Battling for Control of Eastern Ukraine

From For the past few weeks, armed groups of pro-Russian men have been storming and seizing government buildings in towns across eastern Ukraine. Angered by the new pro-western Ukrainian government and emboldened… Continue reading

South Korea Ferry Sinks, Hundreds Missing

From Yesterday, off the coast of South Korea, a large passenger ferry named the Sewol sank in calm seas, while carrying more than 450 passengers, mostly high school students on an overnight… Continue reading

Scenes of Spring

From   Temperatures in the northern hemisphere are finally warming, flowers are blooming, and the sunshine beckons us outside once again. On a nice spring day like today, I thought I’d share… Continue reading

Fire Destroys 2,000 Houses in Valparaiso

From In the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, a massive fire started late Saturday. Fueled by strong winds, flames swept across hilly residential areas, destroying more than 2,000 houses and killing at… Continue reading

A Hundred-Pound Suit of Bees

From On Wednesday, on a hill in China’s Chongqing municipality, 34-year-old beekeeper She Ping covered himself in 460,000 bees weighing 45.65kg (100 pounds) in a publicity stunt to promote his honey sales.… Continue reading

Frozen In Time: The Cyprus Buffer Zone

From This year marks four decades since the Cyprus National Guard staged a coup that led to Turkish military intervention and escalated the civil war between the Greek and Turkish communities on… Continue reading

Smithsonian Magazine’s 2013 Photo Contest

From The editors of Smithsonian magazine have just announced the 60 finalists in their 11th annual photo contest. They’ve kindly allowed me to share several of these images here, including some great… Continue reading

London and the U.K. From Above

From Photographer Jason Hawkes has been making fascinating aerial images since 1991. With a gyro-stabilized camera, he takes photos directly from the open door of a helicopter. Hawkes has covered subjects around… Continue reading

Nyepi, the Balinese ‘Day of Silence’

From Every year, Hindus on the Indonesian island of Bali celebrate Nyepi, the Balinese New Year’s Day. Nyepi is a day of silence, reserved for self-reflection, where people stay home and are… Continue reading

Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus Killed in Afghanistan

From Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed today, shot to death by an Afghan policeman while covering the upcoming national election. She covered conflicts from Bosnia to Afghanistan for more than… Continue reading

The Aftermath of Chile’s Earthquake

From Late Tuesday night, a tremendous earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile, near the town of Iquique. The magnitude 8.2 quake triggered a localized tsunami that battered the coastline with… Continue reading

A Trip to Lesotho, the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’

From The Kingdom of Lesotho is situated on a highland plateau entirely within South Africa. The lowest point in the mountainous country is 1,400 meters (4,593 ft) above sea level. It is… Continue reading

The Modern Face of Kabul

From Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, the country’s capital city of Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene, a handful of sleek shopping malls, cafes, and more. Reuters photographer Morteza… Continue reading

Week of observances

From Religious ceremonies, some solemn, some joyous, took place around the world this week. Holy Week is observed by many different Christians before Easter. The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated for… Continue reading

Boston Marathon bombings: One year later

From On a windy and rainy day in Boston, the city marked a year since the attack at the Marathon. Two homemade bombs killed three and injured more than 250 people near… Continue reading

Scenes from the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament

From   The 78th Masters Tournament started on April 10 among the colorful flora of the Augusta National Golf Club. The well-kept grounds of the course make a great backdrop for photographing… Continue reading

Survival in the Amazon

From   Many indigenous groups, including the Huni Kui, Ashaninka, and Madija, live in villages in the Brazilian rainforest near the border with Peru. Over the past three years, the Ashaninka and… Continue reading

The Rwandan Genocide: 20 years later

From Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where at least 800,000 people – mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus – died at the hands of Hutu extremists. As survivors… Continue reading

Earthquake off the coast of Chile

From A powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Chile coast late April 1 that caused a small tsunami. Six people died and over 900,00 residents were evacuated along the coast. Strong aftershocks… Continue reading

Daily Life: March 2014

From For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from Indonesia, England, China, Peru, France, India, Japan and other countries around the world. — Lloyd Young –Lloyd Young… Continue reading

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