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Photo by @TimLaman. Landing gear down - a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture comes in for a final approach near a wildebeest carcass in Serengeti National Park. Critically endangered due to loss of habitat and deliberate poisoning, this amazing bird can commute up to 150 km a day from its nesting sites to find food here in the Serengeti. This vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird with confirmed evidence of flight at 11,300 meters (37,100 ft). Pretty incredible! #VulturesNeedLove, #Africa, #Serengeti, #Tanzania, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.

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Photo @pedromcbride // Spotlight on an endangered icon. Rhino poaching has increased by 900 percent in the last five years — and it’s on the rise. Rhino horn is highly sought after and largely used in traditional Chinese medicine. This prized body part is made from keratin, the same substance in human fingernails and hair. Earlier this year, China announced it would ban all commercial ivory trade by the end of 2017. Will rhino horn be next? #africa #rhino #poaching #endangered

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Photo by @edkashi / @viiphoto. A young Kurdish boy enjoys some play time with found objects in Kirkuk, Iraq on June 6, 2005. This boy's home is a camp for internally displaced Kurds at a former football stadium. After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the liberation of Iraq in 2003, many Kurds returned who had been forcibly removed from Kirkuk during Saddam's program of Arabization. There were no homes for them, so they set up camps in abandoned buildings, the football stadium and tents on the outskirts of this embattled city. #kurds #Iraq #tbt #travel #onassignment #ontheroad #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #youth #stadium #play

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Grey seal among breaking waves - Using naturally occurring frames can be a very effective and creative way of capturing images of wildlife. Photographing a mute swan cygnet framed by the gentle sweep of an adults neck, shooting through a 'window' in dense vegetation to create a diffuse border around one's subject, even shooting through the kegs of an elephant to frame a distant antelope. These are just a few of countless possibilities that exist within the natural world and the possibility of achieving this type of image was part of the motivation for what I was trying to achieve here. It helps of course if the subject, such as this inquisitive female grey seal, is looking directly at the camera as this can potentially create a favourable symmetry, balancing the image and focussing the viewers’ attention. It also, as luck would have it, seems to create a greater likelihood of capturing a convenient frame of water around the seal. It goes without saying that there is always a huge element of luck when images such as this serendipitously occur and despite many attempts I've never been able to improve on this particular piece of good fortune. This I guess though is just the nature of wildlife photography and when a few surprising elements conveniently collide a nice portrait can result. Your support has been fantastic and so appreciated and so please do #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #greyseal #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals

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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // SIX MALLARDS // Mallards are often disrespected either as birds or as photographic topic. They were swimming around, when I was taking pictures at sunset at #Balaton Lake. They might hope for some food, but never came really close. They behaved really naturally, and just tolerated my presence. In this way they gifted me with very different, attractive composition. Taken only about 80 miles from my actual residency. 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 @thephotosociety @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #capture #moment #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #Hungary #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #1frame4nature #discoveryourbackyard #mallard #birdstagram #sunset

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Photo by @franslanting // A lone hiker contemplates nature inside a narrow sandstone canyon sculpted by water and time. The American Southwest is a wonderland for travelers from all over the world. This particular landscape has been protected by the federal government, but under the current US presidential administration, the status of many National Monuments with world class features is now being challenged due to pressures from other interests. If you care about the value of protecting nature for generations to come, please add your voice to the public debate. Check some of the links below to find out what you can do. And follow me @franslanting for more images about these special places. @WildernessSociety @leonardodicaprio #SaveOurMonuments #MonumentsForAll #beauty #naturelovers #naturephotography

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Photo by @dguttenfelder. * PRINT SALE 10 days * I regularly receive kind requests about purchasing prints of my Instagram pictures. So, I've made a selection of color prints from my USA photography available in two sizes until July 22, including this image. Starting at $100, these archival open-edition prints include my signature and ship by the end of this month. See the full offering here: http://www.davidguttenfelder.com/prints Thanks to all of you who follow along on Instagram, who take the time to comment or ask questions, and who care about my ongoing photography.

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Brown Bear rests in salmon stream, British Columbia, Canada – Photo by Kevin Schafer @schaferpho – In late summer, salmon begin to return to their natal streams in force. Healthy rivers, especially in Western Canada and Alaska, can be seasonally clogged with migrating fish, a potential feast that attracts brown bears from all over the region. The ease of catching salmon is such that bears often consume just the skeins of rich eggs in the females, and strip off the fat-laden skin. The rest of the carcass can feed someone else downstream, or decompose, adding nutrients to the entire ecosystem. This handsome bear was taking a break from gorging on salmon, and simply sat down in the shallows with a look of contentment. I don’t often settle for simple portraits, aiming for moments of revealing behavior, but this was a face I could not ignore. @natgeo #natgeo #nikon #wildlifephotography #brownbears #faces

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Photo by @rezaphotography // Together #Ghana, Volta Region The hand of Akumaa Mama Zimbi is surrounded by those of the members of the Association of Widows in Hikpo, reaching into a bag of palm-oil tree seeds. In Ghana, Akumaa Mama Zimbi is a public figure committed to fighting for women’s rights, on television and also on the radio and in films. Launched in 2007 by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) liberates Ghanaian widows from their social, cultural and economic hardships. 300 groups have been formed to provide vocational training in reproductive health, agriculture, sewing and beekeeping. Thanks to WANE, these widows have been able to become agents of environmental progress and sexual and reproductive health within their ten communities and cities in Ghana. #hand #arms #together #women#womenright #rights#Ghanaian #community #association#help #reconstruction #newlife#photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى# عكاس @thephotosociety

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Rabbit kitten sitting upright – This image of a rabbit kitten was taken in Norfolk several years ago. Whilst these abundant mammals are found throughout the UK it’s unusual that I’ve never really found a strong enough population to work with around my home in Derbyshire. In recent months however this has changed somewhat and just yesterday whilst out walking my dogs I happened to notice a warren that had at least 5 young rabbit kittens outside, these young rabbits making the ideal photographic subject. As I leave for Shetland in a day or two I won’t have time to work with them beforehand but it’s always nice when potential photographic subjects suddenly just appear in my home village. When I captured this image I was fortunate that my camera was already in portrait position as I wouldn’t have had time to rotate the camera in time to capture this brief moment of inquisitiveness. It was another one of those moments that I’ve logged as ‘lucky’, especially as I had just enough room to fit the rabbit in the frame, even though I was in portrait. On days like these, with scudding clouds and variable light it is one of those rare occasions when I will happily shoot on aperture priority, the neutral even tones of both the rabbit and the surrounding grass providing easy metering for the camera, allowing predictable and consistent results when it comes to my exposures. It’s also fortunate that both of the kittens ears are fully up, not to mention his two front feet being visible, all of the little additional elements that can elevate an image and make it more complete. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #rabbit #rabbitkitten #derbyshire #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #donoharm #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals

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