Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | I spent part of an afternoon looking through a public telescope located on a hilltop in the settlement of Elon Moreh, where there is an incredible 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape, which includes a number of settlements, Palestinian villages, and the city of Nablus. This village, called Mukhayyam Fari’a, or Far’a, is a Palestinian refugee camp located just below Elon Moreh, in the foothills of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank. Established in 1949 following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, it is one of the few refugee camps in the West Bank that is supplied water by the nearby spring of Far'a, from which the camp receives its name. For more follow @michaelchristopherbrown.
Video by @renan_ozturk | Ten miles into a remote canyon in what was formerly #BearsEarsNationalMonument, we found ourselves in this moment. “That was the loudest noise I’ve experienced” @kylor mentioned after a five-minute period of sitting still with his eyes closed in what seemed like absolute silence. It’s hard for most of us to understand the native connection to this land but these brief experiences give us a small glimpse. Please visit and support @protectbearsears to find out more! Thanks @kylor for this magical edit and @trevorhallmusic for the sound #ancestralhealing#bearsearsheals
Photo by @enricsala | Today the Argentinian Senate voted for the creation of two new marine protected areas (MPAs): Namuncurá/Banco Burdwood 2 (29,000 square km) and Yaganes (69,000 square km), located in the southern waters of the country. On December 5th, the Argentinian Congress voted in favor with an unanimous 196-0. With these new MPAs, Argentina quadruple their federal MPAs, and joins the ambition and vision of leading countries in ocean conservation. These areas contain unique biodiversity, from threatened albatrosses that roam the skies, to marine mammals like sea lions and whales, to fragile deep sea animals living on undersea mountain ridges. The biggest threat to these rich ocean ecosystems is industrial fishing, especially bottom trawling that can destroy thousands of years of growth in the single pass of a net. By protecting these areas, Argentina also helps to replenish its overfished stocks. Thank you Argentina for such a historic action! @natgeopristineseas@tompkins_conservation@fmarpatagonico@parquesnacionalesar#oceans5 Every one of these MPAs contributes to our #wyssfoundation#campaignfornature 30% protected by 2030 target.
Photo by @paulnicklen | Photographing for @natgeo for the past 18 years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I have met so many friends, peers, colleagues, and editors who have become part of this powerful journey. A journey full of passion, commitment, and purpose. For me, if these images aren’t being used for conservation and global awareness, then there is no point in doing all of the work. I came into National Geographic as an underwater wildlife specialist but I wanted to tell stories in the magazine that never had barriers. I wanted to be able to shoot equally above and below the water. Working for National Geographic is like being in the NFL except there is only one team. If you get hurt, you are off the team. If you have a bad season, you could be off the team. They expect you to be your very best with each and every story you shoot for them. I spent most of my time shooting out of fear of failure and was always certain that each story was my last. The work is physically and psychologically exhausting. My fellow photographers are the very best in the world at what they do. So, when the @natgeo followers chose this image as the top image published in National Geographic in 2018, I was in disbelief. I still am. I also realize that it is a subjective process. Here are my favorite images from the series. To see more of my work please follow me on @paulnicklen. #muchworkahead#gratitude#photography#storytelling#adventure
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | I get a nostalgic feeling every time I visit the ancient city of Petra in Jordan; it’s a scene from the past and the present in one magical place. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen.
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Relocating black rhino, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It may not appear less stressful to move them this way (for the rhino anyway), but believe me it is. In this huge relocation from a national park in South Africa to an undisclosed location, black rhino were darted from the helicopter and, once tranquillized, they were fitted with earplugs, blindfolded, and lifted by the same helicopter from the impenetrable bush just a short distance to another waiting vet team. There they were woken and placed into trucks for the journey to their new home. The alternative option of trying to extract them by hand, foot, and road from the dense bush would have been far more stressful than a short, sleepy flight. It's worth pointing out that this extraordinary team had zero injuries and zero fatalities during the entire move of these amazing creatures. To see more from here and elsewhere, follow @chancellordavid@thephotosociety@natgeo@everydayextinction
Video by @bertiegregory | A drip falls from the nose of a male polar bear. Although this male still had a lot of growing to do, the largest male polar bears can weight 750kg/1,600lbs! This curious bear approached us from a distance and then laid down once close. After an hour or so of watching us, it decided to move on down the coast. We’re excited to share more soon from the making of @natgeo Wild_Life Season 3. Follow @bertiegregory for more!
Photo by @mmuheisen | This is Pablito, a four-month-old African lion cub who was rescued from a small cage in a zoo last November and currently sheltered at The New Hope Center @almawa.jordan in Amman, Jordan. The center, established in 2010 by the Princess Alia Foundation, provides emergency medial treatment, rehabilitation, and re-homing for animals. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic#muhammedmuheisen#Jordan
Brand Spot by @ReedMorano | Nujeen escaped the war in Syria and journeyed thousands of miles, against all odds, to find her way to a classroom. Now she’s working towards her next goal: becoming an astronaut. Follow her journey at natgeo.com/starstruck. #nujeen#lookup#further#starstruck