Since 1888, the publication National Geographic has been inspiring future photographers and travel enthusiasts with its vivid pictures from places all around the world and from outer space, innovating the world of wildlife photography. It was the first major magazine to use photos to tell stories. The magazine is an arm of the National Geographic Society, founded by Gardiner Greene Hubbard, his son-in-law Alexander Graham Bell and a group of wealthy academic elitists in the aims of contributing to the conservation of the natural world around them. Areas of interest explored by the magazine include geography, archaeology and the natural sciences. It is the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational institution.
Today, National Geographic Magazine is published in 34 different languages, and includes 7 different publications: National Geographic, Nat Geo Kids, Nat Geo Little Kids, Nat Geo Traveler, Nat Geo Adventurer, Nat Geo Explorer and Nat Geo Green Guide. In addition, the company creates films and has its own cable network. Through its various media properties, Nation Geographic is estimated to reach an audience of over 360 million people worldwide. Given the magazine’s popularity, it’s safe to say they are achieving their mission of promoting conservation and education of the world’s cultural, historical and natural resources through their popular wildlife photography.
The National Geographic Society offers grants to institutions and individuals in the course of improving geography education through its education foundation. To date, they have awards over 10 thousand such grants. Additionally the National Geographic Society has a museum in Washington, D.C. and a retail store in London, UK.
The Society doesn’t stop at educating the masses in conserving the natural world around them through its wonderful publications; they can literally take you to some of the world’s most beautiful and interesting places while teaching you to take better photos in wildlife photography. National Geographic Expeditions offers many trips to places in the United States and around the world. Expedition lengths vary from two weeks to weekend photography workshops, led by a National Geographic photographer and instructor.
Destinations offered include Alaska, Paris, Sante Fe, Myanmar, New Orleans, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, Rome, New York City, The Grand Canyon, Tanzania, Washington, D.C., Bhutan, Scotland and the Galapagos Archipelago. This is an excellent way to have a vacation and fine tune your photography skills during or after earning a photography degree. Who knows, you might even land yourself a job as a photojournalist for the world’s most prestigious nature photography magazine through your wildlife photography.
Thanks to National Geographic’s help, wildlife photography has become a humongous field for photographers.
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