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Photo by @rezaphotography #Azerbaijan // A Window on the World Caucasus Mountains, Khinalig Village, Guba Behold the immensity before you, how its untrammeled diversity draws you to the horizon. Rejoice because you cannot embrace so much beauty in just one life. See yourself in the eyes of whomever mirrors your reflection. Text by Rachel Deghati #window #invitation #poetry #mountain#curtain #Khinalig #nature #green #river#tolerance #diversity#internationaldayoftolerance2017 #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza#rezaphoto #rezadeghati#rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist​ ​#webistan #رضادقتى#عكاس​ ​@thephotosociety

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto // Mountain hare close up – It’s fair to say that pretty much one of the very first rules in wildlife photography is to try and get the subjects eye sharp. Well, it must also be said then that in this image I have failed spectacularly on rule one because this mountain hares eyes are definitely not sharp, not even close! I could list all of the reasons why I failed, incompetence, equipment etc but the truth is that, even with this fundamental flaw there is still something about this image which I like. The hare kind of looks like its half awake and whilst it’s actually about to yawn it does have that slight look of a sneeze about to happen, where you get yourself all ready for a nice satisfying sneeze and then it disappointingly disappears! I guess for me its saving grace is that the focus appears to have locked on to the open mouth, the only slight punctuation of colour of the pre-yawn, so whilst the eyes are soft, due largely in part to the massive focal length and resulting limited depth of field it still has enough character about it to work. I suppose then that this image serves as a timely reminder not to delete images too quickly out in the field and instead to wait until you get them home and on to a big screen. Only then can the real potential qualities of the image be seen, along with its flaws and only then can you make an informed decision as to whether to keep it or delete it. I now only have very limited availability for my mountain hare workshops coming up this January/February and so if experiencing these animals first hand, up close and hopefully in the snow is something in which you’d be interested then please do email me at tours@andrewparkinson.com for those dates that are still available. Alternatively of course you can still #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto for more photo tips @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #mountainhare #andysphototours #scotland #cairngorms #cairngormsnationalpark #ethicsbeforeimages #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #tigertime #phototips #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationa

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Southern River Otter, Chiloe Island, Chile – Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho @natgeo // This is one of the most endangered otters on the planet, known only in a few remote streams in southern Chile. I recently spent a week searching for them and during that time had little more than a handful of fleeting glimpses. Happy to have those, of course, but as always, time is the most important tool in a wildlife photographer’s toolkit.. All the lenses and all the latest equipment are really no substitute for time: time enough to learn an animal’s habits, time enough to get a variety of lighting and weather, time enough to witness and capture unusual behavior. And yes, time enough to get lucky. In this case, I was lucky to get a few portraits (and even fewer in focus). Simply said, doing a full story on this rare species would take months. #endangeredspecies #chiloe #wildotters

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Photo by @gerdludwig Perhaps the most aptly named geographic landmark in the world, the Great Smoky Mountains span between the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee. In 1930, Great Smoky Mountains National Park became one of the largest protected areas of the eastern United States. It encompasses 814 square miles of lush landscapes (with more tree species than in all of northern Europe), abundant wildlife (65 mammal and 230 bird species), and spectacular scenic beauty. The mist of water droplets from low-level clouds is a significant source of water, making the Great Smoky Mountains the area with the highest amount of rainfall in the Southeastern US, approximately 60 inches (150 centimeters) annually. Unfortunately today, the Great Smokies’ signature blue fog is often being replaced by a toxic haze produced by ozone pollution and automobile emissions. Follow me at @gerdludwig to see additional images of the Smokies that I recently posted. @natgeocreative @natgeo #NationalPark #mountains #Appalachian #landscape #GreatSmokyMountains #environment #haze

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Photo by @joepetersburger // EYE TO EYE // Eye to eye with a #female #ladybird #spider (Eresus cinnaberinus). Looks like a huge, scary tarantula, but it is a small species. However, a true #monster for potential prey... Taken only 20 miles from my actual residency in #Hungary. 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 #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #macro #macrophotography #macrophoto #educateandinspire #capture #findbeautyeveryday #adventure #discoveryourbackyard

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Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero // An 'oozie' (elephant handler) rides his elephant after having collected him early in the morning in the forest near Maing Hint Sal elephant logging camp. Elephants are left to roam freely from the early evening until the next morning. Myanmar has ended up with the largest population of captive Asian elephants in the world, the second largest population of Asian elephants overall. The Trump administration announced this week that it would lift a ban imposed by the Obama administration on importing elephant heads, feet and other body parts severed as trophies after the animals are shot for sport in Zimbabwe. A few weeks ago the administration said it would end a similar ban on imports from Zambia. Lifting this ban could endanger gains made by governments and environmental groups to protect elephants from illegal trade in ivory and other body parts. #photography #documentary #storytelling #photooftheday #portrait #travel #picoftheday #everydaymexico #art #dailylife #500px #instagram #visualsoflife #portrait #natgeo #rubensalgadoescudero #nationalgeographic #myanmar #elephant

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Photo by @PaulNicklen / / Based on my years as a biologist, I estimated this bear in Svalbard, Norway to be over 800 pounds. Did you know that a polar bear's stomach can hold an estimated 20% of its body weight? In this case, that would have been 160 pounds of seal meat and blubber. A polar bear generally eats this much only when its energy demands are high. A bear can assimilate 84% of the protein and 97% of the fat it eats. • • • • #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #polarbear

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Photo by @daviddoubilet An African elephant enjoys the cool waters of Botswana's Okavango Delta. I was surprised when the elephant began to push its tusk in and out of the sandy bottom polishing them until they gleamed. One of our most memorable moments on @natgeo assignment happened in Botswana as we documented the hidden depths of the delta. It was the dry season and wildlife was struggling, walking miles between water and their food source. Many animals died. We watched a group of elephants slowly approach and form a circle around a dead elephant. The matriarch picked up a bone and passed it to the next elephant until all had held it and the last one gently put it back where it came from. We had witnessed a "mourning circle". The experience has stayed with me since. Elephants are extremely intelligent, fiercely dependent on family structure to survive, they experience joy and grief on our level and they are endangered, their numbers plunging uncontrollably throughout Africa from poaching. The recent US Administration's proposal to support trophy hunting in a critically unstable Zimbabwe collides tragically with urgent conservation efforts to keep these magnificent creatures on this planet. // from @natgeo assignment The Miracle Delta. // with @the_explorers_club @thephotosociety @natgeocreative // #elephant #africa #beloved #endangeredspecies #Zimbabwe #Botswana for #moreocean and storytelling follow @DavidDoubilet

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Photo by @migeophoto // Journal // May 2015 // The line for the David is long. Before we found it, my boyfriend (at the time) and I got into an argument because I was hangry. I spent most of the time in line mad at myself for being mad. After an hour, a large school group decided to cut right in front of us. The museum was closing soon and we feared we wouldn't get in. We unionized with the other international travelers around us and marched to security. This brought us back to center. We cut the school group. Upon entering, my first thought was: He lives up to the hype. Like The Grand Canyon, Paris, and now, this statue. I was in awe. He is a Universal lover. Wanted by all, towering out of reach in suspended animation. Those hands, that vein. I see him stepping off the platform. We circled him twenty times, like the shot of a dramatic Hollywood kiss. "What's your favorite angle?" I asked. We walked directly behind him. I laughed. "Yeah, that is a great butt." "What's yours?" We circled back around. "This one," I said, and took this photograph. // #david #statueofdavid #michelangelo #renaissancesculpture

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Photo by @joepetersburger // HUNT BALLET // What to say more about this frame, than the title? Well, some recorded moments about hunting kingfishers are better look #ballet for me. Just like this one, when a common #kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) emerges with a topmouth #gudgeon (Pseudorasbora parva). Look at those wings and head! Like he was on stage... Especially with such #reflection on the surface. By the way, the bird is not blind. Just third eyelids are still closed in order to protect #cornea at such critical #situation as diving. Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #Hungary #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #water #discoveryourbackyard #kingfishers #fish #birdstagram #birdphotography

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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // Sisters Yagana, 21, Yakaka, 19 and Falimata, 14, were all abducted and held captive by Boko Haram until their escape. “After invading Bama, the Boko Haram insurgents came to my house, one of them saw me and said, ‘I want to marry you,’” Yakaka told me a year ago. "I said, ‘My parents will not give me to you. Then he said, ‘O.K., that is easy. Let me kill them, so that you will now be the one to decide.’ We got married in the Sambisa forest. Three months later, my husband was killed. I was pregnant by that point.” The kidnapping of young girls by Boko Haram, was not uncommon in northern Nigeria, yet it was only when the group abducted 276 Chibok schoolgirls from their dormitory in 2014 that the world took notice. With the mantra #BringBackOurGirls, the issue exploded on social media. But with little news from the remote region, the public’s interest waned. Nearly four years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has lead to the kidnapping of thousands of girls in the region. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY you can purchase an 8.5x11 signed print of this image by visiting www.TOOYOUNGTOWED.ORG/PRINTSALE. @tooyoungtowed is currently supports about 75 scholarships for vulnerable girls in the villages where our images are made - including the tuition for all of the girls featured in this story. We also host girl empowerment photography workshops that help vulnerable girls gain the skills to become budding photojournalists, learn tools to manage their trauma and express themselves, advocate for the rights of girls’ and become mentors to subsequent workshop participants. #tooyoungotwed #printsale #bringbackallourgirls #nigeria #girls #letgirlslearn

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