The best nature photo of the year is this badass polar bear

This is the Grand Prize Winner of National Geographic's best photo of the year competition, taken by Seattle-based photographer Paul Souders. It's titled The Ice Bear, and it features a female polar bear staring at Paul from underwater. It's an outstanding image, but I think the rest of his series are equally good—or… » 12/19/13 6:45pm 12/19/13 6:45pm

Now You Can Explore Gorgeous National Geographic Maps With Google

A well-drawn map isn't just a functional chart, it's a thing of beauty. National Geographic has been making gorgeous print maps for over 120 years, and thanks to a new partnership, over 500 of them will be available online, powered by Google Map Engine. » 12/07/13 10:00am 12/07/13 10:00am

Photos of History's Greatest Failed Explorers (And Their Legacies)

It's said that history is written by the victors. But at the same time, those victors often end up mythologizing the brave, failed losers that came before them. According to National Geographic Magazine, our fascination with failed explorers isn't just about scaring ourselves silly with stories of ice-encrusted tombs… » 8/22/13 4:40pm 8/22/13 4:40pm

National Geographic Puts 125 of Its Most Iconic Photos Up For Sale

We're used to participating in Christie's auctions as mere spectators, gawking at items like the Maharaja of Patiala’s banqueting service or the original Apple 1. But this week, Christie's is offering up a collection of National Geographic's most iconic shots—and they're surprisingly affordable. » 7/22/13 5:00pm 7/22/13 5:00pm

National Geographic Is Suspending Posts on Instagram Because of…

Though Instagram has backpedaled a bit on whether or not it will sell your Instagram photos to advertisers, people are generally wary to trust a company backed by Facebook when it comes to privacy. National Geographic, a company who has a real reason to be sorta ticked off at all this since its pictures are actually » 12/18/12 7:20pm 12/18/12 7:20pm

Help Us Make National Geographic's Photo Contest Entries Even Better

With the deadline hitting at the end of this week, there's just a few days left to enter National Geographic's 2012 photo contest. So far the submissions are, not surprisingly, stunning, and The Atlantic has rounded up some of the most beautiful entries so far. Choosing a single winner is going to be a daunting task. » 11/28/12 7:40pm 11/28/12 7:40pm

If You Ever Wondered How People Take a Picture of a Cheetah Running at …

Cheetahs are super fast and to capture them running at full speed is damn near impossible. Well, almost impossible. National Geographic shows how they captured a running cheetah and it's pretty impressive: over 400 foot of perfectly level dolly track, a bevy of cameras, an able and willing cheetah and really fast… » 10/26/12 1:00am 10/26/12 1:00am

Nat Geo's New Documentary Series "Links" History's Greatest Tech

Technological invention is a process, not an act. Even the most rudimentary technologies, like wheels, are based on previous discoveries. As such, one can trace the origins of today's most advanced machines back through history to their earliest ancestors—or one could just watch the National Geographic Channel's new… » 5/25/12 4:40pm 5/25/12 4:40pm

Take a Tour Through the World's Biggest Cave Passage

Working as a National Geographic photographer is (thankfully) more than just panther attacks and paraglider crashes. Sometimes you get to explore the underground equivalent of "a previously undiscovered Mount Everest" like photographer Carsten Peter. » 2/14/12 1:00am 2/14/12 1:00am

Nat Geo Photographers Get to Play with the Coolest Gadgets

We all know being a National Geographic photographer dangerous work, but it's not all snake bites and panther maulings. Nat Geo's new Field Test feature series shows off some of the high tech gadgets—from camera traps to sexcopters—the photographers employ to get their spectacular shots. [Field Test - Image: National… » 12/15/11 3:40am 12/15/11 3:40am

Kids Swiping and Leaping Around Nature with National Geographic on…

Much like Sesame Street, National Geographic's giving kiddos a chance to learn (this time about the outdoors) while getting a little exercise. Want to learn about rock-digging bears? Dig through virtual rocks with a virtual bear suit on. » 10/18/11 3:58pm 10/18/11 3:58pm