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National Geographic Magazine’s Top Ten Photos Of 2011

Airs Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

“Lion in a Tree” is one of National Geographic magazine’s top ten photos of 2...

Credit: Courtesy of Joel Sartore

Above: “Lion in a Tree” is one of National Geographic magazine’s top ten photos of 2011.

This program counts down the best of the best photos from the more than one million images shot for National Geographic magazine during 2011. Hosted by Chris Johns, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, the program takes an unprecedented look at what makes these photos stand apart from the rest and introduces the photographers behind them.

With flair, action and behind-the-scenes footage, the special provides insight into how the National Geographic photographers captured that perfect image, giving viewers a front-row seat as they reveal the hard work, perseverance and luck behind that one-in-a-million shot.

Featured in "National Geographic Magazine's Top Ten Photos Of 2011" are the following photographers:

Paul Nicklen proposed a story about the Spirit Bear, a rarely seen bear that lives in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia.

Nick Nichols, one of National Geographic’s renowned photographers, headed to Kenya to cover a story on orphaned elephants.

Carsten Peter, known as one of the most extreme nature photographers, explored one of the biggest cave passages in the world in Vietnam.

Stephanie Sinclair has been covering one of the most controversial issues today — child brides.

New to the team is Kitra Cahana, whose photos about the teenage brain made her one of the youngest photographers to have a cover story. Cahana earned her shot at the yellow border by starting off as an intern for National Geographic magazine. This has turned her lifelong dream into a reality.

Pascal Maitre captured the human stories of the Albertine Rift, a land rich in natural resources up against a struggle between man and nature.

Lynsey Addario photographs conflict and humanitarian conditions in the Middle East. Her recent assignment in Baghdad covered life after episodic bomb blasts turned the city inside out.

Erika Larsen's photo reflects the deep connection between Sami herders and the reindeer.

A brown rat's angry display towards photographer Vincent J. Musi reflects 73 generations of breeding for hostility to humans.

Joel Sartore has devoted himself to photographing animals out of balance, endangered, crying for a voice. His photo captures a tree-climbing lion in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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