Photo by Robin Hammond @HammondRobin I was saddened to hear that last month 86-year-old Griet Seekoei passed away. She was one of the last four surviving N/uu speakers, a language spoken by the San people (sometimes called Bushmen) and believed to be more than 25,000 years old. The language is recognized by the UN as critically endangered. I photographed her in South Africa in 2018 for a special issue on race for @NatGeo magazine. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Video by @amivitale Kindergarten students run to their socially distanced outdoor graduation. The school was using the hula hoops to encourage the young students to stay an appropriate distance away from one another for their graduation ceremony. With just 16 days left in the school year, Willow Creek School in Willow Creek, Montana, was one of the first in the country to reopen to students. Because Willow Creek is a small, rural community with no reported cases of COVID-19 in the area, the school board felt comfortable allowing them to reinstate in-person instruction. Numerous safety protocols, temperature checks, social distancing measures, and masks on faculty and staff are in place. Follow @amivitale for more stories of hope and joy in the world. @thephotosociety #schools #coronavirus #kindergarten #covid19 #graduation
Photo by @lynseyaddario As part of a project to cover the pandemic, I've been following the work of several funeral homes in southern England. Hundreds lined the streets of Smallfield, England, to bid farewell to paramedic and COVID-19 victim, Peter Hart, as his coffin travels through the town en route to his final resting place. Over 100 national health service workers have died from COVID-19 in the U.K. As the United Kingdom nears 50,000 deaths from the virus, people of different faiths and backgrounds are finding ways to pay tribute to loved ones while maintaining social distancing and adhering to the limits imposed at cemeteries and crematoriums across the country. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario. @insidenatgeo Follow @natgeointhefield for real-time coverage of this developing story from photographers around the world.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen A few years ago, I captured these Afghan refugee children playing with balloons near their families’ mud homes on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, while documenting the daily life and the challenges of refugees and internally displaced people. This image is currently part of a print sale to support @everydayrefugees foundation's campaign “We are all in this together,” launched to support refugees, local communities, and internally displaced people through these challenging times we are all passing through. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @mmuheisenpublic. For more on how to get involved, follow @everydayrefugees. #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees #COVID19 #Staysafe #Weareallinthistogether
Photo by Brendan Hoffman @hoffmanbrendan Majeed Ullahbaig walks toward a crumbling bridge located in front of the Shishper glacier, jet-black with dirt and rubble, in northern Pakistan. The glacier provides water for drinking and irrigation to the village below, and it's recently surged some two kilometers (more than a mile) downhill, requiring a reconstruction of the infrastructure that harnesses its water. Glacial surge can happen for many reasons, including climate change. Follow me @hoffmanbrendan for more human stories from around the world. #climatechange #shisperglacier #gilgitbaltistan #pakistan Find out more at the link in bio. Check out @natgeoadventures Instagram Story today for more.
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz The level of the Dead Sea is dropping by about three feet (one meter) per year, due to freshwater diversions for human use. The lowest point on Earth is now separated into two depressions. The southern lobe has been converted into evaporation ponds for industrial use. On the Israeli side, shown here, that includes coffee-colored cascades of brine to concentrate and extract products ranging from potash for fertilizer to flame retardants to batteries. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photos by @timlaman The great island of New Guinea, second only to Greenland in size (and a lot greener), harbors the third biggest block of rainforest remaining on the planet, after the Amazon and the Congo Basin. Let's celebrate these forests and their importance to our collective future. New Guinea still has more than 80 percent forest cover, and harbors some of the great treasures of Earth’s biodiversity. Swipe to see: 1) Mount Arfak forest, 2) a tree kangaroo, 3) a masked bowerbird, 4) a palm cockatoo, and 5) a Vogelkop superb bird of paradise. Follow @TimLaman to see more treasures of the New Guinea forests. Images made with the support of @birdsofparadiseproject. #NewGuinea #rainforest #birds #treekangaroo
Photo by @edkashi Debra S. Fleischer, a branch manager of the Community Assistance Pantry at the Community Foodbanks of New Jersey @cfbnj, in Egg Harbor, on May 12. They distribute meals to 300 families five days a week. By comparison, last April they served 86 emergency orders—this April, there were 1,033. "Through these times people often come through heartbreak and they leave with hope,” Fleischer says. Follow me @edkashi for more from #RisingToTheCall, highlighting stories within New Jersey. #wewillprevail #lifeduringcorona #newjersey #gardenstate
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto A scientist who researches cave formations in order to better understand climate change admires the magnificent Chandelier Ballroom in Lechuguilla Cave, which is part of New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park. With its six-meter-long (20ft) glittering gypsum chandelier formations hanging from the ceiling, it feels like you're exploring a cave on another planet.
Photo by @tamaramerinophotography In Bahia, Brazil, siblings play at home next to a sculpture of Yemayá, the female water deity from the Candomblé religion. Yemanyá was often interchanged with the Virgin Mary, due to the syncretism that accompanied the influences of the slave trade era. Candomblé is based on African beliefs that is particularly popular in Brazil. #yemanya #religion #candomble