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Image by @markosian | This image is part of a series on refugee children who arrived to Germany by boat. A year later, now in Europe, they’re learning to swim as a way of overcoming their fear of water and the journey they’ve made. #germany #refugees

Photo by @hammond_robin for @onedayinmyworld - "Before Samuel fell sick, we were doing everything together," says 30 year old Martin Donkoh (right), a nursing student from Ghana, about his brother, 28 year old Samuel (left), who has schizophrenia. After Samuel fell sick, “We wondered if God forgot about us — if he’d forsaken us,” Martin said. The Donkoh family sought help for Samuel’s mental health condition at the Nazareth Prayer Camp however his condition worsened. He was often chained up to stop him walking off. Samuel has since left the camp and is now an in-patient at Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in Ghana. - Of the 2.4 million Ghanaians living with mental health conditions only 3 percent receive care at medical facilities (according to the World Health Organisation). Filling the void are thousands of prayer camps offering the promise of a cure through prayer. These camps operate without mental health professionals and virtually no government oversight. - #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth 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. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld

Photo by @williamalbertallard // Regata on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy, 1969 My first visit to Italy was for @natgeo magazine in 1969 to make photographs of Venice. On the day of the regata on the Grand Canal I had arranged to be allowed to photograph from the window of an apartment overlooking the bend in the Canal. I used a special wide angle camera I owned briefly to make the image. It was called and Zeiss Hologon Ultra Wode with a fixed 15mm lens. I’d received the camera earlier that year as part of winning the White House Photographer of the Year Award. I was a member of the White House Photographers Association although I never worked in the White House. The image of the regata I made has always reminded me of a miniature painting with great detail that reflects a more ancient era. The camera I used was stolen later that year by two kids zipping by on a motor scooter as I walked along a roadside somewhere in South Vietnam. I was disappointed to have it stolen but can’t say I really missed it. I’ve never been a sure wide angle kind of photographer. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images of Venice and other assignments spanning five decades. @thephotosociety #venice #italy #grandcanal #gondola #filmphotography #60s

Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Last prayers of the day at Yusof Ishak Mosque draws a crowd. It’s the 8th day of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection. #ramadan #prayers #whatmakessg #devotion @natgeoasia @natgeocreative. For more on #singapore and the Far East, check out @yamashitaphoto

Photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - A young rat pokes its head out of a hole in the road on West Broadway at dawn this morning. Garbage and close proximity to construction sites are two factors that allow rats to thrive in this part of Lower Manhattan. Shot on assignment for for @natgeo with the help of @georgemckenziejr

Photo @ladzinski / From the car it looked like a mirage, blurredly wobbling in the distance from the heat reflecting off of the desert. As we drew in closer however it was an even stranger site; a giant cinder cone isolated in the #salardearizaro salt flat towering at roughly 400 feet tall. A #minorvolcano that never generated enough power to erupt. It’s considered sacred to the local Aymara people and a surreal geological feature to see at any angle. I shot this vertical pano here from roughly 1,500 feet above the desert floor, this aerial vantage really shows the isolation and contrast of this incredible #cindercone. To see more photos from this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski

Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Spirit Bears, or Kermode Bears, need a thriving and diverse ecosystem to survive, and in turn, these bears play a vital role in preserving and fostering the health of British Columbia’s coastline. When any species is in distress, the entire ecosystem feels the ripple effect—including us. #followme at @PaulNicklen to learn why the balance of British Columbia's ecosystem is at a critical tipping point.

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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo this week in West Africa. Small shark heads are set out to dry beside the harbor in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Shark fishing is illegal here, but there is a lot of by-catch. The fins are sent to China for soup, and the meat and heads are sold in Nigeria and Spain. Only by identifying problems like this can we begin to find solutions. To see more from my current fieldwork in West Africa follow @geosteinmetz #fishing #sustainability

Image by @Joelsartore | Blood pythons like this one at @TheOmahaZoo can grow to be almost 6 feet (1.8 m) in length! They reside in southeast Asia and feed on a variety of mammals and birds. These snakes are non-venomous but sometimes can be aggressive and deliver a painful bite when threatened or aggravated. Snakes like this are incredibly important to the environment. Without them, we would be completely overrun with rodents, which would be detrimental to crops, property, and our general health. To see another picture of this python visit @joelsartore

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Photo and words by @BrianSkerry. A spinner dolphin calf - seen in the foreground - with a plastic bag encircling its head swims with her mother in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii. While working on a story about dolphins for @natgeo, I saw this mother dolphin playing with a plastic bag. Dolphins often pick up objects floating in the sea - such as seaweed or leaves - and play games, passing the object to another dolphin swimming behind them. In this case the adult dolphin passed the bag to her calf. The calf picked up the plastic bag and in the process the bag slipped over her head and formed a ring behind her eyes. I was swimming as hard as possible alongside the animal and was trying to reach the calf to pull off the bag, but she stayed just beyond my reach. It was frustrating and horrifying to see this happening so close to me and yet I was unable to help. Eventually, the young dolphin leap into the air, twirling around, as spinner dolphins do to dislodge parasites (hence the name spinner dolphins). On her second attempt, the bag flew off of her head and she was free! I picked up the bag, brought it to the boat and disposed of it once back on land. Plastic is a serious problem for every creature on the planet. To learn more about these fascinating creatures and the threats that humans pose to them, and to see photos from my adventures around the world, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #spinner #dolphin #dolphins #ocean #underwater #photography #nationalgeographic #natgeo #travel #hawaii #oahu #water #tropical #animals #photooftheday #onassignment #planetorplastic #plastic

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Photos by @CarltonWard >>> My first grant from the National Geographic Society was for the first Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition (2012). Starting in Everglades National Park at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, our team paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades north to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. Swipe right for a map showing our route, alongside the route of our 2015 expedition (also supported by NGS) that followed the western reaches of the Corridor from the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando around the Gulf Coast to Alabama. My next few posts will share photos from these expeditions, starting with a moment during the first week when Joe Guthrie (background) and I were push poling our kayaks through the sawgrass of the Shark River Slough in the heart of Everglades National Park (remote camera mounted to my bow). See @carltonward for a photo of a crocodile we saw on our first day paddling. We didn’t see people outside our team for several days as we explored the vast watery wilderness of this World Heritage Area that arguably has the most to lose if we fail to protect a corridor to keep the Everglades connected to its headwaters in Central Florida and the rest of the country beyond. My current #pathofthepanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to this same issue through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues to sprawl on its current trajectory. The third photo shows new development squeezing a fragile bottleneck in the Corridor near Orlando. Please share this story so we can help save the #floridawildlifecorridor please and connect with me @carltonward. @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo. #everglades #expedition #floridawild #keepflwild. Expedition members not pictured: @mallorydimmitt @filmnatureman.

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Video by @renan_ozturk Summit of The North Shooter tower in #bearsearsnationalmonument last night captured from an ultralight trike aircraft. It was such a honor to climb the tower with Matt Redd whose family has run the cattle ranch on this land for generations and to hear the cowboy perspective on the conservation of this space. Stay tuned for @argonautphoto’s feature article on Bears Ears coming soon. With @jamesqmartin @shotsfromabove #cowboy #climbing See @renan_ozturk’s stories for a play by play of this climb!