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Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller  | Amber Hikes, community organizer: "I am a proud Black Queer Woman. There's something deeply powerful about claiming all of those identities, identities the world has systematically abused, silenced, and tried to erase. When I introduced the rainbow flag with black and brown stripes to the world in June 2017, it was a radical act to highlight the experiences of marginalized folks within a marginalized community. We launched that symbol to raise awareness. To mark history. But most importantly, we launched it to declare loudly and proudly that we are here and we don't request visibility—we demand it. We are the children of Marsha and Bayard and Langston. We are the successors of James and Barbara and Alvin. We are the descendants of Audre and Zora. Of Essex and Joseph. Greatness courses through our veins. We, LGBTQ Black folks are divine—our lives and our legacies are ordained. Our joy and mere existence are revolutionary acts of resistance. I am Black. I am Queer. I am Proud.” For more stories and portraits, follow me @martinschoeller  and @martinschoellerstudio. 

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Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto  | In early morning, a man stares out over the Cayapas River as a woman walks on the street below in the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas. This photo was part of book project, in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen  | A colorful alley in downtown Athens, Greece, caught my eye as I roamed the streets, capturing daily life. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen  and @mmuheisenpublic  #muhammedmuheisen  #Greece  #Athens 

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Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes  | A lone gazelle surveys the landscape from atop a rock perch in Tanzania. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes.  #StephenWilkes  #Tanzania  #Serengeti  #Gazelle  #Perched  #Expanse 

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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto  | American speleologist and cave explorer Erin Lynch peers over her shoulder and down into the giant void of Cloud Ladder Hall. The fog gathers and remains trapped on the roof of this giant room, and although the floor is out of view and can't be seen because of the cloud, her echo reminds her that it is over 300m (1000ft) below. This really is a very lofty location to be suspended from a single rope.

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride  | The Frothy Frappuccino Pit at the End: High in the Rocky Mountains is where this river, the Colorado, starts. Some 1,400 miles later, this is where it unnaturally ends. I was shocked when I first saw this on Jon Waterman’s source-to-sea trip for @natgeo.  This frothy mess of garbage and ubiquitous single-use plastic is just two miles into Mexico—90 miles shy of the river’s historic terminus at the ocean (we hiked the rest of the delta). The snowmelt that sustains the Colorado River and irrigates the crops of America’s salad bowl no longer completes its journey to the Sea of Cortez. For six million years the river did complete that journey, creating the largest desert estuary in North America, but today the demands for water are too many. Changing climate patterns and repeated drought are all adding to the challenge, making it unlikely that this lifeline of the West, often called the “American Nile,” will reach the sea again anytime soon. While many groups are working to restore some of the delta, there is a lot of work ahead. For more on rivers around the world, follow @pedromcbride.  #ColoradoRiver  #Mexico  #raisetheriver  #planetnotplastic  #SourcetoSea 

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Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto  | Ryerson Hazel works for Superior Woods, a Guyanese-owned timber producer and exporter. The lumber in the photo comes from the purpleheart tree that grows in the rainforest. The tree's dull brown wood turns a deep eggplant purple after it’s cut and then fades over time. Tropical hardwoods are much in demand in Asia, where local supplies have been decimated.

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Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler  | A rufous-necked hornbill brings a fig for his partner in Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. The female is incubating their eggs in the nest inside a tree cavity–you can just see the tip of her beak. She is encased behind a wall of mud that keeps the eggs and young chicks safe from predators. The female does not leave the nest until after the chicks have hatched and grown (usually 3 or 4 months), and during this time she is completely dependent on her partner for food, delivered through the small opening to the nest–seeds, fruits, lizards, frogs, and insects. @natgeo  supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan  #Conservation  #RoyalManasNationalPark  #Himalayas  Follow me @christianziegler  for more wildlife and nature stories.

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Photo by James Balog @james_balog  | When I photographed this gray wolf back in the early 1990s for Survivors, my series on endangered wildlife, there were around 1,000 left in the contiguous United States. In 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began reintroducing gray wolves to central Idaho and Yellowstone. Thanks to their protected status, more than 5,000 now roam the lower 48. But this spring the service announced that it plans to propose removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list and "return management of the species to the states and tribes." The Center for Biological Diversity told NPR in March that the proposal will “all but ensure that wolves are not allowed to recover in the Adirondacks, southern Rockies, and elsewhere that scientists have identified suitable habitat.” Meanwhile, Mexican wolves once numbered in the hundreds of thousands in the American Southwest. In 1975, the last seven remaining in the wild were captured and bred to save the species. Today, just 150 exist in the wild, where they’re defined as a "nonessential experimental population," a status that affords them only partial protection. And there are only 44 red wolves left in North Carolina, the only place they exist in the world. Some researchers estimate that they could go extinct within eight years. Wolves do not have a voice. People do. You can “adopt” a wolf, donate to organizations protecting endangered wildlife, and tell your friends and family about what’s happening to this ancient ancestor of wo/man's best friend.

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown  | Lari Laiso, photographed in 2016 on Kili, in the Marshall Islands, was born on Bikini Atoll. The year 2016 marked 70 years since the people of Bikini Atoll began living in exile, away from their homeland. The 167 Bikinians readied for their exodus as preparations were under way for the U.S. nuclear testing program. Around 242 naval ships, 156 aircraft, 25,000 radiation recording devices, and the Navy's 5,400 experimental rats, goats, and pigs arrived for the tests. Over 40,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel were involved in the testing program at Bikini. On March 1, 1954, the U.S. tested the Bravo hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll. The largest weapon the United States ever tested, at 15 megatons, the blast vaporized three islands and was 1,000 times the magnitude of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear weapons dropped on Japan in World War II.

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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto  | A Pahranagat-style anthropomorphic figure aligns with the Milky Way just before dawn in the Basin and Range National Monument. Thought to be 3,000 to 5,000 years old, these anthropomorphic figures are associated with the first hunter-gatherer cultures to inhabit this part of the American West, particularly the Pahranagant Valley in southern Nevada. I am in the American West working on an @insidenatgeo  and @ancientartarchive  project examining rock art in national monuments that were studied for reduction. The Basin and Range was not resized and remains a huge expanse of mostly empty wild space. For more images from this project follow me @salvarezphoto  and my nonprofit @ancientartarchive  as we explore and preserve humanity’s oldest stories.

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  | The seldom-visited ruins of Timgad, Algeria, are one of the best preserved examples of Roman town planning. Located on the south side of the mountains that separate the Sahara from the coast, it’s hard to believe that this was once the breadbasket of the Roman Empire. But the North African climate has become significantly drier over millennia. To explore more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz 

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