National Geographic@natgeo

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | This World Refugee Day, I am thinking about the women we met in South Sudan and Uganda, who have built homes filled with warmth, love, and tenderness amidst their own trauma in conflict. We were so moved to witness this kind of strength. Pictured here is Sharon, who we met in the Pagirinya refugee settlement in Uganda. Read her story on @natgeo digital - link is on my profile. Thank you to @theIWMF for their support.


Photo by @hammond_robin for @doctorswithoutborders -
“This island is a big asylum because there is the sea, but there is also the fact that you don’t have rights anymore. You don’t have rights,” says Médecins Sans Frontières psychiatrist Alessandro Barberio describing the Greek Island of Lesbos, now home to 8,000 refugees. The conditions in the camp for the refugees exacerbate or even create mental health problems. 19 year old Syrian, Farzat, self harms and has attempted to take his life. The war left him traumatised. The camp provides little chance to heal. “I saw the blood of young children, they all died and that’s how I got a mental disorder, I see it in my sleep. It’s always terrifying when I sleep.”
Refugees stand in the Aegean Sea on Lesbos Island with Turkey behind them.
Moria camp in Lesbos overflows with refugees and their desperation. Inhuman living conditions and a snail-paced relocation process can drive the already traumatized towards depression and suicide - mental health issues that haunt a people with no home. They risked their lives to get to Europe. They thought they had escaped the trauma & would find peace, a future. They were wrong.
#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This work was made in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières @doctorswithoutboarders who are providing mental health support to the island’s refugees. See the full story on To see more on instagram or share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


Photo by @kirstenluce. In this photo from 2014, a young mother from Honduras holds her sleeping 18-month old son as she and others turn themselves in to Border agents after crossing the Rio Grande river into Texas.

President Trump’s controversial new policies have resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents upon arrival.

Although there are no simple answers here, I can assure you that no young mother would leave home and carry a baby on an arduous journey unless they are truly desperate.

Background info:
This photo was taken in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, which is the busiest corridor for migration in the United States. The vast majority of arrivals hail from Central America.
It’s worth noting that this particular stretch of the border, near Anzalduas Park, already has a border wall (which is barely visible in the distance of this photo). Since it is structurally impossible to construct a wall in the actual river, the border wall is several hundred meters north of the actual border. This wall does NOT stop migrants from stepping foot on American soil and turning themselves in to authorities to request asylum.

#migration #usmexicoborder #riograndevalley #migration #honduras #refugee #usborderpatrol #cbp #trump #immigration #lamigra


Photo by @dguttenfelder // Sponsored by @Yellowstone on @ParamountNetwork // Truck tire tracks wind through the pasture on the Chief Joseph Ranch near the town of Darby, Montana. In 2014, after 20 years of living and working as a photographer outside my native USA, I moved home to begin an assignment for @natgeo on Yellowstone National Park. During my year in state, I fell for the glory of Montana’s rugged beauty and tough but generous people. This past May, I was lucky enough to return to western Montana to experience the Bitterroot region's springtime season. // Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner stars in Paramount Network’s @Yellowstone, an original television series from the writer of ‘Sicario’ and ‘Hell or High Water,’ Taylor Sheridan. #Yellowstone premieres Tonight 9/8c on @ParamountNetwork.


Photo by @andreabruce | A woman dries her hair in a slum in New Delhi, India. Open defecation may happen in India's villages more often, but it has a deeper impact on the water supply in India's slums. Organizations like Water Aid work to provide toilets and running water in the slums of cities like New Delhi. But they are a small fraction of what is necessary to maintain a healthy water supply and sanitary living conditions. Water is often supplied by the government for one hour every morning causing a mad rush to the taps. India has made sanitation a primary goal. Shot for the August 2017 issue. #india #sanitation


Photo by @kchete77 (Karla Gachet) | A Waorani boy plays with two monkeys his father hunted deep in the Yasuni National Park in the community of Gabaro in eastern Ecuador. The ecologically and culturally rich area is at risk from an increasing demand for the large natural reserves of oil stored underground. This photograph was taken #onassignment for @natgeo in 2012. #native #uncontacted #amazon #Ecuador #hunters


Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A massive male Southern Sea Lion takes a nap next to his week-old pup on a remote island in the subantarctic. #followme at @cristinamittermeier to see more images of marine wildlife from around the world.


Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Evening light after the barley harvest; it is tea time at Bakh Shoh’s home / What an immense privilege it has been to share the life and witness the kindness of the people of the Wakhan Corridor on and off over the last 19 years! For more images from this region, please follow @paleyphoto / Shot on assignment for an upcoming @natgeo story with @outofedenwalk #unpublished #afghanistan #goldendress #powerfulwomen #xik


A collaboration with @amivitale | Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild.
Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg

This film is a collaboration by @amivitale @danehenrydigital and @brettlowell.

@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale


Photo by @joelsartore |
Meet the Tanzanian tailless whip scorpion. You might remember this kind of animal from the Harry Potter films when, in the Goblet of Fire, it demonstrated the unforgivable curses. Whip scorpions use their long, modified legs to sense the world around them. They like to stay in one spot but can move quickly if disturbed. The species photographed here is from the Butterfly Pavilion at the Albuquerque BioPark in New Mexico and is one-year-old, although they can live up to ten years. The Pavilion is working to bring more attention to understudied and misunderstood arthropods and arachnids in order to create empathy and concern for their habitats around the world. Check out @JoelSartore to see a video of this eight legged creature in action. #PhotoArk #whipscorpion #AlbuquerqueBioPark #harrypotter


Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). An ancient patio where Ancestral Puebloans lived 800+ years ago. Cedar Mesa, Southern Utah in what was briefly #BearsEarsNationalMonument. From an assignment for the magazine covering the recent National Monument reductions of Bears Ears and #EscalanteGrandStaircase, Utah. If you ever find a site like this please #VisitWithRespect! @cedarmesafriends is a great resource for site etiquette. Never enter or lean on any ruins, leave all artifacts no matter how small, and never reveal specific location information! For more images from the #BearsEars area follow @argonautphoto!


Photo @tbfrost | Words by @paulrosolie | What makes anacondas so hard to study is they spend most of their time below water or mud. This means that even giant individuals can be impossible to detect. We had been searching for over thirty-five days in swamps and on rivers, without finding a single one. This 7-8ft individual came to us, strangely enough, by way of Instagram! First sighted by researchers who posted the photo, it was then discovered by Ecuadorian photographer @luksth , who alerted us. We traveled for 2 hours up the Tambopata River here in Peru to observe her. What made it extra exciting is she had just eaten an agouti (a house-cat-sized Amazonian rodent) below a mammal colpa or clay lick. It wasn’t the largest anaconda we’ve ever seen, but what is significant here is her behavior. Anacondas appear to travel long distances up forest streams to access mammal colpas (salt deposits) where the prey is abundant. This is a new behavior for an apex predator that we still know very little about. Just part of an ongoing effort to better understand the numbers, habits, ecology, and intelligence of these mysterious giants.

To see a photo of the ENTIRE snake with food in her belly, follow @tbfrost


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