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Photo by @davidalanharvey | The surfing scene in the Outer Banks NC is super eclectic, with a few super surf stars and a lot of riders like Alejandra @ale_jandram who are simply learning to read the waves. Here the Atlantic has a sandy bottom and the best surf breaks move around just like the islands themselves, as opposed to solid reef breaks in other parts of the world. This means less world class surf, yet more break spots for everyone. This makes for a generally polite, everybody gets a wave crowd. Fall is just around the corner and that’s when we do get the rare yet sweet double overhead barrels. Wind and sea. My life elixir.

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Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Photo taken during the basketball tournament for women in Jeddah, which was the second time Saudi women were allowed to enter a sports stadium in the country. The event was segregated, and no men were allowed to enter. #basketball #jeddah #saudiarabia #doodleforacause #women #womenempowerment

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Photo by @dguttenfelder | Lions walk together along a winding dirt trail on the floor of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro crater. #onassignment for @natgeoexpeditions

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Photo by @markosian | In a tiny village in the Itum Kale region, siblings play before dinner. The southernmost district of Chechnya was bombed to ruins during the two Chechen wars, and has since been carefully rebuilt. #chechnya

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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | In Ittoqqortoormiit we sat down to discuss options for sailing on with the boat. We had maps of Wegener Halvø peninsula, up-to-date satellite images showing the sea-ice extent and nautical charts with limited soundings. The satellite images showed that accessing the fjords around the peninsula was impossible because of the sea ice. In addition the nautical charts showed that there was limited information, meaning the true nature of the depth and terrain of the fjord was still rather a mystery. Onward travel to Wegener Halvø peninsula by boat seemed highly unlikely at this point. We had to look at other options... @greenland_caves #EAGRE18

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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | We arrived in the colourful village of Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland late on the evening of the 3rd August and spent five days there as we waited for a good weather/sea ice opportunity to continue further north. During the ‘night’ of our second evening we were all woken up by a loud fog horn. It was from the supply tanker that comes in only twice a year. This was the first time it had arrived this year; the last time being at the end of September last year. The village came alive as for two days the residents were busy with the containers that were being ferried back and forth between the ship and land. @greenland_caves #EAGRE18

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Photo by @hammond_robin for @whereloveisillegal | “There was a time in my life that I thought I was the only person of my kind on Earth, was very lonely, emotionally traumatized and looking for people I can relate to.” Effery is a transgender woman from Ghana. She feels it would be unsafe for her to be open about her gender identity: “When I'm outside the house I have to pretend I'm the boss. I need to walk more masculine, not very feminine, like the way I feel when I'm in the house. And the way I talk too sometimes when I'm out, I have to be very careful because when you start talking and you start being all fabulous and all gay, they'll raise eyebrows. So when I'm out there and I'm talking I need to talk straight. I need to act straight.” // Where Love is Illegal traveled to Kenya, Mozambique and Ghana with the support of Elton John AIDS Foundation ( @ejaf) to continue our work sharing LGBTQI+ stories of survival and to raise awareness of the impacts of stigma. Around the world, grants made by the Elton John AIDS Foundation make possible the work of countless community-rooted organizations that touch the lives of millions every day. For more information, and to join the fight, visit www.ejaf.org // This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal

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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | A long extinct Steppe Bison painted on the ceiling of Altamira Cave, Spain. The cave of Altamira was reported in 1880 by Don Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola. It was the first paleolithic art cave to be identified. The cave was first greeted with amazement but the discovery soon deteriorated into deep controversy that followed Marcelino Sanz de Salutoula to his grave. In the 1880s it was thought that prehistoric humans lacked the capacity for abstract thought. Paintings like this could not have possibly been made by Ice Age people. It was not until other paleolithic art caves were discovered in France that Altamira was accepted as genuine. Archaeological deposits in the cave place human occupation between the Upper Solutrean and Lower Magdalenian eras (18,500-14,000 BCE). Uranium/Thorium dating of calcite deposits on top of some of the artworks place the works within the Aurignacian and Solutrean periods (36,000-22,000 BCE). This U-T dating suggests that Altamira was painted over a period of more than 10,000 years. To see more follow me, @salvarezphoto and my nonprofit @ancientartarchive.

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Photo by @laurentballesta | The first time was in 2010. I will never forget this under water canyon and the pleasure of this « negative ascent » at -120m (360ft)… although it lasted less than 3 minutes. We had to be quick, first not to drift, but also because I simply like it: the pressure does not crush me, it embraces me. But how could one believe that this planet is only 3 minutes from ours. You’d like to know where it’s located ? I let you guess. A clue : I went there thanks to Peter Timm, now gone, for a face to face with a living legend, a mythical fish, locally named Gombessa. Did you guess ?!… The answer on @laurentballesta. La première fois, c’était en 2010. Je n’oublierai jamais ce canyon sous-marin et le plaisir de cette « ascension négative » à -120 m de fond… Pourtant, elle a duré moins de 3 minutes. Il faut faire vite, d’abord pour ne pas dériver, mais aussi parce que j’aime ça tout simplement : la pression ne m’écrase pas, elle m’enlace. C’est difficile de croire que cette autre planète n’est qu’à 3 minutes de la nôtre. Vous voulez savoir où elle se trouve ? Je vous laisse deviner. Un indice : j’y suis allé grâce à Peter Timm, aujourd’hui disparu, pour un face-à-face avec une légende vivante, un poisson mythique, appelé localement Gombessa. Alors, vous avez trouvé ?!… La réponse sur @laurentballesta #marinewildlife #underwaderart #uwphotography #wildlifephotography #worldfirst #artbook #artphotography #expeditionsgombessa

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Photo by @Joelsartore | Meet the tanuki, also known as a raccoon dog. This species is usually brown and black, however, this tanuki who lives at @okczoo is leucistic, meaning it lacks color. In the mid-20th century, the fur-farming industry introduced a few thousand raccoon dogs to European parts of the Soviet Union and they have since thrived in northern and eastern Europe. Although their population is stable, they are still hunted for their fur in some areas. In Japan, numerous myths and legends surround the tanuki; folklore holds that the species are tricksters and shapeshifters, but not malicious. #photoark #tanuki

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Photo by @renaeffendiphoto | Uzbek street vendor on Suleyman mountain in Osh (Ferghana valley) Kyrgyzstan. Replacing natural teeth with gold implants or caps was once a status symbol in Uzbekistan and other countries of Central Asia. For generations people went to goldsmiths to replace their teeth with gold in case of decay or other problems, but sometimes healthy teeth were pulled out and replaced with gold for prestige. However, the younger generation no longer follows this tradition. Please #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more stories about cultures around the globe. #tradition #culture #smile #gold #uzbekistan #kyrgyzstan

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Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | My two sons explore the edge of the Taklamakan desert, in Xinjiang province, China. About 85% of this desert is made up of shifting sand dunes and recent atmospheric studies have shown that dust originating from the Taklamakan is blown over the Pacific and contributes to cloud formation over the Western United States. The Uyghur origin of the name "Taklamakan" is commonly interpreted as "once you get in, you'll never get out"... To explore other parts of the world, visit @paleyphoto #dustdetective #desertsoftheworld #taklamakan #sanddunes #uyghur #xinjiang

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