Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | Gulam Farouq, a soldier in the Afghan national army, hands out bread to Afghan widows and other women, outside the shrine to Sufi poet and philosopher Kwaja Abdullah Ansari, in Herat. In a country with 35 percent unemployment and 36 percent of people living below the poverty line, Afghan soldiers and police officers typically collect donations from visitors in the area around the shrine and pass them on to the poor and the disabled. This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in December 2010. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A pair of baby Indochinese silvered langurs cling to one another @ACCB_cambodia in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This endangered primate is in severe decline due to logging and poaching—babies are sold as pets, then given to the center once people realize they can’t care for them. To catch another glimpse of this pair, follow me @joelsartore #langurs #primate #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A school of glasseye fish pause on a coral reef in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands. These islands, located approximately 600 miles from Tokyo, are home to the fictional creature Godzilla. But diving here for me was far from frightening, as I was frequently surrounded by beautiful fish, invertebrates, and even dolphins. Follow @BrianSkerry and dive deep into the world of marine wildlife. #Japan #ogasawara #chichijima #godzilla
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A father and daughter moment: This is Mohammed, a 32-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, playing with three-month-old Dunia outside their shelter in a camp in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @mmuheisenpublic For more on how to get involved, follow @everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Shot on assignment for “The Carbon Threat,” in this month’s issue of National Geographic (link in my bio ). Ground collapses at Duvanny Yar, a permafrost “megaslump” along the Kolyma River in northern Siberia. This constantly moving landslide, driven by erosion and sped up by warming temperatures, is an important research site for scientists, who use it to track what happens when carbon-rich land that has been hidden and frozen for centuries begins to thaw. Permafrost is a layer of continuously frozen soil found primarily in the Arctic. It covers almost 1/4 of the Earth’s surface. Scientists have recently discovered that permafrost is thawing much faster than expected, releasing carbon gases that could drastically speed up climate change.
Photo by @stephenwilkes // Sponsored by @adastramovie // I recently directed and photographed a visit to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with actor and producer Brad Pitt, who is starring in the upcoming sci-fi film Ad Astra. I witnessed his curiosity, passion, and intellect firsthand, and we explored the remarkable science and history within the walls of the JPL. We began in Mission Control, where this image was taken. This area is known as the “center of the universe,” where all communications from the Deep Space Network enter through this one facility. We then visited the In-Situ Instrument Lab, known as the sandbox, where the surface of the red planet is replicated in order to test commands to the InSight lander and Curiosity rover via exact replicas. The fact that scientists will create billion-dollar instruments in this sandbox made me reflect on the obvious connection between creativity, science, and play. Learning about the InSight lander in particular, from its shock-absorbing legs to the tiny rockets that stabilize it during landing, was especially fascinating. The biggest highlight was when scientists turned the actual camera of the replica InSight onto Brad; he held perfectly still for 60 seconds as it captured his image. I'm thrilled to include this image in our related Instagram Story. // See Brad Pitt in #AdAstra, in theaters everywhere tomorrow.
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | In snowdrifts the arctic hare is a master of camouflage. Occasionally, though, hares would run past willow bushes, causing them to stick out, the way we see here. They are one of the Arctic’s fastest animals, clocking 37 mph at top speed. Follow @bertiegregory for more Arctic adventures. #hare #arctic #cold #snow #cute
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Sandy Serenity: In the San Luis rift valley, winds lift sand from dry lakes on the valley floor to form giant dunes, the tallest in North America. The constant back-and-forth of winds blows sand from the valley floor to the mountains and vice versa during storms, helping maintain the dunes’ height, which can reach up to 750 feet tall—before collapsing under their own weight. I’ve marveled at this ever shifting natural phenomenon my entire life. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride #GreatSandDunes #nationalpark #Colorado #nature #humility
Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Territorially part of Yemen, Socotra (سُقُطْرَى in Arabic ) is an archipelago of four islands. The largest island, also known as Socotra, lies about 240 km (150 mi ) east of the Horn of Africa and 380km (240mi ) south of the Arabian Peninsula. As a consequence of its isolation, the island is home to a high number of endemic species; up to a third of its plant life is endemic. It has been described as the "most alien-looking place on Earth.” In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna and counted nearly 700 species found nowhere else; only New Zealand, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Galápagos Islands have more impressive numbers. In the foreground, the Socotra desert rose, or bottle tree, can be seen—one of the island's endemic plants. The plant is highly poisonous and unpalatable to livestock, and despite being widespread on the island, is considered vulnerable and therefore included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material. #Socotra #landscape #soqotra #documentaryphotography #documentary
Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, a victim of Agent Orange, in her house in the Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang, Vietnam, on July 8, 2010. This is a still image from my new multimedia installation @photoville this weekend, September 19-22, in Brooklyn, New York. #TheEnigmaRoom #PhotovilleNYC #experimentalart #installation #brooklynny
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered female juvenile Peruvian woolly monkey snacks on fresh leaf cuttings at Cetas - IBAMA ( @ibamagov ), a wildlife rehab center in Manaus, Brazil. Species like this one are disappearing at an alarming rate, but together we can help. Please check out the October issue of National Geographic magazine to learn more about the world's most vulnerable animals and click on the link in my bio to take the #SaveTogether pledge. My book, Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals, is also available now. #woollymonkey #bigeyes #cute #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk
Photo by @brianskerry // Sponsored by @AmericanExpress // An olive ridley sea turtle finds itself entangled in a plastic basket in the waters off Sri Lanka. In the four decades that I’ve been exploring the world’s oceans, I have seen more plastic in the sea each year. The devastating impact this has on marine wildlife is substantial and can be seen in many ways. In this case, the turtle likely came close to the drifting basket because floating objects in the ocean often attract marine life below. The basket had a plastic rope handle and the turtle’s flippers became severely entangled, preventing the turtle from swimming or diving. After making this photograph, I was able to free the turtle, and it swam away quickly. // Go to @AmericanExpress to learn more about what American Express is doing to address marine plastic pollution and to discover how you can get involved.
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | It was during the austral winter of 2002 when this female white shark approached a box jellyfish off the coast of South Africa. When she was just a few feet away, her forward momentum ceased and for a few precious seconds, as if transfixed by the light bouncing off the tentacles, she hovered just below the surface. This was one of the first white shark photographs I made and it's still a favorite. It highlights the great white shark’s almost gentle curiosity, which I have been privileged to observe frequently over past two decades. For more photographs of great white sharks, follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Visitors are awestruck by the splendor inside the temple of Abu Simbel, on the remote west shore of Lake Nasser, Egypt. It's the grandest of the ancient Nubian temples that were relocated to higher ground by UNESCO when the Aswan High Dam inundated the area. #Nubia #Nile #pharaoh #antiquity To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in the December 2010 issue. This mother walked five hours to see a midwife at a mobile outreach clinic in the village of Koreh-e Bala. She was waiting outside a family compound for medical advice about her ten-month-old baby, who had been sick since birth. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Do you see inside of this whale's mouth the bristles that look like hair? Baleen whales like these humpbacks, which I photographed feeding off the coast of British Columbia, do not have teeth; they have baleen plates, a filter-feeding system that allows baleen whales to filter their food, usually small fish or krill, by swimming for their prey with their mouths wide open. Water passes through the baleen, but small prey like krill and herring and salmon are caught in the bristles, and then swallowed whole. Baleen whales have narrow throats and do not usually eat larger prey like squids or octopus. Follow me @CristinaMittermeier for more stories from the incredible wilderness of Canada's western coast. #Whale #Lunch #FunFacts #Nature
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A purple swamphen surveys its surroundings during a photo shoot @zoowroclaw Found in eastern and northern Australia, this species makes its home in freshwater swamps, streams, and marshes, where it can feed on reeds and small animals like frogs and snails. To see a still shot of this magnificent species, follow me @joelsartore #swamphen #purple #red #Australia #PhotoArk
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A sand tiger shark cruises over a reef in the waters off of Chi-Chi Jima island in Japan. Sand tiger sharks have a fearsome appearance, making them a species often seen in aquariums. Also known as gray nurse sharks, this species has one of the lowest reproduction rates of all sharks and therefore is susceptible to even minimal fishing pressure. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more sharks and other ocean animals. #sharks
Photo by Rena Effendi @renaeffendiphoto | An elderly woman in Breb village in Maramures, Romania, makes a stew from beetroots and turnips to fatten her pig for the winter. Many farmers in Maramures still rely on small-scale sustainable agriculture for their livelihoods, but this traditional way of life is vanishing as young people migrate to Western Europe to find work. Please #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories. #romania #transylvania #agriculture #women
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The full moon rising is always incredible to me, especially over the ocean. Here I photographed a time-lapse sequence showing intense atmospheric refraction on the horizon that deforms the moon above the North Shore of Boston. Locals are walking on the coast, others fishing, and some busy looking at their smartphones and missing a fantastic view behind them. The Earth's companion for four billion years, the moon was finally reached by this world 50 years ago on July 20, 1969. Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi #twanight #moon #boston #timelapse
Photo by Nora Lorek @noralorek | Three years ago the area containing the Bidibidi refugee settlement was a forest in northwestern Uganda. Now it’s a makeshift home for a quarter million refugees who fled the civil war in South Sudan. Most of Bidibidi’s residents are children, who attend school and congregate on playgrounds like this one. As Bidibidi transforms into a permanent settlement, nearly all of its schools have been rebuilt with brick.
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A polar bear watches us on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. This male was in no rush. He was waiting near the water’s edge in anticipation of the big freeze—an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. The ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Follow @bertiegregory for more Arctic adventures. #bear #arctic #cold #snow #cute
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | The Alatna River Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska, shot for “The Carbon Threat,” in this month’s @natgeo (link in my bio ). I took this image from a floatplane as I began my journey home after a 64-mile rafting expedition that followed ecologist Ken Tape along the Alatna River. The Alatna flows south out of Alaska’s Brooks Range, and has become a corridor for wildlife migrating north into the warming Arctic. Beaver numbers in particular are booming, and their ponds—several visible in this image on the far side of the river to the left—may hasten permafrost thaw. Ken Tape is among the handful of scientists working to understand what this means for the future, and on our trip he was able to confirm that the Alatna corridor provides the route that beavers use to cross the Continental Divide of the Brooks Range and move north.
Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Gullfoss, Iceland: A long line of tourists in front of one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, and considered by many to be the most beautiful of its waterfalls. #iceland #waterfall #gullfoss
Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | Driving around western Oklahoma, I came across these cowboys working on their ranch at sunset. I slammed on the brakes and asked if I could photograph them. They were nice enough to let me. Sometimes the best photographs happen when you let yourself aimlessly explore. For more views from around the country, follow me @maddiemcgarvey #oklahoma #ranch #lasso #horse
Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I The BBC World Service Atlantic Relay Station at English Bay, Ascension Island. Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the middle of the south Atlantic Ocean, located 1,400 miles (2,250 km ) from the coast of South America and 1,000 miles (1,600 km ) from Africa. It is home to a Royal Air Force station, a European Space Agency rocket tracking station, a US/UK signals intelligence facility, and a BBC relay station. Although only five miles (8 km ) across and mostly ash and lava fields, the island is festooned with more than 100 antenna arrays. These (pictured ) are a kind of aerial spaghetti. Others are enormous wire domes, some are like a large skeletal bomber aircraft raised on pylons, and yet others are delicate cones and spirals. One ground radar system covers acres of ash with a lacework of thick cables. In places, hills of ash have been leveled to allow the positioning of radomes and tracking devices. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudiofor updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archival material. #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #sea #bbcrelay #naturalworld
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Chinstrap penguins leave a pink trail of poo as they return to their nests on high ground at Deception Island, Antarctica. Males and females take turns incubating their chicks and make a daily commute down to the sea for feeding. A recent census of chinstraps here showed approximately 52,000 nests, down from 85,000 in 2003, due to loss of their principal food, krill, which feed on marine algae on the underside of sea ice. Krill populations are declining with increasing water temperatures and commercial krill fishing for animal feed. #climatechangeisreal #marchofthepenguins To explore more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by Steve Winter @stevewinterphoto | Check out the September issue of @natgeo magazine for the story behind this image. She seems to be asking, what are you doing to my home? A wise man once said, “Where there is life there is hope, but the time to act is now.” We are in danger of losing more than one million species to extinction. And we will suffer greatly, as we are part of nature and everything on the planet is connected. Nature is perfection. All of us, and especially young people, need to take back the planet from the ones who care only about the short term. Fifty-plus percent of the biodiversity is found in forests, and each tree produces enough oxygen for 12 people. We all need to work toward a future where we protect 50% of our planet–so we have a future for generations to come. Take a walk in the woods and hear the symphony of nature in the birds and insects or walk on the beach. Nature heals. I have hope; without it, what is left? Believe.
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Stumbling down from the summit of Everest with Prakash Kemchay—the final humans on the mountain. Although Prakash works as a climbing sherpa, ethnically he is a Gurung, a culture equally as resilient and storied as the Sherpa. I learned a lot of cultural lessons this year, but if you take one thing away from this post let it be the difference between a "climbing sherpa," as it’s come to be known as a job title for a high-altitude guide and porter, and the Sherpa, Gurung, Tamang, or Rai people (and many more ) who all work as climbing sherpas on Everest. Follow @renan_ozturk for more insight into the Everest season and the #everestmystery assignment this past year.
Photo by Adam Dean @adamjdean | A villager harvests rice in Kwun Chan Kone village, Irrawaddy region, Myanmar, November 2015.
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A sperm whale calf swims below her mom in the waters of the eastern Caribbean Sea. With the largest brain of all animals on Earth, they are also our planet’s largest predator. They were portrayed as monsters for centuries, but researchers today are learning that these animals and their societies are far more complex than ever believed. Sperm whale families share unique dialects, parenting techniques, and other elements of culture. Follow @BrianSkerry for more on his latest whale adventures! #whales #momandcalf #spermwhale #mobydick