PROOF: An Inspirational Photo Blog from National Geographic

If you feel like you’ve been lacking for inspiration lately, you’re about to strike the photographic gold mine. In celebration of their 125th anniversary, National Geographic is launching PROOF, a photography blog all their own that is already full of great content — and it’s only been running for 2 days.

PROOF, as Keith Jenkins explains it in the “welcome” post, gives the photographers at Nat Geo a place where they can “share [their] experiences and adventures with you.”


The 125th anniversary of National Geographic is being heralded with a “Power of Photography” issue in October, but one issue really isn’t enough — so we get PROOF. And judging from the introduction, this is going to be one for the bookmarks.

Proof will offer a real-time look at our storytelling process — everything from how to edit down 60,000 photographs to 12, to which single item a photographer on a four-month assignment can’t live without.

Equally important to us is finding more incredible stories that you, our members, have created, and then spreading them around the globe. We want to celebrate, with you, all the possibilities for visual storytelling that this new century offers.

PROOF’s journey begins with a video series that will introduce you to each of the magazine’s talented photographers individually. At the top you see the trailer for that series, and below we have the first short episode, focusing on the intimate portraiture of Martin Schoeller:

PROOF’s goal mirror’s National Geographics, and is perfectly encompassed in the words of editor Chris Johns: “to tell meaningful stories in unforgettable ways.” If you’d like to keep up with those stories as they come in, and become familiar with the people who have dedicated their lives to telling them, head over to the blog’s homepage by clicking here.

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  • SiriusPhotog

    That top video was awesome. I just need someone at National Geographic to explain to me how they can justify TV programming like “Doomsday Castle” and “Snake Salvation”.

  • Banan Tarr

    If they don’t say “$$$” they’re lying.

  • Thomas Casey

    One thing that is irritating about National Geographic is that the photographers tend to be the white, middle class, college educated, photographing the poor, uneducated non-whites. They do have great photographers though.

  • WJB

    Aside from your blanket assumption regarding the socio-economic status of the photographers, is there a point to your comment? You seem to imply that their skin colour and education level in relation to their subject matter is somehow unsavoury. All I care about is that these talented people are captured unreal images to help tell the story of our world. What’s irritating is people like you who try (and fail) to drum up artificial controversy (and smothering political correctness) when there’s no place for it. Grow up and get off your high horse already.

  • Thomas Casey

    I did say “tend” and it’s mostly true. People like me? I would be interested what type of person you assume me to be.