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Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto  At a rice mill in the heart of Vietnam’s ”rice basket,” women and children collect bran to sell as animal feed. The factory allows villagers, who also use the husks for cooking fires, to haul away these waste products from the rice polishing process for free. For more on Vietnam please follow @yamashitaphoto. #mekongdelta #rice #ricebran #vietnam.

Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto At a rice mill in the heart of Vietnam’s ”rice basket,” women and children collect bran to sell as animal feed. The factory allows villagers, who also use the husks for cooking fires, to haul away these waste products from the rice polishing process for free. For more on Vietnam please follow @yamashitaphoto. #mekongdelta #rice #ricebran #vietnam ...

play_circle_filled Video by @drewtrush  As the pandemic began to grip the United States, I was in the field in Michigan's Isle Royale National Park, working with a team from the  @nationalparksoflakesuperior and the @nps to start documenting behavior and capturing footage for an educational film designed to help introduce students to the island's wildlife. I first placed cameras in spots where I saw signs of their movements through the boreal forest. Smaller video cameras help us identify travel routes and get an idea of individual behavior, so we can figure out where to set up larger, more elaborate still cameras. Little did I know at the time that the island would be shut down and evacuated for months, leaving our cameras to document the lives of these animals, far removed from the problems of the mainland. I was able to go back and see what we came up with when the park finally opened again, in June. I had no idea how important it would become to produce footage for students to get the experience of being in nature as lockdowns took hold and schools moved to online education models. Follow along with me @drewtrush and the crew to learn how you can help and learn more about these amazing animals. Be the first to see the only footage of these animals as they make their way through the idyllic landscape of Isle Royale National Park. #wolves #nationalparks #isleroyale.

Video by @drewtrush As the pandemic began to grip the United States, I was in the field in Michigan's Isle Royale National Park, working with a team from the @nationalparksoflakesuperior and the @nps to start documenting behavior and capturing footage for an educational film designed to help introduce students to the island's wildlife. I first placed cameras in spots where I saw signs of their movements through the boreal forest. Smaller video cameras help us identify travel routes and get an idea of individual behavior, so we can figure out where to set up larger, more elaborate still cameras. Little did I know at the time that the island would be shut down and evacuated for months, leaving our cameras to document the lives of these animals, far removed from the problems of the mainland. I was able to go back and see what we came up with when the park finally opened again, in June. I had no idea how important it would become to produce footage for students to get the experience of being in nature as lockdowns took hold and schools moved to online education models. Follow along with me @drewtrush and the crew to learn how you can help and learn more about these amazing animals. Be the first to see the only footage of these animals as they make their way through the idyllic landscape of Isle Royale National Park. #wolves #nationalparks #isleroyale ...

Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and @paolowoods  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Italy has been in total lockdown for over two months. The country’s museums were closed and deserted. Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, but tourism has come to a complete and painful halt. What do these museums look like devoid of visitors? How do the artworks fare without those who appreciate them? Thanks to the Covid-19 Visual Project, an initiative of Cortona On The Move festival, in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo, we’ve had the opportunity to be the only visitors allowed in some of the most iconic museums in Italy. We have tried to pull them out of the darkness and reinvent them through light. We call this project Locked in Beauty, which has just been published in National Geographic. It's now on exhibit at the festival until the end of September. In this photo: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples.  #covid19 #art #italy #museum #mann.

Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and @paolowoods Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Italy has been in total lockdown for over two months. The country’s museums were closed and deserted. Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, but tourism has come to a complete and painful halt. What do these museums look like devoid of visitors? How do the artworks fare without those who appreciate them? Thanks to the Covid-19 Visual Project, an initiative of Cortona On The Move festival, in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo, we’ve had the opportunity to be the only visitors allowed in some of the most iconic museums in Italy. We have tried to pull them out of the darkness and reinvent them through light. We call this project Locked in Beauty, which has just been published in National Geographic. It's now on exhibit at the festival until the end of September. In this photo: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples. #covid19 #art #italy #museum #mann ...

Photo by @enricsala  When I jumped into the ocean at the Millennium Atoll in the Southern Line Islands, on expedition with @natgeopristineseas, I saw a dozen grey reef sharks surround me as soon as my bubbles cleared. It might scare some, but it delighted me. In mature, pristine coral reefs, sharks are abundant. As a natural predator, they coexist with their prey, as they have for millions of years..

Photo by @enricsala When I jumped into the ocean at the Millennium Atoll in the Southern Line Islands, on expedition with @natgeopristineseas , I saw a dozen grey reef sharks surround me as soon as my bubbles cleared. It might scare some, but it delighted me. In mature, pristine coral reefs, sharks are abundant. As a natural predator, they coexist with their prey, as they have for millions of years. ...

Photo by @johnstanmeyer  Women strain to haul precious water from a well in Dongra, in the desert state of Rajasthan, in India. Wells such as this replaced ancient stepped structures, where women had to walk down hundreds of stairs to reach available underground water. In Dongra village, the wells are nearly depleted. The image is from my latest story in @natgeo magazine,

Photo by @johnstanmeyer Women strain to haul precious water from a well in Dongra, in the desert state of Rajasthan, in India. Wells such as this replaced ancient stepped structures, where women had to walk down hundreds of stairs to reach available underground water. In Dongra village, the wells are nearly depleted. The image is from my latest story in @natgeo magazine, "India: There’s Water Everywhere, and Nowhere," in the August issue, now on newsstands worldwide. @outofedenwalk #walkingindia #edenwalk #india #rajasthan #dongra Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story. ...

Photo by @paoloverzone  These cadets at the Accademia Aeronautica (Italian air force academy), located in Pozzuoli in the Italian province of Naples, belong to one of the oldest aviation academies in the world, founded in 1923. This portrait is part of the Cadets series, in which I photographed 20 European military academies in 16 countries. Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories..

Photo by @paoloverzone These cadets at the Accademia Aeronautica (Italian air force academy), located in Pozzuoli in the Italian province of Naples, belong to one of the oldest aviation academies in the world, founded in 1923. This portrait is part of the Cadets series, in which I photographed 20 European military academies in 16 countries. Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories. ...

play_circle_filled Ever wonder where the rainbow ends? Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski recently found it in Boulder, Colorado..

Ever wonder where the rainbow ends? Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski recently found it in Boulder, Colorado. ...

Photo by @amivitale  Happy World Lion Day! A lion cub relaxes at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, in northern Kenya. This cub's mother wears a GPS collar that allows rangers from the @lionlandscapes program to track the movements of lions living among people and livestock. Real-time movement data from these collars teaches us about how lions survive in human-dominated landscapes, and helps us to prevent human-lion conflict by keeping livestock away from known lion locations. And, if a collared lion approaches a livestock enclosure outfitted with an alarm, the alarm will blare, scaring the lion away. With less human-wildlife conflict, all species benefit.

To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy @nature_africa, @peregrinefund and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya.

Follow @amivitale for more photos on the conservation gains being made in northern Kenya thanks to partnerships like these.

@nature_org @kenyawildlifeservice @houstonzoo @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety #lions #kenya #conservation #africa #WorldLionDay.

Photo by @amivitale Happy World Lion Day! A lion cub relaxes at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, in northern Kenya. This cub's mother wears a GPS collar that allows rangers from the @lionlandscapes program to track the movements of lions living among people and livestock. Real-time movement data from these collars teaches us about how lions survive in human-dominated landscapes, and helps us to prevent human-lion conflict by keeping livestock away from known lion locations. And, if a collared lion approaches a livestock enclosure outfitted with an alarm, the alarm will blare, scaring the lion away. With less human-wildlife conflict, all species benefit. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes , @loisaba_conservancy @nature_africa , @peregrinefund and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Follow @amivitale for more photos on the conservation gains being made in northern Kenya thanks to partnerships like these. @nature_org @kenyawildlifeservice @houstonzoo @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety #lions #kenya #conservation #africa #WorldLionDay ...

Photos by @nicholesobecki  The women in these portraits are all mothers whose children have been caught up in a human trafficking ring, which operates across Somaliland and preys on families that have been displaced by drought, like those here at a camp for the displaced in Burao. Smugglers circulate among vulnerable young people, and those who follow them are thrown into holding camps in Libya, held hostage, and tortured to convince families to pay ransoms of between $5,000 and $17,000—or else. It’s an overlooked and brutal aspect of how the climate crisis is playing out in the Horn of Africa.

Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story..

Photos by @nicholesobecki The women in these portraits are all mothers whose children have been caught up in a human trafficking ring, which operates across Somaliland and preys on families that have been displaced by drought, like those here at a camp for the displaced in Burao. Smugglers circulate among vulnerable young people, and those who follow them are thrown into holding camps in Libya, held hostage, and tortured to convince families to pay ransoms of between $5,000 and $17,000—or else. It’s an overlooked and brutal aspect of how the climate crisis is playing out in the Horn of Africa. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story. ...

Photo by @stephenwilkes  Park Avenue is a 10-mile boulevard that carries north-south traffic in New York City. It's one of the busiest streets in the city, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, traffic dropped by nearly 60 percent. Traffic in the city’s 6,000 miles of streets had been curtailed before—due to blizzards, hurricanes, and even religious holidays—but it always managed to rebound within days. With the pandemic, and because of social distancing, Park Avenue (like other major thoroughfares) remained empty for months.

In early April, while photographing Manhattan from a helicopter, I was curious to see this iconic view during the peak of the pandemic. As we flew from the East Meadow of Central Park, Park Avenue suddenly emerged. I’ve photographed this avenue countless times—always filled with cars and cabs. Yet here it was, the entire 10-mile stretch of road completely empty and seemingly frozen. When one thinks of the avenues within NYC, Park Avenue is certainly the city's spinal cord. 

So grateful to National Geographic for its support in giving me the opportunity to document my beloved NYC from the air during the pandemic. The story is currently in the August issue, now on newsstands, and also available online. A special thanks to @kfmoran, my editor extraordinaire! To see more from my travels near and far follow me @stephenwilkes. #NYC #ParkAve #natgeo #weareone

Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story..

Photo by @stephenwilkes Park Avenue is a 10-mile boulevard that carries north-south traffic in New York City. It's one of the busiest streets in the city, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, traffic dropped by nearly 60 percent. Traffic in the city’s 6,000 miles of streets had been curtailed before—due to blizzards, hurricanes, and even religious holidays—but it always managed to rebound within days. With the pandemic, and because of social distancing, Park Avenue (like other major thoroughfares) remained empty for months. In early April, while photographing Manhattan from a helicopter, I was curious to see this iconic view during the peak of the pandemic. As we flew from the East Meadow of Central Park, Park Avenue suddenly emerged. I’ve photographed this avenue countless times—always filled with cars and cabs. Yet here it was, the entire 10-mile stretch of road completely empty and seemingly frozen. When one thinks of the avenues within NYC, Park Avenue is certainly the city's spinal cord. So grateful to National Geographic for its support in giving me the opportunity to document my beloved NYC from the air during the pandemic. The story is currently in the August issue, now on newsstands, and also available online. A special thanks to @kfmoran , my editor extraordinaire! To see more from my travels near and far follow me @stephenwilkes. #NYC #ParkAve #natgeo #weareone Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story. ...

Photo by @beverlyjoubert  At a time when so many threatened species and precious habitats need our protection more than ever before, it is truly alarming that those who defend wildlife and oppose the destruction of nature are themselves so vulnerable to harm. Recent reports tell us that 2019 was the deadliest year on record for environmental activists, with at least 212 killed across the globe. Wildlife rangers too are under constant threat in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Unless we do more to safeguard and support those who stand on the front lines of conservation, the battle to preserve wildlife and wild spaces cannot be won. #conservation #protectwildlife #endangeredspecies.

Photo by @beverlyjoubert At a time when so many threatened species and precious habitats need our protection more than ever before, it is truly alarming that those who defend wildlife and oppose the destruction of nature are themselves so vulnerable to harm. Recent reports tell us that 2019 was the deadliest year on record for environmental activists, with at least 212 killed across the globe. Wildlife rangers too are under constant threat in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Unless we do more to safeguard and support those who stand on the front lines of conservation, the battle to preserve wildlife and wild spaces cannot be won. #conservation #protectwildlife #endangeredspecies ...

Photo by @dina_litovsky  Amish girls enjoy a sunny day at Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida. For many decades, Amish and Mennonite families from around the U.S. have been taking winter vacations in Pinecraft, a small neighborhood in Sarasota. The strict rules of Anabaptist life are temporarily relaxed, as hard work is replaced by leisure and recreational activities. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky..

Photo by @dina_litovsky Amish girls enjoy a sunny day at Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida. For many decades, Amish and Mennonite families from around the U.S. have been taking winter vacations in Pinecraft, a small neighborhood in Sarasota. The strict rules of Anabaptist life are temporarily relaxed, as hard work is replaced by leisure and recreational activities. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky. ...