Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Mustang, a former kingdom in north-central Nepal, is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. Hidden within the Himalaya are an extraordinary number of human-built caves, also known as the sky caves of Nepal. No one knows who dug them. Or why. Seven hundred years ago, Mustang was a bustling place and a center of Buddhist scholarship and art. Pictured here, a Buddhist monk practices a puja within the modern city of Mustang. #followme @coryrichards for more #travel #culture and #mystery from around the world.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | During the raising of the Greek flag, an evzone, a member of the Greek presidential guard, stands atop the ancient Acropolis hill, with the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple seen on the right, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #acropolis #Athens #Greece
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A herd of elephants moves through forests of mopane and apple leaf trees at sunset. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #elephants #botswana #conservation
Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | Magd and Nisrine snap a selfie on their wedding day in Tunis over the summer. Magd is one of six adult siblings from Raqqa, Syria, that I've been photographing for the past few years—they've each had to leave home and make a new life somewhere in Europe or the Middle East. The Ahmads are an ordinary family whose lives were thrown into chaos by war, and a huge part of telling their story involves seeing how they've all stayed connected through a 21st-century melange of social media and messaging apps. For more of their story, from France to Qatar to Norway, head to @dzalcman and check out the latest pinned story on my profile.
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Mist sweeps across an area of open water during the annual freeze-up of Hudson Bay, Canada. Every autumn, this huge expanse of salt water undergoes a dramatic change. In the space of just a few days, the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. This event is hotly anticipated by polar bears—the ice allows them to hunt their primary prey, the ringed seal. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #bear #arctic #cold #wild_life #wildlife
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Climbing Sherpas: Kagi is smiling and Lakpah seems concerned as we wait in hypoxic conditions for the sun to hit 28,000 feet, close to the Everest summit. This climb shifted my perspective on the evolving role of the climbing sherpas and high-altitude guides, which we'll show in an upcoming @natgeo supported film. Overall these workers are rightly exercising their power over the outcome of big foreign expeditions and gaining agency at the roof of the world. Follow @renan_ozturk for a deeper look into the state of affairs on #Everest .
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | Flamingo Bob visits the A.E. Goiloschool in Julianadorp, Curaçao. Bob is an animal ambassador for my cousin Odette's conservation charity @fdoccuracao. Odette, a veterinarian, rescued the bird after it flew against a hotel window on the island, and during the rehabilitation process she discovered it couldn't be released back to the wild due to a chronic foot condition (among other things). She decided to take care of the bird and make him an ambassador for her charity. Kids are excited to know about the natural world and what happens in it. Using their natural curiosity and love of animals is a great way to teach them about conservation. Just taking your kids around your neighborhood and talking about the trees and animals you see could be enough to show them how important the natural world is to our survival. With your help, they’ll become educated stewards of planet Earth. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob. #flamingobob #flamingo #natureeducation #conservationhero #curacao
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | The Old City of Jerusalem is not only a holy place and home to several of the world’s religions and their followers, but also a good place to meet visitors from around the world. I love wandering the different quarters and pathways, chatting with various folks and photographing the terrain and diversity of life, all contained within a .9-square- kilometer walled area inside the modern city of Jerusalem. #jerusalem #old city
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | A baby fur seal conceals itself in a pot to avoid a stampede of adult fur seals on South Georgia Island, Antarctica. At first glance this moment might seem cute, but there is a both an irony and a dark history here: These pots were used to boil the fat off of elephant seals, a pinniped like this fur seal, in the early 20th century, only a hundred years ago. Elephant seals were hunted for their body fat, and fur seals were nearly wiped out for their fur. When the killing eventually stopped, fur seals rebounded to their historic numbers, and today elephant seal populations are also healthy and thriving. Follow me @PaulNicklen to find out how you can join a movement striving to create healthier, more abundant oceans. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #History #Seals
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | Young men hang out on the streets of Colchani, a small village of salt miners on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia. The Salarde Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. This photo was part of book project in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.
Video by Steve Winter @stevewinterphoto | Scarface spent four days swimming and walking the aisles of his "supermarket"—the Pantanal rivers—looking for a caiman dinner. Nature does not let you pick things off the shelves; you need to work very hard for your food. Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we all need, for our life. Jaguars are the third largest of the big cats. Found from U.S.-Mexico border to northern Argentina, jaguars have rebounded in the Pantanal area, where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguar range. Also, poaching for skins, bones, and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970s to feed the demand for Asian traditional medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too": @wildaid. If we save big cats, we can help save ourselves. These are a sequence of images I shot that led to the image published in National Geographic Magazine, shown at the end. @natgeoimagecollection
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | While it was barely visible to the naked eye, a rare spectacle was revealed with a long exposure. The moon setting just behind Mount Whitney and the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada formed rays through wildfire smoke on this August 2016 night in California. At 14,505 feet (4,421 m), Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S. Follow me @babaktafreshi for the World at Night photography. #saveournightsky #twanight #sierranevada #mtwhitney