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National Geographic Traveler Cover to Feature Top Photo from Your Shot Photo Assignment

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:05

The June/July National Geographic Traveler cover image was taken by a photographer from National Geographic’s Your Shot photo community

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot, National Geographic’s global online photo community, announced the cover image for Traveler’s June/July 2018 issue. The image, which includes Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, was captured by Takashi Nakazawa, a Japanese photographer. Nakazawa submitted the photo as part of “The Trip That Changed My Life” Your Shot assignment that invited photographers from around the world to submit a photo from a life-changing trip. National Geographic Travel editors selected Nakazawa’s image from nearly 20,000 submissions. This marks the second time in Traveler’s history that a Your Shot member’s photo has graced the cover. The June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler is on newsstands May 29, 2018.

The team at Traveler selected Nakazawa’s beautiful image of a five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji as the backdrop in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The image features three Japanese icons—cherry blossoms, pagodas and Mount Fuji. Nakazawa’s photo was chosen by a panel of National Geographic Travel judges that included Editor in Chief George Stone, Director of Photography Anne Farrar, and Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath.

This Your Shot photo assignment encouraged photographers to think like National Geographic photographers and tell strong, groundbreaking stories using the power of photography. “Our mission is to tell unforgettable stories about unforgettable places,” said Stone. “That’s why we love working with the Your Shot community, photographers who are traveling the world every minute, every day, and capturing moments that reveal the epic beauty all around us. We are excited to feature Your Shot photographers in this issue—and especially on the cover. Reviewing 20,000 images has left us with an even greater appreciation for the talents of the next generation of National Geographic photographers.”

Learn more about Nakazawa on Your Shot and National Geographic Travel, and see his stunning image on the cover of the June/July 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveler.


About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6762,

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

 

National Geographic Launches Planet or Plastic?, a Multiyear Initiative to Reduce Single-Use Plastics and Their Impact on the World’s Oceans

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:00
Planet or Plastic? Takes Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Major Environmental Crisis, Encompassing Storytelling, Consumer Education & Engagement, Scientific Research and Innovative Partnerships June Issue of National Geographic Magazine Looks in Depth at How Single-Use Plastic Impacts Our Planet National Geographic Asks People to Take Simple Steps to Reduce Single-Use Plastic; Hosts 3-Day Takeover on Social Channels Featuring Zooey Deschanel

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2018)— As the amount of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. Today, National Geographic is launching Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters in the world’s oceans. Doing so will not only benefit the thousands to potentially millions of marine animals that become entangled in, suffocated by, or ingest plastic each year, but will also contribute to the overall health of the planet’s marine ecosystems and all who rely upon them.

As a global brand with a rich history of scientific discovery and exploration, National Geographic is uniquely positioned to tackle this crisis in a way that only National Geographic can — through storytelling and science. The Planet or Plastic? initiative will leverage the power of National Geographic’s media portfolio around the world and the expertise of National Geographic’s explorers and scientists who are witnessing firsthand the devastating impacts of this crisis. This organization-wide effort will include a major research and scientific initiative; a consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all over the world.

Today’s launch is tied to the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the role single-use plastics play in our society and the impact they are having on our environment. Starting with this issue, National Geographic announced that it will begin wrapping the U.S., U.K. and India subscriber editions of the magazine in paper instead of plastic, with the goal of wrapping all global editions in paper by the end of 2019. The June issue is available online at natgeo.com/planetorplastic on May 16 and on print newsstands on May 29.

Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. Some estimates suggest this plastic could remain in marine environments for 450 years or longer, and the problem is only getting worse. Addressing a challenge of this magnitude requires an unprecedented approach. In concert with the release of the June magazine, the Planet or Plastic? initiative will also kick off with the following:

  • PLANET OR PLASTIC? PLEDGE: Starting today, National Geographic will ask audiences around the world to take the Planet or Plastic? pledge, a commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic. By taking the pledge, individuals will become part of a global community working together to stem the tide of single-use plastic polluting the ocean and will continue to receive information and tips to help them in their efforts. The pledge marks the beginning of a comprehensive consumer awareness and engagement campaign that National Geographic will execute across its multiple platforms in the months and years to come. Elements of this campaign will range from inspiring and informative content, ongoing consumer engagement activities, events and more.
  • SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION: The nonprofit National Geographic Society will embark on a journey to better document how plastic travels from source to sea and to fill critical knowledge gaps. Starting with an initial expedition in 2019 to study the type and flow of plastic in a river system, National Geographic will provide science-based, actionable information to help local and national governments, NGOs, businesses and the public more effectively invest in and implement innovative solutions. The Society is also sourcing solutions to the challenge of plastic waste through an existing Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • THREE-DAY SOCIAL TAKEOVER: As the No. 1 social media brand, National Geographic will use the power and reach of its platforms to educate people about the impact of single-use plastic and to encourage them to take the pledge. For the next three days, National Geographic will “pollute” its Instagram feed, @natgeo, with photos of the plastics crisis as well as animated Instagram stories to highlight the true impact of humanity’s pollution of the natural world. Today, @natgeo will feature photos taken by photographer Randy Olson, who traveled around the world to document the plastics crisis and is featured in the June issue of the magazine. On Thursday, May 17, actress and singer Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl,” She & Him), co-founder of The Farm Project, which recently commissioned the series, Your Food’s Roots, will curate National Geographic’s Instagram account, posting photos of the plastic crisis. On Friday, May 18, National Geographic’s photographers will be posting their own photos of the crisis. Also on Friday, Kathryn Kellogg, a writer and public speaker who lives a “zero-waste” lifestyle and focuses on the dangers of plastic pollution, will host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about small, actionable eco-friendly steps that people can take in their everyday lives. Kellogg, who is featured in the June issue of National Geographic, has fit all of the trash that she has generated at home in the last two years into a 16-ounce jar.
  • SKY COLLABORATION: Sky Media and National Geographic are joining forces in the fight to eradicate the destructive impact of plastic litter in the world’s oceans. National Geographic has committed $10 million to support the activities of Sky Ocean Ventures, an initiative launched by Sky Media to seek out investment opportunities in businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic crisis. Bringing to bear National Geographic’s scientific expertise, grants and media reach, the collaboration will identify and champion projects and groundbreaking technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on oceans. It will also support a series of events with industry leaders, corporations, institutions and foundations, engaging them around the issue of marine plastic pollution. Collectively, this new collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastic litter in the ocean.
  • CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPSNational Geographic will seek out and partner with a number of like-minded corporations and organizations that are committed to raising awareness about the enormity of the ocean plastic issue as well as to finding solutions. For example, The North Face, who is partnering with National Geographic to introduce a limited Bottle Source Collection, featuring shirts made from recycled plastic bottles diverted from National Park waste streams.  The shirts will be available for purchase at TheNorthFace.com on May 23. S’well and National Geographic will unveil an assortment of co-branded bottles available for purchase beginning in June 2018.
  • INTERNAL COMMITMENT: Finally, National Geographic will be taking steps to reduce its own reliance on single-use plastics. Starting with the June issue and moving forward, those who subscribe to the U.S., U.K. and India editions of National Geographic magazine will receive their issues wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This change will save more than 2.5 million single-use plastic bags every month. By the end of 2019, all global editions will be wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This is just one of many steps National Geographic is taking to reduce its own single-use plastic consumption. Over the next month, National Geographic will initiate a third-party audit of its single-use plastic use and will develop a timeline and action plan to further minimize single-use plastics in the workplace.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has documented the stories of our planet, providing audiences around the world with a window into the earth’s breathtaking beauty as well as to the threats it faces,” said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Each and every day, our explorers, researchers and photographers in the field witness firsthand the devastating impact of single-use plastic on our oceans, and the situation is becoming increasingly dire. Through the Planet or Plastic? initiative, we will share the stories of this growing crisis, work to address it through the latest science and research, and educate audiences around the world about how to eliminate single-use plastics and prevent them from making their way into our oceans.”

Added Jonathan Baillie, the National Geographic Society’s chief scientist and senior vice president, science and exploration: “By harnessing National Geographic’s scientific expertise, we intend to pinpoint activities on land, particularly near rivers, that contribute to the flow of plastics polluting our oceans — and then use what we learn to inspire change at home and around the world. A crisis of this enormity requires solutions at scale, and National Geographic is uniquely qualified to amass the best in research, technology, education and storytelling to effect meaningful change.”

The efforts announced today are just the beginning of this multiyear initiative. Next month, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in New York City’s Times Square, an entertaining and immersive adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California, will highlight this initiative during World Oceans Day on June 8. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle will also be in New York City for the festivities to raise awareness about the damaging impact of plastic pollution in our world’s fragile oceans. On June 15, National Geographic will host a “Party for the Planet” as part of its annual Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C., a night dedicated to the elimination of single-use plastic.

Get the latest updates on Planet or Plastic? HERE and join the conversation on social via #planetorplastic. 

Useful Links:

  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographic magazine HERE.
  • Take the pledge HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.

Press Contacts:

Courtney Rowe

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6714

 

Claire Jones

cgjones@ngs.org

(202) 807-3184

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About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

National Geographic and Wall Street Journal Enter Multi-Platform Collaboration

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:00

Includes production of “Far & Away”, a high-end business travel magazine with supporting digital and social content

 WASHINGTON (May 9, 2018)—National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal have partnered to launch Far & Away, a premium print magazine for business travelers that will include digital and social content as well. The first issue will be distributed with the May 19th edition of the Journal.

Combining The Wall Street Journal’s global insights and information with the visual storytelling of National Geographic, Far & Away reports on authentic cultural experiences, essential travel strategies, and expert insider intelligence for making the most of a business trip. It celebrates luxurious escapism, intelligent adventure, cultural exploration, and urban discovery for an elite audience of global travelers that are culturally engaged, news-minded, thought leaders.

“I travel around the world for business, and when I can, I stay to have some fun,” says Susan Goldberg, National Geographic magazine editor in chief. “The editors have approached business­ travel hubs as launch points for personal travel, aligning with the current travel trend of combining business and leisure trips into one.”

In addition to the print publication, the initial content rollout strategy will include digital content on NatGeoTravel.com/farandaway and promotion across @NatGeoTravel’s social channels- the most followed travel brand on social media. The digital and social content will echo the magazine’s editorial goal of giving readers the tools to make the most of their time in the city they’re in and inspiring them to want to travel further.

“This magazine is about what to do when your meetings are over,” writes Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker. “Far & Away brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the insights of The Wall Street Journal in a magazine for the ambitious adventurers on the go who are as curious as they are tireless, and who look for adventure around every corner.”

Far & Away has resonated well within the advertising market, with many companies eager to be part of this innovative publication that connects them to two renowned brands.  Space for the premiere issue sold out quickly, with premium advertisers such as Lexus, American Airlines, and Marriott’s Luxury Collection and Autograph Collection, all signing on to be included in the launch.

Far and Away joins the National Geographic Travel family which includes National Geographic Traveler magazine, National Geographic Expeditions, digital travel content, travel books, maps, @NatGeoTravel social media, and a travel programming block on National Geographic Channel.

 

CONTACT:    

Meg Calnan

202-912-6703

meg.calnan@natgeo.com

 

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. Published by Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social, and video. Building on its heritage as the preeminent source of global business and financial news, the Journal includes coverage of U.S. & world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, and health. It holds 37 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism

 

New Eagle Creek / National Geographic Collaboration Launches June 1

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:06

Consumers can Pre-Order Beginning May 10th at eaglecreek.com/national-geographic

San Diego, Ca. (May 8, 2018) – The Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series hits retail stores June 1, and eaglecreek.com will be taking pre-orders starting May 10, 2018. On June 1, consumers will be able to see, touch and try on the Guide Series at select outdoor specialty retailers nationwide.

Roger Spatz, President of Eagle Creek said, “Eagle Creek and National Geographic collaborated on a collection that defines adventure travel. The gear is sleek and stylish, but durable enough to stand up to all terrains and conditions. National Geographic explorers inspired the overall design and function and we know these products will inspire people to get out and explore the world.

“For over 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “Eagle Creek shares our passion for adventure, and this collaboration combines our dedication to exploration with their renowned reputation for outfitting travelers and explorers. Given our shared values, this was a natural partnership that has generated a product line that will support National Geographic’s mission of igniting the explorer in all people.”

The Eagle Creek National Geographic Series invites you to explore. Be curious. Seek adventure. Move outside your comfort zone toward those places, destinations and experiences that will undoubtedly transform you.

Combining their passions for exploration, conservation and adventure, Eagle Creek and National Geographic have adopted a design ethos that leverages the expertise of both brands of the benefit of the consumer. Featuring a highly durable double-coated Tarpaulin fabric, wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh for durability that exceeds all standards, the new Guide Series is a mobile base camp, suitable for the most remote places on earth and easily hosed out after a trip. This is what adventure travel bags were meant to be.

Built for dirty, heavy trekking with gear and instrumentation, both photographic and scientific, the new Guide Series uses only the most versatile and durable components so it can be abused – set down in the mud, snow, or gravel, loaded into a plane, strapped to the top of a yak, slid into a cabin on the train, you name it.

With water-resistant, lockable, self-repairing zippers, reflectivity for blackout conditions, and of course, the legendary Eagle Creek No Matter What Warranty, Eagle Creek adds a new level of thoughtful design and versatility than can’t be found on technical packs, with systematic principles to benefit the end user.

Additionally, National Geographic Partners returns 27% of its proceeds back to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to support their work. This creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and philanthropy committed to research, science, conservation and exploration.

Color: Black

The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series bags will be available at retail 5/1/18.

Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series shared features:

  • Constructed of highly durable Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh
  • Best in class durability
  • Water-resistant, lockable & self-repairing zippers
  • Highly weather resistant
  • Reflective hits
  • No Matter What Warranty

Guide Travel Pack 65L

Built to be the beast of the adventure, with dual access for use in any environment.

Guide Series Expedition Pack (EC0A3SBQ010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 4270 cu in / 70 L (65 L Pack + 5 L Front Pocket); Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz / 2.24 kg; Size: 14.5 x 31 x 12.5 in / 37 x 79 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Built with Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Access main compartment through top opening or back panel in order to access contents without putting straps in dirt or snow
  • Unisex torso suspension adjusts and secures through easy adjusting hook and loop closure (15 – 21 inches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hydration bladder pocket with hanging loop and external tube pass-through
  • External compression straps, daisy chains and tool loop provides
  • quick access to equipment
  • Reinforced tool pockets and stretch pockets on sides of pack
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded back panel and backpack straps provide ergonomic fit
  • Adjustable hip belt, with zip pocket for essentials, features strap keepers
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light

All Purpose Duffel 60L

A true all-purpose duffel for purpose-minded adventurers.

All Purpose Duffel 60L (EC0A3SBR010) MSRP $199

Capacity: 3845 cu in / 63 L: Weight 2 lbs 9 oz / 1.16 kg; Size:

24.5 x 10.25 x 13.25 in / 62 x 26 x 34 cm

Features:

  • 50/50 split compartment opening gives access to two full-panel TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Quick attach bouldering clips secure Air Mesh moisture-wicking pack straps
  • Multiple grab handles, compression straps and daisy chain for gear attachment
  • Anodized aluminum bouldering clips support heavy weight while supplying lightweight, corrosion-resistant hardware
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Handle wrap secures pack straps together as singular grab handle
  • D-rings accommodate optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Utility Backpack 40L

Maximum International Carry On size for maximum adventure.

Utility Backpack 40L (EC0A3SBG010) MSRP $249

Capacity: 2260 cu in / 37 L; Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz / 1.35 kg; Size: 12.25 x 20 x 7.5 in / 31.5 x 51 x 19 cm

Features:

  • Pack has butterfly-style opening for optimal access with internal molle panel for gear attachment (Small Pack-It Storage Cube attaches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers with dust guard for additional protection in high wind, also feature PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Foam-molded ergonomic pack straps and back panel are moisture-wicking and resist dirt
  • Lockable padded 17” laptop compartment
  • Tuck-away hip belt for comfortable, ergonomic fit
  • Internal TPU mesh zippered pockets with key fob
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hidden side stash pocket for quick access to phone and Passport
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Compression straps and lash points allow for gear attachment
  • Haul handles with D-ring integration for optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Borderless Convertible Carry On

Any adventure, any mode of transport.

Borderless Convertible Carry On (EC0A3SBE010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 2440 cu in / 40 L; Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz / 3.27 kg; Size: 14 x 22 x 8.75 in / 35.5 x 56 x 22 cm

Features:

  • Zip-away backpack straps deploy out of back panel for hands-free mobility
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded backpack straps provide ergonomic fit that resists dirt
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Top quick stash pocket for 3-1-1 toiletries
  • Internal TPU mesh packing pockets for easy ID
  • Internal compression straps keep contents from shifting
  • Compression straps, daisy chain and D-ring for gear attachment
  • Multiple grab handles for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Handle tray protects handle system, while corner bumpers and wheel housing protect bag against rough handling
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32

Take all the gear.

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32 (EC0A3SBF010) MSRP $499

Capacity: 6345 cu in / 104 L; Weight: 12 lbs 1 oz / 5.46 kg; Size: 16.75 x 32 x 12.5 in / 42.5 x 81.5 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Split frame opening gives access to TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Multiple grab handles and mesh ID luggage tag window, for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Internal compression straps secure load
  • Sizable top stash pocket for quick grab items
  • Compression straps, D-rings and daisy chain for quick access to equipment
  • Corner guards, piping bumpers, and heavy-duty wheel housing protects bag against rough handling
  • Kick plate, runner rails, and handle tray protects bag
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M

Ultra compact, ultra durable, ultra organized.

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M (EC0A3SBH010) MSRP $59

Small: Capacity: 215 cu in / 3.5 L, Expanded: 460 cu in / 7.5 L; Weight: 4 oz / 0.12 kg; Size: 10 x 7 x 1.25 in / 25 x 18 x 3 cm, Expanded: 10 x 7 x 4.25 in / 25 x 18 x 10.5 cm

Medium: Capacity: 550 cu in / 9 L, Expanded: 855 cu in / 14 L, Weight: 5 oz / 0.15 kg; Size: 14 x 10 x 1.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 3 cm, Expanded: 14 x 10 x 4.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 10.5 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable coated materials are weather-proof and wipeable
  • Two-way zippered opening gives full access for maximum packing
  • TPU mesh front window gives content visibility
  • Compression zipper compacts clothing and gear
  • Small Compression Cube mounts to molle panel in the 40L Utility Backpack for modular organization
  • Top carry handle 

ABOUT EAGLE CREEK

An invitation outside informs all Eagle Creek product designs, innovations and services. From versatile organizers that make travelling seamless to our durable duffels that keep the journey going, our gear and accessories make exploring the unknown possible, effortless and enriching. Eagle Creek. Find Your Unknown.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Alli Noland

Terra PR

307-733-8777

allin@terrapublicrelations.com

 

Breaking News: Mystery Behind Tut’s Tomb Revealed, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 15:10

**Breaking News**

It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All

The third radar scan of the pharaoh’s burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls.

Spokesperson and Images Available

Recent radar scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb conclusively prove that there are no additional chambers or passages behind the walls of the famed pharaoh’s burial chamber, Egyptian officials announced today.

This stunning conclusion marks the end of an investigation which began in nearly three years ago, when Egyptologist and National Geographic grantee Nicholas Reeves theorized that the tomb of legendary 18th-Dynasty queen Nefertiti may actually be hidden beyond the walls of Tut’s 3,300-year-old tomb.

To read more about this amazing discovery, read the full story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Media Alert: National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 18:35

***Media Alert***

National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

News announced today at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated interactive story, “Explore the World’s Biggest Cave From Your Couch,” HERE

At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California, the social media company shared updates on React 360, an interactive WebVR and 360 content publisher. Experiences made using the technology can show up across the web and in people’s Facebook News Feeds, effectively bringing virtual reality to its more than two billion members—no headset required. 

To showcase this feature, Facebook worked with National Geographic and is showcasing an updated version of a 2015 National Geographic interactive VR story. In it, readers are invited to take a virtual tour of Son Doong, a recently discovered cave in Vietnam, believed to be the world’s largest. 

“In the social media world, this is a big deal,” says Martin Edström, the photographer and National Geographic Explorer who originally captured the 360 photo spheres of Son Doong for National Geographic. “Now people can literally walk through the largest cave in the world without leaving Facebook.”

 Son Doong is believed to be the world’s largest cave passage and is estimated to be between two and five million years old. It’s more than three miles long, with numerous chambers large enough to hold an entire city block of New York skyscrapers. Being the world’s largest cave, Son Doong contains many appropriately gargantuan formations, including the 200-foot “Hand of the Dog,” which might be the world’s largest stalagmite, as well as baseball-sized “cave pearls,” a type of speleothem that’s typically much smaller. 

Large scale tourism companies have begun to threaten the preservation of this world wonder. To Martin Erdstrom and other researchers around the world, this new Facebook feature is seen as a powerful new conservation tool. 

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated story on React 360 here

Spokespeople and visuals available.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:11

**Media Alert**

National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

Spokesperson and Images Available

Today is the first day of National Pets Month and to celebrate National Geographic has announced the launch of “Domesticated,” an online hub dedicated to all kinds of domesticated animals. This hub will be a collection of stories, photos, and videos about the latest in pet science, how pets evolved, how pets work for us (i.e. therapy dogs), and demystifying our pets’ behavior! 

To kick off the launch of this fun and informative series, National Geographic has shared a number of videos and stories on everything from dogs and cats to the more exotic household pets. Check out the latest stories below:

Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do

Meet the World’s Most Expensive Pet Fish

Why Are Dogs So Friendly? Science Finally Has an Answer

Playful Photos of Well-Loved Dog Toys

What if Everything You Think About Cats Is Wrong?

For more information on the hub and to follow along with the most recent stories, visit natgeo.com/domesticated.

Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic senior director of Animals, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Exclusive: What May be World’s Largest Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice Discovered in Peru

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:58

**National Geographic Exclusive News**

What May be World’s Largest Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice Discovered in Peru

Spokespeople and Exclusive Visuals Available

Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history— has been discovered by National Geographic Explorers on Peru’s northern coast.

More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.

While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in colonial-era Spanish chronicles and documented in modern scientific excavations, the discovery of a large-scale child sacrifice event in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world. What could have caused this unprecedented event?

Scientific investigations by the international, interdisciplinary team, led by National Geographic Explorers Gabriel Prieto of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and John Verano of Tulane University, are ongoing.

Read the full National Geographic story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Explorers Gabriel Prieto and John Verano are also available for interviews.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Ranked Top Social Brand in 2017 by Shareablee

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:14

Fourth consecutive year the 130-year old brand has led cross-platform social media engagement

NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2018 – For the fourth consecutive year, National Geographic was ranked as the Top Social Brand by leading social media data and analytics firm Shareablee. Overall, National Geographic saw more than 1.6 billion actions (Reactions, Comments, Shares, Retweets and Likes) across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in 2017, growing from 1.39 billion actions in 2016.

National Geographic was also named the Top Brand on Instagram in 2017 (with approximately 1.5 billion actions), holding first place since 2014. In fact, National Geographic’s video of a jaguar pulling a small crocodile called a “caiman” out of a river in December was the top Instagram video by any brand for the year, with 1.7 million actions. Additionally, the brand had the No. 3 Instagram post with more than 2.2 million actions.

“At a time when traditional media brands are struggling to keep pace with today’s evolving media landscape, National Geographic continues to find new ways to innovate and adhere to the current digital appeal in order to best reach and speak to global audiences,” said Tania Yuki, Founder and CEO of Shareablee. “The brand stays relevant among consumers of all demographics by way of dynamic, 360 storytelling, immersive brand experiences and a social media presence that rivals top celebrities.”

National Geographic currently hails as the most followed media brand across social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with more than 420 million followers globally – resulting in 7.6 billion content engagements each month. Additionally, they are the most widely distributed television channel in the world – reaching 487 million television households in 172 countries and 43 languages every month. Most recently, National Geographic today was named the first-ever Media Company of the Year by the Webby Awards (and took home an impressive 26 wins overall).

The brand has set itself apart digitally by prioritizing visual experiences, creating dialogues with their audiences across all platforms, and leaning into a principle of turning their yellow border into a portal for digital content experiences produced with their community of Explorers, photographers, journalists, immersive storytellers, and contributors. Photographers, for example, are given direct access to National Geographic’s Instagram account, enabling them to upload photos, stories, or go live in real-time while they’re on assignment or in the field.

“We are a brand that was founded with the mission of helping people better understand the world around them. That means creating opportunities for people to discover new places, cultures, and experiences that are sometimes out of reach,” said Jonathan Hunt, SVP of Digital Content and Audience Development for National Geographic Partners. “Our followers can go on live daily safaris in Kenya via Facebook, participate in Reddit AMAs with National Geographic Explorers such as Bob Ballard (who discovered the shipwreck of the Titanic), or explore the most awe-inspiring locations around the globe on Instagram. Hence, our success is not only the product of strategy and being data-informed with our content and programming, it is also about deliberately bringing to life our brand’s mission in every digital experience we create.”

The ranking came in Shareablee’s recently published eBook, “The State of Social Media in the U.S. in 2017.” Shareablee’s eBook explores the platforms, categories, brands and content steering the growth of the social web and unpacks the key drivers of engagement for marketers.

In 2017, Shareablee found that social engagement for the average U.S. brand grew 20% year over year across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram captured a majority of the growth in engagement, both increasing by 34%. Video content continued to grow across the social web, the number of video posts from brands increased by 36% and engagement with those videos also grew by 77%.

For more information on Shareablee’s findings and rankings, or to download the eBook, please visit here.

About Shareablee, Inc

Shareablee is the leader in audience-based social media measurement for media publishers, agencies and brands that want to understand the impact and effectiveness of their cross-platform social media campaigns. Launched in 2013, Shareablee empowers brands by providing data that can help them define and drive success on social media by arming them with metrics and predictive analytics that inform powerful best practices. Shareablee is the leading authority on audience intelligence, competitive benchmarking and actionable insights with clients in 15+ countries.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Press Contact:

Bill Daddi

Daddi Brand Communications

Bill@DaddiBrand.com

646-370-1341

917-620-3717

Tierney Oakes

Beck Media for National Geographic

ngpr@beckmedia.com

(512) 640-6078

 

National Geographic Wins 26 Webby Awards and Named First-Ever Webby Media Company of the Year

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:56

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2018)—National Geographic has won the first-ever Webby Media Company of the Year Award, presented to the media organization that performs best across all Webby Award categories. National Geographic won 26 awards total.

“First of all, wow. What an incredible honor from both the Webbys and our community of fans,” said Rachel Webber, EVP of Digital for National Geographic Partners. “National Geographic has served as a platform for exploration for over 130 years, and with new technology and the Internet we’ve been able to empower our millions of fans to explore the world with us. This year’s celebrated work is a testament to our inspiring Explorers and Photographers, a massive team effort across the organization and our commitment to impact-driven storytelling.”

The Webby Award winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and the Webby People’s Voice Awards are voted on by the online public.

A record number of media companies were nominated this year, and the other media organizations in the running for Media Company of the Year were VICE Media, Condé Nast, Turner and Viacom. National Geographic will accept its award on May 14 at the Webby Award Show in New York.

Considered the internet’s highest honor, the Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries this year and 3 million votes were cast for the Webby People’s Voice Awards. Fewer than 10 percent of the entries were selected as nominees.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, (202)-912-6724

National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

National Geographic’s World-Renowned Photographers Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with Flash Print Sale

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

Signed, 8×10 Prints for $100. Nine Days Only.

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2018) – Powerful visual storytelling is at the heart of National Geographic, and this year for Earth Day, its world-renowned photographers are sharing the wonder of the globe with a limited flash print sale for nine days only. Prints by 18 National Geographic photographers celebrating the rich diversity and vitality of our planet will be available to buy as signed, 8” x 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 each. Sharing their photos taken across the world, photographers including Ami Vitale, Cory Richards, Jimmy Chin, Beverly Joubert and Frans Lanting have prints available to purchase for a limited time only, through midnight (EDT) on April 28, at http://www.NGCreativeFlashSale.com/.

National Geographic Creative, which represents many of National Geographic’s photographers, is presenting the sale as a tribute to the organization’s legacy of capturing nature’s most wondrous scenes in order to inspire others to care about the planet. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on Fuji Crystal paper and signed by the respective photographer.

“National Geographic photographers bring critical stories from the farthest corners of the globe to the everyday global citizen,” said Alice Keating, SVP, Photography Business Strategy, who oversees National Geographic Creative. “We are thrilled to bring decades of some of the finest National Geographic photography to the flash sale on Earth Day this year, as a powerful way for our community to take home what makes life on planet Earth so precious.”

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS 

Leah Jereb

leah.jereb@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6716

 

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan

anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6724

National Geographic Celebrates Earth Day 2018 Across Multiple Platforms

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:53

National Geographic kicks off Earth Day 2018 with Symphony for Our World, an artistic celebration of planet Earth that pairs breathtaking wildlife footage with an original musical composition. Broadcast event on Nat Geo WILD accompanies global live tour beginning in San Francisco on April 22

 Documentary about the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day

 National Geographic Kids magazine “Save the Earth” special April issue provides readers with background on environmental issues and tips on how they can help protect the planet

 NationalGeographic.com’s online Earth Day hub provides readers with participation tips and historical perspective since the first Earth Day in 1970

 Purchase breathtaking, signed images by National Geographic photographers at the second annual flash sale

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2018)— For 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond.  Earth Day, April 22, 2018, marks the 48th anniversary of the birth of this environmental movement- an effort that National Geographic has given voice to through groundbreaking storytelling from the best scientists, photographers, explorers and filmmakers in the world. This year, National Geographic will be celebrating Earth Day in a number of ways:

  • Symphony for Our World’ broadcast event: A musical event that combines stunning natural history footage with an original symphony and theme composed by Bleeding Fingers Music, featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, and a special musical collaboration with X Ambassadors. The five-part arrangement – broken down by sea, shore, land, mountains and sky – brings audiences from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and into the sky. ‘Symphony for Our World’ will premiere on television as a one-hour commercial-free event on Earth Day at 7/6c on Nat Geo WILD. Click here to view trailer.
  • Symphony for Our World’ global live tour: National Geographic will feature the original music created for the ‘Symphony for Our World’ broadcast special in a live, global orchestral tour kicking off on Earth Day at San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The global live tour features narration by Tony- and Grammy-award winner Daveed Diggs as well as JooWan Kim of Ensemble Mik Nawooj. On Earth Day weekend, enter the code EARTHDAY at checkout to receive 10 percent off tickets. This sale will run from Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. local time until Monday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. For performance dates and ticket information, visit natgeo-symphony.com.
  • Images and video from the National Geographic Photo Ark will be featured in the ‘Symphony for Our World’ events to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action thorugh education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Viewers can learn more at org and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether.
  • National Geographic’s “Into the Okavango”premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, at 5:00p.m. ET. The film chronicles National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes and an international team of modern-day explorers on their first, epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses. Directed by Neil Gelinas and showcasing the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project, the film draws the world’s attention not only to the Okavango River Basin, one of the most important areas for biodiversity conservation, but to the little-known and vulnerable wilderness area in the Angolan highlands on which it depends.
  • The “Save the Earth” special April issue of National Geographic Kids magazine empowers young readers to protect the planet, tackle climate change, biodiversity, pollution and habitat destruction. The issue provides kids with scientific background on some of the most pressing environmental issues and encourages them to go further with innovative tips on how they can individually help save the Earth.
  • NationalGeographic.com will be sharing focused digital content around Earth Day instructing readers on how to participate, explaining the largest environmental issues the world faced on its first Earth Day in 1970, and providing a list of 48 things that have changed since then. Please visit our Earth Day hub online for this content and more. Additionally, National Geographic Travel will host a discussion about ways to be a more eco-friendly traveler on its Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. ET.
  • National Geographic Creative flash sale, from 9:00 a.m. ET, April 20, to midnight April 28, sells prints by National Geographic photographers that pay homage to the Earth. The photos will be available to buy as signed, 8” X 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 each.

One of National Geographic’s core goals is to ignite the explorer in all people, and to further help them understand the world around them. To explore Earth Day-focused content further and see how you can help protect the planet, please visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/earth-day-stories.

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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Contacts

For Symphony for Our World (Nat Geo WILD Broadcast Event):

Molly Mulrain

Molly.Mulrain@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6745

 

For Symphony for Our World (Global Live Tour):

Meg Calnan

Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6703

 

For Into the Okavango at Tribeca Film Festival:

Kristin Montalbano

Kristin.Montalbano@natgeo.com

(703) 678-3678

 

For Nat Geo Kids “Save the Earth” April Special Issue:

Caitlin Holbrook

Caitlin.Holbrook@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6714

 

For National Geographic Creative Flash Sale:

Leah Jereb

Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6716

 

For NationalGeographic.com Digital Content:

Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey.Taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6776

National Geographic Announces First-Ever Custom Content Special to Launch on Weekly Travel Block Programming

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:53

Hour-Long Special, New Orleans: City of Stories, Commemorates the Iconic City as it Celebrates its 300th Anniversary

Premieres Monday, April 23rd at 6PM; Additional Cities to Include Asheville, North Carolina and San Diego, California

(NEW YORK, NY – April 17, 2018) – – National Geographic announced today its first-ever, one-hour custom content special featuring the iconic city of New Orleans in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Pegged to the 300th Anniversary of the city, NEW ORLEANS: CITY OF STORIES, will delve into the uniquely rich culture, or “the soul of New Orleans” as the locals like to say, exploring the city’s deep ties to music, food, arts and diversity that have made it an American treasure. The hour-long special, the first of many in Nat Geo’s new custom travel block, will launch on Monday, April 23rd, at 6 p.m. EST on National Geographic.

For upcoming travel programming, National Geographic will continue to partner with tourism organizations and travel industry insiders to produce a series of hour-long specials in addition to other travel shows that focus on remarkable destinations around the world. Asheville, North Carolina and San Diego, California are the next destinations to be featured in the new travel line-up. This new cities series will focus on what makes each featured city so unique, providing an inside look into the history, art, food, drinks, music and cultural experiences. Each program will inspire audiences to travel to a new destination or explore their own backyard.

“We are proud to showcase New Orleans in its tricentennial anniversary as our first custom content program in our new cities series,” said Kimberly Connaghan, VP global partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “This is a city like no other and its authenticity comes shining through as locals share their stories about what makes New Orleans so unique.”

“We are thrilled to partner with National Geographic to bring the unique and culturally rich story of New Orleans and our Tricentennial to their vast audiences,” commented Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “Through the process we uncovered some of the city’s most talented and culturally diverse artists who carry the passion of their love for New Orleans in their craft. We look forward to sharing these stories and many others throughout this special year.”

In NEW ORLEANS: CITY OF STORIES, viewers will go on a historical journey of The Big Easy. Along the way, viewers will meet the people that give New Orleans its vibrant atmosphere and enthusiasm, including musicians, accomplished artists, community leaders, artisans, bartenders and historians. These New Orleans residents explain the history of jazz funerals, tell stories through colorful street art, delve into the history of iconic New Orleans cocktails, explain the revitalization of a historic dance style and showcase how a music education program is bringing joy to the local community. This in-depth look at the thriving city proves that the magic of New Orleans extends far beyond Bourbon Street.

Media Contact

Meg Calnan, National Geographic, Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Launches ‘Open Explorer’ Community Platform — First of Its Kind Digital Field Journal — By and For Explorers

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:00

Platform enables explorers, scientists and adventurers alike to tell the stories of their expeditions and fieldwork and to follow fellow community members’ adventures in real time

Partnership with National Geographic Explorer David Lang aims to connect the global exploration community with new tools and resources to further their work

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2018) – National Geographic has announced the acquisition and re-launch of Open Explorer, a community platform for explorers and scientists to document their expeditions in real-time from the field and share their journeys with the world through digital storytelling. Anyone with a story to tell or a place to explore can now share their journey and crowdfund their fieldwork, including university researchers, citizen scientists, students and professional explorers. The online platform aims to democratize exploration by lowering the barrier of entry, giving access and allowing anyone to share their stories of curiosity and adventure.

For any explorer or scientist in the field, their journal is one of the most important tools. When Open Explorer was originally founded in 2014 by National Geographic Explorer David Lang, it was conceived as an answer to the question, “If Darwin were alive today, how would he have kept his notes?” Lang recognized the need for a place to record experiences, tell stories and collaborate with a community that cared about science, exploration and storytelling. Furthering the knowledge and understanding of our world has always been the core purpose of National Geographic. As such, National Geographic, in partnership with Lang, is making Open Explorer part of the National Geographic ecosystem and is focused on growing the community, connecting members with new tools and additional resources, and sharing the community’s stories with the world through National Geographic’s vast global storytelling portfolio.

“There’s never been a better time to be curious person, it’s truly the golden age of exploration,” said Lang, founder of Open Explorer and co-founder of OpenRov, a company that creates new tools for underwater exploration. “In a digital world filled with instant and endless information, it’s easy to forget that there is so much we as humans still don’t know. Nearly every app and website aims to answer questions or make some process more convenient. Open Explorer is different. It’s a tool for finding better questions.”

Rachel Webber, Executive Vice President of Digital for National Geographic Partners, said, “For more than 130 years, National Geographic has served as a platform for exploration; today, technology enables us to empower our millions of fans around the world to participate.  It’s thrilling to see the diversity of projects and people in the Open Explorer community – from teenagers in Chicago looking for meteorites to our National Geographic Society Explorers like Steve and Chris Boyes trekking the Okavango Delta. We’re very grateful and honored that David brought this project to us, and we’re excited to continue to invest in and collaborate with this inspiring community.”

Open Explorer Site Functionality:

When users visit Open Explorer, they will find inspiring expeditions to follow and the ability to start their own projects. Users can document their work, upload photos and videos, leverage fundraising tools and collaborate with fellow expedition members. Audiences can follow expeditions for regular updates from the field and can engage on posts through comments and sharing material on social.

As Lang says, “People who are empowered to explore the world around them will love their planet and people who love their planet will protect it.”

To interact with the community, follow expeditions or start your own, visit Open Explorer here.

To follow expeditions that are happening right now, visit the Expedition Discover page.

To begin building your own expedition, visit this detailed guide to get started.

Press Contacts:

For interviews, visuals and more information, please contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, (202) 912 6724

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6776

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE INTRODUCES REDESIGNED PRINT EDITION

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:00

New Paper, Design, Sections, Typefaces, and Energy Debut with the May Issue 

Redesign showcases even more of National Geographic’s stunning photography and follows on the heels of one of the most successful years in the magazine’s 130-year history

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2018)  On the heels of one of the most successful years in National Geographic magazine’s 130-year history, the iconic print publication is introducing (video HERE) a bold new redesign, with new visual story forms, thought-provoking essays, and even more stunning photography. The May issue, on print newsstands April 24 and available online at ngm.com, explores and illuminates the frontiers of our world, from the depths of the ocean to the frontlines of culture, always with an eye for understanding the people, places, and ideas that shape our planet. Through dynamic new sections, type faces, premium paper stock, and more of the breathtaking photography that has engaged audiences for over a century, the iconic yellow border will continue to offer a portal to the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond.

Since the formation of National Geographic Partners in 2015, the brand has made an aggressive push to go “Further” moving the yellow border from reverence to relevance by delivering premium, distinctive content to a 21st century audience across its multiple platforms including linear, print, digital, social, consumer products, books, and travel. With the redesign of the magazine, National Geographic’s most iconic and revered platform will now deliver today’s audiences even more of the high quality, creatively inspired, and visually spectacular storytelling that readers around the world have come to expect in a fresh and contemporary way.

“National Geographic has helped readers explore the world for 130 years, and we thought it was important to move forward by embracing our heritage in new and modern ways,” said Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine. “The new National Geographic delivers the same sense of wonder readers expect but with a bolder, more provocative, more captivating eye.”

“This next evolution of National Geographic brings to bear the full set of tools available to the contemporary magazine,” said Emmet Smith, Creative Director of National Geographic magazine. “It allows us to more fully showcase the spectacular work of our photographers, reporters, and artists—and, in turn, provide an even better magazine for our readers.”

Goldberg and Smith worked on the strategy and redesign of the magazine with Godfrey Dadich Partners (GDP), a firm whose team of editors, designers, and marketers come from some of the nation’s top publications, including WIRED, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The New Yorker and Los Angeles magazine. GDP was engaged to identify and distill the core values that would serve as the foundation for the magazine’s next chapter.

“It was an honor for us to collaborate on such an iconic brand—to dive into a 130-year history of cartography, photography, typefaces, and journalism, then design a new kind of magazine for today,” said Scott Dadich, founder and co-CEO of Godfrey Dadich Partners. “Redesigning the magazine enhances its ability to deepen people’s understanding of the world and their role in it.”

What’s Changed

The redesigned National Geographic magazine includes pages that are easier to navigate and more exciting, with dynamic new sections at the front of the magazine. There is more space for stunning photography. New typefaces are adapted from styles that harken to its past, but are updated to reflect today’s sensibilities. The magazine is now printed on two new premium paper stocks, making the photographs more lush and rich, and giving the magazine itself a more luxurious feel to the hand.

New front sections: Three distinct sections in the front of the magazine provide an energetic and captivating introduction:

  • Proof—Dedicated to short photo essays highlighting new, provocative perspectives.
  • Embark—Investigating new ideas and arguments, challenging readers’ views of the world and everything in it.
  • Explore—Adventure pieces that allow the reader to journey, escape boundaries, and investigate the great mysteries of life. New elements include “Atlas,” a story told through maps, and “Through the Lens,” the backstory of a single, memorable photograph.

Even more emphasis on visual storytelling: Instead of four or five feature stories of roughly the same length in each issue there will now be several shorter, visual features rich with illustrations and photos; two traditional-length stories with the deep, global reporting and imagery that are the magazine’s hallmark; and one major, marquee package.

A bolder design and new typefaces: Two typefaces were created, inspired by both historical typefaces and pioneers who have helped build the legacy of the magazine. The first is Earle, named in honor of legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence Sylvia Earle, who was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The second is Marden, based on an archival type that’s been updated and digitally re-cut for a clean, new look. It pays tribute to Luis Marden, an adventurer and photographer who was a pioneer in color photography.

What’s Stayed the Same

Most importantly, the three principles that underlie all that the magazine was built on remains the same—We are on the side of science, on the side of facts, and on the side of the planet.

Building On Success

Throughout its 130-year history, National Geographic has continuously pushed boundaries—from its innovative use of photography starting in 1906 to becoming the most followed brand on Instagram today. National Geographic has always found new ways to inspire audiences through high-definition, visual storytelling that’s impossible to ignore.

In 2017, the magazine had its best showing than ever before, garnering awards across photography, design, digital, and editorial. It was named as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its 2017 single-topic issue about gender, and also won the National Magazine Award for best single-topic issue for the ground-breaking gender issue. In 2017, newsstand sales were up 16% year over year, at a time when sales are down for most of the industry, and it was one of the only magazines to increase its print readership among c-suite and millennial readers.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure, and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing, and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

 

Press Contacts:

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National Geographic Partners                         Godfrey Dadich Partners

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202.258.8020                                                   917.797.3475

 

SKY AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORK TOGETHER TO FIGHT OCEAN PLASTIC

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:00
  • National Geographic commits $10 million to supporting Sky Ocean Ventures activity
  • Sky and National Geographic to partner on a new set of grants, Innovation Challenges and events designed to eradicate marine plastic and encourage enterprise innovation
  • Collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastics in the ocean

London/Rome April 16th 2018: Sky and National Geographic have today announced that they are to join forces in the fight to eradicate the destructive impact of plastic litter in the world’s oceans and that National Geographic will commit $10 million to bring its scientific expertise, grants and media reach to support the activities of Sky Ocean Ventures.

Sky Ocean Ventures was launched in March 2018 with a £25 million cornerstone commitment from Sky and the objective of seeking out investment opportunities in businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic crisis. The National Geographic Society joins the effort and will bring together its global network of scientists and academics to support the fund’s vision, along with a financial commitment focused on activity that aligns with its mission, values and objectives. Activities will include:

  • Grants: Targeted funding will be made available with the National Geographic Society and Sky issuing calls for proposals that will measurably reduce plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean. Priority will be given to projects that aim to develop solutions to help stop plastic from reaching waterways through improved recycling, waste management or other means as well as innovative methods that engage stakeholders to create solutions that dramatically reduce plastic use and/or input into watersheds
  • Innovation Challenges: A series of Innovation Challenges issued to the best talents and minds around the globe will identify, award and support groundbreaking technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on oceans. Challenges will address the myriad inefficiencies in the plastics value chain from material innovation and product design to consumer use and collection
  • Events: A series of events will convene and engage industry leaders, corporations, institutions and foundations focused on the issue of marine plastic pollution

With its expertise in research and grants management, together with its historical perspective and legacy in conservation, the National Geographic Society is uniquely positioned to serve the objectives of this campaign.

This latest collaboration builds on the grassroots grants programme Sky and the National Geographic Society launched in the fall of 2017 to select 10 young academics to run marine-based research projects, underpinned by funding and support from National Geographic. Three of the grantees have subsequently been awarded an additional Sky Ocean Rescue Scholarship and will receive supplementary funding and mentoring from Sky to enhance the impact of their research.

The Sky Ocean Rescue Scholars were announced on stage at National Geographic’s Festival of Science in Rome and include:

  • Imogen Napper, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Project Title: How Effective New Technologies are at Capturing Released Synthetic Microplastic Fibers from Domestic Washing Machines.

  • Martina Capriotti, University of Camerino, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Project Title: An Innovative Approach for Testing Microplastic Hazardousness in the Adriatic Sea.

  • Annette Fayet, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Project Title: Why are Puffins Going Extinct? Combining Novel Technology and Machine Learning to Understand the Cause Behind Long-Lasting declines in an Endangered Seabird.

As part of this collaboration, National Geographic Partners will also use its authentic and inspirational storytelling, award-winning photography and renowned journalism to shine a spotlight on this critical issue and the innovative solutions the Sky Ocean Ventures collaboration aims to enable.

Collectively, this new collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastic litter in the ocean.

Speaking on the collaboration, Sky’s Group Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch said:

National Geographic is a world leader in science and exploration with expertise, knowledge and credibility that only comes from spending over a century protecting our planet. I’m excited that we share the same vision and understand the pressing need to take action and find meaningful solutions to the plastics problem. Together, we will create real impact, and I look forward to bringing other financial and non-financial partners on board.”

Gary Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners, added:

“Sky Ocean Ventures is a bold new project that will support breakthrough thinking and invest in new ideas aimed at the impact plastic is having on our oceans and marine life.  National Geographic will use our global media portfolio to encourage conservation of our oceans and exploration of new ways to be better stewards of the world in which we live.”

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and SVP, Grants and Exploration at the National Geographic Society added:

“This is a unique opportunity to build upon National Geographic Society’s 130-year history of investing in bold people with transformative ideas and using the power of our storytellers to help achieve a planet in balance. By 2025, Sky and National Geographic will have helped to bring pledges of people taking action to reduce their own plastic footprint, helped transform the way businesses deal with their supply chain and innovation as far as plastic is concerned and will have invested in or supported technologies with high potential to be transformational.” 

Through Sky Ocean Rescue, Sky will continue to inspire simple, everyday changes that will stop our oceans from drowning in plastic. Sky is leading by example as the first FTSE 100 company to commit to transforming its own business to be free from single-use plastics by 2020. This means that 1,000 tonnes of plastic will be removed from its supply chain and operation — the equivalent weight of seven blue whales. Sky are encouraging and supporting innovation to develop solutions through Sky Ocean Ventures and we are working to influence others to take action.

Sky Ocean Rescue follows the successful Sky Rainforest Rescue campaign which, with the support of its customers, raised over £9m to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. Ten years ago, Sky became the world’s first carbon neutral media company and is currently listed in the top 8 of sustainable businesses in Newsweek’s Green Rankings, Silver Class in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and included within the FTSE4Good.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Further information pertaining to the new grants and global innovation challenges as part of the new relationship between Sky and National Geographic:

Grants:

  • National Geographic and Sky will also issue calls for proposals that measurably reduce plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean
  • Priority will be given to projects that aim develop innovative solutions to help stop plastic from reaching waterways through improved recycling, waste management, or other means; as well as innovative methods that engage stakeholders to create solutions that dramatically reduce plastic use and/or input into watersheds
  • Applicants can be from a range of backgrounds, including scientists, conservationists, educators or storytellers
  • Applicants should visit nationalgeographic.org/grants for more information and to begin the application process

Innovation Challenges:

  • The National Geographic and Sky Global Innovation Challenge will identify, award and support leading solutions and innovative enterprising technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on the oceans
  • Competitions will be hosted in strategic markets around the world, with the potential for winners from national competitions to compete in regional or global competitions
  • Challenges will address the myriad inefficiencies in the plastics value chain from material innovation and product design to consumer use and collection
  • Further information about the challenges and details of how to submit proposals will be made available on org

About the National Geographic Early Career Explorers grant, supported by Sky Ocean Rescue

Criteria for selection included (but wasn’t limited to):

  • Being passionate about protecting marine spaces and enhancing our understanding of the ocean, and be willing and excited to convey this to the general public.
  • Propose a research, technology, or conservation project that will advance our knowledge of the ocean and the challenges it currently faces (e.g., climate change, coastal development, pollution, threats to biodiversity, microplastics, unsustainable fishing practices); develop technology to advance ocean exploration or protection; or effect changes in policy or behaviour, including through community-based projects that will protect the future of the ocean. Preference will be given to projects focused on the North Sea, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean.
  • Be studying for—or have recently completed—a master’s or Ph.D. in a relevant subject OR be working in ocean conservation or marine technology with less than six years of experience in the field.
  • Be born after January 1, 1986
  • Propose a unique and independently led project that will start between 1st May and 1st August 2018 and involve marine-based work in Europe. The project should show a desire to take risks, think differently, and push the boundaries of what is possible.
  • Demonstrate a wide reach for the project (e.g., in terms of direct beneficiaries, potential audience, scale of impact).

 For further information, please contact:

For Sky Ocean Ventures

Shannen Jones, Corporate Media Relations

Email: Shannen.jones@sky.uk

Mobile: +44 7833 744 309

For National Geographic

Daniel Maynard, Senior Communications Director

National Geographic Partners, Europe & Africa

Email: Daniel.Maynard@fox.com

Mobile: +44 (0)7971 058 864

About Sky Ocean Rescue

As Europe’s leading entertainment company, we’re using our voice and potential reach to inspire simple, everyday changes to stop our oceans from drowning in plastic. Since January 2017 millions have engaged with Sky Ocean Rescue and we want to do more. As a business, we’re leading by example and transforming our own business by eliminating all single use plastics from our operations by 2020. We are encouraging and supporting innovation to develop solutions through Sky Ocean Ventures and we are working to influence others to take action. Sky Ocean Rescue forms part of the Bigger Picture which also inspires the new generation through the power of sport, and invests further in creativity and diversity in our industry to make a difference.

 About National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

MEDIA ALERT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND WILL SMITH HOST FIRST EVER INSTAGRAM LIVE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THURSDAY, APRIL 12, AT 11:45 AM EST

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:44

Beamed Live From 250 Miles Above Earth, NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel Chats From the ISS with One Strange Rock Host Will Smith

WHAT: In the first ever Instagram Live from the International Space Station, One
Strange Rock host Will Smith will virtually join NASA astronaut Drew
Feustel for a discussion about space, music and more! Tune into National
Geographic’s Instagram Live on Thursday, April 12, at 11:45 AM EST.

WHO: Will Smith, Host of National Geographic’s One Strange Rock, (@willsmith)
and NASA (@NASA) Astronaut Drew Feustel, Expedition 55 Flight Engineer (@astro_feustel)

WHEN/WHERE: Follow @NatGeo on Instagram to watch live.
Tomorrow (Thursday, April 12)
11:45 AM – 12:05 PM EST

Reporting LIVE from the ISS on Instagram Live

Footage will be available after the live broadcast.

Be sure to keep watching #OneStrangeRock on National Geographic, Mondays at 10/9c!

For More Information on Expedition 55: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition55/index.html

For More Information on One Strange Rock:
Nat Geo Press Site
Nat Geo Online

MEDIA CONTACTS
Tahli Kouperstein, 240-401-9674, Tahli.Kouperstein@natgeo.com
Jennifer Bond, 301-787-4721, Jennifer.Bond@natgeo.com
Caitlin Holbrook, 202-912-6714, Caitlin.Holbrook@natgeo.com

Daveed Diggs and JooWan Kim to Collaborate on National Geographic: Symphony for Our World

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:24

Premiering This Earth Day, April 22, National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. Welcome Award-Winning Actor as Part of First-in-Class Symphonic Experience

SAN FRANCISCO – April 6, 2018 — National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Tony- and Grammy-award winner Daveed Diggs will narrate, as a contributing artist, the upcoming National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, which begins touring in April 2018. The actor, rapper and producer, known for his award-winning work in the musical Hamilton, is bringing a modern take on the classics to the symphony scene with this new show. With MGP Live as the official promoter, an inaugural performance of Symphony for Our World will be held in San Francisco at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

“Working with National Geographic on this new kind of immersive storytelling, and sharing so much about the world with music, is something near and dear to my heart,” said Daveed Diggs. “Ever since I was a kid I’ve always liked National Geographic, and am so excited to be a part of Symphony for Our World.”

The original symphony and theme were created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music featuring composers Austin Fay and Andrew Christie with contributions from multi-platinum selling rockers X Ambassadors. Along with Diggs, JooWan Kim of Ensemble Mik Nawooj has joined the project, composing the music for the show’s narrations and overture.

“I had a great time collaborating with the creative director, Ryan, as he gave me the freedom to be inventive in deconstructing Le Carnaval as well as the iconic Elmer Bernstein National Geographic theme. The idea was to create new pieces based on the originals as opposed to medleys with modified instrumentation, which I believe we succeed in doing. I injected boom bap, trap, and other variants of Hip-Hop whenever possible so people could bop their heads to,” said JooWan Kim.

This inspiring 90-minute live orchestral performance will be presented in concert venues around the world, with groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from 130 years of beloved National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with a live orchestra and choir.

“National Geographic has inspired generations to explore, understand and protect our world. Bringing this type of storytelling to life in symphony is an incredible honor,” said Jason Michael Paul, President of Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc.

“At National Geographic, we believe that our unparalleled visual storytelling can profoundly impact and inspire people to care about our planet. Our yellow border serves as a portal for people to gain new insight into the farthest reaches of the earth and beyond,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “We’re thrilled to have Daveed Diggs join us in sharing this ground-breaking show that combines our beautiful imagery with breathtaking music. Daveed’s passion for our mission truly elevates Symphony for Our World.”

The tour’s first performance is in conjunction with the television broadcast premiere of ‘Symphony for Our World’, an hour-long special which airs commercial-free on the same day on Nat Geo WILD. The ‘Symphony for Our World’ television event will premiere globally in 140 countries. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com or www.natgeotvpressroom.com.

As a special addition to Symphony For Our World, photos from National Geographic Photo Ark will be featured for this Earth Day event. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Learn more at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether.

Driven by a five-part composition, Symphony for Our World pairs artistry with science as it brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains and soaring into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement, resulting in a powerful musical tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.

For performance dates and ticket information, visit www.natgeo-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook.

Assets

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGdDkxoVCKs

About Jason Michael Paul Entertainment

A pioneer and leader in the live symphonic concert industry, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. has been responsible for producing world-renowned concerts including events for The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Dear Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, More Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, The Legend of Zelda- 25th Anniversary Concerts and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. For more information, please visit https://jmpent.com.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Bleeding Fingers Music

Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music has assembled an exceptional and sonically diverse roster of composers to create superlative original film and television scores. Co-founded by Hans Zimmer, Extreme Music CEO Russell Emanuel, Steven Kofsky and SonyATV, the company’s core belief is that collaboration breeds innovation and working in an environment where the gifted are empowered to be adventurous, experimental and creatively generous results in extraordinary music. Our 20 state-of-the-art studios based on Zimmer’s world-renowned campus and our best-in-class production team allow us the ability to produce music at the very highest standard. Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including Fox’s The Simpsons, BBC’s Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II, and Big Cats, National Geographic’s Diana: In Her Own Words and Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, Sony’s Snatch (TV), Netflix’s original Dope, History Channel’s Mountain Men and BBC America’s Top Gear.

About MGP Live MGP Live is an international entertainment company based in NYC specialized producing concerts and special events. For over 30 years Massimo Gallotta, Founder and President of MGP Live, has been a leading promoter in the international music scene.  With an eclectic roster of clients, MGP Live has also championed the niche world of the multimedia symphonic experience, partnering with top entertainment brands to present various multimedia symphony tours worldwide.

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Media Contacts

Kate Lollar

PR for JMP Entertainment

kate@jmpent.com

901-674-6443

 

Meg Calnan

National Geographic

meg.calnan@natgeo.com

202-912-6703

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