Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Shamina Yasmin gave birth to her daughter, Sharmin, in a forest after fleeing a Myanmar army attack on her Rohingya village, Taung Bazar. When her water broke, Shamina had been walking for four days—she hadn't eaten, had no water, and was in labor all night, occasionally attended to by another fleeing woman who used a thorn from forest cane to cut Sharmin's umbilical cord when she was delivered. It took another 10 days for them to reach Bangladesh. Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah
Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | This is Bearzilla. Estimated to weigh in the 600-700 lb range, this is a really big male for the Rocky Mountains. What's interesting is that most bears in March emerge from hibernation lean and muscular, having burned through their fat stores. But not Bearzilla. I spent a few weeks watching him gorging on several bison carcasses along the Yellowstone River in March. Of the six other male grizzlies coming by to feed, Bearzilla was by far the largest and most rotund. He was also the only bear that was relaxed enough to nap and play near the carcasses. The rest of the bears ate fast and got outta there quickly. In this video, Bearzilla gets annoyed with the ravens, swats a European starling, and plays with his meal. It's a brief window into the day in the life of a Yellowstone grizzly. Video taken while on assignment for @natgeo Hope over to @ronan_donovan for more photos and videos of Bearzilla #yellowstonenationalpark #bearzilla
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Boys play in a pond beside a U.S. special operations airstrip near the town of Obo, Central African Republic. In 2017, after the U.S. and Uganda concluded counter-LRA (Lord's Resistance Army ) efforts and began withdrawing special-forces soldiers from the region, Obo and other southeastern CAR communities were left largely unprotected. Since then, armed groups have carried out attacks on these communities, often targeting people based on their religious, ethnic, or livelihood identity.
Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | Amber Hikes, community organizer: "I am a proud Black Queer Woman. There's something deeply powerful about claiming all of those identities, identities the world has systematically abused, silenced, and tried to erase. When I introduced the rainbow flag with black and brown stripes to the world in June 2017, it was a radical act to highlight the experiences of marginalized folks within a marginalized community. We launched that symbol to raise awareness. To mark history. But most importantly, we launched it to declare loudly and proudly that we are here and we don't request visibility—we demand it. We are the children of Marsha and Bayard and Langston. We are the successors of James and Barbara and Alvin. We are the descendants of Audre and Zora. Of Essex and Joseph. Greatness courses through our veins. We, LGBTQ Black folks are divine—our lives and our legacies are ordained. Our joy and mere existence are revolutionary acts of resistance. I am Black. I am Queer. I am Proud.” For more stories and portraits, follow me @martinschoeller and @martinschoellerstudio
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | In early morning, a man stares out over the Cayapas River as a woman walks on the street below in the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas. This photo was part of book project, in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | American speleologist and cave explorer Erin Lynch peers over her shoulder and down into the giant void of Cloud Ladder Hall. The fog gathers and remains trapped on the roof of this giant room, and although the floor is out of view and can't be seen because of the cloud, her echo reminds her that it is over 300m (1000ft ) below. This really is a very lofty location to be suspended from a single rope.
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The Frothy Frappuccino Pit at the End: High in the Rocky Mountains is where this river, the Colorado, starts. Some 1,400 miles later, this is where it unnaturally ends. I was shocked when I first saw this on Jon Waterman’s source-to-sea trip for @natgeo This frothy mess of garbage and ubiquitous single-use plastic is just two miles into Mexico—90 miles shy of the river’s historic terminus at the ocean (we hiked the rest of the delta ). The snowmelt that sustains the Colorado River and irrigates the crops of America’s salad bowl no longer completes its journey to the Sea of Cortez. For six million years the river did complete that journey, creating the largest desert estuary in North America, but today the demands for water are too many. Changing climate patterns and repeated drought are all adding to the challenge, making it unlikely that this lifeline of the West, often called the “American Nile,” will reach the sea again anytime soon. While many groups are working to restore some of the delta, there is a lot of work ahead. For more on rivers around the world, follow @pedromcbride #ColoradoRiver #Mexico #raisetheriver #planetnotplastic #SourcetoSea
Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Ryerson Hazel works for Superior Woods, a Guyanese-owned timber producer and exporter. The lumber in the photo comes from the purpleheart tree that grows in the rainforest. The tree's dull brown wood turns a deep eggplant purple after it’s cut and then fades over time. Tropical hardwoods are much in demand in Asia, where local supplies have been decimated.
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A rufous-necked hornbill brings a fig for his partner in Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. The female is incubating their eggs in the nest inside a tree cavity–you can just see the tip of her beak. She is encased behind a wall of mud that keeps the eggs and young chicks safe from predators. The female does not leave the nest until after the chicks have hatched and grown (usually 3 or 4 months ), and during this time she is completely dependent on her partner for food, delivered through the small opening to the nest–seeds, fruits, lizards, frogs, and insects. @natgeo supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalayas Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
Photo by James Balog @james_balog | When I photographed this gray wolf back in the early 1990s for Survivors, my series on endangered wildlife, there were around 1,000 left in the contiguous United States. In 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began reintroducing gray wolves to central Idaho and Yellowstone. Thanks to their protected status, more than 5,000 now roam the lower 48. But this spring the service announced that it plans to propose removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list and "return management of the species to the states and tribes." The Center for Biological Diversity told NPR in March that the proposal will “all but ensure that wolves are not allowed to recover in the Adirondacks, southern Rockies, and elsewhere that scientists have identified suitable habitat.” Meanwhile, Mexican wolves once numbered in the hundreds of thousands in the American Southwest. In 1975, the last seven remaining in the wild were captured and bred to save the species. Today, just 150 exist in the wild, where they’re defined as a "nonessential experimental population," a status that affords them only partial protection. And there are only 44 red wolves left in North Carolina, the only place they exist in the world. Some researchers estimate that they could go extinct within eight years. Wolves do not have a voice. People do. You can “adopt” a wolf, donate to organizations protecting endangered wildlife, and tell your friends and family about what’s happening to this ancient ancestor of wo/man's best friend.
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Lari Laiso, photographed in 2016 on Kili, in the Marshall Islands, was born on Bikini Atoll. The year 2016 marked 70 years since the people of Bikini Atoll began living in exile, away from their homeland. The 167 Bikinians readied for their exodus as preparations were under way for the U.S. nuclear testing program. Around 242 naval ships, 156 aircraft, 25,000 radiation recording devices, and the Navy's 5,400 experimental rats, goats, and pigs arrived for the tests. Over 40,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel were involved in the testing program at Bikini. On March 1, 1954, the U.S. tested the Bravo hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll. The largest weapon the United States ever tested, at 15 megatons, the blast vaporized three islands and was 1,000 times the magnitude of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear weapons dropped on Japan in World War II.
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | A Pahranagat-style anthropomorphic figure aligns with the Milky Way just before dawn in the Basin and Range National Monument. Thought to be 3,000 to 5,000 years old, these anthropomorphic figures are associated with the first hunter-gatherer cultures to inhabit this part of the American West, particularly the Pahranagant Valley in southern Nevada. I am in the American West working on an @insidenatgeo and @ancientartarchive project examining rock art in national monuments that were studied for reduction. The Basin and Range was not resized and remains a huge expanse of mostly empty wild space. For more images from this project follow me @salvarezphoto and my nonprofit @ancientartarchive as we explore and preserve humanity’s oldest stories.
Photo by Nina Robinson @ninarobinsonnyc // Sponsored by @ProcterGamble // Tommy Franklin hosts a podcast called Weapon of Choice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His podcast discusses the intersections between art, activism, and social justice. "In terms of striving to overcome barriers, there's just a lot of systematic things that remind you that your path will never be as smooth as you might deserve, even having done enough work to come out of adversity,” Tommy said. “Being formerly incarcerated, I strive to have faith that things will work out because I'm working on my own personal journey toward growth and success. And you try to work through it. And the best way to work through it is to be in relationships with amazing people that have an understanding about humanity." Much of my personal work focuses on vulnerability, reflection, and ways of challenging bias and limited belief systems. To navigate and persevere through the constant occurrences of racial bias is a daily exercise for me and for every black person I know. I recognize that black men carry a particular burden. The ongoing battle to merely do well and be respected is often drowned out by the many injustices they suffer. // @ProcterGamble understands that images in TV, film, and advertising can shape how people see each other, leading to bias and consequences that impact us all, especially people of color. Dialogue and understanding can unlock powerful revelations. #TalkAboutBias
Photo by Enric Sala @enricsala | The National Geographic Pristine Seas team travels the world to explore, document, and protect the last wild places in the ocean. While on a Pristine Seas expedition, I photographed these striped large-eye breams in Palau, an island nation that passed legislation in 2015 to protect 80% of its waters. Our oceans need urgent protection, and this week I’m looking forward to sharing the role of exploration in ocean conservation at the National Geographic Explorers Festival. #NatGeoFest @natgeopristineseas
Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | Peppermint, drag queen and actress: “Historically there has always been a connection between drag entertainment and queer activism. Through the years I have focused on balancing my desire to entertain with my passion for uplifting the LGBTQ community. In this photo I felt so beautiful, so in control, and so in my own body. It's rare to see trans women of color publicly celebrated in this way when it comes to fashion and beauty, especially someone who may not be considered traditionally passible or blendable. I don't blend. So it took a while for me to find my footing, a place where I was comfortable speaking so personally. I'm hopeful that using my voice will will effect positive change in the life of queer and trans people of color all over the world.” For more stories and portraits, follow me @martinschoeller and @martinschoellerstudio
Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | Nights in Hong Kong tantalize: the lights and buzz, the maze of buildings. It feels as if a story waits in every corner, and I'm not always certain where to look. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales for more photographs and stories from Asia and beyond. #HongKong #Asia
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix | Model and activist Diandra Forrest, featured in the 2017 @natgeo story "The Perils of Pale," uses her prominence to celebrate albinism and combat prejudice and bullying. Diandra, an African American, was the first woman with albinism to sign with a major modeling firm. Her distinctive skin, hair, and eyes are part of her allure. But like many others with albinism, she was ridiculed as a child. Today, June 13, is International Albinism Awareness Day. Albinism is a genetic condition characterized by low levels of melanin, which provides skin pigmentation. It affects 1 in 20,000 people globally, across all racial and ethnic groups, though it continues to be misunderstood in many communities. Many people with albinism are discriminated against, and even attacked, for their unique appearance. Many others lack adequate access to medical resources for conditions highly associated with albinism, such as low vision and skin cancer. To learn more about the issue, please follow me at @stephsinclairpix @nydg_foundation #nygdcolorfull #InternationalAlbinismAwarenessDay #IAAD #Albinism
Photo by Nina Robinson @ninarobinsonnyc // Sponsored by @ProcterGamble // Jericho Brown is a poet and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past, I worked with Jericho on a project combining my photography and his poetry. “There's already pressure in the United States around being black and queer. I think the hardest thing for me is when that pressure comes from inside our communities, when I'm pressured in a certain way about how to be black ... when people want me to be the ‘right kind’ of black,” Jericho said. “They want me to be that good, respectable black, that dignified black that I think people have almost made a stereotype out of, and it has become hugely problematic. I got a lot of that from my family when I was growing up, and I'm getting rid of a lot of it—to this day.” Much of my personal work focuses on vulnerability, reflection, and ways of challenging bias and limited belief systems. To navigate and persevere through the constant occurrences of racial bias is a daily exercise for me and for every black person I know. I recognize that black men carry a particular burden. The ongoing battle to merely do well and be respected is often drowned out by the many injustices they suffer. // @ProcterGamble understands that images in TV, film, and advertising can shape how people see each other, leading to bias and consequences that impact us all, especially people of color. Dialogue and understanding can unlock powerful revelations. #TalkAboutBias
Photo by Anand Varma @anandavarma | An Anna's hummingbird shakes itself dry. This long-exposure image shows the trajectories of individual water droplets as they are flung from the hummingbird's body. The image is based on research done by Victor Ortega Jimenez from the Dudley Lab at UC Berkeley. This week, I will be speaking at the 2019 National Geographic Explorers Festival about the lessons nature has to teach us. #NatGeoFest #hummingbird #biomechanics #sciencephotography
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Remote southeast Alaska holds some some the most unspoiled wilderness in North America. Places like Glacier Bay National Park and Misty Fjords National Monument come together to form one of the largest protected tracts of land in North America. @natgeoexpeditions
Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Min-Sook Park at home with her daughter Ju-hyun in Danyang town, Korea. Min-Sook suffered from breast cancer, infertility, and miscarriage after working at a Samsung semiconductor factory for seven years.
Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | You never know where inspiration will come from. Found this old gem in the archives. First shown to me by the late great Galen Rowell, this 4,000-foot granite blade inspired my first expedition to the Karakoram in 1999. We sold 500 t-shirts to help pay for the trip. After multiple attempts, Brady Robinson and I ended up making the first ascent of the left skyline. I don’t even remember what we called the route, but I do remember being terrified standing at the base of it and throwing ourselves at it fully wide-eyed and gripped. A good reminder this morning of my roots and early motivation for a career in the mountains. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Winston Bumbury is one of 136 Amerindians employed by the French company Amazon Caribbean Guyana Ltd. to harvest manicole palm, a native species with a tender heart that is a delicacy in many countries. The palm takes just three to five years to regrow in Guyana, compared with 60 years for a tropical hardwood tree. “Manicole grows fast and wild,” says Chief Executive Officer Jean-François Gerin. “All you have to do is harvest it in a sustainable way.”
Photo by Nina Robinson @ninarobinsonnyc // Sponsored by @ProcterGamble // Dr. Daniel Black is an author and a professor at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia. He teaches African American studies from the Middle Passage (the forced voyage of enslaved Africans to the Americas ) to the civil rights era. "To be black in America is to already be a miracle. You don't have to do anything, yet if you exist and are black, the miracle has already occurred,” Daniel said. “The miracle is the fact that against the odds, against what people desire, against the way people think of you, against what people thought of you, even against the legal system … against all of those odds, you still made it." Much of my personal work focuses on vulnerability, reflection, and ways of challenging bias and limited belief systems. To navigate and persevere through the constant occurrences of racial bias is a daily exercise for me and for every black person I know. I recognize that black men carry a particular burden. The ongoing battle to merely do well and be respected is often drowned out by the many injustices they suffer. // @ProcterGamble understands that images in TV, film, and advertising can shape how people see each other, leading to bias and consequences that impact us all, especially people of color. Dialogue and understanding can unlock powerful revelations. #TalkAboutBias
Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | In the frigid hours before dawn, men from the indigenous Quechua community gather below a series of disappearing glaciers. Like countless generations before them, they make an annual pilgrimage high into the Peruvian Andes to honor the Lord of Qoyllur Riti, a religious figure whose presence is believed to reside in the glaciers. By firelight, the group discussed the ongoing threats to the glaciers, possible solutions to slow their deterioration, and ways to protect the broader sanctuary area from further degradation. The ongoing disappearance of the glaciers cuts deeply into the emotional worlds of believers. I attended Qoyllur Riti as part of my National Geographic Fellowship work on the emotional experiences that accompany environmental transformation. I am thrilled to share this work for the first time this week at the #NatGeoFest in Washington, DC.
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A great hornbill tosses a fig into its beak in Royal Manas National Park, on the border of Bhutan and India. The great hornbill is one of the largest of the hornbill species. I spent weeks tracking these hornbills in late 2018, and saw them foraging on a wide variety of fruits, as well as small mammals, lizards, and even crabs they catch in the local river. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan #Conservation #ManasNationalPark #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | A dramatic smoke-filled sky in São Paulo State, Brazil. The area is sometimes called the Emerald Sea; it represents the heart of Brazil’s sugarcane industry, the largest in the world. Cane burning has been reduced significantly in the past decade, but it’s still sometimes deployed—an example of the exquisite beauty that can result from pollution. #southamerica #sugarcane #latinamerica #smoke #Brazil