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Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A leatherback sea turtle crawls back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Sandy Point, located on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Listed as vulnerable, this species of sea turtle has an ancestry that dates back more than 100 million years. Today they face a number of anthropogenic stresses - including entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and climate change - which affects the sex of turtle hatchlings. Sandy Point is a National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service who are responsible for protecting these nesting beaches. The combination of conservation efforts here and in the nearby Buck Island Reef National Monument have benefitted sea turtle species in this region.

I made this photo under moonlight at 2am, after weeks of working at night on these beaches. Being in this place with these ancient animals was like traveling back in time to a primordial Earth.

This picture won first place in the Reptiles and Amphibians Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition on October 17th in London.

Photographed for the February 2017 cover story in @natgeo about saving our oceans.

To see more ocean wildlife photos and read the stories behind them, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram.
#WPY53 #conservation #climatechange #seaturtle #travelphoto #follow #travelphotography #photography #naturephotography #turtle #cute #longexposure #followme #natgeo #stcroix #usvi #caribbean #ocean #beach #turle #sea #climate #nightphoto #night

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Photograph by @jasonedwardsng // #Sponsored by @Penfolds // Adelaide Hills is home to a number of noble grapes varieties, rolling hills and a cool climate. Known for its wine and their distinctive and bold characteristics, this exciting wine region is now getting recognized around the world. #Penfolds magic is founded in the diverse and rich wine regions of South Australia, where every bottle starts its story. Discover more at penfolds.com


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Blausee - Switzerland ✨💚💚💚✨ Picture by ✨✨@doounias✨✨ check out her awesome feed!!!


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Hamamatsu-cho (浜松町)
#RECO_ig

Tokyo, Japan
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Lights, cameras, action // 5th Avenue w/ the Sony RX10 IV #ad - Now through October 31st, check out Pushing the Lens @SonySquareNYC & get hands on w/ the latest Sony camera technology ✨📷👌🏻

Flatiron District, NYC
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#Repost @natgeowild
你有那麼近看過土撥鼠嗎?
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Discover the life of a prairie dog in the shadow of America's first National Monument.

Watch "Devils Dogs" by Jim Pattiz (@jimpattiz) for the #WILDxRED Challenge, powered by @reddigitalcinema, on YouTube.com/NatGeoWILD



#WILDxRED #reddigitalcinemas #filmmaker #wildlife #nature #shortfilm


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“Autumn smells good” writes @tikken_the_vizsla
#dogsofinstagram


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Tactile | Photograph by Ethel Nalule (@ethel)
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“I woke up bright and early to catch the sun shining through my window blinds. I titled this photo ‘tactile’ for a series I am currently working on portraying my battle with Lyme disease,” writes Your Shot photographer Ethel Nalule. “Tactile by definition means, ‘connected with a sense of touch.’ One of my symptoms is Allodynia, a rather painful and uncomfortable feeling all over my body, caused by the lightest touch. Pain from clothing, pain from wind, pain from anything. The severity is different from day to day.”

“Thank you for sharing your story. I love how your frame resonates with Your Shot photographer Andrea LaRiviere: ‘I like the rawness of this image. The light is beautiful and hot. I too have Lyme disease (have had it for over 11 years now). My skin does not hurt like yours, instead it is muscle pain all over my body in random places and severe migraines… My heart goes out to you. I hope you find a way to deal with the cruelties this disease inflicts. It seems you have through your photography.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)
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This photo was selected for our “Quiet Moments” story, curated by David Y. Lee. To submit to our current assignments “Chasing Moments” curated by @natgeo photographer Ami Vitale (@amivitale) and “Because of Her” curated by @natgeo photographer Amy Toensing (@amytoensing) and David Y. Lee, go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer


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Photo by @samlaks
“I love connecting with people,” says documentary photographer Samyukta Lakshmi (@samlaks). “I think it’s a privilege when people open up their lives to you and let you tell their story through photos.”
Samyukta is currently on the ground in her hometown of Bangalore, India, for the five-day #Diwali festival, a Hindu holiday celebrated throughout the world. “Diwali is the festival of lights,” she explains. “It is the celebration of good over evil, light over darkness.”
Watch our Instagram story right now to take in the sights and sounds of Diwali celebrations from all over India.


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Un buzo nada en el #CenoteCarWash en Quintana Roo, #México. 📷  PH: Paul Nicklen.


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Photo by @robertclarkphoto: A #monk poses in forest roots that devour ruins at Ta Prohm. #cambodia #angkorwat #temple


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Nothing like hiking the Swiss alps in the middle of the night and getting lost for 4hrs w/ iPhone flashlights to lead the way and still managing to end up here 5 min before sunrise 🌄 Thanks to my brother @linomeoli for following me on this amazing Swiss adventure, wouldn't have been the same without you fam. Tip: If you plan to hike from Zermatt to Stellisee for sunrise do not follow the google maps🚶🏽directions!!! Prob a bad idea for any hike 😅

Stellisee
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Last Spring in Paris 🌸

Paris, France
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The Andes are pretty incredible. Taking off today and going all the way north to the other end of the country in Salta. Temperatures will be much warmer. I got a nasty cold here so I’m looking forward to warm weather and sun.

Los Glaciares National Park is the 340th World Heritage Site I’ve visited.

#everythingeverywhere #unesco #worldheritagesites #worldheritagesite #worldheritage #argentina #atws2017

Los Glaciares National Park
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#Followmeto the heart of Florence with @natalyosmann. What is the most romantic city for you?
#следуйзамной к самому сердцу Флоренции вместе с @natalyosmann! Флоренция - Мекка для влюбленных. А какой город вы считаете самым романтичным?

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Hydra by night. A perfect long weekend getaway. In mid-September, the heat backs off and the water is still warm. A long trek or two gives good coverage of the island. Food is excellent, especially if fish and seafood are your thing and you don't mind feta, local cheeses, and Greek wine. Throw in an afternoon boat ride along the southwestern shore, a few dips in the Gulf of Hydra, some late afternoon strolls and a lie-in or two and you'll have the makings for a perfect shoulder/mid-season break.

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