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Photo by @amytoensing (Amy Toensing) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // The evening sun catches the spray from an irrigation station in the Murray Darling basin in Australia’s breadbasket. Water is essential to the region for growing food, for people’s livelihoods, and for their way of life. Although traditional forms of irrigation such as spray irrigation are still used, the region has been working diligently to update its irrigation methods to conserve and use water more responsibly.
Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.


Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // Sure footed. A Wakhi woman returns home, crossing a suspended bridge above the Hunza river. These glacial waters feed into the mighty Indus River that it turns provide water to the roughly 300 million people living in the Indus basin. Western Himalaya, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan.
Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.


Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown (Michael Christopher Brown) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // Off the coast of the village of Kazinga in Tanzania, men of all ages cast their last nets of the day to catch sardines. Even a one or two-degree Fahrenheit rise in water temperature here could affect fish yields and spell catastrophe for the millions who rely on them. The world’s second largest freshwater lake by volume, millions of people rely on Lake Tanganyika for water, transportation and fish.
Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.


Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // A man searches for pieces of metal and coins thrown in the Yamuna river by Hindu believers in Delhi, India.
Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.


Photo by @CarltonWard // Sunrise lights morning fog over a pine forest at Babcock Ranch near Fort Myers, Florida. I captured this frame from helicopter using a telephoto lens just as the sun was breaking the horizon. I love sharing aerial views of Florida’s vast interior forests that can be surprising for a state so widely known for its beaches and amusement parks. #pathofthepanther #keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @natgeocreative #fog#sunrise #forest #floridawild

Babcock Ranch

Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). 9am kitchen rush, smoke rising to the central roof opening of a traditional Wakhi home. They are preparing flat bread and salty milk tea, brought to the family members working in the wheat field on that September morning. Of course, we are offered some, a welcomed break on our walk across the Pamir Mountains. On assignment for @natgeo following the incredible @outofedenwalk - for more cultural encounters, follow @paleyphoto - #onassignment #matthieupaley #afghanistan #evolutionofdiet


Photo by @FransLanting As frail as they are, Monarch butterflies are powerful symbols for the vibrant connections between Mexico, the US and Canada. They spend their summers in the US where they reproduce, but they need Mexico’s mountains to overwinter and as global warming progresses, they will need Canada as an extension of their range. At a time when some think borders need walls to become barriers, Monarchs flutter back and forth at will and unite a continent. Monarchs cannot be claimed by a single country, but we all have a stake in their future. Unsustainable logging in Mexico’s mountains deprives Monarchs of critical habitat. The industrial use of pesticides in the US has dramatically reduced their numbers and that deprives people in Mexico—and everywhere else—of a natural wonder that has no equal on earth. Monarchs can only thrive when people unite to protect them. Check @FransLanting for more images of their astonishing gatherings in Mexico and see what happens when a snowstorm brings millions down to the ground. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration


Photograph by @cookjenshel

Happy International Day of Forests! Today’s global celebration is meant to raise awareness of the many ways trees sustain and protect us. One of those many benefits of trees is their ability to store carbon – which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change. Here is one of our favorite forests, the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington. And speaking of a place that receives a lot of rain, we should also note that trees protect important watersheds – and help prevent flooding.

@cookjenshel @natgeocreative @thephotosoceity #InternationalDayofForests #WiseTrees #trees #rainforest #OlympicNationalPark


Photo by @jimmy_chin

Despite the beauty of the light and shadow…all sense of distance, scale and size is lost in the gaze east of the Fenriskjeften Range aka “The Wolf’s Jaw.” Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17

Queen Maud Land

Photo @Hammond_Robin for @OneDayInMyWorld
“I think that by freeing people from the institution we and society as a whole, have become richer.” 83 year old Stjepan Getto lived in an institution for people with mental heath conditions for 27 years. That is where he met his wife Jelica Getto. In 2014 they moved into an apartment in the town of Osijek, Croatia. They now live almost entirely independently, with occasional support from a mental health assistant. “As long as I am able, I have a wish to do something and to contribute in some way, so that my life would have meaning. I think what we accomplished is good for everyone. For the people who have been institutionalized, for people who worked with them, and for the community as well.”
Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize.
#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health 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 project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld


Photograph by @paulnicklen // No matter how quiet and unobtrusive I try and be while in the company of bears, they always know when you are there. This mother Kermode Bear (aka Spirit Bear) was constantly checking her surroundings while she stuffed herself on crab apples in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. Their sense of smell and hearing are as good as it gets. Their eyesight is not quite as refined and they sometimes need to take a good long hard look before completely relaxing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see the moment when her two black cubs came out of the forest and to learn more about this species that is not an albino. Taken while on assignment for @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier // #nature #naturelovers #bear #bc #food #beauty #instagood #explore

Great Bear Rainforest

Photo by @amivitale. In December 2009, I heard about a plan to airlift four of the last Northern White Rhinos from a zoo in the Czech Republic back to Africa. It sounded like a storyline for a Disney film but in reality, it was a desperate, last ditch effort to save an entire species. Back then, there were only eight of these gentle, hulking creatures alive, all in zoos. This image is one of the rhinos leaving the zoo forever on a cold, snowy night. They landed and were brought to roam “free” on the savannas of Kenya at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta). The hope was then to breed them. The air, water, and food, not to mention room to roam, might stimulate them to breed—and the offspring would then be used to repopulate Africa. On March 19th, Sudan, the last living male Northern White Rhino passed away. He lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy and died surrounded by people who loved him after suffering from age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. Sudan has been an inspirational figure for many across the world. Thousands have trooped to Ol Pejeta to see him and he has helped raise awareness for rhino conservation.
Research into new Assisted Reproductive Techniques for large mammals is underway due to him. The impact that this special animal has had on conservation is simply incredible. And there is still hope in the future that the subspecies might be restored through IVF. Support this important work:
Poaching is not slowing down, and it’s entirely possible, even likely, that if the current trajectory of killing continues, rhinos, along with elephants and a host of lesser known plains animals, will be functionally extinct in our lifetime.
@natgeo @natgeocreative @olpejeta @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety #LastManStanding #SudanForever #WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nature_org #thelastmanstanding @Nature_africa @safari_park_dvur_kralove