Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Travel to the moon in one minute. For a car going nonstop at highway speed, it would take six months to travel the roughly 240,000 miles to the moon. This zoom was created from a single-exposure, high-resolution telescope photograph; I added the rotation in post-production for a sense of the journey that took four days for the Apollo 11 astronauts—a tribute to the first human landing on the moon 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969. NASA plans to return to the moon by landing astronauts on the lunar south pole in the next decade. The space-tourism industry is aiming for commercial trips to the moon in the 2030s, with a spacecraft that loops around the moon (no landing ) and returns to Earth. The trip would cost an estimated $100 million per seat, and include months of ground-based training. Explore more of space photography with me @babaktafreshi #moon #apollo50th #apollo11 #astrophotography
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Today is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The race to reach the space in 1950s was largely driven by political leaders to establish a new superpower. An immense budget and public will supported both Soviet and American space scientists to advance technologies like never before. The Sputnik satellite launched the space age in 1957. The U.S. remained second, until Apollo 8 astronauts reached the moon orbit in 1968 and Apollo 11 landed on the moon in July 1969. After the Apollo programs, the manned space race faded and efficient robotic exploration of the solar system, at far lower cost, became the focus of increasingly international collaborations. Explore more of astronomy and space photography with me @babaktafreshi #moon #apollo50 #space #astrophotography
Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | Early morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time over the years in the magnificent Bornean rainforest, a realm filled with miracles big and small. This forest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon ). Borneo is extremely rich in biodiversity, providing habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. It is essential for mankind to save these remarkable ecosystems to secure global stability and resilience. To do that, we can support rainforest conservation and try to avoid products containing uncertified palm oil. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from projects around the world. #borneo #biodiversity #conservation #rainforest #beauty @thephotosociety
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | A vendor crosses a street during rush hour in Mumbai, India. The dense city has an estimated population of nearly 13 million people, with a total of 21 million in the greater metropolitan area, the largest in India.
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Kaliegh Charles collects goose eggs with her family along the Ninglick River in western Alaska. The Charles family live nearby in Newtok, a Yupik village of roughly 380 people. Subsistence-based practices such as gathering eggs, hunting, and fishing are a way of life there, crucial to everything from culture and economy to nutrition and survival. Newtok is also an urgent and extreme example of climate change: The village is sinking as the permafrost beneath it thaws, and it is estimated that in three to five years it could be underwater. The entire village plans to move to a new site nine miles upriver this summer. Alaska native communities like Newtok are inextricably tied to the land, yet will be some of the first communities in the world forced to relocate as a result of climate change.
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | This is Te Tara Koi Koia, a near-mythical, pyramid-shaped island at the southern edge of New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands. This is the only nesting site of the Chatham albatross in the world. It's precariously exposed to the what some call the Southern Ocean, so landing is only possible on a handful of days every year; it took 27 days of waiting until conditions allowed me the privilege to spend 24 hours on Te Tara Koi Koia. On assignment for @natgeo , I worked with the @chatham_taiko_trust to photograph seabirds in one of the wildest places I have ever experienced. To see more photographs from Te Tara Koi Koia follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A North Korean soldier stands in front of Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. The painted coordinates on the street and square mark the marching steps made during mass military parades held in the capital city. Please follow me @dguttenfelder for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.
Video screenshot by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male polar bear stretches on the west coast of the Hudson Bay in Canada. These huge bears can weigh up to 1,600 pounds (726 kilograms ). This particular male was in no rush. He was waiting at the water’s edge in anticipation of the big freeze, an annual event when Arctic waters turn into a rock-solid ice pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Our warming climate is delaying the arrival of the big freeze by about a day each year. That means that this bear has lost a month of the hunting time that previous generations relied on. To see this guy in action and to learn more about polar bears’ incredible lives, check out my new online series, ‘Wild_Life: The Big Freeze’ at natgeo.com/wildlife or on National Geographic YouTube. Content sponsored by @ExploreCanada
Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | A portrait of a boy who works in the leather industry in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. He's turned a deflated basketball into a helmet to protect his head. The industry was the second largest export sector of Bangladesh in 2014-2015. For more stories follow @ismailferdous
Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Step, step, breathe. Kit DesLauriers finds calm amid the chaotic crevasses of the Khumbu Icefall, Chomolungma (Mount Everest ). No crowds (or any other teams on the mountain ) were seen on this ascent of Everest during the post-monsoon season. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | This grizzly bear was on the hunt for food as he prepared to head into hibernation for the winter. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. To see more predators from this part of the country, follow along with photographer @drewtrush #bears #grizzly #wild
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | Oglala Nation Pow Wow, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. So much beauty... words fail. These images need to have the sound of the drums. To hear the sounds and see video from this powwow and Pine Ridge follow @argonautphoto #Oglala #Lakota #MitakuyeOyasin #pineridge
Photo by Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | “People are learning that we're actually pretty normal people,” says 78-year-old Gary Lee Lawson at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lee was replying to my question about the changes he’s witnessed over the last 50 years, since the Stonewall Riots–an event considered by many to be the spark that lit the #LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S. I met Lee while #onassignment documenting stories of struggle, survival, and resilience from LGBTQ+ people around the U.S. See "Stonewall at 50: Stories of resilience and resistance" on the Nat Geo site. The U.S. is the 14th country where I’ve done this work. You can see more of it by following @whereloveisillegal
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered red-shanked douc langur sits for its Photo Ark shoot at the @endangeredprimaterescuecenter in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. In Vietnamese, this monkey is called vooc ngu sac, which means “five-colored macaque,” a reference to the species’ colorful fur. To see a still shot of this species, follow me @joelsartore #langur #primate #endangered #Vietnam #PhotoArk
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | For the biggest and best floating markets, head for Vietnam. Phung Hiep in the Mekong Delta is at the confluence of 5 canals where farmers bring their produce by boat (there are no roads ) to the daily market. #phunghiep #mekongdelta #floatingmarket
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A boater heads out in the early morning fog on Inle Lake in Myanmar. This freshwater lake, in Shan state, is the second largest in the country, measuring about 13 miles long and 7 miles wide. It's home to the Intha fisherman, known for their "leg rowing" and conical fishing nets. Besides fishing, the lake supports unusual activities, like farming on floating islands and a textile industry that creates cloth from the stems of the lotus plant. Villages on the lake are made up of homes built on stilts that are connected by bamboo walkways. #followme @irablockphoto to see more images from the world. #inlelake #myanmar #fishing #irablock
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | United States Border Patrol agents on horseback chase after and detain undocumented migrants along the border with Mexico near Penitas, Texas, June 7, 2018.
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | It was a gamble and it paid off. We guessed this mother brown bear would guide her rambunctious cubs across the tidal flats back onto high ground as the tide started coming in. With what seemed like utter joy, they galloped across shallow water in a symphony of splashes and grunts right towards us. It was amazing and so lovely to watch. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier to see more intimate moments of charismatic wildlife.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Mohammed, a 2.5-year-old Syrian refugee, looks out from the window of his family’s shelter in a camp in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @mmuheisenpublic For more on how to get involved, follow @everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees
Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes | I’ve always been captivated by history, and Venice is one of my favorite cities in the world because it truly remains timeless. I decided I wanted to photograph the Historical Regatta (Regata Storica ), an event that’s taken place in Venice every year since the 1500s. The boats and costumes seen in this photograph are exactly as they were back then. The day was beautiful, and although the bridge was crowded and I could barely move, the stunning sunrise and sunset made it a perfect scene for this Day to Night. The Day to Night series began in 2009. From a fixed camera angle, I capture fleeting moments of humanity and nature as light passes in front of the lens. I shoot thousands of images through day and night, then digitally blend a select group to create a seamless composite image. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Venice #Regatta #Italy
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A large tiger shark swims through the blue waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Tiger Sharks are one of the more adaptable shark species, able to move easily from open ocean to more "urban" environments. But much of their lives remains a mystery and researchers are only just beginning to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo To see more sharks and ocean wildlife photos follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #tigersharks #southafrica #savesharks
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Wijaya beach is one of many magical spots in Sri Lanka. It's located on the southwestern side of the country, where it was promised that I'd see turtle heads popping up out of the sea at day's end—but I was busy capturing the perfect sunset. #Wijayabeach #srilanka
Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | I photographed this elegantly camouflaged chital deer while on assignment in Kanha National Park, India. Predators of the chital include wolves, tigers, Asiatic lions (in Gir ), leopards, Indian rock pythons, dholes, mugger crocodiles, and humans. The name chital comes from the Bengali word chitral(চিত্রল )/chitra (চিত্রা ), which means "spotted." Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from projects around the world. #madhyapradesh #kanha #conservation #savetigers #india @thephotosociety
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | For me, the world’s most magical mangrove forests are on the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles. Where else can you drift in just three feet of crystal clear water and encounter blacktip reef sharks, Indo-Pacific lemon sharks, swirling schools of snappers, and even giant groupers—all while thousands of frigate birds and red-footed boobies roost in the forest canopy above. To discover more photographs from this Indian Ocean wilderness follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Reese John plays with his slingshot on a piling from a recently demolished home in Newtok, Alaska. Just a few dozen feet away are crumbling cliffs of permafrost falling into the Ninglik River. Erosion has already gobbled up approximately one mile of Newtok’s land, and the entire village is sinking as the permafrost beneath the ground thaws. The demolished homes leave behind a playground of construction materials for local children. As much as the kids I met seemed to enjoy climbing and jumping all over these structures, they also made sure to tell me multiple times about the brand-new playground they were going to have very soon. Nine miles upriver is the site of a new village, Mertarvik, where the entire Newtok community will be relocating this fall. Newtok is the first village in Alaska that has already begun relocation as a result of climate change—pioneering a process that many other Alaskan villages may soon undergo.
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Young girls take a break on the grass runway on the tiny island of Kili, Marshall Islands. In March 1946 all 167 residents of a small island on a remote Pacific atoll packed up their belongings and left their homes. They were assured it would be for a short period, during which the United States government would carry out a series of nuclear tests. Seventy years later, most surviving Bikini islanders have yet to set foot on the island paradise from which they were evacuated. Those surviving Bikinians and their descendants live scattered among the other Marshall Islands in Micronesia, some on Majuro, the capital, some on Ejit and Kwajalein, and many on Kili, where they eke out a living producing copra, farming what little land is available, and fishing where and when it is safe to do so. For more follow @michaelchristopherbrown
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The 110-meter-long (363 foot ) Saturn V rocket took the Apollo 11 astronauts to space 50 years ago today, on July 16, 1969. Early this morning, in the heart of Washington D.C., that piece of history was relived briefly on the Washington Monument, which is comparable in height to the rocket. The life-size Saturn projection, organized by @airandspacemuseum partnered with @usinterior and 59 Productions, begins tonight and runs through Thursday, July 18, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night. On July 19 and 20, the program continues, with the show "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projected on the east face of the Washington Monument and adjacent screens. To date, Saturn V is the tallest and most powerful rocket ever operated, with an immense payload capacity of 150 tons. With my career focused on astronomy and space photography, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate this exploration milestone. NASA aims to return to the moon in the next decade, as early as 2024, this time leading a coalition of several nations and private companies. #Apollo50th #NASA #washingtondc #goforthemoon
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | It's World Snake Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a two-headed copperhead found in the wild in my home state of Virginia. Having two heads is a condition called dicephaly, and it occurs in one out of 100,000 snakes in the wild. Most snakes born with two heads don’t live long, especially in the wild; this snake lived only for several months. To see another photo of this two headed snake, I’m @tbfrost #WorldSnakeDay
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Last year, these were the fireworks I watched on the 4th of July: the hill above my town burning. Each year, destructive wildfire scenes like this have grown as climate patterns have become hotter, drier, and more extreme, and developments have pushed farther into wooded areas. These conditions exacerbate another challenge: By not allowing natural fires to occur, we enhance fuel buildup. As the complexity of wildfire season grows and becomes further-reaching, I’m grateful for the firefighters who risk their lives to keep blazes like this at bay. For more, follow @pedromcbride #wildfire #basaltmountainfire #firefighters #grateful
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | An endangered Gee's golden langur (Trachypithecus geei ) licks clay from her fingers in the Himalayan foothills. In 2017 and 2018, I spent months in Bhutan tracking and photographing these beautiful primates. I found they regularly visited an exposed clay cliff where they would eat handfuls of mineral-rich clay, which likely helps them to digest leaves and unripe fruits. The Gee’s golden langur is safe in Bhutan, but fewer than 6,500 individuals remain in the wild and it's locally extinct across parts of its historic range. In collaboration with @uwicer , the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. @thephotosociety #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A three-month-old baby chimpanzee named Ruben reaches out toward the camera lens @tampazoo Young chimps like Ruben will stay with their mothers for up to ten years, learning all the skills they need to survive in the wild before branching out to start their own family group. To see an image of an adult chimpanzee in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore #chimp #chimpanzee #infant #cute #photoark