Since its first issue in 1888, nine months after The National Geographic society began, National Geographic magazine has been bringing us some of the most breath-taking images ever captured. Primarily containing articles about science, geography, history and world culture. The thick bound and yellow framed front cover is known internationally for its use of dramatic photos to enchant the imagination.
However, in February 1992 the magazine experienced its first scandal after altering images of the pyramids of Giza in one of the worlds first digital imaging fiasco’s. It contributed to photography’s “waning credibility”. The cover of the October 1988 issue featured a photo of a large ivory male portrait whose authenticity, particularly the alleged Ice Age provenance, has been questioned. In 1999, the magazine was embroiled in the Archaeoraptor scandal, in which it purported to have a fossil linking birds to dinosaurs. The fossil was a forgery. In 2010, the magazine’s Your Shot competition was awarded to William Lascelles for photography featuring a dog with fighter jets over its shoulder. The picture turned out to be a fraud.
Despite this the magazine has gone on to win several awards including three National Magazine awards in 2008 for its written content alone. In May 2006, 2007, and 2011 National Geographic magazine won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ General Excellence Award in the over two million circulation category. In 2010, National Geographic Magazine received the top ASME awards for photojournalism and essay. In 2011, National Geographic Magazine received the top-award from ASME—the Magazine of the Year Award.
Lets explore some of the most breath-taking images ever captured…
1. Afghan Girl
2. Pyramids of Giza
3. Nazroo and his elephant Rajan
4. Polar Bear rising
5. Underwater surfer
6. Indian wood carvers in 1921
7. Nomadic festival in Iran
10. Girl with monkey in her hair
11. Girl with freckles
12. Eskimo woman Alaska
14. Sea Turtle in peril