Robbie Shone@shonephoto

@NatGeo Photographer / Explorer
Committed to creating unique images of exploration from our extreme subterranean world. @natgeoimagecollection

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Robbie Shone

Although I spend most of my time underground exploring and photographing caves, I do appreciate the majesty and spiritual nature of mountains. Yesterday was International Mountain Day and for me there was no other picture of a mountain I could share other than a picture of the Matterhorn, which straddles the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. In my humble opinion, it really is the most beautiful mountain in the world. I took this photograph a couple of years ago whilst camping out next to Stellisee. It was a cold, crystal clear night, but the sight of the Matterhorn reflected on its mirror-like surface was stunning and filled me with warmth. Happy belated #internationalmountainday everyone.


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Often I get asked who is my biggest inspiration. In answering, I always return to my childhood and to a landscape painter from the Lake District in England, who dedicated his life to painting pictures of his beloved fells.

Recently I was asked to share pictures of my watercolours from my old sketchbook of a study I did for a high school project all about the Lake District watercolour painter William Heaton Cooper. Here are a few pages from my sketchbook that I’ve recently dug out and dusted off.

Thank-you @heatoncooperstudio!
#art #watercolour #WilliamHeatonCooper #lakedistrict #artist #painter #Grasmere #mountainart #Cumbria #painting #sketchbook #fineart #landscapeart #landscape


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With the recent successful landing of InSight, Nasa’s new robot that will study the deep interior of Mars, I thought it appropriate to share this great new story we worked on published inside the latest edition of GEO magazine. The article follows astronauts from the European Space Agency as they participate on a training course as part of ESA Pangaea-X. On the course, the astronauts learnt how to prepare geological and geobiological sampling along with testing equipment on the Moon and Mars. And for this, the course took place on Lanzarote, a perfect location to simulate the landscape. For those of you living in German speaking countries and have an interest in space exploration, check out this months @geomagazin! Happy reading. @europeanspaceagency @nasa @insightnasa #ESAPangaea #Nasa #Mars #Moon #Martian #Space #spaceexploration #astronaut #Lanzarote


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Something super exciting that we have been working on is finally launched! I am delighted to share this great new collaboration between National Geographic and Honor. It has been so much fun shooting stills with the Honor8X AI smartphone in and around Hong Kong and on the mountains that surround Innsbruck, Austria. These 8 photographs were all taken on the Honor 8X AI smartphone. For those looking to brave the night, discover more with #Honor8X. #NightShot8X 🌃 @natgeoasia @natgeo @natgeoadventure @natgeotravel @honorglobal #smartphone #smartphonephotography #AItechnology #Honor #BraveTheNight #NightShot


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We have just returned home from a successful shoot on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. Accompanying the filming team for the forthcoming Ancient Caves IMAX film, we followed the scientific climate work of Prof. Gina Moseley (@greenland_Caves) and visited several great locations and captured as much awesome footage of the ancient Mayan civilisation, their rituals and traditions above ground including the gorgeous blue Cenotes that exist underground. This recent shoot in Mérida, Mexico concludes all location shooting for the Ancient Caves IMAX film. Now the US team have to cut it all together in the editing suite. Good luck guys. We are really excited to see the final out come at the world premiere, somewhere in the US. #AncientCaves #IMAX #MacFreeFilms #IMAXdome #film #documentary #neverstoplearning


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Here is a little behind the scenes footage filmed by Petr Lyubimov from the Perovo Speleo caving team of Jeff (my photo assistant) and I setting up for the big shot looking down at the bottom of Veryovkina, the deepest cave in the world! This was a very challenging setup because of the vertical nature of the location as explained in these four short videos.
For the full harrowing story, please follow the link in my bio to find the article written by @AndrewBisharat at @NatGeo. #deepcave #PerovoSpeleoCavingTeam #deepestcaveintheworld #exploration #explore #explorers #adventure #science #natgeosociety #flood #flooding @petzl_official @3leggedthing #Scurion #Acratech_USA @acratech_usa


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Expedition leader Pavel Demidov swings in to land on a small beach next to the terminal siphon in Veryovkina [cave] named Capt Nemo's Last Harbour. The deepest point in the deepest cave in the world. In the background, Andrey Shuvalov looks to see whether there is a passage underwater heading off into the unknown.
A week later, during the flood pulse that suddenly plummeted into these chambers, all of this gallery completely filled up with water and was totally submerged.
For a more detailed caption about the expedition, checkout the first comment below. Otherwise, please follow the link in my bio and read the full harrowing story written by @AndrewBisharat at @NatGeo. Stay tuned as we share more photographs from this epic expedition in Veryovkina - the deepest cave in the world. #deepcave #PerovoSpeleoCavingTeam #deepestcaveintheworld #exploration #explore #explorers #adventure #science #natgeosociety #flood #flooding @petzl_official @3leggedthing #Scurion


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Here is a second photograph of the lowest camp in Veryovkina [cave]. Down at -2100m (-6890ft) underground, the team are captured taking refuge inside the tent, keeping warm, drinking tea whilst on the comms system getting regular updates on water levels from the camp above. What appears to be a calm and peaceful scene, was quite the opposite in reality. Within less than an hour after this photograph was taken, holes in the floor began gurgling and minutes later the gallery itself began filling up with water. There was no time to waste. The last of the Russian explorers had to quickly swim over this tent in order to evacuate the chamber.
For a more detailed caption about the expedition, checkout the first comment below. Otherwise, please follow the link in my bio and read the full harrowing story written by @AndrewBisharat at @NatGeo. Stay tuned as we share more photographs from this epic expedition in Veryovkina - the deepest cave in the world. #deepcave #PerovoSpeleoCavingTeam #deepestcaveintheworld #exploration #explore #explorers #adventure #science #natgeosociety #flood #flooding @petzl_official @3leggedthing #Scurion


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The team of Russian explorers stop for a discussion just past a large chamber close to the deepest point of Veryovkina [cave]. In the foreground, ripples of sand cover the surface of nearby rocks, suggesting this area periodically floods forming a large siphon. A week later, during the flood pulse that suddenly plummeted into these chambers, all of this gallery completely filled up with water and was totally submerged.
For a more detailed caption about the expedition, checkout the first comment below. Otherwise, please follow the link in my bio and read the full harrowing story written by @AndrewBisharat at @NatGeo. Stay tuned as we share more photographs from this epic expedition in Veryovkina - the deepest cave in the world. #deepcave #PerovoSpeleoCavingTeam #deepestcaveintheworld #exploration #explore #explorers #adventure #science #natgeosociety #flood #flooding @petzl_official @3leggedthing #Scurion


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Leader of the project Pavel Demidov from the Perovo Speleo caving team admires a fallen stalactite now cemented to the calcite floor underneath. At approximately -2100m underground, this beautiful gallery known as Onyx Bridge lies close to the lowest camp in Veryovkina [cave]. A week later, during the flood pulse that suddenly plummeted into these chambers, all of this gallery completely filled up with water and was totally submerged.
For a more detailed caption about the expedition, checkout the first comment below. Otherwise, please follow the link in my bio and read the full harrowing story written by @AndrewBisharat at @NatGeo. Stay tuned as we share more photographs from this epic expedition in Veryovkina - the deepest cave in the world. #deepcave #PerovoSpeleoCavingTeam #deepestcaveintheworld #exploration #explore #explorers #adventure #science #natgeosociety #flood #flooding @petzl_official @3leggedthing #Scurion


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Three members of the Moscow based Perovo Speleo caving team stop for a discussion before heading back to their campsite - the lowest camp in Veryovkina [cave] at -2100m underground. Behind the explorers, a small waterfall enters the cave from above. A week later, during the flood pulse that suddenly plummeted into these chambers, all of this gallery completely filled up with water and was totally submerged.
For a more detailed caption about the expedition, checkout the first comment below. Otherwise, please follow the link in my bio and read the full harrowing story written by @AndrewBisharat at @NatGeo. Stay tuned as we share more photographs from this epic expedition in Veryovkina - the deepest cave in the world. #deepcave #PerovoSpeleoCavingTeam #deepestcaveintheworld #exploration #explore #explorers #adventure #science #natgeosociety #flood #flooding @petzl_official @3leggedthing #Scurion


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Members of the Perovo Speleo caving team from Moscow, Petr Lyubimov and Pavel Demidov, are captured in motion walking along a narrow path of hard calcite crystal in a passage called Onyx Bridge. At approximately -2100m underground, this beautiful gallery lies close to the lowest camp in Veryovkina [cave].
A week later, during the flood pulse that suddenly plummeted into these chambers, all of these formations in the galleries were completely submerged.
For a more detailed caption about the expedition, checkout the first comment below. Otherwise, please follow the link in my bio and read the full harrowing story written by @AndrewBisharat at @NatGeo. Stay tuned as we share more photographs from this epic expedition in Veryovkina - the deepest cave in the world. #deepcave #PerovoSpeleoCavingTeam #deepestcaveintheworld #exploration #explore #explorers #adventure #science #natgeosociety #flood #flooding @petzl_official @3leggedthing #Scurion


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