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Video: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen getting up close and personal with a large American Crocodile during a sunset thunderstorm in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba. Paul and I worked together to capture this unique perspective in the mangroves until well after dark. Pushing our creative boundaries through lighting, floating 30 pound cinema cameras at split level & choosing difficult working conditions all paid off in these unforgettable scenes. Team work makes the dream work, they say, and I'm lucky to be surrounded with passionate filmmakers and photographers @natgeo @sea_legacy who raise each other up and work tirelessly to create stories with impact. #Turningthetide with @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // Please #followme @andy_mann to see more from this amazing expedition, casting a light on the Caribbean's healthiest marine ecosystem.

Jardines de la Reina

Photo by @noralorek for @natgeo. Esther Minella was working in the ministry of agriculture in South Sudan before the war broke out. One day the soldiers came to her home and tortured her in front of her kids. They were asking for her husband which they claimed was a rebel. After they had arrested him she went to prison every day to look for him but they said he wasn’t there. The third day they told Esther that they would kill her like they killed him if she ever came back.
Now Esther is the women representative in the council of block 4 in Bidibidi refugee settlement zone 1.
“As a women representative my roll is to lead the women and also lift up the issues we’re having here and in South Sudan. We started a group of women here called Ama a Lo meaning ”We are one”. In South Sudan every child, even our husbands know how to make our bedsheets so we started to sell them here too. Now we have a budget but need more help to start business and things like catering training for our members. We also need a school for adults to teach them English. Most of us are widows, that’s how we came up with the idea that we need to work together. Women need to be trained to become independent and self sufficient.”
In August the one millionth refugee from South Sudan entered Uganda in escape of the war. 
With most of the refugees being women and children and leaving during shootings at night their bedsheets called Milaya are often one of the few things they carry with them. The handmade patterns have been made in South Sudan and Sudan for generations and the tradition of the Milayas continues in what has become their temporary home while waiting for the war to end. Bidibidi is with its more than 270 000 people considered one of the worlds largest refugee settlements.
For more pictures from 'The Milaya Studios' follow @noralorek

Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Northern Uganda

Photo by @DavidDoubilet. A sea turtle hatchling hides from predators in a dense floating canopy of sargassum algae near Cancun Mexico. Sargassum plays a critical role in sea turtle hatchling survival. Sea turtles hatch and swiftly head for the open sea running a gauntlet of hungry land and then sea creatures until the lucky ones find cover and protection in the sargassum weed. These floating forests maybe clump, table or football field sized and some patches stretch for miles like a vast ceiling on the sea but even the smallest is critical nursery habitat for immature and vulnerable sea life that would be quickly devoured in the open blue. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment with @jenniferhayesig for upcoming story on Sargassum:Nurseries in the Sea. // #ocean #seaturtle #baby #sargassumweed #cancun #survival #life #beauty #mexico #moreocean // To see a baby sea turtle searching the sea for a safe nursery follow @daviddoubilet


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Vertical star trails fall from the night sky above distant tepuis known as Aparaman, Aparauren and Murosipan that rise from the Gran Sabana plain in Venezuela. This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists we were traveling with were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is like no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. And as for the caves... they're even better! Stay tuned.


Photo by @amivitale. Bawa puts his trunk in Sosian's mouth. It's a gesture that is reassuring and comforting, like a hug or a handshake for humans. Both elephants are residents of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first community owned elephant orphanage in Africa.
Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to support and learn more about their important initiatives working to return orphan elephant calves into the wild.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @thephotosociety #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale


Photo by @jimmy_chin
Alpine dreams. The Torre Group in Patagonia have a long legacy of epic ascents and epic failures. As they say down there, if the weather is good, wait five minutes. The dramatic winds coming off the Patagonian Icecap are notorious for making every foray into these high alpine granite spikes an exciting adventure.


Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Mesmerized by the underwater wonder of living corals and sponges, I lost myself in the artistry of nature, while diving in the Gardens of the Queen. Healthy reefs, an ecosystem that is barely surviving elsewhere, is alive and healthy here. With limited access to tourists, it’s vibrant and abundant life is as beautiful and it is soul-lifting. To see more photos and videos from an amazing expedition to this forgotten corner of the Caribbean, #follow my Instagram feed at @cristinamittermeier.
#TurningTheTide, with @sea_legacy and @paulnicklen | @andy_mann #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #coralreef | #JardinesdelaReina| #marineconservation |

Jardines de la Reina

Video by @pedromcbride // Feeding time: I had the privilege to recently spend time at the @r.e.s.c.u.e elephant orphanage where a small group of dedicated animal lovers are helping save these cuties and create a conservation model at the same time with @nrt_kenya. It is amazing how independent each of these orphaned elies are - some are sweet and gentle while others want to wrestle all day. To see more wild adventures follow @pedromcbride // #elephants #orphans #hope #wildlife #conservation #kenya


Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty


Video @ladzinski / Autumn in the #rockyMountains is one of the most fleeting times of year. The weather changes hard and fast and it’s a time where wildlife is busy bulking up for the long winter ahead. Here is a collection of clips throughout the #Colorado high country.


Photo @lucalocatelliphoto CERN and the artisans of the Universe is a project I've done about this incredible place, the CERN. What is the universe made of? How did it start? Physicists at CERN are seeking answers, using some of the world's most powerful particle accelerators and reading results with such huge detector. I was lucky to photograph the last maintenance work in ​the 100 meters underground tunnels where the experiments are, like the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), a general-purpose detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)​ in the photo. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about my stories #science #future #futurology #detector #future #technology #science