African Masks – Photo Gallery – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine.

I feel like photojournalism is underestimated most of the time. People do not realize just how difficult capturing the perfect photo is. I will admit, sometimes I do not even realize how much work photographers put into their cameras.

The perfect picture is all about expression, in my opinion. Whether this type of expression means human facial expressions or the impact of a beautiful landscape scenery, expression is the key part of a photo that moves viewers. In this photo from National Geographic taken by Phyllis Galembo, for example, the expressions on the boys’ faces make the picture pop. When I saw it, I immediately wanted to know more about why they were dressed in such an elaborate way, how their cultural traditions shape their home lives, and just how different these practices might be from our own.

If every photojournalist could spark the interest and curiosity of viewers like this photo, then the world would never read again.


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No, the title is not a typo. National Geographic explorer James Cameron has decided to take one of the biggest leaps of faith in history and embark on the adventure of a lifetime — the deepsea challenge. He will travel almost seven miles below the ocean’s surface in the South Pacific. Mariana’s Trench is the deepest trench on Earth.

Why is Cameron risking his life to accomplish a feat equal to that of landing a man on the moon? For knowledge, of course! Scientists barely know what lives down there or what the ecosystem is like in the dark, cold, unknown world of Mariana’s Trench.

It’s people like Cameron who inspire me every day. He is not afraid of the unknown. He lives for exploration. I want to be like that. I wish I could take this dive with him. Luckily, National Geographic is doing a great job with this series. I can follow Cameron’s exploration with every mile he gets closer to the bottom.

Check out the video!

Best Races in the World

Back at home, I really enjoy participating in triathlons and any other races I can get my hands on. This article, which I found on National Geographic‘s website, discusses the top ten places in the world to participate in some of the most grueling, yet invigorating races in the world.

My personal favorite is the marathon in Jungfrau, Switzerland because I visited this same exact location when I went on a tour of Switzerland in the summer of 2010.

Photo credit: National Geographic

What’s amazing to me is that I stood in the same spot this photographer stood. This picture actually underestimates the beauty of Jungfrau. You can feel so close to the clouds and the sun but at the same time, you can feel so far from the base of the mountain where the rest of the world lies. I did not know this race existed, and I would really like to learn more about it because if I ever go back to Switzerland, which I would most definitely like to, I would love to strap on my running shoes and give this constant uphill battle a go.

Check this article out, especially if you’re a race fanatic like I am. It explores races from all over the world, including two races in our lovely state of Colorado!