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.


2022 Photo Contest Winners

The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce the winners of our 2022 contest.

Top 10 polar photobooks

From Stefan Christman’s absorbing studies of emperor penguins to Sebastião Salgado’s stunning images of unpeopled wilderness, these are richly rewarding voyages for armchair explorersAs a former biologist turned natural history film-maker, I’ve been lucky enough…

Things we lost in the wildfires: images of the devastating personal cost of a warming world

A camera, a lamp, a child’s tricycle … Photographer Gideon Mendel’s latest project highlights the everyday impact of the climate crisis“I was looking for a way to respond to the climate crisis for a long…

Environmental photographer of the year 2022 – in pictures

This year’s Environmental photographer of the year competition, from CIWEM, WaterBear, Nikon and Arup, showcases some of the most striking images of the natural world, providing an international platform to raise awareness for the issues…

Photos capture detrimental effects of climate change

While no single disaster can be definitively linked to climate issues, the overall impact of climate change is growing more visible....

20 climate photographs that changed the world

By Gabrielle Schwarz   11/05/22  
They are the images that made us sit up and take notice. As world leaders gather for Cop27, these pictures prove that global heating isn’t a distant possibility – it’s already here.

Pakistan floods: ‘Everything we own has been washed away’ – in pictures

Photographer Gideon Mendel visited Sindh province in Pakistan after the worst floods in living memory this summer killed more than 1,500 people and left millions homeless.The portraits, part of his Drowning World project, are a…

The week around the world in 20 pictures

Wildfires in Europe, Russian shelling in Donetsk, protests after the election in Kenya and the first anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan: the most striking images this week Continue reading... ...

California’s McKinney fire leaves trail of destruction – in pictures

Firefighters have got their first hold on California’s deadliest and most destructive fire of the year and expect the blaze to remain stalled over the weekend. The McKinney fire, near the Oregon border, was 10%...

How climate change is melting the Alps’ glaciers – in pictures

Most of the world’s mountain glaciers are retreating because of the climate crisis, but those in the European Alps are especially vulnerable. Smaller and with less ice cover, this year they are on track for...

Angered by climate denial, a Times photographer embarked on a watershed journey

By Stuart Leavenworth   07/14/22  
Fires were burning, glaciers were melting, and the West was again in drought. But from talking to his kids and friends and people around him, the award-winning Times photographer sensed little dire urgency, little connection…

‘Make Scientists Artists Again:’ Photographer Ian van Coller on Reimagining Glacier Retreat

His new book reinterprets photographs from a 2016 expedition to Kilimanjaro’s glaciers, looks at the relationship between art and science, and documents loss caused by climate change. ...

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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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,…

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…

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.

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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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…

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…