Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Pictures: National Geographic celebrates 125 years of photography

National Geographic is celebrating 125 years of photography with a beautiful special edition showcasing some of its best images from over the years.

Our picture gallery below shows just some of the images from the October 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine, which features iconic shots from history, including Steve McCurry’s ‘The Afghan Girl’. The piercing eyes of the girl that graced the cover of National Geographic in 1985 became known as the ‘Afghan Mona Lisa’. Read more about it here

To celebrate the magazine’s anniversary, National Geographic is inviting photo enthusiasts to submit photos and participate in an inaugural digital assignment for the magazine, part of an online photosharing community, Your Shot. The assignment is based loosely around the theme of the October 2013 anniversary issue: the power of photography.

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  • UAE Coasts

    “A special technique used for fishing in UAE, Fujairah, called ‘dhagwa’. The net consists of two parts: the red part, where fish are trying to escape, and an open part near the coast where they collect the fish. The white dots are birds waiting to collect some fish.”

  • Tormenta en el Caulle

    On June 4, 2011, the Cordon Caulle eruption began in the region of Los Rios, Chile. It lasted about 12 months, affecting people an animals who became accustomed to living with the daily fall of ash. The ash caused problems with air traffic in south America: during the first days of the eruption, it could be seen from hundreds of miles away, with explosions and thunderstorms from the expulsion of lava. This photo was taken on the second night of the eruptin, form the town of Lago Ranco.

  • The Reynisdrangar, Iceland

    “Basalt sea stacks called Reynisdrangar, located under the Reynisfjall mountain, close to Vik i Myrdal in southern Iceland. The legend was that there were three trolls who were pulling a three-masted ship to the shore. They were caught by the sunlight at dawn and turned into needles of rock.”

  • The Lost Coast Trail, California

    “Early morning ascent on the trail on Day 13 on our two-week journey of the Lost Coast Trail, May 13th, 2013.”

  • Temple At The Foot of Mount Bromo, Java

    “At the foot of the active Volcano Bromo on the Island of Java lies the Hindu Temple Pura Luhur Poten which is often immersed in a soft mist at dusk. On this day Mount Bromo showed unusually strong activity, which lead to an exceptionally high and dense dust cloud.”

  • Swim With Jellyfish

    “It’s like a dream when you go swimming with harmless jellyfish…”

  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

    “A reflection of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the basin of the fountain, where the main dome of the mosque appears.”

  • Reykjavik Sunset Windows, Iceland

    “I was photographing the sunset over Reykjavik Harbor near sunset (around 11:30pm). While sitting there with my tripod waiting, I turned around and saw this beautiful abstract reflection in the windows of the office building behind me.”

  • If Only I Could Fly

    “A spontaneous moment captured contemplating a beautiful and colourful sunset with all city lights down below.”

  • Hidden in Plain Sight

    “During my visit to the Amalfi Coast in Italy I ventured for a day to Sorrento. This has an amazing coastline that I stuck to for the day. Because of a mix-up with ferry dock numbers I missed my ferry and had to wait two hours for the next one. I decided I would head back to town and went down a street I had passed a few times that day. The ground opened up, almost out of nowhere, where this absolute beauty. I gazed at Valle dei Mulini, and shot for almost the entire period before I left for my next boat. Taken with my Canon 5D Mark III and 24-70mm.”

  • Gentoo Chicks

    “Two newly hatched gentoo penguin chicks get their first glimpse at the Antarctic wilderness.”

  • Fennec, The Soul of The Desert

    The fennec, or desert fox, is an endangered canine mammal species of the genus Vulpes, which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. With its prominent ears, this is the smallest species of the family Canidae.”

  • Flying Monk

    “Young monks begin their service very early in life in their studies in the monastery. This monk was young and energetic and decided to ‘fly’ in his exuberance for life.”

  • Ave Maria

    Religious procession in Cadiz.

  • “The Scream” – Underwater Version

    “Taken during a dive, 6m deep. A young yellow mouth eel.”

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Pictures: National Geographic celebrates 125 years of photography

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