Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Plastics line Manila’s Baseco port area, a far cry from the idyllic riverside scenes that inspired poets and painters in the past. I’ve been working with writer and surfer Nicola Sebastian, who’s been exploring how the climate crisis affects Philippine waters and those who inhabit it. She writes: Here, where the Pasig River meets Manila Bay, much of the megapolis’ trash flows into the Philippine Sea. The Philippines is the third worst plastic polluter in the world; it is also home to more species of marine life than anywhere else on Earth. This part of Manila is one of the most densely populated places on Earth, and coastal communities like this are among the most vulnerable to sea-level rise, storm surges, and other climate-related disasters. From urban riversides to remote fishing villages to bustling coral reefs, life in the Philippine archipelago is deeply interdependent: the survival of all is inextricably intertwined not just with the sea, but also with the worsening climate crisis. Follow @hannahreyesmorales for more stories about the Philippines and beyond. #Philippines #CitiesMadeOfWater #Manila
Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Keynor, three years old, Cahuita, Costa Rica. Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips, and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, getting an insight into their tiny worlds and taking you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month trip, in which I visited more than 50 countries and took photographs of children and their favorite toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found similarities between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys had the same function; for example, protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have. It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. | Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children
Video by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | I had never felt the pull of this mountain or wanted to climb it until arriving here with such a soulful expedition team. The iconic shape and presence of the Everest peak from this vantage point is like a magnet, urging exploration, with all the lines of the valleys drawing you upward. #sirensong #everestmystery Follow @renan_ozturk for more from the roof of the world.
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | The village of Nzara, South Sudan. South Sudan gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the world’s newest independent country. Having a population of 12 million, with half under the age of 18, the sparsely populated country has experienced civil war since 2013, largely due to ethnic violence.
Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Fellow travelers on the way to New York from Washington, D.C.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A father and son at the ancient Roman theater in Amman, Jordan. The 6,000-seat, second-century landmark dates back to when the city was known as Philadelphia. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Amman #الاردن
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Devils Garden, in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is the perfect place to experience the dark skies of southern Utah. With little to no light pollution, the Milky Way is easily visible and you can make out some of its most interesting features, like the Prancing Horse nebula. Have you seen the Milky Way? To see more images of wild places, follow along with photographer @drewtrush #stars #milkyway #grandstaircase #desert #beauty
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | A man passes a gun to his friend to hold as he tucks in his shirt during a Rodeo Montubio in Los Ríos, Ecuador. The Rodeo Montubio is tradition in the coastal region of Ecuador in which men and women show off their horse riding and roping skills. The competition is fierce, and the contestants take great pride in their abilities, which they have been mastering since childhood. Men, like the two captured in this photo, sometimes shoot their guns up in the air to celebrate the most impressive performances. This photo was part of book project in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.
Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | Serendipity, at times, is simply a by-product of stubbornness. This lioness had taken down a young zebra for herself and her single cub. They were alone in the dark bush, the light was terrible, and after hours of waiting and watching it seemed that the scene just wasn't producing an image—except for one minute at sunset, when the light broke through the bush and the cub turned to a distant sound. #zambia #southluangwa #lioncub #lionking To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | Last light on the Oglala Lakota College powwow in Kyle, South Dakota, on the #PineRidgeIndianReservation. Man, I miss the sound of those drums and jingle dresses! #PiyaWiconi (new beginnings ) For more images and sound from Pine Ridge and these dances follow @argonautphoto
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A sperm whale plays in sargassum weed in the waters off Dominica, in the Caribbean Sea. For an animal that spends the majority of its life in the open ocean and mostly in the deep sea, where it forages, a bit of time spent rolling around in the coarse weed must be like a day at the spa! Follow @BrianSkerry to see more whale and ocean wildlife photos. #whales #animalplay #caribbean
Photo by Enric Sala @enricsala | In Argentina's remote Thetis Bay, giant kelp forests harbor one of the most magnificent marine ecosystems on the planet. They were studied by my scientific mentor, Paul Dayton, in 1973, and I returned to Tierra del Fuego on a Pristine Seas expedition to see how things have changed in the last 45 years. I was amazed by the abundance of life: climate change hasn’t made a permanent mark here—yet. With the recent creation of the Yaganes Marine Protected Area by the Argentine government, the future is bright. Read about Thetis Bay and the new protected area in the July issue of National Geographic.
Gordon Ramsay meets with a family of farmers in Peru, the birthplace of the potato, to learn about how they cultivate the ancient crop and taste some unique varieties grown at high altitudes. Watch more on Gordon Ramsay: #Uncharted tonight at 10/9c on National Geographic.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A doe enjoys a mouthful of grass and water at Lagoon Deer Park, outside Port Clinton, Ohio. This year the Great Lakes have seen dramatic flooding, the highest ever recorded, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The flooding has forced the park's owner to close for the summer, during the height of the tourist season. It’s a hard economic blow to his small business, a family-owned and-operated business for the last 63 years.
Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Blenheim Palace near Oxford—one of of the greatest of England's stately homes—was a gift from a grateful nation to a general, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his victories in battle. In a contemporary guidebook to the palace and its gardens— William Fordice Mavor's "New Description of Blenheim"—the extraordinary suggestion is made that the original garden layout for the "military oaks" imitated the disposition of troops at the beginning of the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704. Just think: a battlefield laid out in the heart of England in a massive, leafy reminder of a faraway military conquest! There is little evidence to support Mavor's conjecture, but true or not, people build their own realities and readers thought it was true. Indeed, Mavor's book was wildly successful, despite its turgid prose, being reprinted 13 times, once even in French. Over the years, blasted by lightning or simply toppling over in their senescence, the oaks at Blenheim seem like ancient pachyderms or baobabs clinging to the edge of life. Mavor was right to offer these trees as "moral and impressive lessons"—not as he intended but as metaphors about the great arc of empire's rise and fall. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material #photojournalism #nature #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lowlight
Photo by Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | Fifty years ago the LGBTQ+ community in New York rose up against discrimination. The Stonewall riots, as they became known, are widely considered the most important event leading to the LGBTQ liberation movement. There has been significant progress in the fight for equality for LGBTQ Americans, but there is a long way to go, especially for vulnerable groups such as seniors. Many LGBT seniors face prejudice, with their relationships, even when decades old, still not recognized. Here, 79-year-old Robert Waldron (left ), with his partner of 37 years, Vernon May, also 79, explains that he’s been to many funerals of LGBT friends and has seen partners sit alone while their loved one is buried. “They were like a stranger at the funeral,” says Robert. “Can you imagine? You go to a funeral, and you, as a partner, sitting there, your name not even mentioned!” See "Stonewall at 50: Stories of resilience and resistance" on the Nat Geo site. See more from the series by following @whereloveisillegal
Photo by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | A pod of Steller sea lions inspects the activity on the surface of Resurrection Bay, near Seward, Alaska. As I hiked along the shoreline, all these heads just started popping up in front of me. It was surprising to see these 1,000- to 2,000-pound bodies bobbing up and down. To see more images of wildlife from around the world follow @ronan_donovan
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The crescent moon sets behind Boston skyline in this extreme-telephoto view. We are so used to the moon's presence that we often forget its cosmic identity. How bizarre it is to see another world so strikingly in our sky, from 400,000 kilometers away. Fifty years ago this month, Apollo 11 astronauts made a history by walking on the moon, on July 20, 1969. This clip is also a tribute to "Koyaanisqatsi" (which means life out of balance ), an impressive 1982 documentary filmed by pioneer cinematographer Ron Fricke that inspired me as a teenager, with its message and a stunning composite scene of the moon and skyscrapers. Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi Soundtrack is Gravity of the Moon by Tonelabs Studio. #twanight #moon #astrophotography #ronfricke
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Travel to the moon in one minute. For a car going nonstop at highway speed, it would take six months to travel the roughly 240,000 miles to the moon. This zoom was created from a single-exposure, high-resolution telescope photograph; I added the rotation in post-production for a sense of the journey that took four days for the Apollo 11 astronauts—a tribute to the first human landing on the moon 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969. NASA plans to return to the moon by landing astronauts on the lunar south pole in the next decade. The space-tourism industry is aiming for commercial trips to the moon in the 2030s, with a spacecraft that loops around the moon (no landing ) and returns to Earth. The trip would cost an estimated $100 million per seat, and include months of ground-based training. Explore more of space photography with me @babaktafreshi #moon #apollo50th #apollo11 #astrophotography
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Today is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The race to reach the space in 1950s was largely driven by political leaders to establish a new superpower. An immense budget and public will supported both Soviet and American space scientists to advance technologies like never before. The Sputnik satellite launched the space age in 1957. The U.S. remained second, until Apollo 8 astronauts reached the moon orbit in 1968 and Apollo 11 landed on the moon in July 1969. After the Apollo programs, the manned space race faded and efficient robotic exploration of the solar system, at far lower cost, became the focus of increasingly international collaborations. Explore more of astronomy and space photography with me @babaktafreshi #moon #apollo50 #space #astrophotography
Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | Early morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time over the years in the magnificent Bornean rainforest, a realm filled with miracles big and small. This forest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon ). Borneo is extremely rich in biodiversity, providing habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. It is essential for mankind to save these remarkable ecosystems to secure global stability and resilience. To do that, we can support rainforest conservation and try to avoid products containing uncertified palm oil. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from projects around the world. #borneo #biodiversity #conservation #rainforest #beauty @thephotosociety
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | A vendor crosses a street during rush hour in Mumbai, India. The dense city has an estimated population of nearly 13 million people, with a total of 21 million in the greater metropolitan area, the largest in India.
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Kaliegh Charles collects goose eggs with her family along the Ninglick River in western Alaska. The Charles family live nearby in Newtok, a Yupik village of roughly 380 people. Subsistence-based practices such as gathering eggs, hunting, and fishing are a way of life there, crucial to everything from culture and economy to nutrition and survival. Newtok is also an urgent and extreme example of climate change: The village is sinking as the permafrost beneath it thaws, and it is estimated that in three to five years it could be underwater. The entire village plans to move to a new site nine miles upriver this summer. Alaska native communities like Newtok are inextricably tied to the land, yet will be some of the first communities in the world forced to relocate as a result of climate change.
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | This is Te Tara Koi Koia, a near-mythical, pyramid-shaped island at the southern edge of New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands. This is the only nesting site of the Chatham albatross in the world. It's precariously exposed to the what some call the Southern Ocean, so landing is only possible on a handful of days every year; it took 27 days of waiting until conditions allowed me the privilege to spend 24 hours on Te Tara Koi Koia. On assignment for @natgeo , I worked with the @chatham_taiko_trust to photograph seabirds in one of the wildest places I have ever experienced. To see more photographs from Te Tara Koi Koia follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A North Korean soldier stands in front of Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. The painted coordinates on the street and square mark the marching steps made during mass military parades held in the capital city. Please follow me @dguttenfelder for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.
Video screenshot by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male polar bear stretches on the west coast of the Hudson Bay in Canada. These huge bears can weigh up to 1,600 pounds (726 kilograms ). This particular male was in no rush. He was waiting at the water’s edge in anticipation of the big freeze, an annual event when Arctic waters turn into a rock-solid ice pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Our warming climate is delaying the arrival of the big freeze by about a day each year. That means that this bear has lost a month of the hunting time that previous generations relied on. To see this guy in action and to learn more about polar bears’ incredible lives, check out my new online series, ‘Wild_Life: The Big Freeze’ at natgeo.com/wildlife or on National Geographic YouTube. Content sponsored by @ExploreCanada
Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | A portrait of a boy who works in the leather industry in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. He's turned a deflated basketball into a helmet to protect his head. The industry was the second largest export sector of Bangladesh in 2014-2015. For more stories follow @ismailferdous
Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Step, step, breathe. Kit DesLauriers finds calm amid the chaotic crevasses of the Khumbu Icefall, Chomolungma (Mount Everest ). No crowds (or any other teams on the mountain ) were seen on this ascent of Everest during the post-monsoon season. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | This grizzly bear was on the hunt for food as he prepared to head into hibernation for the winter. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. To see more predators from this part of the country, follow along with photographer @drewtrush #bears #grizzly #wild
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | Oglala Nation Pow Wow, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. So much beauty... words fail. These images need to have the sound of the drums. To hear the sounds and see video from this powwow and Pine Ridge follow @argonautphoto #Oglala #Lakota #MitakuyeOyasin #pineridge
Photo by Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | “People are learning that we're actually pretty normal people,” says 78-year-old Gary Lee Lawson at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lee was replying to my question about the changes he’s witnessed over the last 50 years, since the Stonewall Riots–an event considered by many to be the spark that lit the #LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S. I met Lee while #onassignment documenting stories of struggle, survival, and resilience from LGBTQ+ people around the U.S. See "Stonewall at 50: Stories of resilience and resistance" on the Nat Geo site. The U.S. is the 14th country where I’ve done this work. You can see more of it by following @whereloveisillegal