• 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs
    June 29-October 18, 2019
  • 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs
    June 29-October 18, 2019

50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs

Experience some of the most captivating photographs of the animal kingdom.

Visitors will witness some of the most surprising animal behavior in the new National Geographic exhibition, 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs. The very best wildlife pictures from the pages of National Geographic magazine have been chosen to be displayed in this exhibition, which opens at The Nat on June 29.

Curated by renowned nature picture editor, Kathy Moran, this exhibition is a celebratory look at wildlife with images taken by National Geographic’s most iconic photographers, including Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter, Paul Nicklen, Beverly Joubert, David Doubilet, and more. Showcasing the evolution of photography, the images convey how innovations such as camera traps, remote imaging, and underwater technology have granted photographers access to wildlife in their natural habitat.

For 130 years National Geographic has utilized its storytelling expertise to connect its readers to the great outdoors. The organization has pioneered the art of wildlife photography ever since the first image to appear—a reindeer in 1903—in National Geographic magazine. The start of the exhibition displays such humble beginnings of wildlife photography and details how these photographers paved the way for future generations of visual storytellers.

Each photograph on display was taken in a natural environment; none of the images were taken in permanent captivity or through the use of baiting techniques.

50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs is located in the photography gallery on Level 4 and is free for members and included with general admission.

Photo by Christian Ziegler.
A cassowary peers through foliage in northeast Queensland, Australia.

Photo by Randy Olson.
These are the grassland birds of the great plains. Migrate from Siberia to Northern Mexico but have their main migratory path north-south over the high plains aquifer, constrained by the Rocky Mountains in the same way as the aquifer.

* Slider photo credits.

  1. Photo by Paul Nicklen.
    Leopard Seal (Huge Female), 12 feet plus in length and must be well over a thousand pounds, killed a chick and then donated it to the camera. This is the first day that many of the chicks are heading to sea for the first time and it is easy picking for the leopard seals.

  2. Photo by Brian Skerry.
    Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii. These dolphins forage at night in the deep water offshore, then come into shallow bays in the early morning to socialize and rest. This species of dolphin is known for their spinning behavior, where they leap out of the water, spinning and turning. Although researchers are not certain why they do this, a leading theory is to dislodge remoras and for communication.



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