Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A glaucous-winged gull takes a flight break on the icy bow of a Bering Sea crabbing vessel that's en route to the opilio (snow crab ) fishing grounds near St. Paul Island, Alaska. During my years working as a crab fisherman, we were never alone at sea. No matter how stormy the weather and how far from land, seabirds were always following us, or using the bow of the boat as a rest stop and cleaning platform. This gull is finding his sea legs during the calm before a storm. #alaska #commercialfishing #birdsofinstagram #fishwork #seagull
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | When you visit the Virunga Volcanoes National Park, you often have to hike for miles up the steep, slippery slopes of the mountain in hopes of finding a family of mountain gorillas. Our first day was a disaster, as we hiked for hours, only to find the gorillas hiding deep in the bush. Not one to be discouraged, I was pleased on our last day when our guide signaled us to be quiet because he spotted a group of these beautiful animals resting ahead. I loved watching this young gorilla peek at me as it laid on the forest floor. They say the eyes are the windows into our soul, and I truly believe that! All four subspecies of gorillas in the world are either endangered or critically endangered. We can all make a difference to the future of gorillas like this one by supporting organizations that protect them. Follow me @Mitty to learn more about the influence and impact of conservation communication, and my journey to becoming a @NatGeo photographer. With @PaulNicklen #Conservation #Gorilla #Rwanda #WildlifePhotographer
Photo by @williamodaniels | Central African Republic, 2014. A woman cooks for a patient in the kitchen of the hospital in Bambari, one of the towns most affected by the civil war that began in 2013. The country has been vulnerable ever since gaining independence from France in 1960, and ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories.
Photo by @estherhorvath | There's no TV, no radio, no cell or internet connection at Greenland's Station Nord. Six Danish soldiers are stationed here for a two-year posting, and between September and March they are completely alone. Then the first scientists arrive to conduct climate research, and the soldiers are happy to see other human beings again. The station is essentially disconnected from the outside world, which forges a strong bond between the people who live and work there together. Here scientists and soldiers stop for a lunch break in minus 38°C (-36°F ) during their fieldwork on the Arctic Ocean. For more, see "Eyes on the Ice," published in the September 2019 issue.
Photo by @carltonward | Illuminated by the brake lights on his horse trailer, Seminole cowboy Josh Jumper prepares for a day’s work at the Big Cypress Reservation during the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s annual cattle sale roundup, in July. I am thankful to all of my Seminole friends who have shared some of their Everglades world with me. Members of the tribe who are ranchers are continuing centuries of heritage that began in the 1500s, when the Spanish first brought cattle and horses to the New World via Florida. Today the Seminole Tribe of Florida is one of the top ten producers of beef cattle in the United States, and their rangelands provide critical habitat for the Florida panther and other endangered wildlife. @pathofthepanther #heritage #nativepride #cowboy #floridawild #keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @seminoletribune @flcattlemen @freshfromflorida
Photo by @thomaspeschak | Swimming in tandem, shark and surfer are portrayed in harmonious coexistence. Aliwal Shoal, near Durban in South Africa, is a popular dive site where visitors can swim with sharks in close quarters. The surfer is actually testing a prototype surfboard with a built‑in electronic shark deterrent. Here the deterrent is switched off, allowing the curious blacktip shark to check out the surfer. But when it was switched on, the shark immediately moved away, its sensitive electromagnetic organs having been overstimulated. Even without the use of experimental deterrents, the risk of shark bites is already incredibly low; in 2018 worldwide there were just 66 unprovoked bites, of which four were fatal. For more shark photographs follow @thomaspeschak .
Photo by @amytoensing | Long solstice evenings provide plenty of trampoline time in the Werk family’s backyard in Hays, Montana. The Werks, members of the Aaniiih tribe, live and ranch along the edge of an ambitious conservation project in central Montana. The American Prairie Reserve (APR ), an independent, nonprofit organization, is working to create the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 by stitching together 3.5 million acres of private and public lands. APR’s goal is to remove all the cattle and replace them with 10,000 free-roaming bison, and allow this temperate grassland, one of the four left on our planet, to thrive and be forever protected. However, most ranching families that have worked this land for the last 125 years see this as a threat to their way of life. Many Native Americans, like the Werk family, whose ancestors lived on this land for tens of thousands of years before being forcibly pushed off, are wary of outsiders taking over but thankful to see the return of the bison. Says Toby Werk: “We know firsthand what it’s like to be taken off the land and destroyed.” In the February issue, the story “Prairie Divide” looks at this complex conservation project and how it’s impacting the land and the people who live there.
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | From the "Tiger Next Door" in the December 2019 issue: Backstage in Spokane at a VIP reception at an illusionist's show which features two tigers.
Photo by @stephenwilkes | While scouting locations in southern Iceland, I captured the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall drops 197 feet (60 meters ) and is part of the Seljalands River. I was so mesmerized by the waterfall that I almost didn’t notice a tourist who was photographing on the opposite side. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes . #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Iceland #waterfall #Seljalandsfoss
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | This complex rock art panel on the San Rafael Swell, in Utah, has engravings that span thousands of years—from the archaic era to modern times. The site sits on a conspicuous rock overlooking the junction of a major creek with its tributary. The images are incredible. There is also considerable evidence of vandalism, as someone tried to take some of the engravings off the rock wall with a chisel. One of the reasons I started the nonprofit @ancientartarchive is to digitally preserve and share sites like this. Follow me @salvarezphoto and the @ancientartarchive for more.
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | This banded krait was captured in D’ray Sap, Vietnam, by Vietnamese and international herpetologists searching for venomous scorpions, snakes, snails, frogs, and spiders in order to extract deadly toxins and use them to help discover pain medications and life- saving drugs. Collecting venom from around the world, biomedical scientists hope to identify new remedies because there are currently few good alternatives to opioids. Venom has already led to one notable success, when scientists derived a drug for chronic pain from another of the world’s deadliest animals: the cone snail. For more, see our story "A World of Pain" in the January 2020 issue.
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | We humans have long been fascinated by the search for our origins … the place where our story began. Scientists are far from being able to agree on where that place might be, but some have suggested that the cradle of humanity might lie in the middle of the dry savanna in northeastern Botswana: the Makgadikgadi Pans. This may be a disputed claim, but the Makgadikgadi does at least seem like a suitably enigmatic spot when we try to imagine our collective ancestral home. Today the world's largest salt flats are famously crisscrossed by travelers of the hoofed and striped kind, but rewind some 200,000 years, and in place of a salty desert you would find a flourishing wetland teeming with wildlife. It is certainly intriguing to think about our earliest ancestors setting off from this watery haven, their own migratory pathways peeling away to all corners of the globe. #Makgadikgadi #Origins #aerialpathways
Photos by @babaktafreshi | The show never ended on this late November night, as I watched thunderstorms in Guatemala. An average of 40-50 lightning flashes occur every second on the planet, a total of 1.4 billion a year. Most occur over land in the tropics. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the World at Night photography. #storm #weather #climate #tropics
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Dot-shaped barchan dunes migrate with the wind across the plains of Wadi Hazar, in the Yemeni part of the Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter ). Some stuff, like this unusual natural phenomenon, you don’t find in school books: “The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”—J. B. S. Haldane #paramotor To explore more of our Earth from above, follow @geosteinmetz .
Photo by @renan_ozturk | A simple slice of home life: our dog Baloo in his winter element. As I move into the next decade, I'm hoping to consume less, eat local, and travel less—even though our work as journalists often depends on the latter. It's a hard balance to strike, but sometimes just being home is enough—and I bet the planet appreciates that. Follow @renan_ozturk for more slices of life. #dog #husky
Photo by @adamjdean | A cleric shops in a bazaar near the university where Ayatollah Khomeini studied in Qom, Iran, December 2013. Qom is considered a holy city and a global center for Shia scholarship.
Photo by @dina_litovsky | This was taken on my first visit to Istanbul. Standing by the Galata Bridge, the gorgeous sunsets of the city took my breath away. Dubbed the City of Minarets, Istanbul is home to thousands of mosques, including the Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, pictured here, which this year celebrated its 356th birthday. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky .
Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A mama brown bear watches her cub feast on a wild sockeye salmon, found on the muddy tidal flats of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Aside from being a photographer, I spend my summers working as a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay. My crew and I live in a remote outpost at the mouth of the Kvichak River, and share our shoreline with dozens of large brown bears when the salmon are running. Lately Bristol Bay has seen much higher than normal returns of salmon; in 2019 over 56,300,000 sockeye returned to the rivers of Bristol Bay to spawn. Conservative science-based fisheries management for over 100 years has proven successful, as the Kvichak river continues to produce one of the largest returns of wild sockeye salmon on Earth, but today a proposed open-pit copper mine, known as Pebble Mine, threatens to transform part of these headwaters into a mining district. More from Bristol Bay can be found @arni_coraldo . #pebblemine #bristolbay #photooftheday #bear #salmon
Photo by @thomaspeschak | Rockhopper penguins live up to their name on subantarctic Marion Island. They navigate the treacherous lava rock that blankets the steep western coastline with surprising grace and ease. Follow @thomaspeschak for more penguin photographs from this remote ocean wilderness.
Photos by @ciriljazbec | These are sea ice reflections of hunters Uunartoq and Albert who are fishing for halibut in Greenland with local youths Ulla and Innunguaq. Uunartoq (first photo ) pulls up a line full of halibut through a hole in the ice. Fishing is their main source of income, and these fish will be sold for export. Daily life for these hunters and fishermen is changing due to climate change, unpredictable weather, higher temperatures, and the resulting thin ice. You can follow @ciriljazbec to see more photos from the Arctic. #Greenland #seaice #north #fishing
Photos by @joelsartore I As today’s fires spread across Australia, they threaten untold numbers of animals, from koalas and echidna to insects and amphibians. Even after the flames have been extinguished, thousands of animals, including already endangered species, will need long-term care and support, such as supplementary feeding and water stations, while habitat restoration efforts get underway. During my visits to Australia, I have had the opportunity to capture the diversity of its native wildlife through photography at a number of institutions providing care for these incredible creatures. Many of these facilities, like @australiazoo and @zoosvictoria , are working tirelessly to treat bushfire victims, ensuring that they can one day return to the wild. Follow me @joelsartore and click the link in my bio to learn how you can support these on-going, life saving efforts. #Australia #bushfires #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and the largest urban slum in Africa. Despite the fact that most Kibera residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than one dollar a day, there is still much hope in this remarkable community—roughly one million people sharing an area the size of New York’s Central Park.