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Photo by Robin Hammond @Hammond_Robin | I am not a war photographer, but several times while documenting mental health in Africa I found myself in the middle of a conflict. When I arrived in Mogadishu in 2011, the front line ran down one of the main streets. This photo is from a former psychiatric hospital close to the fighting. The foreign, nongovernmental organization running it had left. A Muslim cleric took over, and here he recites verses of the Quran through a blowhorn, in an attempt to heal patients. The World Health Organisation @WHO has said 1 in 3 Somalis live with a mental health condition. After decades of war, famine, and displacement this can hardly be a surprise. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Photographers can raise awareness, but I wonder how useful that is if it does not lead to action. On the campaign website www.onedayinmyworld.com you can read about my own struggle with this question. To see more from the project (and to find a link to that story ) follow @onedayinmyworld
Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames I Spinner dolphins hunt for sardines and lantern fish in the clear Pacific waters off Costa Rica. Spinners form huge pods of up over 1,000 individuals. They are known as spinner dolphins because they spin (up to 5.5 times ) as they leap from the water. Shot two days ago on assignment for @natgeo for a story on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsular, with @osaconservation @uwrealm and @pstalks In order to protect places like this, we need to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030. #CampaignforNature
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | World Turtle Day is May 23, and it can't come a moment too soon. Turtles have roamed the Earth for more than 200 million years but struggle to adapt to today’s rapidly changing environment, caused by habitat destruction, human consumption, the pet trade, and climate change. Like this southern river terrapin @accb_cambodia , more than half of the Earth’s 360 turtle and tortoise species are on the brink of extinction. This species is among the 25 most endangered freshwater turtle and tortoise species of the world and is the national reptile of Cambodia. Referred to as the “royal turtle,” this iconic species is already extinct in Singapore and likely Vietnam, with only small populations surviving in a few river systems in Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Allwetterzoo Münster, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Cambodia’s fisheries administration are jointly working to protect the royal turtle by protecting their last remaining habitats, maintaining "captive assurance" colonies, conducting research, and raising awareness of this iconic species. If you like turtles and would like to contribute to conservation efforts, share this post with your friends and turtles lovers and join us to celebrate World Turtle Day! To learn more about this and other amazing species, follow me, @joelsartore #worldturtleday #photoark #savetogether
Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | This photo took weeks to capture. Waiting patiently in my blind, camera ready, I was finally rewarded with the opportunity to photograph the elusive coastal wolves of British Columbia. The den mother brought her pups out in front of me and proceeded to nap peacefully. Meanwhile, these playful, young wolves respected their mother’s sleep and explored the intertidal zone, finding an eagle feather to play with. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more photos and stories from #BeautifulBC #coastalwolf #BritishColumbia #ocean
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | The Arrigetch Peaks, whose name translates as "fingers of the outstretched hand" in the regional Inupiat language, are a cluster of rugged granite spires in the Brooks Range in northern Alaska. I was lucky to not only take aerial photographs of these beautiful peaks but also to climb over them while photographing the National Geographic story "Circling Alaska in 176 Days," published in 2011.
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I During a Buddhist religious festival called Tshechu, young monks in costume hang out in their dorm room, waiting for their turn to perform Tibetan "cham" dances at the Gasa monastery in Bhutan. Tshechus are large gatherings that facilitate social bonding among people from remote and spread-out villages. From a recent @natgeo assignment. For more cultural encounters, visit @paleyphoto #himalayanculture #buddhism #bhutan #tshechu #mountainworld
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A view of Pyongyang at dawn across the Taedong River from a window in the Yanggakdo Hotel. Towering above the rest is the 105-story, pyramid-shaped Rygyong Hotel, under construction since 1987. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.
Photo by Andy Mann @andy_mann | Walruses haul out on the icy banks of Svalbard, Norway. Walruses are rather slow and awkward onshore, but in the water they're in their element, and incredibly agile and fast. Bear this in mind when you're nearby in a small boat: On my first @natgeo magazine assignment to Arctic Russia in 2013, we had our inflatable zodiac suddenly punctured when we surprised a large territorial male in the water. All in a day's work behind the lens. Please follow me @andy_mann for adventures in arctic conservation.
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | A man and his children play around an Olympic-size pool atop Bibi Mahroo Hill, commonly known as Swimming Pool Hill, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Once used by the Taliban as an execution ground, the area now has benches and shaded areas to take in panoramic views of the city.
Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | In December 2008, a dike ruptured at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant near Kingston, Tennessee, pouring more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash into the Emory River. More than 200 cleanup workers and family members are now suing TVA's main contractor, Jacobs Engineering, for refusing to provide them with protective equipment and for causing their debilitating, and in some cases deadly, diseases. Jeff Brewer stands outside of the Kingston plant on the tenth anniversary of the spill. Like many cleanup workers, he has serious medical conditions that began when he was working with coal ash every day. "They told us it wouldn't hurt us," he says. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo For more photos from this story, follow me @maddiemcgarvey
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I Kyrgyz girls wait for their mother to come and help them handle the family yaks for the evening milking. Up in the Afghan Pamir mountains, life is harsh; it has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates and about 10 months of winter a year, and it's extremely isolated. This Kyrgyz community of roughly 1,300 lives inside the recently established Wakhan National Park, the second and largest national park in Afghanistan. For more cultural encounters, visit @paleyphoto #pamirmountains #mountainworld #mountainculture
Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I The "glacial river lagoon" (Icelandic: Jökulsárlón ) is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. The first settlers arrived in Iceland around 870 C.E., when the edge of the tongue of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier was about 12 miles (20 km ) further north than it is today. As glacial retreat has extended its boundaries, the lake has increased fourfold in size since the 1970s, and is reported to be the deepest lake in Iceland (over 815ft (248m ) deep. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material on this and future projects @simonnorfolkstudio #glaciers #photojournalism #iceland #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk