• September 15, 2013

Welcome to Proof

For more than a century, National Geographic has been home to some of the very best photographic storytelling on (and, occasionally, off) the planet. We all know what the Yellow Border represents; we all have our favorite cover; we all remember the wonder of seeing, year after year, amazing photographs from unbelievable places alongside stories of our own communities and neighbors, living extraordinary lives right under our noses.

Indeed, many of us who work at National Geographic grew up with the magazine fueling our desire to explore, tell stories, and pick up a camera. Because of its view that the storyteller, the photographer, must be given the time, tools, and guidance to do their best work, Nat Geo has inspired writers, astronauts, and explorers, as well as photographers, to strive for perfection so that they could tell their own stories within the pages of National Geographic magazine.

Today’s stories, thanks to the Internet, are being told, minute by minute, at an incredible rate. The tools to tell these stories, whether we are talking photos, audio, video, or multimedia, are now so commonplace that almost anyone can be a content creator, sharing their work with the world.

With our new photo blog, Proof, we want to share our experiences and adventures with you—and hope you will share your stories with us.

Proof will offer a real-time look at our storytelling process—everything from how to edit down 60,000 photographs to 12, to which single item a photographer on a four-month assignment can’t live without. Equally important to us is finding more incredible stories that you, our members, have created, and then spreading them around the globe. We want to celebrate, with you, all the possibilities for visual storytelling that this new century offers.

We are launching our blog alongside our 125th anniversary issue on the Power of Photography with the hope that Proof will inspire you, as our editor Chris Johns likes to say, to “tell meaningful stories in unforgettable ways.” Join us on our latest adventure.—Keith Jenkins and Sarah Leen, Directors of Photography

Join the conversation on Twitter at #NatGeoProof.


There are 18 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Paul G. Wiese
    February 4, 2014

    People, places, and photographs. Perfect.

  2. Siddharth
    September 19, 2013

    I am a Oil&Gas Engineer. And NatGeo inspired me and made me know what I care about the most. I will try and quit my job and also try and join NatGeo as a PhotoJournalist

  3. Heidi Basch
    September 18, 2013

    The joy of photography and the joy of storytelling combined – and now a blog to share! Wonderful.

  4. marshmellow tiger
    September 18, 2013

    I’m so excited for this! I’m 15 yrs old and I’ve been trying to find somewhere to display my amarature photos.

  5. Paolo
    September 18, 2013

    this is good stuff… it’s inspiring too. =))

  6. Frank Cheh
    September 18, 2013

    Brilliant Idea I have some of my images on the National Geographic site.

  7. Arjun
    September 18, 2013

    Wonderful idea, congratulations Keith and Sara and everyone @ NG.. eagerly looking forward to it 🙂

  8. dinghui
    September 18, 2013

    Nat geo opens a widow for me.Thanks for every photographers and i hope many amazing photos will be capture.

  9. Richard Wong
    September 18, 2013

    Looking forward to reading all the great stories from National Geographic.

  10. Makarand Kulkarni
    September 17, 2013

    A moment of revolution! A ray of hope through the roof of our own disbelieves. This initiative has inspired me once again to take my camera and start taking photos to express my gratitude towards nature and the people who relentlessly built their faith in our living world and humanity.

  11. Gina Martin
    September 17, 2013

    loving this new blog!!

  12. Elsa Kamly Lam Quiñónez
    September 17, 2013

    I love the idea and am excited to participate!

  13. Thanius Scoralick Sarchis
    September 16, 2013

    It looks amazing. Looking forward to see what´s coming… what a great ideia you guys had!

  14. Mojca P
    September 16, 2013

    Being NG photographer was my dream before I learned English. Can’t wait to read more about it.

  15. Kitty Eisele
    September 16, 2013

    Fantastic – looking so forward to this.

  16. Jai sheth
    September 16, 2013

    I am seriously thinking of joining natgeo as a photographer
    Please help

  17. Holly O’Brian
    September 16, 2013

    Love the new blog! Congratulations!

  18. Ian Anderson
    September 16, 2013

    I look forward to following this new blog, and I’m particularly interested in learning how you “edit down 60,000 photographs to 12”.

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