13 Incredible Pictures Pulled From The National Geographic Archives

National Geographic has long been considered one of the world’s pre-eminent publications on all things nature. Over the years, the magazine has documented some of the world’s most breath-taking natural wonders, exploring the farthest reaches of the globe in their pursuit of ground-breaking photography and journalism.

When the publication celebrated its 125th anniversary, it conceptualised an issue centred around some of the most striking, poignant and inspiring photographs featured in the National Geographic magazine over its storied 125 year history.

1. As one guard faints, the others remain to attention (1966)

2. Sand dunes in the Sahara Desert, sculpted perfectly by the wind (1973)

3. Surfing at the world’s busiest beach: Bondi Beach, Sydney (1963)

4. Flamingos congregate for the group shot

5. The Statue of Liberty watches over New York (1978)

6. This kitten braves the water aboard a floating lily pad (1935)

7. A man, with two willing helpers, herds his sheep (1919)

8. A woman, ornamented to appear as a Chinese Goddess 

9. This kitten is prepared to fight anyone, including itself (1964)

10. An astronaut floats a few metres away from Space Shuttle Challenger (1984)

11. This white stag stands alone in the forest (1973)

12. Capering in the water, pictured through a palm in Acapulco

13. “Here’s looking at you, kid” (Casablanca, 1971)

Fans of the National Geographic Society and magazine will recognise many of these stunning snaps, preserved for time immemorial in print and now online. Here’s to the next 125 years.

 

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