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Photo by @jasperdoest | A whooper swan in Lake Kussharo, a caldera lake in eastern Hokkaidō, Japan. Whooper swans return to Lake Kussharo every winter, as if to fulfill an age-old promise. The surface of the lake freezes in the winter, but along its sandy beach geothermal springs prevent any ice from forming. They spend winter here, and when spring arrives they fly back to their homeland, mostly in Siberia in Russia. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions #Japan #swan #ice #winter

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Photos by Ian Teh @iantehphotography | I’m on the trail to discover how cardamom is harvested and used in Vietnamese culture. On this day I’m off to a region in Sapa that’s supposed to have some spectacular scenery—if only I could see it. Swipe to see more. 1. Traveling Vietnamese style, Lang has my suitcase between her legs, and I have my camera bag on my front, with camera in hand, plus a backpack. 2. The near-constant fog gave way to torrential rain today, hence the emergency poncho outfits. 3. The rain didn't relent so plan B was to have a Vietnamese coffee. Sure enough, the weather improved after I ordered. 4. The weather cleared a little, giving me a taste of what surrounded me. On assignment for @natgeo #onassignment #natgeo #Vietnam #Sapa #travel

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Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Every autumn Hindu families across Nepal worship the fearsome goddess Durga during the Dashain festival. Durga demands a blood sacrifice, and on the main festival day an uncountable number of goats are exchanged for prosperity, safety, and a good meal. Buddhists celebrate their own festival on this same day, lighting butter lamps and saying prayers so that the animals may have safe passage through the afterlife and a more fortuitous rebirth. We are #onassignment in the Mustang region, looking at how traditional practices are adapting to modern-day pressures. Roads, Buddhism, monarchies, climate change, and goat herding are all connected. Text by Ben Ayers @jetbutterflies. #followme @coryrichards @jetbutterflies and our expedition team Kyle Daly, Above The Clouds, and Abiral Rai for more real-time images from #nepal

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Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | A tantric mask rests on an ancient coat of armor in an unnamed ruin near the Tibetan border in Nepal. In Tibetan Buddhism, weapons of war and grotesque figures are used to scare away bad energy and ignorance. In the isolated Mustang region of Nepal, Buddhist culture is adapting to a number of unexpected changes. The opening of the region to tourism in 1992 sparked an era of prosperity that inspired the revitalization of many ancient monasteries and breathed new life into a shrinking monastic population. Meanwhile, ancient artifacts and valuable religious icons started to go missing and appeared in international collections. Our team is #onassignment to examine how this breathtakingly beautiful region is adapting to rapid change and how locals are taking action to preserve their valuable culture. Text by Ben Ayers @jetbutterflies. #followme @coryrichards, @jetbutterflies, and our expedition team Kyle Daly, Above The Clouds, and Abiral Rai for more real-time images from #nepal.

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Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Tsiring Wangmo starts her day with the morning milking in Tsarang, Nepal. Her family is one of the few in this remote village who depend upon herding livestock for a living. #onassignment in Mustang, we are examining how traditional ways of living are adjusting to the intrusion of modernity. Roads, connectivity, migration, climate change, and tourism all place new pressures upon ancient cultures while also offering new opportunities. In one generation, life here may be unrecognizable to Tsiring and her peers. Text by Ben Ayers @jetbutterflies. #followme @coryrichards @jetbutterflies and our expedition team Kyle Daly, Above The Clouds, and Abiral Rai for more real-time images from #nepal

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Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Walruses approach an expedition boat from a haul-out on Hooker Island. During summer, when sea ice diminishes, walruses congregate on shorelines, where food is scarce and youngsters can get trampled. Captured #onassignment in the #arctic of Franz Josef Land, Russia. #followme @coryrichards for more images about #conservation and our fragile Earth.

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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A great white shark attacks a seal decoy off Monomoy Island, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Since about 2009, this region has become a newly forming hub of white shark activity. The sharks arrive in summer to feed on gray seals. According to historical records, the seals here were wiped out in the late 1600s and have rebounded only in recent years, due to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Unlike great whites in other regions of the world, the sharks here seem to be using different feeding strategies to hunt the seals, often feeding in shallow water. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more sharks and other marine wildlife photos, follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #greatwhitesharks #capecod #PREDATOR

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Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Is this the highest-altitude drone photo of Mount Everest captured to date? Our team just returned from an expedition with a handful of these photo mosaics from the "death zone," showing the majesty of the high Himalaya. This three-photo carousel is actually made up of over 20 high-resolution drone images, stitched together to create an almost 360° view from just below the summit. See the @natgeo website today for details of how I captured this image, and look for a future story about the greatest historical mystery of Everest’s icy slopes. #EverestMystery #onassignment #everest

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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A large tiger shark swims through the blue waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Tiger Sharks are one of the more adaptable shark species, able to move easily from open ocean to more "urban" environments. But much of their lives remains a mystery and researchers are only just beginning to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more sharks and ocean wildlife photos follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #tigersharks #southafrica #savesharks

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Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A shortfin mako shark in New Zealand swims toward the surface in morning light. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of bursts up to 60 mph. Of all shark species, they have one of the largest brains, relative to body size. The numbers of makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more sharks and ocean wildlife photos, #follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #nz #savesharks

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Artisanal fishing boats offload their catch on the beach of Nouakchott, Mauritania. #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz

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Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A New Zealand fur seal pup peeks through fronds of kelp in New Zealand’s Fiordland. Photographed within one of New Zealand’s many marine reserves, places where ocean wildlife has thrived due to protection. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more ocean wildlife photos follow @BrianSkerry #marinereserves #underwater #seals #nz

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Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A pair of bottlenose dolphins play with a blade of grass in waters off Honduras. With the largest brains in the animal kingdom relative to body size, after humans, dolphins' complex lives are mostly hidden from our view, beneath the sea. Some of the ways that researchers know dolphins to be especially smart include their feeding strategies, dialects, and game play. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more dolphins and ocean wildlife photos #follow @BrianSkerry #dolphins #Honduras #love

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | A fisherwoman pauses to watch the sun dip below the horizon last night on the mudflats of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Nets are laid out perpendicular to the shore to catch salmon heading for a nearby estuary to spawn. It’s hard but lucrative work for the six-week summer season, with earnings as much as $4K per tide. Both prices and quantities are up at this well-managed fishery that is now threatened by the proposed #pebblemine upstream. #onassignment for @natgeo To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz

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Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | When traveling from #everest Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp, one must make the 12-mile trek along what is known as the “Miracle Highway,” an uprising of land surrounded by unstable and towering ice pinnacles. A few days ago my team and I passed through this landscape, and even though I have crossed this terrain a multitude of times during the past few years, the intricate and simplistic beauty of this landscape, pictured here, will make any seasoned alpinist stop and admire in amazement. #followme @coryrichards for previously unseen footage shot #onassignment for #natgeo and the culture travel adventure of the #himalayas including real-time footage of this climb on the northeast face of everest where we will attempt a new route without the use of supplemental oxygen nor porter support in alpine style.

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Photo by Andy Mann @andy_mann | A sleeping Weddell seal lifts its head at the right moment, providing just the foreground element I was searching for to capture this blazing Antarctic sunset. This species has the southernmost distribution of any mammal on Earth, and it was a great honor to share this moment with such a charismatic character. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo down in the Antarctic Peninsula to document the rapidly changing southern landscape. Please follow me @andy_mann for more from this magical frozen landscape.

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Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre | Visitors in the Dutch room of the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1990 this room was also the scene of tragedy when 13 works were stolen from the museum, six of them from the Dutch room. The museum lost several Rembrandts, including a self-portrait, one of his finest narrative paintings, "A Lady and Gentleman in Black," and his only seascape, "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee," as well as Johannes Vermeer’s "The Concert." #onassignment for @natgeotraveluk. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @juanarre #travel #boston

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Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | One of my favorite things about using camera traps is seeing the diversity of wildlife that use the same trails in the forest. While my aim for this location was the endangered Florida panther, I also captured some nice images of its smaller cousin: the bobcat. Shot #onassignment for @nature_org and for my #pathofthepanther project with @fl_wildcorridor and @insidenatgeo. A male Florida panther has a home range of up to 200 square miles. Protecting land for one Florida panther also provides habitat for thousands of other species. Please follow me @carltonward for more of the hidden wild. #floridawild #keepflwild #FloridaWildlifeCorridor

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Photo by @jasperdoest | A black-browed albatross rests on its nest on New Island. This large seabird of the albatross family is the most widespread and common member of its family. Until 2013, the IUCN classified this species as endangered, due to a drastic reduction in population. Increased longline fishing in the southern oceans, especially around the Patagonian Shelf and around South Georgia Island has been attributed as a major cause of the decline of this bird. The black-browed albatross has been found to be the most common bird killed by fisheries. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions #albatross #Bird #wildlife

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Photo by Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | “People are learning that we're actually pretty normal people,” says 78-year-old Gary Lee Lawson at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lee was replying to my question about the changes he’s witnessed over the last 50 years, since the Stonewall Riots–an event considered by many to be the spark that lit the #lgbtq rights movement in the U.S. I met Lee while #onassignment documenting stories of struggle, survival, and resilience from LGBTQ+ people around the U.S. See "Stonewall at 50: Stories of resilience and resistance" on the Nat Geo site. The U.S. is the 14th country where I’ve done this work. You can see more of it by following @whereloveisillegal

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Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | John Romo pulls away from the curb in his 1969 Chevrolet Impala on East Cesar E Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles. He was part of an event at Colibrí Boutique and Tonalli Studio. This photo was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with Karla Gachet. It was published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.”

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Photo by @coryrichards | Pictured here, a climber slowly traverses a ridge en route to attempting the Everest summit. Less than two percent of climbers summit Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. #followme @coryrichards for the visual storytelling #onassignment for #natgeo and previously unseen footage of the #culture #travel #adventure of the #himalayas including my upcoming climb on the northeast face of #everest as I attempt a new route without the use of supplemental oxygen.

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Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | It has taken me over a month to get from the United States to Mount Everest’s Advanced Base Camp (aka ABC) located at 21,000 feet/6,400m. After the past two days of acclimatizing at ABC, we set out to explore the bottom section of a new route that my partner @estebantopomena and I are attempting to ascend. Pictured here, Topo starts the approach to our proposed new route. #followme @coryrichards for previously unseen footage shot #onassignment for #natgeo and the culture #travel adventure of the Himalayas including this climb on the northeast face of #everest where we will attempt a new route without the use of supplemental oxygen or porter support in alpine style.

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Photo by @johnstanmeyer | We were here along the Teesta River, and these two kind ones were there too. It was outside Siliguri, where we stopped on our way moving eastward, already beautifully overwhelmed in north India on this second half of the @outofedenwalk while on this latest @natgeo assignment. This floating scene was for the couple's pre-wedding photographer...I mean, isn’t it every day you come across two people in evening wear, floating? This occurred more than two weeks ago, feeling as if it's been two years and also feels it was two minutes ago. #onassignment @natgeoimagecollection @outofedenwalk #india #westbengal #teestariver #tealdress #bride

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Photo by @coryrichards | Alpinist Adrian Ballinger is pictured at our acclimatization camp, high over the Khumbu Valley's Island Peak, as we prepare our bodies to climb Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse, a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named “Island Peak” in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition, due to its appearance as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche, a Sherpa village in the Chukhung Valley. #followme @coryrichards for visual storytelling #onassignment for #natgeo and previously unseen footage of the #culture #travel #adventure of the #himalayas including my upcoming climb on the northeast face of #everest.

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@andy_mann | Leopard seals go to battle in the frozen seas off the Antarctic Peninsula. As this frozen landscape continues to change, so do the hunting grounds for these apex predators, often culminating in territorial standoffs. Unforgettable experience under the guidance of @paulnicklen. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo @sealegacy @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @craigwelch @ladzinski

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Photo by @coryrichards | Norbu, a Tibetan kitchen worker, stands for a portrait at 21,000 feet, below a fierce wind plume blowing off the summit of Everest. Every year, over a thousand people come to climb Everest. And every year, the climb is made possible by countless seemingly nameless individuals like Norbu. The infrastructure of Himalayan climbing is built, quite literally, on the backs of people like him. Norbu shoulders a bag of freshly chopped glacial ice, which will be melted for water. This is a trip he makes roughly 10 times a day for around six weeks. I will be attempting a new route on Everest this spring, and it’s people like Norbu make climbs like mine possible. #followme @coryrichards for more visual storytelling #onassignment for #natgeo and previously unseen footage of the #culture #travel #adventure of the #himalayas including my upcoming climb on the North East face of #everest.

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Photo by @coryrichards | A woman turns a prayer wheel, a cylinder on a spindle made from metal and inscribed with the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” at Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel has the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayer. #followme @coryrichards for more visual storytelling I have photographed #onassignment for #natgeo and previously unseen footage of the #culture #travel #adventure of the #himalayas

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Photo by Karla Gachet @kchete77 | Doula Jenny Silva visits Jo Anna Mixpe Ley for her "cuarentena" in East Los Angeles and massages her uterus. The tradition, common throughout some countries in Latin America, requires new mothers to rest under the care of their relatives for some 40 days after childbirth. The period ends with a mother-child herbal bath and a massage. This photo was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @ivankphoto in the July 2018 issue's “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” #Latinos #abuelitas #indigenous #sealingceremony #traditionalbirth #nurture #postpartum #medicinewoman #partera #latinxpower #facesofthefuture #women #latinowomen #losangeles

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Video by @JohnStanmeyer | It’s always welcoming when you meet someone who is so giving, alive, and colorful. That’s who the Peanut Man was to me, during a brief roadside snack while working on the Nat Geo @outofedenwalk story, as we neared Delhi. I am returning to India for the second half of the Out of Eden Walk story. Follow me on this month-long journey @johnstanmeyer, for IG stories each day as we travel from the Mela in Allahabad to the India/Myanmar border. #onassignment @natgeoimagecollection #india #somehereicantremember #peanuts #lights #rgb #red #green #blue #peanutman

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Photo by @jasperdoest | The Japanese crane (Grus japonensis), also known as the red-crowned crane, is sacred and seen as a symbol of fidelity, good luck, love and long life in the Orient. It is also the second rarest crane species in the world. For more images from Japan follow me @jasperdoest. #onassignment for @natgeoexpeditions in #Japan #日本

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Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography. Farmland seems to stretch forever across the flat fields of North Dakota. When I proposed and was assigned this story for @natgeo, one of my colleagues offered to loan me his 3 foot ladder to do my aerial shots. Follow @anniegriffithsphotography for more photos of America's heartland. @photography.for.good @rippleeffectimages @lumix #anniegriffiths #usa #farmland #rural #RuralAmerica #farming #agriculture #fields #fieldsofwheat #amberwaves #amberwavesofgrain #northdakota #america #summertime #sunrise #middleamerica #nationalgeographic #onassignment #lumixambassador

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Photo by @ivankphoto // John Romo pulls away from the curb in his 1969 Chevrolet Impala on East Cesar E Chavez Ave. in East LA. He was part of an event at Colibrí Boutique (@colibribtq) and Tonalli Studio (@tonallistudio). This project was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with Karla Gachet (@kchete77). ). It was published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” @panospictures, @natgeo, @runa_photos, #runaflirts

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#abortion rights activists try to burn #mexicocity cathedral. They were using water guns filled with petrol to spread the fire. Demons at work! Amid a demonstration Saturday urging the legalisation of #abortion, activists tried to set fire to the Mexico City Metropolitan #Cathedral. In response to the Sept. 28 arson attempt, #catholics gathered before the front doors of the cathedral. Mauricio Alfonso Guitar, deputy head of the Cristera National Guard in #mexico City, told CNA’s Spanish language sister agency ACI Prensa that “thanks to the denunciations in Catholics’ social networks, offering to defend the churches, the government … sent #police to defend them.” ACI Prensa reported that #firefighters acted quickly to prevent the fire from spreading, and police acted to prevent further acts of aggression by the abortion rights activists. Story @aciprensa & @catholic_imagery 🕊🇻🇦 #CatholicConnect #catholic #catholics #católico #katolik #Católica #katholische #catholicism #catholicchurch #church #christian #christians #christianity #christ #jesus #jesuschrist #religion #onassignment #christianchurch #romancatholic #romancatholicchurch #faith #proudcatholic #bible