Animal Portraits by Tim Flach.

Tim Flach, the renowned United Kingdom photographer, is exhibiting a series of animal portraits at the Retina Scottish International Photography Festival, Edinburgh.
His work, which often examines the anthropomorphism of creatures in an abstract way, is often on display.
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A snow white Bengal tiger. Shot against a black background, the animal’s gaze penetrates through you, compelling you to stare back.
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Grace, a great grey owl
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1024Ya Yun, meaning elegant, is a giant panda from the Chengdu panda research base in western China. The centre has successfully bred 120 giant pandas from just six that were rescued in 1987
See more Images via Tim Flach’s fine animal portraiture – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

Hungry Grizzly by Joel Sartore.

Every day at National Geographic, our photo editors look through somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 images that are uploaded to our photo community. Of those images, 12 are selected to shine in what we call the Daily Dozen.
And from those photos, only one is chosen by you, the community.
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Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic. “Grizzly Survival: Their Fate Is in Our Hands,” July 2001
This month, I wanted to feature animal photos that have made Top Shot during the month of July.
But not because it’s rare for so many wildlife images to end up in the winning spot.
Actually, it’s the opposite.
Wildlife photography is a staple of the Your Shot community.
Your Shot editor Marie McGrory says Your Shot is, “a very international community.
See more Images at National Geographic’s Proof.

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/

Tornado Alley, Julesburg, Colorado.

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While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on 28 May, 2013.
The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain.
National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one of this year’s judges, shares his thoughts on the first-place winner:
“This winning photo of a supercell over the plains of eastern Colorado stopped the judges in our tracks.
When we first saw the picture we guessed that the photographer probably had dedicated quite a bit of time chasing storms to capture such an amazing sight.
But what makes the picture particularly strong is that except for the cloud, the rest of the scene is quite ordinary. The crazy UFO-looking shape gives the impression that it’s going to suck up the landscape like a tablecloth into a vacuum cleaner.
The unresolved tension in the image makes me want to look at it over and over.”
Location: Julesburg, Colorado, USA
See more Images via Winners – Winners Gallery – Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – National Geographic.

Cosmic Beauty of an Aurora over Norway.

Since 1995, Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has been serving up daily doses of cosmic beauty through breathtaking photos of our fascinating universe.
Maintained by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP), two professional astronomers who met at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the website contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.
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Above: In Green Company: Aurora over Norway / Image credit: Max Rive
via 15 Breathtaking Astronomy Images Highlighting the Cosmic Beauty of Our Universe – My Modern Met.

A Beautiful and Suspenseful Mystery by Leila Ortega.

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Elegance, seduction and mystery define the photographic landscape of Leila Amat Ortega.
Her images are a result of introspection—viewing life and dreams in her own unique way.
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One alluring visual is a man partially submerged in water, his body forming the symbol of infinity.
Other shots capture young women kidnapped and buried in fields with birds preying over them—similar to a Hitchchock thriller.
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Source: The Beautiful and Suspenseful Photography of Leila Amat Ortega | Illusion Magazine

Indigenous Faces Unchanged for Centuries.

CaptureHeist gallery founder, Mashael Al Rushaid, says her new exhibition ‘Origins’ draws on the narratives of ‘indigenous peoples on the corners of the planet, whose lives have remained unchanged for centuries’.
It’s bound to raise a few eyebrows, especially when one of its principal contributors, photographer Jimmy Nelson, has previously been accused of presenting a “damaging” picture of tribal peoples.
But, if you can leave aside the politics of portrayal, the collection of photographs – many of them portraits – from a range of international photographers, is stunning.
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A single Rankin eyescape at the gallery’s entrance focuses the viewer on the eyes in other works.
Often belonging to bodies that are decorated in paint, lavish jewellery, headgear, they connect us: the large brown irises in Mario Mariono’s gypsy girl Suman; those staring from behind a mask of jewellery in Xavier Guardans’ Rembes; from a mass of white fur, or under a hat of flowers, in Nelson’s Nenet and Dropka.
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See more Images via Beautiful pictures of ‘indigenous peoples unchanged for centuries’ go on display – Features – Art – The Independent.