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The Most Remarkable Photos of National Geographic's History

"Without risk, there is no reward. And without pushing the limits of what’s possible, there are no discoveries." 

The National Geographic Society has been spreading stories around the world through photography for more than a century. Since, 1988 to be exact. Shooting and publishing breathtaking images that give us an inside view of the relationships, emotions, views and lives of people, animals, and places around the world. The National Geographic Society has provided the world with some of the most important photography of our time. This is just the beginning! 

To celebrate their 130th anniversary this year in 2018, director of photography at National Geographic, Sarah Leen, has hand-picked some of her favorite iconic photographs from National Geographic Magazine covers, to the the stunning photos captured over the years of all subjects such as history and nature. She has selected these images to be displayed at the National Geographic headquarters. But here we have taken a few of these pictures and showcased them just for you to see! 

The pictures presented are the some of the most striking photos taken throughout National Geographic's history and show the progress they have made. From new discoveries, to making the world a better place through their platform, they have may have made one of the biggest impacts on our past generations and the future ones to come. The photos curated by Leen, represent the discoveries and mounmental moments in history, illistrating the talent that the scientists, photographers and researchers have spent infinite time on. 

"I can't think of anything more fun, but also more difficult, than roaming through our archives to curate a collection of 130 images to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the National Geographic Society. It's one of the hardest things I have ever done. All I can think about is what I had to leave out!" - Sarah Leen 

Video Credit: InsideNatGeo Yotube Channel 

 

Admiral Robert E. Peary searches the horizon for land during his third attempt to reach the North Pole in 1909. The successful trip made Peary the first person to reach the region.
-PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT E. PEARY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

 

Humming bird

Using a high-speed, high-resolution camera, photographer Anand Varma slowed down the dizzingly fast movements of the hummingbird to reveal stunning details, such as their forked tongues.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY ANAND VARMA, SOURCE: ALEJANDRO RICO-GUEVARA, UC BERKELEY

 

A battery of barracudas circle a diver in Papua New Guinea's Bismarck Sea.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID DOUBILET, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC


 

In Saint Petersburg, Russia, a pet fox perches on the couch of its wealthy owners.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCENT J. MUSI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

This portrait of Sharbat Gula, then a young refugee living in Afghanistan, appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. Steve McCurry photographed her again 17 years later.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVE MCCURRY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

Avery Jackson, a nine-year-old American girl, appeared on the January 2017 cover of National Geographic. Dubbed Gender Revolution, this special issue marked the first time a transgender person was shown on the magazine's cover.
- PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBIN HAMMOND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

Somalis on a beach in Djibouti wave mobile phones to pick up service from a phone tower in neighboring Somalia. To stay in contact with family and friends back home, they buy SIM cards on the black market.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN STANMEYER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

In the shade of their tent, members of a Tuareg family doze through midday heat near Timbuktu in drought-stricken Mali.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY JOANNA B. PINNEO, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. It's the third largest in the world, behind New Zealand's Frying Pan Lake and Dominica's Boiling Lake.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL NICHOLS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

An adult southern right whale encounters a diver on the sandy sea bottom off New Zealand's Auckland Islands. Photographing the 70-ton whale was "the single most incredible animal encounter I have had," says Brian Skerry.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN SKERRY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

The green-tinged Cascade Room leads divers deeper into Dan's Cave on Abaco Island in the Bahamas.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY WES SKILES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

Swarms of colorfully dressed people commute through Churchgate Railway Station in Mumbai, India, in this long-exposure photo.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY RANDY OLSON, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

On an expedition to the South Pole led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, a sled dog inspects a gramophone.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY HERBERT G. PONTING, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

A woman draped in red silk looks up in this autochrome photo. With roughly 15,000 glass autochrome plates in its archives, National Geographic has one of the world's largest collections of the early color photography technique.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANKLIN PRICE KNOTT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

Standing on a waterlocked rock in a central Washington, a Wanapum girl holds the reins of a horse adorned with ceremonial regalia.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIKA LARSEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

A coal miner in Pineville, Virginia, lights a cigarette while her wedding-dressed 15-year-old daughter sinks onto a bed.

- PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES L. STANFIELD, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

07 May 2018 by Lisa Scarpa

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