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Photos by Chien-Chi Chang @chien_chi_chang | Arrival and departure at Shanghai Pudong Airport in May, 2019. #cccontheroad

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Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. When women have the tools and knowledge to market their goods, they can provide for themselves, they can provide for their families and they can expand their businesses. In Peru, @rippleeffectimages aid beneficiary @heiferinternational helps women work together to sell the exquisite knitwear they make from the wool their livestock produce. Fair pay for fine stitching means school fees get paid, bellies are full and everyone rises together. Congratulations to @heiferinternational for celebrating 75 years of giving families the tools they need to raise themselves from poverty! #PhotographyForGood by @anniegriffithsphotography | @rippleeffectimages ⠀⠀⠀ @photography.for.good #inspiration #peru #hope #womencooperatives #women #empowerment #empowerwomen #farming #nourish #knitting #stitches #sewing #embroidery #womenfarmers #agriculture #anniegriffiths #rippleeffectimages #therippleeffect

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Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // FEED ME! FEED ME! // Western marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus) #chicks in their nest. I am participating in an exciting projects, where we are monitoring avian life of privately owned lakes and wetlands. I found this nest accidentally, even though, we expected to have it somewhere in the reed labyrinth… Three of them posing to fight (pretty much the same aggressiveness, when they are asking for food. The smallest one decided to hide. Pic is a bit misleading, larger ones are not hurting them. However, #cannibalism might occur, if the smallest one cannot grow fast enough. ● # westernmarshharrier #wetlandprotection #natureconservancy #animalfacts #funfacts

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Seeing Stripes: Botswana’s national animal, the zebra, migrates across the country twice a year. During such migrations, zebra and other wildlife started competing with cattle for limited water sources after the drying up of the Boteti River. In 2009, high rainfall restored the river’s flow for the first time in 20 years, bringing much-needed relief to the region’s migratory animals. Botswana is one of 17 countries under extremely high water stress, like many regions facing imminent global water shortage. For more on conservation of wildlife and water, follow @pedromcbride. #zebras #Botswana #okavango #water #migration #nature #aerial #zebra

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Hare ball – I make no apology for that awful pun but I did think it perhaps time for a change of photographic scenery. From the bear-filled wilderness of Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula we now venture into the Scottish Highlands in winter, to the land of the mountain hare. Alongside me on this day was the legend that is @kevmorgans (renowned puffin botherer), the incomparable @gemma.veronica (snow drift long jump world champion) and my great friend @ewancro (posted exactly the same image yesterday-what are the chances! 😃). The weather this day was brutal with high winds and swirling spindrift, the kind of day where perhaps curling myself into a ball, much like this beautiful mountain hare, might have been exactly the right idea. As odd as this image might look however I am always inexorably drawn to these occasionally abstract shapes in nature and as soon as I saw the hare-ball form I could immediately see the potential of some pleasing symmetry. Fortunately for me the hare did this when she was exactly square on to me and with a distant backdrop of the snow free hills lower in the valley I had a dark enough backdrop against which to reveal the spindrift filled air. Look closely at Lady’s back (at left) and you can see the snow ricocheting off her body, such was the speed with which this dry, mobile snow was being blown. Of the four images that I framed in this sequence only this one had a catchlight in the hares eye, another one of those tiny little details that can make all the difference. In this moment she is just beginning the process of grooming and at any point during this she will certainly rise to shake off the snow and ice that has become encrusted in her hair. Indeed if you look closely at the ice on her back then you can see where it has split, tectonic plate like, as she has begun to arch her back. Remarkably robust animals I am already looking forward to being in their company again this coming winter.

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Photo by @lucianocandisani (Luciano Candisani). Even well after her 90th birthday, Hyun Seon-jik still spends most of her time beyond the surf and far from seashore . She is one of the 4500 women divers ( Haenyeo ) in full activity on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It is a 400 years old cultural tradition of sustainable extractivism included in the UNESCO list of humanity intangible cultural heritage. Most of the remaining Haenyeo are between 65 and 90 years old that still freedive up to 15 meters below the surface to gather sea food . These pictures showing two moments in Hyun's daily life are part of my new exhibition "Haenyeo: women of the sea" oppening on August 31th, at 10 am, in the MIS ( Sound and Image museum ) , located in São Paulo, Brazil. This is a project with @vento.leste (editora Vento Leste) , @mis_sp ( MIS ) and @ateliermarkobrajovic ( Marko Brajovic ). This is an amazing story. If you want to know more about it I strongly recommend the new Lisa See's book "The Island of Sea Women” . This great novel was helped me a lot to understand the deeper aspects of the Haenyeo culture. ( @lisasee_writer ) . . @ilcp_photographers @natgeo @ #lucianocandisani @lensculture @sealegacy @solo.br #lucianocandisani #candisani #haenyeo #womendivers #underwaterphotography #photography #sea #ocean #southkorea #jeju #jejuisland #culture #conservationphotography #southkorea #korea #coreia #pacific #pacifico #vento.leste #journeylife #longevidade #longevity

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Photo by @amivitale | I am thrilled to running a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for #WORLDELEPHANTDAY!! You have until the end of TODAY August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of this image in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to donate just $10 to enter to win a camera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and a signed print of this adorable image to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. Visit amivitale.com/elephants to get involved. (Link in bio) The orphaned elephant that are cared for by the Samburu community, are symbols of a new wave of thinking about wildlife and the environment, that goes far beyond traditional conservation methods, and dives deeper into the core value of what nature represents. @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectearth #conservation #earth #elephants #saveelephants #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #northernkenya #kenya #magicalkenya #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by Robert W. Madden @rwmaddenphotog / Today is World Elephant Day, promoted by many conservation groups to raise our collective awareness of elephants. In the 1930’s more than 10 million elephants roamed Africa. But decades of ivory poaching has dropped the savanna population to less than 300,000, moving the species dangerously close to extinction. Save the elephants! @worldelephantday #elephant #serengetinationalpark #worldelephantday #🐘

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Kamchatka bear cub leaning on his mum – I was going to post a cropped version of this image, concentrating primarily on the leaning cub, but first I wanted you see this image in it’s entirety. It was one of those magical evenings and early on, before the last evening light came through this young cub sauntered up to his mum. In these moments it is impossible to guess at what the cub may or may not do so at all times I simply try to respond as best as possible. Fortunately I was shooting on my @nikoneurope 200-400mm lens, a zoom which always provides excellent versatility and responsiveness and it was this that enabled me to zoom out and include the stretching cub. First of all the cub simply went and sat next to his mum, the resulting images were nice enough. Then he blessed us further by deciding to stand up but the real joy was when he suddenly decided that he might like to recline against his mum, a privilege afforded to only the luckiest little bear cubs. None of us could believe our luck but our evening was not to end there, the little cubs soon came running over before the whole family went to fish in the river on the other side of us. It was here that we were able to photograph them using beautiful backlight, the resulting images will no doubt be posted here shortly. For now though I’ll leave you with this little fella, no doubt enjoying leaning into the soft, warm fur of an adult bear, arguably one of the safest places that anyone could find themselves. Thanks again to @nikoneurope for the loan of their rocket-ship D5, a camera that not only focussed super quickly and accurately but also allowed me to shoot a bewildering amount of images, images which I now need to sort through to try and decipher which ones are the best to process. If you want to join me here next year then please register your interest at [email protected]

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Photo by @lucianocandisani (Luciano Candisani). This picture of a 83 years old lady with an octopus is part of my new exhibition "Haenyeo: Women of the Sea”, opening August 31th at 10am in MIS (Sound and Image Museum), São Paulo, Brazil. It’s about the women divers of Jeju island, South Korea, a 400 years old cultural tradition of sustainable extractivism included in the UNESCO list of Humanity intangible cultural heritage. Most of the 4500 remaining Haenyeo are between 65 and 90 years old that still free dive up to 15 meters below the surface to gather seafood. They are notoriously capable to read the signs of their working environment. When I got this picture, the lady was already swimming back to the beach, when she suddenly halted and her head kept looking downwards. She saw something among the seabed rocks; it was approximately three meters deep. I also stopped. In a split second, she took a deep breath and submerged, carrying her hook. She came down steadfastly toward something I was failing to discern. I went back, in time to see the moment when, in a single blow, she snatched an octopus, from a crack in the rocks. It was a big one, and it came out wrapped among billows of ink, an unsuccessful attempt of self-defense at that point. I made this photograph at the end of the struggle, on the surface, when the octopus was on its way to the bag. All of this did not take more than two minutes to happen. . @ilcp_photographers @natgeo @ #lucianocandisani #candisani #haenyeo #divers #brazil #underwaterphotography #photography #wildlife #southkorea #jeju #jejuisland #culture

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Photo by @cameron.davidson.usa Personal project shot in late May of this year: I spent a couple of days exploring remote sand dunes in the Mojave Desert. These protected dunes have not "experienced" ATV's and 4WD vehicles running up and down the slopes. They are beautiful and pristine. To see more of my landscape and aerial photography (drone and helicopter) please follow me @cameron.davidson.usa #dunes #aerialphotography #blmland #mojavedesert #captureonepro at Mojave Desert

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