Video @michaelchristopherbrown. Men dance in competition during the 2017 Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair Pow Wow, held annually on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I spent part of this summer photographing over a dozen Indian reservations in the American West, searching to photograph the beauty and complexities of these communities and lands, the symbols of both tribal success as well as issues perennially facing the tribes. I grew up near several reservations in Washington State though knew very little about them, a common experience for many Americans. During this trip I was struck by the indigenous stewardship to the land, from the elders to the seventh generation water protectors, of taking responsibility for what we are taking out of and putting into the earth, actively keeping track of it as a community and actively fighting for it. This stewardship goes back thousands of years, an egalitarian society where individual wealth was measured not by what was saved but by what was given away.
Images by @joelsartore | For thousands of creatures living on Earth, time is running out. That’s why the National Geographic Society has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to launch the Photo Ark EDGE Fellowship. The fellowship focuses on Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species and kicks off with these five unique creatures: the Antillean manatee (photographed at the @Dallas_World_Aquarium), Baird’s tapir (photographed at @theomahazoo), the giant anteater (photographed at the Caldwell Zoo), the hawksbill turtle (photographed in Xcaret, Mexico), and the volcano rabbit (photographed at the Chapultepec Zoo). These species are the subject of conservation efforts by our first fellowship candidates in Latin America. Each species has been featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark, a flagship program of the National Geographic Society founded by National Geographic photographer @JoelSartore. Once selected, the final Photo Ark EDGE fellows will undertake a 2-year fellowship project to help protect their focal species. The fellowships will leverage the power of Sartore’s captivating portraits to bring attention to the global extinction crisis and will help put effective tools in the hands of conservationists working to turn the tide for species at risk. Learn more about these species and the people working to save them by clicking the link @joelsartore’s bio. #PhotoArk
Photograph by @michaelnicknichols | Jane Goodall and Jou Jou, chimpanzee at Brazzaville Zoo, Republic of Congo, 1990. I (@michaelnicknichols) grew up with Jane Goodall, Flo, Flint and Greybeard on the pages of National Geographic magazine in the 1960’s, and wildly came to photograph Fifi, Frodo, Freud and Jane in the 1990’s. Jane and I collaborated on the book Brutal Kinship, bringing to light the disappearing terrain chimpanzees relied on to live, and how we humans cruelly and without irony used our closest relative as stand-in surrogates for space exploration, HIV and hepatitis research, language studies, and entertainment. - Jane, 83, is still at it, traveling nonstop on her mission. She recently closed my exhibit WILD at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a talk that brought me and the entire house to tears. - Opening in theaters today is a masterpiece film by Brett Morgen. #JANE is an intense love story made from footage literally found in the NatGeo HQ basement from legendary Dutch filmmaker Hugo van Lawick, and includes a beautiful score by Philip Glass. This is far more revealing than any huge budget biopic could ever hope to match. #JANE
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Three young Maasai photographed along the street A104 between Arusha and the Tarangire National Park. Traditional Maasai lifestyle centers around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. Every morning the children are in charge of bringing the cattles outside of the village and then to bring them back inside before the sunset #tanzania #africa #maasai #children #cuttle #tradition #tarangire #arusha
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid having a chat with the local wildlife, in this case a baboon at Mpala research centre, northern Kenya - Mpala lies beneath the shadow of Mt Kenya, in the heart of central Kenya’s Laikipia County, it is strongly committed to using research to benefit the surrounding communities, the nation of Kenya, and global conservation efforts as a whole. It hosts multiple educational outreach programs in order to tackle issues of human-wildlife conflict and thus ensure that both conservation and human livelihood goals are met. I’m delighted to be working with Mpala and will be bringing stories from here to the outside world over the next months. To see more from Mpala follow me here @chancellordavid and @natgeo and Mpala @mpalalive #fightingextinction #conservation #everydayextinction #africa #Kenya #wildlife #conserving #conservation #stoppoaching #endextinction #elephant #ivory #rhino #northernkenya #Kenya #africa
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Yoga with goats, who would have thought? Some participants say they experience a calming effect, the "goat factor” acting as a psychological help, driving the attention away from trying to perfect that pose... Here at the Mountain Flower Dairy Farm in Boulder (Colorado, USA), a practitioner gets into Savasana pose at the end of her class. And yes, it took place in the goat pen. Reducing stress level is a major factor in bringing a higher level of happiness in one’s life - there are many receipes to feeling happy, some are external to your life, some you can control. See a story on Happiness worldwide, coming out this month in @natgeo and follow me on @paleyphoto as I explore this topic on my Instagram feed. @natgeocreative #yoga #happiness #boulder
Photo by @ciriljazbec / Earlier this year I did my fifth trip to Greenland, a place on the Earth that never ceases to amaze me. This time I travelled to Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk, the world’s northernmost settlements to investigate how climate change has affected the lives of indigenous people, the community of around 700 Inughuits which in spite of several alarming climate and cultural threats persists with the traditional age-old way of hunting. These people are on the frontier of the climate change that is eventually going to affect us all. On the picture, you can see Qaanaaq and a frozen fjord in the back. Have a look at more work from this trip @ciriljazbec #Arctic #Greenland #climatechange @natgeo
Photographer @thomaspeschak on assignment for @natgeo shooting blacktip reef sharks in the near pristine waters of Aldabra Atoll #seychelles. "Hanging out with these sharks of the shallows is still one of my all-time favorite wildlife encounters. They are so inquisitive and curious. Video shot by my fantastic assistant Otto. Please follow him @ottowhitehead for more behind the scenes videos."
Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner. It’s time to play for this female red-necked wallaby and her joey. I enjoyed to watch and photograph this beautiful macropod, found in the forests throughout coastal and highland of eastern Australia. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. Follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my work with @natgeo. #mother #Australia #play #young #time
Photo by @FransLanting A ribbon of water winds across dry plains surrounding Botswana’s Okavango Delta as morning mist shrouds the contours of the landscape. The delta is an intricate tapestry of dry land and wet land, with ever shifting boundaries defined by the ebb and flow of water. Fed by a river that begins a thousand miles away in the highlands of Angola, the delta spreads out across the Kalahari Desert sands of northern Botswana. The miracle of water in the desert attracts multitudes of animals from antelopes to elephants. The delta became a World Heritage Site in 2014, but its future is by no means secure. Read the story in the November issue of @NatGeo to learn more. This image is featured in our new book, “Into Africa,” which is based on our National Geographic exhibition, also entitled “Into Africa,” currently on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History through October 22. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from Africa. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @IntoTheOkavango #Botswana #Okavango #WorldHeritageSite #Nature #Dawn #Explore #Miracle #Safari #Conservation
Photo by @katieorlinsky. Horses on Arapaho Nation reservation land in Wyoming, USA. The Arapaho are one of nearly a dozen tribes fighting against the White House overhaul of the Endangered Species Act, which has saved more than 200 species from extinction. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo article "Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals."