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Photographer Marcus Bleasdale reporting on the Central African Republic Civil War for Human Rights Watch and National Geographic May 16, 2017

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National Geographic Staff


In recent years the Central African Republic (CAR) has posed some of the most vexing questions in Africa: How does a relatively large country (roughly the size of France), with a small population (4.5 million) and vast resources (including gold, diamonds, and timber), become a failed state? How does a place that has avoided major conflicts over its 57 years of independence and one that was most often seen as a haven for refugees from neighboring war-torn countries suddenly find itself become a killing ground?

Seeking answers to these questions, photographer Marcus Bleasdale and writer Peter Gwin traveled throughout the Central African Republic as it has reeled from a brutal civil war that has left thousands of its citizens dead, nearly a million displaced, and the nation’s meager infrastructure in ruins. Their story, “The Burning Heart of Africa,” appears in the May issue of National Geographic magazine.

During his years of reporting, Bleasdale also captured numerous hours of video footage that documents the unfolding of the conflict and provides an intimate look beyond the headlines. This is a view into the daily lives of the people trapped in the chaotic disintegration of their country and their determination to survive and rebuild.


Climate Change in the Pacific: Photos Vlad Sokhin PANOS February 10, 2017

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By Janice Cantieri
Photographs by Vlad Sokhin, Panos
Warm Waters is a long-term photographic project by Vlad Sokhin investigating the effects of climate change on the nature and people of communities living in and around the Pacific Ocean. Tackling one of the biggest issues facing mankind through the prism of communities whose very existence is imperilled by Global Warming, Vlad has been travelling across the Pacific region and hopes to cover island nations and significant territories from Alaska to New Zealand. Vlad is collecting visual evidence of man-made causes of Global Warming and Climate Change and how these phenomena are being dealt with in each of the communities. In the first part of Warm Waters, Vlad travelled across countries in the Central and South Pacific – Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Niue.


Global temperatures hit record highs the past three years in a row—and the people of the Pacific have been feeling the effects.

The Pacific region has experienced devastating cyclones, storm surges, coral bleaching, and irregular rainfall patterns. Sea level rise threatens low-lying islands, where salt water infiltrates drinking water wells and kills staple food crops, as well as damaging property.

Photographer Vlad Sokhin has been documenting environmental changes in Pacific communities since 2013. Sokhin focuses on indigenous communities who are adapting to challenges created primarily by carbon emissions from developed countries, he says.

“In every country I’ve seen effects of global warming and climate change,” he says. “Different countries face different effects. For example, in Guam, the biggest challenge is coral bleaching, but in the last few years, the cyclones have become more intense.”

Abnormally warm ocean waters can bleach corals, which occurs when stressed corals expel the colorful algae living within their tissues. Coral bleaching threatens the reef ecosystem, but increasingly intense cyclones and tropical storm surges pose immediate danger to island residents.

Two category-five cyclones hit the Pacific in the past two years: Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, and Cyclone Winston hit Fiji in February 2016. Winston was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the Southern Hemisphere in recorded time.

Images from Gaza Paolo Pellegrin and David Degner December 14, 2012

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Paolo Pellegrin National Geographic Magazine

Paolo Pellegrin National Geographic Magazine

Paolo Pellegrin National Geographic Magazine

Paolo Pellegrin National Geographic Magazine

David Degner

David Degner

David Degner

A set of comparative images from Paolo Pellegrin and David Degner who is based in Cairo.

The Pellegrin Images were shot for National Geographic and the Degner images for Newsweeks The Daily Beast.

Second month in a row that Paolo Pellegrin has work in the National Geographic magazine…and great  timing for the subject, since the series was mostly shot months ago and   the issue was  going to press when the most recent Gaza conflict escalated.

A ceasefire has taken hold after more than a week of conflict between Israel and Gaza. On Nov. 14, an Israeli missile killed Ahmed Jabari, the leader of Hamas’s military wing. Israel says its wider air campaign came in response to rocket attacks from Gaza and the government called on 75,000 Israeli Defense Forces reserve soldiers to prepare for a potential ground invasion. The violence resulted in the deaths of more than 150 Palestinians and six Israelis. The IDF launched hundreds of airstrikes on Hamas-related targets in Gaza, while Gaza fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israel, hitting sites as far away as Tel Aviv. The ceasefire agreement was announced Nov. 21 in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. An incident Nov. 23—in which Israeli troops fired on Gazans who pushed against Israel’s border fence and killed one person—threatened to end the peace, but the shaky ceasefire still remains.

Japan’s Nuclear Refugees November 23, 2011

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Photo David Gutenfelder
Photo David Gutenfelder

Fukushima has changed lives and this photo by David Guttenfelder exemplifies the new scenarios.

Tattooed Toyoo Ide, 69, is one of the men taking advantage of the bathing facility set up by the Self-Defense Forces outside the Big Palette evacuation center. A lifelong employee of the nuclear power plant and self-described wise guy, Ide misses his home deeply: “There’s no water or electricity now, but if there were, I’d go back, radioactivity or not. I’d go back today. I can’t live in a stranger’s town.”



National Geographic Photo Competition November 23, 2011

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Salar de Atacama North Chile Photo Magdalena Rakita
Salar de Atacama North Chile Photo Magdalena Rakita


As a leader in capturing the world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, the organisation received more than 16,000 contest entries submitted by photographers from 130 countries. Well, it’s that time of year again—send in your winning shots in any of these three categories: people, places, and nature. Please submit images that accurately reflect the captured moment in time. In other words, keep it real. The first photo listed in this post is from an excited Magdalena Rakita, based in London.

Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the grand prize winner will be selected. This year’s contest judges are National Geographic magazine photographers Tim Laman, Amy Toensing, and Peter Essick.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.

Grand Cayman Photo Claudio Gazzaroli
Grand Cayman Photo Claudio Gazzaroli

Landmannalaugar Iceland  Photo Romain Chassagne
Landmannalaugar Iceland Photo Romain Chassagne

New Mosque Eminonu Istanbul 600 Photo Wojciech Ryzinski
New Mosque Eminonu Istanbul 600 Photo Wojciech Ryzinski

Grandfather Photographer  Photo Christopher Belleza
Grandfather Photographer Photo Christopher Belleza

Photo Simon Belham
Photo Simon Belham

National Geographic Competition September 30, 2010

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One of the world’s premier magazines is continuing the trend to Photography based competitions, ostensibly to search for new talent. There is an interesting comment on image manipulation and the recognition of HDR as a development in the Rules section of the competition.


As a leader in capturing the world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Now you can share your vision of the world. Enter to win $10,000 and have your photo published in National Geographic magazine! Photos will be judged on creativity and photographic quality.
Online  entries only in any of these three categories: People, Places, and Nature. The submission period begins September 16 and ends November 30. Winners will be announced in early December. There is an entry fee of U.S. $15 per photo.

Each Entry consists of an entry form, a single image, and an entry fee. The entry fee is US$15 per entry. To enter, visit www.ngphotocontest.com; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph and fee in accordance with the instructions that follow.

The Categories for entries are: (1) People, (2) Places, and (3) Nature (the “Categories”). There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Each entry must comply with the following requirements (the “Photograph Requirements”):

Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).

Photographs must have been taken within two (2) years before the date of entry and may not previously have won an award in the National Geographic International Photography Contest or any National Geographic Traveler photo contest in the last three years.

Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable. Hand tinting is acceptable, as is cropping. Fish-eye lenses are acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are acceptable only if the combined parts are all made around the same time. For more information, please read  comments on image manipulation. Any changes to the original Photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize.

Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud; provided entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in “Release.” When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s art.