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13 Of National Geographic’s Most Iconic Shots


The first issue of National Geographic came out in October 1888, nine months after the National Geographic Society was founded. In the intervening century, the magazine has grown into perhaps the best known photojournalistic publication on the planet. The National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world concerned with studying and documenting world culture, history and nature.

When the publication was celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2013, it ran an issue centered around some of the most iconic photographs that have appeared on its pages during its illustrious history. Kudos for whoever had to select less than few hundred shots from such a rich well of history – in her or his honor, we bring you a part of the selection.

1. As one guard faints, the others remain to attention (1966)

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2. Sand dunes in the Sahara Desert, sculpted perfectly by the wind (1973)

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3. Surfing at the world’s busiest beach: Bondi Beach, Sydney (1963)

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4. Flamingos congregate for the group shot

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5. The Statue of Liberty watches over New York (1978)

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6. A kitten braves the water aboard a floating lily pad (1935)

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7. A man, with two willing helpers, herds his sheep (1919)

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8. A woman, ornamented to appear as a Chinese Goddess

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9. This kitten is prepared to fight anyone, including itself (1964)

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10. An astronaut floats a few meters away from Space Shuttle Challenger (1984)

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11. This white stag stands alone in the forest (1973)

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12. Capering in the water, pictured through a palm in Acapulco

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13. “Here’s looking at you, kid” (Casablanca, 1971)

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