The Tonga eruption explained, from tsunami warnings to sonic booms

Mexico City’s endangered axolotl has found fame—is that enough to save it?

How cutting-edge UK engineering is revolutionising underwater exploration

BEST 0F 2021

These are our best animal photos of 2021


Mysterious purple coating found on Mars rocks

Celebrating UK National Parks: The Lake District


Deadly bird flu threatens Israel's wildlife, triggers hunting ban

Tackling the climate crisis – in five books


Paid content

Japan: Saving species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots

view all  
Near Nazareth
Photograph by Thomas Nebbia, Nat Geo Image Collection

The new streaming home of National Geographic

Genius Aretha
Secrets of The Whales
Earth Moods
The Right Stuff
Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdon
National Geographic Magazine
January 2022
2021: The Year in Pictures
by National Geographic
2021 was another extraordinary year in modern history. Through the eyes of its photographers, National Geographic was there.
Photograph by National Geographic Photographers

Over 1.9 million images were added to the National Geographic photo archive in 2021. This issue contains the ones that defined the year. 

From the U.S. Capitol riots to the continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, National Geographic's year in pictures issue pulls back the veil between the world's most challenging situations – and the rest of it. Featuring contributions from our photographers around the world, this is an unmissable document recording another remarkable year in world history.  

National Geographic's 2021 Year in Pictures contains the images from 35 photographers on the themes of:



Never miss an issue – subscribe today, and help make the world a better place. 

Gift subscription
Inspire your loved ones with a magazine gift subscription that will deepen their understanding of the world and their role in it – every page is packed with features powered by world-class journalism, breathtaking photography and astonishing discoveries. Your subscription will help support vital research, exploration, conservation and geography education projects across the world.  

Minnesota | Stonehenge | Ethiopia | Afghanistan | Texas | Brazil-Guyana
Photograph by National Geographic Photographers

Oman travel guide

Explore Nat Geo

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • History & Culture
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Space
  • Adventure
  • Video

About us


  • Magazines
  • Newsletter
  • Disney+

Follow us

Copyright © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society. Copyright © 2015-2021 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved