National Geographic@natgeo

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Mesmerized by the underwater wonder of living corals and sponges, I lost myself in the artistry of nature, while diving in the Gardens of the Queen. Healthy reefs, an ecosystem that is barely surviving elsewhere, is alive and healthy here. With limited access to tourists, it’s vibrant and abundant life is as beautiful and it is soul-lifting. To see more photos and videos from an amazing expedition to this forgotten corner of the Caribbean, #follow my Instagram feed at @cristinamittermeier.
#TurningTheTide, with @sea_legacy and @paulnicklen | @andy_mann #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #coralreef | #JardinesdelaReina| #marineconservation |

Jardines de la Reina

Video by @pedromcbride // Feeding time: I had the privilege to recently spend time at the @r.e.s.c.u.e elephant orphanage where a small group of dedicated animal lovers are helping save these cuties and create a conservation model at the same time with @nrt_kenya. It is amazing how independent each of these orphaned elies are - some are sweet and gentle while others want to wrestle all day. To see more wild adventures follow @pedromcbride // #elephants #orphans #hope #wildlife #conservation #kenya


Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty


Video @ladzinski / Autumn in the #rockyMountains is one of the most fleeting times of year. The weather changes hard and fast and it’s a time where wildlife is busy bulking up for the long winter ahead. Here is a collection of clips throughout the #Colorado high country.


Photo @lucalocatelliphoto CERN and the artisans of the Universe is a project I've done about this incredible place, the CERN. What is the universe made of? How did it start? Physicists at CERN are seeking answers, using some of the world's most powerful particle accelerators and reading results with such huge detector. I was lucky to photograph the last maintenance work in ​the 100 meters underground tunnels where the experiments are, like the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), a general-purpose detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)​ in the photo. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about my stories #science #future #futurology #detector #future #technology #science


Video by @BertieGregory. An octopus on the hunt at night in the northern Red Sea, Egypt. Here the octopus is net feeding where it spooks fish into little caves before ballooning with its 8 tentacles blocking all exits. Predators like this octopus are crucial to the functionality of coral reefs as they keep the number of grazing animals in check. If octopus are overfished and removed the reef, the number of grazers increases and the reef as a whole suffers. Long story short, ecosystems need predators. When you look after the predators, you look after everything underneath. Follow @BertieGregory for more wildlife adventures!


Photographer @thomaspeschak documenting giant tortoises for @natgeo and @sif_seychelles on remote Aldabra Atoll. Here temperatures are so hot that if these tortoises are not beneath a shade tree or deep in a cool coral cave at midday they cook to death in their shells. Only around 4pm do the tortoises pile out one by one to graze in the cool of the evening. It took nearly 2 hours for all of the tortoises to leave this cave. Video and time lapse footage shot by my assistant @ottowhitehead Follow him for more behind scenes videos


Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) A group of refugees from Afghanistan including unaccompanied minors sleep on the ground outside an old train carriage where they took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia. According to UNICEF, 3,200 refugees in Serbia are children and one in three of them are unaccompanied. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen


Photo by: @renaeffendiphoto When I came to Khinaliq, Azerbaijan's highest inhabited village, a shepherd and the town’s elder I met took me to the village cemetery. He said pointing down the hill: “If you dig a hole right through, you will see seven layers of burial ground”. Archeological evidence suggests that Khinaliq was inhabited four millennia ago and dates back to pre-Zoroastrian times. This village of nearly 1,000 shepherd families is built into the side of a mountain, each house made of river stone, one upon the other, forming a staircase to the sky. Because of its remoteness, Khinaliq still managed to preserve its ancient way of life. The people speak Khinaluq, a unique endangered dialect attributed to the northeastern group of the Caucasus languages. The source of income is mainly sheep breeding. While men graze their flocks in mountain pastures, the women weave traditional carpet designs from wool. For more human interest stories follow me here: @renaeffendiphoto #village #history #heritage #culture #azerbaijan #mountains #nature #landscape @natgeocreative


Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Muztagata, literally, “ice mountain father” on the northern edge of the Pamir Plateau in Xinjiang province. So named for the 12 glaciers that ring it’s 7509 meter summit. The mountain plays hide and seek behind fast moving clouds that hide and reveal. This photograph taken from the Karakoram Highway side heading to Taxkorgan, western most town in China close by the Afghanistan border. @thesilkroadjourney #korakoram #mysilkroad2017 #pamir #xinjiang #china #glacier #mountain @natgeocreative


Photo @Ladzinski / Sunsets on lonely highways, the solitude of such wide open places is in a category all of its own.


Photo by @stephenwilkes. Walking the back roads in Italy at sunrise is a magical experience, often greeted by beautiful light.  The feeling one gets in Tuscany, when the early morning light touches the landscape often brings back memories and creates new ones.  To see more of my work, follow me @stephenwilkes. #italy #sunrise #tuscany #light  #memories #landscape