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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | In 2016 I went on assignment for @natgeo on the first American cruise ship to dock in Cuba for nearly 40 years. Here, a car drives past crumbling seafront architecture on the Malecón, Havana’s seawall. From there, the closest tip of the United States (La Yuma, as it’s called in Cuban slang ) is some 90 miles away. To see more from Cuba, follow me @dguttenfelder and read the full story in the November 2016 issue.

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Photo by Steve Winter @stevewinterphoto | A polar bear comes toward our icebreaker ship, the M/V Kinfish, somewhere in Svalbard. Over the past three decades, the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic has declined by a stunning 95 percent, according to NOAA. The sea in the Arctic has changed dramatically, which impacts polar bears, walruses, and other Arctic creatures. If ice continues to melt, the planet will warm further, as the dark ocean water absorbs large amounts of solar heat that used to be deflected by the bright white ice. @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection

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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A female leatherback turtle crawls ashore under moonlight to nest on the island of Trinidad. Researchers are uncertain as to exactly how old leatherbacks must be in order to begin mating, though most estimates say the turtles are 20 to 30 years old. The female pulls herself from the sea, typically after dark, digs her nest and lays a clutch of eggs. The hatchlings are born about 60 days later. Leatherbacks are the largest, widest ranging and deepest diving of all sea turtle species. Their lineage dates back more than 100 million years. To learn more about ocean exploration and marine ecosystems follow @BrianSkerry #seaturtles #leatherbackturtles #trinidad #endangered

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Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | Many girls in Afghanistan get no education at all. Even those who do enroll in a school typically study for just four years, so these members of Kabul University's class of 2010 were definitely in the minority. Wearing a hijab under their mortarboards and seated in separate rows from their male peers, the women are graduates of the department of language and literature. The Taliban had banned the education of women, but classes resumed after the regime fell in 2001. This graduation was held under tight security at a hotel in Kabul because of an upsurge in terrorist attacks. This image was shot for @natgeo story "Veiled Rebellion," published in December 2010. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario

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Sponsored by @burtsbees // If we don’t protect the future of nature, there will be nothing left to see. National Geographic photographers are pledging to change for nature. “I firmly believe that we cannot save what we cannot see. We will not save what we do not value.” - Jim Richardson @jimrichardsonng // Post black using #NatureBlackout to stand together with the next generation during this week's #UNClimateSummit Take our pledge to make a difference at burtsbees.com/changefornature and @burtsbees will donate $10 for each pledge made to National Geographic Society up to $100,000!

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A West Indian manatee feeds on a carrot during an underwater photo shoot in Crystal River, Florida. At wildlife refuges, supplemental food like carrots are sometimes given as treats while manatees are nursed back to health. This species is typically found in shallow coastal areas and rivers, where they feed on seagrass, mangrove leaves, and algae. Manatees will munch on food for almost half the day, eating up to ten percent of their body weight in plant mass daily. With weights of up to 1,200 pounds, that is a whole lot of food! To see another manatee species, follow me @joelsartore #manatee #seacow #carrot #herbivore #photoark

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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | The Chicago Theater, a landmark of the city, is reflected in a puddle on a rainy evening along southern Lake Michigan.

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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | How many mule deer can you spot in this image? We saw these "mulies" while driving through southeastern Wyoming. Nothing beats spotting wildlife on a road trip. By now, these deer have shed the velvet covering their antlers, exposing the hard bone underneath as fall and the rut approach. For more from across the West, follow along with photographer @drewtrush

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Samburu warriors (known as moran ) meet a black rhino at Sera Conservancy, in northern Kenya. The Samburu reserve was home to black rhino for thousands of years, until the last was poached in 1990. The species was once widespread across Africa, but illegal wildlife trade and lack of secure habitat resulted in a 98% collapse in numbers between 1960 and 1995; now an estimated 5,500 individuals are left in the wild. Kenya is one of the black rhino’s last strongholds, with approximately 690 animals. In May 2015 the Kenya Wildlife Service, Northern Rangelands Trust, and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy partnered to move 10 black rhino to the 120-square-kilometer conservancy. It became the country’s first community-owned black rhino sanctuary, allowing the Samburu who once lived cheek by jowl with black rhino to again live alongside them. To see more follow me @chancellordavid @lewa_wildlife @nrt_kenya #seraconservancy @natgeo @thephotosociety #conservation #rhino #WorldRhinoDay

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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | The traverse pitch: With over 2,000 feet of air below and big moves on an overhanging arête, this was one of the most wildly exposed and difficult pitches on @alexhonnold ’s free solo of El Capitan, in Yosemite. For more images from @freesolofilm , follow @jimmychin

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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | Giraffes quenching their thirst is not often a speedy affair. Those long necks, so well adapted for getting to the tastiest leaves on the highest branches, make getting to the ground a cumbersome and vulnerable affair. These Maasai giraffe were recently listed as endangered by the IUCN, as they have lost half their population over the past three decades, largely due to habitat loss and poaching— a trend that has been seen across most giraffe subspecies. But this decline has now been recognized, and they've just been given formal protection for the first time as well. The Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES ) have listed giraffes on Appendix II, thereby ending unregulated trade. Their challenges are far from over, but trade regulations do make a difference. Hopefully this will give giraffes a bit more of a break while we tackle the other issues surrounding habitat degradation and their slow, silent decline. #ThisIsMyTrophy #MaasaiGiraffe #EndangeredSpecies

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Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Surya Keerthi learned to rescue snakes from his father, Snake Shyam, who is famous across much of India for having rescued well over 40,000 snakes, mostly in the city of Mysore. In the week I spent with Surya, he responded to an average of five calls a day for snakes in homes, like this spectacled cobra (Naja naja ), which was hiding inside a pipe in the shower of this house! Perhaps the best thing I learned while in India working on this story is that Surya and his father are not alone: Across India many individuals and organizations are ready at a moment's notice to save a snake's life. To see more photos of cobras, I'm @tbfrost

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Photo by Rena Effendi @renaeffendiphoto | A woman in Giuleşti village, Romania, rakes hay that she had just cut in the field, in an attempt to collect the last bits before winter comes. For centuries, the small villages in Transylvania have preserved their hay meadows, raised cattle, and operated self-sustaining farms. The agrarian fairytale that is extinct in Western Europe still exists here in bucolic scenes, where young boys learn to cut and rake hay by hand and where many women are proficient in weaving and men can build a house from scratch. Please #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories. #romania #agriculture #dailylife #women

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Photo by William Albert Allard @williamalbertallard | This picture dates to 1969, the year I photographed and wrote about the Hutterites, a religious group that lives in colonies, mostly in Montana and several provinces of Canada. This young man and I were riding out on the colony’s land that spread out below the mountain ranges of central Montana. I remember what a beautiful late afternoon it had been, and how the clouds darkened as they momentarily obscured the sun and dramatically silhouetted the young horseman. That assignment was the beginning of a lifetime relationship with some of the Hutterites, who have become almost like a second family to me over the years. I’ve done articles for National Geographic about the Hutterites, one published in July 1970 and the other in the June 2006 issue. For more images of the American West and other assignments spanning a five-decade career #followme @williamalbertallard @thephotosociety #montana #ranch #filmphotography #kodachrome

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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Scientist Sergey Zimov looks out over the Arctic Ocean at a Siberian research station, 70 miles north of his home in Cherskiy, Russia. He uses the metal rod in his hand to quickly test the depth of frozen ground. Zimov is a world-renowned, eccentric permafrost scientist who has spent decades unearthing the mysteries of a warming Arctic. He was the first to figure out that permafrost stores far more carbon than scientists once thought. More recently, he was one of the first scientists to grasp that Arctic permafrost is thawing much faster than expected, releasing carbon gases that could drastically speed up climate change. Learn more online in "The Carbon Threat" for @natgeo (link in my bio @katieorlinsky ).

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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Sunset illuminates the waters of the Grand Canal, the world’s longest man-made waterway. #Suzhou #China #grandcanal

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Photo by @edkashi | Thousands of protesters, many school-age kids, turned out on a beautiful early autumn day in downtown Manhattan to take part in the global climate strike to raise awareness about climate change, on September 20, 2019. Photographed in collaboration with VII Photo Agency @viiphoto

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Sponsored by @tidelaundry // After Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area, P&G and partner organizations helped give affected people access to meaningful necessities and comforts. // @ProcterGamble is #DoingGoodEveryDay by helping to bring a sense of normalcy to those impacted by natural disasters through @tidelaundry Loads of Hope and other relief efforts.

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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | In the dry lands of Kilimanjaro's rain shadow, water can be scarce for wildlife. Here in Kenya's Chyulu Hills, waterholes attract a huge array of animals throughout the day, although the predators tend to find comfort in the cover of darkness. It is unusual to see a breeding herd around here; their movements are more limited by water availability and the needs of the youngsters. But the bulls can travel further and often congregate around these waterholes, shaking their massive heads at the antelope and zebras all patiently waiting their turn to drink. #thejoyofelephants #thisismytrophy #kenya

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | North Korean students carrying torches hold a mass march on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the nation's founding. Please follow me @dguttenfelder for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | While working on a film in the Peruvian Amazon, I visited several fires that were set to clear land for cacao plantations. At one of these locations local nonprofit @hojanueva helped me look for the remains of animals that were killed by the flames. In one hour we found dead lizards, snakes, small mammals, and four yellow-footed tortoises, including this one, which was likely 25 to 30 years old. To learn more about my ongoing work in the Amazon rainforest, I'm @tbrost

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Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | Gulam Farouq, a soldier in the Afghan national army, hands out bread to Afghan widows and other women, outside the shrine to Sufi poet and philosopher Kwaja Abdullah Ansari, in Herat. In a country with 35 percent unemployment and 36 percent of people living below the poverty line, Afghan soldiers and police officers typically collect donations from visitors in the area around the shrine and pass them on to the poor and the disabled. This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in December 2010. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario

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Sponsored by @tidelaundry // For those people affected by disaster, having basic needs met—like clean laundry—can provide a sense of normalcy. // Watch #ACTIVATE Thursday 10/9c on @NatGeoChannel

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A pair of baby Indochinese silvered langurs cling to one another @ACCB_cambodia in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This endangered primate is in severe decline due to logging and poaching—babies are sold as pets, then given to the center once people realize they can’t care for them. To catch another glimpse of this pair, follow me @joelsartore #langurs #primate #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk

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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A school of glasseye fish pause on a coral reef in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands. These islands, located approximately 600 miles from Tokyo, are home to the fictional creature Godzilla. But diving here for me was far from frightening, as I was frequently surrounded by beautiful fish, invertebrates, and even dolphins. Follow @BrianSkerry and dive deep into the world of marine wildlife. #Japan #ogasawara #chichijima #godzilla

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A father and daughter moment: This is Mohammed, a 32-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, playing with three-month-old Dunia outside their shelter in a camp in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @mmuheisenpublic For more on how to get involved, follow @everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees

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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Shot on assignment for “The Carbon Threat,” in this month’s issue of National Geographic (link in my bio ). Ground collapses at Duvanny Yar, a permafrost “megaslump” along the Kolyma River in northern Siberia. This constantly moving landslide, driven by erosion and sped up by warming temperatures, is an important research site for scientists, who use it to track what happens when carbon-rich land that has been hidden and frozen for centuries begins to thaw. Permafrost is a layer of continuously frozen soil found primarily in the Arctic. It covers almost 1/4 of the Earth’s surface. Scientists have recently discovered that permafrost is thawing much faster than expected, releasing carbon gases that could drastically speed up climate change.

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Photo by @stephenwilkes // Sponsored by @adastramovie // I recently directed and photographed a visit to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with actor and producer Brad Pitt, who is starring in the upcoming sci-fi film Ad Astra. I witnessed his curiosity, passion, and intellect firsthand, and we explored the remarkable science and history within the walls of the JPL. We began in Mission Control, where this image was taken. This area is known as the “center of the universe,” where all communications from the Deep Space Network enter through this one facility. We then visited the In-Situ Instrument Lab, known as the sandbox, where the surface of the red planet is replicated in order to test commands to the InSight lander and Curiosity rover via exact replicas. The fact that scientists will create billion-dollar instruments in this sandbox made me reflect on the obvious connection between creativity, science, and play. Learning about the InSight lander in particular, from its shock-absorbing legs to the tiny rockets that stabilize it during landing, was especially fascinating. The biggest highlight was when scientists turned the actual camera of the replica InSight onto Brad; he held perfectly still for 60 seconds as it captured his image. I'm thrilled to include this image in our related Instagram Story. // See Brad Pitt in #AdAstra , in theaters everywhere tomorrow.

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Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | In snowdrifts the arctic hare is a master of camouflage. Occasionally, though, hares would run past willow bushes, causing them to stick out, the way we see here. They are one of the Arctic’s fastest animals, clocking 37 mph at top speed. Follow @bertiegregory for more Arctic adventures. #hare #arctic #cold #snow #cute

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Sandy Serenity: In the San Luis rift valley, winds lift sand from dry lakes on the valley floor to form giant dunes, the tallest in North America. The constant back-and-forth of winds blows sand from the valley floor to the mountains and vice versa during storms, helping maintain the dunes’ height, which can reach up to 750 feet tall—before collapsing under their own weight. I’ve marveled at this ever shifting natural phenomenon my entire life. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride #GreatSandDunes #nationalpark #Colorado #nature #humility

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Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Territorially part of Yemen, Socotra (سُقُطْرَى‎ in Arabic ) is an archipelago of four islands. The largest island, also known as Socotra, lies about 240 km (150 mi ) east of the Horn of Africa and 380km (240mi ) south of the Arabian Peninsula. As a consequence of its isolation, the island is home to a high number of endemic species; up to a third of its plant life is endemic. It has been described as the "most alien-looking place on Earth.” In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna and counted nearly 700 species found nowhere else; only New Zealand, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Galápagos Islands have more impressive numbers. In the foreground, the Socotra desert rose, or bottle tree, can be seen—one of the island's endemic plants. The plant is highly poisonous and unpalatable to livestock, and despite being widespread on the island, is considered vulnerable and therefore included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material. #Socotra #landscape #soqotra #documentaryphotography #documentary

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Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | After a quick rain shower cleared, a double rainbow framed the view of Honolulu from the top of Tantalus, an extinct cinder cone on the island of Oahu. For more views around the country, follow me @maddiemcgarvey #hawaii #rainbow #oahu #honolulu

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Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, a victim of Agent Orange, in her house in the Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang, Vietnam, on July 8, 2010. This is a still image from my new multimedia installation @photoville this weekend, September 19-22, in Brooklyn, New York. #TheEnigmaRoom #PhotovilleNYC #experimentalart #installation #brooklynny

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered female juvenile Peruvian woolly monkey snacks on fresh leaf cuttings at Cetas - IBAMA ( @ibamagov ), a wildlife rehab center in Manaus, Brazil. Species like this one are disappearing at an alarming rate, but together we can help. Please check out the October issue of National Geographic magazine to learn more about the world's most vulnerable animals and click on the link in my bio to take the #SaveTogether pledge. My book, Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals, is also available now. #woollymonkey #bigeyes #cute #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk

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Photo by @brianskerry // Sponsored by @AmericanExpress // An olive ridley sea turtle finds itself entangled in a plastic basket in the waters off Sri Lanka. In the four decades that I’ve been exploring the world’s oceans, I have seen more plastic in the sea each year. The devastating impact this has on marine wildlife is substantial and can be seen in many ways. In this case, the turtle likely came close to the drifting basket because floating objects in the ocean often attract marine life below. The basket had a plastic rope handle and the turtle’s flippers became severely entangled, preventing the turtle from swimming or diving. After making this photograph, I was able to free the turtle, and it swam away quickly. // Go to @AmericanExpress to learn more about what American Express is doing to address marine plastic pollution and to discover how you can get involved.

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