Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | For me, the world’s most magical mangrove forests are on the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles. Where else can you drift in just three feet of crystal clear water and encounter blacktip reef sharks, Indo-Pacific lemon sharks, swirling schools of snappers, and even giant groupers—all while thousands of frigate birds and red-footed boobies roost in the forest canopy above. To discover more photographs from this Indian Ocean wilderness follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Reese John plays with his slingshot on a piling from a recently demolished home in Newtok, Alaska. Just a few dozen feet away are crumbling cliffs of permafrost falling into the Ninglik River. Erosion has already gobbled up approximately one mile of Newtok’s land, and the entire village is sinking as the permafrost beneath the ground thaws. The demolished homes leave behind a playground of construction materials for local children. As much as the kids I met seemed to enjoy climbing and jumping all over these structures, they also made sure to tell me multiple times about the brand-new playground they were going to have very soon. Nine miles upriver is the site of a new village, Mertarvik, where the entire Newtok community will be relocating this fall. Newtok is the first village in Alaska that has already begun relocation as a result of climate change—pioneering a process that many other Alaskan villages may soon undergo.
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Young girls take a break on the grass runway on the tiny island of Kili, Marshall Islands. In March 1946 all 167 residents of a small island on a remote Pacific atoll packed up their belongings and left their homes. They were assured it would be for a short period, during which the United States government would carry out a series of nuclear tests. Seventy years later, most surviving Bikini islanders have yet to set foot on the island paradise from which they were evacuated. Those surviving Bikinians and their descendants live scattered among the other Marshall Islands in Micronesia, some on Majuro, the capital, some on Ejit and Kwajalein, and many on Kili, where they eke out a living producing copra, farming what little land is available, and fishing where and when it is safe to do so. For more follow @michaelchristopherbrown.
Photos by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | For a Nat Geo story about nature’s positive effects on the human brain, I photographed Eli Marienthal hugging the beach on the Lost Coast Trail in California. Eli cofounded Back to Earth, whose backpacking programs help teenage boys connect to their spirituality and holistic well-being in nature. As children spend more time indoors in front of screens, it is important to remember that time outside has been proven to make them healthier and happier.
Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Rishika Kevat, a 19-year-old from Indore, prepares for the shahi snan, a ritual immersion in the waters where the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers meet. For more of the story, see "Transgender spiritual order finally finds acceptance at Hindu pilgrimage" on the Nat Geo site and follow @ismailferdous for more stories.
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The 110-meter-long (363 foot) Saturn V rocket took the Apollo 11 astronauts to space 50 years ago today, on July 16, 1969. Early this morning, in the heart of Washington D.C., that piece of history was relived briefly on the Washington Monument, which is comparable in height to the rocket. The life-size Saturn projection, organized by @airandspacemuseum partnered with @usinterior and 59 Productions, begins tonight and runs through Thursday, July 18, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night. On July 19 and 20, the program continues, with the show "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projected on the east face of the Washington Monument and adjacent screens. To date, Saturn V is the tallest and most powerful rocket ever operated, with an immense payload capacity of 150 tons. With my career focused on astronomy and space photography, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate this exploration milestone. NASA aims to return to the moon in the next decade, as early as 2024, this time leading a coalition of several nations and private companies. #Apollo50th #NASA #washingtondc #goforthemoon
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | It's World Snake Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a two-headed copperhead found in the wild in my home state of Virginia. Having two heads is a condition called dicephaly, and it occurs in one out of 100,000 snakes in the wild. Most snakes born with two heads don’t live long, especially in the wild; this snake lived only for several months. To see another photo of this two headed snake, I’m @tbfrost #WorldSnakeDay
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Last year, these were the fireworks I watched on the 4th of July: the hill above my town burning. Each year, destructive wildfire scenes like this have grown as climate patterns have become hotter, drier, and more extreme, and developments have pushed farther into wooded areas. These conditions exacerbate another challenge: By not allowing natural fires to occur, we enhance fuel buildup. As the complexity of wildfire season grows and becomes further-reaching, I’m grateful for the firefighters who risk their lives to keep blazes like this at bay. For more, follow @pedromcbride. #wildfire #basaltmountainfire #firefighters #grateful
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | An endangered Gee's golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) licks clay from her fingers in the Himalayan foothills. In 2017 and 2018, I spent months in Bhutan tracking and photographing these beautiful primates. I found they regularly visited an exposed clay cliff where they would eat handfuls of mineral-rich clay, which likely helps them to digest leaves and unripe fruits. The Gee’s golden langur is safe in Bhutan, but fewer than 6,500 individuals remain in the wild and it's locally extinct across parts of its historic range. In collaboration with @uwicer, the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. @thephotosociety #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A three-month-old baby chimpanzee named Ruben reaches out toward the camera lens @tampazoo. Young chimps like Ruben will stay with their mothers for up to ten years, learning all the skills they need to survive in the wild before branching out to start their own family group. To see an image of an adult chimpanzee in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. #chimp #chimpanzee #infant #cute #photoark
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | About 1.2 million Atlantic salmon swim in the pens in Hjorrund Fjord, Norway. They are fed pellets of fish meal, fish oil, and soybeans via pneumatic tubes from the barge (at left). The lights come from underwater video cameras that monitor whether all the food sprayed into the pens is being eaten. To learn more about where our food comes from, follow @FeedThePlanet.