Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by @sarahyltonphoto | In between giggles and laughter, girls at an Afghan refugee settlement pose for a portrait on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, after class. According to the UN, only 18 percent of Afghan refugee girls are enrolled in schools in Pakistan. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for this story. For more stories on women and girls, follow me @sarahyltonphoto . #girlseducation #Pakistan #refugees
Photo by @timlaman | What do orangutans do when it rains? This big male has bent a branch for a little shelter. Sometimes they go much further, as you can see in the umbrella-making video at @savegporangutans , the group my wife, Cheryl Knott, founded over 20 years ago, with support from the National Geographic Society, to protect wild orangutans in Borneo. If you are in the Toronto area, come see us at NatGeo Live Feb 23-25, and learn about the fascinating lives of orangutans and our adventures studying them in the rainforest of Borneo’s #GunungPalungNationalPark . This image was shot on assignment in 1994, and I’ve been going back ever since. #orangutans #borneo #Indonesia #savewildorangutans
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | With ghostly eyes from the dim shine of my flashlight, a grizzly bear watches me from the edge of Fishing Branch River, in the northern Yukon. The vast and pristine wilderness of Canada thrives because of the delicate relationships between some of its most integral resources—the salmon of its flowing rivers and the trees that make up its lush, emerald forests. Bears and other carnivores depend upon both salmon and trees, and without the nutrient exchange between these two resources, forests would dissipate and a wilderness-based tourism industry would fail. To ensure that the nexus between forest and salmon remains intact, we must manage our resources into the future. Follow me @Mitty for more stories from the West Coast of Canada, where I live and work with my team at @SeaLegacy in one of the most beautiful places in the world. #ExploreBC #CircleOfLife #Nature #ExtinctionEndsHere
Photo by @dina_litovsky | An Amish girl rides a hoverboard in Pinecraft, Florida. For the last two winters, I've been shooting in this small vacation community, jokingly dubbed Amish Las Vegas—Pinecraft is a unique place where Amish and Mennonites from around the United States come to enjoy the warm weather and recreational activities. The usual rules are a bit looser during this time, and a blind eye is often turned to the use of cell phones, cameras, and bicycles. Even Hoverboards are getting more and more popular in Pinecraft among children and young adults. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky .
Photo by @thomaspeschak | Long before I started work on my Galápagos story, I envisioned making a photograph that would juxtapose a marine iguana with a school of fish. Transforming the scene lodged in my mind into reality took many hours over many days and required following countless schools of fish. It was only toward the end of my stay at a remote spot that a marine iguana rose up from the seabed at the same time as a school of grunts swam through the frame. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo in collaboration with @parquegalapagos @charlesdarwinfoundation . For more photographs from the Galapagos follow @thomaspeschak .
Photos by @carltonward | You could say I've been chasing ghosts for the past few years. I set up base camp in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 to begin my Path of the Panther project with @insidenatgeo . I was developing camera trap systems to photograph the elusive endangered panthers in the South Florida swamps. The biologists living in the trailer next to mine were there in pursuit of a different kind of ghost—the rare and revered ghost orchid. They were using a simple game camera in an attempt to capture the first ever photos of a ghost orchid being pollinated. That's when my orchid distraction began. What started as an excuse to make weekly paddle trips into the Fakahatchee Strand soon grew into a three-year-long obsession to help solve one of the great mysteries of the Everglades—what pollinates the ghost orchid. I hung custom-made camera traps above the water and pointed infrared laser triggers just above delicate ghost orchid flowers. I fine-tuned the method and tried for two years but failed to capture any pollinators. I tried again for a third summer, and fellow Nat Geo explorers @macstonephoto and @peter_houlihan (second photo ) joined the quest. Peter had been studying ghost orchids in the Fakahatchee for six years, and Mac had first proposed the idea of camera trapping them a few years earlier. Mac's old-growth forest project gave him an excuse to hang a camera trap 50 feet (15 meters ) up in an ancient cypress tree at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, where a "super ghost" blooms throughout the summer. Please stay tuned over the next week to learn what we discovered together. #ChasingGhosts #everglades
Photos by @elias .williams | In 1860 enslaved Africans arrived in Mobile, Alabama, aboard Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in the United States—the result of an illegal bet, made 52 years after the international slave trade was abolished. After arrival, the ship was burned and sunk in a remote area of the Mobile River. In 1865 slavery was abolished, and Clotilda survivors had no way to return to Africa. They would go on to purchase land and found a tight-knit, self-reliant community named Africatown, where many of their descendants live today. For more than a century, the remains of the Clotilda have been a mystery. Last May, a team of underwater archaeologists announced that the ship was discovered. These are the descendants of Clotilda survivors Cudjo Lewis, Charlie Lewis, Pollee Allen, and Ossa Keeby, descendants who keep their heritage alive. Cousins Attevese Lumbers-Rosario and Ralphema Lumbers are descendants of Cudjo Lewis, one of Africatown’s most notable founders. He lived until 1935, and was one of the longest lived survivors. Ralphema Lumbers wears a T-shirt with a photo of Lewis, taken about 1927. Lorna Gail Woods is one of Africatown’s historians and the great-great-granddaughter of Charlie Lewis. The oldest of the Clotilda captives, he settled an area that became known as Lewis Quarters, where some of his 200-plus descendants still live. Vernetta Henson is the great-great granddaughter of Pollee Allen, who worked as a lumber stacker and in his productive garden to provide for his 15 children. Karliss Hinton is an Army veteran and descendant of Ossa Keeby. Keeby was likely a fisherman on the Kebbi River in northwestern Nigeria before he was captured. He and his wife, Annie, became successful farmers, raised nine children, and owned several plots of land.
Photos by @lucasfogliaphoto | Hotel guests enjoy a swim in the pool as rush-hour traffic backs up on the street below. The Parkroyal Collection on Pickering Street contains over 15,000 square meters (almost four acres ) of greenery, amounting to twice its land area. In Singapore, 100 percent of the population is urban. The Singapore Green Plan promotes conservation of the nation’s natural resources and the use of green technology, and nature is being reincorporated into the city.
Photo by @estherhorvath | Station Nord is a military and climate science post, and the northernmost base on Greenland. It's home to six Danish soldiers on a two-year tour—and two dogs. Besides being on polar bear lookout, the dogs provide comfort and company for the soldiers. The dogs are treated like family, and they occasionally may even get a "pedicure." Here soldier Kasper Kruse clips nails as Jasper Juul Hansen cradles the dog. This is an outtake from "Eyes on The Ice," published in the September issue. #Greenland #behindthescenes
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Whenever I meet people on my travels, I ask the same question: Can I see what’s in your medicine cabinet? Noorjaha Sagri, 56, her husband, Abbas Ali Sagri, 67, and (from left ) their children, Faisal, 24, Heena, 17, and Rafiq, 22, live in a one-room flat in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. At night they pull out mattresses and all sleep in one room. The parents do not work, but the children do sporadically and are the only source of income for the family. Abbas has suffered a stroke, so most of the medicines visible are for his use. #pills #pharma #bigpharma
Photo by @paulnicklen | My eighth assignment for National Geographic was a behavioral piece on one of the fastest fish to ever exist in our oceans: the sailfish. Written by Jennifer Holland, "In the Whirl: Sailfish" was published in the September 2008 edition. The biggest challenge was to shoot a full-length feature in only 11 days. When you're short on time in a demanding and competitive job, little voices of doubt sneak in and start to tell you that you're going to fail. At the time I wondered: how could I ever pull off a story in 11 days? It seemed absurd. A typical assignment length was anywhere from 50 to 80 days. Fortunately, we had an amazing team for the sailfish piece which made it possible. My buddy Goran Ehlme and I put our heads together with local fishermen and our wonderful Mexican guides and managed to produce a small feature story with only a few good hours of lucky shooting. Follow me @PaulNicklen to learn more about my experiences as a @NatGeo photographer, as well as how I've honed my craft in the decade since I took this photo. #Gratitude #UnderwaterPhotography #HardWork #FailureIsNotAnOption
Photos by @timlaman | Cheryl Knott started her wild orangutan research project in Borneo with a Nat Geo Society grant in 1994. Here are a few retrospective shots from that first year of fieldwork, which we spent together (we're married ) in the rainforest. Studying wild orangutans is tough work, but Cheryl and her team have persevered for 25 years to shed light on the behavior of this now critically endangered species. If you are in Toronto, come hear our NatGeo Live presentation “Adventures Among Orangutans” Feb 23-25. Or to learn more about Cheryl’s work, follow @savegporangutans . #GunungPalungNationalPark #orangutans #borneo #Indonesia #savewildorangutans
Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The dinghy of Ocean Expeditions pushes through the slush of calving glaciers on a survey of the bathymetry around Brabant Island, Antarctica. The west Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming areas on Earth, with a rapid loss of ice. To view more of our world from above, follow me @geosteinmetz .
Photo by Jeff Kerby @jtkerby | Russia’s Kuril Islands are beautiful but evening at this cave on Ushishir was otherworldly. We had just raced across the island’s lagoon to capture the visual fireworks with biologist Vladimir Burkanov. "We’re five minutes too late!" he muttered, smiling as always. The gulls didn't seem to mind as they caught the last rays of light before all went dim. I often think about the photo that could have been if we'd gotten there a few minutes earlier. Alas, we can only capture the beauty we see. This place seems so rich with life but would seem comparatively empty to a visitor from a few centuries ago. A reminder that beauty in the present should not blind us to the beauty that has existed in the past, or that can exist in the future. Follow @jtkerby and the team for more. #FromKurilsWithLove
Photo by @chien_chi_chang | Of all human obsessions, one of the strongest, purest, and most universal is chasing a ball—or watching others do it. The most elemental of shapes complements our own elemental needs. Ball play builds teams. It allows the lonely to hope that they can bounce back. It defines and refines skills, propelling bodies into joyful movement through space. It can also propel the poor out of poverty. Everywhere I have traveled, from the grimmest of war zones to the temples of the mighty, I have seen a human with a ball—like this Burmese boy, in 2010, scribing a graceful arc toward the Bay of Bengal. #cccontheroad #MagnumPhotos
Photo by @katieorlinsky | A baby tapir is seen at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Campo Grande, Brazil. Tapirs are South America’s largest land mammal, and they are known as the “gardeners of the forest”—they spread fruit seeds through their feces, promoting biodiversity and healthy plant growth. However, agricultural development, deforestation, poaching, and roadkill accidents are threatening to completely wipe out this endangered herbivore species.
Photo by @jasperdoest | As a full-time vet who runs a wildlife rescue and does educational visits with Flamingo Bob @fdoccuracao , plus being a single mom and a phD candidate…my cousin Odette has quite a busy life. But as much as Odette regrets that she wasn’t able to give Flamingo Bob a life back in the wild, the feeling that together they're able to make a difference for nature conservation in Curaçao comforts her. And whenever she can, she takes him to one of the local beaches to enjoy the outdoors. Find out more about Flamingo Bob in the February issue of the magazine or follow @jasperdoest . #flamingobob #birdrescue #flamingo #prettyinpink #oceanview
Video by @martinschoeller | Holocaust survivor Yona Benson was born in Vilna, Poland (today's Lithuania ), in 1928. Yona was deported to the Stutthoff concentration camp and to a forced labor camp in Estonia. Seventy-five years ago, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp was liberated. The guards had left the day before, and 7,000 abandoned prisoners remained at the camp when two Russian soldiers, pulling a machine gun on a sled through snow, arrived at the gates. At the end of the war, six million Jews had been killed for no other reason than being Jewish. To commemorate the Holocaust, I traveled to Israel, where I interviewed 75 survivors at @yadvashem , the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. I will be sharing their stories for the next few months.
Photos by @franslanting | Adélie penguins are also called ice penguins because they thrive in the extreme cold of Antarctica. Along with their bigger cousins, the emperors, Adélies spend more time on ice and snow than any other kind of penguin. But now they have to cope with a different environment as their world warms. During my recent trip to Antarctica, the temperatures rarely dropped below freezing for nearly two weeks, which is very unusual. Perhaps soon, if this is a new normal, we may have to start thinking of Adélies as mud penguins. Here are two views I documented at one site. The first photo shows an undernourished chick covered in mud. It’s already losing its down but not yet ready to go to sea. The second one shows a colony. The white adults are clean; they have just come back from open water to feed their young, standing in mud and guano. They have no other place to go, because parents will feed them only near their original nest site. When the chicks get that dirty, they lose their natural insulation—and risk dying from hypothermia when it gets cold again or when it rains, which is happening more often. Follow us @FransLanting and Christine Eckstrom for more stories about what’s happening in Antarctica. @GlobalPenguinSociety @ThePhotoSociety #Antarctica #Penguins #PenguinChick #ClimateChange #globalwarming
Photos by @amivitale | Mpala, the most enchanting orphan elephant that was lovingly cared for at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r .e.s.c.u.e ) for the last two and a half years, has finally returned to the wild. Three-year-old Mpala is the rambunctious one. She arrived at @r .e.s.c.u.e when she was seven months old, a victim of drought. She integrated into the herd quickly; her place was in the middle of it all. If there was a ruckus to be had, she was throwing back her trunk and rumbling in the muck, enjoying a refreshing mud bath. She has been carefully reintroduced into the wild, alongside proxy matriarch Shaba and lone bull Pokot, under the guidance of @kenyawildlifeservice . The three are doing wonderfully and have joined one of the wild herds in the area, which is exactly what we had hoped for. @r .e.s.c.u.e is the first ever community-owned elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. Follow @amivitale and @r .e.s.c.u.e to learn more, including how to help. @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive
Photo by @babaktafreshi | Regardless of country or civilization, when I stand under a sea of stars in the presence of majestic cultural heritage, I feel a connection to both the past and future. I was recently in Guatemala, where the ancient Maya city Tikal is home to limestone pyramids that tower up to 70 meters (230 feet ) high. And this is just the tip of the iceberg: About 70 kilometers (42 miles ) north of here, with no access by road, is a place called El Mirador, which is keeping archaeologists busy. Unfortunately, it's threatened by deforestation and looting. Framed here at Tikal by trees is the constellation Cygnus (also called the Swan ) and the North American Nebula, next to Deneb. This blue-white giant star is one of the most luminous in our galaxy. It could be much brighter if it was not 2,600 light-years away. Explore more of the World at Night @babaktafreshi . #tikalnationalpark #saveournightsky #guatemala #maya #twanight
Photo by @acacia .johnson | An Atlantic walrus rests on an ice floe off the north coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard. This Arctic island archipelago is a haven for wildlife, and walrus can be seen resting on the sea ice and on shore in between rounds of feeding. Their scientific name means "tooth walkers"—they can use their tusks to haul themselves out of the water and onto the ice or shore. Follow me at @acacia .johnson for more images from the Arctic and beyond! #walrus #svalbard #arctic