are often sought from religious of traditional healers.⠀⠀⠀⠀
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My new photo project #InMyWorld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the project was created in collaboration with Handicap International @handicap_uk as part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. Witness Change (@witness_change) is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. To see more from this campaign please follow @OneDayInMyWorld.
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Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change “i think my daughter is bewitched” says margaret konga, sitting with with her 7 year old daughter bibiyan ida. margaret suspects her husband’s family of cursing her daughter. juba, south sudan. in many parts of the world, mental health problems are thought to have spiritual causes. remedies are often sought from religious of traditional healers.⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ my new photo project #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. this first phase of the project was created in collaboration with handicap international @handicap_uk as part of witness change's work on global mental health. witness change (@witness_change) is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. to see more from this campaign please follow @onedayinmyworld.