Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen A few years ago, I captured these Afghan refugee children playing with balloons near their families’ mud homes on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, while documenting the daily life and the challenges of refugees and internally displaced people. This image is currently part of a print sale to support @everydayrefugees foundation's campaign “We are all in this together,” launched to support refugees, local communities, and internally displaced people through these challenging times we are all passing through. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @mmuheisenpublic . For more on how to get involved, follow @everydayrefugees . #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees #COVID19 #Staysafe #Weareallinthistogether
Photo by Brendan Hoffman @hoffmanbrendan Majeed Ullahbaig walks toward a crumbling bridge located in front of the Shishper glacier, jet-black with dirt and rubble, in northern Pakistan. The glacier provides water for drinking and irrigation to the village below, and it's recently surged some two kilometers (more than a mile ) downhill, requiring a reconstruction of the infrastructure that harnesses its water. Glacial surge can happen for many reasons, including climate change. Follow me @hoffmanbrendan for more human stories from around the world. #climatechange #shisperglacier #gilgitbaltistan #pakistan Find out more at the link in bio. Check out @natgeoadventure 's Instagram Story today for more.
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz The level of the Dead Sea is dropping by about three feet (one meter ) per year, due to freshwater diversions for human use. The lowest point on Earth is now separated into two depressions. The southern lobe has been converted into evaporation ponds for industrial use. On the Israeli side, shown here, that includes coffee-colored cascades of brine to concentrate and extract products ranging from potash for fertilizer to flame retardants to batteries. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz .
Photos by @timlaman The great island of New Guinea, second only to Greenland in size (and a lot greener ), harbors the third biggest block of rainforest remaining on the planet, after the Amazon and the Congo Basin. Let's celebrate these forests and their importance to our collective future. New Guinea still has more than 80 percent forest cover, and harbors some of the great treasures of Earth’s biodiversity. Swipe to see: 1 ) Mount Arfak forest, 2 ) a tree kangaroo, 3 ) a masked bowerbird, 4 ) a palm cockatoo, and 5 ) a Vogelkop superb bird of paradise. Follow @TimLaman to see more treasures of the New Guinea forests. Images made with the support of @birdsofparadiseproject . #NewGuinea #rainforest #birds #treekangaroo
Photo by @edkashi Debra S. Fleischer, a branch manager of the Community Assistance Pantry at the Community Foodbanks of New Jersey @cfbnj , in Egg Harbor, on May 12. They distribute meals to 300 families five days a week. By comparison, last April they served 86 emergency orders—this April, there were 1,033. "Through these times people often come through heartbreak and they leave with hope,” Fleischer says. Follow me @edkashi for more from #RisingToTheCall , highlighting stories within New Jersey. #wewillprevail #lifeduringcorona #newjersey #gardenstate
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto A scientist who researches cave formations in order to better understand climate change admires the magnificent Chandelier Ballroom in Lechuguilla Cave, which is part of New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park. With its six-meter-long (20ft ) glittering gypsum chandelier formations hanging from the ceiling, it feels like you're exploring a cave on another planet.
Photo by @tamaramerino_photography In Bahia, Brazil, siblings play at home next to a sculpture of Yemayá, the female water deity from the Candomblé religion. Yemanyá was often interchanged with the Virgin Mary, due to the syncretism that accompanied the influences of the slave trade era. Candomblé is based on African beliefs that is particularly popular in Brazil. #yemanya #religion #candomble
Photo by @katieorlinsky On the Fourth of July, William Thorpe and fellow members of the Union Soldiers Campaign march around the statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. The campaign seeks to replace the statue with a symbol that represents “freedom for all” and “America’s values now.” The Lee statue has become the epicenter of the Black Lives Matter movement in Richmond and is covered from top to bottom with anti-racist art and graffiti. Everyone from activists to the governor of Virginia have called for the statue’s removal, but the process is being held up in court by a lawsuit.
Photo by @renan_ozturk This is Mount Everest. I operated drones from Camp I on Everest's North Col to get these shots of the summit and the surrounding peaks. A 360° VR panoramic projection just published @natgeo ! As you navigate through the images here, keep in mind that on the site you can click anywhere on the image to zoom in. See the link in my @renan_ozturk profile to find the article—and take a mountain field trip! The 360° site is led by Brian T. Jacobs with Clay Burneston, Anne Farrar, Sadie Quarrier, Thom Pollard, and Rudy Lehfeldt-Ehlinger. #everest #chomolungma #everestmystery Check out Nat Geo's link in bio to see Everest in 360°.
Photos by @paolowoods and @gabrielegalimbertiphoto Due to the current pandemic, Italy has been in total lockdown for over two months. The country’s museums are closed. Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, but the tourism industry has come to a complete and painful halt. What do these museums look like devoid of visitors? How do the artworks fare without those who appreciate them? Thanks to the COVID-19 Visual Project, an initiative by Cortona on the Move, we’ve had the unique opportunity to be the only visitors allowed in some of the most iconic museums in Italy. We have tried to pull them out from the darkness they are in now and reinvent them trough light. We call this project Locked in Beauty. In these photos: Gallerie D’Italia of Milano, Napoli and Vicenza / #covid19 #art #italy #gallerieditalia #museum
Photo by @estherhorvath Thomas Krumpen from the Alfred Wegener Institute has just arrived at Station Nord in Greenland, and Danish soldier Magnus Lindstrøm checks his papers. Mingus, the station dog, sleeps nearby. Krumpen leads the IceBird scientific expedition, which is air based and studies the sea ice thickness in the Arctic Ocean and its changes during the summer. The ice is very difficult to evaluate fully by satellite since it's melting. Krumpen is able to fill in this gap via aerial observation and provide more exact information. Since 2001 the Arctic Ocean's sea ice thickness has decreased by 30 percent during the summer months. Please follow more science stories on @estherhorvath and @awiexpedition .
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski Dramatic skies stretch across the blue waters of Lake Michigan and the expansive shoreline of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This beautiful wall cloud slammed the coastline shortly after I shot this, showering the area with torrential rain that had me running back to the car—a small price to pay to witness such a beautiful storm! To see more photos of the Great Lakes please visit @ladzinski .
Photo by @amivitale I have a deep respect and admiration for the grizzly bear. This gorgeous gal snuck up on me as I was putting up my first ever camera trap, so I burst out in song and thankfully she ran away. She came back 24 minutes later for dinner, and my camera caught her as the sun was going down just outside Yellowstone Park, in Montana. In their expeditions to the American West, Lewis and Clark called the brown bear “grizzled” for the pale tips on their dark fur, and the name stuck. Grizzly bears were given protection under the Endangered Species Act in the contiguous United States in 1975, and their numbers have rebounded. Today, it’s estimated there are between 1,400 and 1,700 grizzlies in the lower 48 and another 32,000 in Alaska. Follow @amivitale for more stories of wondrous wildlife and conservation successes. @nationalparkservice @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #bears #grizzlybear #cameratrap #montana
Photo by @enricsala Diving into a pristine reef is a spiritual experience. When I’m on an expedition with @natgeopristineseas , studying the wildest places in the ocean, the best feeling is that sense of awe and wonder in the face of untamed nature. Only there can you really feel that you are a part of something bigger. Taken in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico.
Photo by Prasenjeet Yadav @prasen .yadav I'm a natural history and science photographer based in India, and I'm excited to bring you stories from this part of the world. A few years ago, I was in the Western Ghats covering the region's unique sky islands—the montane habitat formed by the hills that poke through cloud cover. This green meteor was caught during a time-lapse to demonstrate how these islands often float in a sea of urbanization. The camera was set at 15-second exposures for 999 frames, and this meteor showed up in one of the shots. A green meteor's hue comes from a combination of oxygen heating up around the meteor, and the mix of minerals ignited as the rock enters Earth's atmosphere. Follow me @prasen .yadav for more photos from the diverse states of India and parts of Central Asia.
Video by @babaktafreshi Sound on for this one-minute wondrous moonrise video, filmed with a telephoto lens. In this May 8 scene, a full moon rises above the Atlantic waters and a carrier ship near Boston, as the Earth's atmosphere refracts the moonlight and creates mirages and bizarre shapes on the lunar face. “I Witness Piano” is by composer Barbad Bayat. See the video in the original format on YouTube.com/babaktafreshi and follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the world-at-night wonders. #fullmoon #moonrise #atmospheric #twanight
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward As summer begins, swallow-tailed kites are gathering from their nesting grounds across the southeastern U.S. to prepare for their 5,000-mile annual migration over the Andes to the Pantanal in Brazil. During this epic journey, the ranchlands and conservation lands of South Florida provide essential foraging grounds, where kites congregate before flying over open waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. This photo is from a few summers ago, when more than a thousand kites were roosting in cypress trees near Lake Okeechobee. I love what the swallow-tailed kite represents: that the lands that make up the Florida Wildlife Corridor are not only important for regional movements of Florida species like bears and panthers but also transcontinental migrations. To learn more about swallow-tailed kites, check out the Avian Research and Conservation Institute, where a dedicated team of scientists has been discovering the amazing journey of the kite using miniature GPS satellite backpacks. And look to the skies this summer for the signature forked tail of the graceful fliers—and imagine where they might go. #migration #everglades @pathofthepanther @arcinst @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild
Photo by @chien_chi_chang Chinatown, New York, 1998. For the illegal immigrants from Fuzhou, China, their little leisure time is spent in crowded dormlike apartments, where they eat, sleep, and dream of prosperity—and of home. Because of their illegal status, they haven’t been able to go home, even for a visit. Pictures and videotapes of graduations, weddings, and funerals are sent to New York City to lessen the emotional distance, but the physical distance cannot be bridged. A marriage, a child's growth, a death—the rites and markers of family and tradition are all fragments. #MagnumPhotos
Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto Airplane debris is crushed for recycling in Roswell, New Mexico. An excavator tears apart the fuselage and the interior trim of an MD-80 airliner with brute force. This shredding is the last phase of recycling after a plane has been decommissioned. About 20 percent of an airliner can be reconditioned to be put back into the market; after the most valuable parts are extracted, the dismantled planes become recycled aluminum, ending up in everyday objects like soda cans. I visited this massive facility for my latest story for the magazine, called "The End of Trash." which featured some of the most promising examples of how waste can be a valuable resource. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the solutions that could create a more sustainable world. #aircraft #waste #environment #usa #lucalocatelliphoto Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story. Caption updated: a previous version identified this as a bulldozer.
Photo by @katieorlinsky The camouflage of stripes and spots on the fur of a baby tapir disappear after adolescence. Tapirs are South America’s largest land mammal, similar in shape to a giant pig—they can weigh from 300-700 lbs (135-315 kg ). They are known as “gardeners of the forest” for spreading fruit seeds through their feces and promoting biodiversity and healthy plant growth. However, agricultural development, deforestation, poaching, and roadkill accidents are threatening to completely wipe out this endangered herbivore species. I met this little guy with the beautiful fur at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Campo Grande, Brazil.
Photo by @moisessaman A deserted stretch of Jordan's ancient Kings Highway during lockdown. The highway is first mentioned in the Old Testament as the route that Moses wished to follow as he led his people north through the land of Edom, now southern Jordan. I am not a very religious person, but it seems appropriate to reference the biblical quality of the scope of this pandemic. Not unlike the plagues described in the Old Testament, the coronavirus has decimated everything in its path, reminding us how small and fragile we are, and what an end of civilization might look like. Inspired by these parallels, I visited some of the ancient biblical sites in Jordan, searching for allegories that could help make sense of the anxious times we are all living through.