An Australasian swamphen or pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus melanotus) in a shooting tent at the Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown, New Zealand.



Two bridesmaids help a Nebraska bride get ready for her big day.



Photographer Joel Sartore takes a self portrait as he paints a polar bear’s “off exhibit area” black for a photo shoot.



Joel Sartore and a news crew from NBC Nightly News prepare to photograph a West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.



Joel Sartore prepares to photograph El Segundo flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus terminatus). With fewer than 100 individuals left on Earth, this species is as close to extinction as you can get. This animal was thought to be extinct since the end of the 1960s but a small remnant population was discovered in the early 2000s.



The fish market in the town of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, on the edge of Galapagos National Park.

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