LOOK: The most moving pictures of 2017, monkeys and humans share a bond in the Amazon, and more

LOOK: The most moving pictures of 2017, monkeys and humans share a bond in the Amazon, and more




Plus: The unsettling story behind the winning image in the Nature Photographer of the Year contest | 
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ISSUE 34   |  December 19, 2017
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Best of 2017
Most Moving Pictures of the Year
Photograph by William Daniels
"It's been a difficult year for many people," says National Geographic photo editor Jehan Jillani who curated this selection of emotionally moving photographs taken in 2017. "But while selecting these photos, I was reminded of how beautiful and complex our world is."
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Best Travel Photos
Photograph by David Guttenfelder
From North Korea to Ethiopia, our editors share their favorite images.
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Best Adventure Photos
Photograph by Johnathan A. Esper
Bold images push the boundaries of exploration and take us to new places.
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Picture Stories
The Bond Between Monkeys and Humans
Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James
While photographing indigenous tribes in the Amazon, Charlie Hamilton James observed an unusual practice: people, mostly females, carrying baby monkeys on their heads. He found out the reason why.
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PHOTO TIP #0034
"Learn how to operate your camera in manual mode so that you are ready for situations that require you to outsmart the auto settings."

—Kathy Moran, Senior Photo Editor
Picture Stories
Behind the Scenes Photographing a Starving Polar Bear
Photograph by Cristina Mittermeier
Far from the nearest village and without means to protect themselves, photographer Cristina Mittermeier and the rest of her team weren't able to help this polar bear on the brink of starvation. "In the end," she writes "I did the only thing I could: I used my camera to make sure we could share this tragedy with the world."
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SELFIES ON ASSIGNMENT
This Self-portrait was taken by photographer John Stanmeyer on assignment in Rwanda in November, 2017. Stanmeyer is shooting a story about tribalism, visiting Rwanda to observe reconciliation workshops between Hutus and Tutsis who may have been involved in the Rwandan genocide some 20 plus years ago.

"Fitting in quite well to the new surroundings here in Rwanda," he wrote on Instagram. "Many have written asking whether it is a double exposure. No. It is a self portrait, my reflection off the hotel room balcony glass door where on the ground floor are beautiful plants and trees."

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Photo Contest
A Winning Photo Reveals a Grim Reality
Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan
Orangutans are normally wary of water. So when Nature Photographer of the Year contest winner Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan witnessed this animal wading in a river, he knew he was witnessing something unusual, and unsettling.
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