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Photo by robin hammond @hammond_robin | “what happens to people with mental health conditions?” i asked the driver. “we put them in prison,” he said. an hour later i was in a dark cell in juba central prison, south sudan. some inmates spoke to me, some to voices only they heard. many didn’t speak at all, keeping to themselves and to the dark concrete corners that had become their world. i noticed a young man who neither looked at nor spoke to me. he was completely n***d except for a shackle at his ankle. i had to take his picture, i thought. but as i was about to, i caught myself. i wasn’t sure if it was right. if this was me, my brother, my son, would i be okay with this image appearing on the front page of a newspaper? with this question, condemned —my documentation of mental health in countries in crisis—began. it started with this young man and a promise. i’m sharing this now because may is mental health awareness month. to see more and read about that promise i made follow @onedayinmyworld

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Photo by jennifer hayes @jenniferhayesig | a group of young girls followed me into the sea to watch me photograph the coral off lababia island, papua new guinea. the girls were remarkable swimmers, able to breath-hold far longer than i could, leading to great laughter among the three of them. after we left the water, we sat on the beach and looked at images in the back of the camera. they chose this picture as their favorite. in my travels to remote corners of the ocean, i often watch young boys leading the the way into the sea. it was wonderful to see the girls enter the sea with the full confidence and capability of their brothers. with @natgeo inside the #coraltriangle #equalintheocean #ocean #womeninthesea for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig

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Photo by nora lorek @noralorek | not long after angelina nyakum came to uganda in the summer of 2016, her husband was killed in south sudan. he had been walking past a street fight. in bidibidi refugee camp, 27-year-old angelina is left to care for their children. "they don't believe me that their father is dead," she says. "they still ask to call him all the time." what began as a @natgeo assignment is now the @milayaproject , a nonprofit we just launched on kickstarter to connect customers with south sudanese women making hand-embroidered pillowcases, bedspreads, and wall hangings, like those seen in the background. the civil war in south sudan has displaced two million people. when refugees arrived to uganda they carried their only possessions wrapped in milayas, embroidered sheets passed down for generations. today in bidibidi, the second largest refugee camp in the world, milayas are being sewn but there are few customers. through the milaya project these women will be able to sell their art and transform their collectives into self-sufficient businesses. follow @milayaproject for more information on how to support these women.

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Photo by david guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | portraits of the late leaders of north korea, kim il sung and kim jong il, hang above frilly cloth-covered pianos at pyongyang kyongsang kindergarten. across the country, images, pins, mosaics, and monuments of the two late leaders, who died in 1994 and 2011, are ubiquitous. please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at north korea, where i have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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Photo by simon norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio i a glacier table: a boulder perched on a pedestal of ice. photographed on assignment during an ascent to the chhota shigri glacier, himachal pradesh, indian himalaya. the boulder protects the ice from ablation during sunny weather. around the boulder, the ice surface ablates while the boulder remains at the original level. as the pedestal becomes higher and higher in relation to the glacier's surface, the sun shines further under the boulder from the south. consequently the pedestal gets ablated on its southern side, and the boulder will eventually fall off the pedestal. after this, a new cycle of table growth and destruction may begin.

follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material on this and future projects.
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Photo by @nicholesobecki | a health worker carries kakule kavendivwa, 14, to a waiting ambulance in beni, democratic republic of congo. the day before kakule's sisters had taken him to a nearby health center, but fled when the team encouraged them to go to an ebola treatment center. the health center alerted the world health organization who found the family. after several hours of talking with community outreach workers, they allowed an ambulance to take him for treatment. “people need to have a chance to talk,” zoe kyavaghendi, a risk communication officer told me as we waited for kakule's sisters to consider their options. “you can’t force them right away, you need to give them a chance to express their fears, and then to explain afterwards.” to learn more about the ongoing ebola outbreak — already the second largest in history, and the first in an active war zone — take a look at our story “life amid an ebola outbreak: combating mistrust—and saving lives.” link in bio @nicholesobecki #ebola #drc #health #epidemic

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Photo by michael christopher brown @michaelchristopherbrown | young girls walk in a light breeze at sunset outside their home overlooking the city of kabul, afghanistan.

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Photo by carlton ward, jr. @carltonward | a herd of endangered desert elephants makes its way through a scrubby acacia forest around the edge of lake banzena in the sahel of mali. early in my career, i spent two months tracking and photographing these elephants with @savetheelephants and @wildfoundation. the project taught me about the importance of protecting large connected landscapes for wildlife and people—and inspired much of my thinking at the heart of the florida wildlife corridor campaign (@fl_wildcorridor ). the mali elephants also deepened my respect for the power of nature. these elephants, unaccustomed to vehicles, required us to approach them only on foot. looking up from the desert floor at this towering herd made me feel both very alive and very small. it’s hard to believe an animal as powerful as an elephant is also so vulnerable and endangered. for more conservation photography please follow @carltonward . #mali #elephants #sahel #migration #corridor

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | portrait of ebola survivor aisha ramzani djadi, 17, in the bedroom of her home in beni, democratic republic of congo. when she first became ill, aisha was pregnant and she lost the baby during her treatment. she is just one of many in this central african nation caught between the promise of new anti-ebola measures and the barriers to their success: widespread fear, mistrust of foreign-run medical relief efforts, and general unrest fed by armed militias, poverty, and despair. as she works to rebuild her life in the wake of great loss, aisha has returned to care for others fighting the virus at the ebola treatment center in beni. "i'd like to have more children in the future,” she told me, a nearby window casting light across her young face within the shadowy room where we stood. #ebola #drc #health #survivor

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Photo by william albert allard @williamalbertallard | this child wearing one of his papa’s hats is the son of john hand, a rancher living in new mexico back in 1971, when i was wandering the american west, taking photographs for the national geographic book "the american cowboy in life and legend," published in 1972. i don’t recall the boy’s name, but he was out in one of the barns where his father was shoeing a horse, and i found making portraits of the little boy more productive than watching the horse. this is a full, in-your-face portrait showing the boy's soft, smooth skin and dark, pool-like eyes, all accented by the piece of alfalfa clamped in his mouth. his father was a wonderful, highly respected rancher, and i’d like to think the little boy grew up to be the same, but i can’t say for sure. for more images of the american west and other assignments spanning a five-decade career, follow me @williamalbertallard

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Photo by cristina mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | the rio pequeno, a tributary of the iriri in the southern amazon, was filled with giggles as this group of kayapo girls played tagalong on its shallow bank. indigenous communities that directly depend on their natural surroundings for survival develop a unique and intimate relationship with nature. from a young age, these children are raised to believe that if they treat the forest, river, and wildlife with respect and gratitude, they will be provided for by nature, and presented with everything they need to sustain themselves. is there a lesson there for the rest of us? #followme at @cristinamittermeier for more photos from around the world. #kayapo #amazon #nature #community

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Photo by anastasia taylor-lind @anastasiatl // sponsored by @always_brand // schoolgirls receive free period products at a workshop at thabotona primary school in katlehong, south africa. teams of students prepared vision boards detailing their dreams for the future and a nurse taught them about female reproductive organs. // every day, all over the world, millions of girls miss school because they lack resources to navigate the onset of menstruation. @always_brand provides puberty education & period products to girls around the world to help keep them confident #likeagirl & focused on getting an education. together we can #endperiodpoverty!

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