It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // The Lake Castrovalva area of Lechuguilla (cave) in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, is very special. It is abundant in very delicate and unique cave formations, and for this reason it is very rarely visited. These formations are simply perfect and pristine. Here lies a fine set of rimstones and gours. For millions of years, the cave has been sealed off from human and animal interaction. The cave is so beautiful and so important to science that access is strictly controlled in order to keep the cave in as pristine condition as possible. It is a real time machine, taking us back to a world that was very different to the one we live in today. @natgeocreative
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // If you like remote islands with mangrove forests, tropical jungles, white sand beaches and turquoise waters then the Andaman Islands should be added to your travel bucket list. Comprising of 572 islands located 1370 kms from the Indian mainland in the Bay of Bengal, this remote getaway has a friendly mix of Indian and Southeast Asian settlers. An elephant named Rajan brought me to these islands years ago and I have longed to go back since. In this photo Rajan swims in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Brought to the islands for logging in the 1950’s, he along with a small group of 10 elephants were forcefully trained to swim in saltwater. He was the last surviving member until his recent death in 2016. He eventually learned to love swimming in the ocean and spent his retirement days foraging in the jungle and snorkeling in the sea. I have such fond memories of him and these magical islands. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more photos from my travels around the world.
Photo by @gerdludwig. In 1930, Great Smoky Mountains National Park became one of the largest protected areas of the eastern United States. Spanning the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee, it encompasses roughly 525,000 acres of lush landscapes (with more tree species than in all of northern Europe), abundant wildlife (65 mammal and 230 bird species), and spectacular scenic beauty.
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // The night sky over Salar de Pajonales, Chile.
In the Atacama Desert a rare set of factors – very little rainfall, crystal-clear skies, high altitudes and low-to-zero light pollution – have created an unparalleled stargazing location. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #Chile#Southamerica
Photo of @bertiegregory by @spono. Behind the scenes on a new series for National Geographic at St Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island. This bay has got to be one of the most incredible places on the planet. Argued to be the busiest beach in the world, it’s home to over 400,000 king penguins. It’s hard to believe that in 1925, just 1,100 kings were counted here. This is what happens when environmental conditions are right and you protect a place. Hats off to the South Georgia Government and all the awesome NGOs that have contributed to this success story. After we sat down quietly at the edge of the colony, these curious brown chicks came over for a closer look at the camera! Follow @bertiegregory and @spono for more wildlife adventures.
Photo by @taylorglenn // A fog bow or white rainbow appears on a misty morning in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Swipe through to see the entire scene. This rare phenomenon is similar to a rainbow in that it is formed by light passing through water droplets, but because the droplets in fog are much smaller than rain, a fog bow has much weaker colors than a rainbow. And when the water droplets are small enough the fog bow will appear totally white like you see here. Such a wonderful moment to witness! And to make this even better, I was on an early morning drive with my father so we shared this spectacular scene together. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Follow @taylorglenn for more scenery from Wyoming and beyond #fogbow#whiterainbow#tetons#wyoming#jacksonhole
Photo by @amivitale. Gopu Ram leads a camel through the sand dunes near Jaisalmer in India's Rajasthan Thar desert. Every year thousands of camel herders from the semi-nomadic Rabari tribe, who make a living rearing animals, travel for two to three weeks across 500 kilometers to set up camp in the desert dunes near Pushkar to sell their livestock. The herders sell more than 20,000 camels, horses and other animals at the annual cattle fair. Follow @amivitale for more stories from around the world.
Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
The light pollution of large cities are immense, often visible from a long distance. On this November evening I was enjoying the view of the Milky Way from Death Valley National Park in California, also a designated Dark Sky Park. But to my surprise toward southwest the yellow light dome of the Greater Los Angeles Area with population of about 20 million was still visible in the image from a distance of over 270 km (170 mi). In the foreground is Badwater area, marking the lowest point in the entire North America, with an elevation of 282 ft below sea level (-86 meters). Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars. #twanight#astrophotography#nightphotography#darksky#deathvalleynationalpark#nationalparks#milkyway@natgeocreative@natgeo
Photo by @FransLanting After emperor penguin females lay their eggs, they are exhausted, and they immediately transfer their eggs to the feet of their mates, who cradle the eggs on their feet to keep them warm and off the sea ice. Emperor penguin males do this for two months in the depths of the Antarctic winter. It takes heroic parenting skills to raise a chick in this brutally cold environment where temperatures can drop to 40 degrees below zero with winds of more than 100 miles per hour. I spent a month camped on the sea ice near an emperor penguin colony to document how the chicks grow up. Here a young emperor chick leans against its father. I share this image in celebration of Fathers Day! Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories of the emperor penguin.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // The view looking across at the Painted Wall from the Cedar Point overlook on the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison near Montrose, Colorado. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of these remote national parks that doesn’t see as much traffic as a lot of others, which is kind of surprising given that it is quite stunning. The Painted Wall, seen on the opposite side of the canyon with the crisscrossing dikes, is 2,700 feet (823 m) tall making it the third largest sheer wall in the lower 48 after El Cap and Notch Peak. The Black is serious business all the way around. Climbing here is very committing and descending into the canyon by any route is intimidating. Regardless, it is breathtakingly beautiful. #blackcanyon#blackcanyonofthegunnison#colorado
Photos by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) and his 8yr old son @HawkeyeHuey. The father/son team has been going to the #CodyNiteRodeo, near Huey’s hometown in Northern Wyoming, since Hawkeye started photographing with him (at age 4). The two went behind the chutes whenever they passed through town in the summer and made photos together. See the images of this father/son team published together in our current issue of the magazine! In the second slide you can see that Hawkeye shoots with instant “Polaroid style” film. Follow Aaron and @hawkeyehuey to see more of their adventures!