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Photo by @GerdLudwig . Ivan and his wife have come home to their village near Chernobyl.  It’s 40 roughly years ago that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went first online, but it’s reactor #4 blew up in 1986 after operators botched a safety test. Of all manmade environmental catastrophes in human history, Chernobyl is considered to have caused the most lasting impact. Approximately 350,000 people were forced to evacuate after the explosion. But, disaster be damned, a couple of hundred elderly people have retuned. At first Ukrainian officials discouraged them, but they soon turned a blind eye, allowing them “to live out their lives on a contaminated soil instead of dying of a broken heart in anonymous city suburbs”. Recently, Ukraine’s minister of ecology announced that his country is talking to a multinational energy company about constructing a giant solar park inside the contaminated Exclusion Zone around the ill-fated reactor. Since my first visit in 1993, I have been documenting the aftermath of accident in dramatic photographs – the failed reactor, the contamination to the land, and the countless victims in the fallout regions, leading to my book and iPad app ‘The Long Shadow of Chernobyl’. @thephotosociety  @natgeocreative #Chernobyl #Ukraine #returnee #radiation #contamination #disaster #nuclear #Exclusionzone


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The City That Freed Me | Photograph by Tejas L. (@advantej)
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“As I reflect back to the day I first visited San Francisco — it was just for a conference — little did I know that the calling would be so strong that I had to move here,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Tejas L. “I couldn’t stay away from this city for long. I had to come back.”
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This photo was submitted to our “The Trip That Changed My Life” assignment — which is your chance to be featured on the cover of @natgeo Traveler’s upcoming “Epic Summer” issue (June/July 2018). Go to the link in our profile to submit your photos.


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Los #NGXplorers se preparan para hacer las presentaciones de sus trabajos en el primer simposio de #NatGeoFestCDMX 🌎 ¡Sigue las actividades a través de nuestras redes sociales!


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Photo by @michaelmelford:
Sunrise gleams behind the Teton Range and the Snake River in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming. #landscapes #mountains #nationalforest #sunrise


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moody skies over south lake

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✨TRAVEL GIVEAWAY✨ As a thank you for all your love and support, I’ve teamed up with my friends and favorite travel accounts to give YOU the opportunity to have your own dream trip to MALDIVES for 2! .

To participate , follow these simple steps:
1. FOLLOW all accounts @luxurytravelgiveaways is following
2. LIKE this post
3. TAG one friend in the comments below and tell us why you would like to visit. (Multiple entries allowed by tagging one friend per comment) .

WIN: .
🔹A FOUR Night stay in the gorgeous @dusitthanimv in The Maldives with transfers from Male International Airport on full board basis (daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and a sunset cruise for 2! 🔹$200 shopping credit from the amazing @everythingbutwater !
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We will choose 5 comments from every member's photo using a random comment picker and then choose the winner from that list using a random number generator. .
*Open internationally. Terms apply based on hotel availability. Account must be public for the duration of the giveaway. Ends on February 23rd. Winner must be following ALL accounts and will be announced on @luxurytravelgiveaways. This is in no way sponsored by Instagram. By participating you confirm that you are 18+ years of age.

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photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Feeling the emptiness is one of the strongest things I've ever experienced in my travels. Leave the gaze float in the void is a purification for the spirit.
It is not just the reminiscence of a lost purity, it’s a horizon where everything can still happen.
The Danakil, a land made of fire, salt and lava close to the Rift Valley, is a ghost ocean.
It is from the retreat of the sea, evaporated twenty thousand years ago, that the Danakil has gained its peculiarity: to be a spread of evaporitic rocks that gives rise to the Great Plain of Salt - a desert which stretches for about 600 kilometers.
This is one of the most vulnerable places of our world: the fire is just below our feet, five kilometers away. There is a crust that is subjected to stresses of all kinds, a part of the planet where you feel the throbbing heart of the Earth.
This Friday the Danakil exhibition will open in Rome .
If you around join us: Friday 23 February at 7pm at Officine Fotografiche.
@andrea_frazzetta #Danakil #Ethiopia #Africa

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Video by @cshimala
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Paris Montmartre by night ✨

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