Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Here in northern Kenya by enabling local people to manage their traditional lands and natural resources they are able to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning; integrating this, and a strong component of ecological awareness through education results in: - The numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies declining. - Child/infant mortality declining; children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart. - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies. - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably; a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem. - Water sources remain plentiful for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption. - Degraded environments are given a chance to recover. - Human conflict over pasture reduces. - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces. In addition, when women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Involving men in family planning can lead to changes in gender norms. Thus by improving the quality of life of these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna are able to thrive and there’s a reduced risk of conflict and poaching to endangered and vulnerable species such as elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and countless others - Kenya’s human population is currently increasing by approximately one million every year. To see more work and projects follow me @chancellordavid#withbutterfliesandwarriors
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Waiting for Victoria’s Secret to open after Friday evening prayers last week at the Kingdom Centre Mall, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. #ModernIslam. To see more from the desert kingdom, follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by @drewtrush | As I get ready to really jump into winter here in the northern hemisphere it's hard not to think about warmer times and warmer climbs in Utah this summer, especially taking in this view of Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. #commonground#publiclands#cameraphonesrock
Photo by @CarltonWard | The Saint Johns River is the longest river in Florida, flowing 310 miles from marshy headwaters southeast of Orlando northward to the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville. The elevation change from source to sea is only 30 feet, an average slope of just over one inch per mile. The river swells into several wide lakes, including Puzzle Lake, shown in this aerial. Florida has 12 million acres of designated wetlands, the most of any state other than Alaska. Efforts to protect wetlands, including the Everglades, St. Johns, and Suwannee, have laid the foundation for the statewide Florida Wildlife Corridor. I paddled through Puzzle Lake during the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition (supported by @insidenatgeo), which worked to raise awareness of the importance of keeping green space connected. This week's ruling by the Trump Administration to roll back protections of wetlands under the Clean Water Act exposes nearly 6 million acres of Florida wetlands to reclassification and potentially greater risk. Florida averages 50 inches of rain per year, most falling in the summer wet season, when much of the state's 40 million acres act as wetlands. When it comes to conservation in Florida, it needs to be land and water, because land and water here are so closely connected. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor#FloridaWild#KeepFLWild@natgeoimagecollection@FL_WildCorridor#pathofthepanther
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Great Wall Home: In 2006 it was estimated 40 million people still live in cave dwellings in China, the majority of them in the Loess Plateau. Recently the Chinese government has been trying to relocate many of the cave dwellers to modern apartments in an attempt to eliminate extreme poverty in the country. Though in most cases the relocation is voluntary, many of the residents see no reason to leave their cave homes. Wang Yulian and his wife, Wang Youshen, live in a rock-solid but poorly ventilated cave house, built into the Great Wall in Laoying, Shanxi. #greatwall#Shanxi#cavehouse#loessplateau
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | Bright pink hues welcomed a new day, while this curious male orca welcomed us to his home in Great Orca Fjords of Norway. Under the glow of the morning light, he displayed his impressive speed and agility as he attempted to race our boat. I have had many amazing encounters with orcas, and they never fail to showcase their intelligence and playfulness. After this expedition to Norway, I am forever in awe of these incredible animals. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier for photos of sperm whales from our most recent expedition in Dominica. #orca#ocean#Norway#conservation#photography
Photo by @lynseyaddario | Cindy Lopez peeks in on her new baby, Aria Victoria Orta, born at 32 weeks. Lopez came every day from home to visit and breastfeed her for the six weeks Aria spent in the neonatal intensive care unit. During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world but for my most recent @natgeo story, ‘Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,’ I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women dying from pregnancy has gotten worse since 1990. The rate of maternal deaths remains stubbornly high in the United States: about 14 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Better basic care could help, as it has in the developing world.
Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio | Darius I built the greatest palace at Persepolis. This palace was called the Apadana. The king of kings used it for official audiences. The work began in 518 B.C.E., and his son, Xerxes I, completed it 30 years later. The palace had a grand hall in the shape of a square, each side 60 meters (200 feet) long with 72 columns, 13 of which still stand on the enormous platform. Each column is 19 meters (62 feet) high with a square Taurus (bull) and plinth. The columns carried the weight of a vast, heavy ceiling. The tops of the columns were made from animal sculptures such as two-headed lions, eagles, human and cows, the latter symbols of fertility and abundance in ancient Iran. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. #documentaryphotography#simonnorfolk#archaeology#iran#Persian#Persianempire#Persepolis#shah#Achaemenid#Achaemenidempire
Photo by @joelsartore | The official symbol of seven South American nations, the Andean condor has played an important role in the history and folklore of the Andean region for centuries. The Andean condor represents power and health to many Andean cultures and has even been associated with the sun deity who was believed to be the ruler of the upper world. In recent years, this revered species has come under threat due to habitat loss, retaliation from farmers who view the bird as a danger to livestock, and collisions with power lines. Since the early 1990s, @thewcs has worked with local Bolivian communities on sustainable natural resource management in the country's Madidi Tambopata landscape, a stronghold for condors. I am honored that images like this one will be featured in Nat Geo’s new multimedia, orchestral live experience, Symphony for Our World, touring now. Photo taken @tracyaviary.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | A young boy passes through Mea She'arim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Known in Hebrew as the “hundred gates,” Mea She’arim is largely populated by Haredi Jews and was built by the Old Yishuv, the Jewish communities of the southern Syrian provinces during the Ottoman era. Life here largely revolves around strict adherence to Jewish law, prayer, and the study of Jewish religious texts.
Photo by @thomaspeschak | What was supposed to be a easy photograph turned out to be one of the hardest shots. The “classic” fish-in-a-puffin’s-beak image eluded me for almost a month, until I visited a puffin colony just north of the Arctic Circle. The North Atlantic began to warm dramatically in the late 1990s, and in some places sea temperatures have increased by as much as two degrees Celsius. Some of the puffin’s favorite prey, including sand eels, prefer colder water and have shifted their range further to the north. Now out of reach of many of the region’s largest Atlantic puffin colonies, this lack of fish often results in chicks starving to death before the parents can return to the burrow with food. Fortunately, the youngster provisioned by the puffin in this photograph has a better chance of survival. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo#puffin#atlantic#fishing#portrait#love#wildlifephotography#nature