50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

Photo: Jane Goodall and chimpanzee
Jane Goodall and a chimpanzee in the Republic of Congo

Photograph by Nick Nichols

Photo: Woman shopping in Kabul, Afghanistan

Woman shopping in Kabul, Afghanistan

Photograph by Thomas Abercrombie

“50 Greatest Photographs by National Geographic” showcases some of the most compelling imagery published in the history of the magazine.

This exhibit will transport visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl, to Nick Nichols’s iconic photograph of Jane Goodall and a chimpanzee, to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition features 50 of the magazine’s most remembered and celebrated photographs from its more than 120-year history.

In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, visitors to the exhibition will learn the stories behind the photos, and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors will be able to see the “near frames” taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot. The exhibition is based on the popular iPad app of the same name, released by National Geographic in 2011 and featured by Apple as an iPad “App of the Week.”

The exhibition is accompanied by the iPad app with behind-the-scenes stories, videos, daily updates from Your Shot—a forum of user-submitted photography—and much more.

Content: 50 photographs, two iPads, 8 videos
Size: 400 running feet minimum—flexible
Duration: 3 months minimum
Speaker opportunities available

For more information or to book a traveling exhibit contact ngmuseumtravexh@ngs.org; please include name, company, and contact information.

Touring Schedule:

Museum of the Rockies
Bozeman, MT
February 26—May 30, 2016

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Pittsburgh, PA
June 18—September 11, 2016

Whatcom Museum
Bellingham, WA
October 1, 2016 – January 15, 2016

Elliot Museum
Stuart, FL
February 4 – June 4, 2017

  • Picture of A Whalrus flicks its huge tusks
    Book a National Geographic Exhibition

    Bring a National Geographic exhibition to your visitors. From large interactive exhibitions to elegant photography shows, we offer high-quality traveling exhibitions to meet the needs of institutions both small and large.


Email This to a Friend

Thank You! Your Request Was Submitted

Your friend will receive an email regarding this page shortly.


Oops! Something Went Wrong

We encountered an error while trying to process your request, please try again in a few moments.