When a boy in the village of Kazinga is age 4 or 5 they may join the fishermen, swimming alongside the boats to scare the small fish, mostly Dagaa, into the nets. Kazinga, which means a place where there is fishing, was founded in 1957. 99% of the men in this village are fishermen. Initially the fishermen used small boats and just tied a net on the boat. They used kerosene lanterns at night, fishing until dawn. As the population increased, they began using bigger boats with motors and LED lights. Check out the World’s Biggest Lakes and Climate story in the March 2018 issue of @natgeo magazine, now online, and follow @michaelchristopherbrown for more from the story.
Photo: @andy_mann // Sport fisherman take a minute to appreciate the balance of a pelagic ecosystem as a large Oceanic Whitetip Shark cruises by. Often called the “tax man” by offshore fisherman, it’s common for pelagic sharks to take fish right off their line, attracted by the struggle of the fight. Often, fisherman don’t take so well to this and I’ve seen bullet holes, bang-stick scars and gaff hooks in many species of sharks at sea. Most sport fisherman know that this is part of the game and is an exciting honor to be visited occasionally by the tax man. Sharks play an important role in our oceans and must be treated with respect. Some of the Atlantic’s best shark tourism can be found in the Bahamas. // Follow me @andy_mann for stories and imagery from our oceans breaking points. @sea_legacy
Image and text by @beverlyjoubert. Sea-green eyes stare out at us from an Acacia branch. This young leopard hasn’t seen much conflict in his life. The ears are intact and the nose remains unscarred. Leopards are astounding creatures- with their remarkable stealth they are still able to live undetected (at low numbers) in major cities. Due to their secrecy it’s not easy to determine their populations but we know that they are following the same downward trajectory as all big cats, as habitats change and prey disappears. Despite the difficulty in determining their populations, they are targeted by trophy hunters and poachers alike; their exquisite skins still desirable in some cultures. In this corner of the Okavango all hunting has been stopped for over a decade, poaching has been kept to an absolute minimum and we have been rewarded with frequent sights like these, of relaxed cats who are willing to share their space. Over their lifetimes big cats like these will bring in millions of dollars through photographic tourism, ensuring that their environment and ecosystem can be maintained in a world where human populations keep expanding and taking. #leopard#bigcats#thisismytrophy
Trough House Bridge, an old packhorse bridge, is in a little rock gorge below Stanley Gill in Eskdale, and is popular for jumping off into the deep river pool. For Wordsworth, Eskdale was ‘the Green Vale of Esk—deep and green with its glittering serpent stream’. The development of Eskdale Common in Cumbria is an integral part of the valley’s landscape history. Initially an aristocratic estate, it is now an expanse managed by the National Trust that includes the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. There are still more than a million acres of common land in England and Wales, most privately owned and in upland regions of northern England and Wales. The National Trust, along with English Heritage, Ministry of Defence, utility companies, and the Forestry Commission, are among the largest landowners in Britain.
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - so..if you’ve ever wondered what a sleeping bull elephant sounds like ? Turn up the volume and wonder no more - I’ve been working today with the extraordinary combined teams from @savetheelephants and @Lewa_wildlife@nrt_kenya here in northern Kenya. We’ve collared 3 cows, and 2 bulls right up in Biliqo Bulesa, it’s one of the largest conservancies with @nrt_kenya therefore nomadic pastoralists from several ethnic backgrounds converge across this vast and beautiful rangeland; this is one of my favourite places on the planet It forms a vital corridor for wildlife from Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserves, and from Sera conservancy. By collaring these elephant we will more easily be able to see their routes of travel, predict possible areas of conflict, and mitigate them ahead of issues arising, and share vital data received from them in times of climatic change, such as drought. The collars will function without further intervention for 3/4 years supplying data continuously. The entire process took minutes due to the great skill of those working on this project, and Dr Mathew Mutinda, a Kenya Wildlife vet who I’ve had the incredible honour to work over the past years. He, without any shadow of exaggeration is singlehandedly responsible for saving more wildlife in this region than any other individual I’ve ever met, anywhere ! - One fact - elephants can breathe through their mouths and trunk, however, during this procedure, whilst sleeping, the trunk end is held open with a small stick as limiting air through either air passage would cause discomfort. Once the elephant starts to wake, the stick is removed - The respiratory system of the elephant is quite exceptional and the success of this operation relies on the immense skill and speed of the teams here - A perfect day today for wildlife and those humans acting as custodians in these challenging times #nopoaching#elephant#conserving#conservation@nrt_kenya@lewa_wildlife@savetheelephants@natgeo@thephotosociety
Photo by @johnstanmeyer
Conflict between groups inflicts pain on people who have no say in the fight. After fleeing Myanmar army troops, hundreds of Rohingya children struggle for food at Balukhali refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. In 2017 at least 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee a campaign of murder, rape, and devastation by Myanmar’s army, seeking safety in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
From my latest story for @natgeo, Us vs Them, Things That Divide Us, in the March 2018 single topic issue on Race. Link is in my Instagram bio.
Follow me @johnstanmeyer over the next month as I publish each day on my Instagram account images from this global project I photographed for the magazine throughout 2017, a visual dialogue on what divides us to understand why we don’t get along, including images as this from Bangladesh. Join me on this story through the US, Brazil, Armenia, the Middle East, Bangladesh and Rwanda, lacing together a complex narrative in order to find a means to no longer divide ourselves. #IDefineMe
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
Goat skull left out on the shore of Lake Assale, Djibouti, to get encrusted in salt by the waves that come up every afternoon on this hyper-saline lake. The Afar Depression has numerous salt lakes below sea level, and is one of the hottest places on earth. I brought this skull home as a souvenir, and on humid summer days in New Jersey, the old boy starts to melt on the shelf in my office.
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak I have photographed sharks obsessively for more than 15 years and this image is from one of my early shoots at Aliwal Shoal off the East coast of South Africa. Many of my older images have not stood the test of time, in fact looking at most them triggers feelings of embarrassment. This photograph however is not one of those and I continue to enjoy the raw power and energy that I feel when looking at this image. At the time things happened so quickly that I still don't know if this shark was gaping at me or had just swallowed a sardine. Only a few inches from my underwater camera the shark turned on a dime and elegantly avoided what I was certain was going to be a head on collision. A blacktip shark’s teeth are narrow and slender, perfectly adapted for a diet of small fish NOT underwater photographers. Follow @thomaspeschak for more #shark encounters. @natgeocreative
As racial tensions escalate, historically black colleges are seeing a surge in enrollment and a new brand of activism. Photos from the April issue of National Geographic by @ninarobinsonnyc and @ruddyroye.
For preeminent HBCU alumnus W.E.B. Du Bois, "it was a vibrant and dynamic community of people whose experiences were as diverse as the complexions of their skin." Through #IDefineMe, we hope to elevate a discussion about the complexity of race and identity in today's society. Share your story with @natgeo in photos, videos or tweets.