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The evening groups are back.........soon

Booker Gliding - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:37
 Evening flying starts again on Tuesday 17th April. The groups will, as last year, be run by:

Graham Saw - Tuesdays
Chris Rowland - Wednesdays
Symeon Economou - Fridays

Evenings are a great time to make progress with your flying - circuits, aerobatics (on Tuesdays), spot landing, aerotowing .......... or just enjoying a peaceful evening flight as the sun sets. It's also a good time for group visits - a (special price) trial lesson and a picnic, or maybe a trip to a local pub - just contact the office to make arrangements.

Don't sit indoors on a warm sunny evening, come on down to the airfield and make some new friends.

Opening the Adriatic: Luštica Bay Making Waves

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:00
Opening the Adriatic: Luštica Bay Making Waves It’s no surprise to read about future developments along the dazzling coast of Montenegro. One of the future players in the top charter destinations stakes, this sleepy corner of the Adriatic is home to a number of new advances. Luštica Bay – which plans 2 marinas, 1500 properties and seven hotels – is the latest to open for business.

Founded back in 2008, as a joint venture between Orascom Development Ltd. (90%) and the Government of Montenegro (10%), Luštica Development AD set out to create a secluded spot, which would eventually develop into a 690-hectare town.

Blending in seamlessly to the country’s rich natural beauty, the development was to offer a cascading mountain backdrop, yet push the boundaries of modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure.

With more than a first glimpse of the progression so far, the above video shows the moving-toward-completion state of the 1.1 billion Euro investment (the biggest yet in Montenegro) and the birth of what appears to be a historic fishing village; with the main marina at it’s very heart. Popping up in this traditionally inspired village are restaurants, bars and a wide portfolio of properties all posing as part of a new and full-integrated community and within reach of three major airports.

With elements opening this summer, Luštica Bay is likely to see its first glimpse of Mediterranean life fill its cobbled streets and golden shores. The Chedi Luštica Bay Hotel (a 5-star hideout) will host the official opening this summer.

Offering 110 rooms, 60 of which will be hotel condominiums and part of The Chedi Residences, there will also be two restaurants, a bar, conference and business centre, a heated outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre featuring indoor heated pool and gymnasium and ancillary facilities.

Nevertheless, it’s 1 of 2 marinas opening this season that hope to bring both charterers and owners to this Adriatic gateway. It promises accommodation for 176 power and sail boats up to 35 meters in length, and a sizeable secondary mooring area for smaller vessels. In addition, a yacht club with crew facilities, 24-hour yacht assistance and a multitude of luxury marina facilities including a sports club and access to a swimming pool, hope to keep guests safe and harbored in a new Rivera-style.

Luštica Bay also offers commercial and private yacht owners a range of financial benefits as a non-EU country. Not subject to EU tax and import regulations and with no VAT to pay when purchasing a boat, not to mention tax and duty-free fuel and unlimited berthing, there’s a lot more to Luštica than just its charming village-feel.

So, whether it’s a new destination to cruise, place to invest or just a summer retreat, we’ll be watching the evolution of Luštica, and of course Montenegro, into the superyacht hot-spot we’ve been waiting for.

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Good bye Sutton Bank

Booker Gliding - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 22:08
Friday was very windy indeed so the only flying was a couple of winch launches by the locals. We derigged the Duo Discus and LS7 in the shelter of the hangar and turned all the trailers round ready for leaving in the morning. Some of us then went for a bit of ground level sight seeing around the North York Moors, having seen a bit from above. This morning we said good bye and set off south to the Chilterns.

Many thanks to the Yorkshire Gliding Club for making us so welcome, and to Richard for organising us all.

Skoda convoy

Westerly winds again

Booker Gliding - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:02
Yesterday was a busy day with the wind in the west and opportunities for ridge, thermal and wave soaring. Having got his Bronze 1 hour the previous day Max flew again for 2 hours, congratulations Max. The day ended with Richard taking a couple of people on runs along the length of the ridge, just before sunset.

315 above cloud somewhere in Yorkshire
Max heading Bronze



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND SPRINT ANNOUNCE WINNER OF CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION — AWARDS $25,000 PRIZE TO TURN IDEA INTO CATALYST FOR CHANGE IN THE WORLD

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 22:04

WASHINGTON, D.C. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (March 21, 2018) – National Geographic and Sprint are proud to announce Asha Gummadi as the winner of the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge, which aimed at inspiring innovative ideas focused on wireless connectivity and the network of the future. Based in Philadelphia, Asha Gummadi garnered the most votes on the CHASING GENIUS platform for her idea on Empowering Tele Rehabilitation with Digital Connectivity, and will receive $25,000 to take her vision further.

The CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation challenge began in January as the second challenge in National Geographic’s growing CHASING GENIUS franchise, a groundbreaking digital initiative built on the premise that transformational ideas can come from anywhere, and from anyone. Inspiring people all over the globe, the CHASING GENIUS community unleashed more than one thousand potential solutions to leverage technology and the power of connectivity to imagine a better world.

Asha’s project is a smartphone app that allows doctors to digitally prescribe physical therapy exercises to patients in developing countries who can’t easily access rehab centers or treatment. To ensure patients can learn their exercises remotely, the app demonstrates each movement via detailed animations, and allows patients to choose their own language for instructions. A neurological physical therapist, Asha was inspired to create the app after she could not effectively recommend exercises to her mother due to a language barrier, and after her grandfather couldn’t access much-needed rehab services in rural India. Learn more about Asha’s idea HERE.

Launched last spring, the CHASING GENIUS platform brings together a community of active, aspirational, socially conscious consumers who want to make a positive difference in the world. Through the platform, challenges are presented to the community in an effort to foster and grow innovative ideas around some of the most pressing issues facing our planet.

Since the challenge began, the CHASING GENIUS community has grown to 35,000 members. The concept of transformational ideas and CHASING GENIUS reverberated across social, digital and broadcast media and generated more than 100 million impressions, seven million content views, and 229,000* social conversations.

During the submissions phase, the community was highly engaged — sharing ideas, offering feedback, asking questions, and flagging favorites. The submissions were then evaluated on four criteria to find the most inspiring, innovative, creative, and viable ideas. After the members of the CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation Council determined the top 10 finalists, the CHASING GENIUS community cast their votes to elect the winning idea.

“By way of this CHASING GENIUS challenge — and those that will follow — we want to prove to consumers around the world that the term ‘explorer’ isn’t confined to one meaning. It’s the curiosity, creativity and perseverance put into each submission that sparks the explorer in each of us,” said Claudia Malley, executive vice president, partner solutions, National Geographic. “Our work here with Sprint has proven that theory and has shown us that transformative ideas can truly come from anyone, and anywhere.”

“We all have the ability to be a catalyst for positive global change, and it was inspiring to see so many people share their passion for technology and innovation through the National Geographic Chasing Genius platform,” said Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer, Sprint. “We congratulate all of the finalists, along with Asha Gummadi, and we can’t wait to see where their ideas take them next.”

Council members who played a role in reviewing submissions include Eric Berkenpas, engineer and Sr. Director of Exploration Technology at National Geographic; Victoria Jaggard, Online Science and Innovation News Editor for National Geographic; Tan Le, Founder & CEO of EMOTIV; Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO; and Albert Yu-Min-Lin, research scientist and engineer focused on technology-enabled exploration and crowdsourcing. Select council members have been chosen for their ability to make the impossible possible and for their visions of making the world a better place.

For a comprehensive look at submissions, follow the link here: http://www.natgeochasinggenius.com/videos

*Potential Reach is provided by Spredfast times 5% (estimated reach), based on #ChasingGenius and other program qualifiers 

CHASING GENIUS is inspired by National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series, “Genius” which will once again be supported across National Geographic platforms, including the May cover of National Geographic magazine, travel, social, digital, and other platforms. Season two, premiering April 24th, will chronicle the life of another renowned mastermind and tell the untold narrative of the person behind the genius — this time, focusing on Pablo Picasso.

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.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.6 million connections as of December 31, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

More flying at Sutton Bank

Booker Gliding - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:51
Today the wind was westerly so we were launching on 24 - a bit different from Booker, off the edge of the airfield and suddenly the valley is spread out below. The ridge was working well and there were strong thermals so staying up was not a problem. We had use of the local DG1000 as well as the Booker gliders, so everyone had a go.

Yorkshire
Chilly launch queue
John's new career as a lollipop man

Guide to Larnaca windsurfing holidays in Cyprus

Windsurfing - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:46

Fancy a windsurf holiday on the Med this summer? Then read this guide to Larnaca windsurfing holidays in Cyprus, to find out why this Cypriot resort in the south east of the island makes the perfect windsurf destination. Larnaca City is a port with many hidden beauties. Expect sandy Blue Flag beaches with...

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Sutton Bank expedition week 2

Booker Gliding - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:41
Those that arrived for the weekend had plenty of snow to admire, but not a lot of opportunity to fly.



On Monday the sky cleared and white stuff stopped falling so we got the toys out. Conditions were, shall we say, bracing with a stiff NE wind which flayed any exposed skin, but there were strong thermals and plenty of interesting scenery - and a circuit which required concentration. Excellent fun.
Spot the (snow)ball
Today started with rain but our CFI promised us a clearance and lo and behold in the afternoon the sky cleared and the wind dropped and the views were stunning.
The view from the tractorMore fun tomorrow.
















Sutton Bank expedition update

Booker Gliding - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:07
The team had a good day yesterday with weak thermals allowing for flights of almost an hour. Everyone flew, including most of the single seaters. After a lovely sunset they retired to the Three Tuns in Thirsk for steak and quiz night - no word on whether or not they won!

Somewhere over Yorkshire
View of the airfield
Yorkshire looking a bit wet
Day's end
Local beer tasting


What is windfoiling? My experience of windsurf hydro foiling

Windsurfing - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:09

We were recently asked ‘what is windfoiling?’ So we turned to windsurfing guru Tez Plavenieks from Windsurfing UK Magazine for an answer. This is his experience of windsurf hydro foiling. What is windfoiling? A dangly piece of carbon (or aluminium/steel) thingy, with shark fin-esque wings, hanging off the back of your windsurfing...

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Booker Spring expedition

Booker Gliding - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 21:44
The Spring expedition to Sutton Bank is now well underway. The week 1 contingent made it up the 1-in-4 hairpin bend to the airfield in safety and yesterday they all had check flights to get the lie of the land. Today it has been wet, as it was down south, but they are expecting a good day tomorrow.

A fine view of the White Horse
The gang looking happy

National Geographic Publishes “The Race Issue”, a Special Edition Single-Topic Issue Exploring Race and Diversity in the 21st Century

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:41

Cover features set of black and white fraternal twins that will challenge readers to rethink everything they know about race

“The Race Issue” is timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK Jr. and kicks off “Diversity in America” magazine series continuing through 2018

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2018) – National Geographic has published a single-topic issue exploring the subject of race in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination this April. The April edition of the magazine, The Race Issue, features a pair of black and white fraternal twin sisters from the United Kingdom, Marcia and Millie Biggs, on the cover (more here). The Biggs twins on the cover are a catalyst for readers to rethink what they know about race. The full issue is available now at natgeo.com/TheRaceIssue.

The Race Issue, which is accompanied by a discussion guide aimed at parents and educators (here), includes the latest research, powerful anecdotes and unparalleled visual storytelling to explore the human journey through the lens of labels that define, separate and unite us. Select features include:

 

 

 

  • The Stop,” a powerful piece featuring anecdotes from black and Hispanic motorists who’ve been pulled over by the police due to the color of their skin. This piece was reported in partnership with ESPN’s The Undefeated, with text by Michael Fletcher and photos by National Geographic photographer Wayne Lawrence.

 

  • Streets in His Name,” a photographic essay, with text by award-winning journalist Wendi C. Thomas, on streets around the world bearing MLK Jr.’s name and how they reflect the legacy he left behind.

 

  • A Place of Their Own,” which showcases a new brand of activism at historically black colleges and universities as racial tensions escalate across the country. Text by Clint Smith and photos by Nina Robinson and Ruddy Roye.

The Race Issue kicks off the magazine’s “Diversity in America” series. Throughout the rest of 2018, the series looks at racial, ethnic and religious groups in the United States, including Muslims, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans, and examines their changing roles in 21st-century life.

In conjunction with the publication of the issue, National Geographic has also launched a social media campaign, #IDefineMe, calling on individuals to share their experience with race and what it means to them. Through photos, videos or text across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the online community is encouraged to respond to the call-to-action: Science defines you by your DNA. Society defines you by the color of your skin. How do you define yourself? #IDefineMe

Additionally, “America Inside Out with Katie Couric,” a documentary television series covering some of the most complicated and consequential questions in American culture today, premieres April 11 on National Geographic.

The Race Issue is available online now at natgeo.com/TheRaceIssue and on print newsstands March 27th.

 

FOR MEDIA

Spokespeople and visuals available.

View media opportunities and summary of magazine features here.

View media toolkit here.

 

CONTACTS

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

Leah Jereb, leah.jereb@natgeo.com, (202) 912 6716

 

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 FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

National Geographic: Symphony for Our World 2018 Worldwide Tour Dates Announced

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 14:00

Premiering This Earth Day, April 22, National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. Pair Music and National Geographic’s Vast Archives for a First-in-Class Symphonic Experience

SAN FRANCISCO (March 8, 2018)— National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. have formed a new partnership to present the all-new National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, which will begin touring in April 2018. Combining stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music, featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, Symphony for Our World is a breathtaking musical journey through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles. With MGP Live as the official promoter, more than 50 shows are planned for 2018, and initial tour dates are now available for a limited pre-sale and public on-sale beginning March 9.

This inspiring 90-minute live orchestral performance will be presented in concert venues around the world starting in spring 2018, with groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from 130 years of beloved National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with a live orchestra and choir. An inaugural performance will be held in San Francisco at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

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.

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 the coastlines, onto land, through mountains and finally 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.

“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. “We’re bringing together everything I’ve learned from over 20 years in music production with National Geographic to create something truly special.

“We’re excited to share the breathtaking beauty of our world in this unique symphonic format with our partner Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc., a prominent leader in film orchestra projects,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners.

“Combining 130 years of National Geographic’s stunning visual storytelling with original music from award-winning composers will bring the story of our planet to life in a truly special way for audiences all over the world.”

For performance dates and ticket information, visit www.natgeo-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook. Currently announced dates are available for pre-sale today and public on-sale beginning March 9.

 

San Francisco, CA – April 22, 2018

Davies Symphony Hall

Minneapolis, MN – May 19, 2018

Orpheum Theater

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico – May 28, 2018

Arena Monterrey

Mexico City, DF, Mexico – May 30, 2018

Auditorio Nacional

Guadalajara, Mexico – May 31, 2018

Teatro Diana

Singapore – June 9, 2018

MBS – Grand Theatre

Austin, TX – July 28, 2018

Long Center

Brisbane, Australia – August 26, 2018

BCEC

Sydney, Australia – August 31, 2018

ICC – Sydney Theatre

Melbourne, Australia – September 2, 2018

Hamer Hall

Boston, MA October 6, 2018

Symphony Hall

Denver, CO October 19, 2018

Buell Theatre 

Atlanta, GA October 25, 2018

Cobb Energy PAC

Los Angeles, CA October 27, 2018

Dolby Theatre

Chicago, IL November 17, 2018

Auditorium Theatre

Montreal, QC, Canada November 23, 2018

Place des Arts

Toronto, ON, Canada November 24, 2018

Sony Centre 

Vancouver, BC, Canada November 30, 2018

Orpheum Theatre

Seattle, WA December 1, 2018

Paramount Theatre

San Jose, CA – December 8, 2018

City National Civic

San Diego, CA December 28, 2018

San Diego Civic Theatre

Salt Lake City, UT – December 29, 2018

Abravanel Hall

 

Assets

Symphony for Our World trailer: https://youtu.be/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.

 

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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

EMMA WATSON AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNER TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:19

Partnership aims to accelerate gender parity by highlighting women photographers with outstanding photographic contributions

Work from eight female National Geographic photographers will be featured throughout the day, curated by Watson

The National Geographic account is the most followed brand on Instagram worldwide, with Watson and National Geographic having a combined total of over 129 million followers

LONDON/WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2018) — Emma Watson, actor, activist and UN WOMEN Global Goodwill Ambassador has partnered with National Geographic to become the first guest editor of the National Geographic Instagram account (@NatGeo) to mark International Women’s Day 2018 on Thursday, March 8.

Working with the editorial team at National Geographic, Watson will curate the account, highlighting the work of eight National Geographic female photographers. The photographers, from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Australia, the United States and the Philippines, cover a wide range of important and relevant topics including male guardianship and the longstanding ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the effects of displacement on women and girls running from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unequal pay in India for women day laborers in the brick industry, the bond between mothers and their babies evident even in nature, advancements in women’s rights and the importance of self-identity and the power of hope for a better tomorrow among our world’s young girls.

The National Geographic Instagram account is the most followed brand on Instagram and one of the top 15 most followed accounts on the platform. Both Watson and National Geographic have a combined total following of 129 million followers and this experience will be amplified via Facebook Stories on the National Geographic magazine Facebook page, extending the reach by another 22 million followers.

Emma Watson says, “Women photographers are often under-represented and under-celebrated. I’m thrilled to mark this day by profiling the talented female story-tellers and image-makers that are working hard to build empathy across borders.”

Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine says, “We are honored to be partnering with Emma to recognize the contributions of these eight incredible women photographers, who are shedding light on important stories that make a difference in people’s lives. We are eager to use our storytelling platforms and our power as a global media brand to highlight women by calling attention to their work, their stories and their causes.”

In addition, in an effort to encourage conversations online and through social communities on March 8, National Geographic will also be publishing articles tied to International Women’s Day at NationalGeographic.com. This will include stories of inspirational women from around the world, portraits of powerful women throughout history, discussion around some of the greatest barriers women are facing today and highlights of some of National Geographic’s most notable female explorers, including Dr. Jane Goodall.

National Geographic’s acclaimed documentary JANE will make its broadcast premiere on Monday, March 12 at 8/7c. Directed by Brett Morgen and featuring an original score from legendary composer Philip Glass, JANE has won Best Documentary Awards from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America, Writer’s Guild of America, The American Cinema Editors Guild and the Motion Pictures Sound Editors Guild, as well as The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. Lastly, a number of other National Geographic Instagram accounts will also be featuring photos of and by inspiring women, including 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Hilaree Nelson O’Neil on @natgeoadventure and Dr. Jane Goodall on @natgeowild.

Visit nationalgeographic.com and join the social conversation via #PressforProgress and #NatGeoWomen.

Featured photographs chosen by Watson will be posted throughout the day at @NatGeo on March 8, 2018, starting at 8:00AM ET.

The curated set of images will be available as a separate article on www.NationalGeographic.com beginning March 8, 2018.

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Assets for Media: Click here for a selection of images chosen by Watson to mark International Women’s Day 2018. All materials used must credit National Geographic and each relevant photographer.

Instagram accounts:
National Geographic – @Natgeo
Emma Watson – @EmmaWatson

Twitter accounts:
National Geographic – @SusanBGoldberg, @NatGeo
Emma Watson – @EmmaWatson, #PressforProgress

Photographers:
Photographers listed below – click for website and biography information

Daniella Zalcman

Hannah Reyes Morales

Katie Orlinsky

Michaela Skovranova

Newsha Tavakolian

Nina Robinson

Rena Effendi

Tasneem Alsultan

For further information:

National Geographic
Daniel Maynard
Daniel.Maynard@fox.com
+44 (0)7971 058864

Courtney Rowe
Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com
+1 202 919 2810

Anna Kukelhaus
Anna.Kukelhaus@natgeo.com
+1 202 912 6724

For Emma Watson
Luke Windsor
Prosper
luke@prosperpr.uk

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, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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