Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by @joelsartore | A western diamondback rattlesnake is poised to strike in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. This snake will coil and stand its ground when threatened, rattling the end of its tail rapidly as a warning sign for any creature coming too close to stay away. Follow me @joelsartore to learn more about this venomous snake. #rattlesnake #diamondback #venomous #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by @gerdludwig | Hoping to rejuvenate body and soul, a devout Russian Orthodox Christian briefly submerges herself into the icy waters of Yekaterinburg. On January 18—the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany (the church follows the Julian calendar)—thousands of Russians prepare for an annual tradition: gathering on frozen rivers and lakes to take a dip in the icy priest-blessed waters. This ceremony is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #RussianEpiphany #RussianOrthodox
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | It was a magical evening as I captured this image of the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple, illuminated atop the ancient Acropolis hill, with the Saronic Gulf seen in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Acropolis
Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | JoAni Johnson, who grew up during the height of the civil rights movement, poses for a portrait in New York City. "When I was growing up, there was a singular suggestion of beauty," she says. "It was mostly blonde hair, blue eyes. Although you liked and appreciated the fashion, you still did not have a very strong representation of yourself." One day while walking around New York with her husband, a street photographer asked to take her portrait. The image, after being shared on the Internet, led to the beginning of her modeling career. JoAni was in her 60s. Since then she has gone on to appear in runway shows and print ads, modeling for brands like Fenty Beauty, Eileen Fisher, and Tommy Hilfiger. While taking her portrait, I asked JoAni what she thought beauty meant. "I believe that each person needs to find what it is and what it means for them," she says. "And then work it." For the upcoming issue of @natgeo magazine, we explore the many beauty standards that impact women, and take a look at those who are redefining them. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales to see more of this story and my work.
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A venomous scorpion, glowing under blue ultraviolet lights and a red headlamp, is found inside a national park in central Vietnam. Collecting venom from around the world, biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs hopes to identify new pain medications because there are currently few good alternatives to opioids. Venom has already led to one notable success when scientists derived a drug for chronic pain from another of the world’s deadliest animals: the cone snail. For more please see our @natgeo January 2020 issue story, "A World of Pain."
Photo and video by @carltonward | I set up one of my camera traps along this trail beside an ancient cypress tree for more than a year and only got two visits by a panther during that entire time, and only once facing my camera. As luck would have it, a Florida black bear knocked over two of flashes and bumped my trigger the week before. So this beautiful female panther is a bit more mysterious than I wanted: the bear knocked over the left flash, leaving the right side of her face dark. And shes a bit further from the camera than Id like because the bear misaligned the trigger. But I am still quite happy with the moment, a gift of capturing a rare panther walking in the shadow of this 500-year-old cypress on Green Glades West ranch, next to Big Cypress National Preserve. The video gives a behind the scenes view of the curious cat. For more @pathofthepanther and #FloridaWild stories from my work with @insidenatgeo please visit @carltonward . #panther #everglades @FL_wildcorridor #KeepFLWild
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The ancient citadel Arg-e Bam was the largest monument made of clay bricks in the world—until it was reduced to rubble in a 2003 earthquake (this image was taken in 1999). Its heyday was from the 7th to the 11th centuries, when Bam sat at a crossroads of major east-west trade routes of the Silk Road. Efforts are on going to rebuild and restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. #Bam #Iran #argebam #bamcitadel #citade
Photo by @adamjdean | People attend Friday Prayer at Tehran University in Tehran, Iran, December 2013.
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Names matter. That’s as true for a Shakespearean rose as it is for one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa. An appealing common name has the power to keep a species in the (often fickle) public consciousness–and to rally support and funding for its conservation. On the flip side, a moniker with negative connotations can leave its owner out in the cold. That’s why many conservationists prefer to use the alluring "painted wolf" over the stereotype-saddled "wild dog." And let’s be frank–this is no exercise in false advertising. What could be more fitting than a name which evokes the painterly, brushed-on beauty of those unmistakable coat markings? And although Lycaon pictus is today the sole ruler of its taxonomic territory (as the only surviving member of its genus), somewhere in the murky evolutionary past, these canids do share a common ancestor with wolves. Like their carnivore cousins, painted wolves are accomplished pack hunters, known to scavenge only rarely. This photo captures one of those rare instances: a meal of giraffe carcass too tempting for the pack to pass up. #paintedwolf #patterns #endangeredspecies
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | This image will stay with me forever. Its of a lioness called Naturinda that got caught in a poachers snare in January 2018. I was on assignment for @natgeowild , shooting a story on tree-climbing lions with scientist and cameraman Alex Braczkowski when we found her in a weakened state. The biggest threats to African lions are snaring and conflict with cattle farmers. When a lioness like Naturinda gets caught in a snare, she loses condition, struggles to keep up with the pride, and often dies. But it’s not just the loss of her that’s a shock to the system; it’s also the lost opportunity of having eight to 15 cubs in her lifetime. See more about this lioness on @disneyplus where you can catch our show on tree-climbing lions. The world needs to see the real threats facing Africa’s big cats. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more shots and stories of the world’s big cats. #lioness #lionking #snares #snaring #snare
Photos by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | A koala rescued from a bushfire receives care at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery—however, due to Australias bushfire emergency, its uncertain when he will be able to return home. It’s been estimated that half a billion animals have been killed in New South Wales alone. This includes thousands of koalas and other iconic species, such as kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos, and honeyeaters that were burnt alive, and many thousands more injured and homeless. #australia #nsw #koala #wildlife #Australianbushfires
Photo by @williamodaniels | Near Mambele, Central African Republic, workers from a logging company travel on the back of a truck on their way to work in the forest. Before the sectarian violence started in 2013, logging was responsible for slightly more than 40 percent of the countrys export revenues, and the sector employed approximately 4,000 people—a figure now in decline, according to the forest ministry. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.