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Photos by @ciriljazbec / An Uber-like company aims to help riders find safe motorcycle drivers. Peter Kariuki, a 24-year-old founder of the SafeMotos taught himself to code when he was 11. He hopes his company will transform transportation in Africa, starting in Rwanda. Published in recent @natgeo feature 'How this Innovative App Became Africa's Uber'. Follow link in @ciriljazbec to learn more about this story. #Africa #Rwanda #Tech #Revolution #Startups #SafeMotos


Photos by Jodi Cobb @jodicobbphoto. The Olympics are drawing to a close, but have given wonderful insights into the lives and traditions of the people of South Korea. A few years ago, I was commissioned to photograph impressions of the capital, Seoul, through all four seasons. I found a fascinating mix of enduring traditions, futuristic vision and a delightful eccentricity. 1. A model twirling in “hanbok”, the traditional, distinctive and gorgeous attire of the Korean people. Worn daily until a century ago, it’s now saved for ceremonies and celebrations. 2. Looking inside the Jogyesa Temple at a golden Buddha statue, with winter trees reflected in the glass window. 3. A businessman leaving the Gangnam subway station during morning rush hour. 4. A groundskeeper sweeping the steps of the National Museum. Decorated with images of the pyramids, the steps are a surreal trompe l’oeil [trick of the eye] and create a confusing and strange visual illusion. 5. Cars parked under holiday lights. 6. Looking through plastic windows at an ice skating rink. For more images of Seoul and lots of other places, people, things and eccentricities all over the globe, please follow me - @jodicobbphoto. @thephotosociety #Seoul #SouthKorea


Photo by @BrianSkerry. A surprised Yellow Gobi welcomes us into his makeshift home – an abandoned soda can - on the volcanic sandy bottom of Suruga Bay, off the coast of Japan. I was diving at a depth of about 100-feet when I saw some debris on the ocean floor. As I swam past, a flash of color caught my eye, and - as I slowly approached the can - this little fish drifted into the ‘doorway’ of his aluminum home. Diving in this place was like swimming through the pages of a storybook, filled with a fascinating cast of characters. To learn more about my underwater adventures, and to see more of my photography, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #yellow #gobi #pollution #trash #oceanography #oceans #pollution #fish #cute #animals #conservation #photooftheday #protect #oceans #cuteanimal #travelphoto #instagood #followme #onassignment


Photo by @jimmy_chin 12/15/17 Ulvetanna High Camp And so it ended…appropriately in the coldest conditions of the trip. After an 18 hour push and -30f on the summit, we landed back at our high camp where @conrad_anker and I sat for a long while looking at this surreal sight. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17 #homeawayfromhome


Photos by @joeriis // The migrations of elk, mule deer, and pronghorn are the heartbeat of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. These magnificent migrations help us understand the importance of connectivity in our world. @insidenatgeo To learn more, read today's NYT Op-ed by National Geographic Fellow Arthur Middleton. Link to story in my profile @joeriis. #beyondyellowstone


photo by @vincentjmusi Anubis, 2018 From my new work on dogs featured online at Anubis is a majestic rescued Great Dane who was very shy in the studio. Nearly 5 years old, she was truly a gentle giant. I’ve spent much of the last 11 years photographing everything from honeybees to elephants and settled in recently with a personal project photographing the character and beauty of dogs. #yearofthedog You can see more of this work @vincentjmusi #greatdane


photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // In Maramures, Romania I observed traditional agrarian practices and culture still persisting in the modern age. I was told by this elderly lady, who worked hard all day making hay for her horse "This is our cycle of life. We are taking care of the animals and in return they are taking care of us". For more daily life stories around the world, please follow me here: @renaeffendiphoto #work #life #culture #village #rural #traditions #people #animals


Photo by @renan_ozturk // Pilot @shotsfromabove talking about flying an ultralight over @greatsanddunesnps - “you are turning effortlessly and smelling the landscape, noticing the details around you in all directions, and the subtle ways the light reflects through it all...and the wing itself” ~ part of the a new short film project about public lands with @chrisburkard. ~ See @renan_ozturk for more! #publicland #nationalparks


Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz The Tuareg call it “the castle”, an area of wind-eroded rock in the Tassili du Hoggar, five hours in 4x4 from Tamanrasset, Algeria. The area was littered with unnamed and unclimbed pinnacles of sandstone. Check out the view I got of these castles in the sand from my paraglider ===> @geosteinmetz #notadrone #DesertAirBook


Photo by @ciriljazbec / This is George Chege, a member of a tech space called Gearbox that is based in Nairobi. He came up with a solution for Mama Grace, a farmer, who lost many chicks due to irregular temperature conditions. His innovation, a smart chick brooder, regulates the environment in the brooding space automatically and sends real-time updates on farmers phone. His solution not only saved Mama Grace’s time and money but also increased her yields. / Honoured to get the award for this photo essay 'Africa's Tech Generation' at the Pictures of the Year International! Hopefully this will give even more exposure to a different kind of story from Africa. One that is inspiring and positive! Follow @ciriljazbec to see more photos from this story. #Kenya #Nairobi #Gearbox #Africa #Tech #POY75 #award


Photo by @cristinamittermeier // I am working on a new book and as I go through my photos I am finding lots of images of people with “interesting stuff on their heads”. I photographed this Kayapó elder during a warrior’s ceremony. He was wearing a beautiful headdress made with the feathers of Amazonian parrots and macaws that people keep as pets so that they can pluck some feathers whenever they need to repair or make a new headdress. To see more photos of “Interesting stuff people wear on their heads” #follow me at @cristinamittermeier #beauty @NatGeoCreative @The_Explorers_Club @ThePhotoSociety #culture #hat #headgear #interesting @kayapoproject #portaitphotography


photo by @vincentjmusi Vegas, 2018 A name like Vegas invokes curiosity and intrigue. She is a 14 year-old Greyhound that was adopted as a puppy. She was never raced, which is fairly unusual for these graceful dogs. She was a good sport about being photographed, most dogs are, particularly when food is involved. This a personal project on the character and beauty of dogs and you are seeing it develop as I work through this #yearofthedog Thanks for sharing your your dog pictures with me and for your suggestions, I’m touched by your outreach and kind words about this work. I wish I could travel to every place suggested and photograph all of the incredible dogs. Give me time, I’m just getting started - I post more of these @vincentjmusi where I welcome your input. #greyhound


Pablo Pacherres walks alone into a rice field in the early hours to earn money as a day laborer to pay for his daughter’s cost of treatment for her Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown cause (#CKDu). Two of his sons already succumbed to the disease. Many rural families have to go to extraordinary lengths to get the treatment they need in Northern Peru. As Pablo said, “When my son got sick I sold my roof, I sold my land. After a few months of treatment I had nothing left and my son died. Now I work when I can to take care of my family.” @edkashi and @t_laffay on assignment with support from @natgeo Explorer Award to document #CKDu in desolate Northern Peru. @InsideNatGeo @NatGeoExplorers @edkashi @t_laffay #peru #ckdu


Photo by @jtkerby // This male gelada monkey shakes off his mane as shadows fall on the Great Rift Valley below. A primate unique to the Ethiopian Highlands, with one of the strangest diets (mostly grass!) and colorations (red chest patch and large mane) of any monkey. Ethiopia has made the news in recent weeks for political reasons, but for geladas life in the highlands goes on as usual - for now. As with many photos taken #OnAssignment, this one didn’t make the cut for the magazine. To see more about the people and other wildlife that call this region home, see my profile @jtkerby // 🇪🇹 #Ethiopia #Gelada #NatGeo


Photo by @mishkusk (Michaela Skovranova) A juvenile humpback whale after feeding. This photograph was captured off the coast of the Kingdom of Tonga. - Every year thousands of whales migrate to these warm waters to breed and give birth. The annual migration of humpback whales from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to their breeding grounds in Tonga is one of the largest and longest animal movements in the world and is essential for their survival as a species. The calves are believed to consume up to 150 liters of their mother’s rich and fatty milk per day, allowing them to gain weight at the rate of about 45 kgs per day. They will need all their strength for the long and tedious journey to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. #wildlife #nature #underwater #ocean #humpbackwhale #tonga #humpbackwhalecalf


Photo by @hammond_robin for @onedayinmyworld - "The last sign said that we were crazy people – it was not correct. We are not marked by this ugly name now. I feel equal, I am no longer ashamed by the name of the institution.” Darko lived in the “Home for the Insane” until its name and mission were changed to provide support for beneficiaries living independently in apartments. Now it is called 'Centre for People Like Us’. Darko has lived in psychiatric institutions since the age of 11. Soon, with the support of ‘Centre for People Like Us’ he will move into his own home. He will still receive support, but will live independently. - Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize. - #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld


Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Can you guess what is wrong with this penguin? We spent a month in Antarctica on assignment for @natgeo and it was not until the second week that I realized we had not seen snow once. Every day, however, we experienced several hours of incessant rain. As temperatures warm in Antarctica, the weather regime is changing from snow to rain. In the past, the penguin colony would be covered in snow but now, it is a large, muddy mess. Baby penguins are covered in fluffy down and they can easily preen themselves when it snows. When they get muddy and wet, their down loses its insulation ability and as temperatures drop at night, they become hypothermic and die. As the debate on weather or not to protect the Antarctic Peninsula starts to play out, I hope that the members of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), who will be voting on this issue are inspired to protect it for all humanity. #Followme at @cristinamittermeier and follow the conversation at @Sea_legacy


Photo by @coryrichards // Captured #withGalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Sukri, a Sri Lankan butcher, stands in his stall during a lull in traffic. Meat consumption in Sri Lanka, as with many places, is influenced by religious belief, namely the consumption of beef and pork. Because rice is the staple component of the Sri Lankan diet, used most commonly in curries, meat plays a vital role in the intake of protein. Meat consumption habits are changing slowly however, shifting away from fresh and frozen meats like those sold by Sukri, in favor of processed meat products. This is likely due to socio-economic shifts and nutritional awareness. Regardless, the shift is making stalls like his harder and harder to maintain.


Photo by @jimmy_chin Fenriskjeften Range aka “The Wolf’s Jaw.” Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17