Capturing the Year in an Instant
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We’ll sift through 2021 with Whitney Johnson, National Geographic’s director of visuals and immersive experiences, as she works on the “Year in Pictures” special issue and shares what makes an unforgettable image. And we’ll talk with photographers who documented the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of California wildfires among other key moments of the year.

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Lynsey Addario followed around a group of women firefighters this summer. Meet them in our article. And check out writer Alejandra Borunda’s piece on how land managers are using new strategies to help control wildfires.

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To see Muhammad Fadli’s photos, take a look at our article on COVID-19 in Indonesia.

For subscribers: 

See how we summed up 2021 in the “Year in Pictures.” It hits newsstands December 15.

Take a look at Muhammad Fadli’s work in a 2020 article that showed how the pandemic affected communities all over the world.  

Learn the backstory of eight National Geographic photos that made an impact, including the image of the Peruvian shepherd.

Plus, read about our famous wall of photos at headquarters in an essay I wrote for our photography newsletter.

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