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National Geographic Brings Viewers on Immersive, Global Expeditions

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:47

 National Geographic has partnered with YouTube to create three virtual reality series that transport audiences to the far reaches of the world

WASHINGTON December 6, 2018 – Building on 130 years of groundbreaking storytelling and captivating content, National Geographic has now teamed up with YouTube to further bring their editorial content to life in virtual reality. The partnership will give audiences around the globe a new way to experience the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

As part of the partnership, National Geographic is launching three projects over the next year, the first being a four-part, immersive series that will go live on December 11, bringing audiences to one of the last wild places on earth: the Okavango Delta.

The VR series, The Okavango Experience, follows a National Geographic Society expedition, part of the Okavango Wilderness Project, as it transects the largest wetland in southern Africa. One of the planet’s most biodiverse places, the Okavango is an unparalleled example of the richness of an untamed landscape. This VR series serves to transport the audience to the delta alongside the crew and provide audiences a chance to experience it with their own eyes.

“National Geographic has always pushed the boundaries of visual storytelling,” says Jenna Pirog, Senior Director of Video and Immersive Experiences, “Embracing immersive content continues our tradition of going further, while connecting our audiences directly with our Explorers and the stories of the world they have to share. We’re looking forward to a long-term partnership with YouTube that will allow us to remain industry stewards for marrying immersive technology with impactful storytelling.”

Across four separate episodes, each approximately 5 minutes, the new Okavango series transports viewers to Botswana, taking them through the pristine wilderness that is home to the world’s largest remaining elephant population as well as lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and hundreds of species of birds. As part of his annual transect of the delta, National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes travels with his local and international team of Angolan, Namibian, and South African scientists and explorers to explore and protect the rivers – the lifeblood of this unique ecosystem.

National Geographic’s The Okavango Experience will be released to coincide with the television premiere of Into the Okavango, a feature-length documentary created by National Geographic Documentary Films, which chronicles this team of modern-day explorers on an epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to understand and protect the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wild places. The documentary premieres Friday, Dec. 14 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

National Geographic’s mission is to change the world through the combined power of science, exploration and storytelling. With the help of YouTube, National Geographic takes their audience one step closer to the stories, places and issues that matter. This partnership exemplifies National Geographic’s unique ability to inspire viewers to connect with the natural world and understand their place within it, by partnering with technology companies to embrace the latest and greatest in immersive storytelling.

As of December 11, the first episode of The Okavango Experience series will be accessible on National Geographic’s YouTube channel, website and on National Geographic’s VR app on Google’s Daydream platform, and successive episodes will be released weekly, on Tuesdays, thereafter. While the content has been created to be viewed in VR headsets, it can also be watched on desktop and mobile.

As part of the long-term partnership, National Geographic and YouTube plan to release two additional series in 2019. Each of the three series will serve to inspire audiences and connect them more closely with both National Geographic and parts of the world they may never have the chance to experience in-person.

 

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INFORMATION FOR PRESS:

Interviews and visuals available.

 

PRESS CONTACT: 

National Geographic:

Kelsey Taylor, Kelsey.Taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

 

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:56

WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2018)—Selected from nearly 10,000 entries, a photo of thousands of recalled Volkswagen and Audi cars sitting idly in the Mojave Desert has been chosen as the grand-prize winner of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. The photo, titled “Unreal,” was captured by Jassen Todorov of the United States. He has won $5,000 and will have his winning image featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

A concert violinist by trade, Todorov began soaring above the ground in the early 2000s, eventually becoming a flight instructor and igniting his passion to visually capture the aerial world below—including both epic beauty and environmental challenges.

“When I fly long distances, I listen to a lot of music. I’m able to combine music, flying, and photography. Music has a lot to do with structure and composition, colors and patterns, moods and characters—when I am looking at a photo, I am thinking about the same things,” Todorov said.

Simultaneously flying, communicating with airport control, and photographing is a juggling act Todorov has refined over the years. What he was able to capture was incredible.

On the importance of the photo, Todorov said, “By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious and more caring for our beautiful planet.”

Pim Volkers of Laren, Netherlands, won first place in the Wildlife category for a photo of wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania. Mia Collis of Westlands, Kenya, won first place in the People category for a portrait David Muyochokera on his last day working at his studio in Kibera, Nairobi.

Contestants submitted photographs in three categories – People, Places and Wildlife. Submitted photos also joined National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. The photos were judged by a panel of National Geographic photo editors. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

For more on the winning photograph, see the full story HERE.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, (202) 912 6776

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

 

National Geographic Travel Reveals the Best Trips of 2019

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:00

National Geographic Traveler’s Editors and Explorers Identify 28 Essential Destinations and Experiences for the Year Ahead

WASHINGTON (Nov. 27, 2018) – With the publication of its annual Best Trips issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine reveals its 28 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2019. Together, Traveler editors and National Geographic Explorers have selected their top places to travel across four categories: Cities, Nature, Culture, and Adventure.

The year’s Best Trips list is relevant, surprising and inspiring, highlighting a globe-spanning mix of destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Kansas City, Missouri.

“Our Best Trips issue features 28 destinations and experiences that can inspire us, change our perspectives and connect us with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief.  “The issue is packed with spectacular National Geographic photography and is driven by our mission to explore, conserve, respect and engage with our planet.”

National Geographic’s Best Trips destinations for 2019 are:

CITIES

  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Matera, Italy
  • Perth, Australia
  • Mexico City, Mexico

NATURE

  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Montenegro
  • Belize
  • Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
  • South Walton County, Florida
  • Fanjingshan, China
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia

CULTURE

  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Bauhaus Trail, Germany
  • Oakland, California
  • Vevey, Switzerland
  • Dordogne, France

ADVENTURE

  • Greenland
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico
  • Isla de los Estados, Argentina
  • Macedonia
  • Canterbury Region, New Zealand
  • Caño Cristales River, Colombia
  • Oman

The December/January 2019 issue of Traveler magazine, is now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2019.

The Best Trips digital experience includes highlights on each destination selected for the list as well as National Geographic’s iconic photography that transports audiences to the chosen locales. Visitors are able to dive even deeper into four of the Best Trips destinations—Mexico City, Tahiti, Dordogne and Oman—with feature stories in the issue.

National Geographic Traveler publishes six issues per year and is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, with 18 international editions. National Geographic Travel shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content, including trip inspiration, travel news, photo galleries and more with its @NatGeoTravel community of more than 50 million people.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2019.

Press images are available here:  Dropbox

 

National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

CONTACT:     
Kelsey Taylor
202-912-6776
kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com

National Geographic: Symphony for Our World 2019 North America Tour Announced

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:11

National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., Bring Bleeding Fingers Music and National Geographic’s Vast Archives Together for a First-in-Class Symphonic Experience

Tour Across North America Kicks Off March 2019

 Presale for All Cities Begins November 13

Symphony for Our World Video Trailer

WASHINGTON – November 13, 2018 – National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., today announced an all-new tour for National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, which will visit more than 20 U.S. cities in 2019 (www.natgeo-symphony.com). Symphony for Our World combines stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. Featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, the show brings audiences a breathtaking musical journey coupled with some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles.

The tour kicks off in March 2019 and beginning today, people can visit NatGeo-Symphony.com and register their emails to receive a presale password to buy tickets before the general public. Presale tickets will be available beginning November 13 when passwords will be emailed to all registered customers.

Tickets go on sale to the general public for all cities on November 23 at www.NatGeo-Symphony.com.

TOUR CITIES AND DATES

 DATE                          CITY                            VENUE

March 2                       Memphis, TN              Orpheum Theatre

March 3                       Richmond, VA             Altria Theater

March 6                       Norfolk, VA                  Chrysler Hall

March 7                       Hartford, CT                Bushnell Performing Arts Center

March 21                     Columbus, OH            Ohio Theatre

March 25                     Cleveland, OH            Severance Hall

March 29                     Minneapolis, MN         Orpheum Theatre (Hennepin)

March 30                     Madison, WI                Overture Center for the Arts

March 31                     Chicago, IL                  Auditorium

April 4                          Ann Arbor, MI             Hill Auditorium

April 14                        Phoenix, AZ                Symphony Hall

April 24                        Edmonton, AB             Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

April 25                        Calgary, AB                 Southern Alberta Jubilee

April 29                        San Francisco, CA     Davies Concert Hall

May 6                          San Jose, CA              Center for the Performing Arts

May 7                          Milwaukee, WI            The Riverside Theater

May 21                        Buffalo, NY                  Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

June 15                       Houston, TX                Jones Hall

June 22-23                  Dallas, TX                   Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Nov 2                          Tampa, FL                  Carol Morsani Hall

The inspiring 90-minute, live orchestral performance uses groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from over 130 years of National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with an orchestra and choir. The show is based on the national television broadcast of “Symphony for Our World,” an hour-long special that premiered globally earlier this year in 140 countries, commercial-free, on Nat Geo WILD.

Driven by a five-part composition, Symphony for Our World pairs artistry with science as it brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to the coastlines, onto land, through mountains and finally into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement, resulting in a powerful musical tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.

“National Geographic has inspired generations to explore, understand and protect our world. Bringing this type of storytelling to life in symphony is an incredible honor,” said Jason Michael Paul, President of Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. “We’re bringing together everything I’ve learned from over 20 years in music production with National Geographic to create something truly special.

“Symphony for Our World has been thrilling audiences worldwide since it premiered last Earth Day,” said Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners. “The show embodies our commitment to inspire people to care about the planet, now. We are happy to be bringing it to audiences in North America. Our partner, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., has done a phenomenal job bringing National Geographic’s 130 years of storytelling to life in a new, incredibly moving format that enables audiences to better understand the world and their place in it.”

For more information, tour dates and tickets, visit www.natgeo-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Jason Michael Paul Entertainment

A pioneer and leader in the live symphonic concert industry, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. has been responsible for producing world-renowned concerts including events for The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Dear Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, More Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, The Legend of Zelda- 25th Anniversary Concerts and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. For more information, please visit https://jmpent.com.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. Visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com for more information, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Bleeding Fingers Music

Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music has assembled an exceptional and sonically diverse roster of composers to create superlative original film and television scores. Co-founded by Hans Zimmer, Extreme Music CEO Russell Emanuel, Steven Kofsky and SonyATV, the company’s core belief is that collaboration breeds innovation and working in an environment where the gifted are empowered to be adventurous, experimental and creatively generous results in extraordinary music. Our 20 state-of-the-art studios based on Zimmer’s world-renowned campus and our best-in-class production team allow us the ability to produce music at the very highest standard. Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including Fox’s The Simpsons, BBC’s Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II, and Big Cats, National Geographic’s Diana: In Her Own Words and Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, Sony’s Snatch (TV), Netflix’s original Dope, History Channel’s Mountain Men and BBC America’s Superfly.

About Innovation Arts & Entertainment

Innovation Arts & Entertainment is a 17-year-old boutique, live entertainment producer based in Chicago, IL. IAE prides itself in producing events within the domain of Intelligent Entertainment, producing unique live experiences that result in expanding the knowledge and worldview of audiences that participate.  In the last five years alone, IAE has produced tours for Hillary Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, David Sedaris, and Chris and Martin Kratt from PBS.  In addition to Together Live 2018, other current touring projects include the North American Tour of Harry Potter In Concert, National Geographic’s Symphony for Our WorldDavid Sedaris’ 2018 and 2019 tours, and five new projects in development.   At IAE, we relish the opportunity to use the power of art, entertainment, information, and education in such a way that our audiences are changed for the better.

 

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Media Contacts:

Meg Calnan

National Geographic

202-912-6703

Meg.calnan@natgeo.com

 

John Tellem

Tellem Grody PR

310-210-8779

john@tellemgrodypr.com

MUMFORD & SONS CONFIRM EXCLUSIVE ALBUM SCREENINGS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 20:52

FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM DELTA OUT THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

BAND CONFIRMS MASSIVE 63-DATE WORLDWIDE ARENA TOUR

Mumford & Sons will host listening events at movie theatres across North America this Thursday, November 15, allowing a select group of fans exclusive access to their fourth studio album, Delta, on the eve of its release. These screenings—held in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Toronto—will feature the complete album audio accompanied by visuals directed and edited by Caleb Bardgett, Johnny Dunn and Kees van Dijkhuizen and curated in partnership with National Geographic. Of the concept, the band shares, “While we were recording and mixing Delta, we watched a lot of films on silent including some pretty epic wildlife films by National Geographic—like a vision-track to our soundtrack. So, we felt it would be a nice idea to let fans experience the record in this way too.”

Jill Cress, CMO of National Geographic, adds, “We are excited to have played a part in inspiring Mumford & Sons latest album and look forward to teaming up with the band to bring audiences a unique musical and visual experience they’ll never forget. By pairing the work of some of the world’s most talented filmmakers and photographers with the sounds of these award-winning musicians, we hope to give people an even greater appreciation and understanding of the planet and the importance of protecting it.”

Now available for pre-sale on Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote Records, Delta was produced by Paul Epworth, written collectively by the band and recorded at London’s The Church Studios.

Already receiving widespread acclaim, the first single, “Guiding Light,” recently enjoyed one of the biggest add weeks ever at both Alternative and AAA radio—closing out every station at both panels. The single currently sits at #1 on AAA (three straight weeks) and his headed into the top 5 at Alternative. Watch the single’s official music video—which was directed by Joe Connor (Sam Smith, Coldplay) and features the band up close and personal, interacting with their fans—HERE. Moreover, a second song from the album, “If I Say,” which features string arrangement by renowned British film score composer Sally Herbert, recently premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats1. Listen/share HERE.

Earlier this fall, the band debuted ”Guiding Light” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with special guests The Roots. Watch the performance HERE. Marcus Mumford also joined host Jimmy Fallon as a guest on the couch. Watch the interview HERE. Additionally, Rolling Stone calls the single, “wildly experimental…Delta has the band incorporating elements of electronica, rap, jazz and other sonic territory rarely visited,” while Paste asserts, “If it’s any indication of how Delta will sound as a whole, this could shape up to be the band’s most experimental album yet.”

In celebration of the album, the band will embark on an extensive 63-date worldwide arena tour this fall featuring a groundbreaking new in-the-round stage design. Kicking off November 16 in Dublin, the tour will span throughout next spring and includes fall North American stops at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center (sold out), Boston’s TD Garden (sold out), New York’s Madison Square Garden (two nights, first sold out), DC’s Capital One Arena (sold out) and Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena (two nights, first sold out). Special guest Maggie Rogers will join as support. The band’s largest tour to date, the Delta Tour 2018/2019 includes over 800,000 tickets, which are now on sale via https://www.mumfordandsons.com/live. See below for complete tour details.

Marking ten years since Mumford & Sons made their meteoric debut, the new music follows 2015’s Wilder Mind, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., U.K., Australia Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway and, most recently, 2016’s collaborative Johannesburg mini album. Previous LPs include 2012’s Babel, which was awarded the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year, and their 2009 debut, Sigh No More.

Mumford & Sons are Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall.

MUMFORD & SONS – DELTA TOUR 2018/2019

November 16—Dublin, Ireland—3 Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Belfast, Ireland—SSE Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 20—Glasgow, Scotland—SSE Hydro*
November 21—Manchester, U.K.Manchester Arena*
November 23—Birmingham, U.K.Genting Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 24—Sheffield, U.K.Fly DSA Arena*
November 25—Newcastle, U.K.Metro Radio Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 27—Nottingham, U.K.Motorpoint Arena*
November 28—Cardiff, U.K.Motorpoint Arena* (SOLD OUT)
November 29—London, U.K.O2 Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 1—Leeds, U.K.First Direct Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 2—Liverpool, U.K.Echo Arena*
December 7—Philadelphia, PA—Wells Fargo Center* (SOLD OUT)
December 9—Boston, MA—TD Garden* (SOLD OUT)
December 10—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden* (SOLD OUT)
December 11—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden*
December 14—Washington DC—Capital One Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 17—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena* (SOLD OUT)
December 18—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena*
January 12Auckland, New ZealandThe Outer Fields at Western Springs†
January 15Brisbane, Australia—Entertainment Centre‡
January 18Sydney, Australia—Qudos Bank Arena‡
January 22Melbourne, Australia—Sidney Myer Music Bowl‡ (SOLD OUT)
January 23Melbourne, Australia—Sidney Myer Music Bowl‡
January 24Adelaide, Australia—Entertainment Centre‡
January 27Perth, Australia—RAC Arena‡
February 27Providence, RI—Dunkin Donuts Center
February 28Hartford, CT—XL Center
March 2Albany, NY—Times Union Center
March 4Montreal, QC—Bell Centre
March 5Ottawa, ON—Canadian Tire Center
March 8Buffalo, NY—KeyBank Center
March 9Cleveland, OH—Quicken Loans Arena
March 11Columbus, OH—Nationwide Arena
March 12Lexington, KY—Rupp Arena
March 14Pittsburgh, PA—PPG Paints Arena
March 16Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
March 17Raleigh, NC—PNC Arena
March 18Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 20Atlanta, GA—State Farm Arena
March 22Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
March 23Birmingham, AL—Legacy Arena at The BJCC
March 25Indianapolis, IN—Bankers Life Field House
March 27Detroit, MI—Little Caesars Arena
March 29Chicago, IL—United Center (SOLD OUT)
March 30Madison, WI—Kohl Center (SOLD OUT)
March 31Milwaukee, WI—Fiserv Forum
April 25Lisbon, Portugal—Altice Arena
April 27Barcelona, Spain—Palau Sant Jordi
April 29Milan, Italy—Medialanum Forum
May 1Munich, Germany—Olympiahalle
May 3Vienna, Austria—Stadthalle
May 5Basel, Switzerland—St. Jakobshalle
May 7Paris, France—Zenith
May 8Luxembourg, Luxembourg—Rockhal
May 9Amsterdam, Netherlands—Ziggo Dome (SOLD OUT)
May 11Berlin, Germany—Mercedes Benz Arena
May 13Frankfurt, Germany—Festhalle
May 15Cologne, Germany—Lanxess Arena
May 17Copenhagen, Denmark—Royal Arena
May 18Gothenburg, Sweden—Scandinavium (SOLD OUT)
May 19Oslo, Norway—Spektrum
May 21Stockholm, Sweden—Ericsson Globe

*with special guest Maggie Rogers
†Gentlemen of the Road with Leon Bridges, Michael Kiwanuka, Angie McMahon, Sam Fender
‡with special guest Michael Kiwanuka

National Geographic Press Contact:
Courtney Rowe, courtney.rowe@natgeo.com, 202-912-6715

Sacks & Co. Press Contact:
Carla Sacks, carla@sacksco.com, 212-741-1000
Asha Goodman, asha.goodman@sacksco.com, 615-320-7753 

Glassnote Records Press Contact:
Lauren Papapietro, lauren@glassnotemusic.com, 646-214-6000

ALL OVER THE MAP: A Cartographic Odyssey

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:17

By Betsy Mason & Greg Miller

 

“Maps are one of the best tools ever invented for illustrating and exchanging ideas.”

—From the Introduction by Betsy Mason and Greg Miller

In this beautifully illustrated volume, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller explore maps from a wide range of sources that tell vastly different stories. All Over the Map (National Geographic Books, On Sale: October 30th, 2018, $50/hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4262-1972-6) was created by map lovers, for map lovers. It explores the captivating stories behind maps throughout history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today. This electric collection includes everything from ancient maps of dragon-filled seas to the maps made in secret by the Soviet Army during the Cold War.

All Over the Map is composed of nine chapters that weave through a diverse compilation of maps: Waterways, Cities, Conflict and Crisis, Landscapes, Economies, Science, Human Experiences, Worlds, and Art and Imagination. Readers can explore visual representations of human experiences, from Prohibition in New York City to Chicago’s ganglands in 1927 to 17th century pirates seeing the coast of South America for the first time. These cartographic masterpieces are sure to ignite any reader’s imagination and inspire them to explore further.

The striking layout, designed by former art directors of Rolling Stone, walks readers through visualizations of some of pop culture’s most recognized destinations, such as the schematics of the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. With a vast assortment of topics and interestingly witty text, All Over the Map is sure to be a conversation starter for any adventurous reader.

Included in All Over the Map:

  • Charting the Mississippi’s many paths
  • Images from a pirate’s pilfered atlas
  • Mapping a city’s history through buildings
  • Cartography of war and strife
  • And more!

 

About the Authors

Betsy Mason and Greg Miller are co-authors of the popular National Geographic cartography blog All Over the Map. 

Betsy Mason is a science journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously she was the online science editor for Wired, where she built an award-winning science section, and the science reporter for the Contra Costa Times. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for the 2015-2016 academic year. Before becoming a journalist, Mason earned a master’s degree in geology from Stanford.

Greg Miller is a science and tech journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Previously he was a senior writer at Wired and a staff writer at Science, where he won several honors. Miller earned a Ph.D in neuroscience at Stanford University. He has appeared on public radio’s Science Friday to discuss maps and has given talks on a wide variety of cartography-related topics.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES STARSTRUCK, A CELEBRATION OF SPACE ACROSS ITS LOBAL NETWORKS, MAGAZINES, BOOKS AND MORE  

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:23

Starstruck Kicks Off With Second Season of Critically Acclaimed Series MARS and Fifth Season of Emmy-Nominated Series STARTALK With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Event to Also Include Two New Specials: MARS: INSIDE SPACE X and MISSION TO THE SUN, Plus Fall Book Releases “Space Atlas” and “Apollo to the Moon”

Starstruck Continues Into 2019 With a New Season of COSMOS and Weeklong Celebration of the 50-Year Anniversary of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing in July

Visit New Starstruck Portal for All Things Space, Including National Geographic Space Photography and In-Depth Reporting on the Latest Space News

 

WASHINGTON (Nov. 1, 2018) – For 130 years, National Geographic has been helping people explore the unknown, from the deepest oceans to the farthest reaches of the universe. Today, National Geographic announced that it will embark on a new storytelling odyssey, exploring the past, present and future of space across its vast media and entertainment platforms with Starstruck: National Geographic’s Yearlong Celebration of Space.

The yearlong commitment to presenting the best of space content kicked off today with the launch of the Starstruck Space Portal, as well as the recent release of National Geographic’s updated “Space Atlas.” The celebration continues Nov. 4 with an all-day marathon of the critically acclaimed series One Strange Rock beginning at 10 a.m., and with new seasons of MARS and STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson in an intergalactic block of programming that premieres Monday, Nov. 12.

Additionally, two new specials will air this fall: MARS: INSIDE SPACE X also on Nov. 12, and MISSION TO THE SUN on Nov. 19.

Culminating with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing next July and a coinciding week of blockbuster Apollo programming on National Geographic channel, Starstruck will rally National Geographic’s unrivaled portfolio of storytelling platforms around the spirit of space exploration, and the nostalgia, curiosity and feeling of limitless possibility that it brings.

Starting today, Natgeo.com/Starstruck will be National Geographic’s one-stop digital hub for all things space. Highlights of the content across all platforms include:

OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD TV PROGRAMMING:

  • Season 2 of Nat Geo’s groundbreaking, genre-busting, hit docudrama MARS premieres Nov. 12 at 9/8c.
  • A new season of the award-winning STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson debuts Nov. 12 at 11/10c.
  • MARS: INSIDE SPACEX, premiering Monday, Nov. 12, at 8/7c, is an unprecedented glimpse into one of the world’s most revolutionary companies’ plan to make Mars home. Filmed over the course of three years, this journey will take viewers behind the scenes with Elon Musk and his engineers as they persevere amid both disheartening setbacks and huge triumphs to advance the space industry faster than thought possible.
  • MISSION TO THE SUN, debuting Nov. 19 at 8/7c, goes behind the scenes as NASA preps for the launch of the Parker Probe, a historic quest to explore the last great frontier of our solar system — the sun. The special will feature new NASA footage, interviews and animations to further capture this groundbreaking mission, and a behind-the-scenes look at the exclusive team of NASA scientists who have made this skillfully planned endeavor a reality.
  • A brand-new season of EXPLORER programming will launch Nov. 12 at 10/9c, with a special Starstruck episode featuring space lemurs, flat earthers and real space cowboys, premiering Dec. 10.
  • Following a wildly successful run in 2014 as the most-watched series ever on National Geographic Channels internationally — seen by more than 135 million people worldwide on National Geographic and FOX — the highly anticipated Emmy award-winning worldwide phenomenon COSMOS returns this spring with COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon, astrophysicist and host of the Emmy-nominated StarTalk, returns as host of COSMOS.
  • A special week of Apollo programming in July shines a light on the grit and glory of the Apollo missions and a look at the new era of space travel and exploration.

LATEST SPACE NEWS, SKY WATCH GUIDES AND STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY:

  • Up-to-the-date reporting from National Geographic’s prize-winning editorial team on the Starstruck news page, including live news coverage of the NASA InSight Mars landing (Nov. 26) and the NASA Kuiper Belt flyby (set for Jan. 1), the latest insights on the upcoming blood moon eclipse, and more
  • Exciting National Geographic magazine space content, debuting in various issues over the next year, including an essay from November guest contributor Bill Nye on space sailing, and future features celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • Monthly sky-watching guides, best space pictures of the month and a spacecraft love letter series (featuring first-person essays written by journalists, scientists, educators and enthusiasts who have a personal connection with the space probe), starting this month on the Starstruck portal

NEW SPACE-THEMED BOOKS, FEATURING ALL THE WONDERS OF THE COSMOS:

ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES AND OTHER INTERSTELLAR CONTENT

  • International NG Live events with ISS commander and “View From Above” author Terry Virts, as well as COSMOS writer and producer Ann Druyan
  • Special classroom and public events about the latest mysteries and discoveries in our universe, with partners like NASA
  • Curated lists of the best National Geographic trips and lodges where travelers have the opportunity to experience out-of-this-world night sky events
  • A Ron Howard-curated “Places We Love” feature in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveler, recommending Earth destinations that are enhanced by our love of space
  • Ongoing space-related research on Nat Geo’s Open Explorer platform that invites users to join in the discoveries

From the very dawn of the space age, National Geographic has covered the science, mystery and adventures of space exploration with unrivaled access, in-depth news reporting and cutting-edge science and technology.

In 1935, National Geographic and the U.S. Army Air Corps jointly launched aeronauts into sky in the Explorer II Stratosphere Balloon, helping to pave the way for the space program and marking a manned altitude record that lasted for 21 years. Later, in recognition of National Geographic’s contributions to space research and photography, astronaut John Glenn carried the National Geographic flag on the first U.S. manned orbital space flight in 1962. And on July 16, 1969, a National Geographic flag was again vaulted into the sky on the 238,000-mile voyage to the moon, with Neil Armstrong observing to his team that it was a privilege that the flag that had “accompanied every major recent expedition,” should also accompany the first one ever to set foot on the lunar surface. In 1977, National Geographic was part of the curation of the Golden Record, and more recently, presented the first-ever Instagram Live from the International Space Station with Will Smith in April 2018.

With Starstruck, National Geographic aims to once again inspire people to “look up” by bringing the awe and wonder of space to audiences around the world.

“National Geographic has always sought to tell stories that matter, to create content that inspires others to explore the greatest depths of Earth and our universe,” said Gary Knell, chairman of National Geographic Partners. “This year, we’re excited to set our sights on space. As we prepare to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the historic lunar landing, we’re leveraging the power and reach of National Geographic’s global media platforms and the expertise of National Geographic explorers and scientists who are actively exploring the cosmos to extend our love of space to millions around the world.”

“We’re thrilled to share this slate of entertaining, mind- and genre-bending space content that begs audiences to consider the worlds beyond,” added Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks. “We can’t wait for viewers to experience the power of space exploration that’s at the heart of this year’s Starstruck storytelling across platforms, and to become as curious and inspired by the cosmos as we are here at Nat Geo.”

“From the dawn of the space age to our quest to explore Mars and beyond, National Geographic has chronicled all the wonder and promise of the cosmos,” said Susan Goldberg, editorial director at National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic magazine. “We covered the first orbital flight in June 1962, mapped the moon in February 1969 and shared all the details of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with a special cover issue in 1969. We’re excited to continue this tradition of in-depth, high-quality space journalism over the course of the next year with Starstruck.”

As the world prepares to look back at a historic anniversary, National Geographic is excited to look ahead at the next chapter of space exploration. Share in the wonder and stay tuned for further plans to inspire everyday explorers at NatGeo.com/Starstruck.

Useful links:

  • Watch the Starstruck launch video here.
  • Catch the latest Starstruck news here.
  • Media photos available here.

 

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About National Geographic

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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Caitlin Holbrook |  (202) 912-6714  |  caitlin.holbrook@natgeo.com

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS WITH WATTPAD FOR PLANET OR PLASTIC? INITIATIVE

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:08

National Geographic Joins Wattpad to Raise Awareness of the Global Plastic Crisis, Inspire Wattpad Users to Preserve the Planet

TORONTO (October 15, 2018)–National Geographic and Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, today announced that they are joining forces to raise awareness of the global plastic crisis through a creative storytelling challenge.

As the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic has announced a global commitment to help tackle this pressing problem, launching a multiyear “Planet or Plastic?” initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of plastic that reaches the world’s oceans.

Today, as an extension of its Planet or Plastic? initiative, National Geographic (@NationalGeographic) joined Wattpad to launch a global story contest, asking writers to explore the alarming impact of plastic on the environment, with the aim of inspiring the next generation to do their part to protect the environment through creative storytelling and artistic activism.

By sharing stories with the hashtag #PlanetOrPlastic, Wattpad users will be able to inspire others to take the pledge to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in their lives. Participants in the contest will also get the chance to have their stories featured on NationalGeographic.com.

“Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year, impacting marine life and doing irreparable damage to our world,” said Jill Cress, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at National Geographic Partners. “Storytelling is among the most impactful forms of advocating for positive change, and by partnering with Wattpad we will engage a passionate, global community of readers and writers to help inspire the next generation of stewards for our planet.”

“At Wattpad, we understand the power of storytelling to raise awareness for social causes,” said Chris Stefanyk, Head of Brand Partnerships at Wattpad. “Every day we see millions of writers use their creative voices to take a stand for social issues. We are honored to welcome National Geographic to our platform and use storytelling to further educate our community on ways to preserve the planet.”

You can find the new National Geographic profile at www.wattpad.com/user/NationalGeographic. You can join National Geographic’s efforts by pledging your commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic at natgeo.com/plasticpledge.

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About Wattpad

Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. The global multiplatform entertainment company uses the power of community and technology to enable the creation and distribution of content across a variety of formats. Its flagship app, Wattpad, is home to a community of more than 65 million people who spend over 22 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories. Tap by Wattpad, the company’s second storytelling product, offers short, chat-based stories in over a dozen languages. Wattpad Studios co-produces stories for film, television, digital and print, together with industry partners. Wattpad Brand Solutions offers a full suite of advertising products to help brands build deep engagement with Millennial and Gen Z consumers. The company is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at: company.wattpad.com

 

About National Geographic

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Announces Initiative to Donate 1,000 Underwater Drones to Explore the Ocean

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:08

The S.E.E. Initiative launches on Open Explorer, National Geographic’s digital platform created for the science, conservation and exploration community

National Geographic and OpenROV are joining forces to foster ocean exploration and empower communities with new tools and resources to further their work

Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2018) – National Geographic has partnered with OpenROV to launch the Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative, a pioneering effort to explore the ocean. In 2019, the S.E.E. Initiative will donate 1,000 underwater drones to explore, monitor and protect marine environments, thanks to funding from a coalition of supporters, including the Avatar Alliance Foundation, Rolex, the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, OceanX and a number of private philanthropists.

“We need more people exploring the ocean,” says James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-at-Large. “We need them to feel the sense of curiosity and wonder that drives all science and exploration. Putting these tools in the hands of scientists, students and educators through the partnership between National Geographic and OpenROV is exciting.”

The recipients of OpenROV’s Trident drones will document their fieldwork and research on Open Explorer, National Geographic’s community platform for explorers and scientists. Open Explorer is an online community and digital field journal created to provide explorers and scientists a place to document, share and collaborate on expeditions in real-time, directly from the field. Created and structured by the Avatar Alliance Foundation, the S.E.E. Initiative builds on the momentum of the Open Explorer community, and engages audiences around the world in solving the local and global conservation challenges facing us today.

“One of the limiting factors for understanding the ocean is the risks, costs, and accessibility issues of experiencing these underwater ecosystems,” says David Lang, National Geographic Explorer and co-founder of OpenROV. “Many researchers, citizen scientists and underfunded conservation efforts don’t have the resources to monitor, study and explore. And we need that data to make informed conservation and policy decisions. The S.E.E. Initiative is an effort to empower people of all backgrounds to help tell these ocean stories in a more meaningful way.”

Researchers, citizen scientists, educators, nonprofits, and students can apply for sponsor-funded Trident ROVs through Open Explorer. Qualifying and interested groups and individuals are encouraged to apply for a robot for any marine project, and to follow the work of others through Open Explorer, which will be hosting the countless stories and projects that demonstrate the impact these drones are making in the name of science, conservation, and exploration.

“There’s never been a better time to be a curious person. New tools and technologies, like the Trident, are making science and exploration accessible,” Lang says “We’re helping people experience their world in a new and profound way. It’s not virtual reality. It’s not augmented reality. It’s just reality — the beauty, wonder and mystery of the unexplored world below the surface.”

For more information about Open Explorer and the S.E.E. Initiative, see the website here. Read more about this journey and the researchers and explorers behind it here.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About OpenROV

OpenROV designs and manufacturers professional exploration tools. The Trident Underwater Drone allows users to pilot the underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) down to depths of 100m and streams live video back to their smartphone or tablet. Learn more at OpenROV.com.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Launches 2018 Photo Contest

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00

Entries accepted until November 15 at 12 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2018) – National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000 (USD) and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account, @natgeo.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/photocontest to submit photographs in any or all of three categories: Wildlife, People and Places. Once submitted, contest entries will join Your Shot, National Geographic’s online photo community, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites. The entry fees begin at $10 (USD) per entry for Week 1 and increase weekly as follows: $15 for Week 2, $20 for Week 3 and $25 for Week 4. There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12 p.m. EST.

“The photo contest is an exciting opportunity for photographers from all corners of the globe to show us their unique perspectives on the people, places and wildlife they encounter in their own lives, said Jennifer Samuel, a National Geographic photo editor and judge for this year’s contest. “I hope we receive a broad range of diverse and innovative entries this year and encourage people to apply.”

One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published on the @natgeo Instagram feed. The first-place winner will receive $2,500, second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $750. The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the three category winners and will be announced in December 2018.

For details and official contest rules, please visit natgeo.com/photocontest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Kelsey Taylor

kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6776

 

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

 

 

National Geographic Pairs Contemporary Photography with Historic Collection in “THEN AND NOW” Flash Print Sale

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 16:20

Signed or Officially Stamped 8×10 Prints for $100. Nine Days Only.

 

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2018)—A dedication to visual storytelling has been at the core of National Geographic for over a century, and to celebrate this legacy, National Geographic Image Collection has launched a flash sale of prints, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW. The flash sale will feature 20 contemporary and historic works from National Geographic’s historic vault of images. Prints will be available to buy as signed or stamped 8” x 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 (USD) each at NatGeoPrintSale.com.

Each archival work is thematically paired with a contemporary take on the same subject by some of the most renowned National Geographic photographers and artists. From modern day Tokyo to small town living, to endangered animals and big game hunters, these works highlight artistic connections between the living masters of photography and the groundbreaking artists of National Geographic’s past. Contemporary photographers taking part in the sale include Joel Sartore, David Guttenfelder, Jodi Cobb and Jimmy Chin.

The sale, presented by National Geographic Image Collection (formerly Nat Geo Creative), is a tribute to National Geographic’s legacy of capturing the world’s most iconic and inspiring imagery. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on acid-free archival paper and signed by the respective photographer or, for historic prints, stamped with the National Geographic seal.

“For the latest flash sale, FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW, our editors have created pairs of images that reflect the heart of the National Geographic Image Collection,” said Alice Keating, SVP of Photography Business Strategy at National Geographic Partners. “Some are historic firsts in photography, milestones that changed the artform forever; others are photographs charged to inspire conservation and some are light-hearted looks at everyday life. With this flash sale, everyone has the opportunity to own visual treasures from one of the world’s most significant photographic collections.”

The FROM THE ARCHIVES: THEN AND NOW Flash Sale is live online from October 5, 9 a.m. EDT through October 13, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Kelsey Taylor

kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6776

 

Parks Project Collaborates with National Geographic on Apparel and Accessories Collection Launching October 9

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:12

Parks Project has joined forces with the iconic adventure and exploration brand to commemorate America’s National Parks

Los Angeles (September 25, 2018) – On October 9, 2018, Parks Project will release a capsule collection inspired by America’s National Parks, designed in collaboration with National Geographic. The collection features stunning National Geographic photos from its storied archives, displaying some of the country’s most beloved parklands — parks that are also in vital need of protection and conservation.

The 12-piece collection includes three vintage-style t-shirts, a durable 100% micro-polyester oversized bandana, a mid-weight canvas travel pouch and three posters, all showcasing National Geographic’s spectacular landscape photography of America’s National Parks. The collaboration also features a modern stone-colored nylon windbreaker emblazoned with the iconic National Geographic yellow border enlarged on the back, explorer hat, top-grain leather field pocket notebook and stainless-steel brushed matte finish carabiner mug, field-tested and perfect for camping. Retail prices range from $14 to $80, and all purchases will support the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

“At Parks Project we live by the mantra ‘leave it better than you found it,’” said Parks Project Co-Founder Keith Eshelman. “It is incredibly important to us that in all of our collaborations we partner with organizations that not only respect this mission, but share these similar values. National Geographic is the most ideal partner in both of these senses. We’re looking forward to not only growing our Parks Project reach within the National Geographic conservation community, but also to helping introduce the spectacular offerings of the National Geographic brand to a fresh generation of park enthusiasts.”

In addition to rare and special collaborations like this one, modern lifestyle brand Parks Project designs classic apparel for men, women and children, along with outdoor accessories and home goods. Proceeds from these purchases contribute to 30 U.S. National Parks, funding numerous projects such as habitat restoration, animal conservation, educational initiatives and enhanced visitor services. To date, Parks Project has contributed more than $250,000 to park conservancies and logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours in parks.

“Over one hundred years ago, National Geographic was instrumental in helping persuade the government to create the National Park Service,” said Brendan Ripp, EVP, Corporate Partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “Since then, our commitment to raising the public’s awareness of the importance and beauty of American’s National Parks has been unwavering. We have leveraged the power of our storytelling platforms to bring attention to these irreplaceable places through ongoing, dedicated parks content across our print, digital, broadcast and social channels. Partnering with Parks Project on this collection is a natural extension of these efforts and will help fund the nonprofit National Geographic Society’s work it has been doing in support of our National Parks around science, exploration, conservation and education.”

The National Geographic x Parks Project capsule collection will launch on October 9, 2018, and will be available through the 2018 holiday season on www.parksproject.us. It is also available via National Geographic’s exclusive presale going on now at shopng.com.

About Parks Project
Parks Project is an outdoor lifestyle brand that lives by the mantra, “leave it better than you found it.” Parks Project was born through a love of the outdoors and a vision to reinvigorate us all to care for and respect our U.S. National Parks. Through its collection of classic men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, home goods, and outdoor accessories, Parks Project is able to support 30 U.S. National Parks, funding vital projects inside each, and organize consumer and employee volunteer days. Every Parks Project product not only tells a story about the park it supports, but contributes to habitat restoration, animal conservation, educational initiatives, and visitor services across America’s parks. Parks Project is an official partner of the U.S. National Parks, serves as a supporting business partner to the National Parks Foundation, and is carried in over 100 retailers around the country, as well as all REI stores in the U.S. Shop and learn more at www.parksproject.us, or find Parks Project on Instagram (@parksproject), Facebook and Twitter.

About National Geographic
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Press Contacts
Parks Project
Theresa Navarro
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805-990-9209

National Geographic
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meg.calnan@natgeo.com
202-912-6703

Exclusive Resorts Forms Global Partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 14:30

National Geographic to offer iconic trips for Exclusive Resorts Members

 September 25, 2018 – Denver, CO: Exclusive Resorts, the world’s elite private vacation Club, and National Geographic today announced a global partnership—the first of its kind for both brands—whereby National Geographic will be the preferred provider of Exclusive Resorts’ Experience Collection. Centered around unique destinations and adventure tourism, the Collection includes handpicked experiences allowing travelers to expand their horizons in a meaningful way. The partnership is another way in which Exclusive Resorts ensures an unrivaled vacation tradition for its Members.

According to the CEO of Exclusive Resorts, Cathy Ross, National Geographic was the natural choice for their Members. “Our Members expect a high level of luxury and service when they travel with us, but they also wish to be challenged, to learn, and to grow. National Geographic has been synonymous with exploration since 1888, and are not only respected, but trusted.”

“Our passion is to deliver enriching and immersive travel experiences that bring National Geographic to life,” said Nancy Schumacher, Head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “We are thrilled to now extend those experiences in a unique and curated way to Exclusive Resorts Members who, like our travelers, are curious and want to explore the world.”

Exclusive Resorts Members have access to The Club’s 380+ residences worldwide, where they enjoy customized, worry-free vacations in stunning locales. In 2015, The Club introduced its Experience Collection of custom itineraries ranging from three- to 14-day trips appealing to a wide variety of interests. Now, with National Geographic as a partner, Exclusive Resorts will firmly establish itself in the experiential travel market—and its Members will benefit from a rich new portfolio of National Geographic Expeditions providing them the opportunity to explore the world in a meaningful way.

Today, The Club introduced 20 National Geographic Expeditions to its Experience Collection, with more Expeditions being added in 2019. Itineraries include a private tour through Morocco, a photography experience in Bhutan, and a journey through the Canadian Rockies aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer railway. All Expeditions are led by knowledgeable local guides or National Geographic experts, including scientists, researchers, photographers, and explorers.

“In addition to these fascinating Expeditions, we’re thrilled to announce our first Members-only Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey for 2020, offered through National Geographic: Around the World by Private Jet,” said Ross. “This trip, created specifically for Club Members, will visit 11 countries and 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 days, including the Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal.”

Exclusive Resorts Members will also have access to National Geographic’s custom travel desk, whereby travel specialists are available to help Club Members plan curated vacations which fall outside The Club’s core Collection. In addition, National Geographic Student Expeditions will be offered to Members’ middle school and high school aged children beginning in the summer of 2019.

The partnership with National Geographic is just another way Exclusive Resorts continues to serve the needs of its Members. The Club also announced today the addition of 17 new luxury residences across six destinations—Kaua’i, HI; Kiawah Island, SC; Nantucket, MA; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Nevis, West Indies—to its portfolio for travel starting in November of this year.

Note: The Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey, Around the World by Private Jet, will be operated by National Geographic Partners Chicago, the tour operations branch of National Geographic, on flights operated by Icelandair.

 

About Exclusive Resorts:

Exclusive Resorts is the world’s elite private vacation Club, which established a legacy of travel in 2002 and has since upheld the importance of an authentic and superior Club Member experience. Only Club Members are privy to the extent and benefit of The Club’s Portfolio. They have elite access to distinctive travel opportunities, travel insights from fellow esteemed Club Members, and to hundreds of multi-million-dollar residences in coveted, worldwide destinations. In The Club’s nearly twenty years, they have made exceeding expectation a tradition. Club Members are treated like family to provide them the comfort of certainty to foster a tradition of travel which endures. To date, Exclusive Resorts has delivered more than 280,000 vacations for its 4,000+ Members. For more information, visit ExclusiveResorts.com, call 844.541.2714, or follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram.

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Sarah Bresler | Siren Communications

sarahbresler@gmail.com  | 416.356.6086

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO PREMIERE ASHEVILLE BY DESIGN, THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF NETWORK’S WEEKLY TRAVEL BLOCK

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:30

Premiering Thursday, September 20 at 6:30/5:30c, Asheville By Design, Celebrates Asheville’s Unique Artistic City Culture 

(NEW YORK, NY – September 20, 2018) – – National Geographic announced today a new, 30-minute custom content special featuring the quirky and charismatic city of Asheville, North Carolina in partnership with Explore Asheville. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is a small city that’s big on its history of craft and creativity, cool mountain air, and breathtaking attractions. Premiering Thursday, September 20 at 6:30/5:30c on National Geographic, this one-hour travel special explores the magic of Asheville, showcasing the enchantment and relaxation travelers experience here is no accident, it’s ‘By Design.’

“This is just the kind of storytelling National Geographic loves to share with our viewers—a truly unique and authentic travel experience unlike any other city in the country,” said Kimberly Connaghan, VP global partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “We are proud to partner with Explore Asheville and shine a light on this artistic community where differences are encouraged and celebrated.”

Asheville is known for its stunning landscapes and its charming, friendly streets. But viewers will soon see this city that has far more to offer then meets the eye – its locals are talented artists, musicians, makers and farmers. They are all part of a city in motion with an intentional design that embraces the area’s cultural roots and prepared it for its incredible growth.  ‘By Design’ explores the treasures of this art-centric mountain town that has the country buzzing—a hip getaway destination that is synonymous with excellent food, friendly faces, and breweries for miles. Tune in to discover the beat that has Asheville dancing, and see for yourself why this funky, little town has become a cultural enclave for all things creative.

“National Geographic is a master at weaving together the stories that reflect the heart of the Asheville area,” said Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Deputy Director and VP of Marketing Marla Tambellini. “Their team shares our passion for the people, places and ingenuity that make Asheville so special.”

For upcoming travel programming, National Geographic will continue to partner with tourism organizations and travel industry insiders to produce a series of hour-long specials in addition to other travel shows that focus on remarkable destinations around the world. San Diego, California is the next destination to be featured in the new travel line-up. This cities series will continue to focus on what makes each featured city so unique, providing an inside look into the history, art, food, drinks, music and cultural experiences. Each program will inspire audiences to travel to a new destination or explore their own backyard.

Media Contact

Heather Wyatt, National Geographic, Heather.Wyatt@natgeo.com, (917) 952-8679

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

G Adventures and National Geographic Expeditions Add New ‘Journeys’ to South America and Europe for 2019

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 15:45

Small-group tours in Bolivia, Northern Peru, Portugal, Romania and Hungary are now on sale 

Boston, MA/Washington, D.C. (September 18, 2018) – Entering the fourth year of their successful partnership, National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures announce new destinations and tours for 2019 that go on sale this week. With the additions, the National Geographic Journeys’ line of small-group tours further expands into South America and Europe and introduces a mix of hot spots and off-the-beaten-path adventures that are designed to challenge and enrich curious explorers while meeting a rising demand for the destinations.

Beginning in January, travelers will have the chance to take advantage of Bolivia’s recently-improved tourism infrastructure and experience its stunning landscapes, including the famous Uyuni Salt Flats, while learning about its rich cultural heritage and visiting one of the highest cities on Earth. Also new in South America for 2019, a tour of Peru’s archaeologically and ecologically-wondrous north will have travelers exploring cloud forests, hiking a huge waterfall and peering back into pre-Incan times. An additional combination tour of the northern Chachapoyas region, coupled with a visit to iconic Machu Picchu by train, offers a fantastic 16-day deep-dive into life in Peru.

In Europe, National Geographic Journeys builds on growing international interest in Portugal as a vacation destination with two new tours that are eight or 15 days in length. The first, focusing on Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, celebrates the country’s rich food, wine and architectural marvels. The second combines one week in Portugal with another in Spain, adding the Moorish masterpiece of Alhambra with time for wandering through charming Seville. According to Portugal’s National Statistics Institute, the country welcomed a record 12.7 million international visitors in 2017, with a more than 30 percent increase in guests from the U.S. In Europe’s Eastern region, a new tour in Hungary and Romania has its launch point in Budapest before moving on to Transylvania, for a fascinating and slightly haunting dose of history, culture, myths and legends at Bran Castle.

Launched in late 2015 with a World Tourism Day celebration, National Geographic Journeys has grown from 70 tours in its initial year to 89 different tours in 55 countries today. Since last fall, a special focus on expanding Journeys tours further into Africa and Asia helped bring new travelers to Tanzania, Botswana, Mongolia and Indonesia.

The National Geographic Journeys line of trips offers hands-on exploration, with an emphasis on storytelling, local immersion and social good. Priced from $1,099 per person and from six to 30 days in length, the itineraries are designed for travelers who appreciate having free time and flexibility, but value the structure and security that come with group travel. Each trip is led by a knowledgeable, local guide called a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and is filled with opportunities for making meaningful connections with other people. Whenever possible, travelers visit projects and community initiatives associated with National Geographic or G Adventures that help improve local livelihoods and protect natural or cultural heritage.

G Adventures reported that during the past year, the National Geographic Journeys trips have delivered the strongest growth of all its trip styles, with a 33 percent year-over-year increase among American travelers, and a 40 percent surge in booking sales vs. the year prior. Peru, South Africa, Australia and Morocco were the top four most popular destinations booked by Journeys travelers from the United States.

“The Journeys story is all about growth. Compared to even two years ago, bookings of these trips have soared more than 100 percent and we’re adding more product for these European and South American destinations to keep up with demand,” said Ben Perlo, North American Managing Director for G Adventures.

“We are thrilled with the strong growth of the Journeys line and are pleased to expand our offerings allowing consumers to experience different parts of the globe,” added Heather Heverling, Senior Vice President, National Geographic Expeditions. “It feels good to be able to offer people even more ways to connect with the inspiring community programs and fieldwork each of our organizations support.”

The new and updated tours for 2019 are:

  • Highlights of Bolivia (8 days, from USD $1,999.) – Explore the historic capital of Sucre and sky-high La Paz, then experience life at a traditional hacienda among the Jukil community before watching the sunset from atop Uyuni Salt Flats.
  • Peru & Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats (16 days, from USD $4,399.) – Learn about Peru’s former Inca capital of Cusco before an Amazon jungle immersion. HIke the Inca Trail, or catch the scenic train, then pass into Bolivia to explore soaring Andean peaks and the famed Uyunni Salt Flats.
  • Explore Northern Peru (9 days, from USD $2,499.) – Immerse yourself in the Chachapoyas culture and take a cable car ride up to Kuelup Fortress. Hike through the cloud forest to the Gocta waterfall, then explore tombs from pre-Inca Moche culture. Wander through the adobe brick city of Chan Chan.
  • Explore Northern Peru & Machu Picchu (16 days, from USD $4,299.) – Discover traces of pre-Inca cultures in lesser-visited northern Peru, including the mountaintop home of past “Cloud Warriors;” and the eroded adobe ruins of Chan Chan. Round out your exploration of Peru’s fascinating past with an early morning guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu.
  • Discover Portugal (8 days, from USD $1,899.) – Visit the Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site and sample Fado night with traditional Portuguese dinner and music in Alfama. Visit the University of Coimbra, wander through Diana’s Temple and end in Porto with a Douro Valley Cruise
  • Iconic Portugal & Spain (15 days, from USD $3,799.) – Follow the fortified wine shipping route in Porto, learn from a local historian’s tour of Toledo, stand in awe of the Moorish Alhambra and see the colorful streets of Seville in this blend of architecture, history and culture.
  • Hungary & Romania Highlights (8 days, from USD $1,999.) – Learn about Budapest’s historic highlights during a guided walk. Visit castles and fortified structures. Prepare a traditional meal with a local chef, and immerse yourself in the haunting past of Transylvania’s Bran Castle in this tour that focuses on history, culture, myth and legends.
  • Discover Central & Eastern Europe (16 days, from USD $4,099.) – On this journey through parts of Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, walk sections of the old Berlin Wall with a historian, visit Egerszalok’s salt springs and water terraces, and dip into thermal bath house waters in Budapest.

For details and a listing of new trips, contact your local travel agent, call 1-877-277-9851, or visit: www.gadventures.com/NGJ-2019  or www.nationalgeographicexpeditions/journeys.

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About G Adventures:  G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer and social enterprise offering the widest selection of affordable small-group land, sea and river tours to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. Founded by Canadian entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip in 1990, G Adventures offers award-winning trips that embrace local accommodation, cuisine and transport, and promise 100 percent guaranteed departures. With more than 750 different itineraries, and experiences that engage and support local communities all over the world, G Adventures’ approach to small-group travel is intimate and sustainable. For more information, please visit: www.gadventures.com

About National Geographic Partners LLC: National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic releases rare joint interview with Bill & Melinda Gates on progress toward reducing global poverty ahead of United Nations General Assembly

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:33
Melinda Gates to take over National Geographic’s Instagram account on Wednesday, September 19   B-roll & visuals available   National Geographic has published a rare joint interview with Bill and Melinda Gates discussing the latest findings highlighted in their Goalkeepers report ahead of the U.N. General Assembly next week. Susan Goldberg, National Geographic’s Editor in Chief, conducted the interview.    In 2017, the Gates Foundation launched Goalkeepers, an initiative to spur action and track progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, improving literacy rates, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities, and more. The report released today provides an update on progress toward meeting the goals, emphasizing the potential greater investments in the development of children hold for society.   In the interview, the Gateses share which goals in the report they are most personally interested in meeting. For Melinda, it’s empowering women and girls and improving women’s access to contraceptives, notably, 200 million more women. For Bill, the development of children, through combatting malnutrition and disease, is top of mind.    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worked with National Geographic to publish this interview today in conjunction with the Goalkeepers report. The interview demonstrates the shared commitment of both organizations in meeting worldwide development goals through relentless research and reporting on the status of these benchmarks around the world.    The Gateses are have long-championed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders at the United Nations. On Wednesday, September 19, Melinda Gates will be taking over @natgeo, National Geographic’s Instagram account, to highlight photos from National Geographic photographers whose work resonates with the global goals supported by Goalkeepers.   FOR MEDIA:   B-ROLL OF THE INTERVIEW, GRAPHICS HIGHLIGHTING REPORT STATS, & PHOTOS AVAILABLE    CONTACT LEAH JEREB at leah.jereb@natgeo.com or (202) 912 6716.

National Geographic and Heineken® Join Forces to Launch “A Wild Lager Story”

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 14:44

The branded content partnership tells the unique story of scientific discovery behind the H41 Wild Lager

WASHINGTON (September 10, 2018) —Following the U.S. launch of the H41 Wild Lager, National Geographic and Heineken have introduced “A Wild Lager Story,” a branded content partnership created to bring the beer’s unique scientific – and accidental – discovery to life.

 National Geographic’s long-time mission has been to awaken curiosity in audiences around the world, proving to them that the term “explorer” isn’t limited to one meaning. With brand alignment on the importance of science and discovery, Heineken saw National Geographic as a natural fit to help share the story of H41.

To capture the footage for this branded content endeavor, National Geographic traveled with Heineken to Patagonia– the birthplace of the Wild Lager series– to retrace the footsteps of H41 alongside both Diego Libkind, PhD Biologist at IPATEC (CONICET – UNCo) in Bariloche, Argentina, who discovered the elusive “Mother Yeast,” and Willem van Waesberghe, Heineken’s Global Master Brewer.

While in Patagonia, National Geographic film crews aimed to capture the story as told by Diego and Willem in the environment where the discovery was made. Bringing Diego and Willem back to the place where it all started, the two men tell the tale of the groundbreaking discovery of a rare form of yeast – chronicling the multi-year and largely trial-and-error brewing journey that led to H41, and explaining how it took the past, the present and the collision of two worlds to create an entirely new category of beer.

“Just as we do atNational Geographic, we see that Heineken places a high value on exploration, science and storytelling,” said Brendan Ripp, EVP Sales & Partnerships at National Geographic. “We’re thrilled that this partnership and our connection to the world’s top storytellers and filmmakers has helped Heineken chronicle Dr. Libkind’s discovery and the brewing trial-and-error of their new Wild Lager series.”

Launched today, the “A Wild Lager Story” branded content partnership centers around a 3-minute mini documentary and various social, digital and linear edits that depict different parts of the story – each crafted for the platform they’re running on. The mini documentary is housed on a branded article pagethat highlights the story.

 “Heineken is meticulous about our brewing process. We take a scientific approach to getting it just right, spending years exploring ingredients and perfecting the brewing process,” said Raul Esquer, Heineken Brand Manager. “In partnering with National Geographic, we saw an opportunity to pair our ability to craft beer with their ability to craft stories to not only drive consumption of H41 but ignite consumers’ curiosity to learn more about Heineken’s passion for brewing.”

H41 Wild Lager is a limited-edition lager created by Heineken Master Brewers, made from a rare wild yeast discovered in Patagonia in 2010, and named for the coordinates at which it was discovered: 41° South and 71° West.

“After discovering the yeast, we published our findings in an article in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (USA), which found its way into the hands of Willem van Waesberghe at Heineken,” said Libkind. “He contacted me with his interest to use the yeast for brewing. The years that followed tell a story of discovery, innovation and partnership, resulting in a beer unlike any other, truly born in nature in my home of Bariloche. It’s a unique story, and in all my initial conversations with Heineken, it was apparent that they wanted to keep the story as real as possible – something that was very important to me as well. I knew that Heineken was not just interested in the yeast, but in the story behind it and its Patagonian heritage. I’m thrilled that people everywhere can now experience this story in a new way with National Geographic.”

With “A Wild Lager Story,” National Geographic captures the central role craft plays in Heineken’s work, amplifies this authentic story of scientific discovery, Heineken’s spirit of adventure by showcasing their desire to explore – whether through new recipes or new terrains – and H41’s role in taking lager where it has never been before.

This partnership demonstrates National Geographic’s ability to simultaneously support partners’ advertising goals while shining light on everyday scientists and their endeavors.

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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, National Geographic WILD, National Geographic MUNDO, National Geographic PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook,Twitter,Instagram,YouTube,LinkedIn and Pinterest.

HEINEKEN USA

HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading high-end beer importer, is a subsidiary of HEINEKEN International NV, the world’s most international brewer. Key brands imported into the U.S. are Heineken®, the world’s most international beer brand, the Dos Equis Franchise, the Tecate Franchise and Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders. HEINEKEN USA also imports Amstel Light, Amstel Xlight, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands. For the latest information on our company and brands, follow us on Twitter @HeinekenUSACorp, or visit HEINEKENUSA.com.

Press Contact:

Courtney Rowe, courtney.rowe@natgeo.com

National Geographic Set to Pull Kids into Universe of Exploration, Adventure and Science with First-Ever 360-Degree Fiction Franchise

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 20:25

Global Campaign for EXPLORER ACADEMY Kicks Off at National Book Festival

Washington, D.C. – National Geographic Kids will launch its largest campaign ever for its first 360-degree transmedia fiction franchise, Explorer Academy, at the National Book Festival on September 1, 2018. The first title in the seven-book, middle-grade series, Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (September 4, 2018), written by Trudi Trueit, is inspired by the real adventures and fieldwork of National Geographic explorers.

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret brings together a diverse, multicultural cast of characters for a thrilling quest that combines science-based fact with futuristic fun. This uniquely interactive series invites readers to break codes and solve puzzles alongside Cruz and his friends as they travel the world aboard the ship Orion, immersing themselves in other cultures and learning about science and technology from real explorers in the field.

“We want kids to be inspired to explore and take on the mindset of explorers,” said Jennifer Emmett, National Geographic Kids’ Vice President for Content. “Kids who grow up to be explorers are the next caretakers of our planet, so we need to empower the whole generation.”

The Explorer Academy series is the initial phase in National Geographic’s 360-degree franchise launch, one that will include everything from online interactive elements to family entertainment centers around the world. The marketing campaign includes a kick-off at the National Book Festival, a NYC activation event, a national multi-market tour, movie theater promotions, a kid ambassador program, TV and radio promotion, transmedia scavenger hunts, and consumer advertising—reaching 38 million consumers.

As a headline sponsor of the National Book Festival, National Geographic will offer an array of activities for festival-goers, including in-booth and stage presentations from author Trudi Trueit and National Geographic Explorer Zoltan Takacs, a scavenger hunt, a code-breaking station, explorer trivia, and a virtual reality experience.

Following the National Book Festival, Trudi will embark on a North American tour, accompanied by Zoltan and beginning in New York City with a one-day Explorer Academy Recruitment Center activation. Visitors will test their skills to determine if they have what it takes to train at Explorer Academy. Additionally, they will discover what type of explorer they are destined to become. The event will be open to press and the public on September 5, 2018.

A local explorer will accompany Trudi to school visits, bookstore signings and press opportunities to promote the release of Explorer Academy in each of the following markets: New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The full tour schedule is online here.

Movie theaters in 10 top markets across the country will run the Explorer Academy book trailer over four weeks in the fall and distribute chapter samplers. Among the movie markets are Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Francisco, in addition to several of the tour cities.

 Lastly, one lucky family of four will win the Explorer Academy Sweepstakes—a shipboard adventure through Alaska’s Inside Passage, courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions (Entries accepted May 1, 2018–May 31, 2019 at exploreracademytrip.com).

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret is the first book published under the new National Geographic Kids Books fiction imprint, Under the Stars. Book two in the series and a companion codebreaking activity book are scheduled for publication in Spring 2019.

 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“A FUN, EXCITING and action-packed ride that kids will love.”

—J.J. Abrams, award-winning film and television creator, writer, producer and director

“Inspires the next generation of curious kids to go out into our world and discover something unexpected.”

—James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and acclaimed filmmaker

 

KIDS’ PRAISE

“This was the best book I have ever read … I felt like I was exploring with them!” —Miriam, age 10

“I think this book should be read by men, women and children.” —Jack, age 10

EARLY REVIEWS

“This series opener from a new imprint of National Geographic is a fully packed high-tech adventure that offers both cool, educational facts about the planet and a diverse cast of fun characters.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This exciting series opener introduces young readers to the joys of science and nature.” —Publishers Weekly

 

Press Contacts:

Ann Day, ann.day@natgeo.com, 202-912-6712

Caitlin Holbrook, caitlin.holbrook@natgeo.com, 202-912-6714

 

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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