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 @stephen_matera | Mount Shuksan is reflected in a lake at sunset in North Cascades National Park, Washington. At 9,131 feet, Mount Shuksan is one of the highest peaks in the North Cascades and has almost 8,000 feet of vertical on its south side. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #northcascades #nationalpark #snow #wilderness
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Overlooking the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, the Museo del Novecento hosts a collection of more than 4,000 works that showcase 20th-century Italian art. Visitors can glimpse the Duomo from inside the museum’s panoramic terrace. Venture beyond the ruins of Rome and the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, and you’ll discover an entirely new side of Italy. Situated between the foothills of the Alps and the River Po, the sprawling metropolis of Milan is recognized as Italy’s financial hub and one of the world’s fashion capitals. To learn more about Milan, look at the gallery "Italy's Unexpected Cultural and Artistic Hub" on the National Geographic website and follow me @andrea_frazzetta #milan #italy #citylife
Photo by @jimmychin | Corcovado volcano is part of the system of millions of acres committed two years ago by Tompkins Conservation and President Bachelet to become national parks in Chile. The protected acreage is three times the size of Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park combined. I’ve always looked up to Doug and Kristine Tompkins for their work, vision, and approach to life. Their commitment to preserving our wild places epitomizes the spirit of conservation. To see more images from the wild landscapes of Chile, follow @jimmychin
Photo by @mathiassvold | Lake Bled, near the Alps in Slovenia, is one of the most breathtaking, fairy-tale-like places in Europe. A church is located on a small island in the middle of the lake. The legend says that your wishes will come true if you ring the church bell three times. Follow me @mathiassvold for more stories and nature images. #lakebled #bled #slovenia
Photo by @kevinfaingnaert | Beautiful, mysterious, and unique, Cartagena's Old Town has no trouble getting attention. Its narrow streets and gorgeous architecture make it one of Colombia’s most coveted and popular destinations. #cartagena #colombia
Photo by @kahliaprilphoto | A lone gentoo penguin calls to the distant, ice-covered peaks of Antarctica.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | A surreal scene of light and wildlife unfolds at Schwabacher Landing on an autumn evening in Grand Teton National Park. #wyoming #grandtetonnationalpark #tetons
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Ice is nice. That’s a fact. I simply love playing with its colors, shapes, and patterns. I can spend hours at a time poring over a sculpted block of ice like this one in Antarctica, always finding new details and abstractions. I find it’s a creative process that allows one to be focused on the task at hand and be in the moment. In our era of constant hyperactivity and multitasking, I find it refreshing to let my mind relax and focus on just one thing. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #iceberg #Antarctica #climatechange #climatechangeisreal
Photo by @coryrichards | Stilt fishing came into being in Sri Lanka just after World War II and was in wide practice up the coast until the 2004 tsunami. Due to the tsunami's wreckage of damaged coastlines, many stilt fishers were unable to utilize this method in catching fish. This reduced access to fish has made many fisherman transition into farming. Follow me @coryrichards more #culture, #adventure, and #travel from around the world.
Photo by @jessicasample | With over 250 days of rainfall a year, the Faroe Islands have more waterfalls than you can count. Pictured here is the bottom half of Fossa, the tallest waterfall on the islands. #faroeislands
Photo by @stephen_matera | Fresh snowfall covers the peak of Wasatch Mountain, overlooking autumn's golden aspens in Telluride, Colorado. Late September and early October bring a blaze of color to the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Colorado and around the world. #autumn #aspen #telluride
Photo by @jimmychin | A 25-year dream realized … This spring Kristine Tompkins and Tompkins Conservation concluded the largest private land donation in history with the formal handover of Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park and Patagonia National Park to the people and government of Chile. Over the last 25 years Tompkins Conservation created five new national parks, expanded three others, and helped conserve more than 14.2 million acres of wilderness. It's truly incredible and almost impossible to understand the scope of what they have achieved. Their work is a global model for conservation and a beacon of hope for the world in protecting and preserving our remaining wild places. Thank you, Kris and Doug, for showing us the way forward. A few committed people with a grand vision can change the world for the better. For more images of adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | The 10 Corso Como is a gallery dedicated to art, photography, fashion, and design exhibitions in Milan, Italy. It was started by fashion editor and publisher Carla Sozzani in 1990 in a converted garage. To learn more about Milan, look at the gallery "Italy's Unexpected Cultural and Artistic Hub" on the National Geographic website and follow me @andrea_frazzetta #milan #italy #citylife
Photo by @jonathankingston | A stingray swims in the iconic waters of Bora-Bora, French Polynesia. A close cousin of sharks, stingrays have some amazing superpowers. Rather than using their eyes to hunt, they use electrical sensors to locate their next meal, which they then crush with insanely powerful jaws. Masters of camouflage, stingrays spend much of their time hiding on the ocean floor. If threatened, they use their venomous barbed tail as a weapon to discourage predators. #borabora #frenchpolynesia #stingray #ocean
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Mountains rise above Schwabacher Landing on an autumn evening in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. This location can be overrun with photographers, but luckily there are several other areas nearby—and on the trail—where one can capture stunning images as well. Please be kind to the vegetation and the environment here. #wyoming #grandtetonnationalpark #tetons
Photo by @kevinfaingnaert | The scenery west of Bouillon in the Belgian Ardennes reaches a memorable climax at Rochehaut, where a long balcony surveys a glorious view across a perfect river curl enfolded in deep forests. #belgium
Photo by @kahliaprilphoto | The lakes have just begun to freeze in the Canadian Rockies, making way for interesting formations in the ice like these frozen bubbles. The window is brief; as the snow begins to fall, the formations will soon be hidden for the winter.
Photo by @coryrichards | Every culture has their form of a traditional beverage to welcome guests. While my expedition team and I crossed through Myanmar in an attempt to climb Hkakabo Razi, Myanmar’s highest mountain, we were welcomed with warm cups of chai. Pictured here, our warm welcome to town as our host pours us powerful mini cups of milky chai. Shot #onassignment for #natgeo. Follow me @coryrichards for more #travel, #adventure, and #culture from around the world.
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | King penguins head out to sea to feed in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas ). King penguins are very specific about what they hunt and catch. They eat small schooling fish like lanternfish year-round, especially during breeding season. When the weather grows colder they eat more icefish and cephalopods—mollusks, octopuses, and squid—to supplement their winter diet. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #FalklandIslands #malvinas #aerialphotography #dronephotography #climatechange
Photo by @MichaelGeorge | In the summers of 2012 and 2013 I walked over a thousand miles on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient Christian pilgrimage through southern France and northern Spain. The Camino has many branches throughout Europe, but I took two of the most popular trails: the Le Puy Camino and the Camino Frances. The routes bring together an international community on a path that covers cities, mountains, and Roman roads. Although the Camino is rooted in Christian tradition, over the past 15 years it has been reborn as a nondenominational spiritual rite. In 2012 only 30 percent of pilgrims were walking in the name of a Christian faith. Many people who walk do so because they are in a time of transition; many recently retired, just graduated college, lost a job, went through a divorce, or are simply unhappy and need a space with strangers to decompress. Surprisingly, many pilgrims begin the journey alone. This image was taken along the Camino Frances. #camino #caminofrances #lepuycamino #caminodesantiago #pilgrimage
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Having left the thick fog swirling around Mount Etna, an explorer descends into the misty subsurface. Grotta del Gelo is a lava tube that formed following the cooling of a lava flow during an eruption that began in July 1614—and lasted for over 10 years. Her headlamp cuts through the cloud, revealing a reflective, crystal clear lake on top of a large mass of ice. Grotta del Gelo is unusual; finding lava tubes with ice inside is a rarity. Huge thanks for the support from the Sicilian Speleogical Fédération and Etna National Park for making this trip happen.
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Fog covers this view from the top of the Tianzi Mountain Range in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China. The tiny cable cars give you a sense of how immense these sandstone towers are. #zhangjiajie #wulingyuan #tianzimountain #china
Photo by @ErikaSkogg | An icon of the Scottish Highlands and its history, Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognizable and photographed cultural landscapes of the region. Like many of the castles that strategically line the Scottish coastline, Eilean Donan has been renovated in an arts and crafts style to preserve its medieval history. It is easily reachable off the main road near Dornie for visitors to soak in stories of vikings, clansmen, and the failed Jacobite risings. #EileanDonan #Scotland #ScottishHighlands #Dornie
Photo by @stephen_matera | Steller sea lions rest on South Marble Island in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska. At the end of the Little Ice Age in the mid-1700s, Glacier Bay was completely covered by a large tidewater glacier. By the time John Muir explored Glacier Bay in 1879, the glacier had receded 40 miles. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images from Alaska and around the world. #SEAlaska #wilderness #nationalpark
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Fishing boats are anchored off Papuma, Indonesia. Papuma beach is quite popular among the people of East Java for its white sands and big rock. Besides its natural scenic beauty, Papuma is also rich in wildlife like lizards, birds, pigs, and scaly anteaters. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #ijen #java #indonesia
Photo by Michael George @MichaelGeorge | Santorini, Greece, will blind you. On a hot day, with the sun shining, there is nowhere to look but at the white walls, white streets, and white doorways that surround you. The occasional pops of color are an accident on a blank canvas. A flower, a cat, a hanging octopus. You wake up in a room shaped like a cave and think, Why am I taking a vacation on the edge of a dormant volcano? You wonder how the food tastes so good when the landscape looks impossible to fertilize. Garbage is brought down the stairs by donkeys. There’s another cat. You forget every color but white and blue. After breathing in the freshest air, you fly away and look down from the plane at the caldera, thinking about just how large an eruption might have been. #santorini #sunrise #greece #caldera #volcano
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @BabakTafreshi | Swans fly above a lake in Massachusetts, against the backdrop of New England's fall foliage. The mute swan is not a native bird in the United States; it arrived during the Victorian age as a boutique item for exhibitions. #swan #newengland #massachusetts #fallfoliage
Photo by @kevinfaingnaert | Almond trees cover a hill near Granada in the Sierra Nevada, Spain’s largest national park. #spain #sierranevada
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The temples of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico, are considered the most beautiful of all Maya ruins, with some of the finest architecture, sculpture, and carvings in Mesoamerica. But with less than 10 percent of the complex explored, more than a thousand structures are still covered by jungle. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by Daisy Gilardini @daisygilardini | Have you ever wondered why some color images stand out more than others? It has to do with the combination of colors in your picture. Complementary colors—the opposites on the color wheel, such as red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple—stand out and vibrate because they create strong contrast. A good exercise is to go out in the street and try to shoot complementary colors. By learning what to look for and incorporating these elements into your composition, you will make images that immediately pop out. In the polar regions, one of the most effective examples of how complementary colors make images more vibrant appears when shooting an iceberg, like this one in Antarctica, at sunset or sunrise. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #Antarctica #landscapephotography #iceberg #climatechange
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Grand Teton stands under a swirling Milky Way, as seen from String Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. #wyoming #stringlake #grandtetonnationalpark
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Since 1968 the sulfur miners of Mount Ijen, Indonesia, have ventured into this unpredictable labyrinth of gas clouds and superheated fumaroles to extract “devil’s gold” and carry it back down the mountain. Ijen’s half-mile-wide turquoise crater lake takes on an eerie glow in the darkness. Deceptively beautiful, it has a pH lower than that of battery acid. The largest acid lake on Earth, it is caustic enough to dissolve metal. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to learn more about this story. #ijen #java #indonesia
Photo by @taylorglenn | A classic view of the transition of seasons is seen in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. This year we have had several early and significant snowfalls in the mountains, which created incredible contrast with the autumn hues of the aspen trees. Follow me @taylorglenn for more fall images around the Tetons. #grandtetonnationalpark #wyoming