Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
brown hare saying hi – anyone who knows me or follows my page will know that i have a real passion for our native wildlife here in the uk, especially the lagomorphs which include brown hare, mountain hare and rabbit. this is a brown hare and much like the mountain hare posted a week ago this brown hare is having a bit of a wash and in the process showing off his enormous hind feet. brown hares are substantially more challenging to work with than the ultra-confiding mountain hares and their preferred habitat of open lowland fields and flat agricultural land makes getting close to them especially challenging. as usual an intimate knowledge of the species, the location and their typical habits makes the process of achieving images significantly more feasible but they are still a species that can elude and frustrate. on this occasion i knew of a regular route that they would occasionally take a down a field margin and by using hedgerows, forests and thickets i was able to get myself into position unnoticed. from that point on it was all down to luck, even when it comes to which direction they might approach from. i’ve often ended up sneakily looking over my shoulder only to see one sitting a few feet behind me but in these instances i won’t even bother trying to turn around. much better to simply try and melt into the ground, remain as unobtrusive as possible and hope that they meander past me and into a position where i can photograph them. the fact that this one is demonstrating such natural behaviour, even though i’m lying just a few feet away is testimony to the merits of this cautious and respectful approach and this can be summed up in one simple sentence. you cannot approach wildlife too slowly! please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo@andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety#brownhare#derbyshire#wildlife#phototips#ethicsbeforeimages#nature#naturelovers#wildlifeaddicts_#animal_beauty#nature_brilliance#animalsonearth#exclusive_wildlife#majestic_wildlife_#nature_brilliance#nationalanimals#majestic_wildlife_#wildlifephotography
Photo by @argonautphoto (aaron huey). a ruin in what was, #bearsearsnationalmonument. on monday december 4, 2017, president #trump signed two proclamations, shrinking the size of bears ears by almost 85 percents and grand staircase-escalante national monument by nearly 50, fundamentally reshaping the two large national monuments.
the ancient double granary was created by the ancestral puebloans roughly a thousand years ago in southern utah. the ruin is relatively unique for being both freestanding and for having no door. even when you know that many travelers have come before you to these same ruins it still feels like an incredible adventure rounding the corner and seeing them for the first time. to see more images from bears ears follow @argonautphoto on assignment there.
Photo by @bethjwald // kyrgyz men on horseback cross a broad, snow-covered valley above the frozen chaqmaqtin lake in the little pamirs of the wakhan corridor, a remote and isolated region of northeast afghanistan. i am continuing this week my celebration of mountains, mountain environment and cultures with this photo from my archive taken on one of several trips to the wakhan and afghan pamirs. a small population of kyrgyz live a #nomadic life in high broad valleys, moving seasonally with herds of yaks, goats, sheep, camels and horses; they trade yak butter and milk with wakhi farmers who grow grains and other crops in the lower valleys of the wakhan, and with traders from pakistan and from other parts of afghanistan. it is a hard life and many kyrgyz suffer from poverty, o***m addiction and lack of education, but they also are proud of their culture, their ability to survive and their freedom on the “bam-i-dunya” or roof of the world. recognizing the beauty, the mountain ecosystems that support wildlife including snow leopard, bear, wolves, ibex and marco polo sheep, and the unique culture of the wakhan district, the afghan government declared the whole area a national park in 2014. dec 11 was the un’s international mountain day but i am honoring it all week. we need more than a day to celebrate mountains and double-down on protecting their critical resources, the mountain ecosystems and diverse cultures that depend on them. half the world’s population depends on waters that come from mountains and as the mountains warm and shed their ancient cloaks of ice and snow, all of humanity will be impacted. see my feed at @bethjwald for more images from this series! #internationalmountainday#afghanistan#wakhancorridor#afghanpamirs#pamirs#kyrgyz#nomad#mountainculture#badakshan#roofoftheworld#bamidunya#nationalpark#onassignment#centralasia#pastoralist#nikonnofilter#nikon@thephotosociety@ilcp_photographers@natgeocreative
Photo by @florianschulzvisuals
when i look at this beautiful bald eagle, i see so much character and pride. no wonder it was made the national bird of the united states all the way back in 1782. it just has such an majestic look. i photographed this eagle in alaska, where you find some of the largest eagles and the greatest abundance in the us. for a while bald eagles were not doing so well and were on the brink of extinction.at the end of the 20th century
there were only 400 breeding pairs left in the lower 48. the widely used pesticide ddt accumulated in eagles and caused them to lay eggs with
thinner shells that often broke, decimating the eagle population. bald eagles received protection under the early version of the endangered species act. the environmental protection agency (epa) ordered a ban of the general use of ddt in 1972 and with several conservation efforts in parallel, bald eagles recovered until they were delisted in 2007 with around 10 000 breeding pairs. it is so important
that federal agencies like the epa take environmental threats seriously and have the tools to protect wildlife and our environment. it is wonderful to see stories where we can turn things around! @natgeo@florianschulzvisuals@florianschulzproductions#conservation#epa#endangeredspeciesact#wild#birdphotography#wildlifeplanet#wildlifephotography#eagle#baldeagle#nikon#usa#birdofprey#alaska
Photo by @rezaphotography#france#paris
after the moment
i was coming out of three days at the liancourt prison. i was not incarcerated; thanks to robert badinter, the attorney general at the time, i was granted access to do a reportage on prisoners with life sentences, some of whom were very sick. i was shaken by what i had seen, since this incarceration brought back memories of the one i had lived through for three years in iran, in the jails of the shah as a political prisoner. it was a period during which, for the first time in my life, i had no access to a camera.
it was during the early hours of the morning. i wanted to drop off my film as quickly as possible at the rapho agency, then on the rue d’alger in paris. i had a bit of time before the office opened for the day so i decided to take a stroll in the tuileries and finish up my film. i’ve always had a hard time not getting to the end of each roll of film. i heard the sound of wings; my camera is always at the ready and i snapped a few photos. some birds and a statue. nothing more. a few days later, i developed this photo which i quite liked. a shot of a sculpture of a figure in chains and a free bird. my friend adriano sofri, an italian intellectual who was visiting me at the time exclaimed, “hey reza, are you now into mythology?” i didn’t understand the allusion, so he recounted the story of prometheus, the titan who wanted to bring fire to mankind and so the gods condemned him to be chained to a rock in perpetuity while an eagle continuously devoured his liver, which kept regenerating. in paris, prometheus was a statue and his tormentor, a pigeon. the explanation for an instant that one seeks to capture sometimes comes after the moment.
published in "derrière l'objectif" (hoëbeke publishing, 2010)
#paris#bird#sculpture#figure#rock#prometheus#pigeon#chains#statue#blackandwhitephotography#photooftheday#photojournalism#reza#rezaphoto#rezadeghati#rezaphotography#rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى# عكاس @thephotosociety
Photo by@franslanting // cheetahs are the most vulnerable of the world’s big cats, with cub mortality as high as 95 percent, often due to predation by lions and hyenas. co-existing with those formidable adversaries is tough for cheetahs who are more timid and risk adverse. long term studies have revealed that in the entire serengeti ecosystem fewer than 50 cheetah females successfully raise cubs to independence on a regular basis. here is one of these remarkable “supermoms" scanning the horizon for trouble with a cub next to her. but even supermoms can’t cope with the human threats they face in addition to their natural hazards. so, i’d like to give a shout out to the organizations who are working to safeguard a future for these amazing cats and hope that you will support them too. thanks to natgeo’s big cat initiative, the cheetah conservation fund (ccf), cheetah conservation botswana(ccb) and panthera. follow me @franslanting for more images of cheetahs and other inhabitants of wild africa.
Photo by @scottgoldsmithphoto // these smoke stacks are in my virtual backyard, about 20 miles west of pittsburgh. this photograph is part of an ongoing project on air quality related to fossil fuels, in western pennsylvania. the project is partially funded by the heinz endowments. this ongoing project came on the heels of a national geographic web site story about natural gas in western pennsylvania, published about 6 years ago.
climate change is a fact, not a game with alternative facts. germany gets roughly 25% to 80% of their energy from renewable sources depending upon location. sweden and costa rica are also leading the renewable energy revolution with better numbers than germany. the usa gets far below 7% from renewable energy sources with some areas topping 10%. the us surplus of natural gas is large enough to ship increasing amounts overseas yearly. natural gas is methane. methane is almost 40 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than all other fossil fuels. natural gas is leaked into the environment during drilling, fracking, extraction, transportation, processing and end users. coal will never be "clean". a renewable energy future might be the only answer for earth's future.
i was honored to have this photograph chosen by the 2017 communication arts photography annual. @thephotosociety#climatechange#greenhousegas#renewable#pollution
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
gannet portrait – using natural frames has always been a very effective way of composing an image, especially if you can frame your subject by using another bird/mammal of the same species. this inquisitive gannet image is improved by the out-of-focus gannet in the foreground whose neck and body allow me to place the main gannet off-centre whilst it’s muted tones of white and yellow also compliment the primary colours of the main bird. by utilising opportunities such as this the resulting image immediately acquires another dimension, another level of depth that, when the alternative would have been to set the gannet against a featureless blue sky then if nothing else it fills the frame with more interest, more detail and more narrative. with a bird that is as sleek and graphic as a gannet though it’s often worth trying to capture that moment when the gannet looks directly at you as this gives a beautiful symmetry to their angular faces. of course this is yet another element of the intended image that as a photographer you are hoping that will serendipitously collide but on this occasion i got lucky and was able to capture this characterful portrait. another lucky and unplanned aspect of this image is the way that the blue in the eyes of the gannet are echoed by the blue sky behind and so a lot of different, complimentary elements came together in this image. not untypically with me it is an old image that my ham-fisted processing had essentially butchered and so this image is a much more faithful rendition of the original raw file. i wouldn’t suggest that natural frames is something that you go out specifically looking for but try to at least remain aware of the possibilities and then who knows when an appropriate opportunity might arise. please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo@andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety#gannet#wildlife#phototips#ethicsbeforeimages#nature#naturelovers#wildlifeaddicts_#animal_beauty#nature_brilliance#animalsonearth#exclusive_wildlife#majestic_wildlife_#nature_brilliance#nationalanimals#majestic_wildlife_#wildlifephotography
Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz@feedtheplanet a patchwork of raised beds of taro and bananas emerge from the fertile floodplain of the nyabarongo river near kigali, rwanda. rwanda has the highest rural population density in africa, and intense competition for farmland has pushed people to cultivate food on even the most labor-intensive pieces of land. to see more visit @feedtheplanet
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.
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
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