It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
Photo by @ErikaSkogg | The Lofoton Archipelago rises out of the Norwegian sea with traditional red Rorbuer (fishing huts ) clasping to rocky coastline. While the reminders of a still active cod fishery abound in cuisine and in harbor activity, many of the original fishing huts have been converted into idyllic guest houses for travelers to enjoy the views of surrounding mountains and the midnight summer sun above the arctic circle.
Photo by @cristinamittermeier | I'm sure this polar bear was well aware of our presence far sooner than when we spotted him. Sniffing us from 200 feet away, we followed his slow trek across the Arctic tundra from our zodiac. A polar bear's sense of smell is their most important tool for detecting prey on land. They can sniff out a seal 20 miles (32 kilometers ) away. Follow me at @cristinamittermeier and explore my feed for more photos from the #Arctic. #polarbear #ice #discoverwildlife
Photo by @Chrisburkard | This day is forever ingrained in my head. In a way, it’s a culmination of my whole career and what I’ve dedicated much of my life to - a remote and untouched cold surf location, perfect empty waves, and a stunning backdrop to top it all off. It certainly was a mission. It took days of travel to get here. Weather was so bad and volatile we could only surf two of the fourteen days we were there and most the time it was a gloomy shade of grey fog. But, we ultimately struck gold. There had been rumors of world-class waves in Alaska and we on this day we managed to find them. When I look at this photo, I see how all of these pieces came together to give me a scene that brings me so much joy and remember what it’s all about.
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | On this late evening in March 2012 I was waiting for the moon to align with Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, as it was setting over Arc de Triomphe (Etoile ). We are so used to the moon presence that often forget its cosmic identity. How bizarre it is to see another world so easily and strikingly in the sky, from 400,000 km away. For a car traveling nonstop at 100km/hr highway speed it takes 6 months to travel the distance. This month 50 years ago Apollo 11 astronauts traveled 3 days in space to reach the moon and prepare for the first ever landing on July 20, 1969. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi #twanight #moon #apollo #paris #nightphotography
Photo by @taylorglenn | It takes a bit of effort to get here but the views are worth the effort. An image from a recent hike to the Death Canyon Shelf in Grand Teton National Park, one of the more spectacular places in this part of the mountain range. Follow @taylorglenn for more from #Wyoming and beyond. #grandtetonnationalpark #jacksonhole
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Guatemala, Tikal. The Temple Number V appears in the middle of the forest. Tikal was a capital of the Maya world in ancient times, and it’s easy to believe when you’re confronted with the thousands of massive pyramids, plazas, temples, and dwellings that remain today. Tikal National Park encompasses 575 square kilometres of jungle and thousands of ruined structures. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #guatemala #tikal #mayans
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Frost on the trees at Kelland Pond just south of Twizel, New Zealand on the south island. While driving up to Aoraki (Mt. Cook ) I saw these ghost trees on the side of the road and stopped to check them out. Upon realizing there was a frozen pond and I was inside a low lying cloud I pulled out the camera and spent an hour or so photographing the amazingly moody landscape. #twizel #kellandpond #newzealand
Sponsored by @ExploreCanada // There's a man in Canada who is one of the only people on the planet who's learned to walk with polar bears. Following their tracks onto the ice would be a huge risk without him. See more of Canada's wildlife in @bertiegregory ’s new online series “Wild_Life: The Big Freeze” available on National Geographic YouTube and at natgeo.com/wildlife.
Photo by @daisygilardini | I have been enjoying aerial photography immensely lately, as invariably it gives me a surprising new perspective. I’m always stunned how things look different from above! In this image, the bearded seals helps give a sense of place and scale to the design of the broken pack ice. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #svalbard #ice #wildlifephotography #dronephotography #polar
Photo by @mborowick | Sometimes you have to fly to the top of mountains to find those beautiful craters that just so happen to have incredible natural wonders. Like this scene here, at the top of a mountain in Thorsmork, in Southern Iceland. #iceland #thorsmork #ice #cessna #explore
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | The Beartooth Highway is considered by many to be one of the most scenic drives in North America. The road climbs to an elevation of almost 11,000 feet (3,352 meters ) and the views from the top are amazing. Have you been? Please follow along with me, photographer @drewtrush , to see more images of wildlife places.
Photo by @amivitale | The sun sets in Montana's Centennial Valley. The valley is an important wildlife corridor for elk, moose, antelope, deer, wolverines, grizzly bears, wolves, and hundreds of bird species. The people who ranch here are careful to preserve the land for the wildlife that depend on it. Follow @amivitale for more photos of this incredible world. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #nature #river #water #montana #sunset
Photo by @Chrisburkard | Every once in a while the planet does something extra special that reminds you just how beautiful this world is. This evening in New Zealand was one of those nights. Even just looking back at this photo makes me feel a deep appreciation for the place we call home. It may not be Earth Day, World Oceans Day, etc., but here’s a sometimes much needed daily reminder of how incredible the planet is. A reminder to treat it well and also to explore it, both equally important in today’s world.
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | South Africa, a “family” of Giraffes in the central region of the Kruger Park. The giraffe is the tallest terrestrial mammal in the world. The males stand about 5m tall - as high as a single-story house - and the females are just a little shorter. Giraffes are gentle and timid animals and live in loose social groups. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 7,523 sq miles in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #Africa #SouthAfrica #Kruger #Giraffe
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A man walks past Abu Darwish Mosque in Amman, Jordan, located on Jabal al-Ashrafiyeh, one of the city’s seven hills. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Amman #الاردن
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Mt. Cook (also known as Aoraki ) under the Milky Way, seen here from Kea Point, is the tallest peak in the southern alps of New Zealand. At 12,218 feet and with three separate summits it is a serious challenge for any mountaineer. It is also the peak that Sir Edmund Hillary used to train for his Everest climb. #aoraki #mtcook #newzealand #milkyway
Photo by @bertiegregory | A female coastal grey wolf resting on her mudflat territory at low tide on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. These incredible wolves get up to 90% of their diet from the ocean eating barnacles, mussels, clams, crabs, fish and more! As top predators they play a crucial role in keeping herbivore populations in check allowing countless other species to thrive. Using the famous Yellowstone National Park wolves as an example, since their reintroduction, the entire ecosystem has totally transformed and is now much healthier. I've spent months looking for coastal wolves and only had a handful of encounters. Because of their illusiveness, most people who visit the coast of Vancouver Island won't see one. But when hiking the beaches, even if you don't spot one, there's something special about knowing they're there. #britishcolumbia #photography #wildlife #coast #wolf #rainwolf
Video by @Renan_Ozturk | Basecamp on the north side of #Everest at 17.5k feet - I had never felt the pull of this mountain or wanted to climb it much at all until arriving here with such a soulful team. The iconic shape and presence of the peak from this vantage point is a magnet for exploration, all the lines of the valleys pulling you upward. #sirensong #everestmystery Join me @Renan_Ozturk for more images from the roof of the world
Photo by @babaktafreshi | This view wasn't from the Alps or the Smoky Mountains—this is an October day in northern Iran. This month ,UNESCO announced 29 new World Heritage Sites and one is the Hyrcanian Forests, which stretch 850 km along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. In that area, the humidity is blocked by the massive Alborz mountain range. The unique forests are 25 to 50 million years old, but are shrinking fast due to human impact and poor management. Now, hope accompanies the UNESCO designation. The Caspian Tiger, now extinct, once roamed the area. But the forests are still home to other large mammals, including Persian leopards, lynx, brown bears, wild boars, wolves, golden jackals, jungle cats, badgers, and otters. Follow me, @babaktafreshi , for more. #hyrcanianforest #worldheritage #dohezar #iran
Photo by @amivitale | Reticulated giraffe can run as fast as 35 miles per hour over short distances or 10 miles per hour over longer distances. Here they are shown in northern Kenya's Leparua Community Conservancy as a group from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Kenya Wildlife Service, San Diego Zoo Global, and the Northern Rangelands Trust put GPS tags on11 giraffe to better understand their migration patterns. Across Africa, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. The population decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Scientists are undertaking major studies to understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Learn more, including how to get involved, by following @giraffe_conservation , @sdzsafaripark and @amivitale #giraffe #savegiraffe #kenya
Photo by @andy_mann // sponsored by @parkhyatt // The Registan, a square dating back to the early 1400s, was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, now part of Uzbekistan. People gathered in the square to hear royal proclamations, trade goods traveling along the Silk Road, and witness public executions. What we see today is the tireless work of hundreds of people who have restored this unique and historic monument over many decades. Thousands of visitors flow through the square each day, admiring the afternoon glow that bathes the turquoise domes and stone pillars. // For discerning @parkhyatt guests, luxury is not easily defined but often reflected in their most personal travel mementos. #ParkHyatt #LuxuryIsPersonal
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | People say we have no great aged Cathedrals in the US, but I disagree—this is an American Cathedral. In this image, Wakinyan Two Bulls places prayer ties in a tree near the sacred place called Mato Tipila asking for healing and protection for his family. The Wyoming landmark is often called Devils Tower by non-Natives. Traditionally the Lakota (and many other tribes ) fasted, prayed, left offerings, held sweat lodge and sun dance ceremonies, and did their vision quests around this great geological formation. To see more images of American Cathedrals and the Lakota, follow me @argonautphoto
Photo by @daisygilardini | Baobab trees are found in arid regions in Africa, India, and Australia. There are nine different species of this genus (Adansonia ). They all have huge trunks that can store up to 120,000 liters of water (32,000 gallons ) and can live for thousands of years. Maybe this is why, when close to them, one can feel a kind of wise energy. During my last adventure in Botswana, we had a great opportunity to photograph this beautiful baobab under the Milky Way. I used an exposure of 25 seconds at f4, with the ISO camera setting at 2500. Follow me, @daisygilardini , for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #africa #baobab #nightphotography #milkyway #botswana
Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | A view of the scenic Ha Long Bay from atop Poem Mountain. Ha Long Bay, which means 'descending dragon,' is a UNESCO world heritage site. Most of the islets of Ha Long are uninhabited. Geologists note its unusual and mature Karst landscape, which is often found on land. Follow me, @hannahreyesmorales , for more stories in South East Asia and beyond. #vietnam #halong
Photo by Beth Wald @bethjwald | Outside a small chapel in pre-dawn light, a young man readies a team of horses to take part in a religious pilgrimage through the rural landscape of Iberá, in the Corrientes Province of northeastern Argentina. People from small villages across the region travel for up to five days on horseback or horsecart, carrying religious icons to the cathedral in the town of Itatí to celebrate the Virgin of Itatí. The last days of the pilgrimage are an incredible spectacle as tens of thousands of people on horseback, most in traditional finery, take over the roadways of Corrientes and converge on the town. For more photos from little known corners of the world, follow me, @bethjwald #pilgrimage #gauchoculture #corrientestradition #pilgrimage
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | A panoramic view of Florence. In the middle of the city stands the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The dome covering the cathedral is known as Brunelleschi’s dome in honor of its creator, the architect Filippo Brunelleschi. When it was designed, it was the largest dome in the world. the dome is still a masterpiece of beauty, engineering, and pioneering construction. In many ways, it remains unmatched. Florence holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. For around 250 years, before 1300 and until the early 1500s, it was politically, economically ,and culturally the most important city in Europe. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #florence #tuscany #italy
Photo by @mborowick | Skogafoss is one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland. In the summer, the surrounding area is peppered with the beautiful Lupin flower. #waterfall #summer #iceland #nordic
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Savannah Cummins climbing the super classic route Scarface (5.11 ) on the Scarface Wall in Indian Creek, Utah. For this image, we had another climber up on the wall with a big, battery-powered strobe (i.e. a big flash ) to light up the climber at sunset. This route has been photographed tens of thousands of times, but something different can always be done to show it in a new light—quite literally here. #indiancreek #scarface #utah