Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // WALKING DEVILS // The men who pursue winter away walk on the street at night. BUSÓ (Hungarian name of pictures devils) festival in Hungary starts on Thursday, attracting over 100.000 people from all over the world. Certain men of Mohács city dress as devils in order to pursue away Winter, bad spirit and bring Spring with fertility. They make fun with women and huge noise with their clappers. This tradition is now a UNESCO World Heritage. You have the chance to meet them on the streets until next Tuesday, if you go there. Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #hungary #winter #spring #UNESCO # heritage #tradition #devil #fertility #nomad
Photo by @ljohnphoto for @rippleeffectimages // Varsha and her two sisters go to school at the Pardada Pardadi Education Society in rural India. In a region where girls are commonly kept from class to help around the house, they are quite lucky. Pardada Pardadi will provide these girls with the tools to succeed and be independent later in life. #India #education #photography #color #womenandgirls #humans #portrait
Photo by @GerdLudwig // on assignment in Russia. In the living room of their small apartment in Zelenograd in the outskirts of Moscow, a dedicated young cosplay couple - he a banker and she an interior designer - act out a cosplay performance. Cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. Cosplayers are a subculture who convene at festivals or perform on or apart from stages. The characters stem from comic books and cartoons, live-action films, or video games. Cosplaying initially became a popular culture phenomenon in Japan but has since spread worldwide. The photograph appeared in my recent story on the Putin Generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in Russia and was published in the December issue of @natgeo. Instagram now has a new feature making it possible to post multiple images as a gallery - view my latest post using this new feature to see more cosplayers in Moscow at @GerdLudwig. @natgeocreative @theimagereview #Russia #Moscow #cosplay #youth #costume #apartment #portrait #PutinGeneration
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Two puffins in flight – This image was captured many years ago on the Farne Islands in Northumberland, UK. Whilst it is undoubtedly a fantastic place for wildlife photography I would probably recommend trying to schedule your visit for an overcast day, especially if your primary goal is photography. Your time on the island will always be limited to the hours of about 10am-3pm (unless something has changed in recent years!) and as such, with most of the seabird nesting times occurring in the height of the summer months the light can be quite harsh and shadowy on these days. On this particular day I had arrived on the island in thick cloud but then the sun started to burn its way through and I ended up being forced to work in light that I would usually try to avoid. Of course images such as these do require a significant amount of luck and in this instance these two puffins took off simultaneously and flew straight down the barrel of my lens as they made their way out to sea. A strong wind made their flight path predictable and whilst I like most of the images’ attributes I am less keen on the quality of the light. Nevertheless, the extremely colourful puffins coupled with the blue sky and the green vegetation at least create a colourful image and as far as flight shots go I can see that it does have merit. If you’d like to join me to photograph these colourful and charismatic birds this coming summer then I have just a couple of places left on my photo tour to the Shetland Islands this coming July. For more information you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can join my mailing list by clicking on this link and filling in your details http://www.andrewparkinson.com/#/contact/4566036726 Alternatively you can #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @natgeo #puffin #andysphototours #FarneIslands #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography
Photo: @ivankphoto // #WalkingtheLAwash // #WhereTheConcreteMeetsTheJungle // The Pink Rose // Ashley Heldman, 29, stands alongside a fence with colored leaves boarding the #LARiver in the San Fernando Valley. As she opened a fresh bottle of vodka, she told me that her family and now her boyfriend, who had left a few days ago, had rejected her. As she broke down in tears she said that her mom, who beat her regularly, died from chronic alcohol abuse. #Runaflirts, @runa_photos, @thephotosociety, @panospictures
Photo by @FransLanting // Kanzi is a uniquely talented bonobo. He was born in captivity and learned how to communicate with humans at an early age, mastering a vocabulary of symbols developed by Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh at her research facility. Over a period of 30 years, Kanzi has had many complex conversations with Sue that reveal his emotions and his ability to empathize with others. When I spent time with him, I was struck by his social intelligence. He was totally tuned in to the intentions and emotions of people around him, including me. Along with common chimpanzees, bonobos are our nearest of kin, but we have not exactly treated them like family. In the wild, bonobos, also known as pygmy chimps, only occur in a remote part of the Congo Basin, where they are threatened by civil unrest and the bushmeat trade. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about bonobos and to see how closely related we are. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #Bonobo #Kinship #GreatApe #Language #Communication
Photo @pedromcbride // Crumbling Reflections: Much has changed in Cuba over the 17 years I have visited this island. But much has stayed the same. Time still ticks at a Cuban pace and old cars still run… I don’t know how... and while pockets of new construction and renovation exist thanks to a growing tourism boom, most buildings are crumbling and cracking under the Caribbean climate. But amidst the hardship, nostalgia and messy vitality, the Cuban people keep moving, like their cars. And somehow, they do it with a colorful friendliness and warmth that always amazes me. To see more, follow @pedromcbride #cuba #havana #photo #workshop @natgeoexpeditions #reflection #photooftheday #petemcbride
Photo By: @mclain.david / @thephotosociety An Inuit hunter ferries his sled dogs from Kiatak island Greenland, where they are kept for the brief summer, back to Qaanaaq, in preparation for the coming winter. Dogs first appeared in Greenland about 5,000 years ago and have been used ever since by the Inuit to hunt and pull dogsleds. The breed is remarkably pure as no dog is allowed to enter Greenland and any dog that leaves Greenland cannot return. While Americans tend to think of dogs as pets the Inuit see them as working dogs and partners in a subsistence lifestyle and age old hunting traditions. The pack of dogs in this boat is capable of pulling a dog sled that weighs a thousand pounds.