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Photo by @edkashi / @viiphoto. A young Kurdish boy enjoys some play time with found objects in Kirkuk, Iraq on June 6, 2005. This boy's home is a camp for internally displaced Kurds at a former football stadium. After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the liberation of Iraq in 2003, many Kurds returned who had been forcibly removed from Kirkuk during Saddam's program of Arabization. There were no homes for them, so they set up camps in abandoned buildings, the football stadium and tents on the outskirts of this embattled city. #kurds #Iraq #tbt #travel #onassignment #ontheroad #fromthearchives #edkashi #viiphoto #youth #stadium #play
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/ @thephotosociety Grey seal among breaking waves - Using naturally occurring frames can be a very effective and creative way of capturing images of wildlife. Photographing a mute swan cygnet framed by the gentle sweep of an adults neck, shooting through a 'window' in dense vegetation to create a diffuse border around one's subject, even shooting through the kegs of an elephant to frame a distant antelope. These are just a few of countless possibilities that exist within the natural world and the possibility of achieving this type of image was part of the motivation for what I was trying to achieve here. It helps of course if the subject, such as this inquisitive female grey seal, is looking directly at the camera as this can potentially create a favourable symmetry, balancing the image and focussing the viewers’ attention. It also, as luck would have it, seems to create a greater likelihood of capturing a convenient frame of water around the seal. It goes without saying that there is always a huge element of luck when images such as this serendipitously occur and despite many attempts I've never been able to improve on this particular piece of good fortune. This I guess though is just the nature of wildlife photography and when a few surprising elements conveniently collide a nice portrait can result. Your support has been fantastic and so appreciated and so please do #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #greyseal #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals
Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // SIX MALLARDS // Mallards are often disrespected either as birds or as photographic topic. They were swimming around, when I was taking pictures at sunset at #Balaton Lake. They might hope for some food, but never came really close. They behaved really naturally, and just tolerated my presence. In this way they gifted me with very different, attractive composition. Taken only about 80 miles from my actual residency. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @thephotosociety @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #capture #moment #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #Hungary #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #1frame4nature #discoveryourbackyard #mallard #birdstagram #sunset
Photo by @medfordtaylor Regal Moth "Royal Walnut Moth" (Citheronia regalis) #moths #regalmoth #virginiawildlife
Photo by @migeophoto // On the Isle of Skye in Scotland, locals say the sheep's greatest enemy is gravity. Where there used to be bears and wolves, only livestock roam. They are spray painted to denote ownership, and can be found grazing on every patch of land. // #isleofskye #skye #scotland #visitscotland #sheep #livestock
Photo by @franslanting // A lone hiker contemplates nature inside a narrow sandstone canyon sculpted by water and time. The American Southwest is a wonderland for travelers from all over the world. This particular landscape has been protected by the federal government, but under the current US presidential administration, the status of many National Monuments with world class features is now being challenged due to pressures from other interests. If you care about the value of protecting nature for generations to come, please add your voice to the public debate. Check some of the links below to find out what you can do. And follow me @franslanting for more images about these special places. @WildernessSociety @leonardodicaprio #SaveOurMonuments #MonumentsForAll #beauty #naturelovers #naturephotography
Photo by @dguttenfelder. * PRINT SALE 10 days * I regularly receive kind requests about purchasing prints of my Instagram pictures. So, I've made a selection of color prints from my USA photography available in two sizes until July 22, including this image. Starting at $100, these archival open-edition prints include my signature and ship by the end of this month. See the full offering here: Thanks to all of you who follow along on Instagram, who take the time to comment or ask questions, and who care about my ongoing photography.
Brown Bear rests in salmon stream, British Columbia, Canada – Photo by Kevin Schafer @schaferpho – In late summer, salmon begin to return to their natal streams in force. Healthy rivers, especially in Western Canada and Alaska, can be seasonally clogged with migrating fish, a potential feast that attracts brown bears from all over the region. The ease of catching salmon is such that bears often consume just the skeins of rich eggs in the females, and strip off the fat-laden skin. The rest of the carcass can feed someone else downstream, or decompose, adding nutrients to the entire ecosystem. This handsome bear was taking a break from gorging on salmon, and simply sat down in the shallows with a look of contentment. I don’t often settle for simple portraits, aiming for moments of revealing behavior, but this was a face I could not ignore. @natgeo #natgeo #nikon #wildlifephotography #brownbears #faces
Photo by @rezaphotography // Together #Ghana, Volta Region The hand of Akumaa Mama Zimbi is surrounded by those of the members of the Association of Widows in Hikpo, reaching into a bag of palm-oil tree seeds. In Ghana, Akumaa Mama Zimbi is a public figure committed to fighting for women’s rights, on television and also on the radio and in films. Launched in 2007 by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) liberates Ghanaian widows from their social, cultural and economic hardships. 300 groups have been formed to provide vocational training in reproductive health, agriculture, sewing and beekeeping. Thanks to WANE, these widows have been able to become agents of environmental progress and sexual and reproductive health within their ten communities and cities in Ghana. #hand #arms #together #women #womenright #rights #Ghanaian #community #association #help #reconstruction #newlife #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى # عكاس @thephotosociety
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/ @thephotosociety Rabbit kitten sitting upright – This image of a rabbit kitten was taken in Norfolk several years ago. Whilst these abundant mammals are found throughout the UK it’s unusual that I’ve never really found a strong enough population to work with around my home in Derbyshire. In recent months however this has changed somewhat and just yesterday whilst out walking my dogs I happened to notice a warren that had at least 5 young rabbit kittens outside, these young rabbits making the ideal photographic subject. As I leave for Shetland in a day or two I won’t have time to work with them beforehand but it’s always nice when potential photographic subjects suddenly just appear in my home village. When I captured this image I was fortunate that my camera was already in portrait position as I wouldn’t have had time to rotate the camera in time to capture this brief moment of inquisitiveness. It was another one of those moments that I’ve logged as ‘lucky’, especially as I had just enough room to fit the rabbit in the frame, even though I was in portrait. On days like these, with scudding clouds and variable light it is one of those rare occasions when I will happily shoot on aperture priority, the neutral even tones of both the rabbit and the surrounding grass providing easy metering for the camera, allowing predictable and consistent results when it comes to my exposures. It’s also fortunate that both of the kittens ears are fully up, not to mention his two front feet being visible, all of the little additional elements that can elevate an image and make it more complete. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #rabbit #rabbitkitten #derbyshire #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #donoharm #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals
Photo by @TimLaman. Yellow-billed Storks appear to bow to a passing African Buffalo with Cattle Egret passenger in the rich wetlands of Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. Shot in Tanzania on the photo safari I was co-leading. Head to @TimLaman to see more safari animals! #Tanzania, #Africa, #elephant, #attitude, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.
Photo by @joepetersburger // INTIMACY // European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) #male (on top) jumps on the female's back to mate. She will let him to do so, if she got enough food from him as a "courtship gift". Count starts again after each mating... It is absolutely rational: she is building eggs from those gifts full with #protein ! Only about 10 miles from my residency... No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @thephotosociety @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beauty #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #Hungary #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #1frame4nature #beeeater #love
Photo by @tyronefoto | Chasing waterfalls is one of the best things in Iceland—besides chasing volcanoes, glaciers, Northern Lights, etc… Come join me March 5-12, 2018 on a photography workshop exploring this beautiful landscape. In conjunction with @pendaphoto, link in my bio @tyronefoto. #photoworkshop #adventure #explore #iceland #landscape #instagood @natgeocreative @natgeo
A Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) rests in the midday heat, Madagascar : Photo by Kevin Schafer // @schaferpho @natgeo The lemurs of Madagascar are unique, with similarities to more familiar primates, but with faces like puppies – that we humans find irresistibly endearing. One of the best known, and most enchanting, of the lemur tribe are the Ring-tails, which inhabit the spiny forests of Madagascar’s arid south. With their sweet faces, and luxuriant coats, they are highly social animals, traveling in large extended family groups. They are easy to see in the private Berenty reserve, and several other locations, but - like most of Madagascar’s endemic animals, the ease of seeing them in a few isolated reserves masks the fact that they remain desperately endangered. For although Madagascar has a fine and vital system of national parks, virtually all the land outside of those protected areas has been deforested. #lemurs #wildmadagascar #berenty #endangeredwildlife
Photo by @pedromcbride — Pete McBride // Room for giants: How do we manage human/ wildlife conflicts when habitat and resources are at a premium… and shrinking? I’m off to explore one conservation solution in Malawi that @africanparks is doing to save these majestic souls from illegal #poaching #elephants #africa #wildlife #nature
Photo by @rezaphotography // Social entrepreneur #Bangladesh, Manikganj. Portrait of an entrepreneur member of the Manikganj microfinance network. The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) is a NGO which was founded in 1972. It offers a holistic approach towards the empowerment of underprivileged people through legal services and economic, social and cultural development programs as well as health, education and human rights programs. Today, BRAC has over 100,000 employees, mostly women, and more than 110,000,000 beneficiaries in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. Picture taken while on assignment through the world for the publication of a book "Learning a living" on different educational initiatives. #woman #worker #dignity #labor #hardwork #portrait #look #eyes #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #webistan #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى # عكاس @thephotosociety
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Eye on 7th: looking up to Times Square. #cellphoneonly #vivo #7thAvenue #Manhattan #NewYorkCity #TimesSquare #NYC @natgeo @natgeocreative
Photo @lucianocandisani (Luciano Candisani). It is impressive the diversity of reptiles in Madagascar. This one cleaning the eye in a different way is the flat tailed lizard, an endemic species. I’ve just finished a long assignment in the red island . #fotografia @natgeo @natgeocreative @revistanatgeobrasil @onelapsebr #onelapsebr #conservation #conservação #expedition #expedição #lizard #ecologia #fotografia #photography #nationalgeographic #madagascar #reptile #africa
Photo by @TimLaman. This baby elephant is about two months old and stayed close to its mom, but already seemed to be developing a personality as he lifted his trunk and seemed to challenge our vehicle! See more from my African photo safari @TimLaman. #Africa, #elephant, #attitude, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.
Photo by @joepetersburger // THE BEST NEVER RESTS // Southern hawker (Aeschna cyanea) #dragonfly is one of the most attractive from all dragonfly species by my opinion. Moreover, they are not afraid to get really close (couple inches), if you enter the territory! I love the effect on this pic that the wings are literally disappearing because of the light background, even I used strobelight. It gives a bittersweet taste for the picture that it was taken at Recsk's former Forced Labour Camp, where mass of people were forced to move and work at terrible conditions (many of them died) after defeating Hungary's revolution in 1956. Once it was Hell, now a museum and habitat of this amazing species! Taken only 100 miles from my actual residency. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @thephotosociety @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #natgeo #macro #macrophotography #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #Hungary #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #1frame4nature #discoveryourbackyard