25 Most Breathtaking National Geographic Photographs

Posted by on December 3, 2012

First published in 1888, the National Geographic Magazine has been dazzling the world with its amazing images for over a hundred years. Although photography and technology has changed a lot since then the depth, power, and intensity of National Geographic photography has remained the same. From the oil fields of Saudi Arabia to the Chicago skyline these are the 25 most breathtaking National Geographic Photographs.


25

Saudi Arabia Dunes

Photo – RezaThe Shaybah oil fields burn in the background turning the sky a deep purple as a man dances on a nearby dune. Saudi Arabia controls roughly 25 percent of the world’s oil reserves.

24

Horse Scratching

Photo – Michael Christopher BrownThis horse rolls over and starts scratching its back on the ground as soon as it is freed of its saddle. The photograph was taken in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area of the Canadian Rockies where hunters are willing to pay tour guides good money for a shot at the big game.



23

King Penguins in Moonlight

Photo – Stefano UnterthinerEvery year during moonrise king penguins will gather on Possession Island to puff their chests and belt out cries as they look for partners. Not long afterwards they will pair up and join the crowd as breeding season kicks off.

22

Dragon Dance

Photo – Jodi CobbThese dragon dancers put on a show for Double Ten Day, the annual Taiwanese festival celebrating the fall of China’s last dynasty. The performance consists of men fighting against a dragon while surrounded by clouds of purple smoke.



21

North Dakota Wind Farm

Photo – Sarah LeenThis wind turbines generates energy in a wheat field near Edgeley, North Dakota. Turbines work by converting kinetic energy from the wind into other forms of energy (mechanical, thermal) with almost no negative impact on the environment.