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Photograph and caption by Laura Keene
These adorable Polar Bear cubs were staying close to their mother, and stood up to monitor another pair of cubs.
Photograph and caption by Katie Wang
During our trip to the Amalfi Coast, my husband and I noticed how many tourists had selfie sticks and started taking photos of them because they looked ridiculous. So I was especially thrilled to see this man on the chairlift up to Anacapri - as I was riding down in the opposite direction. As you can see by his expression, he seemed more concerned about getting the selfie than enjoying the beautiful view below. A sign of the times?
Photograph and caption by Zhayynn James
We were at a watering hole in Ndutu when a herd of zebras and wildebeest panicked and bolted. Their leaping resulted in an explosion of mud and water which framed this zebra framed.
Photograph and caption by Evan Foster
Upon landing in Jakarta for a visa run, I learned Ramadan was about to begin. I quickly dropped my bag off and bolted for Masjid Istiqlal. To be honest while I had no idea what to expect, I knew I had to be there. Inside, thousands of devout Muslims were preparing for Tarawih. And over the course of the next two hours, I witnessed one of the most epic events that I've ever seen. This image, I believe, poignantly conveys my otherwordly experience and its ethereal beauty.
Photograph and caption by Seng Kit Loy
The morning worship is part of a daily routine for the Newars, and it is the first thing they do before the start of a new day. For thousand of years, religion sits atop the priority of the Newars in Nepal. Their loyalty and devotion to God reaches far beyond our imagination. Even when the recent devastating earthquake struck the country, they deemed that it was a sign of God's will.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photograph and caption by Giordano Cipriani
Stunt at Ipanema Beach.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Photograph and caption by Oleg Grachev
Blue lagoon, Iceland
Santa Cruz Verapaz, Guatemala
Photograph and caption by Bram Paulussen
A man lifts up his mask to get a better view while performing an ancient mayan dance.
Des Moines, Washington
Photograph and caption by Jesse Miller
While diving in the cool waters of the Puget Sound this gorgeous squid excited by my bright dive lights. I quickly settled myself and moved in for an amazing encounter. This particular squid hovered for several minutes while I squeezed of several images. This one stood out with the beautiful blue highlights.
Photograph and caption by Anais Angoulvant
A friendly teenage sloth reaching out for a hug on my last day in the Amazon Rainforest.
Photograph and caption by Weixin Shen
Ukai Japan has a history of more than 1300, it is one of the traditional fishing method that has been done in countries such as China.People use cormorants to catch fish in the light of the lamp bonfire.
Photograph by Craig Parry
When I set out to capture an image of the Humpback whale in Tonga I never expected to capture an image like this. After spending 2 hours with this 40 tonne female I managed to freeze a special moment in time that Ill always remember.I hope you all enjoy this moment.
Cape Town, South Africa
Photograph and caption by Philip Grube
I took this picture at an amusement park down by the Waterfront in Cape Town. It was a clear blue sky when I saw these kids crawling, running and trying to balance themselves in these shiny plastic bubbles in a pool of water. The reflection of the water in combination with the effect of the bubbles under the blue sky looked somehow surreal. The atmosphere looked playful, fresh and clean but the kids looked exhausted and really struggling as if they had almost given up.
Photograph and caption by Abdulaziz Alyousef
Kuwait is famouse with the clay soil beaches were the mudskipper live, Mudskipper fish live most of his life out of the water . Mudskipper has the advantage by jumping on the mud, he has flexible rubber body and strong shrink muscles help him to jump, and he use his fins as legs for walking on the ground.
Photograph and caption by Jez Bennett
This African Elephant bull has an unusual way of reaching the favoured seed pods of the Ana Tree. He climbs up the trunks of trees using his front legs. As a regular visitor to the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, I had not seen this bull or any bull displaying this behaviour before, so I decided to spend the next ten days with him. Mana Pools is the only National Park in the region where visitors are allowed to walk without a guide. In this picture, I managed to capture the Elephant on
Photograph and caption by Alain Schroeder
Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth (« langot »), wrestlers or « Pelwhans » enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon and ghee (clarified butter). At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold. This relaxation ceremony is completed with massages to soothe tired muscles and demonstrate mutual respect.
Photograph and caption by Yu Huiping
This baboon is staring at somewhrer.
Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan
Photograph and caption by Vincent Roazzi Jr.
A monk dresses for a black hat dance inside Gangtey Monastery at the Black-Necked Crane Festival in Bhutan. The black hat dance has mysterious origins in Tibet as the dance was once secret and used to pass white and black magic. High monks preform the dance in Bhutan to protect good and destroy evil by severing demon spirits. The festival celebrates the auspicious migration of the graceful black-necked crane from Tibet to Bhutan in the winter months.
Photograph and caption by Riccardo Colelli
The feast of St. Agatha is the most important religious festival of the city of Catania and the third religious festival in the world for number of participants. It is celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the city. It takes place every year 3 to 5 February and 17 August.
Photograph and caption by Nicolas Suryono
I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment.
Holman, New Mexico
Photograph and caption by David Horn
A violent thunderstorm rolled up our valley from the great plains, bringing lightning, thunder and a sudden drop in air pressure. Our Spanish gelding was caught up in the moment and put on a show of speed and power.
Photograph and caption by Yosuke Kashiwakura
The island of Borneo, which is split between the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, was once covered with a lush tropical rainforest, but in the wake of ongoing deforestation and the expansion of plantation farming, the habitats of the island’s endemic and endangered species are being destroyed rapidly. Relentless deforestation has precipitated the loss of 90% of the orangutan population in 100 years. At this rate, some expect this species to become extinct within the next 20 years.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Photograph and caption by Mohammed AlNaser
This was one of the dominant brothers known as sons of Notch, they are in charge of a large territory in Masai Mara Kenya. This male lion was sleeping for long enough and it was time for him to wake up, so I was prepared to take such a photograph when I knew he would most likely start yawning right away after waking up.
Bohol Island, Philippines
Photograph and caption by Bonnie Stewart
The little tarsier, nicely nestled in a leaf, suddenly opens its eyes! They are nocturnal so what a surprise. These tiny primates (3 to 6 inches) are found only in the Philippines and most of them are in sanctuaries. This one was in a sanctuary in Bohol Island.
Photograph and caption by Poorna Kedar
While foraging for food, sometimes Greater Flamingos get into mild altercation with their neighbours. This is one such moment when these two big guys bumped into each other. And when this happens, they both stand tall and bite each other's beak and continue to do what they were doing. While this is clearly a fight, the way they do this appears to be a romantic moment.
Vinh Hy, Vietnam
Photograph and caption by Phạm Tỵ
In Vinh Hy Bay, two women become lost in the fabric of a fishing net.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Photograph and caption by Daniel McGraw
Last wave. Blowing sand and two surfers, on Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Photograph and caption by Marja Schwartz
Lion cub jumping on mother’s head, Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Photograph and caption by Mohammed Yousef
It was minutes before sunset in Masai Mara reservation and moments before we arrive at the camp where I saw hundreds of wild beast heading toward the river. one of the wild beasts was still and staring at me . A shot with a slow shutter produced this photo.
Buriti dos Montes, Brazil
Photograph and caption by Victor Vidigal
This photo was taken during a trip through Brazil's northeast, deep in the Caatinga on the way to the Poty River Canyons. These goats belong to Zé Caboclo, a local man who lives in a small ranch 100km away from the nearest town.
Phalaborwa, South Africa
Photograph and caption by Hamish Mitchell
Captured in Kruger National Park in South Africa, this lion was one of four coalition males that had made an elephant kill during the night. For four days they fed on their prey, and this beautiful male was ready for a nap after filling his belly.
Photograph and caption by Eric Hurst
A tornado was spawned in the grassland of the Colorado Palmer Divide on June 4, 2015. Zigzagging down desolate country roads to get a closer look, I saw a small structure in the distance. As luck would have it the road came to a sharp turn at the front of this abandon building. Even with lighting flashing nearby I knew I had to seize the photo opportunity of a lifetime. With adrenaline pumping I climbed atop of my truck to capture this incredible scene. Several shutter snaps & hail began.
Photograph and caption by Kellie Netherwood
The young bear on the left seemingly requests a time out from some friendly wrestling with an older sibling. These bears have recently returned to Finland after their winter hibernation across the Russian border and a photography hide in a swamp in a pine forest was the perfect location to watch them interact with each other.
Photograph and caption by Roie Galitz
Mother Polar Bear is breastfeeding her two young cubs. Her milk is thick and fat in order to give them the best nutrition and isolation needed in the high arctic. 75% of Polar Bear cubs don't make it to the age of two due to hunger and other Polar Bears. I have watched this amazing mother take care of them and hunting seals for them, while teaching the two cubs about the life to come.
Playa Colorado, Nicaragua
Photograph and caption by Kyle Gray
This photograph portrays the beginning and ending of a surf session at Playa Colorado in Nicaragua. To me this image encompasses two different perspectives of a surfer's lifestyle. The body language here emphasizes the energy levels in both surfers. The surfer leaving the water is clearly more fatigued and content with ending his session, while the surfer entering the water seems to be more abundant with energy as he races the sun for one last surf.
Photograph and caption by Heather Gladstone
This photograph was taken of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. I was underneath the tower looking up as the clouds parted and the moon shone through. The combination of golden lights and a silvery moon against the dark blue sky made for the perfect romantic moment.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Photograph and caption by Mohd Khorshid
On a windy day during raptors migration hunters in Kuwait started to catch these tired raptors , so in this day me and my friend went to photograph some raptors and we saw these two tired vultures , so we start to drag them away from the hunters until they reach a good hidden place , to make them safe until they start a new journey. in this photo i saw the vultures landed between sand dunes so i decide to hide behind these dunes to get a close shot then i saw this beautiful pose.
Marcus Beach, Australia
Photograph and caption by Nicky Stone
A sea eagle flies past billowing smoke from a bush fire.
Photograph and caption by Robert S. Harrison
This photograph was taken from behind the main alter in Notre Dame in Paris. As I walked past the alter, something caught my eye and I turned around. The image in front of you unfolded in front of me. It was taken on Ilford Black and White film on a Nikon FE2.
Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands
Photograph and caption by Ashley Neuhof
I waited all day in the kelp for this shot and after many failed attempts to catch the air time that these little guys were getting, this one finally got skyrocketed high enough. He or she proceeded to do an epic face plant, which I found was the standard style of penguin landing. They are the most entertaining creatures to photograph and kept a smile on my face throughout the course of my two-week excursion to the Falkland Islands. This photo was taken on Bleaker Island.
Taichung City, Taiwan
Photograph and caption by 泓愷 陳
Matsu, the Goddess of the sea. Every year on Matsu’s birthday, the believers place a great amount of firecrackers under Matsu’s palanquin, they surround it and ignite the firecrackers causing a cinematic blast scene. The believers believe that the stronger the blast is, the more luck Matsu will bring, hence everything will be prosperous for you in the coming year!
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Photograph and caption by Christian Schlamann
Very friendly and curious lionfish in the Red Sea.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photograph and caption by Zoé Fidji
I took this photo while the football brazilian team was playing for the world cup, the beaches and the streets were all deserted, everyone was watching the game,it was kind of surrealistic to see this usually crowded beach at sunset completely empty except this kid who was playing in the waves, maybe he couldn't have access to a tv or maybe he just didn't care, anyway he was really enjoying the beach for himself and so did I!
Photograph and caption by Emily Carter Mitchell
At dawn after spending the night on the frozen lake at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, thousands of snow geese flush up from the back to the front. Raising in mass, a thunder fills the air with their beating wings and loud honks. Circling several times, some headed off to the fields while others returned to the ice.
Mt. Fuji, Japan
Photograph and caption by Takashi
Inokashira area is famous for paragliding. There are several take-off fields for paragliders and hang gliders. Many paragliders were flying in the wide sky in front of Mt Fuji this day. (cropped)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Photograph and caption by Sarah Alsayegh
On a season change from winter to Spring it is known in Middle East that we get a lot of Sand Storms or Haboob, this year the season started early in February. Luckily I knew about it and was waiting for the huge sand wall to approach the city.
Photograph and caption by David Howells
This image was captured as we were returning from a fruitless search for active Humpback whales. We had given up, as the sun was setting, and were returning to harbour, when this young Humpback started breaching right in front of us. Sometimes, you just get lucky!
Photograph and caption by Beniamino Pisati
A group of girls is surprised by a sudden wave along the Malecon in Havana.
Yamal Region, Russia
Photograph and caption by Sergey Anisimov
Reindeer breeding is probably one of the rarest professions. In our region, on Yamal, there are approximately 14,000 man that live together with the herds of deers. These people in majority are “Nentsi” by nationality and are representatives of native population. They are very hardworking and hospitable. The photo was taken in Yamal region (Gydansky tundra), Russia. The temperature in April was -20 degrees below 0.
Photograph and caption by Angiolo Manetti
A herd of hippos in a pond of Serengeti National Park.
Photograph and caption by Nina Mönkkönen
At the end of winter 2015 I was exploring the woods of a nearby town with my mother. We came across to this huge pile of logs and I dared my 69 year old mother to climb the woodpile. She took up the challenge and this is her trying to figure out the way up.
Photograph and caption by Ian Bird
This wave is situated right near the CBD of Sydney. Some describe it as the most dangerous wave in Australia, due to it breaking on barnacle covered rocks only a few feet deep and only ten metres from the cliff face. If you fall off you could find yourself in a life and death situation. This photo was taken 300 feet directly above the wave from a helicopter, just as the surfer is pulling under the lip of the barrel.
Al Faḩāḩīl, Kuwait
Photograph and caption by Mohd Khorshid
willow warbler feeling happy by splashing water into feathers that makes it cooler during hot weather.
Photograph and caption by Prashant Aher
Kathakali is highly stylized indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music. This scene in the photograph is called 'Tapas Attam' where Ravana is calling Lord Bramha to appear through 'Agni'.
Fernandina Island, Galapagos
Photograph and caption by Nancy Leigh
This Sally Lightfoot crab crawled right up onto this iguana's back. Nature is full of surprises. Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island, Galapagos.
Photograph and caption by Sean Ensch
A pair of Icelandic horses sheltering each other from the high winds.
Photograph and caption by Majid Alamri
Child He listens to the latest news in the newspaper.
Photograph and caption by Sandra Greenberg
Whale watching is magical but the waiting part is filled with anticipation. When that whale explodes out of the water your heart either stops or starts racing and no matter how old your are at that moment you become a child experiencing a magical moment. And if you are blessed to have a mother and calf burst out of the water in a synchronized breach you are absolutely in heaven!
Todo Santos, Mexico
Photograph by Alejandro Prieto
On an expedition at Todos Santos in South Baja California, Mexico I was searching for big predators feeding on sardine baitballs; marlins, sharks or tunas, but instead of it I found this little but very beautiful sea bird, the Hawaiian Petrel. It was feeding on crustaceans. Luckily I was able to capture the moment it submerge its head to feed on the tiny food source.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Photograph and caption by Mohammed AlNaser
A young lion with a full stomach was spooked by something he saw in a distance which really made him take the sneaking position and run away from what seemed to be troubles
Cape Town, South Africa
Photograph by Slawek Kozdras
Boys in Clifton Beach in Cape Town jumping into the Atlantic Ocean.
Photograph and caption by Matthew Paskin
Captured on a train leaving Bundi, India 2014. The train made an unscheduled stop, which provided a great opportunity for the guy to leave and head home.
Photograph and caption by Ido Meirovich
Dogsledding in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland
Photograph and caption by Angad Achappa
As the rains arrive, the forest of India turn lush green. After a torrential downpour we came across this rain soaked green vine snake, the water droplet on the snake was what captured my attention!
Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Photograph and caption by James Kao
I was staying at a small inn to the north of Hanga Roa near these moai statues. One morning I noticed a horse tethered nearby and began to photograph it. It suddenly stretched in a downward dog yoga position and I took the shot.
Custer State Park, South Dakota
Photograph and caption by Wes Eisenhauer
I was traveling through South Dakota, and decided to visit Custer State Park during their annual Buffalo Round Up. As I approached the area where the buffalo are kept and counted, most of the heard scattered at my presence. This buffalo stayed and had a few more sips of water while I snapped a few pictures of him. It was a peaceful. We both stood quietly for just a moment before she turned and walked away.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Photograph and caption by Howard Singleton
Lucky timing! The oxpecker was originally sitting on hippo's head. I could see the hippo was going into a huge yawn (threat display?) and the oxpecker had to vacate it's perch. When I snapped the pic, the oxpecker appeared on the verge of being inhaled and was perfectly positioned between the massive gaping jaws of the hippo. The oxpecker also appears to be screeching in terror and back-pedaling to avoid being a snack!
Photograph and caption by Moe Murad
I found this Arabian Red fox cub outside a den just a side of a small hill, there were 3 cubs with their mom .. i got closer and put camouflage netting over me and waited their for two hours straight, then they came out one by one and i started to shot with my camera .. this cub started to clean his self, and i got this picture while he was doing it and looking straight at the camera! he looked like he is waving for me with a Hi!
Photograph and caption by Majed al Zaabi
Vulture with hayena face to face and the stay finally for the stronger of them
Photograph and caption by Chris Schmid
Massive wild brown bear captured in the Finnish Forests. This images has been made in very low light condition during the midnight sun making the atmosphere quite mysterious.
Andaman Islands, India
Photograph and caption by Mike Korostelev
The photo is taken near Andaman islands while diving with a unique elephant, who likes to swim in the sea. It is one of the brightest experiences I've ever had.
Sīwah, Matruh, Egypt
Photograph and caption by Yehia El Zeiny
The Shot was taken during the Camping in the Desert of SIWA - Egypt .. The Guy behind the fire was trying to ignite the fire to cook the dinner buried under the sand. It was by far the most amazing night camping in the Desert of SIWA.
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Photograph and caption by Klaus Bosbach
On our dive in Mexico at Cenote the "Temple of doom " I looked at this scene and I said wow this could be the landing of a spaceship you can even see the aliens but now it is a beautiful dive in the Maya Cenotes in the Yucatan Mexico
Photograph and caption by M. McMahon
Hundreds of Japanese Macaque have found a home in the snowy hills of Nagano, Japan close to a man made hot spring/feeding station called Jigokudani Monkey Park.
Ha'ena, Hawaii, United States
Photograph and caption by Lee Scott
Giant waves converge and jump together along the napali coast of Kauai. An early season northwest swell and the position of the autumn sun made this shot possible, but what really makes it special to me is the bird flying in the corner of the frame. This little moment of life adds balance to the image and reminds me that the mundane often make the spectacular.
Photograph and caption by Angyalosi Beata
This picture was taken in the Apuseni mountains, Romania, in a little village called Ramet. I really liked this kind woman, her funny smile and how the ox licks her hand.
Photograph and caption by Stefane Berube
The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered white rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully trying to stay 30 feet away to be safe, didn't provide me the photo I was hoping for. In the morning however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing infront of me.
Manarola, Liguria, Italy
Photograph and caption by Paolo Lazzarotti
This beautiful wave was grabbed with a long exposure to emphasize its circular path due to a submerged cliff causing the wave front bending. Amazing thing: here we're in the well known spot where all the people takes picture of Manarola and I was the only guy looking down to the cliff!
Photograph and caption by Ethan Blair
I was attending a gathering in a small nomadic village in the heights of Tibet where around two hundred yogis were reading the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The yogis would wake up early and stay up late reading a sacred text, keeping their culture alive. This photo is of one of the celebrations that went on during the time I was in village. The photo says more than a thousand wordsóit shows that no matter what the Chinese do, they can never take away the Tibetansí beliefs.
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