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 | On today‘s battlefields, more women than ever are in the fight. Females are taking more active roles in militaries, serving on the front lines of armed conflicts and as peacekeepers in the world‘s hot spots. Marines have to be able to carry one another if necessary. Pictured above, USMC Cpl. Gabrielle Green hefts a fellow marine as they ready for deployment on a Navy ship at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Of the 38,000 recruits who enter the corps each year, about 3,500 are women—or, in USMC phrasing, “female marines.” This story is featured in the November special issue of @natgeo magazine, “Women: A Century of Change.” Nat Geo is celebrating women who fearlessly push boundaries and inspire the next generation of changemakers. Tune in October 22nd to catch our editor in chief, Susan Goldberg, on @goodmorningamerica
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Two peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their cliff nest, along the Colville River in Alaska. This bird is one of the most widely distributed species in the world, found on every continent except Antarctica. Historically, the use of DDT as a pesticide resulted in a rapid decline in their population, but since the ban on DDT use in the U.S. took hold in the 1970s, peregrine populations have recovered significantly. To learn how you can help protect this species in the wild, follow me @joelsartore #falcon #peregrinefalcon #raptor #chicks #PhotoArk
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A cameleer leads his charges through Erg Chebbi, a complex of dunes formed by wind-blown sand in eastern Morocco, near the Algerian border. The dunes are located close to the town of Merzouga, a jumping-off point for tourists who overnight in the desert in luxury tent camps. #followme @irablockphoto for more images of the world. #camels #desert #ergchebbi #tourism
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | Ha'a Keaulana, daughter of Brian Keaulana and the granddaughter of legendary Buffalo Keaulana, runs across the sea floor with a 50-pound boulder cradled in her arms. Strength radiates off her as she trains to surf, the muscles in her legs straining against the drag of the water while she pushes through the sand. Her father taught her and many others to prepare for a four-wave "hold down"—in case they wipe out in big surf. At 13-second intervals between waves, that could mean being held underwater for one minute, as the heavy waves roll and roar above you. It's one thing to hold your breath in a swimming pool for a minute; it is something completely different to swim down 30 feet, pick up a huge rock, and then run as hard as you can underwater. Thanks to her lineage, community, and training, Ha’a is a true water woman from #Makaha. Follow me @PaulNicklen to see more images of life on the coast of Hawai'i, including images of Ha'a towing four large men underwater, while STILL carrying a 50-pound rock. #Surfing #Storytelling #Memories #Friends
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | White storks have always been intertwined with humans. Who doesn’t know the mythical stories about these large birds bringing babies to new parents? In Ancient Egypt, the stork was associated with the soul. Greek and Roman mythology portrays storks as models of parental devotion. In Chinese wisdom, the stork is a symbol of longevity. In Christianity, the stork is linked with purification, and followers of Islam revered storks because they made an annual "pilgrimage" through Mecca on their migration. However, since the mid-1980s, increasing numbers of white storks have chosen to stay on the European continent all year, rather than migrate to Africa in winter. The reason: the guaranteed, abundant food supply from landfill sites, like this one in Portugal. While it is clear that the stork population has benefited from the large quantities of food, you don’t have to be a scientist to see something is wrong. Confronting the enormous amount of waste we produce on a daily basis is truly horrifying. Walking through fields of empty bottles, plastic bags, food leftovers, and toys brings me to tears. I'm embarrassed to be part of our consumer society. We have to turn the tide. This story is not about storks—it is about us. It's time to make a decision: #planetorplastic? Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the human-wildlife relationship. #bethechange #notimetowaste #zerowaste #plasticfree
Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Students at Kiev’s School 232 wait in anticipation of the last bell ceremony. It traces its origins to the Soviet Union era and is still observed in many post-Soviet cities. For many teenagers, this is the beginning of a new phase in their lives—a summer where choices about the future have to be made. But for the day, Kiev turns into a playground for students celebrating the last day of school. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A man tends to his horse as he and others wait for customers to rent a ride on a horse-drawn carriage by the sea in the Greek island of Spetses. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Spetses
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Every autumn Hindu families across Nepal worship the fearsome goddess Durga during the Dashain festival. Durga demands a blood sacrifice, and on the main festival day an uncountable number of goats are exchanged for prosperity, safety, and a good meal. Buddhists celebrate their own festival on this same day, lighting butter lamps and saying prayers so that the animals may have safe passage through the afterlife and a more fortuitous rebirth. We are #onassignment in the Mustang region, looking at how traditional practices are adapting to modern-day pressures. Roads, Buddhism, monarchies, climate change, and goat herding are all connected. Text by Ben Ayers @jetbutterflies #followme @coryrichards @jetbutterflies and our expedition team Kyle Daly, Above The Clouds, and Abiral Rai for more real-time images from #nepal
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Happy International Sloth Day! The world's slowest mammal? The three- toed sloth! I was in Cuyabeno National Park, in Ecuador, looking for anacondas with the nonprofit @tropicalherping when we stumbled upon this individual. And I have to say, for an animal that barely moves when you're observing it, it truly moved me to finally see one after years of traveling to the Amazon. To see more photos of animals from the Amazon, including an anaconda, head over to @tbfrost #InternationalSlothDay
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Attendees from 42 countries and more than 10,000 racing camels flew in to the city of Taif for the second annual Crown Prince Camel Festival. As a rookie, I wasn't aware of the amount of work and emotional investment in breeding a winning camel. For more on the camel racing industry, follow @tasneemalsultan #taif #camelrace #saudiarabia
Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Wall climbing on a 4,000-foot fang of granite in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, with Conrad Anker. Ambient temperatures in the sun hovered around -20°F. After over a week of climbing, we finished a new route on the mountain. If you look below, you can see our high camp perched on the ridge. I’ve faced some of my heaviest mind riots on big walls...many of them with Conrad. But walls also represent some of the best shared experiences I’ve ever had. Lucky to do what I do and to do it with friends like Conrad. For more images from mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Tatiana Batskalyova cares for her 90-year-old mother-in-law, Lira. Prior to the war, both women used to live in a family house in the suburban village of Opytne, between Donetsk and Avdeevka, in eastern Ukraine. They had to flee when their street became a front line—a powerful explosion buried Lira alive under the wreckage. Altogether the house got three direct artillery hits. Now they live in Tatiana’s daughter’s apartment in Avdeevka. This apartment was also damaged by shelling and repaired by the women on their own. “My daughter has a real talent! She has fixed it so nicely you could never tell there was a huge hole in this wall,” she proudly tells us. Her husband, Aleksander, chose to rebel against the war’s indignity in his own way: like many people in eastern Ukraine, he refuses to leave his demolished house. He continues living in the basement–the only surviving part–and cultivates the garden. Every day he takes a bike ride through the minefield that separates Opytnoe from Avdeevka to visit his wife. Tatiana prepares him a meal to take back, as he has no kitchen left in the ruins. Tatiana lost a court hearing over compensation for her house. She felt humiliated by the attitude of the hearing members: “They would ask me questions like, why do I think that my house was shelled? Then they turned to a witness and began interrogating her about what brand of refrigerator I had and how many burners there were on the gas stove. They were talking to us like they assumed we were lying and it was their job to catch us out.” Ukraine’s official position is that Russia is to blame for the war, and so all claims should be addressed across the border. Words by Alisa Sopova, from the series #5Kfromthefrontline, an ongoing project about the everyday consequences of the war in eastern Ukraine.
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Male polar bears can weigh more than 700 kilograms, or 1,600 pounds—a potential problem when hunting seals on thin ice. Their solution: massive paws. Their paws can be 12 inches wide, allowing them to spread their weight. Their rough foot pads and short, sharp claws also give them extra traction. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #wild_life #wildlife #animals #ice #snow #bear #teeth #polar bear
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Sugarloaf Mountain stands near the top of the Snowy Range, in southeastern Wyoming. Fall is sweeping across the Rockies, and soon lakes that seemingly just thawed will freeze again with the onset of winter. To see more from across the West, follow along with photographer @drewtrush
Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | A young man fishes off the coastline of a fishing village in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. I worked with Nat Geo explorer Nicola Sebastian ( @nicolaseabass ), who studies marine biodiversity. She writes: In the Philippine archipelago, life is deeply interdependent: the survival of all is inextricably intertwined, not just with the sea but also with the deepening climate change crisis. Philippine fisherfolk live with the devastating paradox at the heart of the Anthropocene—the communities who are least responsible for causing the worsening climate crisis are also among the most vulnerable. #Followme @Hannahreyesmorales for more stories from the Philippines, and beyond.
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | With the end of summer, darker nights return to the Arctic latitudes. Here the Big Dipper stands high in the Iceland sky. The unusual light is known as a pulsating aurora. Although it’s faster in this time-lapse video, even in real time they shift and brighten in patches every second, rather than the typical arcs and streaks. Auroras are caused by energetic electrons speeding down into Earth’s atmosphere and colliding with the thin air on the boundary of space and our atmosphere. Down on Earth is the iconic Skógafoss waterfall. Explore more of the World at Night photography with @babaktafreshi The soundtrack is "Red North" by Ali Raini, Tonelabs. #saveournightsky #astrophotography #aurora #spaceweather
Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and Juri De Luca | Fossils of long-extinct creatures aren’t just for museums. Today there’re in homes and businesses, as wealthy collectors indulge a controversial hobby. Like a prehistoric nod to the sea outside, a 17-foot-long mosasaur floats above Joan and Henry Kriegstein in their home in Massachusetts. The marine reptile is one of several fossils that Henry Kriegstein has collected over the past 30 years. An ophthalmologist, he tracks his love of extinct beasts to childhood. Kriegstein grew up in Manhattan, and the American Museum of Natural History was his favorite local spot. “I was amazed by these dinosaur skeletons in the middle of New York,” he says. Every summer he digs in the Dakotas, Wyoming, or Montana, often with his oldest daughter, Adie, who found the mosasaur. To him, fossils represent a key to our biological past. Being in their presence, he says, awakens “a very spiritual feeling of connection with the history of life." #fossil #extinct #dinosaurs
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Clouds hover above Lake Wakatipu after a heavy downpour. The glacial lake is surrounded by the aptly named Remarkables mountain range. #wakatipu #southisland #remarkables #newzealand
Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | Boats gather along the Meghna River in Chandpur, Bangladesh, one of the three major tributaries of the Ganges Delta. I made this photograph during National Geographic's female-led Sea to Source expedition, in which researchers traveled from the Bay of Bengal up to the Himalaya, in order to better understand how plastic moves through waterways and eventually into our oceans. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto #expeditionplastic #Bangladesh #oceanplastic
Photo by @jimrichardsonng // Sponsored by @IndigoAg // Rich Iowa farmland stretched to the horizon as I looked out from high atop farmer Ben Riensche’s grain bins. Thunderstorms were drenching farms over in the next county, but here it was all late afternoon sunshine and lush crops. Ben’s ancestors came to this part of Iowa around Jesup for its rich soil, a gift handed down by ancient glaciers and millennia of prairie growth that built up fertile topsoil several feet deep. Much carbon from that soil has been lost in 150 years of farming. Ben uses no-till farming and cover crops to rebuild the soil, which help capture carbon from the atmosphere and put it back in the ground where it can sustain crops. // @IndigoAg is unlocking agriculture’s potential to help reverse climate change. That’s the vision behind the Terraton Initiative, a global movement with the goal of using regenerative farming practices to take one trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Follow @Terraton to see the progress.
Photo by William Daniels @williamodaniels | Train for the Forgotten: A view of the taiga, photographed from the Matvei Mudrov hospital train on the BAM railway (Baikal-Amur Mainline ), in eastern Russia. The mobile hospital offers basic care and specialized services such as x-rays, ultrasound, and ophthalmology. The train crosses extremely isolated parts of Russia, and many communities rely entirely on it for services. Please follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A diver explores a forest of whip coral in the temperate waters of Japan’s Suruga Bay, off the Izu Peninsula. The combination of multiple rivers flowing into the bay and deep submarine canyons creates a perfect environment for a fascinating range of animals. Exploring this deep-sea forest was at times spooky, but also like swimming through the pages of a storybook, with fascinating scenes and characters at every turn. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more wildlife in the sea and to read the stories behind the photos. #japan #spooky #exploration
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The first leg of the 2019 Greenland Caves Project expedition retraced our 2015 route. Camp 1 was set up beneath the caved-riddled cliffs that would be the focus of the work over the next three days. While polar bears are not common in this area, we still took the necessary precautions: The cooking tent was downwind from the sleeping tents by some distance, and we rigged an alarmed trip-wire fence around the sleeping quarters (seen here ).
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Here, Fatu and Najin, daughter and mother—and the last two northern white rhinos on the planet—drink water in the days before the first ever egg extraction was attempted on them, by an international consortium of scientists and conservationists from @olpejeta @kenyawildlifeservice @leibnizizw #Avantea and @safariparkdvurkralove The historic undertaking was a bold attempt to bring this species back from certain extinction. It was a success, with a total of ten eggs were extracted from the two (five each ). Those eggs were matured and fertilized with sperm frozen from deceased northern white rhino males. Two embryos resulted and they are now stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate mother in the near future. While much is still to be done, a pivotal turning point has been reached and my heart is full of cautious hope for this gentle, otherworldly species. @bmbf bund @biorescue_project @leibnizgemeinschaft #NorthernWhiteRhinos #StopExtinction #Rhinos #conservation #kenya
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | A tantric mask rests on an ancient coat of armor in an unnamed ruin near the Tibetan border in Nepal. In Tibetan Buddhism, weapons of war and grotesque figures are used to scare away bad energy and ignorance. In the isolated Mustang region of Nepal, Buddhist culture is adapting to a number of unexpected changes. The opening of the region to tourism in 1992 sparked an era of prosperity that inspired the revitalization of many ancient monasteries and breathed new life into a shrinking monastic population. Meanwhile, ancient artifacts and valuable religious icons started to go missing and appeared in international collections. Our team is #onassignment to examine how this breathtakingly beautiful region is adapting to rapid change and how locals are taking action to preserve their valuable culture. Text by Ben Ayers @jetbutterflies #followme @coryrichards , @jetbutterflies , and our expedition team Kyle Daly, Above The Clouds, and Abiral Rai for more real-time images from #nepal.
Photo by @jimrichardsonng // Sponsored by @IndigoAg // Dawn came hot and humid as farmer Adam Chappell checked on his cotton crop when I visited his Arkansas farm last month. What was interesting was what Adam was doing for the soil beneath his feet—and by extension for the atmosphere. Adam plants cover crops (you can see their residue between the cotton rows ) that do a host of good things like fixing nitrogen, building root structure, reducing soil erosion, and building soil carbon by taking carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the soil. Adam uses no-till farming—he doesn’t plow, for example—and rotates crops, all of which is good for soil building. Agriculture is a big player in the environment. If done on a global scale, good farming practices can be a powerful tool in fighting climate change. // @IndigoAg is unlocking agriculture’s potential to help reverse climate change. That’s the vision behind the Terraton Initiative, a global movement with the goal of using regenerative farming practices to take one trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Follow @Terraton to see the progress.
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A black-footed ferret makes a rare stop in front of the camera during a photo shoot @thetorontozoo This species came to the brink of extinction in the mid-1980s, when only 18 animals remained. Today captive breeding and reintroduction projects are helping the ferret population to recover—recent counts suggest there are approximately 300 individuals in the wild. To learn more about this adorable species, follow me @joelsartore #blackfootedferret #ferret #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk
Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died in 2012, is considered a key figure in the development of modern architecture. He was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. Photographed here is the spiral staircase in the lobby of the Itamaraty Palace of the Foreign Ministry, Brasília, Brazil. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, and unpublished and archive material. #OscarNiemeyer #Brasil #Brazil #Brasilia #architecture
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Face-to-face with a king cobra, removed from a living room in a house in southern India. Snake rescuer Joy Mascarenhas safely rescued this snake and later released it into a designated forested area. Mascarenhas told me he had now rescued over 150 king cobras. While snakes being removed and rescued is certainly better than them being killed, recent studies suggest many species of snake die if they are moved too far from where they were originally living—and this is especially true with a species as large and intelligent as the king cobra. Dedicated snake lovers and researchers across India are already beginning to address this concern by convincing locals to let the snake remain in the general vicinity. Whether you like snakes or are scared but fascinated by them, head over to @tbfrost
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | Resting the heavy weight of his trunk on a tusk. Tusks are such useful things—if you happen to be an elephant! Unfortunately for elephants, people have developed a penchant for these teeth and it has led to the killing of up to 30,000 elephants a year. Make no mistake, ivory is a symbol of death—not only of the elephants that have been killed but also of the many rangers who have died protecting these highly intelligent and social animals from poachers in the illegal pursuit of this commodity. #thisismytrophy #saynotoivory #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo