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Photo by Renan Ozturk renan_ozturk | Mother Nature went big with the fortifications guarding this one. The image is part of a personal "castles in the sand" obsession while documenting the American Southwest. #castlesinthesand 

Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale  | Here, Andrew Anderson and son Andy go out to hay the cows at J-L ranch in Montana. J Bar L ranch is a unique, conservation-friendly ranch nestled into the wide-open land of the Centennial Valley in southern Montana. Follow @amivitale  for more photos of this incredible world and the people who inhabit it. @nature_org  @natgeoimagecollection  @thephotosociety  #montana  #outwest  #bigskycountry 

Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl  | Shamina Yasmin gave birth to her daughter, Sharmin, in a forest after fleeing a Myanmar army attack on her Rohingya village, Taung Bazar. When her water broke, Shamina had been walking for four days—she hadn't eaten, had no water, and was in labor all night, occasionally attended to by another fleeing woman who used a thorn from forest cane to cut Sharmin's umbilical cord when she was delivered. It took another 10 days for them to reach Bangladesh. Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid  | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid  #withbutterfliesandwarriors  #kenya  #northernkenya  #conservation  #cheetah 

Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan  | This is Bearzilla. Estimated to weigh in the 600-700 lb range, this is a really big male for the Rocky Mountains. What's interesting is that most bears in March emerge from hibernation lean and muscular, having burned through their fat stores. But not Bearzilla. I spent a few weeks watching him gorging on several bison carcasses along the Yellowstone River in March. Of the six other male grizzlies coming by to feed, Bearzilla was by far the largest and most rotund. He was also the only bear that was relaxed enough to nap and play near the carcasses. The rest of the bears ate fast and got outta there quickly. In this video, Bearzilla gets annoyed with the ravens, swats a European starling, and plays with his meal. It's a brief window into the day in the life of a Yellowstone grizzly. Video taken while on assignment for @natgeo  Hope over to @ronan_donovan  for more photos and videos of Bearzilla #yellowstonenationalpark  #bearzilla 

Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown  | Boys play in a pond beside a U.S. special operations airstrip near the town of Obo, Central African Republic. In 2017, after the U.S. and Uganda concluded counter-LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) efforts and began withdrawing special-forces soldiers from the region, Obo and other southeastern CAR communities were left largely unprotected. Since then, armed groups have carried out attacks on these communities, often targeting people based on their religious, ethnic, or livelihood identity.

Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller  | Amber Hikes, community organizer: "I am a proud Black Queer Woman. There's something deeply powerful about claiming all of those identities, identities the world has systematically abused, silenced, and tried to erase. When I introduced the rainbow flag with black and brown stripes to the world in June 2017, it was a radical act to highlight the experiences of marginalized folks within a marginalized community. We launched that symbol to raise awareness. To mark history. But most importantly, we launched it to declare loudly and proudly that we are here and we don't request visibility—we demand it. We are the children of Marsha and Bayard and Langston. We are the successors of James and Barbara and Alvin. We are the descendants of Audre and Zora. Of Essex and Joseph. Greatness courses through our veins. We, LGBTQ Black folks are divine—our lives and our legacies are ordained. Our joy and mere existence are revolutionary acts of resistance. I am Black. I am Queer. I am Proud.” For more stories and portraits, follow me @martinschoeller  and @martinschoellerstudio. 

Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto  | In early morning, a man stares out over the Cayapas River as a woman walks on the street below in the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas. This photo was part of book project, in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen  | A colorful alley in downtown Athens, Greece, caught my eye as I roamed the streets, capturing daily life. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen  and @mmuheisenpublic  #muhammedmuheisen  #Greece  #Athens 

Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes  | A lone gazelle surveys the landscape from atop a rock perch in Tanzania. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes.  #StephenWilkes  #Tanzania  #Serengeti  #Gazelle  #Perched  #Expanse 

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto  | American speleologist and cave explorer Erin Lynch peers over her shoulder and down into the giant void of Cloud Ladder Hall. The fog gathers and remains trapped on the roof of this giant room, and although the floor is out of view and can't be seen because of the cloud, her echo reminds her that it is over 300m (1000ft) below. This really is a very lofty location to be suspended from a single rope.

Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride  | The Frothy Frappuccino Pit at the End: High in the Rocky Mountains is where this river, the Colorado, starts. Some 1,400 miles later, this is where it unnaturally ends. I was shocked when I first saw this on Jon Waterman’s source-to-sea trip for @natgeo.  This frothy mess of garbage and ubiquitous single-use plastic is just two miles into Mexico—90 miles shy of the river’s historic terminus at the ocean (we hiked the rest of the delta). The snowmelt that sustains the Colorado River and irrigates the crops of America’s salad bowl no longer completes its journey to the Sea of Cortez. For six million years the river did complete that journey, creating the largest desert estuary in North America, but today the demands for water are too many. Changing climate patterns and repeated drought are all adding to the challenge, making it unlikely that this lifeline of the West, often called the “American Nile,” will reach the sea again anytime soon. While many groups are working to restore some of the delta, there is a lot of work ahead. For more on rivers around the world, follow @pedromcbride.  #ColoradoRiver  #Mexico  #raisetheriver  #planetnotplastic  #SourcetoSea