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National Geographic Celebrates 125 Years - Iconic Images

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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.

© 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




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




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




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








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




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




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


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Unfortunately that Afghan girl had a tough life after that picture. NG photographer went back to find her a few years ago, and after months of searching, he finally did. She was scared, worn out and the magic in her eyes was long gone. Sad really.

Amazing photos. Some I had not seen before.

Have always enjoyed the National Geographic and look forward to every new issue !

I have enjoyed the photographs & the content produced by the National Geographic Magazine.

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