April 2, 2014
From A Trip to Lesotho, the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’, one of 21 photos. The mountains of the Sani Pass in the Drakensberg Mountains, between South Africa and Lesotho, on May 26, 2007. (CC BY SA Mark Peacock)

From A Trip to Lesotho, the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’, one of 21 photos. The mountains of the Sani Pass in the Drakensberg Mountains, between South Africa and Lesotho, on May 26, 2007. (CC BY SA Mark Peacock)

February 13, 2014
From Songs of Redemption From the Congo, one of 6 photos. Saddam Balingine, age 22. When Saddam was 6, he was recruited by a rebel group to conduct magic rituals to protect soldiers from harm in battle, a job reserved for virgins. By 7 he was carrying an AK-47, reaching the level of commander in his teens. He left the militia at 17, but is still hounded by government forces. In this photo, he shows how his hands were bound with sticks between his fingers during beatings, when he was held prisoner by government soldiers looking for information last summer. Today, Saddam is training as a mechanic, but still struggling to find work. (© Larry Price/Center for Investigative Reporting)

From Songs of Redemption From the Congo, one of 6 photos. Saddam Balingine, age 22. When Saddam was 6, he was recruited by a rebel group to conduct magic rituals to protect soldiers from harm in battle, a job reserved for virgins. By 7 he was carrying an AK-47, reaching the level of commander in his teens. He left the militia at 17, but is still hounded by government forces. In this photo, he shows how his hands were bound with sticks between his fingers during beatings, when he was held prisoner by government soldiers looking for information last summer. Today, Saddam is training as a mechanic, but still struggling to find work. (© Larry Price/Center for Investigative Reporting)

December 30, 2013
From Christians, Muslims Clash in Central African Republic, one of 39 photos. A Christian man chases a suspected Seleka officer in civilian clothes with a knife near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, on December 9, 2013. Both Christian and Muslim mobs went on lynching sprees as French Forces deployed in the capital. The Seleka man was taken into custody by French forces who fired warning shots to disperse the crowds. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

From Christians, Muslims Clash in Central African Republic, one of 39 photos. A Christian man chases a suspected Seleka officer in civilian clothes with a knife near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, on December 9, 2013. Both Christian and Muslim mobs went on lynching sprees as French Forces deployed in the capital. The Seleka man was taken into custody by French forces who fired warning shots to disperse the crowds. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

November 25, 2013
From The Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, one of 20 photos. Dragon Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, on Yemen’s Socotra Island, on March 27, 2008. Prized for its red medicinal sap, the Dragon Blood trees are the most striking of 900 plant species on the Socotra islands in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen and 80 km west of the Horn of Africa. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

From The Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, one of 20 photos. Dragon Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, on Yemen’s Socotra Island, on March 27, 2008. Prized for its red medicinal sap, the Dragon Blood trees are the most striking of 900 plant species on the Socotra islands in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen and 80 km west of the Horn of Africa. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

August 8, 2013
From Intimate National Geographic Portraits of the Serengeti Lion, one of 10 photos. Photographer Nick Nichols made several extended trips to the Serengeti between July 2011 and January 2013, determined to break new visual ground in the coverage of the Serengeti Lion. Here, C-Boy, a dark-maned male lion defending his interests, confronts the peril of lion-on-lion violence on a daily (and nightly) basis. Four years ago, C-Boy barely survived a fight for dominance with three other males. (© Michael Nichols/National Geographic) More at ngm.com/serengeti-lion

From Intimate National Geographic Portraits of the Serengeti Lion, one of 10 photos. Photographer Nick Nichols made several extended trips to the Serengeti between July 2011 and January 2013, determined to break new visual ground in the coverage of the Serengeti Lion. Here, C-Boy, a dark-maned male lion defending his interests, confronts the peril of lion-on-lion violence on a daily (and nightly) basis. Four years ago, C-Boy barely survived a fight for dominance with three other males. (© Michael Nichols/National Geographic) More at ngm.com/serengeti-lion

February 25, 2013
From Mali Conflict Enters New Phase, one of 37 photos. Malian soldiers fight while clashes erupted in the city of Gao on February 21, 2013 and an apparent car bomb struck near a camp housing French troops as Malian and foreign forces struggled to secure Mali’s volatile north against Islamist rebels. (Frederic Lafargue/AFP/Getty Images)

From Mali Conflict Enters New Phase, one of 37 photos. Malian soldiers fight while clashes erupted in the city of Gao on February 21, 2013 and an apparent car bomb struck near a camp housing French troops as Malian and foreign forces struggled to secure Mali’s volatile north against Islamist rebels. (Frederic Lafargue/AFP/Getty Images)

January 25, 2013
From The Conflict in Mali, one of 36 photos. A soldier of the French foreign legion wearing a skeleton mask stands next to an armored vehicle in a street in Niono, Mali, on January 20, 2013. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today that the goal of France’s military action in Mali was to retake control of the entire country from Islamist militants who have seized the north. “The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets” of resistance, Le Drian said on French television. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

From The Conflict in Mali, one of 36 photos. A soldier of the French foreign legion wearing a skeleton mask stands next to an armored vehicle in a street in Niono, Mali, on January 20, 2013. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today that the goal of France’s military action in Mali was to retake control of the entire country from Islamist militants who have seized the north. “The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets” of resistance, Le Drian said on French television. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

January 15, 2013
From Nigeria’s Illegal Oil Refineries, one of 30 photos. Smoke rises as an illegal oil refinery burns after a military chase in a winding creek near river Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa, on December 6, 2012. Thousands of people in Nigeria engage in a practice known locally as “oil bunkering” - hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad. The practice, which leaves oil spewing from pipelines for miles around, managed to lift around a fifth of Nigeria’s two million barrel a day production last year according to the finance ministry. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

From Nigeria’s Illegal Oil Refineries, one of 30 photos. Smoke rises as an illegal oil refinery burns after a military chase in a winding creek near river Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa, on December 6, 2012. Thousands of people in Nigeria engage in a practice known locally as “oil bunkering” - hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad. The practice, which leaves oil spewing from pipelines for miles around, managed to lift around a fifth of Nigeria’s two million barrel a day production last year according to the finance ministry. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

November 27, 2012
From Rebel Attacks in Eastern Congo, one of 37 photos. The body of a dead Congolese army soldier lies in the road between Goma and Kibati, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 18, 2012. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern DR Congo city of Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital, a UN source said. Rebels took control of Goma two days later. (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

From Rebel Attacks in Eastern Congo, one of 37 photos. The body of a dead Congolese army soldier lies in the road between Goma and Kibati, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 18, 2012. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern DR Congo city of Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital, a UN source said. Rebels took control of Goma two days later. (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

September 18, 2012
From Mali After the Coup, one of 28 photos. Small-scale gold miner Modibo “Fama” Kone, 57, stands in an area where he is panning for gold in Kalana, Mali, on August 26, 2012. Mali faces serious difficulties following a March coup d’etat that has since collapsed, leaving Islamist militant groups to fill the void and form an extremist ministate in northern Mali. The collapse of state governance has chased away foreign investment, and tourism has dropped precipitously. (Reuters/Joe Penney)

From Mali After the Coup, one of 28 photos. Small-scale gold miner Modibo “Fama” Kone, 57, stands in an area where he is panning for gold in Kalana, Mali, on August 26, 2012. Mali faces serious difficulties following a March coup d’etat that has since collapsed, leaving Islamist militant groups to fill the void and form an extremist ministate in northern Mali. The collapse of state governance has chased away foreign investment, and tourism has dropped precipitously. (Reuters/Joe Penney)

March 12, 2012
From The Maasai Cricket Warriors, one of 17 photos. Here, a player in the Maasai Warriors cricket team is silhouetted as he plays cricket on the beach in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 6, 2012. The team is made up of Maasai warriors from the Laikipia region of Kenya. The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning for the rights of women. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

From The Maasai Cricket Warriors, one of 17 photos. Here, a player in the Maasai Warriors cricket team is silhouetted as he plays cricket on the beach in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 6, 2012. The team is made up of Maasai warriors from the Laikipia region of Kenya. The players are aiming to be role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning for the rights of women. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)