Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio | Darius I built the greatest palace at Persepolis. This palace was called the Apadana. The king of kings used it for official audiences. The work began in 518 B.C.E., and his son, Xerxes I, completed it 30 years later. The palace had a grand hall in the shape of a square, each side 60 meters (200 feet) long with 72 columns, 13 of which still stand on the enormous platform. Each column is 19 meters (62 feet) high with a square Taurus (bull) and plinth. The columns carried the weight of a vast, heavy ceiling. The tops of the columns were made from animal sculptures such as two-headed lions, eagles, human and cows, the latter symbols of fertility and abundance in ancient Iran. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #archaeology #iran #Persian #Persianempire #Persepolis #shah #Achaemenid #Achaemenidempire
Photo by @joelsartore | The official symbol of seven South American nations, the Andean condor has played an important role in the history and folklore of the Andean region for centuries. The Andean condor represents power and health to many Andean cultures and has even been associated with the sun deity who was believed to be the ruler of the upper world. In recent years, this revered species has come under threat due to habitat loss, retaliation from farmers who view the bird as a danger to livestock, and collisions with power lines. Since the early 1990s, @thewcs has worked with local Bolivian communities on sustainable natural resource management in the country's Madidi Tambopata landscape, a stronghold for condors. I am honored that images like this one will be featured in Nat Geo’s new multimedia, orchestral live experience, Symphony for Our World, touring now. Photo taken @tracyaviary.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | A young boy passes through Mea She'arim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Known in Hebrew as the “hundred gates,” Mea She’arim is largely populated by Haredi Jews and was built by the Old Yishuv, the Jewish communities of the southern Syrian provinces during the Ottoman era. Life here largely revolves around strict adherence to Jewish law, prayer, and the study of Jewish religious texts.
Photo by @thomaspeschak | What was supposed to be a easy photograph turned out to be one of the hardest shots. The “classic” fish-in-a-puffin’s-beak image eluded me for almost a month, until I visited a puffin colony just north of the Arctic Circle. The North Atlantic began to warm dramatically in the late 1990s, and in some places sea temperatures have increased by as much as two degrees Celsius. Some of the puffin’s favorite prey, including sand eels, prefer colder water and have shifted their range further to the north. Now out of reach of many of the region’s largest Atlantic puffin colonies, this lack of fish often results in chicks starving to death before the parents can return to the burrow with food. Fortunately, the youngster provisioned by the puffin in this photograph has a better chance of survival. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo #puffin #atlantic #fishing #portrait #love #wildlifephotography #nature
Photo by @lynseyaddario | After feeling dizzy and weak six months after giving birth, Zamzam Yousuf, 35, came into a clinic in the village of Habasweyn run by the Edna Adan University Hospital. Her blood pressure was extremely high. Yousuf was treated by student midwife Farduus Mubarak, 22, under the watchful eye of the hospital’s founder, Edna Adan Ismail, 81. During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world but for my most recent @natgeo story, ‘Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,’ I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland.
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | Two hundred and seventy-three seconds of a winter night in the depths of Afghanistan’s Pamir mountains. This was shot on the edge of camp during my second winter expedition documenting an isolated Kyrgyz community. On assignment for @natgeo #pamirmountains #wakhan #wakhancorridor #afghanistan #nightsky #centralasia
Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | Althea Tolidanes, eight, watches videos amid gifts of sheets, pillows, and curtains sent home by her father Arjay, who worked in Saudi Arabia to support her. Myra, her mother, describes difficult nights in the Philippines without her dad. Althea would dress her pillows with her father’s basketball jerseys and fall asleep crying as she clutched her father’s photographs. He is back, temporarily, and Althea holds on to her father. "It’s okay if I don’t get more toys," she tells him. "As long as you’re here." The Philippines is one of the top emigrating countries worldwide, with one in ten Filipinos abroad. Around the world Filipinos are ubiquitous across industries: we are nurses, caregivers, seafarers, domestic workers, and engineers. But when overseas Filipinos come home they are bagong bayani: Our new heroes. Sharing images from my first story with @natgeo magazine, on the Filipino diaspora, written by @aurora_alm. #Philippines #FilipinoDiaspora #family #love
Photo by @jasperdoest | Two king penguins overlooking Salisbury Plain in South Georgia. Salisbury Plain is a broad coastal plain found with the Bay of Isles on the north coast of South Georgia. It lies protected between the mouths of Grace and Lucas glaciers. It is best known as the breeding site for as many as 100,000 breeding pairs of king penguins. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the king penguin was ruthlessly hunted for oil, blubber, eggs, and skins. Owing to its gregarious nature at breeding colonies, the king penguin was an extremely easy target for hunters, with the result that some colonies were completely exterminated. Fortunately, following the banning of commercial hunting, the king penguin population has rebounded, and most breeding locations are once again home to large, secure colonies. For more images from South Georgia follow me @jasperdoest. #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions in #southgeorgia #penguins #kingpenguins #Southgeorgiaisland #nature
Photo by @stephenwilkes | A lone rhino ambles through this painterly scene in the Ngorongoro Crater. This three million year old crater was once a volcano, said to be similar in height to Mount Kilimanjaro before its eruption. It now exists as a natural enclosure for approximately 25,000 animals, allowing photographers and scientists alike to get a closer look at many endangered species who reside here. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #StephenWilkes #Tanzania #Rhino #Endangered #Painterly #Nature #Landscape #NationalGeographic #NgorongoroCrater
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | Circle of protection: Cheetah cubs getting as close to mom as possible—so they feel safe. The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats, which is one reason they are under threat, as the cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survive the journey to their new prison. As with all big cats, the number one reason for their decline is habitat loss, then comes human-wildlife conflict, where livestock owners kill predators in revenge killings if the predator kills their livestock. Finally comes the illegal wildlife trade; the pet trade is hitting cheetahs hard as is the trade in their skins and bones. This is a similar emotion that we as humans feel. Our animal family is so much like us—they find mates, they have offspring, they have to feed themselves and their families. @wildaid @thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork