What We Liked

October 13th, 2017

Here are our editors’ favorite Instagram posts from our photographers this week.

Photo by Keith Ladzinski
"A cool fact about elephants is that you can identify weather they are right or left handed based on which of their tusks is worn down more. Tusks are used primarily for foraging and defense. On this bull here, you can see that his right tusk is more battered. It isn’t uncommon to see broken or fully worn down tusks on older elephants. Unlike antlers, they do not regrow once they are damaged or gone."
Photo by Ami Vitale
"Barbara Kingsolver wrote this so eloquently, 'When drought parches wells and streams, someone must carry water. When storms bring devastation and disease, someone has to nurse the sick. Climate change hits hardest on the planet’s vulnerable edges. If women hold up half the sky, what do we do when it seems the sky is falling?'"
Photo by Matthieu Paley
"I did a photo series of windows on the train crossing India. Hopping out quickly before the train starts again. Mostly men are traveling. Many of the people were from Assam province (north east India), returning home after working small jobs in Tamil Nadu (south), where they supposedly get a better pay. The train is mostly used by economic migrants, traveling for days to reach a place where they stay for months. Train is the cheapest mean of transportation in India."

Photo by Beverly Joubert
"Eclipse by elephant."

Photo of the Week

October 10th, 2017

By Stacy Gold

Twisting through the frame, the woven bamboo guides the viewer’s eye directly to Ashdan, a Kulung man weaving rope. Rope is essential to the Kulung people. They use rope on vertical cliffs when harvesting hallucinogenic honey from bees that live over three hundred feet up on the granite cliff faces in Nepal.

Photographer, filmmaker and climber Renan Ozturk traveled to Nepal to document this honey hunter culture and the last traditional honey harvest. Their culture and way of life is under threat of disappearing. Ozturk and his team wanted to honor the Kulung people and share their story before it disappears.

What We Liked

October 6th, 2017

Here are our editors’ favorite Instagram posts from our photographers this week.

Photo by Pete McBride
"Last face a gazelle sees? Leopards are stealthy, secretive and one of the strongest big cats, pound for pound. In my many assignments to Africa, I've seen very few of these amazing creatures and felt very lucky to spy one this summer."
Photo by Max Lowe
"Tic knows when it's time to roll."
Photo by Joel Sartore
"White-fronted capuchins are highly social animals, usually found swinging from tree branches in groups of several dozen individuals. The alpha male often tolerates other males within their group, but can become quite aggressive toward outsiders. Since the alpha male is dominant, all other members of the group tend to keep a close eye on him and will take their behavioral cues from him as well. Whether he is calm, aggressive, playful or frightened, the other members will follow suit. Unfortunately, white-fronted capuchins are currently on the endangered species list. Their numbers have dropped by more than 50 percent in the past half century due to deforestation, the pet trade and persecution as pests."
Photo by Aaron Huey
"This is what the future looks like. Seventeen-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh (who's name means Turquoise Mirror) is leading the way in a youth movement to save the planet. He is a compass pointing to the path we should all be walking. It's time to start listening to these young people!"

Photo of the Week

October 3rd, 2017

By Nadia Hughes

Friends come in all shapes and sizes. The best kind of friend is the one that can always make you smile. This image by Cristina Mittermeier always makes me smile. This Lisu woman, a Tibetan minority, is taking her pet goose for a walk in the market in the Yunnan Province of China. Not only is this image full of surprise and humor, but it is also stunningly beautiful. It reminds me of a Vermeer painting full of rich colors, dramatic light and grace.

What We Liked

September 29th, 2017

Here are our editors’ favorite Instagram posts from our photographers this week.

Photo by Jordi Busque
"The red tajinaste flowers are found only in the Canary islands. I photographed this one under the Milky Way in Tenerife."
Photo by Rena Effendi
"Short-lived summer end rain in Tarlabasi, a multicultural neighborhood home to Istanbul's diverse communities of Anatolian migrants, Roma, transgender and now Syrian refugees."
Photo by Christian Ziegler
"The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) is native to Papua New Guinea and Queensland, Australia. This huge flightless bird is an important seed disperser. More than seventy of Queensland’s native tree species, including the blue quandong (Elaeocarpus grandis) seen here, depend solely on cassowaries for seed dispersal."
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier
"At the crack of dawn in late September, the long-drawn ban on Galicia’s famed cockles is lifted and fifteen hundred men and women on foot and on boats rush to the cockle beds of Noia to get their share. Women like Cristina seen here sorting her catch, go by foot and they drag their clam rakes across the sandy bottom. Asleep and growing in the shallow waters of the estuary, the cockles have been protected by a ban that shelters them for several months in which no harvest is allowed and the small bivalves are allowed to reproduce and grow. Once the ban is lifted, the men and women of this small medieval-old village will converge every morning in the shallow waters for three hours a day, every day for three to four months to make a living from this delicious bivalve. This is an age old practice that has ensured the sustainable harvest of this small clam, but few places execute it more perfectly than Noia, where the community works together; the participation of women is valued and recognized as a profession; and the cockles are healthy, big, delicious and very, very valuable."

Photo of the Week

September 27th, 2017

By Julia Andrews

Adam Ferguson is known for his images of war and under-served cultures. A frequent contributor to National Geographic and Time magazines, Ferguson’s photographs are simultaneously poignant and hard-edged. He shows the day’s news in a single tight frame. To shoot “Dogs of War” for National Geographic, Ferguson returned to an area he was very familiar with: Afghanistan. He had been covering the American military presence there for years. Illustrating the connection between soldiers and their combat canines was a good fit for the Australian-born photographer. Ferguson documented the demanding, often heart-wrenching, ordeals soldiers and dogs endure as they work to clear areas of land mines.

In this photo, Ferguson captures the moment when Army Staff Sgt. Cartwright orders his lab to sniff for explosives in a basement in Kandahar. This is an act that could mean life or death for both of them. Ferguson has received numerous international awards for his photojournalism. Ferguson delves into creating a war diary of his time in Afghanistan and a visual exploration of Australian identity when he is not on assignment.

Adam Ferguson’s war dog story and other work is available for licensing at here.

What We Liked

September 22nd, 2017

Here are our editors’ favorite Instagram posts from our photographers this week.

Photo by Paul Nicklen
"I love this perspective. Especially of a female brown bear and her cub feeding on a pink salmon in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. I want people to care about protecting healthy ecosystems and the species who need them to survive. The key to this process is intimate photography and visual storytelling."
Photo by Robert Clark
"Another flower from the home garden."
Photo by Max Lowe
"Lady of the sun caked dust and saddle."
Photo by Ulla Lohmann
"Inside an active volcano! We called the route, 'Hotstick'."

Photo of the Week

September 19th, 2017

By Raquel Sosnowski

This image is one of contrast at its purest. Here, Thomas Peschak portrays one of the most dangerous jellyfish species in the world as a vision of serenity. As the sunlight shines into shallow waters, it shimmers off the glistening bodies of the jellyfish floating peacefully in the current. This is an environment completely unlike our own. It is dominated by creatures who have evolved and adapted over millennia to become masters of these watery realms. I find this image entrancing because of how alien it is from what I see daily. Box jellyfish are often encountered in swarms. They are especially interesting as their shape allows them to actively propel themselves through the water. This image reminds me that it is okay to choose your own direction or to go with the flow and see where the current takes you.

What We Liked

September 15th, 2017

Here are our editors’ favorite Instagram posts from our photographers this week.

Photo by David Doubilet 
"The School Portrait. Lined catfish are incredibly social creatures that move across the sea bottom in tight schools that form crazy shapes and patterns. I found this gang seeking momentary cover in a sunken boat near Dumaguete, Philippines. Sometimes they form perfect round spheres, pyramids or vertical stacks that reach several feet high. These cool catfish are also called poisonous catfish because, like many in the catfish group, they have a poisonous spine. The behavior and formations of this species never ceases to amaze me."
Photo by Keith Ladzinski
"Thoughts and prayers to the people in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean after being ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes."
Photo by Russell MacLaughlin
"A dragon awakes as the sun rises over the jagged hills on the island of Rinca."
Photo by Trevor Frost
"Two juvenile geladas play fight on a small dirt cliff in the Ethiopian Highlands. It may seem like all fun and games, but play fighting is important to geladas as they learn how to become adults. It teaches them how strong they are and thus when to fight and when to walk away."

Start Collecting

September 14th, 2017

by Gina Martin

Gina Martin Photo Collector Interior

Image by Liz Calka for Apartment Therapy. See more of Gina’s home collection here.

When people come into my home, the first thing they comment on is my orange refrigerator.  The second comment is about how many photographs live on my walls.  I have been collecting signed prints for the past 10 years and have a collection of close to 100.  These range in style from reportage to fine art and vary in size from 4×6 to 16×20.  This passion began from photography flash sales which is a great way to start collecting.  To own a signed print from a world-renowned photographer for $100 is rare and exciting.  However, that excitement soon turns to panic when I have to find a place on my walls!

See the stunning collection from elite photographers like William Albert Allard, Jodi Cobb, Paul Nicklen and Ami Vitale in our current flash sale here.

Nat Geo Creative Flash Sale