Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photos by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A few years back, I was invited by wildlife biologist Wes Larson to follow his team as they studied the behavior of black bears, in order to help mitigate potential conflicts between bears and humans in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. But on this day, I was not prepared to come face-to-face with a 350-pound bear waking from hibernation 70 feet deep into a mysterious and claustrophobic sandstone tunnel. You can find my account of the story and how it all ended in the December issue of the magazine in “Through the Lens: Don’t Wake the Bear,” or click the link in my bio @arni_coraldo to read the story online. Flip through the carousel to see outtakes from the scene. In other news, tomorrow I’m heading to Chicago, where I'll spend a couple weeks photographing urban coyotes for an upcoming feature in the magazine. While I am partnering with local coyote experts, I would very much welcome any tips from Chicagoans in locating real-time and consistent sightings of coyotes in the city's most urban settings. Specifically, I’m looking for behavior that is happening now and not in the past, as coyotes normally have quite an extended range of territory. If you find me poking around your backyard at dawn with a huge lens, please say hello! You can reach me via direct message on my personal account only at @arni_coraldo . I will do my best to respond to any useful tips, and I hugely appreciate your help with this little citizen science call out. #natgeo #bear #hibernation #blackbear #wildlifebiology
Video by @paulnicklen | This is perhaps the most beautiful thing I have ever seen underwater, filmed on expedition with @SeaLegacy last year. The veil that separates the ocean from the air is as thin as a dream, and to swim with sperm whales is to feel as though you've fallen into one. These gentle leviathans have thrived in complex family units off the Dominican coast for generations, probably for millions of years. Sperm whales hold the record for largest predator, largest brain, and loudest animal on earth—capable of making noise louder than a rock concert! Scientists have only just begun to understand these massive marine mammals. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more videos that showcase the beauty of the natural world and for updates from my next trip to the Dominica to swim with the sperm whales. #Whales #Science #Ocean #TurningTheTide
Photo by @babaktafreshi | A few weeks ago on the shoreline near Christchurch, on the South Island of New Zealand, the Milky Way’s galactic core was sinking to the ocean as I was warming my hands by a bonfire left by fishermen. The brightest point reflecting on the water is Jupiter, set against a dark nebula known as the Pipe, which also forms a celestial Kiwi, the national bird. The little red cloud in the galactic band is Lagoon Nebula, 4,100 light years away. Organized by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, I traveled around the country for a dozen public talks on photography and the values of preserving the natural night environment of our planet. Learn more @babaktafreshi . #saveournightsky #twanight #astrophotography #stargazing #kiwi
Photo by @williamodaniels | Russia, 2015. This is the train station in Tynda, a rare Siberian town and main hub of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM ) railway line, which traverses Siberia and the Russian Far East. Its population, originally mainly from the west of the U.S.S.R. (Belarus and Ukraine, over 3,000 miles away ), decreased significantly since the collapse of the Soviet Union. I traveled twice on the BAM line on assignment for the magazine in 2013, but I was so struck by this place that I decided to get back on my own two years later, to visit other parts of the line. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.
Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | In a lava field in Iceland, this sci-fi looking landscape is home to a high-tech greenhouse that produces barley for cosmetics. Despite the arid landscape, the greenhouse uses geothermal heat and energy and water from a volcanic source below ground. Iceland is one of the most nature-oriented countries in the world, and with scarce resources, new solutions like this greenhouse are developed to try to make more with less. I’ve always been passionate about the relationship among people, technology, and the environment. Sometimes, like in this case, reality goes beyond my imagination. My work as a photographer revolves around exploring this transitional time, where resource management is of paramount importance for humanity. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more stories on our environment and the solutions we are adopting for a more sustainable living. #iceland #greenhouse #transition #sustainability #lucalocatelliphoto
Photo by @katieorlinsky | A young girl perches on the bones of a bowhead whale at the site of the annual whaling feast in the Inupiat village of Point Hope, Alaska. Point Hope is the longest continually inhabited community in North America. For the people there, nothing is more important than the bowhead whale.
Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio and Klaus Thymann I With climate change standing as one of the most pressing issues facing our future, photography is increasingly used as a catalyst to instigate change. Last year I visited Switzerland with Klaus Thymann of @projectpressure to photograph the Rhône Glacier, which is disappearing at an alarming rate. There is a small shop that carves an ice grotto into the glacier and charges tourists to experience the interior of the blue ice, so it has been worth their money to attempt to slow the glacier’s retreat. They have invested heavily in a special thermal blanket that has kept about 25 meters (82 feet, in depth ) of ice from disappearing, keeping the grotto intact. However, after a few harsh winters on the mountain, the blanket is starting to disintegrate. And unfortunately the method is not scaleable: we cannot do this to all the world’s ice; the gesture is as forlorn and doomed as the glacier itself. So with heavy lament, this glacier, which has existed for millennia, will disappear within the lifetime of children born today. For more on this project follow @simonnorfolkstudio #glaciers #rhoneglacier #Switzerland #climatechange #globalwarming @projectpressure
Photos by @nicholesobecki | For this National Geographic investigation writer @rachelfobar and I were invited to Pienika, one of South Africa’s controversial lion breeding farms that also offers sport hunts. In April, the National Council for Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA ) inspectors visited here and found lions being held in filthy, overcrowded enclosures, and at least four of the cubs unable to walk—a situation NSPCA’s senior inspector called “soul destroying.” We returned to see if conditions had improved, but three days after our visit, in a follow-up inspection, the NSPCA found about 20 young lion and tiger carcasses in a freezer in a staff member’s home, a lion cub in a walk-in freezer, and, hidden in a shed, two live cubs also suffering from a neurological condition caused by malnutrition. Conservationists say the situation at Pienika Farm is not an isolated incident, and animals are likely languishing in poor conditions around the country every day, fueled by South Africa’s thriving captive lion industry. Lions in the wild have disappeared from 94 percent of their historic range in Africa, and are listed as vulnerable to extinction. Follow me @nicholesobecki for updates, outtakes, and more. Story link in my bio. #lion #southafrica #fallenpride
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | Staff scramble to control a white tiger during a photo session with Kody Antle at the South Carolina cub-petting venue called Myrtle Beach Safari. Kody provides much of the venue’s advertising, posing in photos and videos with tigers and other animals on Instagram and other social media. We investigated the animal welfare, wildlife trade, and conservation concerns of the U.S.'s captive tiger industry for the December #natgeomagazine , produced with writer @sharonguynup . #tigers (This caption has been updated to provide more information about the Nat Geo investigation into the captive tiger industry. )
Photo by @irablockphoto | Early morning fog in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. This region in northern Thailand is inhabited by Hmong hill tribe people. Opium production was the major crop years ago, but farmers here now grow many crops, including rice, coffee, and mangoes. The change from opium production was facilitated by the Royal Project of Thailand. #followme @irablockphoto to see more images from our planet. #thailand #opium #hmong #irablock
Photo by @acacia .johnson | Juani Volker, a polar expedition guide from South Africa, takes in the blooming snow algae at Port Charcot, Antarctica. Juani has spent nine years working as an expedition guide in the polar regions. She is one of the many remarkable women I've photographed as part of an ongoing project about women working in Antarctica, a traditionally masculine realm where more and more women are now working in leadership roles. "I love being a woman working in a man's world," she says. "It challenges [men] but it also brings humor, delight, and a nice balance to working in an extreme environment, especially for extended amounts of time. For me, as a woman, the secret is not to try to compete or try to prove to men how equal I am, but more to accept our differences and unique strengths and form a unified team who has each other's backs." Follow me @acacia .johnson for more stories from Antarctica and beyond. #antarctica #womeninantarctica #polar
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | If you look closely, you can see two dark brown dots on each of the heads of this two-headed copperhead. Those dark brown dots are called pineal eyes, described by researchers as primitive third eyes with only one function: to detect day or night. To see more photographs of snakes, including this one, head over to @tbfrost
Photo by @CirilJazbec // Sponsored by @salesforce // I have covered climate change stories from the rising sea levels of Kiribati to Greenland’s ice melt. I felt it was time to look for stories that emphasize our resilience and share solutions that inspire. I came across a brilliant local grassroots innovation, ice stupas, which solved a water problem for the mountain communities in Ladakh, India. These artificial mini-glaciers store winter meltwater and slowly release it for the growing season in early spring, when water is needed most. The people in Ladakh had always suffered from droughts, but the situation became more dire with the glacier retreat in recent decades. // According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere, most glaciers in the world are shrinking—and their loss may be irreversible. In the lead-up to COP25, the next UN meeting on #climateaction , @unfoundation encourages you to spotlight solutions to climate change using the hashtag #EyeOnClimate .
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and Juri De Luca | Fossils of long-extinct creatures aren’t just for museums. Today there’re in homes and business, as wealthy collectors indulge a controversial hobby. Jutting like spikes, teeth protrude from the five-foot-long lower jaw of a new species of tylosaur displayed at the Edgemont, South Dakota, home of Frank Garcia (at left ) and his wife, Debby. The couple found the marine reptile fossil in 2016—first its tail, then its skull—not far from where they live. The skull is the most complete ever found. Garcia doesn’t have a degree in paleontology, but he has spent much of his life uncovering fossils. In 1979 he landed a contract with the Smithsonian Institution to dig for fossils in Florida. “For 10 years they paid me to go around looking for fossils,” he says. During his career, Garcia discovered tens of thousands of specimens that are now at museums and universities in the United States. #dinosaur #fossil #extinct #dinosaurs
Photo by @amivitale | Children clean the school while waiting for their teacher to arrive, in a village in Guinea-Bissau. Because of a devastating conflict, Guinea-Bissau continues to recover from the civil conflict of 1999. Most children, especially in rural areas, don't have access to an education—and girls face even more obstacles in a conservative society that prevents them from attending school. In the past few years, though, there have been substantial changes, and at least some of the girls have opportunities to attend school. @alexiafoundation @rippleeffectimages @thephotosociety #girls #guineabissau #africa #education
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A trio of #meerkats adorably stretches and yawns before taking to their morning hunt. These highly social animals are in the mongoose family, and are typically found in "mobs" ranging from 10-50 members. They have a fearless temperament when it comes to protecting their dens, and are incredibly opportunistic in their hunting strategy, foraging on everything from insects to small reptiles to scorpions. To see more photos of meerkats, please visit @ladzinski
Photo by @renan_ozturk | Ushishir Island, the crown jewel of the Kuril Islands in the North Pacific. As one of the most remote island chains of the North Pacific, this place is home to a massive population of marine mammal life. Biologist Vladimir Burkanov, the key player in the #FromKurilsWithLove project, has had time-lapse cameras running on some sea lion rookery locations for up to seven years, and his data has shown a major mysterious decline. Hoping we can bring awareness and support for the continuation of Valdimir’s research to better understand the greater ecosystem of this incredible corner of Earth. Follow @renan_ozturk and team for more from this story.
Photos by @ruddyroye | I use my craft as a photographer to tell the stories of marginalized individuals, including African Americans. From Florida to Sacramento, I’ve documented aspects of their life and history that seem lost to the general public. Up until three years ago, the majority of African-American history had been held by families and their communities; the individual memory had been the sole repository for keeping and retelling that history. That’s when I was asked to delve deeper into those stories by photographing people who had donated pieces of their family history to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. I was deeply moved. The stories were robust, sad, always trailing off, as if someone had left a thread hanging and undone. During that time, I met Gina R. McVey, the granddaughter of Lawrence Leslie McVey, a soldier attached to the 369th Infantry, an all-black regiment known as the Harlem Hellfighters. Barred to serve with white soldiers, these black infantrymen had to fight under French flags as cooks and stevedores. It wasn’t until French forces were depleted that these black soldiers were allowed to fight on the front lines. Elaine Thompson also met me at her humble home in Hampton, Virginia. As the descendant of people freed before emancipation, Ms. Thompson spoke of how she kept the rich history of her family tucked away in drawers and bookshelves. One of the artifacts she donated was a small tin box that belonged to her great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Trammell. Inside was certified proof of his freedom papers, validated by a county clerk in 1852. Today is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. As we recognize abolition, let us ponder why Joan Mulholland bore excruciating pain to meet me at the 16th Street Baptist Church, or why is there still a street sign in Virginia that glorifies the beheading of enslaved individuals fighting for freedom, or why Aisha, the niece of James Baldwin, looks to her past to resolve the questions that evade her in 2019. This day I believe is so that a little boy can go to a museum to witness the collective stories of a people and find his identity within its walls.
Photo by @brianskerry | A stoplight parrotfish cruises over a meadow of sea grass in the waters off Belize. Sea grass beds are critical to animals that spend time on coral reefs. The reefs off Belize are part of the Meso-American Reef, the world’s second largest barrier reef, and are interconnected to sea grass beds and mangroves. If you spend time in each of these ecosystems, you will see animals ebbing and flowing among all three. Everything in nature is connected, and everything plays a role. Learn more about ocean ecosystems through photos and stories by following @BrianSkerry #mesoamericanreef #connectivity #seagrass #parrotfish
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Mist rises above one of the 10,000 hydrothermal features in Yellowstone National Park. When visiting here, you can sense the raw power of Mother Nature bubbling up around you in the myriad of hot springs and geysers. It always feels like I’m witnessing a "naked Earth," from another time, reminding us of the power and complexity of our shared home. For more wild places, follow @pedromcbride . #yellowstone #nationalpark #nature #BW #petemcbride
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | On a rainy day in Athens, Greece, I roam the streets to capture daily life in the city. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Dailylife #Streetphotography
Photo by @jasperdoest | Black-browed albatrosses nest on New Island. The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas ) hold 70% (500,00 pairs ) of the world's population of these birds. Black-browed albatross are migratory, arriving here to breed in September and leaving their colonies by the end of April. They may be seen offshore throughout the year in these waters. The nest, which is reused every year, is a solid pillar, up to 50 centimeters (20 inches ) high, of mud and guano with some grass and seaweed incorporated. They frequently nest near rockhopper penguins. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions #albatross #bird #wildlife
Photo by @edkashi | Sugarcane is harvested using state-of- the-art combines and tractors at the sugar and ethanol plant USINA Sao Francisco, in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, in 2011. USINA Sao Francisco is the only organic sugar and ethanol plant in Brazil, which hosts the largest sugar and ethanol producers in the world. High-tech production areas cluster in the São Paolo region, where the sugar is sold to the international market or processed into ethanol. #brasil #sugarcane #latinamerica #agriculture #manvsmachine
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | The dominant male of the Tsaro pride at Duba Plains in the Okavango surveys the wide-open landscape from an unusual perch. Duba's lions are known for their swimming prowess, essential in their watery environment and a skill that has made them highly muscular and some of the biggest lions to be found. Recently, we've noticed that these innovative lions are increasingly using trees as a vantage point from which to plan a hunt. The lionesses have become rather good at it. This male did not, however, manage to descend quite as comfortably as he climbed up. Unlike leopards, lions' ankle joints have not evolved to grip branches—on the way down, he ended up in a highly undignified tumble. This experiment in arboreal use may not have worked out perfectly for him; however, seeing these lions constantly pushing their hunting strategies in this difficult ecosystem is promising for the future—a future that is increasingly precarious in a changing climate and shrinking habitat. It's promising because it shows that lions can adapt and learn to use their environment to their advantage. But judging from the fact that there are more statues of lions than actual lions, we know that we have to do all that we can to help these big cats— no matter how innovative they are. #ThisIsMyTrophy #OkavangoLions #BigCats