Photo of @runtoreach by @meninadesdepequena || I’ve been an adventurer my whole life, but it wasn’t until recently that I chose to channel all my energy into running. For the past few years, I have been using running as a vessel to bring recognition and support to impactful organizations around the world. My goal is to run 30 marathons in 30 countries before turning 30 (in June 2020! ), raising $100,000 for global organizations through my journey. • Each of these marathons demonstrates how running can be a powerful, unifying act of peace and movement. • I hope to tell a different story of these countries by painting them in a more positive light; showing the rest of the world a small piece of their vibrant and beautiful cultures. Follow my journey at @runtoreach to help empower communities and evoke change throughout the world!
#Lr_Wild photo by @juspbaker || I took this photo during my honeymoon in Tanzania. We spent the first few days on the island of Zanzibar, where you can find the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park. • This photo shows a young red colobus monkey, a species that only lives on Zanzibar. After walking around with a guide for an hour, we took the time to stay with this particular monkey for a while, because he was the most active one despite the midday sun. • When the monkey heard another guide approaching, a sudden, panicked expression spread across his face. Fortunately, I got the shot before he fled to a higher branch of his tree.
#Lr_Wild photo by @arieljfields || This photo is titled Sunset Prowl. I was seconds from missing this shot of an elusive, striped hyena prowling around at sunset. When I saw the hyena walking in my direction, I instantly got into position. I went for a vertical angle to include the setting sun. • This striped hyena is a well-known, young, female Hyena in Israel. In addition to being super rare, she is the biggest predator in Israel. Striped hyenas are nocturnal. They live alone and rarely hunt live animals. Sadly, like so much of the world’s wildlife, the Striped Hyena is facing a global threat, with a population estimated to be under 10,000 mature individuals. In this ecosystem, hyenas are vital; as scavengers, they are nature’s “vacuum cleaners.” • Here’s what you can do to make a difference and protect endangered wildlife: 1. Educate your family and friends about endangered species in your area. 2. Volunteer your time to protect wildlife in your area.
#Lr_Wild photo by @ellasuntravels || On my parents’ honeymoon in Africa 30 years ago, they promised each other that their future kids would one day see the beauty and magic Africa has to offer. Now that my brother and I are grown up, our parents decided to take us on a vacation, and we were beyond happy to go with them! • We travelled around the continent, beginning in the Amboseli National Park. One of my first shots was this beautiful giraffe standing precisely in front of Mount Kilimanjaro. My parents knew what they were talking about: Africa is absolutely majestic and magical, and we will never forget this family experience!
Photo by @rainerblickle || My dad, my brother, and I were driving up from Wellington to Napier on the northern island of New Zealand. We ascended into a hilly area and stopped at a pullout to look at the view. It was too foggy to get any good landscape shots, but the low lying vegetation caught my eye. As I walked back to the car, I snapped a couple shots of these ferns (I think they’re ferns ) because I thought they looked nice against the fog and ridge line. • Often times, I don’t get to shoot in the perfect light or weather conditions. However, I think if you look hard enough and get creative, you can find something to photograph no matter what. That night, I imported these images into the Lightroom Mobile app. I knew I wanted the orange to pop against the green and blue, and that’s how I ended up with the final edit.
#Lr_Wild photo by @outback_photo_adventures || I was lying on the ground, photographing these playful red foxes (whose fur, as you can see, is not always red despite their name ). These two were running around, chasing each other all over the landscape. After a while, I could tell they were getting tired. They sat down, side by side, to catch their breath before taking a nap. • As a wildlife photo guide, I am fortunate to be able to spend the whole season here in Cheyenne when foxes are out, about, and playful. This is an awesome location, although you have to be careful! I often leave my camera bag in the field, and every year, there is one young fox who likes to sneak up and mark any unattended object.
#Lr_Wild photo by @nathanielwise || Passing through Salt Lake in Utah, I wanted to find a spot to camp and relax for the night. I drove out to a unique place called Antelope Island. It’s a mountainous outcropping in the middle of Great Salt Lake, full of antelope and bison. I fell asleep to the wind and awoke to a late winter snow coating the landscape. As the sun rose, I quietly watched as these massive animals meandered about, frost on their fur. It was one of the most magical moments I’ve ever witnessed and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
#Lr_Wild photo by @georgetheexplorer || The world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah, also happens to be one of the fastest declining species. Habitat loss, illegal trade, and human conflict have led to numbers plummeting to under 8,000 globally and less than 50 in Asia. The situation is desperate. You, the viewer, are the saviors by supporting organizations such as @ccfcheetah This cannot go on. • In light of George’s focus on wildlife conservation this week (and throughout his photography career ), we’d like to encourage you all to become advocates for wildlife in whatever way you can. This month, the Lightroom theme is #Lr_Wild , so make sure to tag your photographs and share your stories promoting wildlife photography and conservation for a chance to be featured on our page!