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Photo by @randyolson // The recent news about musicians swaying politics, rappers in the White House and tortured/killed opposition voices reminds me of Bobi Wine. Bobi is the self-proclaimed “Ghetto President” of Uganda and is popular for both music and free speech… which can be powerful (and dangerous) in any place with dictators. When I met Bobi in 2010 for an @natgeo story. I followed him through Kampala and he was hugely popular… everyone stopped him on the streets… his music resonated with young people… half of Uganda was under the age of 15. He was considering running for parliament. He was elected MP in 2017. He ran on lyrics like this: “When our leaders have become misleaders and mentors have become tormentors. When freedom of expression becomes the target of oppression, opposition becomes our position.” He was subsequently charged with treason and tortured. He’s recently returned to Uganda after receiving medical treatment in USA for injuries suffered while imprisoned. To read about his fight against Museveni… search BBC, Bobi Wine, Torture. #bobiwine #freedomofspeech #dictators @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #uganda



Photograph by @camdavidsonphoto // The Battery and lower Manhattan in the early evening. Part of a multi-year project on photographing New York city at night. I started way back in 2008 when high ISO images were not very good. It is amazing how far camera capabilities have come in ten years. Now I can shoot at ISO 6400 and get perfectly clear and almost noiseless images. To see more of my aerial and location photography, please follow me: @camdavidsonphoto #aerialnyc #aerialphoto #newyorkcity #aerialphoto #aerialphotography #nikond5 #bnwphotography #bnw_captures #bnw_creatives



Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Aerial view of the southern portion of the south lake of the Dead Sea, where waters stained brown with Potassium Sulfite cascade from one evaporation pond to another on their way to the potash plant of the Dead Sea Works in Israel. The Dead Sea Works' primary product is potash used as a component in agricultural fertilizer.

To see more of our earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz



Photo by @joemcnallyphoto. Fall has officially arrived in #NYC and the air has cleared out from the summer dog days of August. Heading out this week to historic #EllisIsland this week. I shot the restoration of the island for @natgeo as it metamorphosed from a ruined hulk in the harbor into a preeminent national monument in the late 80’s. Shot from the air with a 617 panorama style camera on 120 film, early morning, NY harbor. #harbor #panorama #history #aerialphotography #nyc #newyork



Photo by @randyolson // Soft drink delivery arrives in plastic waste sorting area of Baseco slums in Manila, Philippines. "Coca-Cola led all companies in global plastic pollution, while Nestlé claimed the dubious honor of being the worst plastic polluter in the United States, according to NGO Break Free From Plastic, whose member organizations collected data from 239 cleanups and brand audits worldwide to determine which corporations' trash most often washed up on beaches or clogged waterways. The movement says nearly 1,300 groups have joined the cause demanding massive reductions in single-use plastic.” From story on #plasticorplanet #plasticwaste #plastic @natgeocreative @thephotosociety



Photo by @jim_sugar | The San Jose International Short Film Festivalselected the film The Return of Harbor Porpoises to San Francisco Baythat I made with Dr. Jonathan Stern and edited with Jesica Sison for screening at their 2018 film festival. To my enormous regret, Dr. Stern died the same week that Jesica and I finished the edit. He never saw the final version of the film.
The film tells the good news story about the unintended consequences of what occurs when people clean up a large body of water like San Francisco Bay. The harbor porpoises, which had disappeared by the end of World War II, returned as the Save the Bay Foundation led the clean-up of the water.
The San Jose Film Festival will screen the film on Sunday October 14th at the CineArts Theatre @ Santana Row in San Jose @ 2:30 P.M
Walking out on the east side of the Golden Gate Bridge provides a great opportunity to view wild harbor porpoises during a tide change. It is as much fun as going on safari in the Serengeti--but a lot less expensive. And such an experience did not exist until Dr. Stern made his discovery seven years ago.
If you are in the neighborhood on Sunday, October 14th, c’mon down and watch some great movies.
@natgeocreative @thePhotoSociety ©2018jimsugar #goldengatebridge #harborporpoises#sanfrancisco #goldengatebridge


@SavetheBay Foundation



Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mute swan and cygnet – An adult cradles her new-born cygnet in her expansive plumage, there can be no safer place on Earth for an infant baby. Ferociously protective I have seen these swans endure their fair share of heartbreak. This was the only cygnet that hatched this year, the year before none did. Watching her wait on the nest for day after day, devotedly turning the eggs slowly broke my heart. Humans love to imagine themselves as separate to the animal kingdom, divinely created, different, unique. I don’t see that, I see only the similarities. A demonstration of our astonishing arrogance could be seen recently as humanity watched on in sympathetic bewilderment as a female killer whale carried her dead offspring around for weeks afterwards. How could this be we thought, it’s almost as is she’s grieving! Of course she’s grieving, she was grieving just like we would, mourning her loss and doubtless experiencing the same unutterable devastation as anyone would to have experienced such horror. We like to think we are different, it’s what we believed in the dark ages when certain texts were constructed, humanity’s first attempt to explain our arrival on Earth. Now we have evidence, written into every single cell of our bodies, our DNA. This shows, unequivocally, by numbers in their trillions, that we aren’t dissimilar to animals, we are animals, just one of 8.7 million species on Earth, everyone a miracle of indescribable beauty and value, every one created by an unbroken chain of birth, adaptation and death that stretches back to the Primordial oceans some 1.6 billion years ago. Every one of us, every human, every swan and every killer whale, a walking, flapping, swimming miracle. If we are to have any chance of creating a future on this planet for our own offspring then first we must start to see the value in the lives of others because without them, we too will be lost. @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety



Photo by @ljohnphoto for @rippleeffectimages. As a spitfire girl of 12 years old, Kajal (left) was determined to get an education and reinvent herself. “Without education, you will not know the right path to take,” she told us with gravity. From the time she was 8 years old, Kajal worked as a trash picker in nearby landfill, scavenging with her family to get by. Her refuge was the local @chintan.india school.
In the years after our coverage, Kajal left her family to escape an arranged marriage. Today she is happily married to a man she chose herself. She is raising a son and spends her evenings teaching English and Hindi to the children in her neighborhood.

Learn more about organizations that inspire and empower girls like Kajal by following @rippleeffectimages.
#women #girls #empowerment #aid #ngo #internationaldayofthegirl #dayofthegirl #children #education #india #determination #inspiration



Babugeri, Bulgaria, from the WILDER MANN series

By Charles Fréger (B.1975), France (@charlesfreger)
The transformation of man to beast is a central aspect of traditional pagan rituals that are centuries old and which celebrate the seasonal cycle, fertility, life and death. Each year, throughout Europe, from Scotland to Bulgaria, from Finland to Italy, from Portugal to Greece via France, Switzerland and Germany, people literally put themselves into the skin of the 'savage', in masquerades that stretch back centuries. By becoming a bear, a goat, a stag or a wild boar, a man of straw, a devil or a monster with jaws of steel, these people celebrate the cycle of life and of the seasons. Their costumes, made of animal skins or of plants, and decorated with bones, encircled with bells, and capped with horns or antlers, amaze us with their extraordinary diversity and prodigious beauty. Work on this project took photographer Charles Freger to eighteen European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man: Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Croatia, Finland, Romania and the UK.
Series introduced by National Geographic in 2012.

Book published with @thamesandhudson, @kehrerverlag, @dewi_lewis_publishing, @seigensha

#wildermann #masquerade #winter #wildness, #carnival

#portraitsphotographiquesetuniformes #bulgaria #babugeri
Follow @charlesfreger to see more from this series and other works.



Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. The Sindh region of southern Pakistan is a brutal desert where the search for water is all consuming, but @CWS_global has installed cisterns in local villages that keep girls and women from spending their days searching for water.
Learn more about organizations that empower and uplift women and girls by following @rippleeffectimages.

#PhotographyForGood #pakistan #water #desert #girls #women #globalgoals #equality #empowerment #aid #ngo #internationaldayofthegirl #dayofthegirl #determination #inspiration



Photo by @jodicobbphoto // Flash sale—my photograph of a young boy from Papua New Guinea blowing a bubble at the “sing-sing” in the Highlands is paired with a vintage painting for only $100 until October 13th. National Geographic is digging into its 130 year archive to combine photographs for this “Then and Now” collection. Please to go to buy my print, or go to to buy both. @natgeo



Photo by @stephsinclairpix / @tooyoungtowed // Baby Seibureh, 17, and Claude Seibureh, 48, of Freetown, were married during the Ebola crisis. Because of her small stature, Baby needed a cesarean section to safely give birth to their son, Joseph. While child marriage is a critical issue in both crisis and stable contexts, the rates of girls married underage is rising at alarming rates in humanitarian settings according to Girls Not Brides. •

Today is the 7th annual International Day of the Girl Child. Poverty, violence, and cultural traditions oppress millions of girls in every part of the world. It is still a global struggle to have girls valued for more than their bodies — for just their sexuality, fertility and labor. Today we come together to help galvanize support and inspire the international community to do its part to establish, expand and protect girls’ rights so girls are free to determine the course of their own lives. It’s also a time to celebrate girls in every way, which is long overdue. To learn more please visit my nonprofit organization’s website at @tooyoungtowed #IDG2018 #tooyoungtowed #endchildmarriage #canonusa #canonexploreroflight @canonusa