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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl // Sponsored by @always_brand // On an overcast morning, schoolgirls attending Thabotona Primary School in South Africa perform a traditional dance. Menstruation is a taboo topic in poor South African communities, and girls often start menstruating with little information about what’s happening, leading to fear and a lack of knowledge about how to safely manage their cycles. Teachers in South Africa say they do not always feel it is their role to teach girls about menstruation, nor do they have the skills to do so. The cost of period products proves to be a hindrance for many girls in poor communities, but citizens are trying to overcome that obstacle. In 2010, the ANC Youth League started appealing to the government for free sanitary pads in schools, and the movement gained momentum when then President Zuma promised to expand access to sanitary pads a few months later. Many years have passed, but there is still no federal policy or infrastructure put in place to provide free sanitary pads. // Every day, all over the world, millions of girls miss school because they lack resources to navigate the onset of menstruation. @always_brand provides puberty education and& period products to girls around the world to help keep them confident #LikeAGirl & focused on getting an education. Together we can #EndPeriodPoverty !
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | It doesn’t take long before you feel as though you’re being transported to another dimension while staring into the eye of this pied mossy frog. A patchwork of ornate textures and patterns helps camouflage it, giving it a unique look that seems out of this world. Follow me, @joelsartore to see more. Photo taken @houstonzoo . #piedmossyfrog #frog #amphibian #eye #textured #photoark
Photo by Fritz Hoffmann @fritzphotos | The Tibetan horse racing season is approaching. At the Maqu Gesar races in the Gannan Tibetan prefecture in Gansu, China, a nomad leads a horse across grass fields littered with prayer notes on the way to the race track. To send the prayer notes to higher places, the notes are placed in helium filled balloons, which are let go to rise to the heavens. This week I'm posting pictures from races past, longing to be there myself. Please check out my feed at @fritzphotos #FritzHoffmann #MaquHorseRaces #MaquGrasslands #TibetanHorseFestival #Gannan
Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | Here, one might say that "simba" translates as "caution, speed bump ahead." But of course simba means "lion" in Swahili. This guy, after spending most of the day feasting on a kudu, decided to take his evening nap in the middle of the road. Speed limits in Kruger National Park are low, making wildlife safety the priority over tourist vehicles. #krugernationalpark #lion #SouthAfrica
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Photo by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti @paolowoods and @gabrielegalimbertiphoto I Gary S. Settles is a mechanical and nuclear engineer and distinguished professor emeritus at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. He has conducted extensive research on fluid dynamics and flow visualization, and has become a specialist of Schlieren. Schlieren is a process that uses a curved mirror to visualize the flow of air and fluids of varying density. Invented by the German physicist August Toepler in 1864, it is widely used in aeronautical engineering to photograph the flow of air around objects. In this case, he's demonstrating the turbulence caused by hot air from a candle in his lab in State College. This effect is not visible to the naked eye, but Leonardo da Vinci understood that turbulence in the air is similar to turbulence in fluids, a concept that he had intensely studied and that deeply obsessed him. Check our story in @natgeo for more on #leonardodavinci #leonardo #davinci #schlieren #air
Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | Fantastical portraits with captive wild animals—including bears and wolves—are a big trend in Russia at the moment. Most of the photographers rent the same bear, named Stepan, for the shoots and advertise through Instagram. These models were posing as part of a workshop for aspiring photographers to get their own shots of the bear for their personal Instagrams. Individuals can also hire these photographers to shoot them with the animal of their choice, like the last photo of an 18-year-old girl from Moscow who dreamed of having her photo taken with wolves.
For the June 2019 issue of National Geographic, writer @natashaldaly and I traveled the world to learn about captive wildlife tourism. Our intention is not to shame tourists or photographers who have had these encounters but to arm our readers with information that will help them identify potentially exploitative situations for animals.
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