Steve McCurry’s photo of Sharbat Gula, titled Afghan Girl, appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. It quickly became one of the most famous photos in the world. McCurry’s work covering the mujahideen’s long fight against the Soviet war machine in the mid-to-late 80s further cemented his position as a hugely … Read more
Dean Potter walks a highline at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite while the sun sets and a beautiful full moon rises. Michael Schaefer shot the feat from over a mile away with a Canon 800mm and 2X, which is to be included in a larger project for National Geographic called The Man Who Can Fly.
News Flash: In case you need a refresher on animal facts, here’s this tidbit: cheetahs are really, really fast. In fact, Sarah the cheetah, the fastest cheetah in the world, ran the 100m in 5.95s. To put things in perspective, Sarah’ s time is faster than Usain Bolt’s world record by roughly three seconds. Sarah … Read more
National Geographic Traveler magazine just announced the winners from its 24th annual photo contest. Over 12,000 entries were submitted from over 6,000 photographers, and the photos were taken in 152 countries around the world. The contest, overseen by a panel of expert photographers, judged the entries on creativity and photographic quality. Here are the winners below accompanied by captions describing these amazing shots. … Read more
Lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, and leopards all have rapidly declining populations. There are currently more tigers in captivity than in the wild, and lion populations have decreased from 400,000 to 20,000 in 4,000 years. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative seeks to address these problems and cause change through conservation projects, education, economic incentive efforts and … Read more
“A Sudanese woman braces herself against an approaching sandstorm in this photograph taken by Johnny Haglund, who was commended for the “Natural Elements” category.” “Photographer Sergey Anisimov captures a family of nomadic deer herders—and their dog—in Yamal, Russia. Anisimov won the “Cultures & Traditions” category” “Morning fog obscures Venezuela‘s Angel Falls—the world’s highest single drop waterfall—in this photograph taken by Philip Lee … Read more
“Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you’ve come from.” (© Robert Spanring – above) These are just a small handful of photos from National Geographic’s annual photo contest. They are eye-opening, thought-invoking, and goosebump-inducing to say the least. Enjoy… “Eruption of the Cordon del Caulle.” (© Ricardo … Read more
By Morrie Conway Jimmy Chin, a National Geographic photographer, traverses the steep face of El Capitan in Yosemite, the epicenter of climbing, to show the highlights of modern day climbers. Filmed by Renan Ozturk, “On Assignment” is about how the two strive to “try to do justicie to the amazing stories of our friends and … Read more