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Photo by @stevewinterphoto The clouded leopard, one of Asia’s least known cats, triggers a camera trap in a tropical forest patch in northeast India. Until just recently, we knew almost nothing about this species. They are completely different from any other cat—in fact, they followed a different evolutionary path, forming a link between the big and small cat species. They are also almost ape-like in appearance, having massive paws and short legs that lend themselves to a largely arboreal (tree) life. What’s even crazier is that they have the longest canines relative to their bodies, making them modern- day sabertooths! Rough estimates suggest there may only be 10,000 mature clouded leopards left in the wild. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more images of cats.
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Photo by @paoloverzone Icebergs float in front the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland. This image is a wish for the future, a future where nature will be respected and protected—the scale of this marvelous iceberg tells us a lot about the power and force of nature. The Ilulissat Icefjord is a unique example of a calving ice sheet; it is located 250 kilometers (150 miles) from the Arctic Circle. Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories.
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride These hauntingly quiet, canyon-like streets from April feel so long ago. For more images of New York, follow @pedromcbride. #covid #nyc
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Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag A thermal scanner at the entrance of a supermarket in Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The vast majority of food on this island is imported, and shopping is centralized in big supermarket chains, which concentrates people at these places. At the beginning of the pandemic, two thermal scanners were placed in this supermarket to measure the temperature of incoming customers. The person must stop and wait for the result. If a temperature is higher than 37.5°C (99.5°F), a protocol is activated. Despite the fact that there are no known cases on the island, this ritual has become part of our new normal. #covid19 #latinamerica #tierradelfuego
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Photo by @renaeffendiphoto A third-generation hamam worker, Metin washed people six days a week in the historic Çemberlitaş Hamam, in Sultanahmet, before the government shut it down. “You make them sweat for 15 minutes on the hot marble, then we start scrubbing. After that we wash them off and give them a bubble massage, everyone’s favorite.” For this, Metin would bring out his torba, a bag made of soft cotton, and dip it into a vat of soap and water. He would then swing it left and right like a pendulum clock, filling it with air to create a coat of bubbles covering the customer head to toe. “Happy customers give me positive energy. Even when the client is in a bad mood, I still have to address his needs: the customer is always right." Last renovated in 1972, Çemberlitaş hamam shut its doors in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the first time in the past 48 years of uninterrupted service. Metin is the only one still in Istanbul of the sixteen scrubbers, who returned to their hometowns in the countryside. On Monday nights, before Metin’s day off, they usually scrubbed him and gave him a full bubble treatment, a tradition the hamam workers have shared for years. Now Metin comes to the empty hamam, spending time sitting in the foyer and chatting with the caretaker. “I see it and feel better already, even though I am not working. I miss my customers and colleagues and the cheerful atmosphere of the hamam. It lifts a bit of sadness off my heart just to come here.” #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories #covid-19 #lockdown #istanbul #turkey
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Photos by @lynseyaddario As part of a project to cover the pandemic, I've been following the work/plight of several funeral homes in southern England.

Hundreds of medical staff from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London line the streets and wave goodbye to a coffin holding nurse Esther Akinsanya, 55, who died in April after contracting COVID-19 at the hospital. Akinsanya had spent 20 years working at the hospital, where her son Sam said she had been nicknamed Matron by fellow colleagues as a mark of respect. The funeral procession, led by a horse and carriage, passed by the hospital en route to her final resting place, the Woolwich Cemetery, on June 22. Over 100 health workers have now died from COVID-19 in the U.K. As it nears 50,000 deaths from the virus, people of different faiths and background are finding ways to pay tribute to loved ones while maintaining social distancing, and adhering to the limits of mourners being imposed at cemeteries and crematoriums across the country. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario. @insidenatgeo

Follow @natgeointhefield for real-time coverage of this developing story from photographers around the world.
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Photos by Kris Graves @themaniwasnt I was recently on assignment to document the national conversation around U.S. monuments and memorials in Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. Statues of these native Virginians who fought for the Confederacy line the city's Monument Avenue.

This is the Robert E. Lee monument, unveiled in 1890. Taken during a protest on June 14. Stonewall Jackson (second image) monument, unveiled in 1919. Taken as police and ambulances flew by, June 20. Jefferson Davis monument (third), unveiled in 1907. Taken on June 19, as a storm came on. J.E.B. Stuart monument (four), unveiled in 1907. Taken on June 17, near midnight, when the streets were empty. Matthew Fontaine Maury monument (last image), unveiled in 1929. Taken on June 16, 2020.

To see more of my work, please follow @themaniwasnt and @kgpnyc.
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Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown While en route to Robertsport, Liberia, we passed these young Liberians who had purchased peppers from a village market. From pepper soup to palava to jolly rice, the pepper is used frequently in Liberian cuisine. Due to the availability of the melegueta pepper, early European traders called the region the Pepper Coast.
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Photo by @nicholesobecki Somalia’s arid landscape is seen from a decaying colonial building in the town of Sheikh. The country has long been beset by extremes, and the climate crisis is compounding its problems—leading to the end of a way of life. The World Bank predicts there will be 143 million environmentally displaced people by 2050, and countless more Somalis will be pushed from their homes, with women and girls bearing the weight of displacement. To see more of my work on humanity’s connection to the natural world, please follow @nicholesobecki.

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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski A giant tornado, towering over Laramie, Wyoming, brings with it an unstoppable force of destruction in May 2018. Seeing the raw power of nature up close and personal like this is an eye-opening experience, to say the least. This tornado went on to destroy three houses and a barn along its path before disintegrating back into thin air. To see more photos of #stormChasing please visit @ladzinski.
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Photo by @amivitale Kindergarten students and their teacher at the Willow Creek School in Willow Creek, Montana, celebrate their graduation. Willow Creek was one of the first schools in the country to reopen for in-person instruction. Most schools in the state remained closed and continued remote learning, like the vast majority of schools around the U.S. However, because Willow Creek is a small, rural community with no reported cases of COVID-19, and because parents and students were eager to return, the decision was made to allow for reopening. In-person instruction is voluntary, the school made extra cleaning plans, and the educators are as much focused on students' emotional well-being as academic progress. Follow @amivitale for more stories of hope and joy in the world.
@thephotosociety #schools #coronavirus #kindergarten #covid19 #graduation
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Photos by @kirstenluce Join writer @natashaldaly tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 a.m. EDT for a special @natgeo Instagram Live with elephant Gluay Hom at his new sanctuary home at @saveelephantfoundation, with founder @lek_chailert.

The backstory: Natasha and I found Gluay Hom emaciated, with open wounds, and chained underneath a stadium at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo outside Bangkok, Thailand. We included Gluay Hom in our magazine feature story last year on animal suffering at tourism attractions around the world. After our story published, 75,000 people signed a petition calling for his rescue. Six weeks later, in August 2019, Save Elephant Foundation secured his release, transporting him by truck to its sanctuary. Tomorrow, join Natasha and SEF founder Lek Chailert live with Gluay Hom from Chaing Mai, Thailand, to see and hear just how far he’s come.

While Gluay Hom’s tragic story had a happy ending, so many animals, including the elephants you see in these other photographs, continue to suffer at that facility and at facilities around Thailand. COVID-19 has shuttered Thailand’s tourism industry, giving these animals, all very expensive to care for, an even more uncertain future.
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen Patrons enjoy their lunch at a restaurant in Athens. On May 25, restaurants and cafes in Greece were reopened, as coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased across the country. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Athens #Greece #Covid19 #Staysafe
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Photos by @iantehphotography Back when I traveled across the world to document workers in the industrial coal pits of China, I returned to my home in East London to encounter a city caught up in a love affair with the jazz age. The contrast in experience was a palpable delight, a relief to the gritty reality I had just come back from. The play "What the Butler Saw" was my escape into something frivolous and lighthearted.

It's midnight as we arrive at Die Freche Muse, a burlesque club night describing itself as “irreverent, decadent, sexually ambivalent, and dissolute.” The venue was kept secret until the day of the party. A young female clown greets us with a wink and a flower as we duck under the arches of a slightly run-down Victorian building. Stepping into the lounge is an intimate space, with no more than a hundred guests. Somehow we've pulled back a magical velvet curtain to reveal a scene of swinging skirt hems and wizard-puffs of smoke. Besuited, shiny-shoed characters—their attires influenced by pre-war, post-war, and even Mardi Gras styles, the smell of old-school cigarettes and the sounds of softening Dixieland jazz envelop us.

A young woman in front of the crowd dedicates her next performance to the Baron Von Sanderson, our host for the evening, and softly croons a Billie Holiday number. Another woman sashays her way toward the singer and begins a striptease; it doesn't feel choreographed—more like an act of spontaneity. And so commences the soirée of romantic, sensuous, and on occasion, rather amusing burlesque shows. #burlesque #jazzage #london #noir
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Photos by David Chancellor @chancellordavid As the world continues to deal with the spread of COVID-19, northern Kenya braces itself for challenging times to come. Tourism contributes over 90 percent of all income within the community conservation sector, with the funding going toward wildlife protection, scholarships, and health care. The hospitality sector has overnight ground to an abrupt halt. Without this critical economic driver, the consequences for the safety of wildlife and the social health of northern Kenya’s communities may far exceed the damage done by the virus itself, if it does reach this extraordinary corner of the planet. Dorcas Lemargeroi is the Sarara Foundation’s director of nomadic health care (third frame, in mask). She is working tirelessly to mitigate this unprecedented threat and to educate the remote communities on how to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. Dorcas and her team will monitor the situation carefully over the next few weeks, by engaging with the community to provide support as well as health care to the women and children of this region. Now more than ever, we have to do what we can to assist these indigenous communities that call the last remaining wilderness areas left on Earth their home. To see more follow me @chancellordavid @natgeointhefield #kenya #samburu #africa #covid19 #sararafoundation
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Video by @renan_ozturk Excited to learn that our "Lost on Everest" documentary is premiering today on @natgeochannel Tuesday, June 30, at 9/8c!

It was one of the hardest expeditions we’ve done, in order to shed light on the greatest mystery of Everest’s icy slopes: Who was the first person to stand on the summit? Pictured here are Mother Nature's fireworks, caught in a time-lapse over Advanced Base Camp at 20,000 feet (6,000 meters). I had no idea what was happening at the time. Expert friends later told me it was airglow—the emission of light high in the atmosphere. It was like a magical moving painting, mimicking Tibetan art and colors, dancing over the mountain that many hold sacred. Looking forward to seeing this one on a big screen for the premiere! #EverestMystery
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Photo by @edkashi In Calumpang, Philippines, members of the Aeta use an earthen oven to cook tree trunks into charcoal, which is sold locally. From the archives; shot in 1999. #Philippines #Aetas #coal #smoke #indigenous
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Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost This is an unpublished image from my two- year project documenting gelada monkeys in the highlands of Ethiopia for my first feature story in National Geographic magazine. Each morning the juvenile monkeys would wrestle and play in this dirt pit, so I sat in there daily for a week trying to get photos of the action. While the play fighting looked intense, it was not violent and no geladas were hurt. To see another photo of this scene, follow @tbfrost.

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Photo by @estherhorvath Snow is an insulating layer. This moon-like station of the MOSAiC expedition is a remote sensing site that will enable future satellite missions to measure snow thickness on the sea ice, in order to better understand how snow affects sea ice retreat. Please follow @estherhorvath for more climate science stories and @mosaic_expedition for daily updates.
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Video by @bertiegregory | A spinner dolphin whirls off the coast of southern Egypt in the Red Sea. As it swam around me, it would move its head and jaw in a circular pattern—dolphins analyze their environment using echolocation. By firing out a series of high- frequency sounds and then listening for the reflection of those sounds, they can determine the distance of an object and what it’s made of. Scientists have found that different parts of the dolphin’s rostrum (the long snout) have different conductive properties, and by rotating its head and jaw, it's able to better interpret the echolocation reflections–similar to how bats rotate their ears to focus sounds. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures! #redsea #dolphin #underwater #ocean
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