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Photo by Enric Sala @enricsala | The National Geographic Pristine Seas team travels the world to explore, document, and protect the last wild places in the ocean. While on a Pristine Seas expedition, I photographed these striped large-eye breams in Palau, an island nation that passed legislation in 2015 to protect 80% of its waters. Our oceans need urgent protection, and this week I’m looking forward to sharing the role of exploration in ocean conservation at the National Geographic Explorers Festival. #NatGeoFest @natgeopristineseas

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Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | Peppermint, drag queen and actress: “Historically there has always been a connection between drag entertainment and queer activism. Through the years I have focused on balancing my desire to entertain with my passion for uplifting the LGBTQ community. In this photo I felt so beautiful, so in control, and so in my own body. It's rare to see trans women of color publicly celebrated in this way when it comes to fashion and beauty, especially someone who may not be considered traditionally passible or blendable. I don't blend. So it took a while for me to find my footing, a place where I was comfortable speaking so personally. I'm hopeful that using my voice will will effect positive change in the life of queer and trans people of color all over the world.” For more stories and portraits, follow me @martinschoeller and @martinschoellerstudio.

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Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Nights in Hong Kong tantalize: the lights and buzz, the maze of buildings. It feels as if a story waits in every corner, and I'm not always certain where to look. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales for more photographs and stories from Asia and beyond. #HongKong #Asia

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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix | Model and activist Diandra Forrest, featured in the 2017 @natgeo story "The Perils of Pale," uses her prominence to celebrate albinism and combat prejudice and bullying. Diandra, an African American, was the first woman with albinism to sign with a major modeling firm. Her distinctive skin, hair, and eyes are part of her allure. But like many others with albinism, she was ridiculed as a child. Today, June 13, is International Albinism Awareness Day. Albinism is a genetic condition characterized by low levels of melanin, which provides skin pigmentation. It affects 1 in 20,000 people globally, across all racial and ethnic groups, though it continues to be misunderstood in many communities. Many people with albinism are discriminated against, and even attacked, for their unique appearance. Many others lack adequate access to medical resources for conditions highly associated with albinism, such as low vision and skin cancer. To learn more about the issue, please follow me at @stephsinclairpix. @nydgfoundation #nygdcolorfull #InternationalAlbinismAwarenessDay #IAAD #Albinism

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Photos by Brent Stirton @brentstirton | This week, I spoke with Nat Geo writer Rachael Bale at the National Geographic Explorers Festival about our work on pangolins. These amazing animals tragically are among the world’s most illegally trafficked mammals. No one has any real idea how many pangolins are left. The trade is huge, both from a thriving Asian market for their meat in the restaurant trade and their scales in traditional medicine. There is no proven scientific basis for the medical aspect, and there are over one hundred alternatives to pangolin scales in traditional Chinese medicine. Most of those are herbal. Japan and Vietnam also use pangolin scales in their traditional medicine. The conversation should surely be one about alternatives in traditional medicine at a time of such crisis. We were joined on stage by @natashaldaly and @kirstenluce , who discussed their work on controversial captive-wildlife tourism. Here are a couple of images from the pangolin story covering some of what I saw in Africa and Asia. #NatGeoFest #tikkihywoodtrust #savepangolinsofficial #savingvietnamswildlife #wildlifecrime

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Photo by Nina Robinson @ninarobinsonnyc // Sponsored by @ProcterGamble // Jericho Brown is a poet and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past, I worked with Jericho on a project combining my photography and his poetry. “There's already pressure in the United States around being black and queer. I think the hardest thing for me is when that pressure comes from inside our communities, when I'm pressured in a certain way about how to be black ... when people want me to be the ‘right kind’ of black,” Jerhico said. “They want me to be that good, respectable black, that dignified black that I think people have almost made a stereotype out of, and it has become hugely problematic. I got a lot of that from my family when I was growing up, and I'm getting rid of a lot of it—to this day.” Much of my personal work focuses on vulnerability, reflection, and ways of challenging bias and limited belief systems. To navigate and persevere through the constant occurrences of racial bias is a daily exercise for me and for every black person I know. I recognize that black men carry a particular burden. The ongoing battle to merely do well and be respected is often drowned out by the many injustices they suffer. // @ProcterGamble understands that images in TV, film, and advertising can shape how people see each other, leading to bias and consequences that impact us all, especially people of color. Dialogue and understanding can unlock powerful revelations. #TalkAboutBias

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Photo by Anand Varma @anandavarma | An Anna's hummingbird shakes itself dry. This long-exposure image shows the trajectories of individual water droplets as they are flung from the hummingbird's body. The image is based on research done by Victor Ortega Jimenez from the Dudley Lab at UC Berkeley. This week, I will be speaking at the 2019 National Geographic Explorers Festival about the lessons nature has to teach us. #NatGeoFest #hummingbird #biomechanics #sciencephotography

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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Remote southeast Alaska holds some some the most unspoiled wilderness in North America. Places like Glacier Bay National Park and Misty Fjords National Monument come together to form one of the largest protected tracts of land in North America. @natgeoexpeditions

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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Min-Sook Park at home with her daughter Ju-hyun in Danyang town, Korea. Min-Sook suffered from breast cancer, infertility, and miscarriage after working at a Samsung semiconductor factory for seven years.

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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | You never know where inspiration will come from. Found this old gem in the archives. First shown to me by the late great Galen Rowell, this 4,000-foot granite blade inspired my first expedition to the Karakoram in 1999. We sold 500 t-shirts to help pay for the trip. After multiple attempts, Brady Robinson and I ended up making the first ascent of the left skyline. I don’t even remember what we called the route, but I do remember being terrified standing at the base of it and throwing ourselves at it fully wide-eyed and gripped. A good reminder this morning of my roots and early motivation for a career in the mountains. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin

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Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Winston Bumbury is one of 136 Amerindians employed by the French company Amazon Caribbean Guyana Ltd. to harvest manicole palm, a native species with a tender heart that is a delicacy in many countries. The palm takes just three to five years to regrow in Guyana, compared with 60 years for a tropical hardwood tree. “Manicole grows fast and wild,” says Chief Executive Officer Jean-François Gerin. “All you have to do is harvest it in a sustainable way.”

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