National Geographic : 2009 May
• INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS: CHUN JIANHUA TOP ; BRIAN J. HUTCHINSON, CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL ON ASSIGNMENT Cable Guy "I wasn't concerned for my safety," says photog- rapher Fritz Hoffmann, referring to his time spent dangling from a zip line to shoot this month's "Searching for Shangri-La." "I was more concerned about dropping a piece of equipment," he says. However, his precarious position did have a plus: Emotions on his subjects' faces, like the two shown here, were lit perfectly for him by the open sky. Shell Game He may be a vice president at Conservation International, but Roderic Mast has a secret identity. Whenever he puts on his custom-made turtle suit (left, at Rosalie Beach on the island of Dominica), you can call him Mr. Leatherback. Mast has worn the costume all over the world to bring attention to the endangered reptiles. This month his turtle touting includes the Great Turtle Race on ngm.com/leatherbacks. Watch online as leatherbacks tagged with tracking devices make their way from Nova Scotia's waters to Caribbean nesting beaches. Hovering over a river in China's Yunnan Province, Fritz Hoffmann photographs a couple on their way to market.