The @BCNDP government wants to lengthen the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island. The B.C. government is still not recognizing the coastal wolves of Vancouver Island as genetically distinct and globally rare, nor the highly social nature of these family groups or packs. Leg hold traps are inhumane, cruel and should be banned. If you want to help, join @sea_legacy and @pacificwild in letting the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch know you oppose the NDP government proposal to lengthen the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island. The deadline is January 19th. Alternatively, the mailing address is: B.C. Fish and Wildlife Operations, 2080A Labieux Road, Nanaimo, V9T 6J9. Alternatively, you could call them at (250) 751-3100. The best approach might be letting @johnhorgan4bc know you don’t this to happen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the prettiest of them all? I love the things that we all have in common: wanting to feel good about ourselves, being proud of our heritage, being free to be who we are. I photographed this woman in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, as she was getting ready for a Sing Sing, or cultural festival. I love how pleased she was about her look. Beautiful in every way!
As two Thomson’s gazelles watch from the distance, a lioness takes her cubs out on a hunting trip. The Maasai Mara Wildlife Park is a magical place, but not all is well. Too many tourists, along with too many lodges and too many vehicles; surrounding Maasai communities struggling to find a place to graze their cattle (and often bringing it illegally into the park), and diseases transmitted to wildlife from domestic animals. That said, heroic efforts are being made by many to protect the integrity of this iconic park so that wild animals may survive into the future.
With @Paulnicklen@EPixNix@LNixPix and @sea_legacy
Yes they are big, and when one of these leviathans decides to use its fluke to call some attention, it can definitely put up a show. Scientists don’t know if the persistent splashing of a whale’s tail is used as a form of communication, a playful gesture, a territorial or courtship display or just for fun. Sometimes I think they might be trying to scratch and itch! The truth of the matter is we know very little about these intelligent, sociable and amazing animals with whom we share our ocean planet.
A juvenile mountain gorilla munches on a leaf in the highlands of Rwanda. Less than 1000 of these beautiful apes remain in a handful of populations in Africa. Here in Rwanda, they are protected and part of a thriving tourism industry that supports surrounding communities. I was lucky to spend a few hours with them and to observe their loving family interactions, gentle attitude, and playful nature. A truly unforgettable experience.
With @paulnicklen@lnixpix@epixnix and @sea_legacy #wild#animals#love#nature#hope#photography
In the coming decades, as the Arctic continues to warm at twice the rate than anywhere else, the place where the Last Ice will remain, will be northwestern Greenland, where I photographed this Greenlandic Inuit hunter. True to their connection to the land, and there hunting traditions, the Inuit people of northern Greenland will become the last great hunters of the North unless we, as a global society get a grip on climate change.
Photo by @AmyToensing // Few photographers produce work that speaks to me—and the kind of photography I aspire to do—more than @AmyToensing. I am in awe of her work surrounding women, and especially her recent coverage of widowhood. I saw her present at #WorksinProgress during @NatGeo Seminar last year and I was haunted by this image. West Bengal, India: This is Dhakti Dashi, a Bangladeshi widow who has lived in the back of an ashram for over a quarter century. Widowhood in some parts of the world marks a “social death”, and a woman is expected to live in mourning for the remainder of her life. But these expectations are fading, and laws are being enforced to protect and empower women. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (@pulitzercenter) helped support the reporting for this story. @thephotosociety@natgeocreative #tribute#women#metoo#honor#widow
On February 8th, @paulnicklen and I will be in #Chicago for a @sea_legacy fundraiser at @marshallslanding. I’m excited to share our fine art with Chicago, and to keep spreading the word about hope, conservation, and how we can help protect the oceans and animals we love. If you’d like to join us, go here ——> @lookbelowthesurface www.LookBelowTheSurface.org
Photo by @jodicobbphoto One of my favorite photos my one of my favorite photographers. The words that come to mind when I try to describe @jodicobbphoto work are “hidden worlds”; the hidden worlds of Geishas in Japan, the hidden worlds of Saudi women; the hidden worlds of human trafficking; all powerful, intimate stories that needed to be seen by the world at a time when there were only a handful of female photographers. She is also a woman of “firsts”, the first female staff photographer for National Geographic and the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year.
Photo by @MaggieSteber. In her own words ” "Photographers should have open minds and open hearts to see and RE-SEE the world in a new way if we want pictures to do their job.” Maggie’s photographs speak to me; her images live in the intersection between dreams and reality. When I look at her photographs, like this one of two girls from Oaxaca in my home country of Mexico, I am reminded of the feeling one gets when waking up from a dream. Light and dark, beauty and horror, innocence and grief, are the contrasting edges where Maggie’s images live. I know that if I work hard, keep a humble attitude to continue learning, open myself up to new ideas and ask lots of questions, maybe one day I will get close to doing this type of work.
To learn more about how a true artist leaves her mark to make this a better planet, #follow@MaggieSteber. You will not regret it.
Photo by @amivitale. Who inspires you? Who do you look up to? As I head to @NatGeo Headquarters today for the photographer’s annual seminar, I am excited to see some of the photographers who I admire most. The amazing women whose work I will share with you this week, are not only talented, they are passionate voices for some of the most pressing issues of our generation.
Meet @amivitale. Although she is best known for her coverage of orphaned baby elephants and rhinos in Africa, and the reintroduction of pandas back to the wild in China, she is also very outspoken about gender equality and the difficult lives women lead around the world. I chose to share this image she made in Benin during a #Fulani baby naming ceremony in which the girls put on lipstick for the special occasion, because like Ami, I believe we need to so much more for women’s rights.
Ami is a courageous assignment photographer who has worked in remote and dangerous places, from war-torn zones to the wilderness of Africa. I love that with this image, she chose to highlight the #MeToo movement.
Please #follow@amivitale so see the beautiful body of work she has created around the idea of making our planet, a better place for all.
There is a poetry in the way light dances as it enters the water, especially when I am in the company of animals. As this young American crocodile gently pushes itself off the bottom to take a breath, I am reminded of the fact that we are both fragile earthlings sharing time on this planet. #TurningtheTide with @Sea_Legacy with @PaulNicklen@Andy_Mann@Ladzinski@MDalio@SamKretch