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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | The Old City of Jerusalem is not only a holy place and home to several of the world’s religions and their followers, but also a good place to meet visitors from around the world. I love wandering the different quarters and pathways, chatting with various folks and photographing the terrain and diversity of life, all contained within a .9-square- kilometer walled area inside the modern city of Jerusalem. #jerusalem #old city

Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | Flamingo Bob visits the A.E. Goiloschool in Julianadorp, Curaçao. Bob is an animal ambassador for my cousin Odette's conservation charity @fdoccuracao. Odette, a veterinarian, rescued the bird after it flew against a hotel window on the island, and during the rehabilitation process she discovered it couldn't be released back to the wild due to a chronic foot condition (among other things). She decided to take care of the bird and make him an ambassador for her charity. Kids are excited to know about the natural world and what happens in it. Using their natural curiosity and love of animals is a great way to teach them about conservation. Just taking your kids around your neighborhood and talking about the trees and animals you see could be enough to show them how important the natural world is to our survival. With your help, they’ll become educated stewards of planet Earth. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob. #flamingobob #flamingo #natureeducation #conservationhero #curacao

Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Climbing Sherpas: Kagi is smiling and Lakpah seems concerned as we wait in hypoxic conditions for the sun to hit 28,000 feet, close to the Everest summit. This climb shifted my perspective on the evolving role of the climbing sherpas and high-altitude guides, which we'll show in an upcoming @natgeo supported film. Overall these workers are rightly exercising their power over the outcome of big foreign expeditions and gaining agency at the roof of the world. Follow @renan_ozturk for a deeper look into the state of affairs on #Everest.

Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Mist sweeps across an area of open water during the annual freeze-up of Hudson Bay, Canada. Every autumn, this huge expanse of salt water undergoes a dramatic change. In the space of just a few days, the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. This event is hotly anticipated by polar bears—the ice allows them to hunt their primary prey, the ringed seal. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #bear #arctic #Cold #wild_life #wildlife

Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | Magd and Nisrine snap a selfie on their wedding day in Tunis over the summer. Magd is one of six adult siblings from Raqqa, Syria, that I've been photographing for the past few years—they've each had to leave home and make a new life somewhere in Europe or the Middle East. The Ahmads are an ordinary family whose lives were thrown into chaos by war, and a huge part of telling their story involves seeing how they've all stayed connected through a 21st-century melange of social media and messaging apps. For more of their story, from France to Qatar to Norway, head to @dzalcman and check out the latest pinned story on my profile.

Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A herd of elephants moves through forests of mopane and apple leaf trees at sunset. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #elephants #botswana #conservation

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | During the raising of the Greek flag, an evzone, a member of the Greek presidential guard, stands atop the ancient Acropolis hill, with the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple seen on the right, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #acropolis #athens #greece

Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Mustang, a former kingdom in north-central Nepal, is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. Hidden within the Himalaya are an extraordinary number of human-built caves, also known as the sky caves of Nepal. No one knows who dug them. Or why. Seven hundred years ago, Mustang was a bustling place and a center of Buddhist scholarship and art. Pictured here, a Buddhist monk practices a puja within the modern city of Mustang. #followme @coryrichards for more #travel #culture and #mystery from around the world.

Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Flora Aiken processes a seal near Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska. Hunting is an important rite of passage for the Inupiat families of the Alaskan Arctic, especially as these traditions are at an even greater risk of disappearing because of climate change. Whaling, hunting, fishing, and foraging for food (known as subsistence) is not only crucial as a food source for remote Inupiat communities, it is one of the most important aspects of cultural, spiritual, and everyday life. Traditionally hunting was a gendered activity, with women focused more on processing, cooking, and foraging, but that has all changed; as climate change and modernization undermine Inupiat subsistence practices, more women are engaging in them at every step to help keep traditions alive.

Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | A Tuvan "cowboy" moves his herd outside the city of Kyzyl, in the remote Russian Republic of Tuva, in southern Siberia. This image was taken while I was hitchhiking across the Trans-Siberian Highway, from the Russian Far East to Moscow. I had seen these riders on a ridge above the road and climbed up to check out the scene. When I popped up and over I got a nod—an OK to photograph—just before he reared up. As the horse rose up, I dived to the ground to get it silhouetted against the sky and caught this frame in the first seconds of our encounter. Follow @argonautphoto for more from Siberia and beyond! #Tuva #siberia

Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Alessia, five years old, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. 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 similarities among children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys had the same function; for example, 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

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | This is Walter, a six-year-old Florida panther living at ZooTampa. He was rescued in 2017 by @MyFWC biologists and veterinarians from Highlands County, where his front left foot had been caught in a snare that cut into his bones and nearly killed him. At @zootampa he underwent a series of surgeries and a partial amputation that saved his life. Unable to be returned to the wild, Walter was given a permanent home at ZooTampa, and he was named after a donor who was inspired to invest in the veterinary facilities to help Walter and other Florida panthers. Walter is now an ambassador at ZooTampa, where his story can inspire nearly one million annual visitors and where 13 Florida panthers have been rescued and rehabilitated since 1988. I am working with dedicated conservationists at ZooTampa and other Florida zoos to use my #pathofthepanther project with @insidenatgeo to help protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor. I captured this portrait with a lucky 1/10-second handheld exposure, focusing through the steel mesh of his enclosure with a telephoto lens. @pathofthepanther @FL_wildcorridor #floridawild #panther #KeepFLWild.

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | This year's Greenland Caves Project expedition started similarly to the 2015 expedition: The team of nine flew up the east coast of Greenland in a Twin Otter crammed full of gear and food needed for the following few weeks. Twin Otters are noisy, unpressurized aircraft, which means that they fly fairly low, giving a good view of the landscape below. On July 4, after three Twin Otter flights, we landed on this sandy spit of land jutting out into the southwest end of Centrum Sø. You can just about make out the landing strip. From here, a helicopter transferred us in five rounds to camp 1, in Grottedalen.

Photo by Rena Effendi @renaeffendiphoto | Every Sunday the villages of the Maramureș region in Romania transform, as people put their best clothes on and spill out onto the streets for church service. These small, rural communities have managed to preserve their cultural identity in spite of the fact that many young people choose to migrate to Western Europe in search of urban-based jobs. #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories. #romania #culture #dailylife #tradition

Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | I'm mesmerized by the emerald waters of high-altitude Tibetan lakes, like this nameless one on route G317 to Lhasa. They're so striking in contrast to the surrounding monochromatic grasslands. These lakes, often made of saltwater, have a mineral content that gives them a green glow. People believe the lakes have spirits and therefore are worshiped by kora, a pilgrimage or circumambulation. The water is not used for anything, no fishing, bathing, boating, or washing—just looked at and admired. And thanks to the lone nomad who happened to be walking by to complete the picture. I wonder where she could be walking in the middle of nowhere. She has a long way to go. #tibet #tibetancolors #tibetanlakes #nomad

Photo by Kitra Cahana @kitracahana | A devotee of the cult of Maria Lionza jumps through a bonfire during the Baile en Candela, an annual celebration honoring the goddess Maria Lionza, on Venezuela’s Sorte Mountain. The pilgrims claim they do not feel any pain while they are possessed by spirits. I took this photograph ten years ago as a photography intern for @natgeo. It was 2009 and the first story I ever shot for the magazine. Over the next week, I'll share more images from the story on the cult of Maria Lionza @kitracahana. #marialionza #venezuela #spiritpossession #sortemountain #fire

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The "prow" of Mt. Roraima, one of the most spectacular tepuis in Canaima National Park, straddles the border of Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil. Over 7,000 feet tall, it's a remnant of the supercontinent Gondwana, and was fictionalized in the movie "Up." The heavily eroded limestone plateau is home to endemic varieties of carnivorous plants and animals. With thanks to Francisco Salas Roche for the offer to fly me around his native land. To explore more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz. #unescoworldheritage #tepuis

Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | In a small lagoon in the Maldives, manta rays are drawn to boat lights like moths to a flame. Plankton accumulates under the lights, and enterprising mantas swoop in to take advantage of such a concentrated free meal. For more nocturnal manta ray encounters follow @thomaspeschak.

Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Oscar Niemeyer, who died in 2012, was a Brazilian architect considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. At the National Congress of Brazil, the downturned disk holds the senate while the upturned bowl holds the chamber of deputies. The two towers are the administration buildings for the respective chambers. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material. #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lowlight #light

Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Misty Mountains: Fog settling over the Himalaya creates a beautiful landscape, but the scene it mirrors in northern India’s cities is less idyllic. Delhi’s geographic position worsens its smog problem, which is further spread by winds that pick up dust and sulphur dioxide particles and carry them across the country. Those pollutants then become trapped and accumulate over the northern plains. In the winter, smog levels are 40-80% higher when the winds drop off and are unable to blow air pollutants out of the region. Earlier this year, smog in Delhi reached emergency levels, sounding the alarm to address the unchecked development that has led to India claiming 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities. For more on development around the world, follow @pedromcbride. #pollution #india #delhi #himalaya

Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | Pakistani-Americans celebrate a wedding in Queens, New York. This remains one of my most cherished photographs. Its vibrance and energy represent the things I love about New York, the elements that continue to bring me back to this city. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto.

Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | A fish runner stops for his portrait near St. Lucia, Madagascar, in 2010. This image was part of the work I produced from my Prix Pictet award; the focus of the work was #sustainability. #madagascar #africa #fish #portrait

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Photos Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | Today is World Mental Health Day. The focus this year is suicide. Close to 800,000 die due to suicide every year—it’s the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Refugees are particularly vulnerable. On the Greek Island of Lesbos, self-harm and attempted suicide rates among refugees are alarmingly high, especially with children. In July and August, 73 children were referred to @DoctorsWithoutBorders (MSF) mental health teams; three had attempted to kill themselves, and 17 were self-harming. Ten of the 73 children were under the age of six. MSF has been calling for their emergency evacuation. Declan Barry of MSF said: "These children come from countries that are at war, where they have experienced extreme levels of violence and trauma. Rather than receiving care and protection in Europe, they are instead subjected to ongoing fear, stress and episodes of further violence." To see more from this series please follow @onedayinmyworld. #worldmentalhealthday

Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | Five years ago, together with @dereckjoubert, @greatplainsfoundation, and &Beyond, the Rhinos Without Borders project began. It was focused on moving 100 rhinos from poaching hot spots in South Africa to safe havens in Botswana, starting new, genetically-diverse populations as the poaching war raged on. Thousands of supporters donated what they could to make this a reality. Today we are happy to report that not only have we moved 87 of those rhinos (the remaining 13 are waiting for good rains to rejuvenate the earth and make sure that they are in the best possible habitat), but we have also just welcomed our 30th brand-new baby rhino. Their breeding success shows that the animals are healthy and happy. If you'd like to find out more, please visit rhinoswithoutborders.com. #rhinoswithoutborders

Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A time-lapse of a massive supercell cloud spins over the town of Imperial, Nebraska, dropping a wall of rain and hail in its path. This spiraled shape is classified as a “mothership” in the meteorology world, and it's sculpted by a strong rotation coupled with rapid lifting air. Supercells can can stretch for hundreds of miles and are known for dropping powerful tornados at their center. To see more storm chasing photos, please visit @ladzinski

Video by Joel Sartore I @joelsartore | Look closely at the mouth of this Suwannee alligator snapping turtle @floridawildlifecare - see something moving in there? The tip of this species’ tongue has a red worm-like appendage that the turtle moves around like a fishing lure to attract prey! For a second look at this clever critter follow me @joelsartore. #snappingturtle #BigMouth #bait #photoark

Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix | Today is the International Day of the Girl Child, which aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. For this year’s theme, GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable, I am sharing an image of girls participating in a soccer training provided by the nonprofit organization @yuwaIndia, which works with girls from socially and economically disadvantaged families in rural Jharkhand, where 5 out of 10 girls drop out of school and become child brides. Sports can be used as an empowerment tool, challenging gender norms while building self-esteem, courage, and self-efficacy. When community members see girls achieve in sports, they often recognize their potential to achieve in other domains as well. Over the next week, I will be sharing more images from this Nat Geo assignment on my feed @stephsinclairpix and @tooyoungtowed. #dayofthegirl #letgirlslearn #endchildmarriage

Photos by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | This was a striking end to a nightlong session where I walked alone under an ocean of stars on the edge of Haleakala Crater in Hawaii. The timing was important for this single exposure of 20 seconds during morning “blue hour.” Sirius and stars of Orion are still visible in the sky (swipe for the wide-angle view). A few minutes earlier, the crater was too dark and a few minutes later the sky was washed out by twilight breaking above the crater.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣Haleakala means “house of the sun.” The peak of the massive crater marks the top of Maui, at about 10,000 feet (3050 meters). I’m specialized in night photography, and sunrise is usually the end of my working time. Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi. #haleakala #Maui #twilight #nationalparks

Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Today is the International Day of the Girl Child, which aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Girls prepare to return home after washing dishes on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, in Tanzania. Until just recently, girls spent six hours or more each day walking back and forth to school (an eight-mile trip each way) in pursuit of an education and a better life. But not anymore: Thanks to a new girls' dormitory built as part of the Tuungane Project, a joint partnership between @nature_org and @pathfinderint, children like this girl have a safe space to sleep and an opportunity to succeed. They can devote those six hours to studies; the school provides two meals a day, and they have access to lamplight so they can study as much and as long as they need to. Learn more including how to get involved by following @amivitale @nature_org and @nature_africa. @thephotosociety. #Girls #dayofthegirl #letgirlslearn #tanzania

Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | Biologist Debbie Tobin holds the paw of a sea otter taking its last breath on the shores of Homer, Alaska. You could be a wildlife photographer for twenty years and never be prepared for what it's like to walk up to a dying sea otter, wheezing its last breaths. Beginning in 2013, a body of warm water, nicknamed "the blob," formed in the Gulf of Alaska. It morphed and it grew and it stretched all the way to Mexico, until it covered 3.5 million square miles, feeding toxic algae blooms that devastated marine life on the North Pacific coast for years. In 2015, some 300 sea otters were found dead or dying on beaches in Homer, Alaska. I will never forget the sounds they made. Warming water temperatures worldwide are a symptom of the climate crisis—the blob was like a fever. The American government recently announced that it intends to change the Endangered Species Act, making it easier to remove endangered species, like the sea otter, from the list. It also pits the value of protecting species up against the cost of losing revenue from industry. Research tells us that extreme events like the blob will become more common; if we continue to put industry and profit first, things will only get worse. To see a video of the tragic moment when a sea otter takes its last breaths, follow me @PaulNicklen. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #climatechangeisreal #actnow

Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | The Amazon rainforest has been subject to extreme fires in recent weeks. Slash-and-burn is often used to clear the land for farming or ranching—nearly all fires can be attributed either to humans or exceptionally dry land, caused by climate change. This creates a vicious cycle, as burning trees means losing the most effective way to capture carbon from the atmosphere while emitting an enormous amount of CO2. This picture, in the heart of the Amazon, is for me a reminder of how we should join forces and find solutions to survive on our planet sustainably. The Amazon rainforest is a place that most inspired me at the beginning of my career; today I think it should inspire everyone to take a step in the right direction, toward taking care of our fragile environment. To discover more stories about our environment and the innovative solutions we are putting into work to save it, please follow me at @lucalocatelliphoto #lucalocatelliphoto #Forest #fire #climatechange #environment

Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | A friend told me she can't grasp which part of the animal she's looking at in a picture like this. Sometimes I take for granted the things I know—and I fail to explain them to those that might be seeing an animal for the first time! What we see here are four humpback whales feeding together. Their mouths are open and their throat pleats distended to accommodate the large volume of water they must displace in order to filter fish and krill through their baleen. It is an incredible spectacle to watch when these large animals emerge from the water with such force. I can only imagine what goes on underwater, but it must be amazing. Humpback whales were almost completely wiped out by whaling. They made a fabulous comeback when they received protection by mechanisms such as the Endangered Species Act, a crucial piece of legislation that has recently become endangered itself. Follow me @mitty and @SeaLegacy if you want to make a difference in the life of endangered species. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #expedition #ESA

Photo by @jimrichardsonng // Sponsored by @IndigoAg // Piloting her 16-row combine with GPS-guided precision, farmer Annie Dee brought in her 2019 corn harvest when I visited her Alabama farm last month. Mankind’s autumn harvest rituals have become huge technological spectacles as we struggle to feed our burgeoning world population. Just as important—but harder to see—is what Annie is doing with her soil: She’s using no-till agriculture. By reducing tillage (not plowing and leaving crop residue in place), she can actually help in capturing carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the soil. For a long time, world agriculture has been depleting soil carbon and releasing it into the atmosphere. Reversing that trend, especially on large-scale farms like Annie’s, could be a big win all around. // @IndigoAg is unlocking agriculture’s potential to help reverse climate change. That’s the vision behind the Terraton Initiative, a global movement with the goal of using regenerative farming practices to take one trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Follow @Terraton to see the progress.

Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Yosemite National Park: A rare bird’s-eye view of El Capitan and Half Dome. For more images of wild landscapes around the world, follow @jimmychin

Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | An 11-foot king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, finishes his meal: a large Indian rat snake. And, yes, he ate it like spaghetti! The scientific name for the king cobra is Ophiophagus hannah. Ophiophagus means snake eater in Greek, which is appropriate because king cobras predominately eat other snakes, even venomous species. And while king cobras may indeed look like cobras with their distinct hoods, they are actually not in the cobra genus, Naja. At the moment I'd have to say this snake is the most impressive I've seen in the year I've been photographing snakes with Paul Rosolie. To see more from my time with this king cobra, I'm @tbfrost

Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | The last time Marina Korneeva heard about her home, it was being used by the army as an improvised morgue. Corpses were stored inside without refrigeration. Marina, 37, works as a pharmacist. She has a husband and a ten-year-old son. Shortly before the war, they built a beautiful family house in Marinka, a suburb of the regional capital Donetsk. When Donetsk was taken over by separatist forces, Marina’s neighborhood became the front line. It’s been five years since then, and the family still has no access to the house, even just to take a look. Soldiers at the checkpoint in the middle of their street will not let them through. Condolences aside, this situation leaves Marina with no chance of compensation. The Ukrainian state and international humanitarian organizations operating in the area both rely on the same procedure: a destroyed housing site first must be inspected by a special commission. No access to the site, no aid. Ironically, this approach excludes precisely those who suffered most by losing any chance to return home. In the government-controlled part of the Donetsk region alone, over a thousand apartment buildings and 12,000 private houses were damaged or destroyed during the war. Half of them remain unrepaired, and their inhabitants are at best displaced like Marina, at worst, homeless. Words by Alisa Sopova, from the series #5kfromthefrontline, an ongoing project about the everyday consequences of the war in eastern Ukraine.

Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A pair of Atlantic bluefin tuna, each weighing perhaps 1,000 pounds, swim in the chilly waters of Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bluefin possess incredible biology. They continue to grow their entire lives, swim faster than torpedoes, crisscross the ocean each year, and generate heat in their bodies, allowing them to swim into cold waters to feed. Revered for centuries, their stocks have now dwindled. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more wildlife in the sea and to read the stories behind the photos. #bluefintuna #tuna

Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Students in Kiev celebrate the last day of school by jumping into the city’s numerous fountains. The "last bell" ceremony dates to the Soviet Union era and is still observed in many post-Soviet cities. The festivities begin just after classes finish but before the final exams. For a couple of days, Kiev turns into a playground for students celebrating the beginning of summer. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.

Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and Juri De Luca | Fossils of long-extinct creatures aren’t just for museums. Today there’re in homes and businesses as wealthy collectors indulge a controversial hobby. A Kaatedocus siberi stands among an eclectic mix of wares at Theatrum Mundi, a private gallery in Arezzo, Italy. #dinosaur #fossil #extinct #dinosaurs