Elephants Foraging on Riverbank

Photograph by Michael Nichols

Viewed from a low-flying plane, elephants forage on the salt-laden banks of a river in Odzala National Park in Congo. Photographer Michael Nichols took this shot while accompanying conservationist Michael Fay on the Megatransect, his grueling 15-month, 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) trek across Congo and Gabon to chronicle the region’s pristine forests and wildlife and fight for their protection.