Capturing the Whole Story
At National Geographic, our photographers are driven by a passion to document the world in all its complexity. To inform. To inspire. Meanwhile, hazards large and small await them. They have had to overcome arrest and detention, malfunctioning scuba gear, elephant charges, shark attacks, lava burns, muggings, malaria, and dengue fever. All for the sake of bringing you the one image that helps you grasp the whole story… the big picture.
A glacial torrent pours over a 40-foot-high ledge at Gođafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” After the Icelandic assembly adopted Christianity in 1000, its leader threw his pagan idols into the falls. The mossy island, notes geographer Guđrún Gísladóttir, “is protected from sheep.”
National Geographic’s photo of the month is by Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg, from the May 2012 story “Iceland’s Resilient Beauty.”
Arrows of rain seem to pelt a dragonfly in Indonesia’s Riau Islands in Shikhei Goh’s winning image, “Splashing.” [...]
“This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn’t actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take picture of it, it suddenly rained but lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain which caused my Eos 7D and 100/2.8 L Macro to get wet. The result had caused me to be overjoyed and hope it pleases the viewers.”
Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia
This stunning photo netted the grand-prize in National Geographic’s 2011 Photo Contest.