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Photo by @noralorek  | Dandan, Wessam, and Ibrahim, from Daraa in Syria, met in Calais, France, at the end of 2015 and moved in together shortly thereafter. Back then there were about 3,500 refugees in a camp called Jungle and new arrivals every day. In the first few months, they tried to reach UK by climbing on trains and trucks, but in the end they managed to collect money and pay for smugglers. Even then, they failed dozens of times. Since July 2016, all three have been with their relatives in the UK. This picture was taken at their Calais shelter earlier that year. According to Help Refugees, 9,106 men, women, and unaccompanied children were living in the Calais Jungle in tents or temporary shelters they’d build themselves and decorated with blankets. They all had the same goal: to enter the UK. In October 2016 the Jungle was demolished. Now many refugees live in Calais in tents, still trying to cross the border to the UK.

Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto  | Michael Chamorro Suarez, 32, Flor Valla, 33, and, from left to right, Giulia, 1 Johan, 7 Jamie, 5 and twin sister Sofia, 5 live in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Flor graduated in Italy with a thesis on the migration of Italians to Costa Rica. She now runs a bakery in the village while her husband has one of the few restaurants in the small town. Their eldest son, Johan, has been diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Risperdal, an antipsychotic medicine (top left on the table). Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children who are at least 13 years old. Risperdal is also used to treat symptoms of irritability in autistic children who are five to 16 years old. While Johan’s parents bought the medicine, they have not yet given it to him, fearing it might have negative consequences that outweigh its benefit. Home Pharma is part of a multimedia project called "Happy Pills" by @paolowoods , @gabrielegalimbertiphoto , @arnaudrobert  and @edoardo_delille  #happypills  #pills  #pharma  #bigpharma  #health 

Photo by @jimmychin  | Rule #1 for a big day in the mountains: Plan and prepare so you don’t get caught out after dark. Rule #2: Always pack your headlamp. Paul Mcsorley happy he abided by rule #2 while finding alpine perfection after a long day in the Coastal Range of British Columbia. For more mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmy_chin. 

Photo by @CristinaMittermeier  | A young girl plays with sticks and stones in the Alley of the Baobabs in rural Madagascar. Although this Sakalava family may have few material goods, I was humbled by the moments of fulfillment and happiness I witnessed as I watched the local children connect and engage with nature’s simplest gifts. No matter how much you have or where you live in the world, I think it is important for children to get acquainted with nature and to get dirty and have fun while doing it. #FollowMe  at @CristinaMittermeier  and explore my feed for more photos from around the world. #Madagascar  #Enoughness  #nature  #photography 

Photo by @TimLaman  | “It’s ok, buddy, we’re penguins. We can handle this blizzard.” Pretty hard not to anthropomorphize a scene like this. I’m sharing photo tips and many other shots from my recent Antarctica shoot @TimLaman  so please check it out. These Adélie penguins were shot on my January trip with @NatGeoExpeditions  to Antarctica. #snowstorm  #penguin  #antarctica  #TL_wildlifephototips 

Photo by @BrianSkerry  | Happy World Whale Day! A humpback whale calf hitches a ride on Mom in the waters of the South Pacific. Humpback mothers invest a lot into their offspring. After a gestation that lasts nearly a year, they spend the first year of the calf’s life teaching it all the skills it will need to survive in the sea. These bonds are strong and are an important element of whale culture. Follow @BrianSkerry  to learn more about whales and see intimate photos of their lives! #whales  #humpbackwhales  #parenting  #planetofthewhales  #whaleculture 

Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown  | At the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, I stood next to this marble foot from the Roman period, 2nd-3rd century C.E., unearthed in Ashkelon. The foot is thought to have been part of a statue approximately 5.40 meters high, with a sandal typical of those portrayed being worn by Roman emperors during this period. For more from Jerusalem and surroundings follow @michaelchristopherbrown.  #jerusalem 

Video by @amivitale  | Reteti Elephant Sanctuary keeper Lekupania combs through the mane tufts of an orphaned adolescent Grevy's zebra at @r.e.s.c.u.e  in northern Kenya. In addition to caring for and raising orphaned baby elephants, @r.e.s.c.u.e  is home to orphan giraffe, zebra, kudu, gerunuk, warthogs, and waterbuck that one day will be released back into the wild to live as they were always meant to. Also known as the imperial zebra, the Grevy's is taller, has larger ears, and its stripes are narrower than other types of zebra. It is also an extremely threatened animal. There may be fewer than 2,500 Grevy's zebras in the wild. To learn more about conservation strides being made in northern Kenya, follow @amivitale  and @r.e.s.c.u.e  @conservationorg  @thephotosociety  @nrt_kenya  @tusk_org  @kenyawildlifeservice  @sandiegozoo  #zebra  #kenya  #northernkenya  #everydayafrica  #grevyzebra 

Photo by @pedromcbride  | A fishing boat is purposefully sunk off the coast of Vis, Croatia, to swell its wood and seal its joints. After a week below the surface, it is brought ashore by a community of fishermen and a celebration unfolds to toast their newly restored Adriatic vessel. To see more, follow @pedromcbride.  #underwater  #Croatia  #nature  #ocean  #boats  #sunk  #petemcbride 

Photo by @ronan_donovan  | The bond between mother and her offspring is arguably the strongest social bond that exists in the natural world. Whether it’s between humans or these guanacos from Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, physical contact among social mammals is what solidifies their bond. It can be in the form of a nip from a disciplinarian or a reassuring nuzzle from mom. Either way, physicality plays a critical role in their survival. Species living in a social group affords individuals with a higher rate of survival compared to being on their own. For guanacos, the benefit of a group is that there are many eyes on the lookout for pumas. Want to see more images of guanacos and their young? Hop on over to @ronan_donovan  and follow along for stories and images from the wild.

Photo by @PaulNicklen  | Marching together along the South Georgia shoreline, king penguins head out to sea to find food for their hungry chicks. Just as human communities offer benefits to members, like support and social interaction, penguin colonies can be good for individual birds. There can be safety in numbers, along with shelter from harsh conditions, both of which can help the birds survive. #FollowMe  at @PaulNicklen  and explore my feed for more photos of penguins. #penguin  #ocean  #BornToIce  #wildlife 

Photo by @thomaspeschak  | Getting images of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins Ponta do Ouro marine reserve off southern #Mozambique  was a bit tricky. To make this image, I had to swim into the surf zone and repeatedly free dive under breaking waves. Exact timing and a healthy dose of good fortune meant the difference between getting the shot or getting pounded by the surf. This was originally a color photograph, and only recently did I come to appreciate its qualities as a black and white image. For more photographs of surfing dolphins follow @thomaspeschak