National Geographic Magazine's Top 10 Photos Of 2010
Airs Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
"National Geographic Magazine's Top 10 Photos Of 2010" is a one-hour special that highlights some of photography's greatest moments from the past year, lifted directly from the pages of National Geographic Magazine. National Geographic photographers took over a million pictures this year, but only 1,000 were published.
Now, Editor in Chief Chris Johns presents his top ten picks, covering subjects from all over the world. From hard-hitting photojournalism to a celebration of the natural world, this year's photos will both enlighten and inspire.
We'll also meet the photographers and their photo editors, and hear what it takes to get such iconic pictures. With exclusive interviews, field footage, and archival materials, "National Geographic Magazine's Top 10 Photos" gives viewers a front-row seat as photographers reveal the hard work, perseverance, and luck involved in capturing that one-in-a-million shot.
The top 10 images were taken by:
Fritz Hoffmann, who has dedicated much of his life to studying Chinese culture, takes an in-depth look at the changing face of Shaolin Kung Fu and the students who practice it, capturing an intimate portrait of some of its youngest disciples.
Mark Leong goes undercover into the Asian wildlife trade, risking his life to expose the atrocities humans commit against wildlife for superficial gains. His image of a bear having its bile harvested is a challenge to the social consciousness of viewers everywhere.
In the midst of a story about war and conflict over one of man's most base necessities -water - Paolo Pellegrin's image of two children playing on the edge of the Dead Sea is a welcome moment of peace, calm, and innocence.
Kenneth Garrett's portrait of a mummy is a reminder that beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder. As Garrett recounts his wonderment at meeting a queen who lived thousands of years ago, he piques our curiosity about the lives of one ancient Egypt's most famous royal families.
In the drought-ridden desert of northern Kenya, tribeswomen are on a daily, unending quest to gather water. Lynn Johnson journeys to one of the harshest environments on earth in order to share their plight and perseverance with the world.
The Omo River Valley of Ethiopia, home to some 200,000 indigenous tribespeople, remains one of Africa's most intact cultural landscapes. But all of that is about to change rapidly with the building of a massive dam. Randy Olson is there to document this tumultuous area, where western culture is already clashing with local custom.
Lynsey Addario's photograph of two women on a roadside in Afghanistan exemplifies the merging of art and journalism. While the women's bright blue burkas serve as a metaphor for a culture that silences its female members, they also hide a secret: one of the women is about to give birth. Learn what happens when Lyndsey stops by the side of the road to help.
As we travel the globe and delve into each of these incredible photographs, Chris Johns serves as an expert guide, telling the viewer not only how he chose these 10 images - but also why they impact us all. View all 10 photos online now.