It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
Photo by @daisygilardini An unforgettable encounter with a white rhino in South Africa. There are five rhino species in the world. In Africa we find the two best known of the species, the black rhino and the white rhino. The Indian, Sumatran, and Javan rhinos are all found in Asia. All five species are at the edge of extinction because of human exploitation. Contrary to what many think, rhino horns are not prescribed as an aphrodisiac. In the Middle East, the horn is used for traditional dagger handles called “jambiyas,” a type of dagger with a short, curved blade and a medial ridge. Beautifully decorated with jewels, these knives represent a sign of manhood and devotion to the Muslim faith. In traditional Chinese medicine, rhino horn is used in powder form and is dissolved in an effort to treat fever, gout, rheumatism, and snakebites. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #africa #rhino #rhinoceros #southafrica
Photo by @MartinEdstrom Looking down at nature's highways from atop Skierfe in Sarek National Park. The vast Rapa Delta is a river system that flows through this national park, and it's rumored to house the largest elk in Sweden. Follow @MartinEdstrom for more inspirational images from the Nordics. #Sweden #Nordics #Scandinavia #Sarek #hiking
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride Samburu warriors sing and dance in the arid landscape of Kenya. The male warriors, known as moran, are the defenders of the pastoralist Samburu tribe. Singing, clapping, and dancing are important parts of their traditional ceremonies—as well as a way of socializing. Some Samburu people have been on the front lines of conservation efforts throughout northern Kenya. To see more from Kenya, follow @pedromcbride . @savetheelephants #Kenya #dance #Samburu
Photo by Matt Borowick @mborowick The Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, dating back over two million years, was created by erosion from water and glaciers moving through the rocks. It is located in southeastern Iceland near the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, just off Route 1. The hike up to a viewing platform is quite easy, with safety measures in place and clearly marked paths. If you are traveling through the southern coast, I highly recommend a stop. Follow @mborowick for more pictures like this. #iceland #mountains #travel #nature #explore
Photo by @chrisburkard Auroras, often referred to as the northern lights, are a natural phenomenon due to disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind. Most auroras occur in a band known as the auroral zone, which is located fairly close to the poles. The northern lights are best seen at night against the dark sky. Winter in the northern regions of the world is the best time to catch this amazing display. Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and parts of Canada are all good places to see nature's light show. Just make sure you are far enough north during winter on a clear night, and you can see one of the greatest spectacles the world has to offer.
Photo by @Nadia .Aly.Photo You are looking at a tiny commensal shrimp with eggs, taken in Komodo, Indonesia. These animals tend to move pretty quickly and are hard to focus on. Sometimes they are just too clear and small. I could easily spend 30 minutes to get a shot like this. Patience is key. Have you ever seen a live shrimp in the ocean? If so, where and what type? Congratulations to Nadia Aly on becoming the June Your Shot Photographer of the Month! @natgeoyourshot #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @amivitale An orphaned reticulated giraffe grazes at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r .e.s.c.u.e ), where it will be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Giraffe populations have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades, and reticulated giraffes number fewer than 16,000. The decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss, fragmentation, and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to understand why giraffes are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Learn more by reading my @natgeo story "How to save the world's tallest animal" and following @r .e.s.c.u.e, @giraffe_conservation , and @sdzsafaripark . @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety #giraffe #giraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #conservation
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen People gather in front of Al Khazneh (the Treasury ), one of many facades carved into the mountains of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic . #muhammedmuheisen #Jordan #الاردن
Photo by @stephen_matera The sun rises over the Alaska Range and Muldrow Glacier in Denali National Park. The park encompasses the central portion of the Alaska Range, including Denali, which is the highest mountain in North America at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters ). Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #denalinationalpark #alaska #mtmckinley
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto The Dart River and Rees River meet just before flowing into Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy, New Zealand. While flying from Queenstown to Milford Sound, I was able to capture this massive river confluence that empties two giant mountain valleys. #newzealand #glenorchy #dartriver #reesriver
Photo by @MartinEdstrom The iconic view over the Rapa Delta is a rewarding point of any hiking trip through Sarek National Park in the Swedish Lapland. Sarek was one of Europe's first nine national parks, established in 1909, and has very strict guidelines for visitors. You can't use kayaks, drones, or a vehicle of any kind, and you can't bring your dog. This has helped to keep this piece of Nordic wilderness in a state that still feels truly untouched. Follow @MartinEdstrom for more travel tips from the Nordics. #Nordics #Sweden #exploringhome #sarek #sareknationalpark
Photos by @francescolastrucci I reached the idyllic village of Chi Phat, Cambodia, after three hours on the road from Phnom Penh and two hours upstream on the river to the core of the Cardamoms. This little community of about 500 families is in the center of the rainforest and is a successful story of conservation. The Cardamom Mountains were once a stronghold for Khmer Rouge fighters, a no-man's-land where, until recently, outsiders were banned. Now a few environmental organizations and a handful of locals are in a race against the clock to save the longest remaining stretch of untouched rainforest in Southeast Asia. The men who once fought the rebels now host and welcome travelers. They assured me that there is still hope that this beautiful rainforest can be preserved. While working on a story on this environment, I found myself crossing the river on these motor rafts several times a day, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon, when I found the perfect setting for beautiful photography. Follow me @francescolastrucci for more places, daily life, and stories around the world. #cambodia #environment #rainforest
Photo by @bertiegregory An arctic fox on the hunt for lemmings on the west coast of the Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. As winter arrives, inland areas here freeze up first. The frozen ground makes it difficult for the foxes to hunt. Coastal areas, however, are slower to cool, so the foxes migrate here to take advantage of the softer ground. When we arrived at our coastal filming location in mid-autumn, we didn’t see a single fox. But sure enough, as winter approached, the foxes started to appear from all angles. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #arctic #fox #cute #wildlife #cold
Photo by @babaktafreshi The northern lights fill the entire sky in Iceland in March 2016. In a polar latitude after a storm-level aurora activity, the sky usually becomes like this (with less vibrant colors visible to the naked eye ). Rapidly pulsating faint aurora patterns are also a part of this display. I usually visit Iceland twice a year for my aurora photo workshops, but due to the pandemic I have missed being under polar skies. Explore more @babaktafreshi . #auroraborealis #northernlights #iceland #nightphotography
Photo by @amivitale Philip, a Samburu guide from a nearby camp, greets a tower of reticulated giraffes in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. The Samburu are traditionally nomadic pastoralists, and the community here has been deeply involved in creating and managing the conservancy, an 850,000-acre area helping to preserve the diversity of wildlife found here. The conservancy helps the Samburu combine their knowledge with modern science to more sustainably manage their rangeland. Follow @amivitale , @r .e.s.c.u.e, @giraffe_conservation , and @sdzsafaripark to learn more about issues facing giraffes today and efforts currently being undertaken to save them. @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety #giraffe #giraffes #kenya #stoppoaching #conservation
Photo by Matt Borowick @mborowick I remember hiking Valahnjúkur Mountain for the first time and seeing the view from the top, which literally made my jaw drop. Much of the scenery in Iceland seems to have this very effect, but this was different. Looking down from almost 500 meters (1,640 feet ) into the winding rivers and valleys, I could see how remarkable this place is. This is one of the most popular and moderately difficult hikes that Thórsmörk has to offer, but at the end of the climb you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the magical landscape. The mountain ridge is named after the Norse god Thor, and it sits between the Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. Follow @mborowick for more pictures like this. #iceland #mountains #travel #nature #explore
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen This colorful alley caught my eye on June 24, while roaming the streets to capture daily life. I was happy to see downtown Athens, Greece, full of life and colors, as the last time I walked these alleys was in April during the lockdown and it was empty. On June 15 Greece eased restrictions on international air travel, allowing tourists to land from abroad. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic . #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #DailyLife
Photo by @hellokrisdavidson This noble Texas longhorn stood like this for a good 10 minutes, basking in the long afternoon sunlight. Texas longhorns are descended from cattle brought into the Americas by the Spanish in the late 1400s and early 1500s. From there, wild herds underwent intense natural selection. The cattle that survived were the ones that became disease-resistant and able to thrive through droughts, floods, and extremes of heat and cold. Despite their daunting horns, the breed is known for a gentle disposition. #Texas #Longhorn #cattle
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I Under the gaze of the Karakoram Range, a group of women, members of the Wakhi ethnic group, return from a daily excursion across Pakistan’s Hunza riverbed to gather fodder and wood for their cooking fires. The daily trip takes about two hours on foot between their village and their pastures. For more cultural encounters, visit @paleyphoto . #pakistan #karakoram #wakhi
Photo by @emilypolar The heat of the sun subsides for the day in the dry and dusty planes of Bagan. It is a perfect time to take the bike out or go for a walk. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something about the ambient light of dusk, especially when it’s warm outside; a sense of aliveness comes about. It’s almost like feeling the quality of the light. To see more of the magnificence in the mundane, follow me @emilypolar . #Bagan #Burma #Myanmar
Video by @daisygilardini Observing cubs playing joyfully and tirelessly for hours in Wapusk National Park is a photographer’s dream, but it’s certainly not an easy task. With temperatures that can drop below minus 40°C, technical and physical challenges abound. Cold is a challenge for your equipment as well as for yourself. If you’re uncomfortable, you won’t be able to focus on the job. You must be clothed properly to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Knowing how and when to apply layers while avoiding perspiration is vital. Hydration is important, but I’ve learned to manage my fluid intake, as getting rid of surplus fluids is far from enjoyable in these conditions. Once you’re physically comfortable, you face the technical challenge of operating a camera with all its small buttons while wearing bulky gloves. Finally, you have to accept that after a while parts of the camera will freeze, and you need to find a way to work around that. Batteries tend to freeze first, followed by the control panels and back monitor. It comes with practice. You must be skilled enough to work your camera in blind mode. The only way to learn is to keep shooting and hope for the best. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #conservation #polarbear #bear #climatechange