Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photos by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Setting giraffes free, Northern Cape, South Africa. I did say I wanted to follow through with the journey of the giraffe captured in a previous post. So here’s the release, just before sunset, into a conservancy where they’ll expand the existing population and introduce new genetics to the tower. #southafrica #captured #released
Photo by @amivitale | One of the last two northern white rhinos on the planet grazes with head keeper Zacharia Mutai on the wide-open savannah of @OlPejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya. Hopefully soon, thanks to the tireless work of a consortium of scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research ( @leibnizizw ), Avantea, @OlPejeta Conservancy, @KenyaWildlifeService , and @SafariParkDvurKralove , more of these majestic creatures will roam the Earth. In December, the team completed the second ever ovum pickup conducted on the species successfully, creating a third viable embryo that joined two others created in August. The plan is to transfer the embryos, currently stored in liquid nitrogen, into a surrogate southern white rhino mother in the near future. We are now one critical step closer to saving this ancient species from certain extinction. Learn how to support this important work by following @amivitale , @BioRescue_Project , @OlPejeta , @bmbf .bund, and @leibnizgemeinschaft . #NorthernWhiteRhinos #StopExtinction #Rhinos #conservation #kenya
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | The outbreak of coronavirus has brought demand for flowers to a near standstill in the Netherlands, leaving many in the floriculture industry with no choice but to destroy a big part of their production. I captured these carpets of blossoming tulip fields in Den Helder a few years ago. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Netherlands #Tulips #Covid19 #Coronavirus #staysafe
Photo by @lucasfogliaphoto | Ron, the official historian of Auburn, Wyoming, is a regular visitor to the hot springs near his rural valley, which is surrounded by millions of acres of wild land.
Photo by @jasperdoest | Two Japanese macaques couple up in the mountains of Shodoshima Island. Over the past decades Japan has slowly but gradually replaced its deciduous forest with pine tree forest for the purpose of timber logging. Timber forest provides less nutrition than deciduous forest, a change that impacts the entire ecosystem. This leaves no other option for animals to look for other possible food sources. With the aging human population and many people of the younger generation moving to the cities in search of career opportunities, the empty rural areas provide just what the animals need—an accessible food source. Wild boar, monkeys, bears, and deer raiding crops have been the main cause of a growing human-wildlife conflict in rural Japan. For more on this story, see the March issue of the magazine, and follow me @jasperdoest as I explore the complex human relationship with these Japanese macaques. #snowmonkeys #mountainview #humanwildlifeconflict #日本 #猿
Photo by @lynseyaddario | My family in isolation in Somerset, England, March 23, as the United Kingdom starts to reckon with the likelihood that there will be thousands infected with COVID-19 in the coming months. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario . Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Video by @drewtrush | The trick to finding good locations for camera traps involves finding spots that draw animals. In this instance, a mountain lion came by a "scrape," or scent site, which can indicate which animals are in the area. You can see a great example of what's called the flehmen response, in which the cat curls back its upper lip and inhales, allowing it to smell what else has been around this site lately. #catsofinstagram #cats #cougars #mtlions
Photo by @enricsala | Join Explorer-in-residence @enricsala and staff writer @natashaldaly on Wednesday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a @natgeo Instagram Live discussing how COVID-19 has impacted nature and animals, including the tiger at the Bronx Zoo that recently tested positive for the virus. During the Pristine Seas expeditions, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and his team have visited some of the ocean's most remote and wild places. Enric took this photo in April 2009 at Millennium Atoll, an uninhabited and seldom-visited island in the central Pacific. As soon as the team jumped in the water, they were surrounded by curious grey reef sharks that probably had never before seen a human. But these sightings are now rare, as fishing, pollution, and global warming have unraveled the fabric of nature around the world—under the sea and also on land. Our destruction of nature is now threatening our own survival, as the current pandemic has loudly reminded us.
Photos by @ciriljazbec | I have decided to document our family life during the COVID-19 crisis. Here my wife, Ajda, reads the news on at breakfast, and later tries to do some work in our studio. We have a 3.5-year-old son, Izak, and an 11-month-old daughter, Mina. Since the government closed down schools and kindergartens, we are fully occupied. It is a challenge since our son is an active toddler who wants to play all day long, and Mina is teething. This crisis is also good for us: We have never been closer or more connected. I am starting to do woodworking with my son, we are discovering new walks in the forest adjacent to our house, and Ajda is baking sourdough bread. #covi ̇d19 #stayhome Follow @ciriljazbec to see more.
Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The front lines of food: While many can afford to stay at home, those producing our food cannot. They are busier and more essential than ever. Over the last decade I've spent time with the hard workers who grow, pick, package, and ship the produce—filling much of America’s salad bowl—along the banks of the Colorado River in Arizona and California. They work long hours for low wages and still feed many of us. Wishing these hard workers, and all those on the front lines, health and safety. To see more on food, land, and water, follow @pedromcbride . #gratitude #essentialworkers #farming #frontlines #covid19
Photo by @williamodaniels | A patient affected by COVID-19 is transferred from a hospital in Mulhouse, in eastern France, to Germany. France's far east is considered the country's epicenter of the epidemic; nearly a third of France's COVID-19 deaths have occurred here. It all started with a five-day gathering at an evangelical megachurch called Christian Open Door in mid-February. About 2,000 people gathered for singing, prayer, and talks. According to the French government, this event is one of the sparks for the spread in France. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more coverage in France. Follow @natgeointhefield for real-time coverage of this developing story from photographers around the world.
Photos by Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | Safia Wumbi, 69, was suffering from migraines when she was accused of being a witch and driven out of her home. She found refuge in an alleged “witch village” in Kukuo in northern Ghana. Many of the women here are accused of being witches because they have mental health conditions, while others developed illnesses after being ostracized by their community. Abiba Mahama (second image ) was accused of being a witch after someone in her village saw her in a dream poisoning another person. She has been in Kukuo for 13 years. Pictured in the third image, Mariama Yakubu, 63, says she was accused of being a witch because she became very bad-tempered. “I don’t know why [I became bad-tempered]; I tried not to argue with my relatives,” Yakubu says. She took herbal medication for her mood swings, but nothing worked. In My World was created to combat the stigma and neglect of mental health around the world. See these stories and those of others sharing their experience of mental health at @onedayinmyworld .
Photos by @luisadorr | Gabi: my friend, neighbor, tai chi teacher. For a while she has been living in this house, with no electricity or running water, completely isolated. So now under quarantine, there's no need for a new routine. But like everyone else, she is not able to go to work. As many people are doing, she'll start online classes as a way to keep in touch with students and keep busy. The good thing is that life here in Costa do Cacao, part of Brazil's Bahia region, is pretty frugal—basic things are less expensive than in cities, and community engagement is strong. That will help people survive with a bit more of dignity during this time. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Many of you who follow this account might remember Keanu, an ocelot that was taken from the wild by illegal loggers on Peru’s Las Piedras River. In the last photo I shared, Keanu was only three months old and was spending time each day with Harry Turner and Samantha Zwicker of the nonprofit @hojanueva , who were teaching Keanu how to be a wild cat again. In this photo Keanu is a year and a half old and living almost entirely on his own, save for occasional visits from people who check in on him to monitor his health. To see some amazing video of Keanu, head over to @tbfrost .
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | The bonds of friendship and family are known to boost happiness levels and longevity. In these strange times of confinement, you might be getting too much of it, or not enough ... After a gathering with extended family, 99-year-old Apolonio Torres and his wife, 90-year-old Maria, retreat to their bedroom. I did not expect the kiss. They have been married for 72 years. This image was shot in 2017 in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, as part of a National Geographic magazine story on happiness. For more images from this story, visit @paleyphoto . #happiness #familybond #elderlylove #bluezone Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by @dina_litovsky | A street scene in downtown Havana, Cuba. This was taken on my first visit to the city a few years ago. Though I seduced by all the vibrant colors of the city, this image of the stark white wall with the Cuban flag remains my favorite. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky .
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A vibrant winter sunset over the pinnacles and sea stacks of Gorda, California. These waters are home to one of the most productive marine ecosystems on the planet, all driven by a turbine effect of oceanic currents and winds that circulate and push cold water full of nutrients from the icy depths up to the surface. This effect is called upwelling, and fosters kelp and seaweed growth, nurseries for phytoplankton. From large marine mammals like whales to birds and fish, phytoplankton is a primary food source. When you break down an ecosystem, it’s a fascinating amalgam of intricacies and nuances, all delicately assembled. To see more photos from this beautiful part of the world, please visit @ladzinski .
Photo by @ismailferdous | A New Yorker is on his way to a bodega in Manhattan. On Sunday New York State reported 594 new deaths from COVID-19; it was 630 the day before. Governor Andrew Cuomo warned people that it could be a “blip.” #quarantine #newyork #covid19 #coronavirus #flattenthecurve
Photo by @nicholesobecki | Members of the Nairobi County fire brigade and the Sonko Rescue Team fumigate key public and trading areas in Nairobi’s Central Business District to curb the spread of COVID-19. I’d just received my press credentials that allow me to continue reporting outside the new 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. It was eerie to see this city I’ve called home for the past eight years deserted, aside from the fumigation teams. Follow me on @nicholesobecki for more coverage of the crisis in Kenya. Follow @natgeointhefield for real-time coverage of this developing story from photographers around the world.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Fatimah, a two-year-old Syrian refugee, holds on to her mother, Khadija, as they face the wind in a tented settlement in Jordan. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @mmuheisenpublic . For more on how to get involved, follow @everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | "I’m still processing my experience, and it looks like it may be getting worse for birthing moms in some hospitals. Breaks my heart," says Suzanne, photographed with her 10-day-old baby Phoebe through the FaceTime app during quarantine in Seattle. Suzanne's family became very sick two weeks ago, as she neared her due date, with symptoms that appeared to be COVID-19. This was before the complete lockdown in Seattle and its businesses, and before public testing was available. With new protocols starting to be put in place across the country, she feared her newborn might be taken from her to quarantine separately, and that she might be denied a doula. Ultimately her doula selflessly agreed to take on the risk, but Suzanne's family and husband were unable to attend. Stay tuned for more from this story! My assistant in this image was Suzanne's son Graham, age 9, who held his mother's phone as I activated the shutter in her camera from a control in mine. This is part of a project to photograph people all over the world with unique stories to share as they experience the pandemic. If you or a family member in your home have the virus and are interested in sharing your story, please message me at @argonautphoto , I would love to hear about your experience and possibly include you in this project.