Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
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 Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, and unpublished and archive material.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
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | There are over 3,000 different types of dates, most of which grow in Saudi Arabia. Dates are routinely mentioned in the Quran—it is believed they were sent as a heavenly gift to Maryam, mother of Jesus, to ease her labor pains. As a sign of generosity, many on the Arabian Peninsula offer dates to their guests. They are rich in nutrients, a great source of energy, and used to break fast during Ramadan. #dates #buraydah #saudiarabia
See what it takes to get the quintessential National Geographic shot. The infamous gold shoes wearing Aaron Huey ( @argonautphoto ) breaks down his favorite and most iconic assignments. From his up close and personal time on reservations to climbing thousands of feet into the clouds, his work will surely leave you short of breath. Check out https://bit.ly/2lHMSEp for the full video.
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | A sperm whale soars skyward off the coast of the Dominica. I had never seen a sperm whale breach like this before. Compared to orcas or humpback whales, sperm whales aren't as well known for this kind of aerobatic display, but here you can see that they are capable of great agility. They are the largest toothed predators in the world with the largest brains, and their skeletons are designed to handle the immense pressure of their deep ocean dives. A flexible cartilage connects the spine to the ribs, which means the rib cage collapses under heavy pressure instead of snapping. These whales were historically hunted for their oil and spermaceti, a mixture of fat and waxes found in their heads. Spermaceti was used to make candles and cosmetics, among other things. The outlaw of most whaling worldwide has granted these whales some protection, but they are still considered vulnerable and endangered, and there is more that we can do for them. Follow me @PaulNicklen to learn more about the role the sperm whale plays in its ocean environment, as well as how you can make a difference to their survival with @SeaLegacy and me. #ExtinctionEndsHere #Whale #Biology #Funfacts
Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Students picnic in downtown Kiev on the last day of school, known as the last bell. While the last bell has its origins in the Soviet Union, the students of Ukraine are looking to the future and to the West, exchanging Soviet-style uniforms for regular clothes or traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts. While photographing the event and observing many teenagers talking on cell phones and eating Big Macs, I focused on modernity, not nostalgia. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | The Pantanal swamplands of Brazil are one of the most colorful, vibrant, and exciting ecosystems on the planet. Home to jaguars, macaws, and caimans, it is also where the fabled South American cowboys, or pantaneiros, have lived for generations. The cattle herds that roam the Pantanal are well adapted to the seasonally flooded landscape, and the marriage between wildlife and people is a beautiful thing to behold. Follow me @mitty for more images and stories from Brazil, one of my favorite places in the world. #Brazil #SouthAmerica #cowboys #horses #tradition
Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | In Hatay, Turkey, I watch the light shift as men across rooftops whistle to their pigeons. "I know every one of my pigeons," a pigeon trainer tells me as the birds fly back to him. It's moments like this that make me feel very still... Then the rush takes over again, the light goes, and I feel all right. #Turkey #Hatay #Pigeons
Photo by Erika Larsen @erikalarsen888 | Alex Morgan photographed in Hermosa Beach, California, December 17, 2018. Alex Morgan is a soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, National Geographic is highlighting what it means to be female. As part of that coverage we photographed luminaries from around the world. This October, Nat Geo is celebrating women around the world who fearlessly push boundaries. Kicking off with a groundbreaking new book, Nat Geo will showcase an incredible group of history-making and boundary-breaking women. Head to the link in our bio to get the book. #NatGeoWomenofImpact
Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Twin sisters Gina and Lisa Sobinovsky, from West Virginia, present their research about the connection of fur color in cats to cancer at the 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair, a prestigious event attracting students from around the world. Though young women have been a minority in STEM fields in the past, this year’s fair was evenly split by gender—a jump from just 35 percent female in 1960. This story on girls in science was shot for National Geographic’s November issue. For more images follow me @dina_litovsky
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | Dassen Island, off South Africa’s west coast, was one of the few places in the world where penguins and rabbits interacted on a daily basis. Both species nested and bred in burrows dug into the sandy island soil. I made this photograph in the early 2000s, and this scene no longer exists today. African penguin numbers declined dramatically, due to a lack of their preferred fish prey, caused by overfishing and changes in oceanography. For more photographs of rabbit and penguin antics follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Tsiring Wangmo starts her day with the morning milking in Tsarang, Nepal. Her family is one of the few in this remote village who depend upon herding livestock for a living. #Onassignment in Mustang, we are examining how traditional ways of living are adjusting to the intrusion of modernity. Roads, connectivity, migration, climate change, and tourism all place new pressures upon ancient cultures while also offering new opportunities. In one generation, life here may be unrecognizable to Tsiring and her peers. 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 William Daniels @williamodaniels | Seeking out the unvaccinated in Karachi, Pakistan, a health worker finds a boy who lacks the mark on his finger that would indicate he’s previously been inoculated against polio. The oral vaccine has to be dispensed quickly, before the train on which he's riding pulls out. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.
It. Is. Time. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Mandalorian, check out basically everything coming to #DisneyPlus in the U.S. on November 12. Pre-order in the U.S. at http://DisneyPlus.com today
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A large male polar bear yawns during a snooze on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, in Manitoba, Canada. Aside from his blueish purple tongue, his mouth contains another interesting feature: the position of his teeth. Behind a polar bear's huge canines, there’s a gap where the teeth don’t erupt out the gum. This gap allows the canines to sink deeper into their seal prey, offering a greater grip to catch and pull seals of the water. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #wild_life #wildlife #animals #ice #snow #bear #teeth #polar bear
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A quiet moment for a Moroccan cameleer in the sands of the Sahara, near the village of Merzouga. The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, and Merzouga is the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a great expense of sand dunes. #follow me @irablockphoto for more photos from our planet. #desert #sand #saharadesert #camels #irablock
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | My cousin Odette takes Flamingo Bob out for a swim or a stroll on the beach almost every week. She loves seeing Bob in his natural environment, but realizes that he would never be able to survive out there. She rescued him almost three years ago after he flew against a hotel window on Curaçao, and during the rehabilitation process she found that he suffered from a chronic foot condition and couldn't go back to the wild. However, the idea that the bird is playing an important role in flamingo conservation in the Caribbean comforts her, and in the meantime they enjoy their weekly time off. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob. #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #curacao
Photo by Diana Markosian @markosian | A group of dancers in Grozny, Chechnya, wait to perform in the central square. After nearly two decades of war and 70 years of Soviet rule during which religious participation was banned, modern-day Chechnya is going through an Islamic revival. I traveled to Chechnya over the course of two years and watched as the republic transformed, with Chechen authorities building mosques in every village, prayer rooms in public schools, and enforcing a stricter Islamic dress code for both men and women. #chechnya
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Putnam County, Georgia. Rock Eagle is one of the few Native American effigy mounds in the United States east of the Ohio River. The scale of this artwork is immense. The bird image is made from quartzite rocks, hauled to the site. It is 120 feet wingtip to wingtip—about the size of a 737 jet airliner. Shockingly little is known about the artwork itself. Few cultural remains were found during archaeological digs, but it's estimated that the mound is at least 2,000 years old. This image is part of a project for my nonprofit @ancientartarchive that preserves and shares humanity's oldest stories. #rockeagle #effigymound
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. A Kaatedocus siberi stands among an eclectic mix of wares at Theatrum Mundi, a private gallery in Arezzo, Italy. #dinosaur #fossil #extinct #dinosaurs
Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Students in Kiev celebrate the last day of school by jumping into the city’s numerous fountains. The "last bell" ceremony dates to the Soviet Union era and is still observed in many post-Soviet cities. The festivities begin just after classes finish but before the final exams. For a couple of days, Kiev turns into a playground for students celebrating the beginning of summer. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A pair of Atlantic bluefin tuna, each weighing perhaps 1,000 pounds, swim in the chilly waters of Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bluefin possess incredible biology. They continue to grow their entire lives, swim faster than torpedoes, crisscross the ocean each year, and generate heat in their bodies, allowing them to swim into cold waters to feed. Revered for centuries, their stocks have now dwindled. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more wildlife in the sea and to read the stories behind the photos. #bluefintuna #tuna
Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | The last time Marina Korneeva heard about her home, it was being used by the army as an improvised morgue. Corpses were stored inside without refrigeration. Marina, 37, works as a pharmacist. She has a husband and a ten-year-old son. Shortly before the war, they built a beautiful family house in Marinka, a suburb of the regional capital Donetsk. When Donetsk was taken over by separatist forces, Marina’s neighborhood became the front line. It’s been five years since then, and the family still has no access to the house, even just to take a look. Soldiers at the checkpoint in the middle of their street will not let them through. Condolences aside, this situation leaves Marina with no chance of compensation. The Ukrainian state and international humanitarian organizations operating in the area both rely on the same procedure: a destroyed housing site first must be inspected by a special commission. No access to the site, no aid. Ironically, this approach excludes precisely those who suffered most by losing any chance to return home. In the government-controlled part of the Donetsk region alone, over a thousand apartment buildings and 12,000 private houses were damaged or destroyed during the war. Half of them remain unrepaired, and their inhabitants are at best displaced like Marina, at worst, homeless. Words by Alisa Sopova, from the series #5Kfromthefrontline, an ongoing project about the everyday consequences of the war in eastern Ukraine.
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | An 11-foot king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, finishes his meal: a large Indian rat snake. And, yes, he ate it like spaghetti! The scientific name for the king cobra is Ophiophagus hannah. Ophiophagus means snake eater in Greek, which is appropriate because king cobras predominately eat other snakes, even venomous species. And while king cobras may indeed look like cobras with their distinct hoods, they are actually not in the cobra genus, Naja. At the moment I'd have to say this snake is the most impressive I've seen in the year I've been photographing snakes with Paul Rosolie. To see more from my time with this king cobra, I'm @tbfrost
Photo by @jimrichardsonng // Sponsored by @IndigoAg // Piloting her 16-row combine with GPS-guided precision, farmer Annie Dee brought in her 2019 corn harvest when I visited her Alabama farm last month. Mankind’s autumn harvest rituals have become huge technological spectacles as we struggle to feed our burgeoning world population. Just as important—but harder to see—is what Annie is doing with her soil: She’s using no-till agriculture. By reducing tillage (not plowing and leaving crop residue in place ), she can actually help in capturing carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the soil. For a long time, world agriculture has been depleting soil carbon and releasing it into the atmosphere. Reversing that trend, especially on large-scale farms like Annie’s, could be a big win all around. // @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 Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | A friend told me she can't grasp which part of the animal she's looking at in a picture like this. Sometimes I take for granted the things I know—and I fail to explain them to those that might be seeing an animal for the first time! What we see here are four humpback whales feeding together. Their mouths are open and their throat pleats distended to accommodate the large volume of water they must displace in order to filter fish and krill through their baleen. It is an incredible spectacle to watch when these large animals emerge from the water with such force. I can only imagine what goes on underwater, but it must be amazing. Humpback whales were almost completely wiped out by whaling. They made a fabulous comeback when they received protection by mechanisms such as the Endangered Species Act, a crucial piece of legislation that has recently become endangered itself. Follow me @mitty and @SeaLegacy if you want to make a difference in the life of endangered species. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #Expedition #ESA
Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | The Amazon rainforest has been subject to extreme fires in recent weeks. Slash-and-burn is often used to clear the land for farming or ranching—nearly all fires can be attributed either to humans or exceptionally dry land, caused by climate change. This creates a vicious cycle, as burning trees means losing the most effective way to capture carbon from the atmosphere while emitting an enormous amount of CO2. This picture, in the heart of the Amazon, is for me a reminder of how we should join forces and find solutions to survive on our planet sustainably. The Amazon rainforest is a place that most inspired me at the beginning of my career; today I think it should inspire everyone to take a step in the right direction, toward taking care of our fragile environment. To discover more stories about our environment and the innovative solutions we are putting into work to save it, please follow me at @lucalocatelliphoto #lucalocatelliphoto #forest #fire #climatechange #environment
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | Biologist Debbie Tobin holds the paw of a sea otter taking its last breath on the shores of Homer, Alaska. You could be a wildlife photographer for twenty years and never be prepared for what it's like to walk up to a dying sea otter, wheezing its last breaths. Beginning in 2013, a body of warm water, nicknamed "the blob," formed in the Gulf of Alaska. It morphed and it grew and it stretched all the way to Mexico, until it covered 3.5 million square miles, feeding toxic algae blooms that devastated marine life on the North Pacific coast for years. In 2015, some 300 sea otters were found dead or dying on beaches in Homer, Alaska. I will never forget the sounds they made. Warming water temperatures worldwide are a symptom of the climate crisis—the blob was like a fever. The American government recently announced that it intends to change the Endangered Species Act, making it easier to remove endangered species, like the sea otter, from the list. It also pits the value of protecting species up against the cost of losing revenue from industry. Research tells us that extreme events like the blob will become more common; if we continue to put industry and profit first, things will only get worse. To see a video of the tragic moment when a sea otter takes its last breaths, follow me @PaulNicklen #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #ClimateChangeIsReal #ActNow
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Today is the International Day of the Girl Child, which aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Girls prepare to return home after washing dishes on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, in Tanzania. Until just recently, girls spent six hours or more each day walking back and forth to school (an eight-mile trip each way ) in pursuit of an education and a better life. But not anymore: Thanks to a new girls' dormitory built as part of the Tuungane Project, a joint partnership between @nature_org and @pathfinderint , children like this girl have a safe space to sleep and an opportunity to succeed. They can devote those six hours to studies; the school provides two meals a day, and they have access to lamplight so they can study as much and as long as they need to. Learn more including how to get involved by following @amivitale @nature_org and @nature_africa @thephotosociety #girls #DayoftheGirl #letgirlslearn #tanzania