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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // After a long, hot day shooting on the western coast of Madagascar, I came upon these adorable girls. They laughed and giggled, dragging their fishing net in the shallow waters of the tidal break in front of the fishing town of Maraonsetra. In broken French, and with a lot of sass and pride, they explained that they belong to the Vezo people, a semi nomadic tribe whose life is tied to the sea.  After school they go fishing for their family’s dinner. A pretty big responsibility, I thought, reflecting on the questionable abilities of my own children to provide for my family. Like most kids in Madagascar and thanks to foreign aid from western countries, these girls have access to primary school, but as they learn to read and write, they also have to learn to become providers for their family. 
I look forward to sharing more images of my work with the "people from the sea" on my #instagram feed at @CristinaMittermeier 
#ocean #nativepride #fishing #girlpower #girlup #followme @cristinamittermeier
What's on your menu for lunch? If you are a brown snake eagle, it would be an olive grass snake. We were driving through the bush in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, when I spotted a bird under a small tree. After watching for a few minutes, I saw the twitch of a snake tail, so I knew the eagle had its prey. It wasn't long and the eagle ripped the snake in half and proceeded to slowly swallow the tail half. Unable to devour the entire section, the eagle flew off with 8 inches of snake still hanging from its mouth. 
Follow @kengeiger to see more images from South Luangwa—shot on assignment for @natgeotravel and @natgeoexpeditions  #natgeoexpeditions
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) Fallen Roof ruin in #BearsEarsNationalMonument , Utah.  This Anasazi ruin has 3 fully intact rooms and negative hand prints on the soot stained ceiling.  These prints were created by spraying pigment from the mouth around their hand.  By 1300 AD Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) had vanished from the area.  These could go back to 1 AD or earlier.  Bears Ears is one of several Monuments up for review under the current administration to possibly be rescinded in the coming weeks.  Difficult question: will Monument status protect this ruin or drive tens of thousands to this spot possibly making it "loved to death"? Will rescinding open up huge tracts of land to oil and gas development spoiling this beautiful landscape?  Hard questions on the ground here.  For more images from this assignment follow @argonautphoto.
Photo by @timlaman of @tbfrost recovering from anaphylactic shock (stinging ants 🐜 got me!) in the remote rainforests of Borneo while On assignment documenting the lives of wild orangutans. (BTW - This was taken 3 yrs ago and I'm fully recovered :)) Despite such incidents, Like the one in this photo, Fieldwork is what photographers live for: time out in the world, in the quiet of the wild, or those few hours on some street corner sharing a meal with a remarkable person whose story is as of yet unknown. Sometimes though things go wrong: cars breakdown , permits aren't granted, you get lost, cameras break, natural disasters occur , and sometimes it's just tiny, tiny black ants in Borneo that turn a great day following Orangutans into one where you worry for your life. But that is life in general, sometimes things go great and sometimes things go wrong. I like to think we photographers, especially those of us lucky enough to work with National Geographic, are beyond privileged even when you consider the difficulties of field work because people and animals all over the world share their stories with us, they let us into their lives. I'm excited to be in Bangalore, India for the next week to share such stories of what it is like to be a young photographer telling stories about wildlife and people at the non profit @naturein_focus photography festival, India's largest gathering of dedicated wildlife and conservation photographers taking place August 18-19. For more stories about what it is like to be a young photographer trying to make it , follow me @tbfrost !
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A whale shark travels through the seas off La Paz #Mexico. Whale shark numbers normally peak in this part of the Sea of Cortez when the ocean is green, murky and rough. In 2015 however unusual climatic and oceanographic conditions resulted in calm and clear water, making this unusual picture possible. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards written by @erikvance In collaboration with the Mexican conservation NGOs @maresmexicanos and @whalesharkmexico
Photo by @jimmy_chin 
This is what it looks like when you have strength, power and poise in spades. @sonnietrotter can basically do anything on rock. A fine day out in the Canadian Rockies. #humanflag
@natgeo @stevewinterphoto

Two lion cubs looking up as the pride takes a stroll in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat – you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest! 
We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! 
Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo #instawild #instashooters #wildlife #wildlifephotojournalism @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
I-phone video by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Two kilometers of Riviera Romagnola - Italy. During the whole summer and especially around the 15th of August, almost all the Italians try to get some days off from work and go to vacation, mostly at the sea. Riviera Romagnola, around 50 kilometers of coast in the region of Emilia Romagna, in the east side of Italy is for sure one of the top five destinations for Italians and foreigners that want to visit Italy.  The towns on the Riviera Romagnola are packed with every kind of hotel, restaurant, bar and beach club, all of which are within steps of the sea. The beaches are full of people from 8:00am until sunset and find a free space for your towel in this period can be really difficult. #summer #rivieraromagnola #romagna #italy #beaches #beach #sea #vacation
Photo by @edkashi Residents in Messiah Village, a Christian retirement community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, compete in a favorite pastime activity of shuffleboard in 1997. #AgingInAmerica #TBT #FromTheArchives #EdKashi
@robertclarkphoto Chasing a thunderstorm in western #Nebraska near Ogallala. It is almost time to harvest the #corn.
Photo by @PaulNicklen // We did not want to get too close to him. I did not want him using his last ounce of energy in trying to avoid us. It took him a long time and a lot of effort to be able to stand up only to collapse again. We let him be. It was one of the hardest decisions I have faced in a long time.  I want the images to be able to tell his story.  I want to be able to tell the story of his species. He was once a huge male polar bear and now he is a bag of bones, reduced to skin hanging loosely off of his once massive frame.  He will be dead soon and I want him to go in peace after living a life as a great polar nomad.  We cannot prove that he is in this condition because of a lack of sea ice but is it a glimpse into the future as ice reaches its lowest extent in recorded history? I hear a lot of suggestions from people like “let’s take polar bears to Antarctica so they can eat penguins” or “let’s put out styrofoam platforms so they can be on the ocean”. These suggestions are irrational but it does mean that people do care. The only way polar bears can be saved is by reducing our global carbon footprint and finding renewable energy. 
It breaks my heart, but the @Sea_Legacy team is shifting into high gear to connect the world to our ailing  ecosystems. #followus @PaulNicklen @Sea_Legacy  @natgeopristineseas  and @CristinaMittermeier to learn about our mission to create healthy and abundant oceans for us and our planet. #bear #polarbear #nature
Photo by @amivitale. Naomi Leshongoro with one of the orphaned elephants in her dedicated care at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. She and her Samburu colleagues at Reteti are some of the first indigenous female wildlife keepers in all of Africa. You can learn more about Reteti in my National Geographic story, out on newsstands now:

Follow us, @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale, to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #kenya #photojournalism #amivitale