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Grace Under Water   Grace Under Water
Reinhard Dirscherl / Aurora Photos
Hailing from Munich, Germany, Aurora photographer Reinhard Dirscherl will take you twenty thousands leagues under the sea with this collection of awe-inspiring underwater photography.
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A Trip To American National Parks   A Trip To American National Parks
Various / Aurora Photos
Explore US National Parks with this collection of images from Aurora Photos!
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Urchin Fortune   Urchin Fortune
Robert Benson / Aurora Photos
The best sea urchin, the larger Pacific Red variety, is caught in the kelp forests of California. It only takes 12 hours for the spiny creature to be harvested by hand from the ocean floor, processed, and shipped worldwide. It's most traditionally consumed in sushi, but chefs are experimenting with using the nubby orange meat in Italian dishes, lunch fare and one California restaurant is even making urchin ice cream.
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Wild, Wildlife!   Wild, Wildlife!
Various / Aurora Photos
Take a walk on the wild side with this collection of wildlife images. Lions, elephants, and birds of paradise from around the world are sure to bring out the animal in you!
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Cattle Village   Cattle Village
Bruno Zanzottera / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Life for the Mundari people in South Sudan is a snapshot of centuries of culture and tradition. The Mundari are composed primarily of cattle-herders, and like other nilotic tribes in Sudan,use cattle as a form of food, currency, and status. Marriages are even arranged based on the groom’s ability to provide cattle to the bride’s family - a husband may take as many wives as he can support with cattle. During the dry season cattle raiding is common with the Bor Dinka tribe, making for turbulent and dangerous regional interactions.
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It's Easy Being Green!   It's Easy Being Green!
Various / Aurora Photos
When we say green, what do you think of? Money? Sustainable technologies? A certain banjo-playing frog? We’ve prepared a set of photos that celebrate the color green in all of its glory!
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New Wildlife from Specialist Stock   New Wildlife from Specialist Stock
Various / Specialist Stock / Aurora Photos
Turtles and Seals and Bears, oh my! This newest collection from Specialist Stock asks you to take a walk on the wild side with stunning images of animals from around the world.
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Geoduck Harvest   Geoduck Harvest
Mike Kane / Aurora Photos
The Geoduck - a species of very large clam - has seen a boom due to high demand in Asian countries where the clam is seen as a delicacy. In Pudget Sound, Washington, the Suquamish Native American Tribe has capitalized on the area's rich supply of Geoduck, establishing the Suquamish Seafood Corporation. The business provides great employment opportunities for tribal members as well as an increase in the region’s commerce with international buyers.
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Flight For Survival   Flight For Survival
Tom Lynn / Aurora Photos
An estimated 1,400 whooping cranes existed in the United States in 1860. Due to hunting and habitat loss, the whooping cranes' total population dropped to just 15 by 1941. Soon after, groups around the country began to work together to preserve the bird. Since 2001, Operation Migration has worked to re-introduce endangered whooping cranes into eastern North America. Using ultralight aircrafts, the staff of Operation Migration teach the birds new migration paths, ultimately settling in safe and sustainable areas.
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Fraser Island: A Natural Treasure   Fraser Island: A Natural Treasure
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
Australia’s Fraser Island is among the 180 locations that the World Heritage Convention has declared “World Heritage Natural Destinations.” Aurora’s Peter Essick recently visited Fraser to photograph the flora and fauna of the region, returning with amazing images of a land largely untouched by humankind.
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Great White Expedition   Great White Expedition
Chris Ross / Aurora Photos
Last July off the coast of Mexico an international expedition of scientists and volunteers caught and tagged 7 great white sharks. The crew took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the sharks to study migratory patterns over a 5-year period.
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Wildlife 2010   Wildlife 2010
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Aurora takes you out of your zoo and into the wild.
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Introducing SpecialistStock   Introducing SpecialistStock
Various Photographers / SpecialistStock / Aurora Photos
Offering a new perspective and global coverage on wildlife and the environment through science, society and the natural world.
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Horse Therapy in Mexico   Horse Therapy in Mexico
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
A stroke left Guadalupe Pena Villareal with facial paralysis and half of her body paralyzed. All of her life she rode horses and her intuition told her that trying riding again could help her. She got up on the horse once, and then a thousand more times, each day trying movements, which at that time she couldn't do. She was ultimately able to recuperate movement, and now she uses horseback riding to help others get well.
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Tuna Decline   Tuna Decline
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Tuna, the fish that is the staple of kids lunches, sushi platters, and Mediterranean cooking, is in decline. Conservation efforts to control the overfishing of tuna stocks, especially the giant blue fin and yellow fin, are growing, but enforcement continues to be a problem. If trends cannot be reversed, the fish that most recognize only in a can, may cease to be recognized in the seas.
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Beyond a Spill   Beyond a Spill
James Balog / Aurora Photos
James Balog gets into the visceral heart of the gulf spill catastrophe, an epic breakdown of technology and of the human response to the breakdown. From the source, to the fisherman, to the earth, Balog illustrates the entire episode as a bitter paradox; a fight of technology versus nature.
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Gulf Oil Spill Hits   Gulf Oil Spill Hits
Bridget Besaw / Aurora Photos
In Southeast Louisiana, Near Grand Terre Island, Aurora Photographer, Bridget Besaw, along with biologists from the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, inspect the impact the gulf oil spill has had on the coast. Clean up crews work with towels, vacuums, and absorbent pompom booms to absorb the oil, while dolphins, crabs, birds and other sea life await rescue.
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Wings Over Africa   Wings Over Africa
Davide Scagliola/Parallelozero/Aurora Photos
A bird’s eye view over the spectacular landscapes of the black continent. An incredible safari on wings over archaeological wonders, national parks, herds of animals, unspoiled wilderness, hidden villages, tribes and natural masterpieces.
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Gabon: The Lost Eden   Gabon: The Lost Eden
Davide Scagliola / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Gabon has two main resources, wood and oil. With logging as the country's main industry, the country's economy grew, however the industry also took a toll on the environment. In 2002, the president lowered the wood cutting quota creating 13 National Parks to try to restore Gabon back to it's natural state.
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Biodiversity Hotspot   Biodiversity Hotspot
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
There is only one place in the world with the highest number of plants and animals that live nowhere else on Earth, Madagascar. With eight plant families, five bird families and five primate families, Madagascar is a Biodiversity Hotspot. Celebrate 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity with Aurora Photos.
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Gulf Oil Spill   Gulf Oil Spill
Blake Gordon / Aurora Photos
It's one of America's biggest environmental disasters and the largest oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico since 1979. As experts scramble to stop the leak, Aurora Photographer, Blake Gordon goes behind the scenes to see local townspeople and fisherman in Louisiana are being effected and what efforts are being made to protect our nation's sacred coasts.
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Introducing Still Pictures   Introducing Still Pictures
Various Photographers / Still Pictures
We are pleased to announce our newest partnership with Still Pictures. Their collection specializse in environmental, nature and development issues, as well as travel, wildlife and culture.
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Along the Equator   Along the Equator
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
From the snowy mountains of Ecuador to the tropics of Indonesia, life along the equator is extremely diverse and compelling. Tour with Aurora Photos as we follow the lines of latitude through the 13 countries that lay along the equator.
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Per-Andre Hoffmann's Style   Per-Andre Hoffmann's Style
Per-Andre Hoffmann / Aurora Photos
Per-Andre Hoffmann has traveled throughout the world to over 100 countries and every continent shooting unique locations with perfect design and light. Often referred to as the "magician of light" Hoffmann's photographs have an almost supernatural feel with light, color and composition that activate the imagination.
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Introducing Steven Kazlowski   Introducing Steven Kazlowski
Steven Kazlowski / Aurora Photos
Known within the photography community for his skills of observation and his determination to capture an image even in extreme weather conditions Steven Kazlowski lives and travels frequently from Washington to Alaska, photographing the natural world. He is the only wildlife photographer to date who has extensively photographed the Alaskan polar bear and its critical Arctic coastal habitat, something he wishes to continue throughout the international Arctic - an area rapidly being affected by climate change.
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Antarctic Drama   Antarctic Drama
Steven J. Kazlowski / Aurora Photos
Antarctica is home to 90% of all the worlds ice, 70% of which is freshwater. The ice creates a dramatic backdrop against which live a remarkable diversity of sea life, including killer whales, nesting birds, the world's largest seals, Elephant seals, and Adélie penguins which have a counter-current system in their legs that keep their feet above freezing. These and many other amazing animals create our Antarctic drama.
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Norway's Arctic Wildlife   Norway's Arctic Wildlife
Steven J. Kazlowski / GHG / Aurora Photos
Join Steven Kazlowski, as he journeys through Norway documenting arctic life for GHG, the coalition of science, environmental, nature, and documentary photographers who have spent the last several years focused on greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of those emissions on our planet.
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Salmon Country   Salmon Country
Bridgett Besaw / Aurora Photos
From the mountains of Alaska to the coast of California salmon are a biological phenomena that bind the entire region together. In recent years salmon runs have been devastated due to dramatic changes in their ecosystems. The nature conservancy is working to protect salmon and the habitats.
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Connect With Pets   Connect With Pets
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Chirp, tweet, purr, yelp, hiss, cluck. Aurora Photos provides great images that connect people to animals, with no translation necessary.
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Adventure in Alaska   Adventure in Alaska
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
There are few places in the world as breathtaking and remote as Alaska. With it's native wildlife, vast scenery and rich history and culture, Alaska is the place to be for outdoor adventure. Try flightseeing to feel Alaska's magnitude, or share in the cultural traditions of Alaska's natives.
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Fishing for Red Gold   Fishing for Red Gold
Nick Hall / Aurora Photos
Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the largest sockeye salmon run on earth. Every summer thousands of fishermen work the waters of Bristol Bay in search of Alaska's 'red gold'. While celebrated as a shining example of successful fishery management, this giant salmon run is facing some of its greatest challenges yet. A proposed mine, called Pebble Mine, potentially North America's largest open-pit mine threatens salmon spawning habitat and the health of wild Pacific salmon populations in Bristol Bay.
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Wildlife Tourism in Namibia   Wildlife Tourism in Namibia
Christian Heeb / Aurora Photos
Tourism in Namibia is a major industry. Annually, nearly one million travelers visit Namibia. The stunning landscape and wild life can be experienced through luxury safaris with stays at beautifully designed camps.
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Polar Bears   Polar Bears
Steven J. Kazlowski / GHG / Aurora Photos
The polar bear is a bear native to the Arctic Ocean. It has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable and endangered species. Global Warming may simply kill of Polar Bears completely.
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A Special Mountain: Kinabalu   A Special Mountain: Kinabalu
Jose Azel / Aurora Photos
Mount Kinabalu, well-known for its tremendous botanical and biological biodiversity, rises from the rain forest as a special mountain. With high levels of endemism species it is richest place in the world for the insectivorous pitcher plants, five of the thirteen are found nowhere else on earth.
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Featuring Aaron Ansarov   Featuring Aaron Ansarov
Aaron Ansarov
This is an ongoing series in which Aurora will continue to develop with Aaron called The Backyard Series. Aaron captures and releases these animals, photographing them a few feet away from their natural habitat in his studio.
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Predator Plants   Predator Plants
Various/ Aurora Photos
Charles Darwin considered carnivorous plants some of the most captivating living beings on earth. Carnivorous plants are plants that receive most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals or insects. Aurora photographers give us a closer unique look at these peculiar plants.
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Galapagos Under Siege   Galapagos Under Siege
Eric Rorer / Aurora Photos
Ever since Charles Darwin first visited the Galapagos in 1835, the tiny archipelago 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador has captivated the world’s imagination. However, increased tourist traffic and population growth have put a huge stress on the islands’ ecological balance. Invasive non-native plants and animals are feeding on or forcing out rare native species and the heavy impact of the human footprint is often hidden out of view. Aurora photographer shows a place that is at once beautiful, magical and under siege.
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Creepy Crawly Things   Creepy Crawly Things
Various Aurora Photographers
What insects do we find in art? What insects affect us psychologically? Can you think of any song, book or movie based on insects? Perhaps you've experienced entomophobia (fear of insects). You might have heard Flight of The Bumblebee, read 'Metamorphosis,' or seen 'The Fly.' The Egyptian's deified the scarab beetle and the ancient Greek cult of Artemis worshipped the bee. Some Scientist think that 10% of the animal biomass of the world is ants, another 10% is composed of Termites. That's an incredible 20% of the total animal biomass of the planet. Insects are everywhere and have become a part of almost every facet of the humanities.
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Birds   Birds
Various Aurora Photographers
• There are more than 9,000 different species of birds in the world. • Peregrine Falcons have been estimated to reach speeds between 100 and 200 mph. • There are more than 9,000 different species of birds in the world. • Most migrating birds crossing the Caribbean travel at around 10,000 feet. They may begin their nightly flights cruising around 5,000 feet then gradually climb to a top altitude around 20,000 feet. • Aurora has several pages of bird photos online.
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Kentucky Horse Country   Kentucky Horse Country
Melissa Farlow / Aurora Photos
Horse country is a story about how thoroughbred horses are born and raised in Kentucky creating a billion dollar industry. Although there are prestigious farms with names like Calumet, they are really horse factories churning out hundreds of racing hopefuls year after year. Over 600 farms spread throughout six counties ranging in size from a thousand acres to many thousands. This is just a small sample of the images Melissa Farlow has on this topic.
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A Wildlife Album   A Wildlife Album
James Balog / Aurora
Photographer James Balog always goes beyond the visuals of a subject. This photographic album of endangered wildlife is no exception.
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The Maine Lobster   The Maine Lobster
Carl Walsh / Aurora
Lobster is woven into the fabric of Maine’s culture as long as anyone can remember. The cold, clean waters of Maine’s rocky coast provide an ideal habitat for lobster. Maine's lobstermen are guardedly optimistic about the 2005 season and have been surprised to see signs of an earlier start. Pat White of the Maine Lobstermen's Association says no one knows why signs point toward an earlier start this year. Sometimes, it doesn't pay to try to figure out the habits of Maine's most valuable sea creature. "We can't figure out how to outsmart an animal with no brain," said White, a lobsterman based in York Harbor.
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Introducing Paul Souders   Introducing Paul Souders
Paul Souders / IPN / Aurora
Do a search for "Souders" on Aurora's site and these are some of the images that appear. Range, versatility, quality and more comes from Paul Souders' photography. Enjoy looking and searching through his expanded collection.
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Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons   Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons
Jose Azel / Aurora
Few, if any places can provide the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife one can see in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in winter. Mystical, lovely, even surreal, the landscape takes forms that inspire and cause us to pause.
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Wildlife Relocation   Wildlife Relocation
Adrain Bailey/Aurora
The relocation of wildlife has replaced natural migration as human development has closed the ancient paths African animals used to follow. A seasonal operation that takes place when animals are under least stress, predators, antelope, giraffe and even elephant are captured and moved for commercial or scientific reasons. It is even possible for tourists to join in certain relocations.
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Chacma Baboons   Chacma Baboons
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
Aurora photographer Adrian Bailey has spent four months with one troop in northern Botswana’s Selinda Reserve, first habituating the troop to his presence on foot, and then photographing their fascinating natural history. As the accompanying photographs illustrate, chacma baboons spend their entire waking moments interacting with other troop members: grooming, playing or fighting and constantly establishing and finetuning an intricate network of allies that are the core of the troops’ existence
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Elephant Polo   Elephant Polo
Bernd Jonkmanns/ laif/Aurora
Elephant polo was first played in India around the turn of the 20th century by members of the British aristocracy. The first games were played with a soccer ball, but after finding that the elephants like to smash the balls, the soccer ball was replaced with a standard polo ball. Strange? There's more....
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Palmyra Atoll   Palmyra Atoll
Randy Olson/Aurora
The largest purchase to date for the Nature Conservancy is the Palmyra atoll situated about 300 miles north of the equator.
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The Wild Dogs of Selinda   The Wild Dogs of Selinda
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
Each year around June, the African Wild Dog, one of Africa's most endangered carnivores, begins the process of raising a litter. The hope of the species falls on the pups, staving off extinction for a few more years. Come and follow...
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The Pride of Selinda   The Pride of Selinda
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
The lion pride is widely held to be a stereotypical grouping of females and their cubs lorded over by a set of dominant males who, in return for protecting the territory, greedily appropriate most of the females hard
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Chobe National Park   Chobe National Park
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
Botswana's Chobe National Park was proclaimed in 1961. Bounded in the north by the Chobe river and extending southwards to the Mababe depression, this 11 000 square kilometer park is the third largest in the countr
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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary   Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Bridget Besaw Gorman
Photographs by Bridget Besaw Gorman
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The Morpho   The Morpho
Russell Gordon/Aurora

Several varieties of the Morpho Butterfly which ranges from southern Mexico to central Argentina. Considered by some to be the symbol of the Neo-Tropics it's beauty is elusive and hypnotic.
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Masters of the Hunt   Masters of the Hunt
Todd Bigelow/Aurora
Coyote hunting in California. Americans pursue the tradition and trappings of English fox hunting.
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Becoming Their Mom   Becoming Their Mom
Robert Caputo
Retired gunsmith Ben Kilham lends a hand to mother nature by nurturing orphaned black bear cubs, preparing them for for the elements of life in the woods near Lyme, New Hampshire. From foraging for food to protecting
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African Buffalo   African Buffalo
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
Formidable adversary of lion, vengeful beast of hunting folklore and neighborhood thug in the rural village, the African buffalo is one of the most feared animals on the continent.
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Horses of Badakhshan<br>Afghanistan   Horses of Badakhshan

Andrew Councill/Aurora
Cross the rugged Hindukush Mountains that form the northern border of Afghanistan and Pakistan with Aurora photographer Andrew Council.
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Rattlesnake Roundup   Rattlesnake Roundup
Chris Hamilton/Aurora
Join Aurora photographer Chris Hamilton as he documents the annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas - the largest Rattlesnake Roundup in the world.
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Anaconda   Anaconda
Photographs by Bob Caputo
Anacondas are aquatic boa inhabiting the swamps and rivers of the dense forests of tropical South America. How do you catch one?
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Polar Bear Hunt   Polar Bear Hunt
Chris Anderson/Aurora
Join an Aurora photographer as he explores Greenland with Inuit hunters.
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African Wildlife & Water   African Wildlife & Water
Adrian Bailey / Aurora
Water and wildlife are never far apart. Adrian Bailey has spent countless hours following and photographing African beasts and over those years has documented the water-wildlife relationship.
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