light beams in the rainforest ✨🌲⁣⁣
Cities have always been my favorite thing to photograph but nature is growing on me 🤣 - what about you, would you rather shoot in a city or nature? ⁣⁣


Photo by @amivitale. Twelve year old mother giant panda, Si Xue explores her enclosure at the Wolong China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province, China. Because of their low-energy diet, pandas avoid stressful situations and exertion.

It’s hard to imagine, but these animals were once as mythical and elusive as Bigfoot. They have been around for millions of years, but were only made known to the western world within the last century. The first panda was captured alive only in 1936.
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador.
I have recently published my new book, Panda Love, featuring my long-term panda work made on assignment for National Geographic. See more on my feed @amivitale.

#pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


Santorini - Greece ✨💙💙💙✨ Happy Saturday all!!!
Pic by ✨✨@izkiz✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature 💙


Glad Midsommar! The Swedish-American community of Lindsborg, Kansas, celebrates Midsummer by wearing traditional Swedish folk costumes and dancing around the town's maypole. Traditionally a pagan summer solstice and fertility holiday throughout northern Europe, Midsummer today is a continued celebration of long days and the start of summer. Photo by @ErikaSkogg who is working on a visual preservation project of Scandinavian-American heritage. #Midsummer #Midsommar


I Stopped Saying No | Photograph by Johanna Birch (@johannabirchphotography)
“I say ‘No’ too often,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Johanna Birch. “We were all set for a photoshoot at the historic Kenwood House in Hampstead, London. We were ready to start shooting and he asked to take his shoes off — OK. Then socks. Then he wanted to take his shirt off — OK. Sigh. Then he asked if he could put a toe in the mud. We digressed. What you can’t see are all the posh Londoners enjoying a picnic at a 17th Century estate behind him. It was so worth it.”

“Fantastic Johanna. I love it. I agree with Your Shot photographer Perry Svensson who commented, ‘That’s a lovely shot. You can really see how he is oblivious to everything else and is just concentrating on the mud.’ Your son looks like he is having so much fun. I love the trail of mud coming off his feet. I can feel his happiness, his joy, his amusement. Thank you for saying ‘Yes.’” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


Featured photo by @laviwashere
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHP🌈
This weekend, we’re celebrating love, pride and the LGBTQ community with #WHP🌈.
Play with the ROYGBIV color spectrum. Create photos that incorporate the whole rainbow.
Find rainbows out in the world, whether they’re painted as a mural on a city wall or wrapped around a parade-goer at a local Pride celebration.
Create your own rainbows. Dress up in colorful outfits, paint rainbows on your eyelids or bake a colorful batch of cookies.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHP🌈 hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. 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 is eligible to be featured next week.


(📸 @ackermangruber) Happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day from DogsOf + @lucyand.co where pups rule EVERYDAY! Does your job allow you to bring your pets to work? We’d love to know! We’ve always been huge supporters of pet-friendly workplaces and are encouraged to see more and more workplaces making that their everyday policy! #nationaltakeyourdogtoworkday #dogsofinstagram


Photo by @renaeffendiphoto:
A #family on a Sunday picnic in Parque Lenin, Lenin's Park, a popular weekend destination at the south side of #Havana, #Cuba. #children


Cafe Terrace in Paris


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