The life of a photojournalist is not for everyone. It can be chaotic, stressful, and lead to dangerous situations in conflict zones.
But many of those who have taken the plunge certainly love what they do, and they have the Instagram accounts to prove it. Follow these 26 accounts if you need a bit more global culture in your feed.
Australian photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Below: The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank.
British-Lebanese photographer based in Beirut, Lebanon, covering modern Arab society.
Below: A 24-year-old Syrian refugee named Sima, whose tattoo reads “Damascus” with her family’s initials.
National Geographic photographer with a focus on human rights conflict.
Below: Women care for vegetable gardens using techniques taught by the Community Markets for Conservation Co-Op.
Reuters photojournalist based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Below: A child receives a polio vaccine in an Islamabad slum.
Reuters photojournalist based in Juba, South Sudan.
Below: Dancers in Juba, South Sudan.
Contributor to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others.
Below: Orlinsky’s work on the New York Times Lens blog.
Freelance photographer for National Geographic and other publications.
Below: “An elderly Uyghur [Chinese] woman who asked me to come home with her and her family for home cooked meal. After looking at my notes, [I realized] she was not that old … 53.”
Freelance photographer who has worked for The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and others.
Below: A hillside in Haiti.
Photojournalist who has contributed to many major news organizations.
Below: Colorful Port-au-Prince homes in a poverty-stricken community.
Documentary photographer with VII Photo.
Below: “My preferred method of parking. Anywhere.” (In Kosovo.)
Documentary photographer and frequent contributor to National Geographic.
Below: Gold miners in Ghana.
Freelance photojournalist and co-founder of VII Photo, which is dedicated to covering social conflict photography.
Below: Along a South Korean river.
Poland-based freelance documentary photographer.
Below: A contestant in Warsaw’s fourth annual Miss Trans beauty pageant.
“Culturally ambiguous” Getty photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Below: An IDF soldier with his phone after detaining Ou for filming.
Reuters photojournalist currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Below: World Cup headlines on a Brazilian newspaper.
Middle eastern photojournalist and New York Times contributor based in Gaza.
Below: Damages to Nassar’s car after an Israeli airstrike.
Getty photojournalist based in New Delhi, India.
Below: A bull in front of the Indian goddess Lakshmi on a crocodile.
New York Times photojournalist with a focus on human rights issues.
Below: “Flying Easter witches.”
Documentary photographer and contributor to Time, Le Monde and others.
Below: A hotel lobby in Accra, Ghana.
Getty photojournalist based in Asia.
Below: A woman sunbathing in Beijing, China.
Egyptian freelance photojournalist.
Below: A scene in London, UK.
Freelance photographer based in Quito, Ecuador.
Below: A girl celebrates her fifth birthday with friends.
Australian freelance photojournalist currently based in northern Iraq.
Below: People swimming in Bamiyan, a province of Afghanistan considered one of the most beautiful.
Documentary photographer for Time, National Geographic, and other publications.
Below: A woman in a blue burqa.
British freelance photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Below: Vaccination equipment carried over a bridge in Congo.
Getty photojournalist with a focus on conflict areas.
Below: Curling at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.