Photo by @ljohnphoto for @RippleEffectImages. When Pardada Pardadi (@pardadapardadi) first opened, founder Virendra Singh went door to door, temple to temple, mosque to mosque visiting hundreds of families, begging them to send their girls to school. Almost no one saw value in educating their daughters, and did not want to lose the labor their daughters provided at home. So Singh improvised. He developed an innovative program whereby each girl receives 10 Rupees for each day she is in school. When she graduates she can use the money to continue her education, start a small business or provide her dowry. Today, nearly all parents in the region want their daughters to be part of the @pardadapardadi school, and there is a waiting list of thousands of girls.
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz The dingy of @oceanexpeditions slipping through a shallow gap in an iceberg in Paradise Bay, Antarctica. The West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming areas on earth, with rapid loss of ice. To see more on how climate change is affecting our earth, follow @geosteinmetz
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety ‘Like a bear with a sore head’ – This image has just got to be a caption competition so come on, let’s see what you can all do! The image was captured during a recent trip to the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian far east and to date it was undoubtedly the most spectacular place that I’ve ever been. This bear, that we very originally named Toothy because of his snaggletooth, would sit and rest right next to us, resting his head on a comfy rock near his favourite salmon fishing spot. In this moment he is simply rubbing his head and as his massive paw passed over his eyes I was able to capture this image. During this entire sequence I was willing the sun to disappear behind a cloud as the light was just a fraction too harsh and I really wanted to eliminate any distracting shadows. It’s worth noting however that, as post production software like @photoshop and @lightroom has made seismic leaps forwards in recent years, so photographers now have far more opportunities for optimising their images whilst maintaining the integrity of the original. I use the term optimising carefully however as I never add or remove elements, however small, from my images but it is often useful to be able to lift shadows or soften highlights, something that I’ve done in this image. Maintaining the integrity of the image is of course paramount however so any and all changes, in my opinion at least, should be done so judiciously. Anyway, enough with all of the techie stuff, I want to see what you all can come up with regarding a caption and if my dinosaur sized brain comes up with anything then I’ll be pitching in as well. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@thephotosociety@photoshop@lightroom
My first visit to Italy was for @natgeo magazine in 1969 to make photographs of Venice. On the day of the Regata on the Grand Canal I had arranged to be allowed to photograph from the window of an apartment overlooking the bend in the Canal. I used a special wide angle camera I owned briefly to make the image. It was called a Zeiss Hologon Ultra Wide with a fixed 15mm lens. I’d received the camera earlier that year as part of winning the White House Photographer of the Year Award. I was a member of the White House Photographers Association although I never worked in the White House. The image of the regata I made has always reminded me of a miniature painting with great detail that reflects a more ancient era. The camera I used was stolen later that year by two kids zipping by on a motor scooter as I walked along a roadside somewhere in South Vietnam. I was disappointed to have it stolen but I can’t say I really missed it. I’ve never been a wide angle kind of photographer.
Photo by @FransLanting // On Sep. 22 we celebrate World Rhino Day — She is massive, armed with horns and protected by thick skin, and yet she is utterly vulnerable. One ear is pointing my way, the other faces backwards. Rhinos make up for not seeing well with a sharp sense of hearing. Her calf is just curious, and has no clue what is facing them. But we know what is happening to them across Africa and Asia. Rhinos are in danger of extinction in the wild. And that is why we need World Rhino Day—to draw attention to them and to the organizations that are making a difference where it matters, in the hallways of governments and in the front lines of protection on the ground. I hope you will support them so that rhinos will get a fighting chance. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about rhinos and how you can help. @worldrhinoday@Wildaid@World_wildlife@Lewa_wildlife#wildaid#wild_net#Rhino#WorldRhinoDay#SaveTheRhino#AspinallFoundation
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography. The Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered species of wolf in the world. Hunted nearly to extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 11 Mexican gray wolves into the wild in 1998. Their numbers have grown slowly, but steadily since then. This wolf was photographed in a refuge in Arizona.
This photo is from the series of images I shot for a National Geographic (@natgeo) book and traveling exhibit called “Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands,” authored by @barbarakingsolver. Our goal was to celebrate the last 1% of wilderness remaining in the United States, and urge its protection.
Photo by @ljohnphoto for @rippleeffectimages. Ritu and Priya lead their class in a series of morning exercises before class begins. These girls attend Pardada Pardadi (@pardadapardadi) Girls’ School in Anupshahar, India along with hundreds of other girls from the area. Pardada Pardadi provides these hardworking students with high-quality education, hot meals, and a fun learning environment.
Pardada Pardadi’s mission is to give their girls everything they’ll need to succeed in the future. It’s why they also provide a growing savings fund for each girl that they can access after graduation. This savings fund ensures that the students will be financially independent and won’t be pushed into early marriage.
In 1968 I was assigned to photograph the “Poor Peoples March” that was to start in the Deep South and end up in Washington DC. A reporter and I went to a gathering of African Americans in the area of Crenshaw, Mississippi who were supposed to leave for Washington in a day or two. The people were crowded together under a huge canvas tent where we met the Irbys, a nice family who agreed to let us follow them back to their home, an aged wooded tenant house sitting in the midst of vast cotton fields. But before we left the tent, I made a few portraits of some of the family, but mostly of Hank, who was 17 at the time. The details in the portrait are so important probably because they are really imperfections, something one might change or correct if one we’re going to do a serious portrait session. Little details like the part of an under shirt that shows. How the top button of his shirt is buttoned tight, the second button is loose. And there are small flecks of blue paint on his shirt that echo the color of his sweater. His well worn cap is tilted just so. The wall of the tent behind him provides background color that blends so well with his dark eyes, his brown skin. His gaze at me is just slightly apprehensive but accepting. Although unstudied, it’s probably as honest and direct a portrait as I’ve ever made.
Photo by @flipnicklin //Narwhal in front of researchers Dr. John Ford and Debbie Cavenaugh. After months of trying to get a close look at the Unicorn of the Seas, this situation of narwhal fighting around a dead female gave us more questions than answers. This shot led to many more trips North. Follow @flipnicklin for more images and stories about whales. @thephotosociety@natgeo#whaletrust#humpback
Photo by @jasperdoest | @vetdoest goes for a weekly swim in the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island of Curaçao with her two brown pelicans and flamingo Bob.
With all the attention Flamingo Bob is getting; you’d almost forget the incredible work @vetdoest & @fdoccuracaoare doing for other species on the island. @vetdoest often gets injured wild animals at her practice and works hard to rehabilitate them. These two pelicans were beaten up by local fishermen and wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild. Therefore @vetdoest added these two characters to her team of wildlife educators to teach local children about wildlife conservation and animal welfare.
And in case you haven’t heard about Bob yet: Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the Dutch island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.