We loved National Geographic’s Instagram so much while doing research for our last post, that we decided to look through them again– this time paying attention to all the amazing ways that their Insta photographers are able to capture people around the world. Check out these amazing photos, and let us know which ones you like best. You can shop and support National Geographic through your Goodshop account. So, let the beautiful times roll!
Photo by @Hammond_Robin “This is the tradition. I know he will keep trying and if he doesn’t do it with his own hand one of the family members will… but I was born this way and I will die this way!” Jessie is a young #transgender woman living in a Palestinian refugee camp in #Lebanon. Because of her gender identity, her brother and father have tried to kill her several times. She shared her story for the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival. To read her testimony, go to @WhereLoveIsIllegal and follow the link in the profile. You can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. This is a @witness_change project. This week, Proof, National Geographic’s online photography journal, interviewed #RobinHammond about the production of Where Love Is Illegal. www.proof.national geographic.com #natgeoproof To see more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
Photo by @irablockphoto (Ira Block) A horseman in Eastern Mongolia rounds up some of his families mares. Horses and riding are an integral part of the Mongolian culture. It is said 'A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without the wings’. Horsemanship dates back to the times of Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan) and his army of incredible horse soldiers. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #chinggiskhan #mongolia #horses #sonya7II
Photograph by @paulnicklen. // As promised to the @natgeo followers, here is an image of a large Mola mola (Sunfish) and free-driver, @aprilbencze swimming into position for scale. The Mola mola was actually approaching us as it wanted us to help rid itself of parasites. Sunfish grow up to 2000 pounds, making them the largest bony fish in the world. This fish must have been over 8 feet in diameter and I would love to know how much it weighed. As we head out to start the second half of our offshore assignment for @natgeo @cristinamittermeier and I look forward to bringing you more. Please #follow me to see and learn more about this rich paradise. #nature #bc #beauty #love #freedive #explore #follow #saveourcoast @sea_legacy @seacam
Coral Garden by @daviddoubilet Father and son fisherman glide over delicate corals growing in the protected lee of an island in #KimbeBay #PapuaNewGuinea, a cornerstone of the #CoralTriangle. The coral triangle is the epicenter of coral biodiversity on the planet. Kimbe Bay is a perfect representation of coral diversity and richness. For @natgeo with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @jenniferhayesig #RolexAmbassador #RespectNature #GoToEdgeKeepGoing @SeaCam #NikonNoFilter #LiquidEarth
National Geographic photographer @petekmuller stands with a group of masked hunters in northeastern DR Congo while covering various elements of the #Ebola virus for the current issue of the magazine. "I spent nine days following a group of hunters in an extremely remote area of DRC,” Muller explains. “We wanted to capture the experience of bushmeat hunters as they are often patient zero in Ebola outbreaks.” Hunters are at risk of contracting Ebola and various other zoonotic diseases because of their constant interaction with animals in the forest. In areas like the one Muller traveled to, most communities are entirely self-sufficient, relying on what they can grown and hunt for subsistence. “Hunting is very much a part of the culture,” Pete says. “Not only does it yield animal protein for families, but its sale also provides scarce access to hard currency. The hunters then use the money from bushmeat sales to pay for health care, education and other needs.” The attire they wear in this image is designed to trick and confuse the monkeys and chimpanzees that they often hunt. When they wear these traditional outfits, which are made from the bark of trees, the animals are more inclined to charge them, thus making them easier to shoot. Check out our story on the search for the reservoir host of Ebola virus in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine. #Africa #hunting #Congo
Celebrates World Oceans Day- Photograph by @paulnicklen with @cristinamittermeier while on assignment in #Makaha, #Hawaii. Hawaiians have always had a connection to the sea. In fact, I think they have saltwater running through their veins. Three sisters, Miracle, Virtuous and Heavenly get ready to surf the building waves at Makaha Beach, Oahu. From dark to dark each day we watched Hawaiians #surf #paddleboard, swim, #freedive, #canoe or gather their protein from the sea. Without a healthy ocean, their culture would not survive. #surf #surfing #ocean #nature #culture
Celebrates World Oceans Day—One with the Ocean by @DavidDoubilet Welcome to #WorldOceansDay with @natgeo Earth is really #PlanetOcean or #LiquidEarth. This photo of barracuda circling a diver in #PapuaNewGuinea is symbolic of how humans are intricately connected to the sea around them. #Barracuda often form circular schools as a defense against predators and this school made 3 short turns around the diver and disappeared into the depths. Oceans are the Earths engine, they are fragile and finite and experiencing degradation from over harvest, habitat loss and climate change at an unprecedented rate. National Geographic's #PristineSeas is a project working to help protect the last wild places in the ocean. Join us to celebrate and protect #oceans With @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #worldoceanday #GotoEdgeKeepGoing @seacam #CoralTriangle #RespectNature
Photo by @stephsinclairpix // @thephotosociety . A mother bathes her child with albinism at the Kabanga Protectorate and School in Tanzania. Today is the first International Albinism Awareness Day as declared by the United Nations. Due to a recessive gene that is carried by both parents, babies in every society are born with albinism. Across the world, these children are likely to face bullying, prejudice and even violence because of stereotypes based on their unique coloring. Additionally, the lack of melanin pigment in their hair, skin and eyes causes a vulnerability to sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer and severe visual impairment. In fact, skin cancer kills 98 percent of people born with albinism in Tanzania before they turn 40. Learn more about abilinism on the National Geographic website at http://bit.ly/1cSuxKl .
Photo by @amivitale. Thank you for the incredible outpouring of love after the loss of beloved black rhino Kilifi. Kilifi was a great ambassador for all rhinos and taught us that man and wildlife can coexist in harmony. Please show your support and get engaged by following Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife), the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) and The Nature Conservancy in Africa (@nature_africa). We will pass on your comments to the rangers who lovingly protect these rhinos like their own children. Lewa announced that Kilifi's death was caused by Clostridium perfringens, a lethal bacteria that normally kills within four hours from the onset of signs. Kilifi died in the early morning, leading to the conclusion that the infection had spread at night as the baby rhino slept. Despite the vet's greatest efforts, the rhino succumbed to the effects of endotoxin. This infection is the first case ever recorded on Lewa. The staff there are currently giving the other three orphans antibiotics for short-term protection, with plans to have annual polyvalent vaccines as a long-term deterrent. @nature_africa @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #NRT #northernrangelandstrust #lewa #lewawildlife #savetherhinos #conservation #rhino #endangeredspecies #natureisspeaking #africa #kenya #magicalkenya #animals #safari #wildlife #photooftheday #photography #nature #seetheworld #bestdestinations #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #d4s #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Yesterday was #WorldRangerDay and here is one of my heroes, Kamara, with two of the baby rhinos he looks after at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). Rangers like him literally put their lives on the line to protect and care for these animals every day. Thanks to their work and investment in the local communities, Lewa did not lose a single rhino to poaching in 2014. Ranger units like Lewa's and the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) have significantly improved the security of wildlife and people in the neighboring areas. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @natgeo #savetherhinos #lewawildlife #natureisspeaking #conservation #animals #nature #rhinos #kenya #magicalkenya #bestwildlife #nikonnofilter #nofilter #nikon #d4s #nikonambassador #photojournalism #onassignment #amivitale