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Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | At a stadium in Bangui, Central African Republic, in 2014, band members wait along with ministers and others for the arrival of Catherine Samba-Panza, then the republic's interim president. Despite having substantial resources such as uranium, crude oil, gold, diamonds, cobalt, lumber, and hydropower, as well as significant quantities of arable land, the Central African Republic had the lowest GDP per capita in the world in 2017.
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | Many residents of Nymboida, a rural village in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, lost most of their possessions in a devastating bushfire that swept through the area on November 8. Over a month later, bushfires continue to ignite in already burned through areas. More than one million hectares have burned across New South Wales during this bushfire season, with conditions predicted to worsen as Australia heads into summer. Despite the devastation, it has been heartwarming to see the community come together and support each other. The emotional drain of the bushfires must be unfathomable. If this is any indication of what’s to come, we all need to help each other in whatever way we can. #australia#australianbushfires#nswfires#landscape#australia
Photo by @paulnicklen | The narwhal is one of the most elusive and mysterious mammals in the Arctic. In this photo, they jockeyed for position to catch a breath of air during a polar-cod feeding frenzy. Ever since I was a kid growing up in the Canadian Arctic, I have always been fascinated by the unicorns of the sea. I had returned to the Canadian Arctic for eight years before capturing this moment. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more images that document the intimacy between wildlife and their environment. #narwhal#nature#wildlifephotography#extinctionendshere
Photos by @nicholesobecki | Meet Karlos and Ivana, two of the lion cubs rescued from South Africa’s Pienika Farm in April. The cubs are slowly recuperating under the nurturing hand of University of Minnesota neurology Ph.D. candidate Jessica Burkhart, who’s in charge of the cubs’ physical therapy at Old Chapel Veterinary Clinic. Veterinarian Peter Caldwell told us that at the time of their removal, the cubs “were in severe, excruciating pain … They were screaming like little babies almost.” Ivana had been near death. Three months of around-the-clock care have helped the cubs recover, but they’ll never heal completely. For this National Geographic investigation writer @rachelfobar and I were invited to Pienika, the controversial South African lion breeding farms that also offers sport hunts—and where Karlos and Ivana were born. Follow me @nicholesobecki for updates, outtakes, and more. Story link in my bio. #lion#southafrica#fallenpride
Photos by @babaktafreshi | This impressive Maya temple in Tikal is called the Great Jaguar, and you can hear the big cat if you spend enough time in this jungle at night. Protected in a national park in Guatemala, jaguars freely roam around the temples after dark, when tourists have departed. When I visited recently with special permission to document the site at night, the tropical sky had cleared after thunderstorms. Taurus (the bull) and the Pleiades star cluster (also known as the Seven Sisters) were rising above the 47-meter (154 feet) pyramid, which dates to 750 A.D. There are both old stories and new studies on the importance of the Pleiades to the Maya (swipe for a closer view). One myth is that the people of Tikal believed they came from Pleiades, and the seven important pyramids of the Grand Plaza in Tikal represent the pattern of Pleiades. There is no doubt that some Maya pyramids were built to reflect astronomical events, and from atop Tikal’s pyramids, perhaps ancient astronomers tracked the movements of celestial objects, keeping time for rituals and agriculture. The Maya calendar was one of the most advanced of the ancient world, thanks to astronomical observations. When Pleiades rises at sunset and is visible for the entire night in November, that’s when the dry season and harvesting begin. Tikal is one of the largest sites of Maya civilization, and at its peak was home to at least 60,000 Maya. Explore more of the world at night with me @babaktafreshi. #tikalnationalpark#saveournightsky#guatemala#maya#twanight
Photo by @williamodaniels | Trees in the forest of Mount Morungole in Uganda, on the border of Kenya and South Sudan. Even at an altitude of 2,500 meters, this virgin forest has been impacted by human presence, scientists say. In 2016, as part of an assignment for the magazine, I followed a group of American and Ugandan researchers on Morungole as they undertook a biodiversity inventory of vertebrates and symbionts. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.
Photo by @ismailferdous | A Syrian refugee family: Mohamed and Leila with their children. The family of seven arrived in Lebanon four years ago from Syria. They live on the roof of a factory. Their oldest child and middle child suffer from cerebral palsy. #refugees#disabilities
Photo by @dina_litovsky | A young woman takes a selfie in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, just a couple feet away from free-flowing lava from Kilauea, the youngest and most active volcano on the Big Island. Volcano tourism has become a big business in the last few years, with volcanophiles traveling around the world to get as close to active volcanoes as possible. Geologists have long warned that such tours are dangerous, since most eruptions happen suddenly and without warning. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | Lanterns line the ceiling of Ryozen-ji, a temple founded in the 8th century on the island of Shikoku, Japan. It is the first temple of an 88-temple pilgrimage. Shikoku is the smallest and least populated of Japan’s four main islands.
Photo by @katieorlinsky | Aliy Zirkle and her dog team are seen during the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Iditarod is a 1,000-mile trek across some of the world’s harshest terrain, from the wilderness of the Alaskan interior to the rugged coastal town of Nome, and is considered one of the toughest endurance races in the world. Sled dog racing, or mushing, is one of the rare professional competitive sports that is truly coed, with women competing against men on a level playing field. In the 1980s, women dominated the sport, and a famous expression was born: “Alaska: Where men are men and women win the Iditarod.” Over the past decade, the top 10 Iditarod finishes between women and men are often close to an even split, and almost always include Aliy Zirkle, one of the best and most beloved dog mushers in Alaska. I made this picture of Aliy while standing on a bridge in the village of Nenana, the first race checkpoint. It was a beautiful moment, as I watched her team run across the frozen Tanana River in perfect rhythm, with equal parts power and grace. This image is featured in the exhibition “Women a Century of Change” at the National Geographic Museum.
Photo by @amivitale | Veterinarians wait for a lion to wake up from its sedation after being flown to Mozambique from South Africa and then driven to an enclosure. Twenty-four lions were moved in what was the largest conservation transport of wild lions across an international boundary in history. Decades of civil war and poaching had all but decimated the animals in this area, and careful management had brought back nearly all the other indigenous species—with the exception of these apex predators. So far all are thriving, and already over 30 cubs have been born since December. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off.” @zambezedeltaconservation@natgeoimagecollection@email@example.com@cabelafamilyfoundation#conservation#lions#savelions#stoppoaching#mozambique
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Niko, 5, Homer, Alaska. Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips, and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, getting an insight into their tiny worlds and taking you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month trip, in which I visited more than 50 countries and took photographs of children and their favorite toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found more similarities among children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, toys had the same function, such as protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have. It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. | Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys#play#kids#child#children