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Photo by @paulnicklen | Photographing for @natgeo for the past 18 years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I have met so many friends, peers, colleagues, and editors who have become part of this powerful journey. A journey full of passion, commitment, and purpose. For me, if these images aren’t being used for conservation and global awareness, then there is no point in doing all of the work. I came into National Geographic as an underwater wildlife specialist but I wanted to tell stories in the magazine that never had barriers. I wanted to be able to shoot equally above and below the water. Working for National Geographic is like being in the NFL except there is only one team. If you get hurt, you are off the team. If you have a bad season, you could be off the team. They expect you to be your very best with each and every story you shoot for them. I spent most of my time shooting out of fear of failure and was always certain that each story was my last. The work is physically and psychologically exhausting. My fellow photographers are the very best in the world at what they do. So, when the @natgeo followers chose this image as the top image published in National Geographic in 2018, I was in disbelief. I still am. I also realize that it is a subjective process. Here are my favorite images from the series. To see more of my work please follow me on @paulnicklen. #muchworkahead #gratitude #photography#storytelling #adventure


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Meerkats in South Africa | Photograph by Andrea Neuhauser
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“We had to get up very early to see the meerkats in their natural habitats. Looks like they were as tired as we were this morning,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Andrea Neuhauser. “But getting up sooo early was really worth it.”

“These meerkats are adorable — they do look tired. I love the way they are all huddled on top of one another, they look so comfortable, so cozy. I love the way they are all looking in different directions. A scene like this is definitely a great reward for waking up early. I love it.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee


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Photo by @globalworming
“I was chasing light at this moment,” says photographer Aurélie Guisiano (@globalworming) of her #WHPNaturalLight submission. “I was driving around the place and I saw those shadows behind the sunrise over the Eiffel Tower. It was amazing — it looked like a bike ballet.” Lucky for us, she pulled her car over and took the picture. 📸


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“Filinia is only 4 weeks old and already knows how to melt people’s hearts” writes @kes_theincredible
#dogsofinstagram


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Nuestro embajador @axeloficial nos cuenta algunos cambios en la rutina familiar que pueden inspirar a otros ¿Tienes un cumpleaños? Trata de elegir obsequios ecológicos, no de plástico, que contribuyan con la preservación del medio ambiente ♻️ #PlanetaOPlástico #PlanetOrPlastic


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Photo by @max.lowe // The Bison is without a doubt, a pilar of the American image. Once numbered around 18 million, the Buffalo were almost hunted to extinction during the western expansion of European settlers across the Great Plains of the US in the late 1800s. From 541 individuals in 1889, the population has since rebounded in specific parks and private lands back up to a sustainable number. I always took for granted growing up with these fluffy ungulates in my backyard here in Montana, but they truly embody part of what it means to be “way out west”. To see more Montana winter follow @max.lowe


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Heeeeeeyyyyyy Taxi - peep the story for a bunch of free wallpapers and let me know in the comments what photo I should post next 🤷🏻‍♂️


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@russ_wildlife || Would you say a caracal kitten is one of the cutest animals alive? When they grow up they can tackle prey three times it’s size, a perfect combination of speed and agility.

Follow @russ_wildlife for more moments in the wild.


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Winter in Grindelwald - Switzerland ✨❤️❤️❤️✨
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Picture by ✨✨@sennarelax✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


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