Christine Kelly to Head Toy and Game Initiatives for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing Division


WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2015)—National Geographic has named toy industry veteran Christine Kelly as director of licensing, toys and games, for National Geographic’s Brand Licensing division. In this new role, Kelly has been tasked with National Geographic’s toy business, both licensing and strategic retail partnerships. She will oversee marketing, retail strategy and product development, including the exciting new franchises “Mission Animal Rescue” and “Ultimate Explorer.” “We’re delighted Read more [...]

Olympic Champion Alpine Ski Racer Anna Fenninger Signs On to Help National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative


WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2015)—As Austrian Olympic champion Anna Fenninger prepares for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado, this week, she also takes on the role of a “big cat champion” to support and promote the work of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI). Fenninger, the 2014 Winter Olympics alpine ski racing champion and overall 2014 World Cup winner, is dedicated to wildlife conservation efforts around the world. In her role as European Ambassador for Read more [...]

National Geographic’s Genographic Project Unveils Ancient Origins of New Zealanders


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Aug. 27, 2014)—National Geographic’s Genographic Project Principal Investigator and Allan Wilson Centre Principal Investigator Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith today presented the DNA results of 100 Wellingtonians at an event at Government House. Six months ago, 100 Wellington volunteers — including the Governor-General, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, and the former Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand — contributed DNA samples to the Genographic Read more [...]

National Geographic’s 2014 Class of Emerging Explorers Is Announced


WASHINGTON (May 15, 2014)—The National Geographic Society has selected its 2014 class of Emerging Explorers, a group of 14 visionary, young trailblazers from around the globe whose innovative ideas and accomplishments are making a significant difference in the world. One of the group, Jack Andraka, is just 17 years old and is the youngest person ever to be chosen as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. The Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, Read more [...]

Spaniard Kilian Jornet Voted National Geographic’s 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year


WASHINGTON (Feb. 12, 2014)—Spanish ultrarunner Kilian Jornet has been named the 2014 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for pioneering a hybrid sport that combines trail running and alpinism to break numerous speed records and redefine what is possible in the mountains. He also popularized “sky running,” which involves blazing up technical terrain such as glaciers, rock ridges and steep snowfields in competitions. Jornet was selected from a group of 13 adventure innovators Read more [...]

National Geographic’s Photography Blog ‘Proof’ Announces Winners of Photo Contest 2013


WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2013)—Proof, National Geographic’s online photography experience, has announced the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. A stunning photograph of a polar bear peering up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires has captured the grand prize. The photographer of “The Ice Bear” is Paul Souders of Seattle, Wash. He has won $ 10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters Read more [...]