National Geographic

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

Photo by @PaulNicklen | It’s difficult to express what it is like to be in the company of an orca. I watch as it glides effortlessly through the blue ocean waters, and I feel totally at peace with this animal. But in this moment, there’s not only one orca, there are many. A family on the hunt. Orcas have become one of the most demonized marine animals, and I am always trying to steer people away from this impression by capturing the beauty and intelligence of these complex cetaceans. Right now, I am back in Norway to shine a light on the importance of this keystone species and its associated ecosystem. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for photos from this expedition. #Norway #orcas #nature #ocean
Photo by @TimLaman | This is the third highest peak on the world’s second biggest island? Know where this is? The island is New Guinea, a rugged, mountainous, rain forest covered island, second biggest in the world after Greenland and the biggest tropical island, and split between the countries of Papua New Guinea in the east, and the western half which is part of Indonesia, including the provinces of Papua and West Papua. The peak is Peak Trikora, 4730 meters (15,580 ft) tall, and only a little less than Carstenz Pyramid, the highest peak on the island at 4884 meters (16023 ft), both of which are in the Indonesian half of the island. Most people have no idea there are such big mountains on New Guinea so close to the equator… the range of habitats created from the tropical lowlands to the alpine zone contributes to the incredible biodiversity of New Guinea. #NewGuinea #Papua . See more from this remote part of #Indonesia by following @TimLaman
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Thousands of Jews visited the Cave of the Patriarchs, known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the West Bank city of Hebron on September 25, during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Revered by both Jews and Muslims, the site is believed to be the oldest continuously used intact prayer structure in the world, containing the burial sites of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish People. The Arabic name of the complex reflects the prominence given to Abraham, revered by Muslims as a Quranic prophet and a patriarch through Ishmael. After the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque by Baruch Goldstein, an American-Israeli physician and religious extremist, Israeli authorities divided the mosque complex between Jewish and Muslim worshippers. Hebron is home to roughly 150,000 Palestinian Muslims and 700 Jewish settlers, the latter living in a series of Jewish-only enclaves guarded by Israeli troops.
Photo by @nicholesobecki | On a continent where natural resources have driven generations of boom and bust, Angola has a remarkable and frightening distinction. It is more dependent on commodity exports than just about any other nation in sub-Saharan Africa. Angola has long been repressive of independent journalists, and the opportunity to work there in 2016 was a rare chance to see the impact of the tremendous inequality that exists, from the glass skyscrapers soaring above the capital, Luanda, to this neighborhood overlooking Cabinda, a heavily guarded territory that accounts for half the oil output from the continent’s top petroleum producer. #oil #resourcecurse #angola #nicholesobecki
Video by @pedromcbride | Balancing Act: A day of traffic on the flank of America’s most iconic national park. I created this time-lapse merge to show what loving a place to death visually looks like. In eight hours on an average Tuesday, my camera captured 263 helicopter flights and some 40 boat rides on the southwest boundary of Grand Canyon National Park. This wave of industrial tourism creates financial stability for the neighboring tribal community but raises questions of safety, noise, and park protection. You can learn more about this project and its lates content @pedromcbride. #grandcanyon #betweenriverandrim #nature #access #balance #conservation #petemcbride
Photo by @simoncroberts | Visitors to the Ttukseom Hangang Park, an urban green space in Seoul, sit in the shade of a motorway overpass. Hangang, also known as the Han River, is the main body of water that runs through the middle of the capital city of South Korea. As in many cities, urban planners in Seoul have realized the significance of parks and green spaces to help combat issues of air pollution, improve public health, and to meet demands for increased leisure time. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #SimonRoberts #TtukseomPark #Hangang #SouthKorea #Seoul #urbanlandscapes #urbanparks
Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | A lone male elephant reaches for fresh leaves in the branches in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, last week. We all know about the threats facing elephants and their decline in many parks across Africa. But in Gorongosa, elephant numbers are recovering. Years of civil war wiped out much of the park's wildlife, and poaching persisted until recently. However, increased security and investment into the park and the people who live in and around it have brought life back and now the park is thriving again. The story of Gorongosa will be featured in @natgeo magazine next year.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | 5 a.m. on the first morning on Wegener Halvø peninsula as sea fog rolls in over Nathorst Fjord. We continued our watches on land in 2.5-hour shifts, mostly observing musk oxex, though looking out for bigger furry white creatures too. It was a great opportunity for me to take photographs, though my partners were less enthusiastic at being awake in the middle of the night. Chris is seen here starting his watch, wandering off toward the cook/food tent to see what may be approaching in the midst. #EAGRE18 @greenland_caves
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Meral, a 9-year-old Afghan refugee girl who dreams of becoming a queen. I portrayed Meral on November 5, 2018, in a camp north of Athens. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @everydayrefugees and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees
Photo by @BrianSkerry | A young harbor seal peeks at me over a mound of surf grass at Cortes Banks, a range of underwater mountains located 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, CA. This location, well known for stormy weather and giant waves, is a hotspot of biodiversity with an abundance of marine life found here. Places like this are oases of life in the sea, where each animal plays a role. Yet such places could easily be destroyed by a single fishing trawl net being dragged through it or by undersea drilling, and few would ever know it existed. Naturalist John Muir once said, ""When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” Throughout my career of exploring our planet and especially the oceans, I have found this to be true: Everything is connected and every creature matters. Follow @BrianSkerry and visit the undersea world! #cortesbanks #johnmuir #california #marineprotection #seals #harborseal #seamounts
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Harvesting #cranberries on the bogs of the Gaynor Cranberry Farm. They flood them in late October and then rake the bogs with a buggy to float the berries to the surface. Some 97% of the berries will end up as dried craisins. #OceanSpray is a grower-owned co-op, where each member gets profit dividends according to the number of barrels delivered. The Dempzes have owned this farm for four generations, and helped me get off the ground by fixing the carburetor on my motorized paraglider! Farmers know how to fix stuff! To see more follow @geosteinmetz
Wild_Life with @bertiegregory | Once factories of death, the abandoned whaling stations on the Island of South Georgia are now packed full of life. Fur seals, elephant seals and penguins, once hunted, now live amongst the ruins. This island is living proof that with protection and a lot of hard work, it is possible for wild places to come back from the brink. One part of South Georgia’s resurrection is still missing though; watch this week’s episode of Wild_Life to find out more. // Check out the new season of Wild_Life at
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