Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | “People are learning that we're actually pretty normal people,” says 78-year-old Gary Lee Lawson at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lee was replying to my question about the changes he’s witnessed over the last 50 years, since the Stonewall Riots–an event considered by many to be the spark that lit the #LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S. I met Lee while #onassignment documenting stories of struggle, survival, and resilience from LGBTQ+ people around the U.S. See "Stonewall at 50: Stories of resilience and resistance" on the Nat Geo site. The U.S. is the 14th country where I’ve done this work. You can see more of it by following @whereloveisillegal
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered red-shanked douc langur sits for its Photo Ark shoot at the @endangeredprimaterescuecenter in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. In Vietnamese, this monkey is called vooc ngu sac, which means “five-colored macaque,” a reference to the species’ colorful fur. To see a still shot of this species, follow me @joelsartore #langur #primate #endangered #Vietnam #PhotoArk
At approximately 20 feet long, Deep Blue might be the biggest great white shark ever caught on camera. Learn more Sunday, July 21st during a brand new special, "World's Biggest Great White?" at 8/7c.
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | For the biggest and best floating markets, head for Vietnam. Phung Hiep in the Mekong Delta is at the confluence of 5 canals where farmers bring their produce by boat (there are no roads ) to the daily market. #phunghiep #mekongdelta #floatingmarket
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A boater heads out in the early morning fog on Inle Lake in Myanmar. This freshwater lake, in Shan state, is the second largest in the country, measuring about 13 miles long and 7 miles wide. It's home to the Intha fisherman, known for their "leg rowing" and conical fishing nets. Besides fishing, the lake supports unusual activities, like farming on floating islands and a textile industry that creates cloth from the stems of the lotus plant. Villages on the lake are made up of homes built on stilts that are connected by bamboo walkways. #followme @irablockphoto to see more images from the world. #inlelake #myanmar #fishing #irablock
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | United States Border Patrol agents on horseback chase after and detain undocumented migrants along the border with Mexico near Penitas, Texas, June 7, 2018.
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | It was a gamble and it paid off. We guessed this mother brown bear would guide her rambunctious cubs across the tidal flats back onto high ground as the tide started coming in. With what seemed like utter joy, they galloped across shallow water in a symphony of splashes and grunts right towards us. It was amazing and so lovely to watch. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier to see more intimate moments of charismatic wildlife.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Mohammed, a 2.5-year-old Syrian refugee, looks out from the window of his family’s 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 Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes | I’ve always been captivated by history, and Venice is one of my favorite cities in the world because it truly remains timeless. I decided I wanted to photograph the Historical Regatta (Regata Storica ), an event that’s taken place in Venice every year since the 1500s. The boats and costumes seen in this photograph are exactly as they were back then. The day was beautiful, and although the bridge was crowded and I could barely move, the stunning sunrise and sunset made it a perfect scene for this Day to Night. The Day to Night series began in 2009. From a fixed camera angle, I capture fleeting moments of humanity and nature as light passes in front of the lens. I shoot thousands of images through day and night, then digitally blend a select group to create a seamless composite image. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Venice #Regatta #Italy
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A large tiger shark swims through the blue waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Tiger Sharks are one of the more adaptable shark species, able to move easily from open ocean to more "urban" environments. But much of their lives remains a mystery and researchers are only just beginning to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo To see more sharks and ocean wildlife photos follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #tigersharks #southafrica #savesharks
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Wijaya beach is one of many magical spots in Sri Lanka. It's located on the southwestern side of the country, where it was promised that I'd see turtle heads popping up out of the sea at day's end—but I was busy capturing the perfect sunset. #Wijayabeach #srilanka
Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | I photographed this elegantly camouflaged chital deer while on assignment in Kanha National Park, India. Predators of the chital include wolves, tigers, Asiatic lions (in Gir ), leopards, Indian rock pythons, dholes, mugger crocodiles, and humans. The name chital comes from the Bengali word chitral(চিত্রল )/chitra (চিত্রা ), which means "spotted." Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from projects around the world. #madhyapradesh #kanha #conservation #savetigers #india @thephotosociety
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | For me, the world’s most magical mangrove forests are on the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles. Where else can you drift in just three feet of crystal clear water and encounter blacktip reef sharks, Indo-Pacific lemon sharks, swirling schools of snappers, and even giant groupers—all while thousands of frigate birds and red-footed boobies roost in the forest canopy above. To discover more photographs from this Indian Ocean wilderness follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Reese John plays with his slingshot on a piling from a recently demolished home in Newtok, Alaska. Just a few dozen feet away are crumbling cliffs of permafrost falling into the Ninglik River. Erosion has already gobbled up approximately one mile of Newtok’s land, and the entire village is sinking as the permafrost beneath the ground thaws. The demolished homes leave behind a playground of construction materials for local children. As much as the kids I met seemed to enjoy climbing and jumping all over these structures, they also made sure to tell me multiple times about the brand-new playground they were going to have very soon. Nine miles upriver is the site of a new village, Mertarvik, where the entire Newtok community will be relocating this fall. Newtok is the first village in Alaska that has already begun relocation as a result of climate change—pioneering a process that many other Alaskan villages may soon undergo.
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Young girls take a break on the grass runway on the tiny island of Kili, Marshall Islands. In March 1946 all 167 residents of a small island on a remote Pacific atoll packed up their belongings and left their homes. They were assured it would be for a short period, during which the United States government would carry out a series of nuclear tests. Seventy years later, most surviving Bikini islanders have yet to set foot on the island paradise from which they were evacuated. Those surviving Bikinians and their descendants live scattered among the other Marshall Islands in Micronesia, some on Majuro, the capital, some on Ejit and Kwajalein, and many on Kili, where they eke out a living producing copra, farming what little land is available, and fishing where and when it is safe to do so. For more follow @michaelchristopherbrown
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The 110-meter-long (363 foot ) Saturn V rocket took the Apollo 11 astronauts to space 50 years ago today, on July 16, 1969. Early this morning, in the heart of Washington D.C., that piece of history was relived briefly on the Washington Monument, which is comparable in height to the rocket. The life-size Saturn projection, organized by @airandspacemuseum partnered with @usinterior and 59 Productions, begins tonight and runs through Thursday, July 18, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night. On July 19 and 20, the program continues, with the show "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projected on the east face of the Washington Monument and adjacent screens. To date, Saturn V is the tallest and most powerful rocket ever operated, with an immense payload capacity of 150 tons. With my career focused on astronomy and space photography, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate this exploration milestone. NASA aims to return to the moon in the next decade, as early as 2024, this time leading a coalition of several nations and private companies. #Apollo50th #NASA #washingtondc #goforthemoon
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | It's World Snake Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a two-headed copperhead found in the wild in my home state of Virginia. Having two heads is a condition called dicephaly, and it occurs in one out of 100,000 snakes in the wild. Most snakes born with two heads don’t live long, especially in the wild; this snake lived only for several months. To see another photo of this two headed snake, I’m @tbfrost #WorldSnakeDay
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Last year, these were the fireworks I watched on the 4th of July: the hill above my town burning. Each year, destructive wildfire scenes like this have grown as climate patterns have become hotter, drier, and more extreme, and developments have pushed farther into wooded areas. These conditions exacerbate another challenge: By not allowing natural fires to occur, we enhance fuel buildup. As the complexity of wildfire season grows and becomes further-reaching, I’m grateful for the firefighters who risk their lives to keep blazes like this at bay. For more, follow @pedromcbride #wildfire #basaltmountainfire #firefighters #grateful
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | An endangered Gee's golden langur (Trachypithecus geei ) licks clay from her fingers in the Himalayan foothills. In 2017 and 2018, I spent months in Bhutan tracking and photographing these beautiful primates. I found they regularly visited an exposed clay cliff where they would eat handfuls of mineral-rich clay, which likely helps them to digest leaves and unripe fruits. The Gee’s golden langur is safe in Bhutan, but fewer than 6,500 individuals remain in the wild and it's locally extinct across parts of its historic range. In collaboration with @uwicer , the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. @thephotosociety #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A three-month-old baby chimpanzee named Ruben reaches out toward the camera lens @tampazoo Young chimps like Ruben will stay with their mothers for up to ten years, learning all the skills they need to survive in the wild before branching out to start their own family group. To see an image of an adult chimpanzee in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore #chimp #chimpanzee #infant #cute #photoark
Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes the temptation to check oneself out is just, well, too great, particularly when you’re a hornbill presented with a clean window. #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The full moon rises above the historic Boston Light which was originally built in 1716, one of the earliest in the U.S. The moon's shape and color change as it rises, due to atmospheric refraction, causing distorted image and color shift on the horizon. The same happens to the sun. The images are made from four miles (six km ) away, using a long telephoto lens. I was far enough from the foreground that it appeared smaller than the moon, which adds to the brain perception of "super" moon appearance on the horizon. Further explained on “See a Rare Red Full Moon" on NatGeo.com. Explore more of the world at night photography with me @babaktafreshi The soundtrack is courtesy of Ali Raini Music. #astrophotography #fullmoon #astronomy #boston
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | Happy Shark Appreciation Day! The silhouette of an oceanic whitetip shark creates a stark shape against the blue water and sky in The Bahamas. A pelagic predator, this species' numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing and the shark fin trade. Each year more than 100 million sharks are killed worldwide, primarily for their fins, which are used in shark fin soup. The oceanic whitetip is a species that has been particularly impacted by overfishing. Sharks play a vital role in keeping the ocean healthy, as do their human predators. Given how important the ocean is to human life, we must cease this eradication of sharks in our seas. To see more shark and ocean wildlife images, follow @BrianSkerry #sharkawarnessday #sharks #oceanicwhitetipshark #bahamas
Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | A Brazilian-born domestic worker is at her son's 28th birthday party, at a restaurant in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey, on October 11, 2018. I made this image as part of a project on domestic workers in the state of New Jersey, to highlight not only the dignity of their lives, which technically would be considered in poverty, but also the good values and quality of their lives in real terms. Sadly, her son committed suicide in June. I am posting this to remind people that there are alternatives to taking your life, and we must find ways to identify and support those who are struggling. For more information, go to the Lifeline @800273talk Regardless of what country you are in, saving a life is all that matters. In America today, suicide is at epidemic levels. #domesticworker #newjersey #birthdayparty #americanlife #motherhood
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | On the midnight of June 21, I was enjoying the moonrise from the otherworldly landscape of Mono Lake, California, when this beautiful meteor flashed in the starry sky. On any dark night, a consistent observer may see a meteor every 10-15 minutes on average, especially toward morning. The rate increases during meteor showers. Sporadic meteors like this are formed by random wandering little rocks or ice that enter the Earth’s atmosphere at speeds up to 160,000 mph (260,000 km/h ). Explore the World at Night with me @babaktafreshi #saveournightsky #meteor #monolake #astrophotography
Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | I took this image in Botswana's magnificent Okavango Delta, where hippos alter the landscape in and around this wetland, annually flushed by nearly 11 cubic kilometers of water. By virtue of their size, hippos move huge amounts of soil, creating water channels and paths on land that redirect water. This also creates habitat and shelter for other species. Hippos are truly ecosystem engineers! They also play an important role in this delta and elsewhere by fertilizing the water; they bring nutrients to rivers and lakes that wouldn’t otherwise be there, helping enrich Okavango's plant and animal life. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from our projects around the world. A healthy delta provides numerous ecosystem services for mankind. #protectbiodiversity #africa #ecosystem #engineer #beauty @thephotosociety
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | The waters around the northern Galápagos islands of Wolf and Darwin are a shark paradise, and one of the few places in the world where mature whale sharks make regular appearances. In the depths off Darwin’s Arch, six-foot silky sharks are dwarfed as they rub up against 30-foot (plus ) giants to dislodge parasites. Photographing this unique behavior while free diving was incredibly challenging; the currents were ripping like a freight train and whale sharks are fast, strong swimmers. For more photographs of these Galapagos ocean giants follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | This is the kind of thing that takes your breath away: on the surface you just see fins coming and going, but put your head underwater, and you see an “orca ballet.” The whole family works as a team to corral the herring so that everyone can feed. There is no greed, there is no personal exceptionalism, there is no selfishness. If one orca wins, the whole family wins. Is there a lesson there for humans? #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed to see more of our world from under the thin blue line.
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | A Florida panther patrols his territory in the cypress swamps and pine woods of southwest Florida. He walks through this camera trap at Babcock Ranch about once a month, facing the camera only half the time and mostly at night. Once or twice a year I get to see him like this, with some daylight adding depth to the scene (those are water drops on the lens port ). I’ve known this panther, through my camera traps, for nearly three years. I’ve seen him heal from battle scars, recover from a limp, and persistently court the first female panther documented north of the Caloosahatchee River since 1973. I also have seen kittens that were probably his. I’ve never seen a panther in this part of Florida with my own eyes. Only through tracks and photos do I get a glimpse into its secretive life. Knowing this dominant male panther is patrolling and defending his territory gives me hope that we can use his story to defend the larger territory of his species from the expanded roads and development that currently target Florida’s last wild places. Rancher Cary Lightsey told me: “The panther is going to have to help us save Florida.” I believe his words; the panther can help inspire a movement to achieve balance for wild Florida and ourselves. I’m going to keep photographing and filming panthers—and the land they represent. And we’re going to use the story to promote new conservation policies that empower landowners seeking alternatives to development. Please stay connected with me in the coming months and check out the links in my bio. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #pathofthepanther #floridawild #KeepFLWild #panther @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo
Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | All too often on safari you get caught up in keeping score of the animals you've seen, or trying to justify the camera gear you've hauled half way around the world—to which I plead guilty. Some of my best images are recorded when I put down the camera—as memories. Take a moment, allow yourself to marvel at the poetry of nature, the texture and relationship of the wildlife to the landscape. It's unforgettable. #maasaimara #kenya #elephants #infrared To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre | Visitors in the Dutch room of the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1990 this room was also the scene of tragedy when 13 works were stolen from the museum, six of them from the Dutch room. The museum lost several Rembrandts, including a self-portrait, one of his finest narrative paintings, "A Lady and Gentleman in Black," and his only seascape, "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee," as well as Johannes Vermeer’s "The Concert." #onassignment for @natgeotraveluk For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @juanarre #travel #boston
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | Gannets conduct a distinctive courtship display. The two birds bow, point their heads skyward, and preen each other to strengthen their bond. They usually form lifelong pairs, and begin breeding at four or five years of age. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #birds #courtship #gannets #Ireland