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「ナショナルジオグラフィック」の写真を、ご覧になったことはありますか? Webで公開されているものや、毎年開催されているコンテストの投稿作品など、とにかく圧倒的な美しさを誇ることで有名ですよね。切り取られた「瞬間」は、まるで何かを訴えかけてくるようで、見る者の心を掴んで離しません。

それは、インスタグラムに投稿されたものであっても同じこと。今回ご紹介するのは、ナショナルジオグラフィックのインスタグラムに投稿された、ビビッドな写真の数々です。

被写体は自然風景から動物、人物と様々ですが、いずれも確かなメッセージ性を感じるものばかり。野生の動物からは、生命の躍動を。人の姿からは、人種や文化の豊かさを。この星にある自然と、生きとし生けるものの営みを、これほどクリアに見せてくれる写真はなかなかないように思います。

あなたの琴線に触れる1枚が、きっとあるはず。じっくりとご覧ください!

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Photo: @ladzinski Caption: @andrewbisharat – In celebration of his 30th birthday, @mattsegal decided to spend the day climbing 3 long routes in the #GorgesDuVerdon with @emilyaharrington. Each route represented a distinct era of the Verdon's long and storied climbing history: one route was from the "Golden Age" of the 1960s, one from the early sport climbing era of the 1970s/80s, and one was more modern, established just a few years ago. It was over 30 pitches of climbing (900 meters), a pitch for each year for his birthday, and it took the team nearly 24 hours to complete. Happy birthday Matt! What a great way to enter a new era of your own life! #bonverdon #verticalorigins #onAssignment @thenorthface @3stringsproductions @etteloc

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Photo: @ladzinski Caption: @andrewbisharat To climbers, 'tufas,' or 'colonettes,' are some of the most desirable features of rock. Specific to limestone, tufas are formed by mineral deposits where run-off or seepage occurs. They are like stalactites that grow out of a vertical wall, providing a striking, obvious path upward. Climbing a tufa involves pinching it with your hands, squeezing it between two feet, and sometimes even pressing your knee against it to take a rest. Perhaps the most famous tufa in the world is located here in Verdon Gorge of southern #France on a route named 'Tom et Je Ris'. This plumb singular tufa runs a full 60 meters down an overhanging wall, and draws climbers from around the world–like @mattsegal and @emilyaharrington (belaying)–who dream of ascending the perfectly endless line. #verticalorigins #bonverdon @etteloc @3stringsproductions

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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). I have been at a loss for what to do in these days after the #Everest tragedy. As a photographer who has worked with the #Sherpa community (for an upcoming story at National Geographic), I am devastated. Two of the deceased were men I knew. At the end of the day I decided to give back to the community that gave so much to me, by creating sherpaphotofund.org. Some of the best photographers in the world joined me. For this week only, 10 of us who have worked in the region will be donating small, signed prints of our work for sale. %100 of proceeds (after printing and shipping) will go to the Sherpa community – distributed by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (nonprofit), which has been working with Sherpa climbers in the #Khumbu since 2003. By purchasing a print today, you are helping provide relief to Sherpa families in crisis, as well as long-term support that transcends this single incident. Together, we can help to build a more comprehensive safety net for the high-altitude workers who help so many Westerners realize their dreams of the summit. To buy a print and learn more about distribution of funds visit www.sherpaphotofund.org or find the link in the header of my personal stream >>> @argonautphoto

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Photo @coryrichards A Weathered Pakistani flag flutters above simple fibre glass dome that serves as a semi permanent residence for Pakistani soldiers engaged in the Indo Pak conflict, an ongoing war fought in the high Karakoram Himalaya. These high military bases, some at altitudes as high as 20,000 ft. are destitute and inhospitable places where many young men on both sides of the conflict often die from exposure and elements before any open fighting puts them in danger. Avalanches, cold, and frostbite can be far more lethal than bullets and shelling. The conflict as a whole is deeply complex with roots reaching much further back than 1947. For now, the border zones remain hotly contested by both countries. @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

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Photo by @jimmy_chin Sunset over the Gulf of Oman. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. #dreamscapes @thephotosociety

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