Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | I felt like I was in a scene from Dr. Seuss as I hiked around this icy fumarole on Mt. Erebus, Antarctica. It was was -10F on the roof of a sauna cave at 11,600 ft. Erebus is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and there was molten lava in the adjacent crater. To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz .
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto /@thephotosociety Gannet pair – Continuing the theme of sharing images with which people connect the most it is now the turn of the humble gannet. The very epitome of grace and elegance these majestic birds, our largest native seabird, are very often the complete antithesis of what you see here. Their colonies are raucous and noisy, I’m told though I rarely notice that they are also extremely smelly places but these loving and attentive parents can be the most psychotic of neighbours. With their nests spaced perfectly just outside of pecking/jabbing range I have never seen two neighbouring gannets which, at the merest hint of an opportunity, can resist the temptation to peck furiously at a neighbour. Such ill-temperedness is not solely reserved for the adults either, neighbouring gannets are every bit as eager to vent their fury on neighbouring infants, teenagers and anything in between. Evolutionary adaptations aside these birds are extraordinary to spend time in the company of, their exquisite appearance coupled with a vast array of complex language and behaviours means that creating a wide and varied photographic portfolio can be a straightforward affair. On this day I never really realised the full extent of this particular opportunity, I was to be fair simply snapping away rather than being fully immersed in or connected to what I realised many years later to be a unique set of images for me. In all the years since I have never seen such interaction, such elegance and romance, such clean and pristine birds against such a neutral backdrop. In short my photography at this point was in its infancy and I was perhaps more interested in the capture of explosive behaviour in dramatic light than I was in the subtlety of texture, form and exquisite beauty. I’m glad that in the years since my photography, as I have I hopefully, matured.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) | In rural China, the local villagers are always more than happy to help us search for caves. They have worked the land all their lives and often can guide us straight to cave entrances. Pictured here inside Dong Wan Dong, one farmer admires this spectacular giant skylight bursting in from above where a wonderful ray of sunshine illuminates the darkness. I remember he was very keen to lead us through to this spot where the skylight shaft was, but went no further as the cave dropped away down a giant slope of rocks and boulders. He stayed behind and let us go on ahead to explore the blackness.
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - dawn, northern Kenya - a while ago now I was asked by a Samburu Moran (warrior) to hold the back of his young brother during his initiation. I had no idea at the time what this meant, or the significance of it to us both, but I did know it was an incredible honour. I met him this week and we talked briefly before he returned to his friends and football. I made him shoes out of cow hide and fitted them to his feet; he would wear only these for the month of his metamorphosis into a warrior. I struggled to sleep in my tent not quite knowing what to expect, listening to the songs of warriors and initiates from the surrounding villages. At 02.00 I left the tent and in darkness arrived at his hut which was already surrounded by elders singing songs of courage and support, songs that will help him be strong and carry him into manhood. I’d been told what to expect and what I was required to do, but now when for once I was part of the story, and not an observer, it felt oh so very different. I was to hold his back as the nurse circumcised him. He stood on a cow skin at the door of the home that he’d been brought up in. He was blessed and milk poured on to his shaven head causing him to sit abruptly on the skin. I sat behind him, my legs on either side of his body, I placed my left hand over is forehead and eyes and held his head very tightly to my chest. My right hand I held tightly across his chest, my hand on his heart. He couldn’t see the nurse now sitting in front of him, or the elders surrounding us, but he could hear them, and I could see and hear them both. As the nurse skilfully worked his heart exploded under my hand, and then calmed to a steady beat. We lifted him back into his home and quietly left. He had not made a sound, he was a warrior. I returned as the sun came up, and throughout the day to check on him. I hadn’t expected this, hadn’t expected to see, and more extraordinary feel the birth of a warrior. This is living #withbutterfliesandwarriors #conservation #northernkenya
Photo by @ljohnphoto for @rippleeffectimages . “This is the work we are doing,” she whispered, “you have to be called by God. I suffer myself when I see this… but I know that if God will help me I can do it even though I cry. He gives me the courage.” Mary Okeyo was a saint, a humanitarian who inspired us with her selfless good works. Everyday, she visited the most neglected people in her community to give out food, pain medicine, and compassionate care. Here, Mary washes Alice Adhiambo, who suffered from a toxic mixture of HIV, malaria and possibly typhoid and pneumonia. The illnesses had left Alice too weak to even lift her head. See the film "State of Grace" to learn about Mary through the eyes of @RippleEffectImages photographer @ljohnphoto . @photography.for.good #PhotographyforGood #women #hero #malaria #endmalaria #caregivers #Africa #kenya #empoweringwomen #womenheroes #inspiration #compassion #kindness #selflessness #goodness #hiv #healthcare #healthworker #motivation #rippleeffect #therippleeffect #lynnjohnson #onamission #humanitarian
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | Portraits of the late leaders of North Korea, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, hang above frilly cloth covered pianos at Pyongyang Kyongsang Kindergarten. Across the country, images, pins, mosaics, and monuments of the two late leaders, who died in 1994 and 2011, are ubiquitous. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | A breakfast of patacones (fried plantains), a fried egg, and hot chocolate rest on a pink tablecloth in the house of Ramón and Elisa Aguayo on the Hacienda Mariana in Los Ríos, Ecuador. This photo was part of book project in which Karla Gachet (@kchete77 ) and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America. @runa_photos , @panospictures , #runaflirts
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages . When women have the tools and knowledge to market their goods, they can provide for themselves, they can provide for their families and they can expand their businesses. In Peru, @rippleeffectimages aid beneficiary @heiferinternational helps women work together to sell the exquisite knitwear they make from the wool their livestock produce. Fair pay for fine stitching means school fees get paid, bellies are full and everyone rises together. Congratulations to @heiferinternational for celebrating 75 years of giving families the tools they need to raise themselves from poverty! #PhotographyForGood by @anniegriffithsphotography | @rippleeffectimages ⠀⠀⠀ @photography.for.good #inspiration #peru #hope #womencooperatives #women #empowerment #empowerwomen #farming #nourish #knitting #stitches #sewing #embroidery #womenfarmers #agriculture #anniegriffiths #rippleeffectimages #therippleeffect
Photo by @joepetersburger /@thephotosociety // FEED ME! FEED ME! // Western marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus) #chicks in their nest. I am participating in an exciting projects, where we are monitoring avian life of privately owned lakes and wetlands. I found this nest accidentally, even though, we expected to have it somewhere in the reed labyrinth… Three of them posing to fight (pretty much the same aggressiveness, when they are asking for food. The smallest one decided to hide. Pic is a bit misleading, larger ones are not hurting them. However, #cannibalism might occur, if the smallest one cannot grow fast enough. ● # westernmarshharrier #wetlandprotection #natureconservancy #animalfacts #funfacts
Photo by @rezaphotography Candyfloss #Turkey , #Istanbul . On the Galata Bridge. I spent a few months in Turkey through years while on different assignments for National Geographic Magazine. I like the city of Istanbul, between West and East. At one point, years ago, I even thought that I will move there. This particular day, while observing the patience of the fishermen waiting for the fish, those three candyfloss sellers came to me. A strange contrast with Suleymaniye and Yeni Mosques in the background. Text by Rachel Deghati. Published in the book Reporters Without Borders ( 2008). #galatabridge #bridge #fishermen #fish #candyfloss #patience #turkish #mosque #Suleymaniye #yeni #pink #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى # عكاس @thephotosociety
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Seeing Stripes: Botswana’s national animal, the zebra, migrates across the country twice a year. During such migrations, zebra and other wildlife started competing with cattle for limited water sources after the drying up of the Boteti River. In 2009, high rainfall restored the river’s flow for the first time in 20 years, bringing much-needed relief to the region’s migratory animals. Botswana is one of 17 countries under extremely high water stress, like many regions facing imminent global water shortage. For more on conservation of wildlife and water, follow @pedromcbride . #zebras #Botswana #okavango #water #migration #nature #aerial #zebra
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