Muslim women pray on the baseball field at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Thousands of people gathered for the early morning prayer. Photograph by @lynseyaddario, on assignment for @natgeo. #onassignment #eid

6/26/2017 5:56:14 AM 1190

Video @ladzinski / Waves, played in reverse, rolling under a vibrant sunset on the stunningly beautiful island #martinique at the foot of Mont Pelée. Mont Pelée is the island's prominent volcano and last erupted in 1902, destroying Saint-Pierre and killing over 28,000 people in 2 minutes! 🇲🇶

6/25/2017 11:43:15 PM 1325

BASE jumpers jump off a 1000 meter cliff in Kjerag, Norway during the annual gathering of 2017 Heliboogie. Hundreds of BASE jumpers from all over the world participated in the event completing over 1100 jumps in the three days. Video shot by @shaulschwarz with @christinaclusiau

6/25/2017 8:47:00 PM 1633
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Photo by @johnstanmeyer - As if time stands still, as still as this hotel desk clerk who days previous had hardly moved. Remembering strangely pleasant moments while on past @natgeo assignment at a simple hotel in Sumatra, Indonesia. To see more of my work from over 14 story's with National Geographic magazine personal projects, films, and IG Stories, follow me on Instagram @johnstanmeyer - @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #indonesia #sumatra #hotel #frontdesk #blue #red #standingstill #time

6/25/2017 6:29:55 PM 295

Photograph by @thomaspeschak A scalloped hammerhead cruises past a school of steel pompano on a rocky reef in the northern Galápagos Islands. Warmer sea temperatures can lead to higher parasite loads in sharks and also cause infections, visible as white patches on their flanks below the dorsal fin. These hammerheads are normally skittish but the need to visit cleaning stations serviced by various reef fish (they remove and feed on the shark's parasites) trumped any shyness. They completely ignored my presence and allowed me to record visual evidence of skin infections in dozens of hammerheads. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the June 2017 story Galápagos: Life in the Balance. In collaboration with @darwinfound @saveourseasfoundation @pelayosalinas #galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel #photooftheday #sharks #climatechange

6/25/2017 4:47:35 PM 781

Floating effortlessly above the stormy waters of Lake Ontario a kaleidoscopic sphere of perfection defies time. Every fragile second of its existence warping reality–a circle leading back to place of youth and friendships unbroken. Then past, present and future collapse, the gate to another dimension closes—yet it remains more extraordinary than reality, a memory. Photo by @kengeiger

6/25/2017 6:53:26 AM 2416

Photo by @anandavarma. A wooly false vampire bat (Chrotopterus auritus) in flight. This species is one of the largest bats in the new world and hunts birds, rodents, and other bats. I photographed this male in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Rodrigo Medellin (aka the “batman of Mexico”, @rodrigomedellin1223) trained it to fly across a flight cage on cue. For a behind the scenes look at carnivorous bat training, check out my feed @anandavarma. #bats #flight #onassignment #mexico #yucatan @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

6/25/2017 12:31:54 AM 1382
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Image by @markosian: In the isolated hills of southern Georgia, a religious dissident known as a Spirit Wrestler, or Doukhobor, in the village of Gorelovka, Georgia. Originating in Russia, the pacifist group believes God resides within every person, rendering the need for the church. Gorelovka was once the spiritual center for Doukhobors. Today there are less than 100 of them left. #georgia

6/24/2017 7:40:03 PM 954

@natgeo @stevewinterphoto A pride of lions takes a stroll on one of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s dirt roads. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat – you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest! We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive #instawild #instashooters #wildlife #wildlife photojournalism #videooftheday @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #natgeocreative #onassignment #wildlife conservation #inthefield #wildlife photojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork
 #wildaid #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats #canonusa @reddigitalcinema @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

6/24/2017 5:44:36 PM 1322

Photos by @jenniferhayesig, Mark Thiessen, and @marcogrob | National Geographic and @Rolex have supported the history-making endeavors of some of the world’s most distinguished explorers. Among them: photographer @daviddoubilet, filmmaker James Cameron, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle. - A message from National Geographic Society President and CEO, Gary E. Knell: National Geographic is synonymous with exploration. Similarly, Rolex has long been driven by the spirit of exploration, and continues to support pioneering ventures in discovery and conservation. This month, we are pleased to announce an enhanced partnership with Rolex—the first of its kind in National Geographic history—that further unifies the efforts of our two organizations. Our shared goals in this new partnership are to advance human knowledge. To raise awareness of the planet’s challenges as well as its marvels. And to inspire the next generation of explorers as they seek solutions that will ensure a healthy and sustainable future. How will we pursue these goals? By focusing, during the next five years, on three critical attributes of our planet: the oceans, the poles, and the mountains. We will enable and participate in expeditions that lead to scientific discovery, foster research and invention that will yield new exploration technologies, and convene summits and activities that generate public support for conservation. We invite you to explore with us, as we dive into this exciting future.

6/24/2017 3:22:25 PM 716

Photo by @johnstanmeyer - Always the pleasant unexpected during the expected, offers so much to my lack of expecting anything at all. Thankful when a light shun in the emerald chambers upon a priest befuddled by curiosity in the ancient church of Biete Medhane Alem, Lalibela, Ethiopia. To follow my photography from more than 14 stories with @natgeo, personal projects, films, follow me on Instagram @johnstanmeyer - @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ethiopia #lalibela #BieteMedhaneAlem #church #priest #portrait #emerald #red

6/24/2017 1:05:28 PM 402
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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses for his portrait underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities. Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have yielded havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. We live at a pivotal moment in history, where we understand the problems and have solutions; We simply need the will to take action. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible should be a national imperative. To see more images of ocean wildlife follow @BrianSkerry on Instagram. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #gulfofmaine #maine #newengland #ne #ocean #underwater #photography #nat #geo #national #geographic #protect #conserve #preserve #nature #seal #cute #animals #atlantic #photooftheday

6/24/2017 12:18:49 AM 7471

Photo by @FransLanting Half an hour from where I live on the coast of California, sea lions haul out by the thousands on Año Nuevo Island, a rocky outcrop at the northern tip of Monterey Bay. It’s a great testimonial to the natural abundance and the resurgence of life that happened here after the protection of the California coast and the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which covers more than 6,000 square miles and harbors 34 species of marine mammals, including these sea lions. Follow me @FransLanting for more scenes from Monterey Bay. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @MBNMS #montereybay #sealions #nature #WildlifePhotography #NationalMarineSanctuaries #AnoNuevoStatePark

6/23/2017 7:24:29 PM 1389

Video by @joelsartore at Parc Assango, managed by ONG Animal's World in Gabon. African golden cats are forest-dependent creatures living in equatorial Africa, a part of the world that is being ravaged by deforestation. As their habitat is lost, mainly to palm oil plantations, African golden cat populations are steadily disappearing. They’re now listed as vulnerable on the #IUCN Redlist. By avoiding the purchase of products that contain palm oil, we can make a statement that we will not tolerate the excessive destruction of this animal’s habitat. This seven-year-old male African golden cat named Tigri is the only one of his species currently kept anywhere in human care. His intense stare made him among the most memorable creatures we’ve brought on board the ark. Tigri now he stands as an ambassador for his entire species and will help us spread the word about the importance of its conservation. . To see a portrait of this beautiful cat, check out @joelsartore. . . #africangoldencat #bigcats #cats #golden #gold #cute #paws #nature #wildlife #nature photography #wildlife photography #animalconservation #wildlife conservation #cuteanimals #notapet #notopalmoil #palmoil #photoark #natgeo #savetogether

6/23/2017 3:38:41 PM 957

Photo by @TimLaman. Baby elephants are well protected by their mothers and the whole herd, but somehow never get trampled though they are often among many big legs. Elephants are huge, but not clumsy! Head to @TimLaman to see more from my Tanzania collection. #elephant , #serengeti , #tanzania , #africa @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

6/23/2017 2:31:48 PM 1863