Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | Lanterns line the ceiling of Ryozen-ji, a temple founded in the 8th century on the island of Shikoku, Japan. It is the first temple of an 88-temple pilgrimage. Shikoku is the smallest and least populated of Japan’s four main islands.
Photo by @katieorlinsky | Aliy Zirkle and her dog team are seen during the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Iditarod is a 1,000-mile trek across some of the world’s harshest terrain, from the wilderness of the Alaskan interior to the rugged coastal town of Nome, and is considered one of the toughest endurance races in the world. Sled dog racing, or mushing, is one of the rare professional competitive sports that is truly coed, with women competing against men on a level playing field. In the 1980s, women dominated the sport, and a famous expression was born: “Alaska: Where men are men and women win the Iditarod.” Over the past decade, the top 10 Iditarod finishes between women and men are often close to an even split, and almost always include Alliy Zirkle, one of the best and most beloved dog mushers in Alaska. I made this picture of Alliy while standing on a bridge in the village of Nenana, the first race checkpoint. It was a beautiful moment, as I watched her team run across the frozen Tanana River in perfect rhythm, with equal parts power and grace. This image is featured in the exhibition “Women a Century of Change” at the National Geographic Museum.
Photo by @amivitale | Veterinarians wait for a lion to wake up from its sedation after being flown to Mozambique from South Africa and then driven to an enclosure. Twenty-four lions were moved in what was the largest conservation transport of wild lions across an international boundary in history. Decades of civil war and poaching had all but decimated the animals in this area, and careful management had brought back nearly all the other indigenous species—with the exception of these apex predators. So far all are thriving, and already over 30 cubs have been born since December. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off. @zambezedeltaconservation @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @photog .for.good @cabelafamilyfoundation #conservation #lions #savelions #stoppoaching #mozambique
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Niko, 5, Homer, Alaska. Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips, and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, getting an insight into their tiny worlds and taking you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month trip, in which I visited more than 50 countries and took photographs of children and their favorite toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found more similarities among children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, toys had the same function, such as protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have. It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. | Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | Gir and his brother Forest were discarded from Jeff Lowe’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park when they grew too big for tourists to pet and take selfies with. They are li-ligers—created by crossing a lion and a tiger, then breeding that liger back to a lion. This never happens in nature. Both cubs have serious health problems caused by both crossbreeding and by poor nutrition: cubs that are handled by the public are usually taken from their mothers as newborns and fed poorly. Gir and Forest were rescued by Tiger Haven Sanctuary in Tennessee. This photo appears in our December #natgeomagazine , story on captive tigers in the US. #tigers
Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I An outtake from a story about new archaeology in Jerusalem for the December issue of the magazine. Fallen columns and collapsed walls—the remains of a magnificent complex of Islamic buildings, destroyed in the earthquake of 749 C.E.—lie scattered just outside the corner of the Al Aqsa Compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. The complex was apparently constructed during the reign of the Umayyad caliph El-Walid I (705-715 C.E. ) and is similar to other fortified Umayyad palaces on the fringe of the desert in historic Transjordan and Syria. But unlike those, the palace in Jerusalem–a fortified city–was not protected by towers. The Umayyad’s capital was in Damascus, but it was not realized that great importance was attached to Jerusalem, and that important religious and governmental buildings were built there. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. #jerusalem #archaeology #oldcityofJerusalem #AlAqsaCompound #Umayyad
Photo by @renan_ozturk | A feat of physical and mental strength among the Fisher Towers of Utah. Highline slacklining is as much an installation art form—to rig safely and without affecting the fragile landscape—as it is a sport and a lifelong practice to walk. What an honor to see Heather Larsen complete this one with style a few weeks' back. See @renan_ozturk and team for more from this moment. #slacklife #utah
Photos by @lynseyaddario | Sunday, 29, shows the scars on his face after returning to Nigeria with other Nigerians who tried to make their way to Europe but ended up enslaved, beaten, assaulted, and trapped in Libya. Taken at a shelter in Benin City, Nigeria, March 2018. Sunday is from Benin City, and left for Europe in February 2016 after paying hundreds of dollars; he ended up in Libya for over two years, where he was bought and sold off and beaten repeatedly. During one torture session, a Libyan man set a knife on a fire and carved his cheek before he was sold off to another trafficker in Libya. The International Organisation for Migration facilitates and processes returnees in order to help them get safely back to their country of origin. Due to lack of opportunity, Nigeria is one of the major source countries of African migrants to Europe. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario .
Photo by @jasperdoest | At the end of autumn, most female grey seals haul themselves ashore to give birth. When pups are born, the mothers spin around to sniff them and get to know their smell—to be able to find their offspring within the colony. Female grey seals are dedicated parents, spending several weeks feeding their pups and losing up to 65kg in the process. Every day the pups drink two and a half liters of milk that is so rich that the seal pups can grow by as much as 30kg in two weeks. After a month or so, females leave their pups and head back out to sea, where they feed and mate again to give birth the next year. The pups can spend up to two weeks alone on the beach as they evolve a waterproof fur, after which they take the plunge into the sea and learn to fish for themselves. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #seals #greyseal #wildlife #babyseal
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Professional climber Sasha Digiulian carefully contemplates her next move on a small ledge while on-sighting a route on the sandstone cliffs of Waterval Boven, South Africa. In the climbing world, an on-sight essentially is walking up to the base of a route with no prior knowledge of it, and climbing it first try without falling or use of aided gear.
Photo by Acacia Johnson @acacia .johnson | On the spring sea ice, 10-year-old Horizon Willie gets a high five from her aunt, Leesie Naqitarvik, during a seal hunting trip on Canada's Baffin Island. The Inuit people lived a seminomadic hunting lifestyle here for nearly 5,000 years before settling in towns in the 1950s. As traditional life fades into memory, many families strive to preserve their cultural legacy by taking their children on long camping trips every spring, passing on traditional knowledge and skills. Leesie had traveled from her home in Ottawa to join her extended family for this important annual event. Follow me @acacia .johnson for more stories from the Arctic and beyond. #arctic #inuit #baffinisland
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Face-to-face with a saltwater crocodile, the world's largest reptile, on the Adelaide River in Australia, where crocodiles are known for jumping out of the water to grab chickens dangled from poles for tourists. To see more animal imagery, head over to @tbfrost
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Umbrellas fill an alley with color in the old town of Limassol, Cyprus. The city of Limassol has a rich history that goes back to around the second century B.C. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Limassol #Cyprus
Photos by Lynn Johnson @ljohnphoto | Connecting across time: As a young girl, Anne was photographed for a National Geographic story about Vincent van Gogh. She lived in St. Paul’s Asylum, in France, where van Gogh spent a year battling mental illness. Now, 23 years later, I photographed Anne, who is autistic, for an upcoming story about living on the autism spectrum. Both moments are seen side by side, printed on glorious bamboo Hahnemühle paper, in an upcoming exhibit at the Leica Gallery in L.A. @thephotosociety #Hahnemühle #NaturalLine #Bamboo
Photo by @brianskerry | An orca is about to eat a herring in the waters of the Norwegian Arctic. Orca migrate into fjords in this region during late fall and winter to feed on herring that often overwinter here. In late November the polar night occurs, with weeks if darkness on end. Successful feeding by the orca involves complex communication and echolocation; such specialized feeding strategies are examples of culture found among whale and dolphin families. #orca #norway #whaleculture #smartanimals
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride . | Two anglers are framed by the last of fall color on a tributary of the Colorado River. A study highlighted that the recreation value of this 1,500-mile river supports a $26 billion economy and a quarter million jobs—a powerful reminder of the value of flowing rivers. Sadly, I have seen how we ask too much of this lifeline; downstream it vanishes and no longer reaches the sea. To see more on fresh water, follow @pedromcbride . #Coloradoriver #water #flyfishing #catchandrelease #petemcbride
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | A termite mound is a ubiquitous landmark here in the Okavango Delta, and for this little one, merely a convenient resting spot. But what lies beneath those growing feline paws is anything but ordinary: legions of tiny creatures that have been furtively engineering this ecosystem into existence for millennia. We can only marvel at how the industry of a tiny creature could be such a mighty force here in the world’s largest oasis. As the termites build, their mounds rise up above the Okavango’s seasonal flood levels, and vegetation appears, drawing in grazers who deposit seeds. Trees and shrubs take hold, their roots knitting the soils of these islands-in-the-making together. It’s an ever forming world right at your feet, little cub. #keystonespecies #okavangolions #termitemound
Photo by @drewtrush | While I was working with @thelynxproject in Alaska, we managed to get a number of different animals on our camera traps, but perhaps none cuter than this baby moose. Alaskan moose are the largest of the subspecies, with adults weighing up to 1,400 lbs. To learn more interesting facts about wildlife, follow along with photographer @drewtrush . #moose
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Across Arab countries around the Persian Gulf for the past half century or so, the attire worn by men is traditionally called a thobe or dishdasha. Each country and region within has a few different details that identify the geography of the floor-length white gown worn by men. In Taif, the Saudi town where this photo is taken, men call this thobe design "mahared." #taif #saudiarabia
Photo by @joelsartore | A 24-day-old slow loris sits perched in one of its caretaker’s hands @endangeredprimaterescuecenter . This baby is named Captain Hook because he is missing a hand. To see another slow loris species, follow me @joelsartore . #slowloris #baby #cute #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by @carltonward | This bobcat is the first visitor to a relatively new "camera trap," which is set on the fence line looking toward Big Cypress National Preserve from Green Glades West Ranch. The purpose of the camera position is to show that public and private lands work together as connected wildlife habitat, which is the foundation of the statewide Florida Wildlife Corridor ( @fl_wildcorridor ). Part of my #PathofthePanther project with @insidenatgeo . #bobcat #Everglades @pathofthepanther #floridawild #keepflwild @bigcypressnps
Photo by @edkashi | Sugarcane workers prepare for a long day of work in the village of Santa Cruz Das Posses, Brazil, in 2011. The fields that surround this small farming community are part of the "emerald desert" of sugarcane in Brazil, which hosts the largest sugar and ethanol producers in the world. #brasil #sugarcane #latinamerica #agriculture #workers
Video by @bertiegregory | A grey wolf howls on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. This particular wolf is part of a pack that takes on polar bears—the only pack in the world known to do this. This pack was bold, but whenever they came over to investigate us, we felt zero aggression, just curiosity. We humans have done terrible things to wolves. It’s thought that in 1600, there were two million wolves in North America. Due to 400 years of systematic extermination, there are now just 80,000. There is hope, though: they are on the comeback, but they still need us to stop persecuting them. These top predators keep herbivore populations in check, allowing countless other species to thrive. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #wild_life #animals #wolves #wolf #snow