From the top of the world to the bottom of the ocean, National Geographic photographers have long been taking readers of the storied magazine to little-known, little-covered and little-understood corners of the earth. In celebration of the magazine’s 125th anniversary issue this October, the National Geographic Channel will present an inside look at how many of the magazine’s most iconic images came to fruition with National Geographic Photographers: The Best Job in the World, premiering Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT as part of the weekly Night of Exploration programming block, and simulcast on Nat Geo WILD. The one-hour special celebrates the intrepid men and women who often stare down death with one goal in mind: getting the shot.
Among the photographers telling their stories in National Geographic Photographers: Best Job in the World are some of the most legendary names in the field, including:
- Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic Photographer, Steve Winter, who traveled to Kaziranga National Park in northeast India to capture photographs of wild tigers, the rare one-horned rhino, and more.
- Steve McCurry, who captured perhaps the magazine’s most iconic image, that of the “Afghan Girl.” McCurry takes us back to the day he photographed the young Afghan refugee, and again to the day he found her again nearly 20 years later.
- Emory Kristof, who was part of the 1985 expedition that found the shipwrecked R.M.S. Titanic using camera systems he helped develop.
- Jodi Cobb, whose investigation of the 21st century slavery underworld was personally frightening when she came face-to-face, and shared a meal, with a Bosnian man who was later arrested and convicted of human trafficking an uncountable number of women.
- And Bill Allard, a photographer for the magazine for more than 50 years, whose candid photograph of a young Peruvian boy facing tragedy inspired people around the world to make financial donations that transformed a town.
Also featured are Paul Nicklen, Randy Olson, Jim Stanfield, Ken Garrett, David Alan Harvey, Carsten Peter, Mark Thiessen, David Doubilet, Joel Sartore and Nick Nichols.
Read more about this program on National Geographic’s website.
Read National Geographic’s press release on the program.
Pre-order your copy of the Panthera-National Geographic book, Tigers Forever, featuring beautiful photos of wild tigers and the story of Panthera’s Tigers Forever program.