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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | “You look straight ahead. You try to breathe normally. You can smell the scent of the huge cat that is staring back. You are a cameraman. He is the King of Beasts.” There's no feeling quite like looking directly into the eyes of a true predator. Your primitive being awakens immediately, recognizing that the animal before you is a phenomenal force with which to be reckoned. For me, trying to convey the power of that feeling in a single camera frame is an endless challenge, and clicking the shutter has become almost as instinctual as the hairs that can rise up on the back of my neck. But it's not just the stories and images that we can convey; responsible nature-based tourism, of “hunting” with our eyes and our cameras, offers us an effective, invigorating, and sustainable way of safeguarding species and their habitats, as well as uplifting the communities that live alongside wildlife. In a world where lions have vanished from 90% of their historic range, their numbers falling to dangerous lows, this is an important, minimum-impact conservation tool, bringing in money for conservation, preserving wild habitats, and cementing the relationship with nature that we need. #thisismytrophy

Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | “You look straight ahead. ...

Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | An Atlantic bluefin tuna nearly 10 feet in length and weighing close to 1000 pounds swims past a diver in the chilly, green waters of Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bluefin possess incredible biology; they continue to grow their entire lives, swim faster than torpedoes, crisscross the ocean each year, and generate heat in their bodies, allowing them to swim into cold waters to feed. Revered for centuries, their stocks have now dwindled. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more wildlife in the sea and to read the stories behind the photos. #bluefintuna #tuna

Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | An Atlantic bluefin tuna ...

Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Girls join hands during their ballet class on a basketball court in one of Rio's largest favelas. It's run by ballerina Tuany Nascimiento, who is from the community. Years ago, when Tuany couldn't afford the commute to classes, she would practice by herself. Soon, young girls started watching and asking her to teach them. From three girls, they grew to more than 50, dancing amid challenges, sometimes cancelling sessions because of gun violence in the community. I witnessed their dancing, each movement a lesson in grace in every sense of the word. #Followme @hannahreyesmorales, for more stories while on the road.

Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Girls join hands ...

Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | It’s National Honey Bee Awareness Day! Did you know that every honey bee you see pollinating a flower is female? Each hive has one queen, with 100 female worker bees for every male drone bee. The queen’s only job is to lay eggs and a drone’s only job is to mate with the queen. The female worker bees are responsible for everything else: gathering nectar, guarding the hive and honey, caring for the queen and larvae, keeping the hive clean, and producing honey. Bees give new meaning to the phrase

Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | It’s National Honey Bee ...

Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | A mother and son about to board a rescue ship, the Aquarius, at sea off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean, operated by @doctorswithoutborders. This image is an outtake from a 2016 project documenting migration into Europe. During its time at sea, the Aquarius rescued roughly 80,000 migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean. Without the work of @doctorswithoutborders and dozens of other rescue organizations on the Mediterranean, thousands more would have lost their lives. Rescue ships like the Aquarius are no longer allowed to operate in the Mediterranean, and dinghies carrying migrants from Libya are often turned away. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.

Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | A mother and son ...

Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | At the end of a long day at her veterinary practice, Odette Doest makes supper, accompanied by Bob and, on her shoulder, Willy, a two-year-old free-flying, chestnut-fronted macaw that she rescued as a chick. Odette and her son also share their home with nine cats and eight dogs. Bob is unfazed by his housemates. Bob is a Caribbean flamingo from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by Doest, a local vet (and also my cousin) who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation center and conservation charity—the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for @fdoccuracao, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob and other stories about the human-wildlife relationship. #birdrescue #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #curacao

Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | At the end of ...

Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Muhammad, a groom from Sudan, has been in Saudi Arabia for the past three years. Each day he tends to his horse at dawn and sunset, to prepare for the Riyadh race track. #riyadh #saudiarabia #horse #groom

Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Muhammad, a groom from ...

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Battling to stay afloat, American speleologist Erin Lynch struggles to pull her way across a raging torrent of white water that relentlessly bombards her. She holds on while crossing the main river in China's Quankou Dong cave and explores beyond. Following very heavy rains, these caves in Wulong County are impassable.

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Battling to stay afloat, ...

photo_library Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | A quarter of all shark species are at risk of extinction. Around the world, we are fishing many shark species faster than they can reproduce, and once over-fished, sharks will take a long time to recover—if they can recover. We can be angry and heartbroken, but we also can go deeper to understand why this problem exists and rectify it. We need stronger management and legislation in place to protect them. Thankfully, the world is starting to wake up to the crisis sharks face, but we need more voices to join us. Please help me in preserving their beauty and start #TurningTheTide for sharks at @cristinamittermeier. #ocean #conservation #CITES4Sharks

Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | A quarter of all ...

photo_library Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Euphrasia poplar trees tap into shallow ground water near the Talimu River, as it sinks into the sands of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China. Scientists call these trees diversifolia, as the mature trees have two leaf shapes, some round like an aspen and some elongated like eucalyptus. Yet both turn yellow at the same time in mid-October. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Euphrasia poplar trees tap ...

play_circle_filled Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male polar bear opens an eye during a nap on the west coast of Hudson Bay, Canada. This male bear was in no rush. He was waiting near the water’s edge in anticipation for the big freeze: an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. To see this guy in action and to learn more about polar bears’ incredible lives, watch ‘Wild_Life: The Big Freeze’. Premiering this Friday, 8/16 at 9pm EST on Nat Geo Wild. Follow @bertiegregory for more on the series. #bear #arctic #cold #wildlife #wild_Life

Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male polar bear ...

Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Elephants enjoy a mud bath at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). A coating of soil helps protect sensitive elephant skin by acting as both sunscreen and insect repellent. These elephants are being cared for by members of the local community: “We take care of the elephants, and the elephants are taking care of us. We now have a relationship between us.” Follow @amivitale to learn how I am using my personal photography to support @r.e.s.c.u.e's crucial work.
@conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive

Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Elephants enjoy a mud ...