Elephants and workers share a crowded Africa.

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ – Interview by Dale Berning Sawa,
Image Credit: Bridge Construction with Elephants and Workers, photograph by Nick Brandt, Africa.
Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues.
There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty World, my series of shots taken in southern Kenya in 2017.
Each work is a composite of two images: the animals photographed first and the humans second, shot weeks apart.
We worked on Maasai community ranchland, near Amboseli National Park.
I needed a location that had both wildlife habitat and unprotected land inhabited by people. I also wanted it to be extremely denuded, due to overgrazing: the dust was important from an aesthetic point of view.
The shots were planned ahead of time but only half-staged. We built a partial set and installed a camera that was triggered by motion sensors each time an animal came into the frame. And then we waited. Weeks, sometimes months, went by before we would capture one.
There were times I wondered if the project would work. Luckily, we had nine other cameras set up across the region.
Source: Nick Brandt’s best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa | Art and design | The Guardian

Rescued Gorilla and friend move to New Sanctuary.

A gorilla in the hands of her carer as they drive to a new and larger sanctuary run for the care of orphaned or captive apes rescued by Ape Action Africa in Cameroon.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jo-Anne McArthur/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime.
Source: Photographers against wildlife crime – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

Last South African coelacanths threatened by oil exploration.

Coelacanths have remained almost unchanged for 420m years.
Photograph: Alamy Stock PhotoBright blue,
Older than dinosaurs and weighing as much as an average-sized man, coelacanths are the most endangered fish in South Africa and among the rarest in the world.
Barely 30 of these critically-endangered fish are known to exist off the east coast of South Africa, raising concern that a new oil exploration venture in the area could jeopardise their future.
Coelacanths, whose shape has remained almost unchanged for 420m years, captured world attention when the first living specimen was caught off the port city of East London in 1938.
This discovery was followed by the subsequent capture of several more off the Comoros islands in the early 1950s, confirming that coelacanths were definitely not extinct.Shelf Life:
”The Sodwana coelacanths are about 40km from the northern boundary of the Eni exploration area and nearly 200km north of the first drilling sites, but Venter said oil spills spread far and swiftly.His concerns have been echoed by the coelacanth expert Prof Mike Bruton, who said the fish are specialist creatures, sensitive to environmental disturbance.

Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images
“Anything that interferes with their ability to absorb oxygen, such as oil pollution, would threaten their survival. The risk of oil spills or blowouts during exploration or futur is a source of serious concern.”
Source: Older than dinosaurs: last South African coelacanths threatened by oil exploration | Environment | The Guardian

Among The Clouds, Abu Dhabi.

Image Credit: Photograph by Khalid Al Hammadi
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the United Arab Emirates conjures up memories of Fairy tale stories such as Sinbad the Sailor and Aladdin.
That was the first impression that came to my mind when I was there taking this photo, the view was incredible, a perfect structure with an amazing huge wave of fog surrounding it.
I wish that all of you were there with me, standing together, and enjoying this beautiful view, one where nature embraces architecture.
Source: Among The Clouds Photo by Khalid Al Hammadi — National Geographic Your Shot

Elephants in search of Green Pastures.

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As the sun sets over the African nation of Zimbabwe, a herd of elephants journey over the plains near the Limpopo River.
Venturing across this “soft but harsh and beautiful and endless” landscape, as described by Your Shot photographer Jetje Japhet, the elephants were likely in search of food or water.
“I was lucky to be there” to capture this image, Japhet writes.
Photograph By Jetje Japhet, National Geographic Your Shot
Source: Something’s in the Way

Two Rhinos & a cheeky Oxpecker.

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Photograph by Matt Parry, runner-up.
On an early morning safari drive in the Amakhala game reserve, South Africa, we came across these two rhinos coming out of the mist.
A little bird is hitching a ride with one of the rhinos.
Comment by Mick Ryan, Judge: Is there any species more prehistoric-looking than the endangered white rhino.
This beautiful image, including the little oxpecker, a bird that feeds on ticks on the bodies of large mammals, is both majestic and sad.
Photography can document what is precious to us and be a starting point for action that will save the Earth and the living things that inhabit it.
Source: Readers’ travel photography competition: October – the winners | Travel | The Guardian