Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Kyoto, Japan — the blooming period runs from the end of March to the beginning of April. Getty photographer Buddhika Weerasinghe captured these beauties on April 5, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan.
On the Okazaki canal
Imperial Palace Park
A bee buzzes at the Imperial Palace
On the Okazaki canal
Adam Pretty of Getty Images captured these intricate, art-like detailed views the sandstone inside the ruins at Petra in Jordan. Photographed on March 29, 2013.
Gale force winds from the North makes a spectacular picture at the harbour in Seaham, northeast England, as they batter the seafront, Feb. 6, 2013. Many parts of Britain are braced for a predicted return of snow and gale force winds over the coming days. (AP Photo / Owen Humphreys, PA)
National Geographic to Celebrate 125th Anniversary
On Jan. 13, 2013, the National Geographic Society will celebrate its 125th anniversary and its evolution from a small scientific body founded “to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge” to one of the world’s largest educational and scientific organizations, committed to inspiring people to care about the planet.
Renowned for its storytelling, photography, maps and support of exploration and conservation, the Society will mark its anniversary reaffirming its role at the forefront of discovery and adventure and looking forward to “A New Age of Exploration.”
Here's a look back at some of Geographic's iconic photographs. Do you remember the touching moment between primatologist and NG grantee Jane Goodall and a young chimp at Tanzania's Gombe Stream Reserve? Or perhaps the striking photograph of a young Afghan girl in a Pakistan refugee camp?
1985 | Afghanistan
Steve McCurry’s iconic photograph of a young Afghan girl in a Pakistan refugee camp appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine’s June 1985 issue and became the most famous cover image in the magazine’s history.
Photo © Steve McCurry/National Geographic
1909 | CANADA
National Geographic funded Cmdr. Robert E. Peary’s 1909 expedition to the North Pole. Whether Peary and his assistant, Matthew Henson, reached the Pole or not, they came closer to that goal than anyone before them.
Photo © Robert E. Peary Collection, NGS
1969 | THE MOON
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, his visor reflecting Neil Armstrong and the lunar module Eagle. The Apollo 11 astronauts carried the National Geographic Society flag with them on their journey to the Moon.
Photo credit: NASA
1909 | ALASKA, UNITED STATES
Washing his films in iceberg-choked seawater was an everyday chore for photographer Oscar D. Von Engeln during the summer months he spent on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition in Alaska.
Photo © Oscar D. Von Engeln
1964 | TANZANIA
A touching moment between primatologist and National Geographic grantee Jane Goodall and young chimpanzee Flint at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Reserve.
Photo © Hugo van Lawick
1931 | AFGHANISTAN
In his favorite picture, legendary National Geographic photojournalist Maynard Owen Williams marveled how, in this Herat, Afghanistan, bazaar, no one blinked during the three seconds required to make the exposure.
Photo © Maynard Owen Williams
1926 | DRY TORTUGAS
Using a brassbound waterproof camera and dragging a raft rigged with a pound of explosive flash powder — the equivalent of 2,400 flashbulbs — marine biologist William Longley and National Geographic photographer Charles Martin stalked the shallows around the Dry Tortugas, making the first natural-color underwater images.
Photo © W. H. Longley and Charles Martin
1938 | EGYPT
Three figures on camelback behold the pyramids of Giza.
Photo © B. Anthony Stewart
1991 | NORTH ATLANTIC
Rusted prow of the R.M.S. Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg in April 1912.
Photo © Emory Kristof
An emperor penguin, outfitted with a Crittercam system designed by marine biologist and National Geographic staff member Greg Marshall, becomes an unwitting cameraman for a National Geographic documentary.
Photo © Greg Marshall
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
In a moss-draped rain forest in British Columbia, towering red cedars live a thousand years, and black bears have white coats. They are known to the local people as spirit bears.
Photo © Paul Nicklen
1963 | NEPAL
The first American team to summit Mount Everest in 1963 included National Geographic’s Barry Bishop.
Photo © Barry Bishop
A lion climbs a tree to sleep, in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth Park.
Photo © Joel Sartore
National Geographic - 1st Magazine cover
The first issue of National Geographic magazine was sent to 200 charter members in October 1888.
Tune in to the Hangout featuring Robert Ballard, James Cameron and Jane Goodall on Air this Sunday, January 13 at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. UTC). http://on.natgeo.com/WEBZcd
In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo provided by the Holmes family, Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren, two-year-old Charlotte Walker, left, four-year-old Esther Walker, third from left, nine-year-old Liam Walker, eleven-year-old Matilda, second from right, and six-year-old Caleb Walker, right, take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages near-by in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia. The family credits God with their survival from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley. Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer’s extreme heat and fire risk. (AP Photo/Holmes Family, Tim Holmes)
As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. More than 22,000 entries were submitted from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts comprised of natural history photographer Christian Zeiglerand documentary photographers Gerd Ludwig and Debbie Fleming Caffery. Here are some of the winning images and honorable mentions–plus the Viewers' Choice winners.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013.
First Place for People: Amongst the Scavengers
Photo and caption by Micah Albert/National Geographic Photo Contest
At the end of the day women are allowed to pick through the dumpsite.
Honorable Mention: East of Iceland
Photo and caption by Eric Guth/National Geographic Photo Contest
Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiamerkurjˆkull glacier on Iceland's eastern coast. During the waning light of summer this image was created over the course of a 4 minute exposure while the photographer backlit the grounded glacial ice with a headlamp for 2 of those 4 minutes.
Honorable Mention: Chinese traditional dragon boat racing
Photo and caption by关嘉城/National Geographic Photo Contest
Dragon boating is a chinese traditional entertainment. As an acquatic sport to memorise qu yuan, a patriotic poet in ancient china, it is usually held in festivals, which can be traced back to two thousands years ago.
Honorable Mention: Captive
Photo and caption by Wendell Phillips/National Geographic Photo Contest
Yayasan Galuh Rehabilitation Center is and impoverished mental health facility based in Bekasi, Indonesia that hosts over 250 patients. Most come from poor families no longer interested in managing their condition, or are unable. Some patients are homeless, deposited after being taken off streets by police The only medical treatment received is for skin conditions. No assessments, psychotherapy or psychiatric medications is available. Over one third of the patients are shackled in chains. These measures are implemented to those thought to be violent, uncontrolable and dangerous.
Honorable Mention: Eerie Eiffel
Photo and caption by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo/National Geographic Photo Contest
The winter gloomy day worked to my advantage to create this eerie feeling of the famous landmark Eiffel tower.
Viewers’ Choice for People: Expedition Amundsen
Photo and caption by Kai-Otto Melau/National Geographic Photo Contest
A race that follows in the path of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings the contestants to the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway. 100km across the plateau, the exact same route Amundsen used to prepare for his South Pole expedition in 1911 is still used by explorers today. Amundsen did not manage to cross the plateau and had to turn back because of bad weather. He allegedly said that the attempt to cross Hardangervidda was just as dangerous and hard as the conquering of the South Pole. The group in the picture used the race as preparations for an attempt to cross Greenland.
Viewers’ Choice for Places: Iceberg Hunters
Photo and caption by Adam Coish/National Geographic Photo Contest
Chipping ice off an iceberg is a common way for the Inuit community to retrieve fresh drinking water while on the land. During a weekend long hunting trip, we came upon this majestic iceberg frozen in place. It was a perfect opportunity to grab enough ice and drinking water for the remainder of the trip.
Honorable Mention: Stilt Fishing
Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert/National Geographic Photo Contest
Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is.
Grand-Prize: The Explosion!
Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest
The subject's name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day!
For more winning images in the Nature category, please visit the Daily Beast blog.
A French riot gendarme wipes his helmet with his glove after being covered with lime during clashes with demonstrators during an evacuation operation on land that will become the new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, western France November 23, 2012. The new airport, some 30km (19 miles) from Nantes, is scheduled to be constructed for 2017.
Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star
Canadian geese follow a golfer as he walks the 18th fairway at Lakeview Golf course in Mississauga, November 11, 2012. It’s warmer in Toronto than it is in Cairo this Remembrance Day. This Sunday, the temperature in the city will climb to 17.8 C; the temperature in Cairo is 16 C. Today’s temperature will snap a 74-year-old record set on Nov. 11, 1938. On that day in Toronto the temperature was 17.2 C.
A nor'easter hit residents in New York and New Jersey knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of people and slowed utilities' efforts to restore service to more than 600,000 still without power in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
People push carts with donated items in them past buildings destroyed by a fire that took place during hurricane Sandy and through snow left on the ground after a nor'easter, also known as a northeaster storm, in the Queens borough neighborhood of Rockaway Park, New York, November 8, 2012.
Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times
In the Staten Island, New York, neighborhood of New Dorp, three to four inches of snow blanketed the area on Thursday, November 8, 2012, making the cleanup effort that much more difficult. Most residents have left due to lack of electricity and services.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez
Photographs of Elliott Miller's wedding day and graduation lay on a snow covered bench as Jeanene Miller tries to dry out the pictures of her in-laws which were damaged during floods caused by Superstorm Sandy, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Point Pleasant, N.J.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez
A message about Superstorm Sandy on a wooden board is half covered by snow the morning after a nor'easter rolled through the already damaged beachfront town of Point Pleasant, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.
Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times
In the Staten Island, New York, neighborhood of New Dorp, three to four inches of snow blanketed the area on Thursday, November 8, 2012, making the cleanup effort that much more difficult. A boat rests on a sidewalk after being carried away by the recent Hurricane Sandy surge.
Residents walk down a street past piles of debris piled up outside of people's homes due to the flooding from hurricane Sandy that are covered in snow left by a nor'easter, also known as a northeaster storm, in the Queens borough neighborhood of Rockaway Beach, New York, November 8, 2012.
A pile of belongings, coated with a few inches of snow, is seen with a sign placed by the owners outside their home in the West Beach Haven community of Manahawkin, New Jersey, November 8, 2012 as recover efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Snow covers a carved pumpkin outside a Brooklyn home in New York November 8, 2012.
A pile of belongings, coated with a few inches of snow, is seen outside a home in the West Beach Haven community of Manahawkin, New Jersey November 8, 2012 as recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A nor'easter Wednesday in New York and New Jersey knocked power out for hundreds of thousands of people and slowed utilities' efforts to restore service to more than 600,000 still without power in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
Allison Joyce/Getty Images
A stuffed fish is left on a beach next to a pile of debris from Superstorm Sandy November 8, 2012 in Long Branch, New Jersey.