National Geographic@natgeo

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

Photos by @CarltonWard | Cooperative Bear, Frustrating Panther…That was the title of the blog I wrote about my attempt to camera trap a Florida panther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. I was on assignment for @NatGeoTravel and after a month of trying, I had one bear kindly pose facing the camera and one panther show me her tail as she walked away. Frustrating and motivating at the same time, it was like she was daring me to try to tell her story. Three years and two National Geographic grants later, I'm still trying. I now have a network of camera traps (think photo studios hidden in the woods) pointed at game trails on refuges and ranches throughout South Florida for my #PathofthePanther project, which seeks to inspire the land protection needed for the endangered Florida panther to expand its range. I've had some successes with panthers over the past three years, but more often than not, my "cooperative bear, frustrating panther" mantra, still applies. Please follow my quest here and @CarltonWard as we focus on the story of the Florida panther and the habitat corridors it needs to recover and help us save wild Florida. The third photo is an alligator that should have been a warning that the water was about to rise. A wet winter, followed by strong summer rains proceeded to flood this trail for the next 18 months. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #bear #gator #alligator #swamp #Everglades


Video by @bertiegregory | Antarctic fur seals whizz about in the turquoise glacial waters of South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. After Captain Cook put South Georgia on the map in 1775, he sent word back to England of enormous numbers of seals. A brutal massacre then followed peaking in 1800 when 112,000 pelts were taken in just a single season. This harvest continued until the seals were hunted down to just 400 individuals. Since then, they've had protection and have bounced back to over 3 million! It's so awesome to see a conservation success story in a world where wildlife really needs our help. Shot as part of a new online series for National Geographic coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!


Photo and interview by @martinschoeller

Religion: Nuyagi Keetoowah Society
Ray Evans Harrell: I grew up in the O-Gah-Pah Nation in the current state of Oklahoma. Indian religions were banned in 1883, so I grew up in the Indian Baptist community of Picher, Oklahoma, directed music in churches and ended up studying in New York. In 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the Freedom of Religion Act for American Indians and so for the first time we were able to "come out", so to speak. We started having prayer circles on a roof down on White street in Manhattan.

I became the apprentice to a Cherokee Medicine Priest and am now the Priest for the Nuyagi Keetoowah Society. Our job is to uphold and bring back the knowledge of our culture. We obviously are not farmers and hunters, we are urban people, I am an opera singer, we're developing something in the present to live in this tradition.

Our worship is meant to acquaint you with how to sense the environment in non-visual ways because one is really tied to whether something exists, by whether they can see it. Our religion is holistic in that it involves all seven senses.
We meet at a Stomp ground and light three fires. We build a cornmeal circle and there are seven directions that we include because they represent the front, the back, the left, the right, the up, the down, the center. And then the eighth direction is to the universe. We call it a Medicine Wheel.

It symbolizes that individually we are inadequate, we are limited. But when we put the circle together we can conceive of the whole of the reality, discover a greater truth for ourselves.
Our message is that you are responsible for yourself and nobody escapes responsibility for what they do. The world is your teacher and you are to understand that you are a part of the Creator.
Everything is a part of everything.

For more of New York City's "Believers" check out @martinschoeller.


Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Travelling through the open ocean along the northern fjords of Norway, a humpback whale lunges to the surface, filling its mouth with herring. However, this mouthful of fish didn’t happen on pure luck. It was generated through a parasitic sequence of events between two species just before this photo was taken. A pod of orcas was first to the scene, herding schools of herring into a tight ball; a common and highly coordinated hunting technique. However, as the fish grew closer to the surface and the orcas began to feed, a pod of humpback whales rose from the depths of the ocean, mouths wide, bursting through the herring ball. As they broke the ocean’s surface, their mouths overflowed with an abundance of fish, made possible by the orcas. #FollowMe on @PaulNicklen to see when a large male orca swam within two feet of me.


Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - From the project FIRST JOB - One’s first job is rarely forgotten. It is the beginning of adulthood, a rite of passage and a turning point. For numerous workers, only 30 years ago, the first job was often the only one, as people could remained in the same company for a lifetime, just being gradually promoted or slightly changing ones positions with seniority. In today’s scenario all is temporary, as the dream of a life position has forever vanished. Usually the first job is the first of a long list that will follow. In the wake of the worst economic crises in modern history, where for many young adults there seemed to be actually no possibility for a first job at all, I explore the world of employment of today’s youth. This is a project that will be carried out in all the 5 continents where the global theme does not obscure, but actually heightens the local specificities. Each one of the subjects whose portrait has been taken has an individual story that feeds into a larger narrative on how the world we live in is changing. From China to France, from Brazil to the U.S. we get a personal introduction to tomorrow’s workforce /// Shyamji Vishwakarma, 18 – Mumbai, India - Shyamji was born and raised in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. For 17 years he lived in the same house with his parents, 4 brothers, and 1 sister, but he moved to Mumbai a year ago. Now he lives with his cousin in Sangam Nagar, one of the city’s biggest slums. He’s a tool sharpener. He started this job, his first job, 7 months ago. His work basically consists of sharpening scissors and knives. He starts work every day at 10 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m., with a break of two hours for lunch. He has Fridays off. He gets paid on a per-day basis: 50% of whatever the shop earned that day. The daily average is between 0 and 450 rupees (7 USD). He says, “I want to learn this job in the best way possible and then I want to open my own shop.” #firstjob #job #india #mumbai #sangamnagar


photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // "Rusmat" is an old Bengali wedding ritual: the groom looks at his bride's face in the reflection of a mirror and comments on her beauty, as if he's just seen her for the first time on their wedding day. #dhaka #bangladesh #wedding #celebration #ritual #culture #people #tradition


Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
Artisanal fishing boats crowd the beach near the market in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
The pelagic fishery in West Africa has been migrating northward some 300 nautical miles every 10 years for the past few decades due to changing sea temperatures, and increased fishing pressure. To see more of the effects of climate change on our fragile planet, follow @geosteinmetz


Photo by @williamalbertallard // Arizona, 1970

While documenting the US/Mexico border for @natgeo, I stopped along a deserted stretch to make a self portrait, taking advantage of the vast and brilliant skyline behind me. While preparing for the assignment in D.C. at the Geographic headquarters, I asked to be able to do it by motorcycle which the magazine's top editor granted me. To be honest, I was surprised they supported my desire to do that. Later that month I purchased the bike, a 1970 Tiger Triumph. Traveling that way did give me a closer feeling to the land and my experience of meeting people along the way. And yes, I still have the bike.


#highway #roadtrip #border #mexico #arizona #motorcycle #triumph #onassignment #leica


Photo by @katieorlinsky // Captured #withGalaxy S9+, produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode ISO 50 at 1/2449th f 2.4 // Flying through the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Along with a group of scientists and park rangers led by archeologist Laura Stelson, we followed in the footsteps of botanist Robert F. Griggs who led multiple National Geographic Society expeditions in the early twentieth century to explore the region and study the aftermath of the 1912 Katmai Volcanic eruption. The Nova Rupta volcano displaced the area's mainly Alutiiq indigenous population, filling their surroundings with ash flow we can still see today. Meanwhile the eruption decimated massive swaths of land, including what Griggs named the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, ”The whole valley as far as the eye could reach was full of hundreds, no thousands—literally, tens of thousands—of smokes curling up from its fissured floor,” he described. After nearly two weeks hiking hundreds of miles, climbing up mountains, wading through rivers and sleeping uncomfortably close to Grizzly bears, we finally reached the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.


Photo by @enricsala
Today, New Caledonia has announced the creation of four fully-protected marine reserves, safeguarding 28,000 square kilometers of pristine coral reefs and surrounding waters. In these lush coral reefs around the remote islands and atolls of the Coral Sea, the fish have seen few divers, and it’s the sharks - blacktips, whitetips, silvertips, gray reefs, nurse sharks, and others - that preside over the reefs, alongside numerous green turtles that nest in the protected Entrecasteaux islands. Thank you New Caledonia for this gift to the planet.
Take a look at our @natgeopristineseas expedition in collaboration with @waittfoundation, which in 2013 conducted some of the first filming and scientific surveys of these remote reefs, informing their protection, on @enricsala profile.


Photo by @ivankphoto | Raúl Luna, 61, works on a combine collecting sweet peas in Wilder, Idaho, in July of 2017. He came to the US from Jalisco, Mexico, as a young man. Latinos arrived in Wilder as migrant farmworkers in the second half of the twentieth century. Now, Wilder is 76 percent Latino, and in 2015 it had an all-Latino city council. This photos was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @kchete77. Karla and Ivan’s photos were published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” Please check the link in my profile (@ivankphoto) to see the feature and visit and to see more photos. Thanks!!!


Photo by @maggiesteber // Katie Stubblefield lost her face when she was 18. At 21 she received a face transplant that gave her another chance. It's a difficult story to look at. We're asking you to go on this journey because it reveals something profound about our humanity. See our Instagram story to learn more.