Photos by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | Fires raged in the Brazilian Amazon during 2017 in Araribóia, indigenous territory in the state of Maranhão. Some were started by farmers trying to clear land for crops or cattle, others started to cover up illegal logging operations, and some were natural. When these images were shot, the Brazilian Amazon had just experienced its worst year on record for forest fires—now 2019 is likely to eclipse that. Maranhão, like so many other states within the Amazon, has been extensively logged, and just a few pockets of original forest remain. The rest of the land has been turned over to agriculture and cattle ranches. Within a few miles of where these pictures were taken live some of the last remaining uncontacted Awã people—made famous across the world a few weeks ago, when footage of them was released. The forests in Araribóia are protected by a disparate group of underfunded firefighters made up of brave and dedicated Guajajara tribe members, volunteers, and FUNAI (the National Indian Foundation) employees who take on fires, sometimes armed with nothing more than machetes.
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | This red-necked tanager is cared for by @institutovidalivre, an NGO that rehabilitates and releases Brazilian wild animals rescued by Brazil’s environment agency from the wildlife black market and pet trade. An even greater threat to this bird, and thousands of other species, is widespread habitat loss from fires, such as those raging today across the Amazon. Sadly, as more land is cleared for agriculture, the rate of destruction is accelerating. This is at our peril. Deemed the “lungs of the world,” these forests are not only vital to providing much of the air we breathe, but they also help to regulate rainfall around the globe. Indeed, without an intact Amazon and other tropical rainforests, we will all suffer greatly, from birds like this beautiful tanager to humans. #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ForestsResist #amazonfire #amazonforest
Photos by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | So began a period of quiet study, through books and websites, trial and error, in this graceful, patient art. I made nearly a dozen trips to the rivers of central Kenya before feeling even a nibble from the trout below. But despite an initial lack of success, my excursions created both ease and excitement within me. As I’d walk and cast, and sit and write, I understood that the hooking of fish was but an excuse to explore and observe. To notice the sweet, enveloping scent of angel trumpets as the sun begins to set behind the hills. To watch pairs of black African ducks surf the current as midmorning sun chases out the mist. To once again consider things both bigger and smaller than me.
And as the fish began to take my flies, I came to know that the river had given me more than I had initially asked for. I’d arrived in search of peace and pastime, a counterweight to the stresses in my life. But as I waded in the eddies, in a cathedral of mist and wood and leaves, I felt connected, as I did on the summer days of my childhood, when sand sharks and puffer fish made my heart beat with curiosity and wonder. Follow me @pete_k_muller for more reflections on the world and our place in it. #kenya #africa #flyfishing #fishing #travel
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Adam’s Peak emerges from the morning mist. Sri Lanka’s landmark mountain is sacred to the world’s four largest religions. The rock formation at the summit is thought to be Adam’s footprint by Christians and Muslims, Shiva’s footprint by Hindus, and Buddha’s print by Buddhist followers. At this pilgrimage site for these religions, most make the 5-hour climb at night, to be rewarded by a sunrise view if they’re lucky to be there on a clear day. #SriPada #AdamsPeak #ShivaPadam #SriLanka
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | An engineer walks down freshly carved-out terrain for Chicago’s TARP, a water treatment and canal project. The system consists of roughly 109 miles of tunnels, created to reduce flooding in the metropolitan area and effectively reduce the harmful effects of flushing raw sewage into Lake Michigan. All water and sewage collected is diverted into temporary holding reservoirs, where it is treated and reintroduced. In scope, cost, and timeframe, TARP began in 1975 and remains one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken.
Photos by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Whiteout is a series photographed at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. The annual event, attended by over 70,000 people, is known for its psychedelic dance parties and outlandish art installations. But during a «whiteout,» an intense desert sand storm, visibility is reduced to near zero and the teeming desert city becomes a place of isolation, silence, and serenity. After a few minutes (or in some cases, a few hours), the dust recedes, revealing private moments as people and objects emerge from the haze. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photos by Ami Vitale @amivitale | In a historical undertaking, a consortium of the world’s leading experts from @leibnizizw, Avantea, @safariparkdvurkralove, and @kenyawildlifeservice performed an ovum pick-up (a procedure for extracting oocytes) on the last living northern white rhinos, Fatu and Najin, at @olpejeta conservancy in northern Kenya. This procedure, never before performed on any northern white rhino, could mark that instant when these creatures were brought back from certain extinction. At this very moment, the precious ova are being rushed to Italy, where they will eventually be matured and fertilized with frozen northern white rhino sperm to become embryos—which could then be transferred into southern white rhinos to gestate the embryos. If this new technology is successful, it could bring a critically endangered species back from extinction. @biorescue_project @leibnizgemeinschaft #NorthernWhiteRhinos #StopExtinction #Rhinos #conservation #kenya
Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | Meet the wolves of the «polygon pack» living in the high Arctic, just 700 miles from the North Pole. These wolves have lived at the top of the world for thousands of years in their rightful place as apex predators. I filmed this pack for a new three-part special event premiering this Sunday, August 25, from 8 to 11 p.m. EST, on @natgeowild. Join me as I travel to the Arctic, to a landscape uninhabited by humans, in pursuit of the legendary white wolf. These wolves have never been hunted, so they are fearless and free, offering a chance to learn more about this mysterious social predator. Directed by Tony Gerber and filmed by Luke Padgett and me.
Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Botlhe, 4, Maun, Botswana (first photo), and Ryan, 6, Johannesburg, South Africa (second photo). Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a «bill» was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my series «Toy Stories,» I explore the connection between children and their toys, and I try to give an insight into their tiny worlds and take you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month, round-the-world trip in which I visited more then 50 countries, taking photographs of children and their favorite toys. Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children
Photo by Diana Markosian @markosian | A mother and child on the outskirts of the border town Nepalgunj in the Banke District, Nepal. Between 2017 and 2018, I traveled to the region to document Krinshawati and her journey through motherhood. #nepal