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Photo by @kchete77 (Karla Gachet) | Drag queen Valentina (left), aka Los Angeles performer James Andrew Leyva, records a music video in a Boyle Heights studio in May of 2017. She was a contestant in RuPaul’s Drag Race before being eliminated in the television show’s ninth season. Her performances are a tribute to classic Latina beauty. She has payed homage to María Félix, a Mexican film actress who was a central figure in the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Most of his crew is Latino. This photo was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @ivankphoto. It was published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” #Latinos #culture #performers #pride #latinxpower #facesofthefuture #losangeles #entertainment #youth #latinxdrag


Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Spending time in the company of bears is one of the greatest gifts of all. When I am photographing bears I always watch their body language. I want bears to be relaxed in my presence and to behave as though I am not there. This bear did just that and surprised me by carefully and methodically balancing a snowball on top of its head. #FollowMe on @PaulNicklen to see this same bear curl up and fall asleep with this block of ice, holding it like a teddy bear. #PolarBear #Love #Nature #Bear


Photo by @hammond_robin for @onedayinmyworld
"The Syrian people have seen everything, they killed their brother, their mother, their father - and so, now mental health problems have become normal," says Ali Mohammed Hassan, 25. "I might be safe, but I’m always thinking about my brother who I left in Syria. I’m worried about them." Ali and other young men from Deir Ez-Zor Syria hide from the afternoon sun in the informal extension of Moria camp known as Olive Grove. They have been at the camp between two and six months. They all left Syria they say because to stay would mean to be forced to fight either for the government or ISIS.
On the Island of Lesbos in Greece, Moria camp overflows with refugees and their desperation. Inhuman living conditions and a snail-paced relocation process can drive the already traumatized towards depression and suicide - mental health issues that haunt a people with no home. They risked their lives to get to Europe. They thought they had escaped the trauma & would find peace, a future. They were wrong.
#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This work was made in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières @doctorswithoutborders who are providing mental health support to the island’s refugees. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // What can we learn from stalagmites? North Africa is sensitive to changes in climate, particularly in terms of rainfall patterns. We can tell from the shape of the stalagmite pictured here that rainfall has changed in this part of Tunisia in the past, causing the stalagmite to alter its character and show signs of regrowth.
We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia.


Video by @PaulNicklen // In Katmai National Park and Preserve last month, our @Sea_Legacy team entered grizzly territory with humility and respect - and were rewarded with the opportunity to witness the intimate and remarkable behaviour of a mother and her young cub. We watched in silent amazement as this little family's day to day life unfolded, safe from the dangers of human intervention in the precious, protected area. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more amazing encounters with wildlife from around the world. #Wildlife #Bear #Cub #NatureLover #Nature


Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Working with the ecologists, catching all manner of flying machines here in the Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - this beauty is a Golden Ringed Dragonfly that we encountered when out and about on the hills here. It is unmistakable due to its black and yellow colouring and its slightly down-curved abdomen. Though its seems much bigger in flight the insect is only 8cm long and has a wingspan of around 10cm. Unlike other dragonflies it is often seen far away from standing water. It travels long distances to forage and can even be seen at the tops of Munros; for example Mount Keen (939m) here in the Cairngorms, on warm days. It breeds in shallow peat runnels or seepages as well as lochs with exposed peaty muddy edges or even slow flowing burns and rivers. The female has a unique egg laying style. Most dragonflies either lay their eggs on floating vegetation or flick their eggs on top of the surface of the water, but the female of this beauty hovers vertically and uses the pointed end of her abdomen to stab down into the soft peat, or mud, and releases an egg each time, looking rather like the needle on a sewing machine going up and down. Usually the dry rustle of her wings against the vegetation is a clue to this behaviour happening #cairngormsnationalpark #conserving #wildfire #scotland #wildlife #dragonflies - to see more, follow me here @natgeo @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @everydayextinction


photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // Captured #withGalaxy S9+ produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode f 1.5 (full view) ISO 400 // Swipe - Every morning at sunrise and if the weather permits, groups of tourists fly over Goreme town of Cappadocia in Turkey. Hundreds of hot air balloons sprinkle the sky gliding over the town's 'fairy chimney' rock formations, churches and historic cave dwellings. In its early history, Cappadocia has been continuously caught in the middle of the rivaling Greek and Persian empires. As many conflicts erupted in the region, the locals retreated into the tunnels that they had carved out of rocks to escape the wars. The hot air balloon journey in the sky takes about an hour flying over an incredible natural landscape of the Goreme National Park, which is a UNESCO World heritage site.


Photo by @pedromcbride // A hungry lioness plunges across a river in a desperate attempt to steal a kill from a group of wild dogs. The dogs fended her off but ultimately, her hunger and tenacity won her some food. To see more wild places follow @pedrombride. #botswana #okavangodelta #lion #swim #nature #gratitude #petemcbride #travel #wildlife


Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo remains steadfast in opening up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for oil exploration and drilling. Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park, is one of the world’s most biologically diverse areas and is home to over half of the global population of critically endangered mountain gorillas. Similar in merit, Salonga protects several endemic endangered species and covers a significant part of the Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest rainforest after the Amazon. Allowing drilling in these parks produces nothing positive; large amounts of carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere; biodiversity in the area will be lost; endangered species will be put at significant risk; the livelihoods of thousands of traditional farmers and fishermen who rely on unpolluted lands and water will be in peril. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier or more photography that helps mend the plight of our planet by sparking dialogues on conservation. #Wildlife #Endangered #Conservation #Gorilla #Oil #Nature


Photo by @edkashi. A boy washes his horse in the waters of the Nile River in Egypt on Aug. 27, 1992. #fromthearchives #edkashi #water #nileriver #egypt #horizon @natgeo #natgeo


Photo by @BrianSkerry
A Southern Right Whale swims over the sandy sea floor in New Zealand's Auckland Islands (sub Antarctic). Their cousins, the North Atlantic Right Whales, are the most endangered whale on Earth and though the Southern Rights are also endangered, their populations have increased better (since the whaling days) due to the fact they they live further away from industrialization and are less likely to be hit by ships or entangled in fishing gear.
Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more photos of ocean wildlife follow @BrianSkerry
#whales #rightwhales #nz #endangeredspecies


Photo by @ivankphoto | Protesters marched under a giant American flag as an estimated 15,000 people made their way from MacArthur Park to Grand Park during a May Day rally in Los Angeles, on May 1, 2017. This is the cover of the Latin American edition and was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @kchete77. Karla and Ivan’s photos were published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” Please check the link in my profile (@ivankphoto) to see the feature.