What does it take to create a National Geographic image?

Nat Geo’s newest Instagram account aims to pull back the curtain on what it takes to be a Nat Geo photographer

For over 130 years, National Geographic has brought its audience stunning stories and images from around the world. That process takes an astonishing amount of preparation and time. Our photographers work tirelessly to get the perfect image, which often means enduring weeks on end in some of the planet’s most inhospitable places, or putting their lives at risk. Nat Geo’s newest Instagram account, @natgeointhefield, aims to pull back the curtain on what it takes to be a Nat Geo photographer on assignment—giving our audience direct access to photographers as they are covering a story. From pictures of elaborate camera setups to selfies, our photographers take us behind the scenes of creating the in-depth, indelible storytelling that defines National Geographic.

National Geographic photographer Nichole Sobecki photographs workers disinfecting public spaces to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Nairobi, Kenya.