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These Were the First Wildlife Photographs Published in National Geographic

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Did you know that after National Geographic published its first wildlife photographs in July 1906, two of the National Geographic Society board members “resigned in disgust“? They argued that the reputable magazine was “turning into a ‘picture book'”.

Luckily for us, it did turn out to become quite a picture book. Those first wildlife photos published in the magazine were captured by George Shiras, III, and marked quite a few “firsts.”
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Dramatic Studio Portraits of Big Cats by NatGeo Photographer Vincent J Musi

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National Geographic‘s Vincent J Musi will quite literally do whatever it takes to get the animal portrait he’s looking for, including kneeling in urine while singing Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?” to a growling Snow Leopard… hand gestures included.

Fortunately, the trick works (was it the hand gestures? he wonders), “mesmerized and captivated by [his] theatrical prowess and virtuosit,” the Snow Leoppard stops and stares at the yummi, camera-wielding steak. One down, seven to go. Read more…

NatGeo Photographers List the Strange and Horrifying Things that Have Happened to Them On Assignment

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The Photo Society, a website run by a collection of National Geographic photographers, took the time a while back to put together a wonderful little tribute to photographer Wes Skiles, who passed away doing the work that he loved.

In tribute, the photographers compiled a ‘Reality Check’ list of all the crazy, strange and sometimes horrifying things that have happened to them on the job. Read more…

Nat Geo Photographer Narrates the Making of a ‘Moment’ In the American West

National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard has spent the past five decades of his life capturing photographs and authoring articles for the storied magazine.

Over the course of fifty years, one would think the narratives behind individual photographs would begin to blur together, but that’s not the case. At least not for Allard and a photograph of a buckaroo named Stan. Read more…

Nat Geo’s Joel Sartore Gives a TEDx Talk on His Efforts to Save Endangered Species

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has been capturing life across the globe for over 22 years. And it was these travels across our Blue Marble that lead him to take on a personal project that he hopes will bring awareness to a subject he’s held dear since he was a child.

Called Photo Ark, Sartore has teamed up with zoos and rescue facilities across the globe to document the last of some of the most endangered animals on our planet, and in the TEDx talk above, he tells you all about this moving endeavor. Read more…

Vintage National Geographic Blog Revisits 100 Years of Nat Geo Archives

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We all know what those stacks of iconic yellow-bordered magazines are when we see them lying around your local doctor or dentist’s office. They’re National Geographic Magazines, and inside of these magazines are hundreds upon hundreds of wonderful photographs that may never be seen by the next generation.

It’s a sad state of affairs, but one that Tumblr blog Vintage National Geographic is trying to remedy by sharing hundreds of scans of old Nat Geo photos you probably forgot existed. Read more…

National Geographic Photographer Pays a Stunning Tribute to Ansel Adams’ Work

At sunrise the Minarets reflect in a small pond near Cecile Lake.

At sunrise the Minarets reflect in a small pond near Cecile Lake.

It’s been just over three decades since the passing of Ansel Adams, but his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds (and on many of the walls) of those he inspired. One of those people, noted National Geographic photographer Peter Essick, decided to pay tribute to the renowned Group f/64 master. Read more…

Q&A with Elizabeth Krist, Nat Geo’s Senior Photo Editor

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This piece originally appeared in PhotoShelter’s guide Building Your Outdoor & Adventure Photography Business – for the full article download the guide here.

Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic, and the rest of the Nat Geo team seek photographers who have an eye for composing striking and electrifying images. But perhaps even more importantly, they want photographers who have a real curiosity about the world around them — those who aren’t afraid to delve into the intellectual and research aspects of an assignment.

To give photographers a better sense of what goes on behind the scenes at National Geographic, Elizabeth provided some insight into what type of work the magazine commissions, how photographers can pitch Nat Geo, and what you can do to get noticed. Read more…

Incredible: National Geographic Introduces You to Whisper, the BASE Jumping Dog

GoPros seem to have captured every activity known to man, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen a dog fly. The footage is part of a National Geographic feature on adrenaline junkie Dean Potter, who brings his dog Whisper along for every crazy ride. Read more…

Nat Geo’s Amy Toensing On Vulnerability & Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Acclaimed photographer Amy Toensing recently sat down with National Geographic, for whom she is a frequent contributor, to talk about her craft and offer insights into the world of photojournalism. Read more…