National Geographic@natgeo

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

Photo @hammond_robin. 35 year old Turkana nomadic pastoralist Leya Ewalan who I photographed in Kenya for a special issue on race that @NatGeo magazine published recently. Africa is the most genetically diverse region in the world (as illustrated in the collection of images published in the story). This is consistent with the theory that humans recently migrated out of Africa. The first anatomically modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and all humans today are their direct descendants. See more images illustrating African diversity at @Hammond_Robin


Photo by @FransLanting To see six healthy, nearly full-grown cheetah cubs in the wild is a rare sight—from a distance they almost looked like a pride of lions. Most cheetah mothers do not succeed in raising more than one or two cubs to independence during their entire lives. But the mother of these cubs was an exceptional female, a true Supermom, who could hunt day after day for a family of seven while keeping them all safe. That is no small feat with lions, hyenas, and other lethal adversaries roaming around. Follow us @ChristineEckstrom and @FransLanting to see more of this remarkable family and to learn more about the challenges cheetahs face in the wild. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #BigCatsInitiative #Endangered #Wildlifephotography


Photo by @davidliittschwager. This is a Blue Blubber Jelly, scientific name Catostylus mosaicus. They are native to the coastal waters of Australia. This photo was taken at the Kamo Aquarium in Japan, which has the largest collection of jellyfish species on display. Photographed on assignment for National Geographic magazine. Posting from the field, well nearly, from the airport on the way home. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #onassignment


Photo: @ivankphoto / Felipe Villa Poblano, who has lived next to the the Misión de Santa Gertrudis for 26 years, has a small store and looks after the mission on the border between Baja Sur and Baja Norte, Mexico. He says that his grandfather was Cochimí, the indigenous people who inhabited central Baja when the Spanish first arrived in the sixteenth century.


Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
Pinnacles of volcanic rock, Cavusin, #Cappadocia, Turkey
To see more from Cappadocia and other unique corners of our world follow @geosteinmetz


Photo by @stephenwilkes. Rainbows, sunsets, incredible wildlife shot over 26 hours on Steeple Jason.
To see this photograph please visit @natgeomuseum. To see more of photos from my travels near and far, visit me @stephenwilkes. #falklands #Malvinas #natgeo #birdmigration #steeplejason #naturelovers


Photo by @lujanag (Luján Agusti) | A dead hummingbird used as a love charm —known as a “chuparosa”— is seen at a lab where it is being investigated, along with hundreds of other hummingbirds, as evidence of illegal wildlife trade. In Mexico, some believe hummingbirds have supernatural powers. The chuparosas are sold wrapped in red paper with satin tassels and come with a prayer to bring the buyer love.
This dark world of a mysterious international trade poses a serious threat to these hummingbirds, who are already facing declines from habitat loss and climate change. Multiple federal and international wildlife laws protect hummingbirds and most other feathered animals from being bought and sold. Even possessing undocumented birds is a serious crime.
Stopping hummingbird smuggling will require law enforcement on both sides of the border, but Mexico hasn’t yet determined that there is indeed a hummingbird problem.
Go to to see the full story. Reporting by Rene Ebersole


Photographer #LaurentBallesta and his team built a semicircular rig of 32 synchronized cameras to capture this “bullet time” video sequence of sharks descending on a grouper at Fakarava Atoll in French Polynesia. Each camera films the scene from a different angle. This visual technique allows events to be slowed down while the camera moves at normal speed.
Excerpt from 700 Sharks Into The Dark, a film directed by Luc Marescot. Produced by Arte, Le Cinquième Rêve, Andromède Océanologie, Les Gens Bien Production, Filmin Tahiti and CNRS Images. This video was made during the Gombessa IV expedition.
In addition to a film, ‘700 Sharks Into The Dark’ is a collection of two books documenting Ballesta’s 4-year journey photographing sharks in the Fakarava Atoll. See more at ©️ARTE/GOMBESSAEXPEDITION2017


Image by @joelsartore | Chimpanzees like this one at @rolling_hills_zoo are humans’ closest living relatives-- we share up to 98 percent of the same DNA. Though we are not direct descendants of chimpanzees, evolutionary theory suggests we share a common ancestor, a creature that lived millions of years ago. Chimps exhibit many behavioral traits that link them to humans. They are highly social animals that use tools, communicate through facial expressions, and even grieve the passing of their loved ones.
Sadly, these beautiful creatures are disappearing from their natural habitats. Due to poaching, taking infants for the pet trade, and habitat encroachment, chimpanzees are now listed as Endangered. They’ve been completely eliminated from four countries within their historic range and are under increasing pressure in their remaining forest homes. To help save chimps and their habitats, try to consume less, recycle electronic devices like cell phones, and stay informed and vocal about the protection of the Congo Basin.
Check out @joelsartore for another image of this chimp!


photo by @vincentjmusi Dovewood’s Millie, 2018

I’m pleased to share another short installment from my Year of the Dogs, a personal project celebrating the beauty and character of these amazing creatures we share our homes and families and lives with.

Those of you who think I plan out these dispatches well in advance will either be disappointed or pleased to find out that I don’t. When I was in college, I for a short time worked as a disc-jockey in a radio station, back when you extracted vinyl records from their sleeves and played them at random and with abandon. My shift was from 11 pm to 7 am. Maybe that’s why I never graduated.

I had every intention of posting a different dog today but when I woke my computer up to write, Millie was on screen staring back at me.
Unlike me, Millie’s educational background includes graduation from obedience class. She is conversant in a range of instructions, the most significant being “wait” which to be effective, is performed with an assertive voice and an index finger held within eyeshot.

Pleading, incidentally, does not work but was attempted numerous times before we understood that presentation is as important as the message.

She is a 5 year-old #BoykinSpaniel which is our state dog in my adopted home state of South Carolina and it may explain why you might see more Boykins than you want to if you follow me @vincentjmusi


Photo by @davidliittschwager. This is called the Black Jelly or Black Sea Nettle, scientific name Chrysaora achlyos. This young individual’s bell was only 4 inches across. Much older adults can measure up to a meter across, and much darker in color, almost black. Posted from the field. Photographed on assignment for National Geographic magazine at the Kamo Aquarium in Japan. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #onassignment


Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) People enjoy a boat ride along a canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, For more photos and videos follow me @mmuheisen #muhammedmuheisen


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