Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by @nataliekeyssar | This was part of my most recent @natgeo story on how advances in DNA technology may help solve cold cases from Guatemala's civil war, creating hope for families who have spent years wondering what became of their disappeared loved ones. Rosalina Tuyuc is a human rights activist and founder of Conavigua, the national association of Guatemalan widows. Her husband and father are still among the war's missing, and she performs a ritual at the memorial she helped construct at the site of several mass graves. Read more in Nina Strochlic's article at Nat Geo's link in bio.
Photo by @stephenwilkes | While scouting in Ilulissat, Greenland, I climbed up a hill, hoping for a better a view of the icebergs—and discovered a cemetery at the base of this valley. The juxtaposition of these small, all-white graves against the dark volcanic rock and the majestic icebergs just over the hill was magical. To see more photos from my travels near and far follow me @stephenwilkes . #Ilulissat #cemetery #hill # rocks #icebergs
Photo by @martinschoeller | Holocaust survivor Sara Leicht was born in Oradea, Romania, in 1929. Sara was relocated to the Nagyvárad ghetto and later deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. "The most important thing we can do is to love. To love more and to love everyone. To be kinder, more humble, and more generous, and to be better people. To love our fellow human beings, whoever they are.” Seventy-five years ago, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp was liberated. The guards had left the day before, and 7,000 abandoned prisoners remained at the camp when two Russian soldiers, pulling a machine gun on a sled through snow, arrived at the gates. At the end of the war, six million Jews had been killed for no other reason than being Jewish. To commemorate the Holocaust, I traveled to Israel, where I interviewed 75 survivors at @yadvashem , the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. I will be sharing their stories for the next few months.
Photo by @michaelnicknichols | Jane Goodall, Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo, 2002. Jane and I were in the Congo in a place where, in the 1990s, conservationist Mike Fay had encountered chimpanzees that hadn't had any negative association with humans—meaning that they were “naive," not afraid. So the goal was to protect them and this land at all costs. The problem: a forest full of mahogany, which had a value akin to gold. The president of Congo wouldn't sign a decree that would annex the triangle into the national park; this stalemate went on for a decade. We were all afraid that something would happen and destroy this place, so we brought in a secret weapon: Jane Goodall, who is renowned—and can move the dial when she meets with a president. Mission accomplished: The decree was signed. Here, she was about 68 years old, and it was a long, hard walk to reach the Goualougo. She wore plastic sandals and got really painful blisters. She did not complain (except to me, her friend ). From my retrospective book WILD
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | The freshly painted pastel building blocks stand below Juche Tower in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.
Photo by @katieorlinsky | Young polar bears play in the Alaskan Arctic. Anyone with a sibling can probably relate. I made this image in the Inupiat village of Kaktovik, Alaska. Every fall after the community’s annual subsistence hunt of bowhead whales, polar bears arrive to feed off the whale carcass scraps and bones. Climate change has affected the migration and diet of polar bears, which have grown increasingly hungry as melting sea ice impairs their ability to hunt seals on the ice sheet. Meanwhile, scavenging so close to town brings its own set of challenges to both polar bears and the people of Kaktovik. With a steady stream of tourists and scientists coming to view and study the polar bears year after year, bears grow increasingly accustomed to interaction with humans—the most dangerous predator on the planet.
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Andrea Bocelli, wearing Saudi attire, sings at Maraya Concert Hall, in Al Ula, during a tourism festival in Saudi Arabia. Even just a couple years ago, an event like this would not have taken place in such a remote region of the conservative kingdom. #saudiarabia #andreabocelli
Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto | This futuristic vertical farming facility in Newark, New Jersey, produces fresh vegetables in the shadow of New York City. It employs a reusable substrate in the form of a patented cloth, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, on which seeds are laid. The cloth is misted from below, reducing water usage by 95% compared to farming on fields, the company maintains. This facility aims to reduce food waste by optimizing production based on need. It is estimated that almost 30% of food production in the U.S. is wasted—technology may help change that. As a photographer, my work revolves around the transition humanity is facing as we look for new ways to live in the future. This image is part of an upcoming magazine cover story on waste. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more and discover other stories about the technology we hope will lead to a more sustainable life. #transition #greenhouse #future #environment #lucalocatelliphoto
Photo by @sarahyltonphoto | In between giggles and laughter, girls at an Afghan refugee settlement pose for a portrait on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, after class. According to the UN, only 18 percent of Afghan refugee girls are enrolled in schools in Pakistan. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for this story. For more stories on women and girls, follow me @sarahyltonphoto . #girlseducation #Pakistan #refugees
Photo by @timlaman | What do orangutans do when it rains? This big male has bent a branch for a little shelter. Sometimes they go much further, as you can see in the umbrella-making video at @savegporangutans , the group my wife, Cheryl Knott, founded over 20 years ago, with support from the National Geographic Society, to protect wild orangutans in Borneo. If you are in the Toronto area, come see us at NatGeo Live Feb 23-25, and learn about the fascinating lives of orangutans and our adventures studying them in the rainforest of Borneo’s #GunungPalungNationalPark . This image was shot on assignment in 1994, and I’ve been going back ever since. #orangutans #borneo #Indonesia #savewildorangutans
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | With ghostly eyes from the dim shine of my flashlight, a grizzly bear watches me from the edge of Fishing Branch River, in the northern Yukon. The vast and pristine wilderness of Canada thrives because of the delicate relationships between some of its most integral resources—the salmon of its flowing rivers and the trees that make up its lush, emerald forests. Bears and other carnivores depend upon both salmon and trees, and without the nutrient exchange between these two resources, forests would dissipate and a wilderness-based tourism industry would fail. To ensure that the nexus between forest and salmon remains intact, we must manage our resources into the future. Follow me @Mitty for more stories from the West Coast of Canada, where I live and work with my team at @SeaLegacy in one of the most beautiful places in the world. #ExploreBC #CircleOfLife #Nature #ExtinctionEndsHere
Photo by @dina_litovsky | An Amish girl rides a hoverboard in Pinecraft, Florida. For the last two winters, I've been shooting in this small vacation community, jokingly dubbed Amish Las Vegas—Pinecraft is a unique place where Amish and Mennonites from around the United States come to enjoy the warm weather and recreational activities. The usual rules are a bit looser during this time, and a blind eye is often turned to the use of cell phones, cameras, and bicycles. Even Hoverboards are getting more and more popular in Pinecraft among children and young adults. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky .
Photo by @thomaspeschak | Long before I started work on my Galápagos story, I envisioned making a photograph that would juxtapose a marine iguana with a school of fish. Transforming the scene lodged in my mind into reality took many hours over many days and required following countless schools of fish. It was only toward the end of my stay at a remote spot that a marine iguana rose up from the seabed at the same time as a school of grunts swam through the frame. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo in collaboration with @parquegalapagos @charlesdarwinfoundation . For more photographs from the Galapagos follow @thomaspeschak .
Photos by @carltonward | You could say I've been chasing ghosts for the past few years. I set up base camp in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 to begin my Path of the Panther project with @insidenatgeo . I was developing camera trap systems to photograph the elusive endangered panthers in the South Florida swamps. The biologists living in the trailer next to mine were there in pursuit of a different kind of ghost—the rare and revered ghost orchid. They were using a simple game camera in an attempt to capture the first ever photos of a ghost orchid being pollinated. That's when my orchid distraction began. What started as an excuse to make weekly paddle trips into the Fakahatchee Strand soon grew into a three-year-long obsession to help solve one of the great mysteries of the Everglades—what pollinates the ghost orchid. I hung custom-made camera traps above the water and pointed infrared laser triggers just above delicate ghost orchid flowers. I fine-tuned the method and tried for two years but failed to capture any pollinators. I tried again for a third summer, and fellow Nat Geo explorers @macstonephoto and @peter_houlihan (second photo ) joined the quest. Peter had been studying ghost orchids in the Fakahatchee for six years, and Mac had first proposed the idea of camera trapping them a few years earlier. Mac's old-growth forest project gave him an excuse to hang a camera trap 50 feet (15 meters ) up in an ancient cypress tree at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, where a "super ghost" blooms throughout the summer. Please stay tuned over the next week to learn what we discovered together. #ChasingGhosts #everglades
Photos by @elias .williams | In 1860 enslaved Africans arrived in Mobile, Alabama, aboard Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in the United States—the result of an illegal bet, made 52 years after the international slave trade was abolished. After arrival, the ship was burned and sunk in a remote area of the Mobile River. In 1865 slavery was abolished, and Clotilda survivors had no way to return to Africa. They would go on to purchase land and found a tight-knit, self-reliant community named Africatown, where many of their descendants live today. For more than a century, the remains of the Clotilda have been a mystery. Last May, a team of underwater archaeologists announced that the ship was discovered. These are the descendants of Clotilda survivors Cudjo Lewis, Charlie Lewis, Pollee Allen, and Ossa Keeby, descendants who keep their heritage alive. Cousins Attevese Lumbers-Rosario and Ralphema Lumbers are descendants of Cudjo Lewis, one of Africatown’s most notable founders. He lived until 1935, and was one of the longest lived survivors. Ralphema Lumbers wears a T-shirt with a photo of Lewis, taken about 1927. Lorna Gail Woods is one of Africatown’s historians and the great-great-granddaughter of Charlie Lewis. The oldest of the Clotilda captives, he settled an area that became known as Lewis Quarters, where some of his 200-plus descendants still live. Vernetta Henson is the great-great granddaughter of Pollee Allen, who worked as a lumber stacker and in his productive garden to provide for his 15 children. Karliss Hinton is an Army veteran and descendant of Ossa Keeby. Keeby was likely a fisherman on the Kebbi River in northwestern Nigeria before he was captured. He and his wife, Annie, became successful farmers, raised nine children, and owned several plots of land.
Photos by @lucasfogliaphoto | Hotel guests enjoy a swim in the pool as rush-hour traffic backs up on the street below. The Parkroyal Collection on Pickering Street contains over 15,000 square meters (almost four acres ) of greenery, amounting to twice its land area. In Singapore, 100 percent of the population is urban. The Singapore Green Plan promotes conservation of the nation’s natural resources and the use of green technology, and nature is being reincorporated into the city.
Photo by @estherhorvath | Station Nord is a military and climate science post, and the northernmost base on Greenland. It's home to six Danish soldiers on a two-year tour—and two dogs. Besides being on polar bear lookout, the dogs provide comfort and company for the soldiers. The dogs are treated like family, and they occasionally may even get a "pedicure." Here soldier Kasper Kruse clips nails as Jasper Juul Hansen cradles the dog. This is an outtake from "Eyes on The Ice," published in the September issue. #Greenland #behindthescenes
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Whenever I meet people on my travels, I ask the same question: Can I see what’s in your medicine cabinet? Noorjaha Sagri, 56, her husband, Abbas Ali Sagri, 67, and (from left ) their children, Faisal, 24, Heena, 17, and Rafiq, 22, live in a one-room flat in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. At night they pull out mattresses and all sleep in one room. The parents do not work, but the children do sporadically and are the only source of income for the family. Abbas has suffered a stroke, so most of the medicines visible are for his use. #pills #pharma #bigpharma
Photo by @paulnicklen | My eighth assignment for National Geographic was a behavioral piece on one of the fastest fish to ever exist in our oceans: the sailfish. Written by Jennifer Holland, "In the Whirl: Sailfish" was published in the September 2008 edition. The biggest challenge was to shoot a full-length feature in only 11 days. When you're short on time in a demanding and competitive job, little voices of doubt sneak in and start to tell you that you're going to fail. At the time I wondered: how could I ever pull off a story in 11 days? It seemed absurd. A typical assignment length was anywhere from 50 to 80 days. Fortunately, we had an amazing team for the sailfish piece which made it possible. My buddy Goran Ehlme and I put our heads together with local fishermen and our wonderful Mexican guides and managed to produce a small feature story with only a few good hours of lucky shooting. Follow me @PaulNicklen to learn more about my experiences as a @NatGeo photographer, as well as how I've honed my craft in the decade since I took this photo. #Gratitude #UnderwaterPhotography #HardWork #FailureIsNotAnOption
Photos by @timlaman | Cheryl Knott started her wild orangutan research project in Borneo with a Nat Geo Society grant in 1994. Here are a few retrospective shots from that first year of fieldwork, which we spent together (we're married ) in the rainforest. Studying wild orangutans is tough work, but Cheryl and her team have persevered for 25 years to shed light on the behavior of this now critically endangered species. If you are in Toronto, come hear our NatGeo Live presentation “Adventures Among Orangutans” Feb 23-25. Or to learn more about Cheryl’s work, follow @savegporangutans . #GunungPalungNationalPark #orangutans #borneo #Indonesia #savewildorangutans