National Geographic@natgeo

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

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Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl |Galina Prokopenko, a 75 year old great-grandmother, black-belt karate instructor and member of the “International Union of Cossacks” photographed at her home in Feodosia, Crimea. This picture was made in 2010 when Crimea was part of Ukraine. The Russian annexation of the peninsula took place four years later in 2014.


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.

Pictured here and in freezing cold temperatures, an explorer is dwarfed by a giant ice formation inside the Halle der Circe in Eiskogelhöhle, Austria. Ice caves like these are common in the Austrian Alps but are seriously under stress due to climate change. @natgeocreative


Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Afghan refugee sisters I met yesterday in Krnjaca Asylum Center near Belgrade, Serbia, while visiting the center to document the daily life of the refugees taking shelter there, along with @rooswijngaards of @everydayrefugees foundation whose delivering help for children. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen

Belgrade, Serbia

Photo by @amivitale. Giant panda cubs wake up from nap time in the incubator room at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China.
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador.
I have been working on a new book featuring my long-term panda work made on assignment for National Geographic. See more on my feed @amivitale.

#pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #sichuan #china #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


Photo by @renan_ozturk
An unexpected finish.
After a 24 push of painting on the ridge I had run out of food and the weather window to see the features of the mountains. In order to keep painting in these types of scenarios, I use the photos I take on my phone or from time-lapses to still study the features inside the safety of a tent. In this case I retreated back to the Khumjung, with the canvas soaked through from the precipitation it had endured. After a short dry out session in the tea house, I brought it out into the center of town and the unexpected happened as the Ed Hillary school released the gates of Sherpa and other Nepali children into the square. Not only had the landscape put its print on the art but now I had about 30 eager hands making their own marks on the canvas. Quite the unexpected finish to the piece. I plan on donating the final art to the school! #nepal #khumbu #nepaliloveyou #art Shot with @jetbutterflies @climber.abiral ~

See @renan_ozturk for more of this process of art and photography


Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // This is how I like to think of sharks; not frightening and threatening, but poetic and mysterious. I get that we don’t all have to love sharks, but at the very least we should be intrigued by the important role they play in maintaining the diversity and stability of our oceans and we should respect them as living creatures. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year; that is not the sign of an enlightened society. We must do better!
#follow me to see more images of Wildlife and indigenous cultures.
In awe with @PaulNicklen @mdalio @samkretch @iankellet_story for @Sea_Legacy

#TurningtheTide #nature #beauty #photography #underwater #sharks #停止吃鯊魚 #中國 #sayNOtosharkfinsoup


Photo by @kitracahana // Portrait of Brandy - a graduating senior at the Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center - a high school that provides a supportive and accommodating environment for pregnant teens and teen moms so that they can finish high school and achieve their dreams. // Visit @kitracahana to find out about other inspirational young women like Brandy!!
#teenmom #pregnant #graduation #girlpower #copesouth #miami


Photo by @dguttenfelder
The Washington Monument stands above the frozen Potomac River in Washington, DC during the winter cold spell in early January 2018.

Washington, District of Columbia

Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo

A leisurely drive through downtown Unalaska, a small city in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, is an easy way to spot a few of America’s national bird... or a few hundred. The population of bald eagles has exploded over the past few decades in many cities in Alaska as eagles increasingly find easy meals from human food waste and leftover fish from the thriving commercial fishing industry. Writer Laurel Braitman @laurelsara and I teamed up this past winter to document the scene up close! Click the link in my personal profile @arni_coraldo for more snaps and a short story written by Laurel in the Jan issue of Nat Geo Magazine. How many eagles can you count in this video??? #birding #birdsofinstagram #baldeagle #alaska #dutchharbor #humananimals #coreyarnold #aleutiandreams #eagle #natgeo #potd #votd

Unalaska, Alaska

Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Alexander Kydrin, a member of the “All Powerful and Great Warriors of the Don Cossack Army”, instructs his horse Tribunal to lay down at Azov aerodrome, where the troop practice Djigitovka tricks, a traditional form of Cossack trick-riding that are performed at state ceremonies. These complex acrobatic moves were originally developed by the Cossacks as battle techniques, and laying horses down allowed a whole army to hide in the grass of the Russian Steppes and attack advancing enemies in close quarters with the element of surprise. Azov, Southern Russia.


Most of my recent aerial work is done with drones, but just a few years ago flying for me was a seat-of-the-pants operation in a motorized paraglider, with running take-offs and sketchy landings. You can get a sense of that in this video by my wingman François Lagarde who likes to fly low, with one hand holding the video camera, and the other on the controls of the wing and throttle. It’s nerve-wracking way to shoot with little margin for error. That’s me under the red wing, as we flew over the ancient #Roman city of #Timgad in #Algeria on assignment for @natgeo. To see more of the world from above, follow @geosteinmetz


Video @ladzinski / If you’re a #violetCrownedWoodNymph hummingbird, rain is just an opportunity for a shower. Once the sun comes out again however, it’s business as usual. Hummingbirds eat roughly 2 to 3 times their body weight per-day in nectar, which is a lot of work and a lot of flowers to visit. Filmed in #Colombia’s #SantaMartaMountains