Jody MacDonald@jodymacdonaldphoto

Photographer / Adventurer / Explorer. Represented by @natgeocreative. Member of the @sea_legacy Collective. @gitzoinspires ambassador

www.sealegacy.org/pages/iceland-whaling

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Jody MacDonald

I searched for weeks along the coast of the Western Sahara for long lost shipwrecks. An uninhabited and desolate coastline that was mostly inaccessible left me with few options but my persistence finally paid off and I was not disappointed. The beauty of this wreck still haunts me. @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires @leica_camera @leicaakademieusa #westernsahara


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It’s important to find the edges in life, they always provide the best views. Pilot @gavinmcclurg finding his in the Azores, Portugal. @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires #fromthearchives


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I fell in love with whales the first time I swam with them. Their curiosity and intelligence overwhelmed me. Scientists have proved that they are not only highly intelligent but are also social and caring creatures. In hopes of stopping Iceland from Whaling, @sea_legacy is bringing a petition to the International Whaling Commission tomorrow in Brasil to #STOPTHEHUNT. We are only 7,718 signatures short of our 200,000 goal. Iceland is still hunting whales in defiance of the 1986 International Whaling Commissions moratorium. Please click on the link in my bio to sign the petition and share it. Thank you!!#stoptheicelandwhalehunt #whales #turningthetide @gitzoinspires


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Hopped on the roof of this bus instead of train hopping this time. Not entirely sure where it’s headed but trying to see if I can make it through the Nepal border. 😉🤞#bushopping #adventure @gitzoinspires #India ##Nepal


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After a long night of rats crawling all over my bed (I even woke up with one sitting next to my face😬) I was rewarded by a beautiful morning elephant forest patrol as the rains fall during the receding monsoon here in West Bengal. Regardless of what you think about the training and riding of elephants, the reality is a complicated one, as most of these wildlife issues are. These elephants are used for conservation by taking officers into the core areas of the parks where vehicles cannot go to watch for poachers trying to kill the endangered rhinos and other species. The massive habitat loss the elephants are facing in Asia is giving them little alternative for their survival. What do you do with elephants that are running out of space to live? One way may be to use them for conservation efforts as it provides a solution to the growing number of elephants with nowhere to go and helps mitigate the human elephant conflicts that continues to increase as a result. @gitzoinspires @natgeocreative #india #westbengal #elephants #conservation


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Villager Portraits. #india #onassignment #polaroid


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The Icelandic fin whale hunt. 95 endangered fin whales have already been killed this year and over 100 more will die in the coming weeks. With the International Whaling Commission (IWC) taking place this September, we are putting pressure on the Icelandic government by gathering signatures of global citizens, pledging not to travel to Iceland if whaling continues. At the IWC, the laws on whaling are up for debate, and if the world chimes in, we have a chance to stop this once and for all. If you have never swam with whales, trust me they are a highly intelligent, magnificent species and I can’t imagine a world where they no longer exist. Please click the link in my bio and sign the #StopTheHunt petition. #StopIcelandWhaling. With @sea_legacy @oceanicpreservationsociety @bluespherefoundation @shawnheinrichs #turningthetide


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Traveling in the Sahara Desert requires a shift in perspective. First impressions would lead you to believe that it is a vast and barren landscape but when you look more closely, this place of solitude has endless beauty. From the sand dunes that are sculpted to perfection by the wind to the animals and vegetation that live within its seemingly impossible ecosystem, it’s a place that will force you to slow down and pay attention to the details. @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires @leica_camera #africa #sahara


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Starting almost two weeks ago, large parts of the Indian state of Kerala have been devastated as flash floods have swept through the state. Nearly 400 people have died and thousands remain stranded by the worst flooding this area has seen in the last 95 years. The rains have finally eased but the hard work has just begun as victims try to pick up the pieces of their lives. More than one million people have been displaced, many of them taking shelter in thousands of relief camps across the state. I was in this area just a few months ago and can’t imagine the devastation that is happening to the people in this beautiful place. To help, please donate to the following link. https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in
#keralafloods #keralafloodrelief #india


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Fishermen off the coast of Mauritania pull in their nets amongst a beautiful sunset. The blowing sands in the Sahara desert deposit dust in the sky creating a surreal landscape that keeps you mesmerized for hours. @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires @leica_camera @leicacamerausa #africa #mauritania


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There is so much to discover if you look below the surface. I particularly love these over/under photos. They give you a glimpse into two different worlds at the same time and can provide a sense of place to underwater images. This species of stingray grows up to 1.2 meters in width and they feed primarily on invertebrates and fish they find in the sand bed. Here a kayaker paddles along the coast of Moorea in French Polynesia completely unaware of the stingrays in search of food below him. @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires @sea_legacy #frenchpolynesia #stingrays #turningthetide


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Photography. Nothing inspires me more. To be able to document incredible moments in time and show people how amazing our planet is has been one of the most amazing gifts of my life. For me, it has been a tool for exploration and curiosity and has allowed me to give others a glimpse to not only what is out there or what is possible but also show people that we are more similar than we are different which I believe creates empathy for others and inspires us to care about our planet. That is where the true power of photography lies. I am continually grateful for this art form that keeps me curious, humble and connects me to the magic of the world. Happy World Photography Day. Today I hope you get inspired to capture the amazing world around you wherever you are and with whatever camera you have. @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires @leica_camera @leicacamerausa #happyworldphotographyday #africa


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