Photo by @lynseyaddario | A mother of seven, Ayesha Ciisa, 33, arrived at Borama Regional Hospital in Somaliland near death after delivering one of two twins at home. She came to the hospital by auto-rickshaw when the second baby could not be delivered in her village. Despite Ciisa’s severe bleeding, doctors were able to save her with a transfusion. 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. Black mothers are particularly at risk. Better basic care could help, as it has in the developing world.


What’s everyone getting up to this weekend? I’m on a plane headed to the west coast AMA 👋🏻


Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
A couple of nights ago in a remote corner of the Death Valley, California, one of the driest places on the planet and a vast Dark Sky Park, where natural night is protected from light pollution. Stars of Orion, the Hunter, are the icons of the winter sky, next to Sirius, the brightest star in the Earth night sky. The yellow glow on the horizon, from the surprising distance of 150 miles, is the light of Los Angeles.
Follow me @babaktafreshi for photos that take you from the Earth to the universe.
#twanight #deathvalley #nightphotography #climate #nationalpark @natgeoimagecollection


Featured photo by @tony_noel
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPjoyful
This weekend the challenge is to make images and videos that capture a spirit of joy, as in this featured photo from Tony Noël (@tony_noel). Here are some tips to get you started:
Head out. Think about the places you go that make you feel free and joyful. Set up an excursion — it can be solo or with a group of friends — to take pictures, make videos and enjoy the day.
Express your joy. Get creative with the action in your submission and think about the actions that bring you joy — like dancing, drawing and hiking — or express an emotional release, like a big belly laugh.
Consider symbols. Birds in flight, flowers and hearts, the wind in your hair, tossing leaves into the air, or even something as simple as your body language can express joy and freedom.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPjoyful hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPjoyful hashtag, you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPjoyful hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.


Maldives! Who miss summer, tag your friends ✨❤️❤️❤️✨
Picture by ✨✨@thiago.lopez✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


“There’s nothing a dose of vitamin me can’t cure 😏” writes @thatgoldendoodle #spaday #ad

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@salvarezphoto | In Southern Utah, three female figures have stood overlooking the canyon for millennia. Imagine the changes they have seen: Drought, flood, cultures come and go; villages flourish and then are abandoned; native peoples replaced by Europeans looking for gold, oil, gas, uranium. These paintings stand as witnesses. They were made by the Basketmakers, a culture that collectively spanned the introduction of corn into the Southwest. I shot them scouting for a @natgeo grant and an @ancientartarchive project looking at art both in and left out of Bears Ears National Monument. #utah


[ #TBT From December 13, 2016 ] Top Shot: A Walk Through the Woods | Photograph by Veselin Atanasov (@veselin_atanasov_swqaz)
#YourShotPhotographer Veselin Atanasov documented this scene of two deer who crossed his path while taking a walk in the frozen forests of Central Balkan National Park. The park is located in the heart of Bulgaria near the Balkan Mountains.

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.


The Call of the Wild ❄🇨🇭
#bestofthealps #CransMontana #CransMontanaAbsolutely


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