The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest

From The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has begun. Photographers from around the world can submit their photos in the four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The grand prize winner… Continue reading

Syrian conflict into its 4th year

From This month, the fighting and unrest continue into a fourth year in Syria. Syrian rebels fought today with government troops near the coastal heartland of President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has reportedly… Continue reading

Mudslide in Washington: More survivors doubtful

From Friends and relatives continue to wait for news of their loved ones as the search resumed for victims of the mudslide that hit north of Seattle on Saturday, March 22. Rescuers were… Continue reading

California’s Historic Drought

From The year 2013 was the driest in California’s recorded history, and predictions for 2014 aren’t much better. Three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall have left reservoirs at a fraction of their normal… Continue reading

St. Petersburg From Above

From Recently, photographer Amos Chapple spent some time in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city. He used a small drone to lift his camera high above the cathedrals and fortresses, capturing some amazing aerial photos. Chapple:… Continue reading

At Least 14 Dead in Washington State Mudslide

From Last Saturday, at 10:45 am, part of a hillside above Oso, Washington — known by some locals as “Slide Hill” — collapsed after weeks of heavy rain, sending a wall of mud… Continue reading

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: 25 Years Ago Today

From On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez had just entered Alaska’s Prince William Sound, after departing the Valdez Marine Terminal full of crude oil. At 12:04 am, the ship struck… Continue reading

The First Day of Spring

From Yesterday was the vernal equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, despite continued wintry conditions in a few places. As the sunlight becomes more prevalent, people, plants, and animals… Continue reading

In Syria: Three Years of War

From Last weekend marked the third anniversary of Syria’s civil war, a conflict that has, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, claimed the lives of more than 146,000 people, at least… Continue reading

Winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Part I

From The Sony World Photography Awards have announced the winners of their Open, Youth, and National Award competitions today. The winners were selected from over 70,000 entries submitted by photo enthusiasts and amateurs from across… Continue reading

Lost Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

From Investigators around the world are still trying solve the deepening mystery of the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The plane with 239 people on board disappeared last Saturday an hour… Continue reading

Sochi 2014 Paralympics

From Japan’s Takeshi Suzuki competes to bronze during Men’s Downhill Sitting at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Rosa Khutor stadium close to Sochi on March 8. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) 2 Russia’s… Continue reading

2014 Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

From Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Dog Race in a dramatic finish today, rallying from third place. A storm knocked out the front-runner and Seavey finished in a record-breaking pace. The… Continue reading

Daily Life: February 2014

From For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from North Korea, Canada, India, Pakistan, China, Poland, United States and other countries around the world. –Lloyd Young (30… Continue reading

Holi 2014: The Festival of Colors

From This week Hindus around the world celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw… Continue reading

In Turkey, Renewed Anti-Government Protests

From One day last summer, as anti-government protests roiled Istanbul, a 14-year-old boy named Berkin Elvan was on his way to buy bread when he was struck in the head by a… Continue reading

‘Believed to Be Russian Soldiers’

From Less than two weeks ago, after Ukrainian protesters appeared to have ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, thousands of soldiers bearing no insignia or identifying marks began appearing in Ukraine’s pro-Russian Crimean peninsula.… Continue reading

Japan in the 1950s

From After Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II, Allied forces led by the United States occupied the nation, bringing drastic changes. Japan was disarmed, its empire dissolved, its form of… Continue reading

International Women’s Day: Mothers and Daughters

From Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, and focus attention on areas still needing action. In the run-up to… Continue reading

The Jihad Museum: Afghanistan Remembers the Soviet Invasion

From On February 15, 1989, just more than 25 years ago, the Soviet Union pulled its troops out of Afghanistan after 9 years of bloody conflict. In those years, Afghan Mujahedeen fighters… Continue reading

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

From In California’s Mojave Desert, about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas (Google map), lies a five-square-mile solar thermal power project called the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS). The $2.2 billion… Continue reading

Carnival 2014 Around the World

From Carnival season 2014 is well underway across Europe and the Americas. These pre-Lent bacchanalian festivals have been taking place for nearly a month, ushering out the winter and welcoming in spring.… Continue reading

The Murmurations of Starlings

From When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings… Continue reading

Carnival and Mardi Gras 2014

From Pre-Lenten celebrations around the globe, including Carnival and a rain soaked Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, wrapped up yesterday before the marking of Ash Wednesday today. Historians say the tradition… Continue reading

Washington D.C. area has yet another snow day

From Snow began falling in the nation’s capital early Monday, and officials warned people to stay off treacherous, icy roads a scene that has become familiar to residents in the Midwest, East… Continue reading

Ukraine’s President Voted Out, Flees Kiev

From Earlier today, Ukraine’s parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, after months of anti-government protest. Yanukovich, decrying the actions as a “coup”, fled Kiev, as the heads of Ukraine’s… Continue reading

Kiev Truce Shattered, Dozens Killed

From Last night, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, working with opposition leaders in the months-long protest, declared a truce, hoping to begin negotiations. Within hours, each side was accusing the other of betraying… Continue reading

Ukraine: The death toll continues to rise

From Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic.… Continue reading

Bloody Battles in Kiev

From Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp on Kiev’s Independence Square as riot police tried to force demonstrators out following the bloodiest clashes in three months of protests. The iconic square… Continue reading

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Part II

From After all the preparation and the opening ceremony, the 2014 Winter Olympics are well under way. More than 2,800 athletes from 88 countries are chasing medals in 98 events in 7… Continue reading

A Frozen Walk to Island Ice Caves

From For the first time in five years, Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake, has frozen enough to allow visitors from northern Wisconsin to walk across the lake to the ice… Continue reading

Kelud and Sinabung: Indonesia’s Two Erupting Volcanoes

From Earlier today, Indonesia’s Mount Kelud erupted violently, killing two, sending massive ash plumes miles into the air, and causing more than 100,000 to evacuate parts of Java. The explosive eruption could… Continue reading

Flooding in Britain

From Weeks of extraordinary wet weather has lead to disastrous flooding in Britain. The area has seen the most rain in almost 250 years. Homes and farms have been flooded for weeks in… Continue reading

Songs of Redemption From the Congo

From For a child who has survived a life of warfare, what comes next? In the Democratic Republic of Congo, decades of strife have produced countless battle-scarred young men and women. Caught… Continue reading

Sochi 2014 Olympics: Reaching the podium

From week into the Winter Olympic games in Sochi, some three dozen gold medals have been awarded. Here are some of the winners whose performances duing competition earned them a moment on… Continue reading

Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics

From With the world’s attention focused on Sochi, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at some of the earliest Winter Olympics. At the first Winter Games in… Continue reading

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Part I

From After all the preparation and the opening ceremony, the 2014 Winter Olympics are well under way. More than 2,800 athletes from 88 countries are chasing medals in 98 events in 7… Continue reading

Flooding in Southwest England

From For more than a month now, parts of the Somerset Levels — low-lying plains in southwestern England where locals are accustomed to a certain amount of flooding — have been underwater.… Continue reading

Sochi 2014: The Opening Ceremony

From Right now, in Sochi, Russia, the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games is under way. The ceremony is a huge spectacle, including thousands of athletes in the Parade of… Continue reading

The 2014 Westminster Dog Show

From The 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show began on Monday, Feb. 10, taking place at both Pier 92 and 94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The annual… Continue reading

2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

From The Opening Ceremony kicked off the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia today. The torch was lit after a dazzling display of performance and fireworks. –Leanne Burden Seidel… Continue reading

Sochi 2014: Seven Years of Preparation When the International Olympic Committee selected Sochi, Russia, as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics in 2007, the small seaside resort town had no major venues, minimal housing, and few transportation… Continue reading

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

From The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year’s contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166… Continue reading

Daily Life: January 2014

From For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from Canada, Spain, United States, Myanmar, Germany, and Egypt and other countries around the world. –Lloyd Young (24 photos… Continue reading

Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

From For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: the more than one million Afghans who have fled years of warfare in their… Continue reading

Ukraine: Protests by thousands in Independence Square

From Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work on Monday after four days of illness. Demonstrators across Ukraine demand that he step down. –Thea Breite (16 photos total) Ukraine demand that he… Continue reading

Happy Chinese New Year 2014

From Today marks the start of the Chinese Lunar Year, the Year of the Horse. One of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the horse signifies kindness, strength, and gregariousness. In… Continue reading

Snow Storms Hit the South

From A rare winter storm swept across most of the Deep South yesterday, turning roads into sheets of ice, dropping several inches of snow in places, snarling highways, and causing at least… Continue reading