Video by @bertiegregory | A male polar bear in a snow storm on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. Although this bear was big, polar bears can get even bigger, with the largest males weighing in at more than 700 kilograms (1,600 pounds)! Follow @bertiegregory for wildlife adventures. #wild_life #wildlife#animals#ice#snow
Photo by @brentstirton | New Dehli, India: Today is International Monkey Day. I’m posting this picture to remind people that monkeys are meant to live in wild spaces, and not in the confines that humans often set for them. This was a small traveling circus I saw in India a few years ago. When the male monkey did the trick correctly, he was rewarded with a cigarette. The audience thought it was hilarious, but maybe it’s not so funny if you’re the monkey. It’s complex; when baby monkeys are sold as pets and then reared by humans, they often know no other life. Sometimes they are treated well and loved, other times they are simply a tool for economics. Personally, I don’t believe this trade should exist; it usually means the mother of the baby was killed in the process. I prefer to think of these animals jumping from tree to tree, free in the environments that make sense for them. #monkey#endangeredspecies#conservation#internationalmonkeyday
Photo by @michaelmelford | Glacier National Park in a mid- September snowstorm. Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed partway, so of course I walked the rest of the way up to Logan Pass, its highest point. However, the best images happened when I returned to my car, and it really started snowing big, beautiful flakes. Glacier National Park, 1,500 square miles of beautiful wilderness! #wilderness#snow#glaciernps
Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I The bleak upcountry of the Derbyshire Dales. Earlier this year, I traveled to northern England to document the historic outbreak of bubonic plague in the village of Eyam. The plague outbreak began there in 1665 when a flea-infested bundle of cloth arrived from London. Within days the disease had spread throughout Eyam, and a decision was made to isolate the entire village to prevent further spread of the disease to neighboring communities. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material. #plague#england#derbyshire#unitedkingdom#eyam
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I After a hard day’s trek at high altitude, my teammate Malang Daryo fell for the first camel that we encountered on the Afghan Pamir plateau! Used for their wool, milk and transportation, Bactrian camels are the most prized animals of the nomadic Afghan Kyrgyz living up in the high Pamir Mountains. For more cultural encounters, please visit @paleyphoto.
Photo by @renan_ozturk | Everest's north side. This three-photo carousel is made up of 26 high-resolution drone images stitched together, creating a 360 view from 27,000 feet. During the time this was captured, hundreds of humans charged for the summit in what was a very busy climbing season. We opted out to fly and search for new perspectives. Yes, the mountain tends to get crowded these days, but despite that its majesty and magnetism remain. Follow @renan_ozturk for more images from this the roof of the world. #everestmystery#onassignment
Photo by @iantehphotography | Ramesh, a mechanic at Gopal Motors, Port Klang. I spent several days photographing around this dilapidated colonial building near Malaysia’s largest port. A major highway was built from the loading docks, bypassing this little town, with busy roads and flyovers splitting into two levels before swooping past (a few feet away) the windows and doorways of the building. The loud and heavy traffic of container trucks trundling by over the years has literally squeezed the life out of this once beautiful and historic building, now only a flicker of its former self. Only this mechanic’s garage—where I met Gopal, working late into the night servicing scooters—seemed to be doing quite well. When I left to go back to my car, I passed empty shop lots, a run-down cafe with barely a customer, followed by more boarded-up shop fronts, and finally a brothel, its dark entrance next to the charred remains of a store. As I look up at the gaping roof, I see the sky and the roots of a banyan tree growing along the walls of its crumbling interior. #malaysia#banyan#dereliction
Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | These cranes move enormous piles of waste inside Copenhagen’s newest waste-to-energy plant, Amager Bakke. The plant can burn through 70 tons of trash each hour—so quickly that Denmark imports household waste from Germany and the U.K. Amager Bakke produces hot water and energy for 120,000 households in the city of Copenhagen while claiming to emit nearly no pollution out of its pipes, thanks to a complex filtration system. It says it's the world’s cleanest incinerator. Does this represent a cleaner way to get rid of our waste while generating energy on our way to creating a circular economy? As a photographer engaged in technological and environmental innovation, I focus on exploring the solutions to finding new ways to live on our planet. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more stories like this. #denmark#waste#energy#environment#lucalocatelli
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