Caroline Gerdes

Last week, National Geographic Museum at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. opened its family-friendly, interactive exhibit, “Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.” “Crocs” explores a family of species that has flourished for more than 200 million years, and showcases the diversity of forms the group has taken during that time period. Visitors can interpret croc calls,...

Right whales as a whole probably don’t watch a lot of science fiction films, but if they did, the right whale in this shot by National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry would certainly be telling friends about its “Close Encounter” with an alien life form. In a video interview, Skerry explains that he had “an absolutely,...

Wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole has dedicated his career to documenting the recovery of a lost Eden—Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, a jewel of Africa’s parks system until civil war almost destroyed it. Poole’s six-part PBS/National Geographic series Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise chronicling the park’s journey premiered September 22. Poole is also gearing up for his...

As World Lion Day approaches, the world mourns the death of #CecilTheLion in Zimbabwe, and people (including Arnold Schwarzenegger) show their support for these majestic animals through National Geographic’s #5forBigCats campaign, big cat photographer Steve Winter is spreading the word about big cats on tour in Australia with National Geographic Live. He’s kicking off in Melbourne on July 31. Then...

From imagining going boldly where no one has gone before, to sending rovers there in real life, Kobie Boykins turned a childhood dream into a prolific career “Exploring Mars.” A dynamic young engineer at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Boykins is on the front line of Mars exploration. He designed the solar arrays that power the Mars exploration...

When looking at National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb’s eerie photo of adult twins in a spooky setting, you expect to hear the duet whisper, “Come play with us.” Cobb, who is known for breaking societal barriers to cover beauty around the world, discussed her photo and the sometimes unsettling nature of seeing double. “I try...

  Jodi Cobb was among the first female photographers almost everywhere she worked early in her career, including National Geographic. Rather than be thwarted by the adversity she encountered—including the dangers and discomforts of traveling as a single, working woman—Cobb found ingenious ways to turn these situations to her advantage. As she broke through these...

Fisherman wowing listeners with tall tales of behemoth catches is a story as old as time. Now, with the help of the Internet, some storytellers can prove it. And, that’s exactly what Dino Ferrari did after he recently reeled in a 280-pound catfish in Italy’s Po River. Ferrari says he wrestled with the catfish for...

Looking at Carsten Peter’s photo of a Vietnamese cave blanketed in a mystical mist, and reflected in a crystal clear pool, it is easy forget that this is a real place on planet Earth. You could be excused for thinking this image was a product of Hollywood magic. As a National Geographic photographer and filmmaker, Carsten has...

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen has spent his life capturing images of wild creatures in the world’s coldest places. From northern icons like polar bears, walruses, and British Columbia’s spirit bear, to Antarctic stars like penguins and leopard seals, Nicklen has photographed it all. He has a commitment to seeking out the wilderness spirit and...

When you see a photo like Paul Nicklen’s shot of leaping penguins above, it’s not difficult for a narrative to form. The photo is so clear and action-packed that it feels suited for a caption contest or a Far Side cartoon. But there is a real story behind the photo, and the man behind the camera...

Photographer Steve Winter traveled from coast to coast in the U.S. this autumn on tour with National Geographic Live!, the live events division of National Geographic. His “On the Trail of Big Cats Tour,” engaged sold-out audiences across North America and educated attendees about how to help save the world’s big cats. From trekking India’s Himalayas...

Growing up in the Greater New Orleans Area, I thought knew everything there was to know about Louisiana Mardi Gras. I was wrong. I grew up with the big, spectacular floats and bejeweled kings and queens of New Orleans Carnival. About 150 miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Crescent City’s biggest party...

Growing up in the Greater New Orleans Area, I thought knew everything there was to know about Louisiana Mardi Gras. I was wrong. I grew up with the big, spectacular floats and bejeweled kings and queens of New Orleans Carnival. About 150 miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Crescent City’s biggest party...

For 125 years, National Geographic writers have travelled around the world and lived the adventure.  Their stories provide glimpses into exciting, stunning and sometimes dangerous places.  The world’s best-known magazine received the 2013 National Magazine Award for General Excellence in its quasquicentennial year. To celebrate more than a century of expeditions, National Geographic is hosting...