Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Children and families play in the streets of the old town in Al Ula in early February. This area in northwestern Saudi Arabia is set to become one of the country’s main tourist attractions, with archaeological sites that date back thousands of years scattered across 9,000 square miles (22,500 sq km )—about the size of New Jersey. #alula #saudiarabia
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | The underside of a bull elephant's ear shows the auricular veins—and evidence of a hypodermic needle puncture where blood samples were drawn under tranquilization, in Laikipia, Kenya. These samples may yet find cures for diseases afflicting both man and elephant. I can’t help but immediately see the tree of life here, and at the same time a map of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where I’d been working for the last year, prior to the arrival of COVID-19 into our lives. The elephant is an extraordinarily sentient being—it’s not unsurprising that one can see visual representations of life itself within it. From a scientific point of view, the African elephant's ears are the largest of any animal, accounting for 20% of their overall surface area. They make extremely useful fans but also cool the elephant in cleverer ways: The elephant can control the volume of blood that flows through its ears via a network of vessels—if dilated, flow will increase, boosting heat loss. The ears work in a similar way to a car radiator, and when needed, they can pump 12 liters (about three gallons ) of blood through each ear every minute. Follow me @chancellordavid @natgeo #elephant #kenya @spaceforgiants #covid19 #okavangodeltabotswana
Photo by @estherhorvath | This was taken during a storm in the central Arctic Ocean on the MOSAiC science expedition during the polar night, when the only light came from headlamps and from the icebreaker. Scientists Stefan Hendricks, Gunnar Spreen, and Oguz Demir return to the ship after finishing their sea ice and snow measurements. In the Arctic, temperatures have exceeded the average global warming by a factor of two to three, resulting in rapidly declining sea-ice extent and thickness. Unfortunately, scientific data from the central Arctic is still rare, especially during winter months. To help fill this gap, scientists from nearly 90 institutes and organizations in 20 countries joined the MOSAiC expedition, which embarked on September 20, 2019, and is ongoing for an entire year. I documented the first few months of the expedition, including 2.5 months in total darkness. Please follow @estherhorvath for polar climate stories and @mosaic_expedition for daily updates.
Photo by @katieorlinsky | Dogs in Sacks, 2015. During the Yukon Quest 1,000-mile sled dog race, dogs can be dropped from teams because they are tired, injured, or ill. These two were dropped at the checkpoint in Eagle, Alaska, a small community accessible only by plane. The dogs were placed in sacks, to keep them safe and calm, and removed from the course by plane. I wrote a “Through the Lens” essay for the March issue of @natgeo , telling the story behind this photo, and how I ended up flying in a plane full of dogs in the first place.
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Light, water, and time. Three of my favorite elements in photography are also the key architects in creating this landscape. I spent over a year isolated in this place for @natgeo . At one point, I even spent eight days totally alone with only an audiobook (printed versions were too heavy ), my thoughts, and no communication with the outside world. Now I sadly feel isolated from it and miss it, but I suspect this time machine of stone, and the wild critters inside, do not miss us. For more from this wild place, follow @pedromcbride . #grandcanyon #confluence #nature #ColoradoRiver #petemcbride
Video by @joelsartore I The Toad Mountain harlequin frog is an endangered species that calls the Darien region of eastern Panama home. It is primarily at risk from the spread of chytridiomycosis, a deadly fungal disease that has been killing amphibians through Central America and other parts of the world. Video taken @amphibianrescue , whose mission is to establish sustainable, captive assurance colonies of amphibian species that are in extreme danger of extinction throughout Panama. To learn more about this incredible species, follow me @joelsartore . #frog #amphibian #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by @andreabruce | Zarifa Ghafari, 28, is one of very few female mayors in Afghanistan. She governs in Wardak Province, a Taliban stronghold. To stay safe, she spends nights in Kabul—though even Kabul isn't safe. In March she was attacked by gunmen. She escaped without injuries. Take a look at the June 2020 issue and the story "Taking the Lead" that I photographed about the inspiring women—of Bolivia, New Zealand, Iraq, and Afghanistan—who have made huge gains in achieving political power but still face cultural resistance, and even violence, as their influence increases. Reporting by Rania Abouzeid. Follow me @andreabruce for more photos and stories. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @chien_chi_chang | Chinatown, New York, 1998. Humans need to hold hope in their hands. This man was willing to live in poverty, in hopes of prosperity—to sacrifice his immediate happiness in order to realize the dream of giving his children a better life. It has been two decades since I took this photo in New York's Chinatown, as part of an ongoing project about immigrants. A few years later, this man was able to bring his family to New York, and today they are living the American dream. He is now a grandfather! But is economic prosperity worth the social cost? Perhaps the answers to such questions can be found in the lives of the people left behind in China, and in those of the second and third generations who are growing up in the United States. Look at them and listen to their voices. You may not understand their language, but you can feel their longing. #cccontheroad #MagnumPhotos
Photo by @paoloverzone | In Morocco, a team works on a Spinosaurus excavation, removing debris with large tools. I can still feel the heat of this particular day, when the temperature was 47 degrees Celsius (116 F ). Spinosaurus was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs of all time. It is named for the elongated dorsal spines that supported an enormous “sail” of skin. In contrast to other dinosaurs–predominantly terrestrial–a long list of anatomical features indicates that Spinosaurus was adapted to live in freshwater, like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. Follow me @paoloverzone for more photos and stories. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @BrianSkerry and Nansen Weber | A family of narwhals gathers on the surface in the waters of the Canadian high Arctic. The narwhal is called the unicorn whale due to its tusk, which is actually a canine tooth that protrudes from the animal’s lip. Male narwhal tusks can grow to lengths of nearly nine feet (three meters ). On the right side of this photo, we see a narwhal calf riding on the back of its mom. Since access to this species has historically been limited due to the challenges of working in the places they live, much remains unknown about the intricacies of their lives. But based on what we do know, it seems clear that they have rich cultures and complex social relationships. Follow @BrianSkerry for more images of ocean wildlife. #narwhal #arctic #whales
Photo by @edkashi | Vicki Beckerman, a social worker who lives in West Orange, New Jersey, has been volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic by reaching out by phone to elderly people across America. She plans to continue for as long as it helps. I’ve spent the past two months documenting the story of people and businesses that have stepped up in my home state of New Jersey during the height of the crisis, which has killed more than 10,000 people in the state. This has been my way to engage with the current situation the only way I know how—through visual storytelling, and going out into the world to observe, learn, document, and share. Follow me @edkashi for more from #RisingToTheCall , highlighting stories within New Jersey. #wewillprevail #lifeduringcorona #newjersey #gardenstate
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | A young Liberian attempts to sell a royal antelope beside a highway outside the capital, Monrovia. It is known as the world’s smallest antelope, and hunting is a significant threat to its survival in Liberia as well as other West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Guinea.
Photo by @enricsala | As the world works together to beat this coronavirus, we also need to be thinking, How can we reduce the risk of the next pandemic? This virus is powerful proof that nature, our health, and our economies are connected. The good news is that our broken relationship with nature is something we can fix. We need to come back from this pandemic more resilient, and with the recognition that healthy ecosystems are critical for a healthy, stable, and prosperous human society. Taken in the Southern Line Islands, Kiribati.
Photo by @daviddoubilet | This small iceberg, called a bergy bit, provided a perfect resting place for a group of chinstrap and gentoo penguins near Danco Island, Antarctica. The penguins would take turns plunging into the sea, circling the ice multiple times like an underwater racetrack before launching themselves like mini-missiles back onto their private island to rest a moment and do it again. #Penguin #Play #Antarctica #ocean For more, follow @DavidDoubilet .
Photo by @babaktafreshi | With Earth's rotation, stars appear to rain down on the Volcán de Fuego (fire volcano ), in Guatemala. The long exposure is the result of a timelapse sequence. On this November 2019 night, I recorded an average of 10 explosions per hour, with incandescent ejecta rising several hundred meters above the summit. Located only 11 miles (18k ) from the World Heritage city of Antigua, it has been continuously active since a catastrophic eruption on June 3, 2018, which affected almost two million people, including hundreds of fatalities in the nearby villages. Many bodies are still missing. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, on that day instead of slow-moving lava, Fuego erupted with a mix of ash, rock, and volcanic gases—a rapid pyroclastic flow that surprised the villagers who were used to frequent minor eruptions. The flows raced down at speeds as high as 450 miles an hour, engulfing whole villages at the bottom. A similar event was responsible for wiping out Pompeii, in Italy, about 2,000 years ago. #twanight #volcano #guatemala #longexposure
Photo by @PaulNicklen | Under the waves off the coast of the Lofoten archipelago in Norway, you can see how the orca work together, how they communicate, how they corral and push herring up toward the surface so that they can feast. The humpbacks arrive and take mouthfuls of that herring too, and then you turn around, and there's a fin whale gliding through the water like an arrow, and he's come to feast as well. You realize how fragile and beautiful this place is. Norway's north coast is home to the world's largest deep-water coral reefs, the European mainland's biggest seabird colony, and the world's largest stock of cod, which migrates to the coast from Svalbard through the Barents Sea. There's so much life there, and all of it deserves our protection. Follow me @PaulNicklen to learn more about how we can use stunning visuals to inspire and challenge each other to make a difference in the world. #Orcas #ExtinctionEndsHere #OilFreeLofoten #TurningTheTide
Photo by @nicholesobecki | Around this time last year I was in the Democratic Republic of Congo covering the Ebola epidemic—the worst that country has faced, and the second worst outbreak in history. Here, Ebola survivor Sylvie Kyakinwa holds seven-month-old Kavira while the baby's mother watches just beyond the designated visitor line, in Butembo. Ebola survivors are no longer susceptible to the virus, so some have become caregivers for the littlest children. On a pragmatic level I learned important skills there, which have been useful to covering the coronavirus, including good equipment cleaning and hygiene practices. Perhaps most profoundly, I’ve seen how, in both situations, finding any sort of balance between staying safe and continuing to provide for your basic needs depends on people’s abilities to come together in new ways, and to adapt in a time of uncertainty. To see more of my work, please follow @nicholesobecki . Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @williamodaniels | Some scientists warn there’s a small but real possibility that the COVID-19 virus could take refuge in a new animal host, and reintroduce it to humans in the future. Here, on Mount Morungole, in Uganda, Makerere University researcher Sadic Waswa and a student examine a bat they just caught. With a team from the Field Museum in Chicago, they are prospecting for the wild hosts of malaria, Zika, and other pathogens. The results may help in developing vaccines. In 2016 and 2017, I travelled to different locations in Africa, Asia, and Europe to work on the @natgeo story "Why Vaccines Matter." Follow me on @williamodaniels for more stories. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @stephenwilkes | I took this while on assignment in Churchill, Manitoba, where I was photographing polar bears. I witnessed an extraordinary full moonrise and moonset. I’ve never seen this type of distortion in a moonset—the shape took on the outline of a hot-air balloon or a mushroom cloud. This is called an omega moon, after the Greek letter. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes . #daytonight #churchill #moonrise #canada
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Deep inside Lechuguilla, in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, there are many wondrous sights. These rare cave formations, known as mammillaries, were created underwater, at a time when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (the white stalactites with orange bulbs ) formed close to the water surface, with the white part above the water and the orange part just below the surface. This contrast between them can give you an idea of the level of the lake in the past.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A bolt of lighting fires down through dark skies at twilight over central Oklahoma. It's storm season in North America, a time where scenes like this are a common sight throughout Tornado Alley. Storm cells of this size can be quite destructive, but are part of an intricate cycle of life, bringing with them much needed water for flora and wind for pollination. They're both terrifying and beautiful to watch light up the skies.
Photo by @enricsala | Ecosystems and the diverse species that live in them support life on Earth. They produce the oxygen we breathe, they filter the water that we drink, and they enrich our world with their presence. When ecosystems are threatened and species disappear, the planet is fundamentally and irreversibly changed. We can—and must—protect biodiversity. Our future depends upon it. #BiodiversityDay
Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | From my project In Her Kitchen: Grandmas are the best cooks! This is Normita, 65, from Oltepessi Kenya. Whenever I meet grandmas on my travels, I ask the same question: Can you make your best recipe for me? This is mboga and ugali. Ingredients: Goat meat and a leg of goat, 50 gr cow’s fat, two tomatoes, 500 gr white corn flour, a plate of sukuma (a vegetable similar to spinach ). Ugali is popular in Africa, and particularly this area of Kenya. it is part of the everyday meal, the base of almost any recipe. It is always combined with something else: meat, vegetables, fish, and so on… For the ugali, bring a bit less than a liter of water to boil with some salt. When it boils, add 500 gr of white corn flour, and stir continuously until it becomes a dense mixture. Cook for about 10 minutes, and then let it cool. For the meat and vegetables, cut the goat meat into small pieces (about 3 cm ). Take the skin off the leg of the goat and strip the flesh from it. Put the meat in salted water. Melt the cow’s fat in a saucepan, and when it starts to fry, add two chopped tomatoes. When the tomatoes get mushy and create a sauce, add the chunks of meat and all the sukuma, cut into strips. Let everything cook for about 40 minutes. Add salt to taste. When the meat and vegetables are cooked, place them on a plate with the orgali. #food #kenya #africa