Select photojournalistic stories across the globe

The Future of Whale Watching

Every winter, one of the most breathtaking natural spectacles occurs in Northern Norway. Orcas and humpback whales return to the Arctic following schools of herring northwards. Yet, the onset of whale watching tourism has increased disturbance. This story explores alternative solutions on the first electric whale watching vessel to sail Norwegian Seas.

Nesting in Plastic

It is estimated that about 98% of gannet nests on the German island Heligoland contain plastic waste. This equals to about 1,600 Kilograms (3,527 Pounds) in total. Approximately 14 birds die per day due to entanglement and strangulation as a result. Nesting in Plastic depicts the contrast between beauty and tragedy of these seabirds.

Puffin Rescue in South Iceland

Puffins are a national treasure in Iceland, which has the largest colony in the world. Yet, for decades, their numbers have been dwindling. Especially young birds are vulnerable to anthropogenic threats. With the help of citizen scientists and engaged locals, the Sea Life Trust on the island Heimaey is the only organization in the country that rescues and rehabilitates the young seabirds.

A Ghost-Net Retrieval Mission

Ghost nets are abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing nets that continue to float in oceans, posing significant threats to marine life and ecosystems. They can entangle a wide range of marine animals, leading to injury, suffocation, and death. To prevent continuous wildlife by-catch, the Society for the Rescue of Dolphins coordinates complex ghost net retrieval operations several times per year.


Lana Tannir is a National Geographic Explorer, nature conservation photographer, and science storyteller based in Munich, Germany. As a World Animal Protection and Girls Who Click ambassador, her photographs focus on telling stories of the intersection of humans with nature. Thereby, she aims to raise awareness and advance education to incite global change. In particular, she focuses on marine environments and remote Arctic regions to unveil the last wild places on Earth. 


Tannir’s photographs are regularly exhibited in Germany and the U.K., most recently at photoMÜNCHEN 2019 and Mohr Villa Freimann 2018. Her latest publications include National Geographic Germany, Terra Mater, Oceanographic Magazine, Nature TTL, Wildlife Photographic, Female Explorer, and The Telegraph. In 2021, she received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards in the photojournalism category and was named an emerging photographer in landscape photography by National Geographic Germany.


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