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Photo by @bethjwald // Thousands of stars blanket the dark night sky over rapids on the Amapari River, in Mountains of the Tumucumaque National Park in the northeast state of Amapá; Tumucumaque is a vast, road-less expanse of Amazonian rainforest; at 15,000 square miles (nearly the size of Switzerland), it is Brazil’s largest National Park and protects a wide array of primates, other mammals, birds, fish and reptiles and is a testimony to Brazil’s commitment to protecting its remaining Amazon forest and some of the most precious biodiversity on Earth. Largely unexplored and remote, Tumucumaque is nevertheless under threat from illegal hunting, mining and timber extraction along its edges, a huge challenge for the skeletal staff of 4-6 park guards and one that has been exacerbated by calls from the new government in Brazil to open up more of the Amazon region for development and resource extraction. It was an incredible privilege to visit the park with its director, Christoph Jaster, and his braved and dedicated team. #amazon #rainforest #brazil #darkskies #parquesnacionales #nationalparks #biodiversity @ilcp_photographers



Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) | Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada

The spectacular landscape and twisted sandstone rocks of Gold Butte were designated a National Monument in late 2016. It’s nearly 300,000 acres were set aside after a two year campaign by local conservation groups, the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, US Representatives and Senators. It is a spectacular stretch of desert landscape that rivals anything

I have seen in the American West. It is also home to significant Native American rock art. Many monuments like Gold Butte and the Bears Ears in Utah were set up specifically because of the rock art contained within their boundaries. Our Western National Lands hold significant cultural resources in trust for all of us. I’m in the West working on a @natgeo / @ancientartarchive project to look at some of the native artworks contained in our Western Public Lands. #goldbutte



Photo by @williamodaniels. During Eid al-Adha, several thousand Muslims pray in front of the parliament building and a statue of Lenin. This picture is part of “Faded Tulips”, a project that looks at the remains of the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan 5 years after it started. It is a trip through a young country at the crossroads of different worlds, born out of the break-up of the Soviet Union 20 years ago. The project was published as a book in 2013. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2007. #Kyrgyzstan #FadedTulips @thephotosociety @natgeo



Photo by @RobertClarkphoto // I have seen and photographed dozens of Mummies from all over the world, all different time periods, but nothing prepared me for the number and the tragic story that I photographed on the coast of Peru the village of Huanchaco. Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history—has been discovered on Peru’s northern coast, archaeologists tell National Geographic.

More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.

Scientific investigations by the international, interdisciplinary team, led by Gabriel Prieto of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and John Verano of Tulane University, are ongoing. The work is supported by grants from the National Geographic Society.

While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in colonial-era Spanish chronicles and documented in modern scientific excavations, the discovery of a large-scale child sacrifice event in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world. “I, for one, never expected it,” says Verano, a physical anthropologist who has worked in the region for more than three decades. “And I don’t think anyone else would have, either.”The sacrifice site, formally known as Huanchaquito-Las Llamas, is located on a low bluff just a thousand feet from the sea, amid a growing spread of cinderblock residential compounds in Peru’s northern Huanchaco district. Less than half a mile to the east of the site is the UNESCO World Heritage site of #ChanChan, the ancient Chimú administrative center, and beyond its walls, the modern provincial capital of Trujillo.

Only the Inca commanded a larger empire than the Chimú in pre-Columbian South America, and superior Inca forces put an end to the Chimú Empire around A.D. 1475. More images to come for this story in the February issue of the @NatGeo Magazine. Text by #KristinRomey #GabrielPrieto @atedge



Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography . Despite being homeless after the devastating #earthquake in northern #Pakistan, a young boy brushes his teeth at a public water spout as he gets ready for bed.

@rippleeffectimages #photojournalism #childhood #pakistanphotos #northernpakistan #middleeast #middleeastphotos



Photo by @TimLaman. A Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise male displays to a female in the rain forest of West Papua, Indonesia. The male clears the ground of leaves, and calls to attract a potential mate. When he finally lures her close, his presentation culminates in this pose. Then the female makes a very careful examination of her suitor before making a decision. In the Birds-of-Paradise, it’s all about female choice! The Birds-of-Paradise Project is going on tour with @NatGeo Live! Come hear Ed Scholes and Tim Laman in Gainsville, Florida on Jan 23. See the link in our profile at @BirdsofParadiseProject for tickets, and follow @TimLaman for more Bird-of-Paradise and other wildlife imagery. #NatGeoLive, #CornellLabofOrnithology, #birdsofparadise, #Papua, #Indonesia



Photo by @rezaphotography #Algeria


In the volcanic region of Tamanrasset, a pure moment of grace; the guardian of the site has marked out his place of prayer by lining up stones along the ground.
Man and the rituals which demarcate his days, and celebrate his faith seem immutable and indifferent to the hustle and bustle of tourists who come in search of that very tranquillity.

Text by @Racheldeghati

The picture was taken while on assignment for the publication of a book on Algeria. (Michel Lafon Publishing, 2013). #algerian #Tamanrasset #man #alone #guardian #prayer #pray #stones #ritual #faith #tranquility #serenity #religion #volcanic #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan



Photo by @joepetersburger/@thephotosociety // SLIDING ON THE EDGE // #Snail tries to find its way at the end of a grass on a wet morning.Taken about 50 miles from my recent residency in #Hungary, but could have been taken in my garden as well. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images!



Last nights blood moon. Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) #bloodmoon



Photo by @joemcnallyphoto // In the heart of Tanzania, from a story called, The Sense of Sight. This @natgeo story was a wonderful window on the world, and this most important of senses. I met this extraordinary woman, blinded by the scourge of trachoma, who would go into the fields and gather roots and leafy greens for a meal. She would shuffle through the vegetation, encountering them with her feet, and then bring them back to her hut, where she would fine tune, or edit her gather with her fingers. During the time I was shooting, for instance, she reached out a clump of greens towards camera, and exclaimed, “See, this is not food!” Just an unbelievably strong and resourceful individual. Shot on Kodachrome. I’m always straightforward about technique and what I did to make a photo, if there is interest. This is a flash shot. She kneeled down near the door, where light was coming from anyway, so I positioned my translator in the doorway, holding a small flash. There were a couple random rocks on her window sill, blocking the light in the background, and I removed them so the flow of natural light into her hut was unimpeded. Photo by @joemcnallyphoto



Photo by @FransLanting A newborn giraffe rests in a thicket in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley—the only place in the world where this subspecies of giraffe, called Thornicroft’s giraffe, is found. Leafy-shaped spots distinguish this kind of giraffe, which has a population of only 1,500, all living in the wild. Red-billed oxpeckers clean the young giraffe's fur of ticks and other parasites, a symbiotic relationship that benefits both. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with the wild. #Giraffe #Zambia#LuangwaValley #Oxpecker #Newborn #BabyAnimals



Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // In full sunlight, the entrance portal of Shulgan-Tash (Kapova) cave can be spectacular. Here, geologist Yuri Dublyansky admires the Blue Lake, and the cathedral like shapes reflecting on the water. Cave divers have explored this lake to a depth of 88m below the surface. Shulgan-Tash (Kapova) cave lies in the Republic of Bashkortostan in the Ural Mountains, Russia and is home to a collection of very old cave art.