America has always had great landscape photographers — from Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, and Elliot Porter to the more contemporary Eric Meola, Michael Zide, Justin Black and Gary Crabbe — celebrating our incredible country and its breathtaking landscapes from early in the 20th century. They have illustrated and celebrated the rich diversity of life on Earth and their photographs are inspirational. How can we not want to save the earth we see in the power of their stunning imagery? This website is graced with many of their photographs reminding us of the extraordinary earth that we are so fortunate to be living in.

Photographers have also documented the damage we are doing and, in the 21st century, we are seeing more and more images illustrating the consequences of climate change  – from Justin Sullivan and Noah Berger’s devastating photographs of the California’s Camp Fire to Paul Nicklen, one of the world’s foremost photographers of polar wildlife, and his photographs of vanishing ice. More and more, photography competitions are emerging around the theme of climate change. The Nature Conservancy just announced their winners, among whom, with great US images, were Tyler Schiffman, Raymond Hennessey, Robert Potts and Hao Jiang.


Extreme heatwave hits the UK – in pictures

Hot air originating in north Africa and travelling up through Spain is bringing temperatures of up to 32C to the UK, with the hottest June day on record forecast on Friday Continue reading... ...

Stunning photos of climate change

By Christina Capatides and Jessica Learish   03/09/22  
Climate change is no longer a vague hypothetical for Earth's future. Scientists agree that the effects of greenhouse gas emissions already have altered ecosystems, weather patterns, food supplies, lives and economies. From severe drought and…

Repeat photography shows climate change impacts on real places

By Kristen Pope  Photo: G.K. Gilbert and Ron Karpilo   02/01/22  
A 2004 photo captures a boat cruising a strip of water where an 1899 picture taken from the same spot shows a giant glacier. On either side of the channel, green trees and shrubs cover…

Photos show a climate change crisis unfolding—and hope for the future

By Simon Ingram andSarah Gibbens   10/29/21  
As the UN’s global climate change conference—COP26—approaches, ever-more-extreme weather has shown us climate change is here. Yet COVID-19 and the actions taken to control it have also shown us that cooperation can prompt dramatic global…

Here Are the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

By George Dvorsky  Photo: Stefano Unterthiner   10/12/21  
From spawning fish and ravenous grizzly bears to battling reindeer and kissing ravens, the year’s best wildlife photography will leave you breathless. It’s that awesome time of year when we get to marvel at the…

Moments of Zen and More Striking Images Win Nature Photo Awards

By Mary Jo DiLonardo  Photo: Anup Shah / The Nature Conservancy   09/30/21  
It's either a moment of happiness or mere calm resignation as a western lowland gorilla steps through a swarm of butterflies at the Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve in the Central African Republic.

Prizewinning photo by Penn biologist called metaphor for ‘spiraling crisis’ in the ocean

By Tom Avril  Photo: Kristen Brown   08/17/21  
While on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for a three-month research project this year, University of Pennsylvania biologist Kristen Brown had time for fun as well, snorkeling in the azure waters of tiny Heron Island.

Top seeds: artists capture global efforts to future-proof nature – in pictures

By Anna Turns  Photo: Dornith   08/02/21  
Scientists, ecologists and artists have collaborated to showcase global work to protect seeds in an exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & art gallery (Ramm) in Exeter.

Louisiana photographer takes unconventional approach to capturing climate change on the Gulf Coast

By Sydney McGovern  Photo: Virginia Hanusik   07/29/21  
If you keep up with climate change, you’ve probably seen images of disaster – homes ravaged by forest fires or cities slain by hurricanes. Aerial shots of flooded streets, destroyed buildings and dying ecosystems have…

50 Incredibly Powerful Photos of the Natural World

By Jack Shepherd   06/22/21  
The prestigious Tokyo International Photo Awards (TIFA) recognizes amateur and professional photographers from all around the world with winners in nine major categories, and the winners in this year’s “Nature” category are truly exceptional. With…

Here’s the Arctic Station That Keeps Satellites Connected

By Henry Fountain  Photo: Anna Filipova   06/04/21  
Arrayed across a plateau on an island in the high Norwegian Arctic, the 100 geodesic domes of the Svalbard Satellite Station look like abstract mushrooms sprouting from the snowy landscape. From outside, there seems to…

Marine photographer captures haunting images of California’s beautiful, but vanishing, kelp forests

By Bud Ward   05/25/21  
It’s a sight few visitors to northern California’s coastal waters will ever forget: kelp – giant seaweed if you prefer – growing in lush underwater forests that provide essential habitat for a multitude of species…

Photographic Series Explores Climate Change in Greenland and Antarctica

By Anete Lusina   05/07/21  
In an attempt to spread awareness of climate change, conceptual artist Patricia Carr Morgan has published a series of images that depicts ice and glaciers melting in Greenland and Antarctica. Morgan, based in Arizona, has…

Finding a Foothold for Nordic Skiing in Rural Alaska

The harsh wind-hammered tundra sometimes complicates the prospect, as do the polar bears. But the children are enthusiastic pupils.

It Spied on Soviet Atomic Bombs. Now It’s Solving Ecological Mysteries.

Imagery from the Cold War’s Corona satellites is helping scientists fill in how we have changed our planet in the past half century.

Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

By The New York Times  Photo: Caleb Kenna, NYTimes   12/28/20  
During a year with limited travel possibilities, our World Through a Lens series offered Times readers a weekly escape. Here are some of the highlights.

Top 10 Nature Images of 2020: Wildflowers, Coastal Scenes, and Ancient Treasures

By Tom Dillon   12/23/20  
Among the many indelible themes to emerge from 2020 is how much we as humans rely on healthy natural ecosystems for our well-being—and how much these places mean to the long-term vitality of our planet.

What’s Going on Inside the Fearsome Thunderstorms of Córdoba Province?

By Noah Gallagher Shannon  Photo: Mitch Dobrowner for The New York Times   07/22/20  
Scientists are studying the extreme weather in northern Argentina to see how it works — and what it can tell us about the monster storms in our future.

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Virginia Hanusik

Global warming may be most obvious along our coastlines, where the ever-more-rapidly-rising sea is suddenly shifting what had been a line constant throughout human history. The shift has been just slow enough that it’s been…

Life in Earth’s deepest deep freeze – in pictures

It is one of chilliest spots on the planet. But it’s warming up three times faster than the rest of the world. Alexis Pazoumian captures life in the snow forests of Yakutia Continue reading...

Views from the Photo Desk: Endangered Species

iLCP harnesses the power of captivating images to share conservation stories. Take a look at these photos of endangered or near-threatened species taken by iLCP Fellows around the globe.

Katie Orlinsky Wins $20K Alexia Grant 2019 for Climate Change Project

By Holly Hughes  Photo by Katie Orlinsky   11/19/19  
Photographer Katie Orlinsky has won the $20,000 Alexia 2019 Professional Grant to support her project “Chasing Winter,” which looks at how climate change is affecting communities across Alaska and changing their relationship to animals and…

Climate Visuals photography award 2019: winners and shortlisted

Climate Visuals is a project that aims to create a new visual language for climate change. Images of polar bears, melting ice and factories do not convey the urgent human stories at the heart of…

Billions face food, water shortages over next 30 years as nature fails

A new model shows which areas of Earth will likely be hit the hardest by the changes caused by human activity, also revealing possible solutions....

Prize-winning photos of peace – in pictures

From climate activists to orangutan babies, these images capture peace efforts around the worldThese international awards for the best images of peace celebrate professional photographers who visualise what inspires hope. In short, the Alfred Fried…

This is what climate change looks like in Australia – in pictures

As predictions about the climate crisis increasingly become observations, Australians are witnessing first hand the impacts of more frequent and severe weather events. These images supplied by the Climate Council show the devastating effects on…

Humans, the environment and the global water crisis – in pictures

The American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has won the Leica Oskar Barnack photography award with his eight-year project exploring the global crisis around water, and how different cultures interact with this precious resource Continue reading...

Alpine climbing routes crumble as climate crisis continues

High up in the French Alps, the climbers who spend their days on the rocks and glaciers have come to a grim conclusion: the mountains are crumbling around them Continue reading...

Greece’s deadly wildfires – then and now

A year after Greece’s deadliest wildfire tore through coastal towns near Athens, killing 102 people, the road to normality for survivors is long and scarred by scorched homes and barren land. The resort of Mati,…

Everyday Climate Change

Climate change is real. A diverse group of photographers from 6 continents document climate change. Share your photos with #everydayclimatechange. @everydayclimatechange

Climate-change photojournalism: a phone conversation

The right images can help tell the story of climate change and convey its urgency. Join us for a conversation about the challenges our photojournalists face and the impact they can have. You’ll be on…

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Your Shot is National Geographic's photo community. Our mission is to tell stories collaboratively through big, bold photography and expert curation.


SeaLegacy is a collective of some of the most experienced and renowned photographers, filmmakers and storytellers working on behalf of our oceans. Their mission is to create healthy and abundant oceans, for us and for…

Raising Environmental Awareness from the Deep Sea to the Arctic

By Rachelle Adelante   06/03/19  
A picture says a thousand words…more so, if they’re on the edge of a waterfall, underwater, or among the broken ice pieces in the Arctic. These sums up the fascinating art pieces that Hula and…

Photos capture diversity of life on Earth while inspiring conservation

By Mary Jo Dilonardo   05/16/19  
From a marine iguana foraging for algae to the harsh beauty of dry salt beds in Argentina, the highlights of the 2019 BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition including bizarre and striking images.

Winners of One-Shot Climate Change Competition Announced

Change is inevitable. It is a part of every aspect of life and the world around us. We see changes in our climate and our environment, in society, in ourselves and others. Some changes are…

Documenting Climate Change by Air, Land and Sea

Photographs by Josh Haner Interview by James Estrin   05/14/19  
The New York Times photographer Josh Haner has spent the past four years capturing the effects of climate change around the world and under water.

The Big Picture 2019

From the beautiful to the bizarre, this photographic showcase of life on Earth shines a light on some of our planet's most amazing species and places.

Federico Borella is named Photographer of the Year for his series on climate change in India

By Tora Baker   04/18/19  
Italian artist Federico Borella has been named Photographer of the Year in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards for his series ​Five Degrees which focuses on male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu,…

International League of Conservation Photographers

The International League of Conservation Photographers is a U.S. based non-profit organization whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography.   Founded in 2005, our programs are built on the participation and contributions…

California’s wildflower blooms: 27 years of photos track the changing climate

By Sam Whiting   03/25/19  
The first time landscape photographer Rob Badger saw the wildflowers bloom in the Mojave Desert, he drove directly to a grocery store pay phone and put in a collect call to his partner, Nita Winter.…

Flood, Drought, and Climate Change Photos

Scientists say that Earth’s changing climate will speed the melting of glaciers, drive droughts, and spawn more violent storms, dramatically altering the way we work with water.

Alarming photographs of the Arctic that show the irreversible effects of climate change

By Katy Cowan   03/13/19  
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award 9th Edition pioneering exhibition, Arctic: New Frontier by Kadir van Lohuizen and Yuri Kozyrev, will go on show at the Saatchi Gallery this month.

Environmental Photographer Captures Climate Change

By Terry Gross   02/06/19  
The new documentary 'The Human Element' follows photographer James Balog as he captures images of rising sea levels, melting glaciers and roaring wildfires associated with climate change.

This Artist Wants You to Think About Climate Change

By Andrew Nguyen   01/29/19  
In her New York exhibition “The Critical Zone,” artist Katherine Wolkoff confronts viewers with climate change’s assault on nature and its beauty. Traveling through the western United States, she took breathtaking photos of earth’s “critical…

In Nighttime Shots of Massive Wildfires, a Photographer Shows Us the Light

By Patrick Rogers   01/15/19  
Stuart Palley’s award-winning images depict a devastating and natural ecological process—but one we are all very much a part of.

Union of Concerned Photographers

WeTransfer’s Union of Concerned Photographers uses the power of photography to underline the urgency of environmental concerns. It’s one thing to know the planet is in crisis. It's another to see what that looks like.

‘We Have to Show People What’s Going On’

By Emily Atkin   12/25/18  
Climate change is making weather more extreme, and these two veteran photojournalists were on the frontlines in 2018.

This Camera Will Take a 1,000-Year Photo to Document Climate Change

By Daniel Oberhaus   10/23/18  
The “experimental philosopher” Jonathon Keats made four custom cameras that will document climate change around Lake Tahoe until 3018.