Photo by @ciriljazbec / earlier this year i did my fifth trip to greenland, a place on the earth that never ceases to amaze me. this time i travelled to qaanaaq and siorapaluk, the world’s northernmost settlements to investigate how climate change has affected the lives of indigenous people, the community of around 700 inughuits which in spite of several alarming climate and cultural threats persists with the traditional age-old way of hunting. these people are on the frontier of the climate change that is eventually going to affect us all. on the picture, you can see qaanaaq and a frozen fjord in the back. have a look at more work from this trip @ciriljazbec#arctic#greenland#climatechange@natgeo
Photographer @thomaspeschak on assignment for @natgeo shooting blacktip reef sharks in the near pristine waters of aldabra atoll #seychelles. "hanging out with these sharks of the shallows is still one of my all-time favorite wildlife encounters. they are so inquisitive and curious. video shot by my fantastic assistant otto. please follow him @ottowhitehead for more behind the scenes videos."
Photograph by stefano unterthiner @stefanounterthiner.
it’s time to play for this female red-necked wallaby and her joey. i enjoyed to watch and photograph this beautiful macropod, found in the forests throughout coastal and highland of eastern australia. shot on assignment for @natgeo.
follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my work with @natgeo.#mother#australia#play#young#time
Photo by @franslanting a ribbon of water winds across dry plains surrounding botswana’s okavango delta as morning mist shrouds the contours of the landscape. the delta is an intricate tapestry of dry land and wet land, with ever shifting boundaries defined by the ebb and flow of water. fed by a river that begins a thousand miles away in the highlands of angola, the delta spreads out across the kalahari desert sands of northern botswana. the miracle of water in the desert attracts multitudes of animals from antelopes to elephants. the delta became a world heritage site in 2014, but its future is by no means secure. read the story in the november issue of @natgeo to learn more. this image is featured in our new book, “into africa,” which is based on our national geographic exhibition, also entitled “into africa,” currently on display at the cleveland museum of natural history through october 22. follow me @franslanting for more images from africa. @natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@intotheokavango#botswana#okavango#worldheritagesite#nature#dawn#explore#miracle#safari#conservation
Photo by @katieorlinsky. horses on arapaho nation reservation land in wyoming, usa. the arapaho are one of nearly a dozen tribes fighting against the white house overhaul of the endangered species act, which has saved more than 200 species from extinction. shot #onassignment for @natgeo article "inside the effort to k**l protections for endangered animals."
Photo by @andreabruce in an indian village where malnutrition is common, a child sleeps in a swing made from a scarf.
when i covered the issue of sanitation and open defecation for the august issue of national geographic, the village of peepli kheera in india had only one toilet, kept under lock and key by one family. the entire community defecated outside. men in the fields on one side of the village, women on the other. i revisited the village last month and saw several toilets being built by the government — though building them is only part of the battle.
about half of indians defecate outside without using toilets. children pick up parasites and chronic infections that impair the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients — 117,000 indian children die each year from diarrhea related to this, according to unicef. #india#sanitation#children@noorimages
Photo: @andy_mann // caribbean reef sharks and southern stingrays cruise the bahamian mangrove channels at high tide as nutrient rich water brings in baitfish and invertebrates to feed on. these channels fill with often 5 different species of shark at a time throughout the day as each pay visit to the shallows for food. sharks can breath easier in the bahamas since the government banned all commercial shark fishing in country waters in 2011. i recently returned from an eye-opening expedition with @sea_legacy to gardens of the queen, cuba learning how a healthy & pristine carribean ecosystem should function and look like. please #followme@andy_mann to see five different species of shark flood this small channel at sunset.
Photo by @brianskerry.
a leatherback sea turtle crawls back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at sandy point, located on the island of st. croix in the us v****n islands. listed as vulnerable, this species of sea turtle has an ancestry that dates back more than 100 million years. today they face a number of anthropogenic stresses - including entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and climate change - which affects the s*x of turtle hatchlings. sandy point is a national wildlife refuge, managed by the us fish & wildlife service who are responsible for protecting these nesting beaches. the combination of conservation efforts here and in the nearby buck island reef national monument have benefitted sea turtle species in this region.
i made this photo under moonlight at 2am, after weeks of working at night on these beaches. being in this place with these ancient animals was like traveling back in time to a primordial earth.
this picture won first place in the reptiles and amphibians category of the wildlife photographer of the year competition on october 17th in london.
photographed for the february 2017 cover story in @natgeo about saving our oceans.
to see more ocean wildlife photos and read the stories behind them, follow me - @brianskerry - on instagram.
Photo by @stephenwilkes. on this day in 1697 one of italy’s greatest painters was born, giovanni antonio canal, better known as canaletto. his paintings have inspired generations, and were daily inspiration when we created the day to night venice photographs. canaletto is known for his extraordinary cityscapes capturing intimate city views of venice. in honor his birthday, i wanted to share my photograph of campanile di san marco, venice. to see more of my work please follow me @stephenwilkes #canaletto #italy #venice #painting #art#photography#daytonight#stephenwilkes#birthday#campaniledisanmarco
Photograph by @thomaspeschak a northern elephant seal pup curiously inspects its reflection in the glass dome of my underwater camera. once hunted to near extinction in pacific mexico, today the species has made a remarkable conservation comeback. reserves now offer sanctuary where this once nearly extinct species can reproduce and thrive. shot #onassignment for @natgeo in collaboration with @maresmexicanos
Video by @bertiegregory. a bizarre looking porites coral and a school of anthias (the bright orange fish). the diversity (the number of different species) of coral reefs is mind blowing. it is estimated that whilst they only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of the ocean's biodiversity! coral reefs all around the world are in trouble but why should we care? well, aside from just being awesome, they provide so many functions that are vital to human existence including coastline storm protection, fisheries production, tourism and climate regulation. follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photo by @paulnicklen // the shallows of the jardines de la reina, cuba. i am here to shine a light on what a healthy ocean looks like, and why it should be protected. as cuba opens its borders and businesses to the world, the risk of losing this relatively pristine ecosystem grows. please follow @sea_legacy to follow along on this beautiful, important expedition. #turningthetide
Photo: @cristina mittermeier // both crocs and eelgrass are abundant in the gardens of the queen, cuba. the cuban government established a 590 square-kilometre marine preserve here in 1996, restricting tourism and banning all fishing except for lobster, a crucial element in cuba's economy.
our visit comes less than a month after a category 5 hurricane irma struck the camaguey archipelago. cuba’s marine science and conservation community was hit hard when two of cuba’s most important marine research stations suffered extensive damage. with relations between the us and cuba stabilizing and a potential tourism and development boom on the horizon, rebuilding is more crucial now than ever.
#turningthetide | #gardensofthequeen | #cuba | #universityofhavana | #jardinesdelareina | #theoceanfoundation | #jardinesdelrey | #crocodiles | #theoceanfoundation | #marineconservation |
Photo by @jimmy_chin
one of my first trips to the karakoram was with @conrad_anker and @brady_robinson. here conrad begins what turned out to be an exciting descent on k7 after a three day storm. still remember being lowered down a steep coulior riding a haul bag, trying to find an anchor, all the while getting smoked by spindrift. #typetwofun#ridingthepig