National Geographic’s 100 best images of the year — curated from 106 photographers, 121 stories, and more than two million photographs — includes work by VII’s Nichole Sobecki and John Stanmeyer, and VII Mentor Program photographer Mathias Svold.
Nichole Sobecki’s story for National Geographic includes rare access inside one of South Africa’s controversial lion breeding farms that also offers sport hunts. This past April, National Council for Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) inspectors visited Pienika Farm and found lions being held in filthy, overcrowded enclosures, and at least four of the cubs unable to walk — a situation NCPCA’s senior inspector called “soul-destroying.” Conservationists say the situation at Pienika Farm is not an isolated incident, and animals are likely languishing in poor conditions around the country every day, fueled by South Africa’s thriving captive lion industry.
“When you think of what climate change looks like, perhaps you think of giant icebergs melting in the Arctic. But it’s so much more than that.” This piece from CNN features photos and words from photographers around the world, including VII’s Nichole Sobecki and Ed Kashi, that show us how the planet is changing.
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