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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“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.”
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.
“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.Â They were caught by the sunlight at dawn and turnedÂ into needles of rock.”
“Early morning ascent on the trail on Day 13 on our two-week journey of the Lost Coast Trail, May 13th, 2013.”
“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.”
“It’s like a dream when you go swimming with harmless jellyfish…”
“A reflection of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the basin of the fountain, where the main dome of the mosque appears.”
“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.”
“A spontaneous moment captured contemplating a beautiful and colourful sunset with all city lights down below.”
“During my visit to the Amalfi Coast in Italy I ventured for a day to Sorrento. This has anÂ 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,Â and shot for almost the entire period before I left for my next boat. Taken with my Canon 5D Mark III and 24-70mm.”
“Two newly hatched gentoo penguin chicks get their first glimpse at the Antarctic wilderness.”
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.”
“Young monks begin their service very early in life in their studies in the monastery.Â This monk was young and energetic and decided to ‘fly’Â in his exuberance for life.”
Religious procession in Cadiz.
“Taken during a dive, 6m deep. A young yellow mouth eel.”
2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Dylan Brown: “Rodeos always provide a sense of place. There’s action, dirt, pride, you name it. It’s a loud, flashy sport, with cheering and showboating.
But on the underbelly are quiet moments. The moments between bucking broncs, beer drinking and the announcers crude jokes. Moments like this one, where a young boy waits patiently for the next horse to come charging out of the chutes.”
Nancy Dowling: “Taken at Booth Island in Antartica.”
Priscilla Locke: “Standing at the edge of the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan. Known as the Door to Hell, this flaming crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface.”
Melih Sular: “Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called the eighth wonder of the world by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century.”
Tariq Sawyer: “Eagle Hunting is a Kazakh tradition that dates back 2000 years. Around 350 Kazakh Eagle Hunters are keeping the tradition alive in the Altai Mountains, Mongolia.”
Edward Graham: “This is a long exposure, evening look at Main Bazaar in Paharganj.”
Max Seigal: “I hiked several hours through the night in Patagonia to find a tree I had seen a few days earlier and photograph it with the night sky.”
Graham McGeorge: “I love watching the affection and attention that Bonobos have for their young. They truly are a wonderful species of ape.”
Fauzan Maududdin: “This image was taken at Pacu Jawi Festival. A Traditional Bull-race that usually held after harvesting period, by Minangkabau People especially villagers at Tanah Datar, West of Sumatera. Best cows and jockeys are judge by the way they run the track fast and straight.”
Douglas Croft: “It was amazing to watch several family groups of elephants around the river. The little ones run around and play like puppies, but the tiny ones stay very close to their mothers.Â We were fortunate to capture this magical moment with mother and baby.”
Bruno Tamiozzo: “A child by surprise, is captured during shooting of a part of the old city (Sun City) of Jodhpur (Rajasthan – India).”
Graham McGeorge: “Jeez Louise…Those cookies were good.”
Chris Schmid: “The power of the Criollo horses at the Cabanha Ipu, located in Paran, Brazil. The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay (1910), Argentina (1918), Brazil (1932) and Paraguay. It may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world next to the Arabian.”
Pictures: National Geographic celebrates 125 years of photography