Quarta-feira, 11 de Março de 2015
MONKEY TRAINING FOR A CIRCUS
29 November 2014
A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province, China. With more than 300 circus troupes, Suzhou is known as the hometown of the Chinese circus.
Yongzhi Chu was born in 1973 in Yuexi County, Anhui Province. He is a documentary photographer working for Zhejiang Daily Press Group.
Quarta-feira, 21 de Janeiro de 2015
BONOBOS - OUR UNKNOWN COUSINS
01 June 2011
Salonga National Park, Lui Kotale, Democratic Republic of Congo
A young female bonobo rests after a large meal. Her lips are colored orange by mud she has eaten to counteract toxins in unripe fruit she consumed.
Bonobos, along with chimpanzees, are our closest living relatives. They are also among the least-studied of primates. Unlike chimpanzees, who are territorial and combative, bonobos are relatively peaceful creatures, and appear to use sex as a means of social communication. Sex, for bonobos, is not restricted to male-female copulation during the female’s fertile period, but includes various gender combinations, and occurs in a variety of situations, including greeting, relieving tension, and as an expression of reconciliation.
Christian Ziegler is a photojournalist specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and has been widely published in other magazines such as Geo, Smithsonian, and BBC Wildlife. A tropical ecologist by training, Ziegler has worked in tropical rainforests on four continents, and for the past ten years has been an associate for communication with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.
Quarta-feira, 19 de Novembro de 2014
WOLVES WALKING IN THE DESERT
14 November 2013
Wolves cross the desert snow in northwestern China. Wild animals such as wolves and boar are thriving in the region. Wolves are legally protected in China, though in some areas the law is not rigorously enforced. Herders in Xinjiang have called for hunting to be resumed, as wolves are killing livestock.
Shangzhen Fan (1966) was born in a remote village in Guinan County of Qinghai Province, China. His main focus is nature, especially wild animals, and he has been committed to photographing wildlife for 10 years. As a 30-year native of the Tibetan plateau, every mountain, river, tree and bush in his hometown is familiar to him.
Quarta-feira, 17 de Setembro de 2014
05 September 2013
The flotation tailing reservoir at KGHM Polska Miedz copper mine. Tailings are waste streams produced by the process of extracting metal from ore, and consist of crushed rock and chemical effluent, much of it toxic.
Views from the air reveal an impact of industry on the environment that is hard to see from the ground, as effluent leeches into the Polish landscape—coal ash (the waste that remains after coal is combusted, containing toxic heavy metals) from power stations, by-products of mining, emissions from chemical factories.
Kacper Kowalski, born in 1977, was supposed to be an architect. Yet five years of studies and four of designing were more than enough for him. In 2006, he eventually quit his job and turned to his two true passions: flying and photography. Both a pilot and a photographer, he takes unique control over each shot, capturing previously unseen natural environments and ordinarily inaccessible cityscapes. The results are unreal, almost graphic images, which reveal patterns, symmetries, and asymmetries created by humans and nature.
Quarta-feira, 16 de Julho de 2014
A FLOCK OF GUILLEMOTS
09 March 2013
Common guillemots (Uria aalge) fly over northeastern Norway. The largest of the auk species, guillemots are one of the most abundant seabirds in temperate and colder parts of the northern hemisphere. The bird is gregarious, and breeds in colonies that can number into the tens of thousands.
Markus Varesvuo is a Finnish wildlife photographer specialised in birds. He turned his life-long hobby of bird watching and photography into professional wildlife photography in 2005. He has been awarded several wildlife and nature prizes such as the 2011 GDT European Wildlife Photographer Award in the category Birds. Varesvuo has published several books; among which are Birds: Magic Moments, his first international bestseller in 2011, and The Handbook of Bird Photography in 2013, written together with colleagues and friends Bence Máté and Jari Peltomäki.
Quarta-feira, 14 de Maio de 2014
21 February 2013
Gros Ventre Wilderness, Wyoming, USA
A camera trap set up at the mouth of a cave captures a female cougar and her cub seeking refuge from the cold.
Cougars, once in decline, have for the past 40 years been making a comeback across the western United States—though they remain extremely elusive. The cats are protected in California and Florida, but prized game in 13 other states. The success of the recovery in cougar numbers depends in part on where the public will tolerate them, and on strategies for dealing with the difficulties of interaction between humans and cougars in populated regions.
American photographer Steve Winter started taking photos as a child while growing up in rural Indiana. After graduating from the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco, Winter signed on as a photojournalist for Black Star Photo Agency. Since then, he has produced stories for GEO, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Audubon, BusinessWeek, Scientific American, and Stern, among other publications.
Quarta-feira, 12 de Março de 2014
FENNEC FOX, A SPECIES IN DANGER
22 April 2013
An adult fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) is illegally kept in a sheep pen for about a year. It shows clear signs of distress (ears kept low) and aggressiveness. The general lack of protection is destroying its fragile habitat and posing the species at risk. Kebili Region, Tunisia.
Bruno D’Amicis was born in 1979 in Rome, where he studied biology and specialised in mountain ecosystems and conservation issues. He has gained experience and academic background in animal ecology, conservation biology and environmental education.
Quarta-feira, 18 de Dezembro de 2013
28 August 2008
Hanifaru Bay, Maldives
A whale shark breaks the surface while waiting to capture plankton drifting in on the tide, in the Hanifaru Bay marine reserve.
Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are slow-moving, filter-feeding sharks found in tropical and warm oceans, and are the largest non-mammalian vertebrates on the planet. The species originated some 60 million years ago, and individuals normally have a lifespan of around 70 years.
Currently, however, whale sharks are listed as a vulnerable species. They come under particular threat from pollution and strikes by boat propellers, and are also hunted for their fins and flesh.
The sharks feed by drifting with their capacious mouths open, drawing in plankton, fish, and small crustaceans. Foreign objects, such as plastic, can also be drawn into the shark’s digestive system, causing harm.
Thomas P. Peschak is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).
Quarta-feira, 23 de Outubro de 2013
Caribbean Trumpet Fish
01 April 2012
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
A Caribbean trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus), off the coast of Bonaire, in the Lesser Antilles.
Trumpetfish are named for their elongated snouts and bodies, and can expand their mouths widely to suck up the small fish and crustaceans they feed on. They are able to change skin color to blend with surroundings, and often use large herbivorous fish as camouflage, shadowing them until the moment is right to strike out at smaller prey.
Trumpetfish will often hang vertically in the water, drifting with the current and vacuuming up any prey swimming below, using a method called ‘pipette feeding’.
Benton has been a professional photographer for 25 years. For the last 12 years, he has worked as a staff photographer for The Sacramento Bee newspaper. As a staff member, his photos have documented a rich and diverse cross-section of life in northern California. He has photographed the NBA, NFL, PGA, and WBC; Stephen Hawking, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elton John, and the Pope; surgeons, teachers, cops, and murderers. He has shot from helicopters, inside tiger cages, in underwater caves, and on movie sets.
Quarta-feira, 21 de Agosto de 2013
02 April 2012
Fuzhou City, Fujian, China
A white-cheeked gibbon, at Fuzhou Zoo, Fuzhou City, Fujian.
Xiaoqun Zheng was born in 1955 in Zhejiang Province, China, and graduated from Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. He has worked as a photographer for Wenzhou Daily since 1994 and is currently a photo editor there.