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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Mesmerized by the emerald waters of Tibetan high altitude lakes, Siling Tso is the highest in the world at 17,670 ft, and the second largest in Tibet. So striking in contrast to monochrome grasslands. These lakes, often salt water, have a mineral content that gives them the green glow. People believe the lakes have spirits and therefore are worshiped by doing kora. The water is not used for anything - not fishing, bathing, boating or washing. Just there to be looked at and admired.  #zhongba #xigaze #changtangplateau #tibet
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | Lions are roaring in Liwonde National Park in Malawi after decades of being extinct thanks to the work of @AfricanParksNetwork , the Malawian Government, @LionRecovery , @leonardodicapriofdn and @leonardodicaprio  Liwonde National Park was recently on the verge of collapse just 3 years ago -the park was overrun with poaching and more wire snares existed in the park than large animals. But in 2015, @AfricanParksNetwork assumed management of the park on behalf of the Government, and immediately got to work training and outfitting their Ranger unit, preventing poaching, removing almost 30,000 snares, and making the park safe for nature's return. In 2017 they reintroduced cheetahs, and just as of August 16th, they reintroduced lions to restore this iconic species to the park, and help balance natural systems by bringing back critically needed predators. This population is expected to triple in the next few years - and will be supplemented with individuals from other parks African Parks manages in Malawi to ensure for a healthy genepool - as well as help with tourism to the park, benefiting the surrounding local communities. There are fewer than 20,000 lions left in Africa, down from 200,000 just 100 years ago - and their long-term future remains in question: they are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, lack of prey, unsustainable hunting and now poaching for their skins, bones, claws and other body parts. But projects like these show how with determination, political will, community support, and simply envisioning a better future, we can bring this species back as well as protect our last wild landscapes, benefiting both wildlife and people, and creating a better existence for all. To learn more about this project and other inspiring conservation stories from across Africa, please follow @AfricanParksNetwork @LionRecovery @leonardodicapriofdn and @leonardodicaprio
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | From the project FIRST JOB - One’s first job is rarely forgotten. It is the beginning of adulthood, a rite of passage and a turning point. For numerous workers, only 30 years ago, the first job was often the only one, as people could remained in the same company for a lifetime, just being gradually promoted or slightly changing ones positions with seniority. In today’s scenario all is temporary, as the dream of a life position has forever vanished. Usually the first job is the first of a long list that will follow. In the wake of the worst economic crises in modern history, where for many young adults there seemed to be actually no possibility for a first job at all, I explore the world of employment of today’s youth. This is a project that will be carried out in all the 5 continents where the global theme does not obscure, but actually heightens the local specificities. Each one of the subjects whose portrait has been taken has an individual story that feeds into a larger narrative on how the world we live in is changing. From China to France, from Brazil to the U.S. we get a personal introduction to tomorrow’s workforce /// Jimei, China -  Chen Ming Ya, 22, was born and raised in Xiamen, China. She studied to become a hotel manager, but her real dream is to become a member of the Communist Party and work for the government. She loves politics, and says they are her greatest passion. Three months ago, right after she finished school, she started working as a receptionist in a sort of hotel owned by the state, which accepts only government people as guests. She works 8 hours a day, and she can have 2 days off per week. She earns RMB 3,200, or around USD 500, per month. /// Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more stories -  #firstjob #job #work #china #jimei #hotel #communistparty #workforce
Wild_Life with @bertiegregory | Wandering albatross take part in what has to be once of the most incredible courtship displays in the animal kingdom. Bill vibrating, bill fencing, sky calling and posturing with their enormous 11ft wingspan is all part of the ritual. These albatross take great care in selecting a partner as the bond they form can last the rest of their lives. We had the great honour of filming this spectacle with the British Antarctic Survey. This incredible organisation has been studying the wanderers on Bird Island for over six decades! // Check out the new season of Wild_Life at natgeo.com/wildlife.
Photo by @jimmy_chin | @alexhonnold contemplating his dream of free soloing El Capitan’s 3000ft wall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. A few weeks after this photo was taken, Alex made history by making the first free solo of El Capitan - climbed it without ropes. Heralded by some as one of the greatest athletic feats of all time. The stakes could be no higher…perfection or death. Directed by @mochinyc and @jimmy_chin, the film was shot over two years while following Alex during his meticulous preparation and final climb. Much more than a climbing film, Free Solo is about life, love, dreaming big and facing your fears. @FreeSoloFilm has opened in theaters to rave reviews and leads the nominations for the third annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. The film expands nationwide this weekend. For more information about cities, theaters and tickets head to www.freesolofilm.com. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. To see more images from #freesolo, follow @jimmy_chin.
In our November 2018 issue - the new push to cut back protected lands is fueling a dispute rooted in our history and culture. The question: Whose land is it?
Photos by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) | In August 2017, 49 years after being discovered, cave explorers reached a depth of -2,212m (7,257ft) in Veryovkina [cave] located in the Caucasus Mountains and set a new record for world’s deepest cave.  In September 2018, @shonephoto joined members of the Perovo Speleo Caving Team where he wanted to capture the work of the explorers as they pushed the boundaries of exploration deep beneath the earth.  It took four days of abseiling (repelling) and thrutching through tight meandering passages to reach the bottom. The team then spent a week camped at -2,100m from where they made ‘day’ trips to the bottom.  On day 11, things changed dramatically when a flood pulse hit the cave. The team waited at camp as the rumbling sound of a freight train getting louder and louder made its way through the inky blackness above. It hit the explorers and continued downwards. After a few hours everything started bubbling and gurgling. The water rose so fast, the team barely had time to get kitted up and out of the way. They left all the non-essential gear, including @shonephoto camera equipment. He took his precious memory cards that stored these photos showing the cave before the flood. The last person had to swim over the tent at camp to escape. The shafts and passages became a fierce torrent of water that was difficult to find air space to breath in. In total the water rose 130m above the base level. Read more from this harrowing story on @NatGeo . Photography for this expedition was supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society.
Photo by @chamiltonjames. Text by @chrisfagan_uac | Worn footpaths and a clean garden of manioc and papaya hint at the recent use of this village by an isolated tribe near Peru’s remote Alto Purús National Park. This border area between Peru and Brazil is home to perhaps the largest number of  people living in isolation on earth. But despite its remoteness their lives are being threatened. A different tribe recently contacted nearby, told of a horrific massacre by men with automatic weapons; most likely narcos who use the area to move coca to Brazil. This photo was taken at a safe distance and only after we were certain nobody was at home. The tribe who live in the village are semi-nomadic and known to leave for weeks at a time to collect turtle eggs and other resources closer to major rivers. Shot for the Peru part of our October issue on the Amazon’s isolated tribes. Check out the link in @chrisfagan_uac profile for more information on isolated tribes in the area.
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | It’s a tough time of year in Botswana before the summer rains begin. Food is more limited - especially green, fresh, nutrient-filled vegetation. Elephants are lucky enough to have a very varied diet and spend the winter months eating more bark and woody vegetation. After a long winter, the reduced levels of nutrients can begin to take a toll on their condition - particularly in younger animals. The elephants will soon feast on green grass when the rains come, but right now they’re actively digging for rhizomes and bulbs to supplement their woody meals.  Follow @beverlyjoubert for more African wildlife.  #elephants #changingseasons #mindyourstep
Photo by @newshatavakolian | Masoumeh Ahmadi, 14, a member of one of Iran’s largest nomadic tribes, the Bakhtiari, holding her mother’s shotgun while sitting in a field. Many Iranian nomadic women get a firearm as a gift from their husbands, after having giving birth to a first son.  #bakhtiari #nomads #iran on assignment for @natgeo  The full story, on why Iranian nomads are fading away, can be found at natgeo.com @magnumphotos @pulitzercenter
Photo by @PaulNicklen | A cautious gentoo penguin pops its head under the surface, scanning its surroundings for looming threats, such as hungry leopard seals. Gentoo penguins are extremely fast swimmers, which helps them avoid predators. However, they must always have their guard up; if they get too comfortable in the unpredictable waters of the ocean, they may end up as a meal. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more photos of penguins. #penguin #gentoo #nature #photography
Photo by @FransLanting | The other night I had the great honor of receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from @nhm_wpy, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition during a ceremony in London’s magnificent Natural History Museum. I was given a wonderful sculpture of a bull elephant. When my partner in life and work @ChristineEckstrom examined it closely, she realized it had been modeled after a photo I had made on assignment for @natgeo years ago of a famous elephant named ""Survivor"" in Zambia’s North Luangwa Valley. Survivor lived through a previous poaching holocaust in the 1980s and he was written up in Mark and Delia Owens' books ""Eye of the Elephant"" and ""Survivor’s Song."" The bull elephants depicted here, which I photographed in Botswana one memorable evening, lived more tranquil lives thanks to its government’s enlightened policy of putting a moratorium on elephant hunting, but even there the tide is turning. Nearly one hundred elephants were found poached in an area recently that had been a safe haven for years. I’m sharing this image in honor of all elephant champions including the late Paul Allen, and respectfully ask that you consider supporting the organizations that can turn the current poaching crisis around and secure a future for elephants. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more. @elephantcrisisfund @savetheelephants @wildaid @wildnetorg #elephants #elephantcrisisfund #ivory #nhm_wpy #conservation #wildlifephotography #wildlife.