Hikers on a moonlit night in Mexico, a massive ball pit in Washington, D.C., Usain Bolt taken down by a Segway in China, a squirrel monkey riding a capybara in Japan, and much more.
Four and a half years of violent conflict have destroyed entire regions of Syria. Caught in the middle of all this horror are the children of Syria, relying on parents who have lost control of their own lives and are now being forced to make difficult choices in desperate circumstances.
A look back at news images from the last week in August, 1995, two decades ago.
A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that inundated New Orleans and killed more than 1,800 people as storm waters overwhelmed levees and broke through floodwalls on August 29, 2005.
Over the weekend, anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon, turned violent for two nights, as demonstrators clashed with riot police near government offices.
Cleanup work at the site of the Tianjin explosions, red sprites in the sky above Mexico, wildfires in the American West, filming Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland, the most recent selfie from the surface of Mars, and much more.
Photographer Dietmar Eckell has traveled across four continents to photograph mangled aircraft that share a miraculous history.
On this day in 1839, the government of France acquired a brand-new invention—the daguerreotype photographic process—and gave it away, a gift to the world.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are currently about 30,000 firefighters and support personnel battling nearly 100 wildfires in 10 western states.
The number of migrants fleeing into Europe this year—largely Syrian refugees—has already reached 235,000, topping the total number of migrants for all of last year, 219,000.
A simulated Mars mission on Austrian glaciers, the Italian ghost town of Craco, a robotic swan in Singapore, a pigeon caught smuggling cocaine and marijuana into a prison in Costa Rica, and much more.
Late on the night of August 12, a series of ferocious explosions tore through an industrial area in Tianjin, China.
Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day, supported by numerous conservation agencies as a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants.”
The winners of the 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced.
It is late winter in Antarctica now, and the months of darkness will soon be brightening.