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Photo by @nicholesobecki | It was already among the most dangerous commutes on Earth. To make the 600-mile journey from Agadez, an ancient Nigerien caravan city that has grown into Africa’s most notorious human-smuggling hub, across the Sahara to Libya was to risk death at the hands of bandits, terrorists, and the elements. Then in 2015 the journey became even more perilous. “The army started hunting us,” says Adji, who at 32 had been ferrying migrants to Libya for nearly 15 years. “They are even shooting at our trucks.” I photographed the EU-funded crackdown on Niger’s smuggling industry as part of a special investigation led by @tymccormick5 and published in @foreignpolicymag last year. This series ‘My Smuggler, My Savior’ explores the complicated role these men play in the lives of those attempting the journey to Europe. They’re migrants’ only chance of making it safely across the Sahara. They’re also outlaws engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Niger’s military. Adji’s truck was hijacked by bandits in 2016 as he traveled along a new and more dangerous route to Libya. He barely survived, walking for miles in the desert before stumbling across another migrant caravan. For the sake of his wife and children, Adji says he has left the trade, but those who are still willing to make the trip can expect profits even bigger than before. #migration #europe #niger
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Photo by @ronan_donovan | A storm builds over Church Rock in New Mexico's Red Rock State Park. My church has alway been a place without walls. Raised in rural Vermont, my parents never forced a man-made theology upon my brother and I. Instead, they allowed us to experience the physical world that wasn’t created by man. The thunder, the cold winters, the spotted salamanders, the spring peepers, the night sky, the goldfinches, ravens, evening grosbeaks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, the taste of wild blackberries, summer squash from the garden, and countless other life experiences that cannot be had indoors. If I worship any one thing, it would be the sun for it brings life to all things on Earth. I feel its warmth on my face, I long for its return in winter, I know its wrath when I expose my skin too its rays for too long, and I see the life it brings all over the world with my own eyes. I believe in what I see and what feels real to me. I worship healthy ecosystems because they bring life to us all. Where is your church?
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Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | Sunset at an unnamed granary in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah, shot on assignment for our current cover story. These structures, built by the Ancestral Pueblo people (often, and inappropriately, called the Anasazi), most likely date between 700-1250CE. By 700 there was a strong dependence on corn as a food source in the Cedar Mesa area as well as beans and squash. To survive long droughts these foods would have been stored in massive quantities to last several years in these cliffside granaries. Hear Octavius Seowtewa, the leader of the Galaxy Medicine Society of the Zuni people (descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans of the Bears Ears Region) describe these storehouses by following @argonautphoto and his IG story today. #BearsEarsNationalMonument
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Photo by @tasneemalsultan | We were engaged and had signed the legal papers to celebrate the marriage after graduation...but, I found him cheating with his friend's wife. For some reason I felt ashamed, so I kept the reason behind our separation to ourselves. I remember sitting in front of the judge waiting for the finalized divorce papers whilst the  judge looked at me disapprovingly and said: “had you been a better wife and stuck to looking after your home and husband you wouldn’t be here today”. The judge asked that we go seek counseling first...#sauditalesoflove #saudiarabia #saudiwomen #marriage #love #divorce
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Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio | Territorially part of Yemen,  Socotra (Arabic: سُقُطْرَى‎ Suquṭra), is an archipelago of four islands located in the Arabian Sea. 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 Dragon's Blood tree Forest at Diksam. An hour long exposure. The Dragon Blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) has a unique and strange appearance, with an ""upturned, densely packed crown"". This evergreen species is named after its dark red resin, which is known as ""dragon's blood"". The trees have long been harvested for their resin, highly prized in the ancient world and still used today. Socotrans use it ornamentally as well as for dying wool, as a glue, and a breath freshener. Because of the belief that it is the blood of the dragon it is also used in ritual magic and alchemy. Human activities have greatly reduced the tree's population through overgrazing, and feeding the flowers and fruits to livestock. One of the species' greatest threats is the gradual dessication of the archipelago.

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#Socotra #landscape #soqotra #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #documentary #reportage #Yemen #arabiansea #photojournalism #journalism #arabianpeninsular #arabia #endemic #threatenedspecies #endangeredspecies #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #worldheritage #DragonBloodTree #desert #iucn #diksumplateau #diksum
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Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre | Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Members of the Wounaan Indigenous group took shelter at a local school in the city of Buenaventura.
66 families made the four-hour journey by boat to seek assistance after being  forcibly displaced by cocaine trafficking groups and illegal armed groups battling to take control of this country's region. 
A peace accord singed in 2016 has ended the 53 years flight with largest rebel group FARC but previous controlled areas by this group are now the target of emerging illegal groups in a race to control the drug trade. These are some of the new challenges this hopeful currently nation face. 
#internallydisplaced #Colombia #postconflictchallenges
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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Mesmerized by the emerald waters of Tibetan high altitude lakes, Siling Tso is the highest in the world at 17,670 ft, and the second largest in Tibet. So striking in contrast to monochrome grasslands. These lakes, often salt water, have a mineral content that gives them the green glow. People believe the lakes have spirits and therefore are worshiped by doing kora. The water is not used for anything - not fishing, bathing, boating or washing. Just there to be looked at and admired.  #Zhongba #Xigaze #ChangtangPlateau #Tibet
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Photo by @stevewinterphoto | Lions are roaring in Liwonde National Park in Malawi after decades of being extinct thanks to the work of @AfricanParksNetwork , the Malawian Government, @LionRecovery , @leonardodicapriofdn and @leonardodicaprio 
Liwonde National Park was recently on the verge of collapse just 3 years ago -the park was overrun with poaching and more wire snares existed in the park than large animals. But in 2015, @AfricanParksNetwork assumed management of the park on behalf of the Government, and immediately got to work training and outfitting their Ranger unit, preventing poaching, removing almost 30,000 snares, and making the park safe for nature's return. In 2017 they reintroduced cheetahs, and just as of August 16th, they reintroduced lions to restore this iconic species to the park, and help balance natural systems by bringing back critically needed predators. This population is expected to triple in the next few years - and will be supplemented with individuals from other parks African Parks manages in Malawi to ensure for a healthy genepool - as well as help with tourism to the park, benefiting the surrounding local communities. There are fewer than 20,000 lions left in Africa, down from 200,000 just 100 years ago - and their long-term future remains in question: they are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, lack of prey, unsustainable hunting and now poaching for their skins, bones, claws and other body parts. But projects like these show how with determination, political will, community support, and simply envisioning a better future, we can bring this species back as well as protect our last wild landscapes, benefiting both wildlife and people, and creating a better existence for all. To learn more about this project and other inspiring conservation stories from across Africa, please follow @AfricanParksNetwork @LionRecovery @leonardodicapriofdn and @leonardodicaprio
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | From the project FIRST JOB - One’s first job is rarely forgotten. It is the beginning of adulthood, a rite of passage and a turning point. For numerous workers, only 30 years ago, the first job was often the only one, as people could remained in the same company for a lifetime, just being gradually promoted or slightly changing ones positions with seniority. In today’s scenario all is temporary, as the dream of a life position has forever vanished. Usually the first job is the first of a long list that will follow. In the wake of the worst economic crises in modern history, where for many young adults there seemed to be actually no possibility for a first job at all, I explore the world of employment of today’s youth. This is a project that will be carried out in all the 5 continents where the global theme does not obscure, but actually heightens the local specificities. Each one of the subjects whose portrait has been taken has an individual story that feeds into a larger narrative on how the world we live in is changing. From China to France, from Brazil to the U.S. we get a personal introduction to tomorrow’s workforce /// Jimei, China -  Chen Ming Ya, 22, was born and raised in Xiamen, China. She studied to become a hotel manager, but her real dream is to become a member of the Communist Party and work for the government. She loves politics, and says they are her greatest passion. Three months ago, right after she finished school, she started working as a receptionist in a sort of hotel owned by the state, which accepts only government people as guests. She works 8 hours a day, and she can have 2 days off per week. She earns RMB 3,200, or around USD 500, per month. /// Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more stories -  #firstjob #job #work #china #jimei #hotel #communistparty #workforce
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Wild_Life with @bertiegregory | Wandering albatross take part in what has to be one of the most incredible courtship displays in the animal kingdom. Bill vibrating, bill fencing, sky calling and posturing with their enormous 11ft wingspan is all part of the ritual. These albatross take great care in selecting a partner as the bond they form can last the rest of their lives. We had the great honour of filming this spectacle with the British Antarctic Survey. This incredible organisation has been studying the wanderers on Bird Island for over six decades! // Check out the new season of Wild_Life at natgeo.com/wildlife.
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Photo by @jimmy_chin | @alexhonnold contemplating his dream of free soloing El Capitan’s 3000ft wall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. A few weeks after this photo was taken, Alex made history by making the first free solo of El Capitan - climbed it without ropes. Heralded by some as one of the greatest athletic feats of all time. The stakes could be no higher…perfection or death. Directed by @mochinyc and @jimmy_chin, the film was shot over two years while following Alex during his meticulous preparation and final climb. Much more than a climbing film, Free Solo is about life, love, dreaming big and facing your fears. @FreeSoloFilm has opened in theaters to rave reviews and leads the nominations for the third annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. The film expands nationwide this weekend. For more information about cities, theaters and tickets head to www.freesolofilm.com. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. To see more images from #freesolo, follow @jimmy_chin.
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In our November 2018 issue - the new push to cut back protected lands is fueling a dispute rooted in our history and culture. The question: Whose land is it? Photos by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto.
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