Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by @Hammond_Robin | Homophobia has molded much of Annobil’s life. As a gay man in Ghana, where he goes, how he talks, walks, dresses must be carefully considered. But homophobia has given Annobil an unintended gift–he’s found a level of resilience he didn’t know he possessed. The persecution he faces and his HIV+ status provides him with life experiences he has turned into lessons he now shares. He is now a leader in the LGBTQI+ community and a healthcare advocate, helping with testing, and ensuring medication is received. Annobil explains that the fight against HIV is not just about providing protection and education. The link between high HIV infection and the prevalence of a society’s homophobic attitudes is strong: “Stigma is killing people in our community. We need to change our attitudes toward the MSM (men who have sex with men) or the positive ones. Because we all human being.” To read more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
Photo by @stephenwilkes | One of my favorite images is that of San Giorgio, one of the islands of Venice, best known for its landmark, the San Giorgio Maggiore church (foreground). To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #daytonight #stephenwilkes #sangiorgio #venice #sunset #travel
Photo by @BrianSkerry | An orca calf swims with two adults through chilly seas filled with fish scales in the Norwegian Arctic. Orcas come here to feed on a type of fish called herring. The orca use communication and coordination to gather the fish into "bait balls" then swim through, stunning the herring with their tails before eating them. Creating unique feeding strategies demonstrates highly cognitive behavior and is an element of whale and dolphin culture. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more images of whales and other ocean wildlife from four decades of explorations in the sea! #orca #whales #norway #arctic #planetofthewhales
Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | I had the extreme honor of witnessing an Ismaili bride participate in one of many marriage rituals in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan. This bride married for love rather than family arrangement. #pakistan #ismaili #marriage
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | Uygur workers build a road on the edge of the Taklimakan Desert in the Xinjiang province, China. For more cultural encounters, please visit @paleyphoto #uighur #taklamakan #uighurmuslims #roadwork #onebeltoneroad
Photo by @PaulNicklen | When a wild coastal wolf of British Columbia comes and stands 10 feet from you, there is nothing left for you to do besides give thanks, raise your camera, and take a quick photograph to capture the moment—and then lower that camera and just stare into its eye and realize that you are living a dream. There is so much more to come. #followme at @PaulNicklen to explore more of the natural beauty that the wild coast of British Columbia has to offer.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Al-Khazneh, Arabic for "the treasury," is one of many facades carved into the mountains of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #jordan
Photo by @ronan_donovan | What does this South American bird remind you of? This is a lesser rhea, a close relative of the species in question. It was only a hundred years ago that Alfred Wegener published his theory on continental drift and scientists began to unravel the logic behind plate tectonics, proving the existence of the super continents known as Pangea and later, Gondwanaland. Gondwanaland existed about 200 million years ago, before plate tectonics separated the the South American and African continents. One of the main drivers of speciation, or the creation of new species, is separation. The result of about a hundred million years of separation is ample time for one species to split in two, as is the case between the lesser rhea and which species? Hope on over to @ronan_donovan to find out the answer.
Photo by @noralorek | Dandan, Wessam, and Ibrahim, from Daraa in Syria, met in Calais, France, at the end of 2015 and moved in together shortly thereafter. Back then there were about 3,500 refugees in a camp called Jungle and new arrivals every day. In the first few months, they tried to reach UK by climbing on trains and trucks, but in the end they managed to collect money and pay for smugglers. Even then, they failed dozens of times. Since July 2016, all three have been with their relatives in the UK. This picture was taken at their Calais shelter earlier that year. According to Help Refugees, 9,106 men, women, and unaccompanied children were living in the Calais Jungle in tents or temporary shelters they’d build themselves and decorated with blankets. They all had the same goal: to enter the UK. In October 2016 the Jungle was demolished. Now many refugees live in Calais in tents, still trying to cross the border to the UK.
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Michael Chamorro Suarez, 32, Flor Valla, 33, and, from left to right, Giulia, 1; Johan, 7; Jamie, 5; and twin sister Sofia, 5 live in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Flor graduated in Italy with a thesis on the migration of Italians to Costa Rica. She now runs a bakery in the village while her husband has one of the few restaurants in the small town. Their eldest son, Johan, has been diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Risperdal, an antipsychotic medicine (top left on the table). Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children who are at least 13 years old. Risperdal is also used to treat symptoms of irritability in autistic children who are five to 16 years old. While Johan’s parents bought the medicine, they have not yet given it to him, fearing it might have negative consequences that outweigh its benefit. Home Pharma is part of a multimedia project called "Happy Pills" by @paolowoods, @gabrielegalimbertiphoto, @arnaudrobert and @edoardo_delille #happypills #pills #pharma #bigpharma #health
Photo by @jimmychin | Rule #1 for a big day in the mountains: Plan and prepare so you don’t get caught out after dark. Rule #2: Always pack your headlamp. Paul Mcsorley happy he abided by rule #2 while finding alpine perfection after a long day in the Coastal Range of British Columbia. For more mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmy_chin.
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A young girl plays with sticks and stones in the Alley of the Baobabs in rural Madagascar. Although this Sakalava family may have few material goods, I was humbled by the moments of fulfillment and happiness I witnessed as I watched the local children connect and engage with nature’s simplest gifts. No matter how much you have or where you live in the world, I think it is important for children to get acquainted with nature and to get dirty and have fun while doing it. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos from around the world. #madagascar #enoughness #nature #photography