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.


10

Dog Leaping Across Beach Wall

Photo – Alvaro Sanchez-MontañesIn the coastal town of Essaouira, Morocco this dog clears a gap in the beach wall with the African coastline looming in the distance.

9

The Sawtooth Alps

Photo – Kevin KunstadtOn these sawtooth peaks in the eastern Alps of Italy hikers rest on a well kept field sloping down one side of the mountain.

8

Refugees Gathering Wood

Photo – J CarrierThese women walk well beyond the confines of their refugee camp in West Darfur risking their lives to gather fire wood that will sell for about 50 cents per sack back at their camp of roughly 15,000 people.

7

The Pink Bull

Photo – Palani MohanDuring the harvest celebrations in Tamil Nadu, India locals partake in a sport known as jallikattu where the young men of the village will try to hang onto a decorated bull as long as possible while it charges through the crowd.

6

Macaques

Photo – Yukihiro FukudaThe loose social hierarchy of these Japanese Macaque monkeys allow them to huddle together for warmth while disregarding the fact that high ranking and low ranking members are in such close proximity.



5

Wall of Death

Photo – Tomas MunitaMohammed Jawed, a stunt driver, relies on the magic of centripetal force to keep his car going in circles around the Wall of Death during this show in Kabul, Afghanistan.

4

Great Gray Owl Catching A Vole

Photo – Magnus ElanderThe disk of feathers you see circling this gray owl’s face are used to channel sound back from the ground towards its ear thus helping it to catch small animals.

3

Wind Turbines

Photo – Jeff KroezeThe hills of the Tehachapi-Mojave Wind Resource Area are covered with over 3,000 wind turbines that produce enough electricity to power over 250,000 homes every year.

2

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Eruption

Photo – Sigurdur Hrafn StefnissonLightning surrounds the ash plume resulting from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. These so called “dirty thunderstorms” often occur when rock and ice kicked up from the blast crash together in the atmosphere.

1

The Afghan Girl

Photo – Steve McCurryQuite possibly one of the most recognized photos in recent history, this picture of a young orphaned Afghan girl was taken at a refugee camp in Pakistan during the Soviet Invasion. It came to fame after being featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic and the girls haunting green eyes became a symbol of the plight of refugees the world over. In spite of several attempts to locate her afterwards, the girl’s identity remained a mystery until 2002 when she was found living in the mountains of her homeland. Starting with the bombing of her home and the death of her parents her story was revealed to be one of brokenness, hardship, and devastation with her brother explaining that the only happy day in her life was probably her wedding.