From paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley - National Geographic Photographer)  A community of 1,200 Kyrgyz live at the end of the remote and inhospitable Wakhan corridor in Afghanistan, up at 14.000 feet in the Pamir mountains, on the roof of the world. Here, Juma’s father has depleted most of his wealth — his livestock — bartering it for opium. The family has only a few yaks left and a horse that young Juma is especially fond of.

Juma’s father has depleted most of his wealth — his livestock — bartering it for opium. The family has only a few yaks left and a horse that young Juma is especially fond of. Photo by Matthieu Paley

Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley - National Geographic Photographer)  No, it's not make-up, and it's not retouched. Her cheeks burned by the bitter cold, Marbet, a 7-year old Kyrgyz girl, just returned from gathering the yak herd in her camp, in the middle of winter. With an estimated 50% child mortality rate, life is harsh up at 14.000 feet in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan.

Marbet Afghanistan, 2008 Marbet, a seven year-old Afghan Kyrgyz girl, had just returned home from watching over her father’s sheep. Her red cheeks are the result of the extreme cold that affects the Afghan Pamir throughout winter.

Photo @lucianocandisani ( Luciano Candisani ). A caiman newborn looking for insects in the surface of a small lake in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil.

A caiman newborn looking for insects in the surface of a small lake in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil.

Photo by @timlaman (NatGeo Wildlife Photographer)  An adorable Japanese macaque soaks in a hot spring on Honshu Island, Japan.

Photo by (NatGeo Wildlife Photographer) An adorable Japanese macaque soaks in a hot spring on Honshu Island, Japan.

Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley - National Geographic Photographer). Twice a day, young Ayeem Khan milks the family's yaks in Afghanistan's Pamir mountains. Some milk curd will be dried for use in winter, when yaks give less milk.

Photo by (Matthieu Paley - National Geographic Photographer). Twice a day, young Ayeem Khan milks the family's yaks in Afghanistan's Pamir mountains. Some milk curd will be dried for use in winter, when yaks give less milk.

thephotosociety Photo by @stevemccurryofficial (Steve McCurry)  An Intha fisherman goes out at dawn on Inle Lake, Cambodia.

thephotosociety Photo by (Steve McCurry) An Intha fisherman goes out at dawn on Inle Lake, Cambodia.

argonautphoto (Aaron Huey National Geographic photographer) This is an image from the first photo essay of my life (1999). It all began for me in a mountainous region of the Georgian Republic called Svaneti. In this image Garontee and Islam Pilpani play chess in the back yard. I found both men and photographed them playing chess with each other again last year! #Sakartvelo

argonautphoto (Aaron Huey National Geographic photographer) This is an image from the first photo essay of my life (1999). It all began for me in a mountainous region of the Georgian Republic called Svaneti. In this image Garontee and Islam Pilpani play chess in the back yard. I found both men and photographed them playing chess with each other again last year! #Sakartvelo

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