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Breaking News: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:42

**Breaking News** 

Exclusive: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter

New data from two Arctic sites suggest some surface layers are no longer freezing. If that continues, greenhouse gases from permafrost could accelerate climate change.

 Spokesperson and Visuals Available 

For the first time in recent memory, the ground that insulates the deep Arctic permafrost did not freeze in winter. In Cherskiy, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and one of the coldest spots on the planet, a team of scientists bored down into the earth and instead of finding hard soil, they found thick, slushy mud. Researchers in northern Siberia believe that this means the frozen land might be thawing far faster than expected.

This discovery has led some Arctic experts to weigh a troubling question: Could permafrost thaw begin decades sooner than many people expect in some of the Arctic’s coldest, most carbon-rich regions, releasing trapped greenhouse gases that could accelerate human-caused climate change?

Why did one of the coldest places on earth not freeze? What does this mean for global warming? How can this trend be prevented?

National Geographic’s climate and environment expert, Craig Welch, was on the ground in Siberia with the scientists and is available to provide insight into these concerns and address the ongoing research.

 Read the full story HERE. 

Craig Welch, National Geographic environment and climate expert, is available for commentary out of Seattle, Washington.

 

Press Contact:

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

Statement in Support of Shahidul Alam

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:01

National Geographic is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of renowned photographer, educator and humanitarian Shahidul Alam. A bright light in the photographic community, Mr. Alam is currently being detained in his native Bangladesh. We join together with others across the world who are troubled by Mr. Alam’s arrest and support his immediate and safe release.

The Story of a Face: National Geographic Unveils Youngest Full-Face Transplant Recipient in American History

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:00

With unprecedented access granted by the Cleveland Clinic, National Geographic dedicated more than two years exclusively documenting this groundbreaking scientific journey

 Featured as the September issue cover story of National Geographic, this is a story about breakthrough science, human identity and hope

 

WASHINGTON August 14, 2018: – In a world that seems increasingly obsessed with image, National Geographic has today unveiled an exclusive and powerful new story, over two years in the making, that asks the question: ‘Are we our faces?’

To follow the story of Katie Stubblefield, the youngest face transplant recipient in U.S. history, a team of National Geographic journalists was given unprecedented access by the Cleveland Clinic to document Katie’s journey and detail a full-face transplant procedure in a way that has never before been done. The story is featured on the cover of the September 2018 edition of National Geographic and is available now at natgeo.com/face. National Geographic has also released a 22-minute documentary, “Katie’s New Face,” here.

The Cleveland Clinic performed the full-face transplant over the course of a 31-hour procedure in 2017. Writer Joanna Connors, as well as photographers Maggie Steber and Lynn Johnson, together spent hundreds of hours with Katie, her parents and doctors over a period of more than two years, documenting Katie’s story at the Cleveland Clinic, throughout many surgeries, and ongoing as she continues her recovery.

“‘The Story of a Face’ is about hope and resilience, identity, the power of a family’s love and devotion to their daughter, and the medical miracle that gives Katie Stubblefield a second chance at life,” said Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine. “It is told with the unparalleled visual storytelling that National Geographic is known for and uniquely connects audiences to the deeply human story behind the science, thanks to the bravery of Katie and her family who gave us unfettered access to share their journey with the world. The result is an extraordinary look at a breakthrough scientific procedure that will make you question how you think about the relationship between outward appearance and our inner selves.”

Katie’s face transplant surgery was paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, in an effort to improve treatment for service members who are wounded in battle and come back with similar injuries. As such, Katie’s face transplant surgery has made her a lifelong experiment for the treatment of ballistic trauma to the face.

Trauma to Katie’s face occurred on March 25, 2014, when Katie was 18 years old, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Katie received a full-face transplant starting May 4, 2017. Katie was 21 years old at that time, making her the youngest full-face transplant recipient in the United States.

Katie was on the transplant list for over a year before a donor was found. Adrea Schneider, a 31-year-old woman who had recently passed away, was a match. Her grandmother, Sandra Bennington, made the decision to donate Adrea’s face to Katie. Adrea was a registered organ donor whose heart, lungs, kidneys and liver were also donated and saved lives across the United States.

In publishing “The Story of a Face,” National Geographic continues its tradition of bringing its audiences around the world incredible stories of science, exploration and the human journey in an up-close and personal way. In the last two years, National Geographic has explored the latest developments in the science behind addiction in response to the global opioid crisis; released a single-topic issue on the shifting landscape of gender that became a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting; and published The Race Issue, a controversial, yet timely exploration of what race means in the 21st century.

“The Story of a Face,” from the September 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine, is available online now at natgeo.com/face and on print newsstands August 28.

INFORMATION FOR PRESS:

Interviews and visuals available.

“Story of a Face” digital hub: natgeo.com/face

Direct link to full cover story, “The Story of a Face”: here

Direct link to full documentary: here

Link to Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg’s Editor’s Letter about the cover story: here

Link to b-roll of Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg discussing “The Story of a Face”: here

Link to list of available spokespeople and individual pieces of content: here

Link to September issue media alert: here

Link to social media toolkit: here

Link to teen suicide prevention resources: http://natgeo.com/katiespeaksup

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

Leah Jereb, Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com, 202-912-6716

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

 

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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, 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 Magazine, September 2018

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:00
Click here for PDF

To access press release for “The Story of a Face,” click here.

 

 

National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT announce an extensive long-term cruise partnership

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:00

National Geographic and PONANT create a new strategic partnership to develop its Small Ship Expedition programme in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

With significant shared experience in exploration and luxury travel,
National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT will create unique experiences on board a fleet of state of the art ships

Over 100 unique itineraries have been created by PONANT for
National Geographic Expeditions, on sale from 8th August 2018

Sydney 8th August 2018: National Geographic Expeditions, the travel business of one of the world’s most trusted brands, and PONANT, a world leader of luxury expedition cruises, have today announced a new strategic partnership to create an extensive range of co-branded, luxury expedition cruises. With a shared common vision in premium experiences and responsible travel, PONANT and National Geographic Expeditions will offer an extensive range of expedition cruises throughout the world, targeting customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

National Geographic Expeditions is the premium provider of travel experiences that embody the renowned National Geographic spirit of adventure, conservation and education.  Offering unique access, experiences and expertise that only National Geographic can, the company also returns a portion of all proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.

PONANT is a world leader in luxury expedition cruising operating a state of the art fleet of 7 small ships, increasing to 12 by 2021, with the delivery of new Expedition class vessels and a luxury hybrid Icebreaker powered by LNG.  The full fleet has been ‘clean ship’ certified and offers a number of leading edge technologies to protect the environment, including recycling and reuse programmes, reduced exhaust emissions and sustainable purchasing practices. All efforts made by the luxury cruise operator are designed to respect the environment and marine life.

As part of the overall experience, PONANT will create unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort along with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye. National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel and engage with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.

The luxury ships will offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise and 130 itineraries have been designed for the next four years, with prices per person starting from A$4730 per person. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners commented “Today marks a milestone in growing our National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. In PONANT, we have a luxury and ethically minded partner with European flair, experience in traveling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network.  We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for PONANT added “We are thrilled and gratified that one of the greatest specialist media companies in the world has chosen PONANT to be their expedition cruise partner. This  partnership brings together two highly respected globalorganisations with shared values and a common goal to inspire guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability.

The new cruise experiences will be available to book from 8th August 2018. Discover the video and expedition cruises on PONANT website at au.ponant.com/national-geographic

Discover more on National Geographic Expeditions website at www.nationalgeographic.com.au/ponant

Dedicated Phone line: Australia: 1800 889 088 | New Zealand: +61 2 8311 0808

Dedicated Email: natgeo.au@ponant.com

Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges, and more. Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.

 

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Notes To Editors

For National Geographic Expeditions please contact:

Angela Alexander, National Geographic Publicity: 0411 483 321

Angela.Alexander@fox.com

For PONANT, please contact:

Michael Corbett, Manager PR.  Phone: 0417 469 228

Email: michael.corbett@bigpond.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 unrivalled 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.  Every year, the Society awards more than 575 grants to scientists, educators, innovators, and storytellers around the world. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About PONANT

Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard smaller-scale ships. www.ponant.com

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS EXPANDS LONG-TERM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:22

NEW YORK, August 7, 2018 – Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; the “Company” or “Lindblad”), a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, announced today that it has expanded its agreement with National Geographic Partners (“National Geographic”) to include all of the Americas.

The relationship between Lindblad and National Geographic, founded in 2004 and steeped in a shared interest in exploration, research, technology and conservation, includes co-selling, co-marketing and branding arrangements that run through 2025. With the addition of the Canada and Latin America markets to the existing agreement covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Lindblad and National Geographic have further deepened their long-term strategic partnership and will collectively invest to further accelerate growth in these important geographies.

The United States has long been the primary source market for Lindblad, and with the rapidly accelerating demand for authentic and immersive experiential travel the Company certainly expects significant domestic growth for years to come. At the same time, many of the trends powering the increase in expedition travel in the United States are manifesting themselves globally as well, and deepening expansion into select international markets is a core part of Lindblad’s growth strategy.

The expanded collaboration with National Geographic provides an opportunity for Lindblad and National Geographic to leverage the strong brand position National Geographic holds in Canada and key Latin American markets, while at the same time building upon Lindblad’s long-established leadership position in the United States expedition travel market.

Given the accelerating demand for high quality and authentic expedition travel and the expanded agreement with National Geographic, Lindblad’s Board of Directors recently approved the build of an additional blue water vessel to explore the world’s most unique and remote locations. This state of the art vessel, which is anticipated to be delivered in 2021, will be the next step in the Company’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture to the fleet in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance in the first quarter of 2020.

Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “Lindblad has been a pioneer in expedition travel for fifty years. By extending our successful partnership with National Geographic, energizing new markets and expanding our fleet, we are taking the next steps in our long-term growth strategy. Our experience and track record in delivering unparalleled experiences in the world’s most amazing locations ideally positions us to capitalize on the explosive growth in high quality adventure travel.”

“National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions have, over the past 14 years, found an extraordinary level of common cause. This manifests itself in knowing the importance of people exploring the world, building understanding and becoming more knowledgeable and energized citizens,” says Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Our collaboration goes far beyond business, into education, conservation and storytelling through expedition travel. We know collectively that our partnership’s goal is to consistently grow the number of people who explore our world and that’s why we’re so excited to expand our partnership to include the Canadian and Latin American markets.”

 

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that focuses on ship-based voyages through its Lindblad Expeditions brand and on land-based travel through its subsidiary, Natural Habitat Adventures, an adventure travel and ecotourism company with a focus on responsible nature travel.

Lindblad Expeditions works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

Natural Habitat partners with the World Wildlife Fund to offer and promote conservation and sustainable travel that directly protects nature. Natural Habitat’s adventures include polar bear tours in Churchill, Canada, Alaskan grizzly bear adventures and African safaris.

For more information visit www.expeditions.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

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.

 

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include the Company’s financial projections and may also generally be identified as such because the context of such statements will include words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe the Company’s financial guidance or future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (i) changes adversely affecting the business in which the Company is engaged; (ii) management of the Company’s growth and its ability to execute on its planned growth; (iii) general economic conditions; (iv) the Company’s business strategy and plans; (v) unscheduled disruptions in our business due to weather events, mechanical failures, or other events; (vi) compliance with laws and regulations; (vii) compliance with the financial and/or operating covenants in the Company’s credit agreements; (viii) adverse publicity regarding the cruise industry in general; (ix) loss of business due to competition; (x) the result of future financing efforts; (xi) the inability to meet revenue and Adjusted EBITDA projections; (xii) delays and costs overruns with respect to the construction and delivery of newly constructed vessels; and (xiii) those risks described in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Stockholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More detailed information about factors that may affect the Company’s performance may be found in its filings with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov or at http://www.expeditions.com in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.

 

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Contact:

Patty Disken-Cahill, Lindblad Expeditions, pattydc@expeditions.com, 212-261-9081

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

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FLEETWIDE

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 17:56

NEW YORK, NY, July 25, 2018 — Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced today that they have successfully completed a comprehensive single-use plastics elimination program across their fleet.  Lindblad’s ships are now 100% free of all single-use plastic bottles, cups, straws and stirrers. The effort supports National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? campaign, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans.

“The ocean is under major assault on so many fronts, and its protection is both a business mission and a personal passion,” stated Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, ocean advocate and founding member of Ocean Elders. “It is enormously gratifying that our team has achieved this milestone in our elimination program. The health of our planet is dependent on our oceans, and it is essential that we change our behavior with regard to plastics.”

“Lindblad Expeditions has been a valued partner since 2004, when we first started working together to offer extraordinary expedition cruises to some of the world’s most fascinating places,” said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Our shared passion for adventure and conservation made our alliance a natural fit, and their tremendous effort to eradicate single-use plastic reaffirms that. We are proud that Lindblad is taking action to make a positive impact on this pressing problem, and we hope that their efforts inspire other travel companies to do the same.”

Lindblad Expeditions began working towards the elimination of avoidable plastic waste in 2007 when they banned single-use plastic water bottles. Instead, guests receive individual reusable stainless-steel bottles that may be refilled at filtered-water stations located around the vessels. Lindblad’s commitment continues as they work with suppliers and seek partners to eliminate and reduce plastic packaging for the items they supply.

“The next phase in executing a broader reduction in our plastic packaging requires an industry-wide mandate to our suppliers to explore sustainable alternatives,” Lindblad said.

Lindblad has built a global travel company with conservation and environmental stewardship as core business tenets. The company’s commitment to the places they explore includes (since 1997) more than $15 million to support stewardship efforts through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund (LEX-NG Fund), which awards approximately $1.5 million dollars in grants per year. In 2017 that funding supported initiatives in Alaska, Baja, Galapagos, the Peruvian Amazon, Cambodia, Antarctica, the Pacific Northwest, Central America and more through the Pristine Seas project, National Geographic’s largest initiative dedicated to environmental preservation. Initiatives included killer-whale research in Antarctica, artisan training in the Peruvian Amazon and Galapagos, and conservation-based research projects to protect humpback whales in Southeast Alaska.

The LEX-NG Fund has recently strengthened its strategic mission in support of projects that address the health and viability of the world’s oceans, coastlines and coastal communities. Focused on the global regions explored by the LEX-NG fleet and beyond, in 2018 the aim is to engage and inspire people from all backgrounds, building unprecedented capacity in a new generation of marine leaders, while furthering its established conservation initiatives worldwide.

Take the National Geographic pledge to reduce single-use plastics at nationalgeographic.com/planetorplastic.

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic on its ship-based voyages to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. As pioneers of global exploration, their collaboration in research, technology and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge globally. Destinations include Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic & Russian Far East, Baja California, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica & Panama, the Amazon, Europe, French Polynesia & South Pacific, South America, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and beyond.  For more information visit us at www.expeditions.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube,  Pinterest and LinkedIn.

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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Contact:

Patty Disken-Cahill, Lindblad Expeditions, pattydc@expeditions.com, 212-261-9081

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

Image:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/j183mal5end7znw/LEX_water_bottle.jpg?dl=0

Media Alert: America’s Oldest Dog Discovery Helps Solve Canine DNA Riddle, Spokesperson & Images Available

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:06

**Media Alert**

 America’s Oldest Dog Discovery Helps Solve Canine DNA Riddle

Think your pup has something in common with dogs that roamed the Americas 10,000 years ago? It may, but not in the way you think.

Spokesperson and Images Available

 The remains of a 10,000 year-old dog has proved key to solving an important canine conundrum: What happened to the dogs of ancient North America? Did they intermix with dogs brought by European settlers? And what breeds today can call them ancestors? A second new study uses a battery of DNA analyses of both modern and ancient canines to search for clues. 

Though the original North American dogs are likely gone, they left an inauspicious legacy, in the form of Canine transmissible venereal tumors.

Analysis of modern tumors suggest that the canine Patient Zero lived up to 8,225 years ago—and was likely a North American dog. Which makes this the world’s oldest continuously propagated cell line.

Read the full story HERE.

Maya Wei-Heiss, National Geographic science expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Maya would be able to explain what this disease is and what it means for dogs today. 

 

Press Contact:

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

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2018 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:36

Reiko Takahashi of Japan named contest winner with a spectacular underwater photo of a humpback whale

WASHINGTON (June 28, 2018)—A photograph of a humpback whale calf’s tail has earned Reiko Takahashi of Japan the prestigious grand-prize in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Takahashi will receive a $10,000 USD prize. Takahashi’s incredible photo was selected by a panel of National Geographic judges from more than 13,000 entries.

Takahashi took her grand prize-winning photo, titled “Mermaid,” off the coast of Japan’s Kumejima Island. The long-time photographer left her office job to pursue her passion for underwater photography and traveled to Kumejima Island on a mission to photograph humpback whales with their young calves.

“It was a special scene for me, to be able to take a photo of the calf, completely relaxed in gentle waters,” said Takahashi. “I really cannot believe it. It was my dream to win. I am honored and it will be the driving force for my future shooting,”

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest celebrates stunning pictures taken by all levels of photographers around the world. National Geographic is at the center of a community filled with bold and curious people, including the talented photographers who submitted their best photos to the 2018 contest.

The 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest recognizes spectacular photos taken within the last two years, with entries in three categories: Nature, People and Cities.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, top photos were selected in each of the three categories. Takahashi’s photo was also chosen as the winner in the Nature category. Hiro Kurashina of Japan took top honors in the Cities category for his photo titled “Another Rainy Day in Nagasaki, Kyushu,” while “Tea Culture” by Alessandra Meniconzi of Switzerland won the People category.

All of the winning and honorable mention photos can be viewed at natgeo.com/travelphotocontest.

This year’s competition was judged by Whitney Johnson, vice president of visual experiences at National Geographic, as well as two National Geographic contributing photographers — ocean and adventure photographer Andy Mann and polar photographer Camille Seaman.

“I was amazed at the quality of images and the sensibility towards subject in all three categories for this competition,” said Seaman. “Looking at hundreds of images choosing the winners was a daunting task. The images that stood out did so based not solely on their technical execution but also a sensitivity for a feeling of the moment and originality.”

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, Hannah.Sedgwick@natgeo.com / Tel: (202) 912-6762


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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Breaking News: Tiny Moon Has Potential to Host Life as We Know It, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 18:58

**Breaking News**

Tiny Moon Has Potential to Host Life as We Know It

  Spokesperson and Images Available

 Scientists working with data from Cassini have discovered potential building blocks of life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. Heavy organic compounds such as water, salt and silica are being ejected from perpetual fountains on this small moon making up hundreds of atoms arranged in rings and chains. These are the most complex organic molecules uncovered so far at Enceladus. They may make the moon the most promising place in our solar system to search for life beyond Earth.

What does this discovery mean for the future of space exploration? Could this really be a sign pointing toward alien life? 

Read the full story HERE.

Nadia Drake, National Geographic space expert, is available for commentary out of Charlottesville, VA.

Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic science and space expert, is available out of Washington, D.C.

Press Contact:

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

National Geographic Partners Takes Home Total of 9 Awards in Cannes Lion 2018 Wins First-Ever Gold Lion with “Breaking2”

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:37

Created in partnership with Nike to chronicle three runners’ journey to break the two hour marathon, the documentary took first place in the “Sports: Film, Series & Audio” category

CANNES, FRANCE (June 26, 2018) — National Geographic Partners took home nine awards last week at the 2018 Cannes Lions 2018 International Festival of Creativity, including a Gold Cannes Lion for “Breaking2,” a branded content documentary created in partnership with Nike that chronicles the journey of three elite runners in their attempt to run a marathon in under two hours. The award is the first-ever Gold Cannes Lion that the organization has received, winning in the “Sports: Film, Series & Audio” category of the Entertainment Lions. National Geographic Partners also received a Bronze Cannes Lion for “Breaking2” in the “TV & VOD Non-Fiction” category.

“From our first meeting with Nike, both teams knew we had the potential to create something remarkable — but the end result was even better than we could’ve imagined,” said Brendan Ripp, Executive Vice President of Partnerships for National Geographic Partners. “We’re thrilled to have our work recognized by such an internationally-revered organization, and to have shared this inspiring story about pushing limits and going further on a global stage.”

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, the film chronicles the journey of three world-class runners and their teams as they try to defy the unthinkable — breaking the two hour marathon barrier. Breaking2 is about the intersection of technology and the human spirit. From testing in wind tunnels and running labs in the United States, to balancing training with their day-to-day lives in eastern Africa, to the final heart-pounding race in Italy, the film follows these pioneers on their global trek to break the two-hour barrier. National Geographic Studios, in association with Dirty Robber, an Academy Award-nominated production and entertainment company, produced the film that broadcast globally last September.

“In terms of both partnership and storytelling, ‘Breaking2’ has reset the bar,” said Claudia Malley, Executive Vice President of Partner Solutions for National Geographic Partners. “It’s a story that speaks to Nike’s core philosophy and values — inspiring everyday people to push their limits. And it’s a film that speaks to National Geographic’s core DNA — resolving to go further, even when faced with the unknown or the impossible. The documentary broke through with consumers globally and we are thrilled to be recognized with this prestigious award”

Broadcast in 67 countries and in 34 languages, audiences around the world found themselves rooting for each runner as their unique stories and personalities came to life. The documentary had a global reach of 231 million across all platforms, and garnered more than 4 million mixed-media documentary views.

“By capitalizing on our collective strengths, we were able to create something so much more impactful than a sports documentary, telling a story that entertained audiences across the world — emotionally, intellectually and physiologically,” said Ripp. “If this award stands as a testament to anything, it’s that there’s no limit to what National Geographic can do when we partner with brands who share our vision and values.“

These wins for Breaking2 were bolstered by an additional Silver Cannes Lion, as well as four Bronze Cannes Lions, for National Geographic Partners’ “Astronaut Reality Helmet,” a wearable immersive experience housed within a replica space helmet inspired by their series, “One Strange Rock.”

The organization’s Latin America division was also awarded a Silver Cannes Lion for their “Green Definition” initiative, which made National Geographic Latin America the first television channel capable of saving energy by lowering the amount of pixels used to broadcast content. And “Camelpower,” a Nissan campaign produced by National Geographic Partners Abu Dhabi, which featured the first-ever unit to measure automotive performance in the desert, received a Bronze Cannes Lion as well.

Breaking2 was produced by National Geographic Studios in partnership with Nike and in association with Dirty Robber. Credits include:  Brian Lovett, Executive Producer (National Geographic Studios); Martin Desmond Roe, Director (Dirty Robber); Betsy Forhan, Executive Producer (National Geographic Channel); Mark McCambridge, Executive Producer (Nike); Chris Uettwiller, Executive Producer (Dirty Robber); Jason Puris, Executive Producer (Dirty Robber); Kevin T. Mohs, Vice President of Production (National Geographic Channel); and Kathlyn Horan, Producer (Dirty Robber).

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, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Press Contact: 

Courtney Rowe, courtney.rowe@natgeo.com, 202-912-6715

Media Alert: Koko the Gorilla, Spokesperson & Images Available

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:29

**Media Alert**

 Why Koko the Gorilla Mattered

 Featured twice on the cover of National Geographic magazine, Koko led to major revelations about animal empathy and communication.

 Spokesperson and Images Available

 Koko, the western lowland gorilla that died in her sleep Tuesday at age 46, was renowned for her emotional depth and ability to communicate in sign language. She became an international celebrity during the course of her life, with a vocabulary of more than 1,000 signs and the ability to understand 2,000 words of spoken English.

National Geographic magazine featured Koko of its cover twice: First in October 1978, with a photograph that she took of herself in a mirror (perhaps making it one of the earliest prominent animal selfies). She also appeared a second time on the cover in January 1985, in a story about Koko and her pet kitten.

Douglas Main, National Geographic animal expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Doug would be able to put into perspective what Koko meant to the scientific community, to conservation groups and to animal lovers. 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: Why This Year’s Summer Solstice Is Longest Ever, Spokesperson Available

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:36
**Media Alert**   This Summer Solstice, Earth’s Days Are Longer Than Ever   Earth hasn’t always had a 24-hour day. Here’s what that means for the June solstice.  
Spokesperson Available   Over billions of years of Earth’s history, the time it takes Earth to rotate once on its axis has been getting longer.1.4 billion years ago, a single “day” lasted only about 18 hours. Changes in the gravitational dance between our planet and the moon are causing Earth’s day to get ever so slightly longer each year.    So, what is exactly is a solstice? And what has been influencing the lengths of Earth’s days? To learn more about this year’s summer solstice, see the full story HERE. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic science and space expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C.  Press Contact:  Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

MEDIA ALERT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST MEDIA COMPANIES TO LAUNCH LONG-FORM CONTENT ON INSTAGRAM, AIRS FULL “ONE STRANGE ROCK” FINALE

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:38

National Geographic’s 89MM Instagram followers will be able to watch the entire one-hour episode on IGTV, Instagram’s new long-form video feature

WHAT: National Geographic will air the final episode of ONE STRANGE ROCK on Instagram as soon as the platform’s new long-form video hub, IGTV, goes live. Announced today, Instagram’s highly-anticipated new feature, which will be offered as both a stand-alone app and within the original Instagram app, will allow creators to upload vertically-oriented video experiences for up to an hour in length. Users will be able to watch the full episode of the acclaimed documentary series — hosted by Will Smith and executive produced by Darren Aronofsky — from National Geographic’s Instagram account (@NatGeo) for free.

WHEN/WHERE: @NatGeo on Instagram, once IGTV is available

WHY: Already the #1 brand on Instagram, National Geographic will be one of the first media companies to take

a made-for-TV video, adapt it for vertical distribution, and share it with their 89MM followers on Instagram. By airing the episode on IGTV, National Geographic will offer ONE STRANGE ROCK to one of its largest digital audiences, while utilizing this new format of online storytelling and the highly-public release of Instagram’s new video feature.  

“A 10-part series that explores both the fragility and mind-bending wonder of our planet, ONE STRANGE ROCK is a very intimate experience that brings the viewer face-to-face with host Will Smith and NASA astronaut, Peggy Whitson, on her journey home to Earth after spending 665 straight days in space – a NASA record,” said Jonathan Hunt, Senior Vice President of Digital Content and Audience Development. “By leveraging one of already our most engaged-with digital platforms and formats, this partnership with Instagram grants us the opportunity to drive awareness and expose more people to our longer-form video projects, including breakthrough series like ONE STRANGE ROCK. And what you get is a totally visceral, personal and sometimes frenetic mobile viewing experience.”

About ONE STRANGE ROCK:

There really is no place like home. National Geographic, acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“mother!” “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”) and award-winning producer Jane Root (“America The Story of Us,” “The 80s: The Decade That Made Us”) join forces on an epic, cinematic event series that will redefine science and natural history filmmaking. Hosted by Will Smith (“Ali,” “Pursuit of Happyness,” “Men in Black I, II, III”), ONE STRANGE ROCK promises to be a mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of our planet, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. It’s the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts. This 10-part series from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures brings cameras where they’ve never been before, having filmed in 45 countries, on six continents and from outer space on the ISS. ONE STRANGE ROCK guides viewers through our vulnerable speck of a planet among the vast, harsh cosmic arena, revealing the twists of fate that have allowed life to emerge, survive and thrive on Earth.

More Information on One Strange Rock:
Nat Geo Press Site
Nat Geo Online

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

 

Media Alert: Explaining the U.S. “Space Force,” Spokesperson Available

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:00

**Media Alert** 

Would a U.S. Space Force Be Legal? Get the Facts.

With the president calling for a new military branch this week, get the pros and cons of the plan and find out what the U.S. military is already doing off-world. 

Spokesperson Available

Yesterday, President Donald Trump voiced support for a “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the U.S. military that would be focused on all matters off-world.

In remarks to the National Space Council, President Trump said, ““I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal.”

In the wake of Trump’s directive, there are some major questions. Does the U.S. now have starship troopers? What are the pros and cons to a Space Force? And is such a military branch even legal under international treaties? 

Michael Greshko, National Geographic science and space expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Michael would be able to break down this directive, help viewers understand what “Space Force” would look like, and answer any other questions regarding the implications of this latest news.

Press Contact:

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

National Geographic Celebrates World Environment Day and World Oceans Day with Full Week of Activities Highlighting the Need to Reduce Plastic Pollution and Improve Ocean Health

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:13

National Geographic will release new Planet or Plastic? content, including exclusive cut of singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s documentary on ocean plastic; Q&A with actor Adrian Grenier; and tips for families on how to reduce reliance on single-use plastic

Planet or Plastic? activates in New Delhi, India, around the World Environment Day conference with an exhibition space and workshops

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey to unveil plastic bridge interactive art installation in Times Square

 

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2018) – To celebrate World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8), National Georgraphic is releasing engaging new content and hosting a series of events to highlight the importance of protecting the world’s oceans. These activities come on the heels of National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? launch and will help support the theme of both World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018, which is centered on preventing plastic pollution.

Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic’s multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans. Using the power of storytelling and science, National Geographic is encouraging its audiences around the world to help tackle the crisis, beginning with the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the impact of plastic on ocean health and is available on newsstands now. The multiyear effort includes a major research and scientific initiative; a continued consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations from all over the world.

Activities happening throughout the week of June 4 include:

EXCLUSIVE CUT OF JACK JOHNSON SHORT DOCUMENTARY “THE SMOG OF THE SEA” ON WORLD OCEANS DAY: National Geographic will release an exclusive cut of singer and songwriter Jack Johnson’s short documentary “The Smog of the Sea,” highlighting the impact plastic pollution is having on the world’s oceans, along with a Q&A. Johnson’s recently released song “Fragments” is featured in the documentary and was inspired by the topic. Johnson is an environmental activist who, along with his wife, Kim Johnson, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art and music education worldwide. Through these efforts, Johnson supports plastic-free initiatives and raises awareness about solutions to plastic ocean pollution.

Q&A WITH ACTOR ADRIAN GRENIER, A UN ENVIRONMENT GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, FOR THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: On Tuesday, June 5, National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg will interview actor, filmmaker and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Adrian Grenier on the work he is doing to eliminate single-use plastic. Grenier’s organization Lonely Whale focuses on cleaning up oceans and minimizing plastic pollution’s impact on the ocean.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PLAYMOB ON “DUMB WAYS TO KILL OCEANS” APP: National Geographic is teaming up with the gaming-for-good company Playmob for the launch of “Dumb Ways to Kill Oceans,” a minigame launching on World Oceans Day. By engaging with the game, audiences will be able to learn about the issues faced by the oceans and read advice on how they can make everyday changes to their own lives that can help turn the tide on plastic pollution, ocean warming and coral reef degradation.

NEW DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT ON WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC: Today, National Geographic released new tips for parents and kids on how they can reduce their reliance on single-use plastic as a family. Later this week, National Geographic will publish an exclusive video and story on National Geographic Fellow Heather Koldewey’s latest work regarding the emerging crisis of ghost nets, or abandoned fishing gear, and possible solutions to remedy the problem. Ghost nets were recently found to be the biggest component of ocean plastic by volume. Throughout the week, National Geographic will dedicate its social and digital channels to highlighting the plastics crisis and its impact on ocean health.

UNVEILING OF PLASTIC BRIDGE INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATION IN TIMES SQUARE: On World Oceans Day, the Dopper Foundation, in collaboration with National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, will unveil its Plastic Bridge interactive art installation. National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay is the artist behind the installation, a plastic replica of the Brooklyn Bridge built with 5,000 single-use plastic water bottles and measuring 30 feet wide by 11 feet tall. The unveiling kicks off the Dopper Foundation’s global Plastic Bridge Project, an educational initiative that raises awareness about the harmful impact of plastic pollution in our world’s water sources. The goal of the Plastic Bridge Project is to ultimately inspire 20,000 children around the world to step into a lifestyle that is free of single-use plastic water bottles within the next five years.

PLANET OR PLASTIC? AT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CONFERENCE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA: National Geographic is involved in a series of events taking place in New Delhi, India, the 2018 World Environment Day host country, in support of this year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution.” In collaboration with UN Environment and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in India, activities will include an exhibition space featuring National Geographic images of plastic pollution in South Asia, as well as presentations by National Geographic Explorers Heather KoldeweyJenna Jambeck and Lilly Sedaghat on the World Environment Day Conference stage.

PRISTINE SEAS SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION: National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas team is conducting a scientific expedition to explore the waters around Portugal’s Azores archipelago. Working with leading marine scientists from Portugal and across the globe, the expedition team will study the marine environments of the area, from nearshore ecosystems to the lesser-known deep-sea and open ocean areas as well as never-before-surveyed seamounts. The expedition, led in partnership with the Oceano Azul Foundation, the Waitt Foundation and the Regional Government of the Azores, departed from the city of Horta on June 3 and will run through June 23. The National Geographic Pristine Seas project uses exploration, research and media to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive. Its mission is to help protect 20 of the last wild places in the ocean by 2020.

ANACOSTIA RIVER CLEANUP: On June 7, National Geographic employees, including National Geographic Partners CEO Gary E. Knell, National Geographic Society Interim President and CEO Mike Ulica and National Geographic Magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, will join colleagues from other 21st Century Fox business units to pick up trash in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia River. The event is in partnership with the nonprofit Anacostia Riverkeeper and is part of 21st Century Fox’s Impact Week. National Geographic Travel will host a Facebook Live from the cleanup addressing the plastics crisis.

National Geographic’s celebration of World Oceans Day raises awareness for protecting the world’s oceans from the dangers of single-use plastic. To join the global community stemming the tide of single-use plastic, take the pledge. For more information on Planet or Plastic?, visit natgeo.com/planetorplastic.

Useful Links:

  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographicmagazine, available on newsstands now, HERE.
  • Take the pledge HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.
  • Read about National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? announcement HERE.

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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, 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 Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Contacts

Courtney Rowe

National Geographic Partners

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6715

 

Claire Gwatkin Jones

National Geographic Society

cgjones@ngs.org

(202) 807-3184

National Geographic Traveler Cover to Feature Top Photo from Your Shot Photo Assignment

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:05

The June/July National Geographic Traveler cover image was taken by a photographer from National Geographic’s Your Shot photo community

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot, National Geographic’s global online photo community, announced the cover image for Traveler’s June/July 2018 issue. The image, which includes Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, was captured by Takashi Nakazawa, a Japanese photographer. Nakazawa submitted the photo as part of “The Trip That Changed My Life” Your Shot assignment that invited photographers from around the world to submit a photo from a life-changing trip. National Geographic Travel editors selected Nakazawa’s image from nearly 20,000 submissions. This marks the second time in Traveler’s history that a Your Shot member’s photo has graced the cover. The June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler is on newsstands May 29, 2018.

The team at Traveler selected Nakazawa’s beautiful image of a five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji as the backdrop in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The image features three Japanese icons—cherry blossoms, pagodas and Mount Fuji. Nakazawa’s photo was chosen by a panel of National Geographic Travel judges that included Editor in Chief George Stone, Director of Photography Anne Farrar, and Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath.

This Your Shot photo assignment encouraged photographers to think like National Geographic photographers and tell strong, groundbreaking stories using the power of photography. “Our mission is to tell unforgettable stories about unforgettable places,” said Stone. “That’s why we love working with the Your Shot community, photographers who are traveling the world every minute, every day, and capturing moments that reveal the epic beauty all around us. We are excited to feature Your Shot photographers in this issue—and especially on the cover. Reviewing 20,000 images has left us with an even greater appreciation for the talents of the next generation of National Geographic photographers.”

Learn more about Nakazawa on Your Shot and National Geographic Travel, and see his stunning image on the cover of the June/July 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveler.


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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6762,

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

 

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