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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Tourists gather on the shores of Loch Scavaig in the small scattered hamlet of Elgol, lying in the shadow of the peaks of the Black Cuillin Mountains. A fishing and crofting village, for centuries Elgol has been the starting point for visitors to be taken by boat right into the heart of the Cuillin. It is believed that in the old Norse language Elgol means Holy Hill (Helga Hollr). Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #isleofskye #Elgol #LochScavaig #thebritishlandscape

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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Enea, 6 - Ollon, Switzerland - 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 series ‘Toy Stories’, I explore the connection between children and their toys and I try to give an insight into their tiny worlds and takes you on a trip down memory lane. ‘Toy Stories’ is the result of an 24 month round the world trip where I visited a variety of countries and cultures and took photographs of children and their 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 between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys played the same function, or 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 #lego #toys #play #kids #child #children #toy #kid #legoland

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Photo by @edkashi Mary Pacherres Alvarez is pictured here in the Juan Bosco Dialysis clinic for her thrice weekly dialysis treatments in Sullana, Peru on Feb. 13, 2018. Stay tuned for more work from #Peru, where @t_laffay and I continued our exploration & documentation of #CKDu with support from our @natgeo Explorer’s grant. @insidenatgeo #edkashi #oneshot #natgeo #photojournalism #Peru #investigate #document #documentary #film #documentaryfilm #illness #disease #health #healthcare #dialysis #nationalgeographic #international #epidemic #portrait #reflection

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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // I take a deep breath in and build up the courage to leave the familiar feeling of my feet on solid ground. I exhale and give myself over to this foreign world, where creatures with gills, scales, and fins are better suited to survive. I feel it in my soul every-time I dive beneath the waves: how can I, as an underwater photographer, capture and adequately convey the richness of life here? It is a challenge I've pursued ever since I made my first underwater photographs here in Honduras in 2013. With each dive, my skills sharpen, my techniques strengthen, and my images get better and better. #Follow my journey on @CristinaMittermeier as I continue to find my way with underwater photography.

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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio Karymsky (Russian: Карымская) is a stratovolcano and lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, here photographed in winter, with the crater lake beyond. Karymsky is the most active volcano in the region and has been erupting continuously since a powerful earthquake struck the region in January 1996. The initial eruptions projected an estimated 30-40 million tons of pyroclastic material, saturated with acidic fluids, into the air, turning the nearby freshwater lake into a toxic chemical soup and decimating its ecosystem. Scientists are monitoring the volcano closely and despite the ecological catastrophe, Karymsky Lake is slowly recovering to pre-1996 conditions. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #volcano #karymsky #Карымская #stratovolcano #Kamchatka #ringoffire #камчатка #volcanology #instagramrussia #photooftheday #naturaldisasters #fineartphotography #seetheworld #aerialphotography

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto Here children from a local village close to @africanparksnetwork @Zakouma_national_park are visiting the park and seeing the amazing animals. They see the wildlife up close instead of just on TV or seeing the tourists drive by their village, and wonder why they are here and what they are seeing - the children participate in the wonder of their park and benefit from the schools, healthcare and jobs for their mothers, fathers and other family members - a true ecosystem that works for the good of all. It is so important to include the local communities in any conservation effort regarding protection of a National Park and the animals which live within. Finding sustainable solutions so people and wildlife can share the surrounding areas. And providing jobs from the park for the communities - training to be guards, tourism and providing education and health care to the communities that live close - so the park, management and communities are their own ecosystem - all working to protect the land and the animals within. Without the support of local communities this would not work. The park is the largest employer in the region; thousands of people are getting an education and healthcare, and decency and civility, along with life, have found their way back to this once forgotten place. To learn more about Zakouma and other truly hopeful conservation efforts happening across Africa, please follow @africanparksnetwork @natgeocreative

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Photo by @CarltonWard | It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its native habitat. This Florida black bear was one of the first I photographed while focusing on the research that ultimately inspired the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor campaign. I was following biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) on foot as he stalked towards this female bear with a dart rifle in a bay head forest on the Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County. The Highlands-Glades Bear Project was a collaboration between University of Kentucky and @ArchboldStation. Joe’s professor David Maehr, who was lost in a plane crash tracking a missing black bear with rancher Mason Smoak, often made the point that there would be no bears in that part of Florida without the proactive stewardship of ranchers. GPS tracking showed that bears traveled as far as 500 miles across a patchwork or ranches, groves and public preserves that keep the Northern Everglades connected for wide ranging wildlife. Through research, bears have shown us what we need to do to save the Corridor, and in that way are preparing the path of recovery for the Florida panther as it reclaims historic territory northwards out of the Everglades. #PathofthePanther @FL_WildCorridor #floridawild #keepflwild#bear #forest #conservation #florida#wildlife @myfwc @natgeo @insidenatgeo

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Photo by @FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans are clinging to each other at a rehab center in northern Borneo. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive in Asia. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Nearly half of all orangutans, a staggering 150,000 in all, vanished from Borneo during the last 15 years according to a recent study. Orangutans are also victims of the illegal pet trade—babies are captured by poachers who often kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend on to insure that our relatives on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our own lifetime. In recognition of @WorldOrangutanDay on August 19 I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting orangutans through public activities and through covert actions aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @Freelandfoundation @World_Wildlife and @WildAid need your help. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with orangutans and other endangered animals around the world. @leonardodicapriofoundation #WorldOrangutanDay #InternationalOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Twins #Orphans #Endangered #Wildlife

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Photo by @joelsartore | Mexican honeypot ants are named for the incredible way they store resources. These ants are like tiny refrigerators, stashing food for the whole colony in anticipation of dry seasons. Designated worker ants called “repletes” hang from the ceiling of their nest, while foraging workers bring them nectar and juices from insect prey-- which is edible with a sweet and tangy flavor. Their abdomens slowly become spherical and transparent as they swell with sugary liquids. They can reach the size of a small grape— some become so large that they cannot leave the nest! All of this work insures that the whole colony can eat even when food is not readily available. These little ants are so full of nutrients that they are often eaten by other animals— even humans. This is one of over 100 species of honeypot ant found in warm arid regions around the world. This species occurs in the southwestern US and northern Mexico, where they feed primarily on nectar and small insects. #honeypotant #PhotoArk

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Photo by @edkashi Views of a sprawling new suburban area of Istanbul, Turkey on March 14, 2011. Turkey's economic boom has been particularly good to real estate in Istanbul, as seen in this new suburb. With the current economic crisis engulfing Turkey, which one can only hope will subside and not cause more harm to this incredible country, this scene is not as pretty as it seems. #edkashi #visualstoryelling #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #Turkey #Istanbul

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Photo by @amivitale | Naomi embraces Nadasoit at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Now that Nadasoit has become big and strong, she is following in the footsteps of the matriarch of the herd. She cares for the littlest, keeping them close to her and comforts those who are mourning or sad. She also teaches those younger than her how to do important things, like find the best brush to eat or how to navigate difficult passages in their daily walks. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #worldelephantday

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Photo by @nickcobbing The dance known as The Lindy Hop (also called swing dance or jitterbug) is celebrated at a 5-week long dance camp in Sweden. At the weekly ‘Savoy night’, dancers from countries across the world pay tribute to a style of dance that originated in Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom during the 1930s, dancing through the night to the music of great band leaders like Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Dancers at The Herräng dance camp also follow courses or ‘tracks’ in blues, jazz, tap and balboa -all styles that have their roots in African American dance culture. Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning is fondly remembered with a street named after him in the small village that hosts the camp. Another of the original Savoy dancers, Norma Miller returned aged 99 to tell stories from a life shaped by jazz music. @herrangdancecamp #dance #jazz #lindyhop #frankiemanning

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