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Media Alert: America’s Oldest Dog Discovery Helps Solve Canine DNA Riddle, Spokesperson & Images Available

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:06

**Media Alert**

 America’s Oldest Dog Discovery Helps Solve Canine DNA Riddle

Think your pup has something in common with dogs that roamed the Americas 10,000 years ago? It may, but not in the way you think.

Spokesperson and Images Available

 The remains of a 10,000 year-old dog has proved key to solving an important canine conundrum: What happened to the dogs of ancient North America? Did they intermix with dogs brought by European settlers? And what breeds today can call them ancestors? A second new study uses a battery of DNA analyses of both modern and ancient canines to search for clues. 

Though the original North American dogs are likely gone, they left an inauspicious legacy, in the form of Canine transmissible venereal tumors.

Analysis of modern tumors suggest that the canine Patient Zero lived up to 8,225 years ago—and was likely a North American dog. Which makes this the world’s oldest continuously propagated cell line.

Read the full story HERE.

Maya Wei-Heiss, National Geographic science expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Maya would be able to explain what this disease is and what it means for dogs today. 

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2018 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:36

Reiko Takahashi of Japan named contest winner with a spectacular underwater photo of a humpback whale

WASHINGTON (June 28, 2018)—A photograph of a humpback whale calf’s tail has earned Reiko Takahashi of Japan the prestigious grand-prize in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Takahashi will receive a $10,000 USD prize. Takahashi’s incredible photo was selected by a panel of National Geographic judges from more than 13,000 entries.

Takahashi took her grand prize-winning photo, titled “Mermaid,” off the coast of Japan’s Kumejima Island. The long-time photographer left her office job to pursue her passion for underwater photography and traveled to Kumejima Island on a mission to photograph humpback whales with their young calves.

“It was a special scene for me, to be able to take a photo of the calf, completely relaxed in gentle waters,” said Takahashi. “I really cannot believe it. It was my dream to win. I am honored and it will be the driving force for my future shooting,”

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest celebrates stunning pictures taken by all levels of photographers around the world. National Geographic is at the center of a community filled with bold and curious people, including the talented photographers who submitted their best photos to the 2018 contest.

The 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest recognizes spectacular photos taken within the last two years, with entries in three categories: Nature, People and Cities.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, top photos were selected in each of the three categories. Takahashi’s photo was also chosen as the winner in the Nature category. Hiro Kurashina of Japan took top honors in the Cities category for his photo titled “Another Rainy Day in Nagasaki, Kyushu,” while “Tea Culture” by Alessandra Meniconzi of Switzerland won the People category.

All of the winning and honorable mention photos can be viewed at natgeo.com/travelphotocontest.

This year’s competition was judged by Whitney Johnson, vice president of visual experiences at National Geographic, as well as two National Geographic contributing photographers — ocean and adventure photographer Andy Mann and polar photographer Camille Seaman.

“I was amazed at the quality of images and the sensibility towards subject in all three categories for this competition,” said Seaman. “Looking at hundreds of images choosing the winners was a daunting task. The images that stood out did so based not solely on their technical execution but also a sensitivity for a feeling of the moment and originality.”

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, Hannah.Sedgwick@natgeo.com / Tel: (202) 912-6762


About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Breaking News: Tiny Moon Has Potential to Host Life as We Know It, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 18:58

**Breaking News**

Tiny Moon Has Potential to Host Life as We Know It

  Spokesperson and Images Available

 Scientists working with data from Cassini have discovered potential building blocks of life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. Heavy organic compounds such as water, salt and silica are being ejected from perpetual fountains on this small moon making up hundreds of atoms arranged in rings and chains. These are the most complex organic molecules uncovered so far at Enceladus. They may make the moon the most promising place in our solar system to search for life beyond Earth.

What does this discovery mean for the future of space exploration? Could this really be a sign pointing toward alien life? 

Read the full story HERE.

Nadia Drake, National Geographic space expert, is available for commentary out of Charlottesville, VA.

Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic science and space expert, is available out of Washington, D.C.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Partners Takes Home Total of 9 Awards in Cannes Lion 2018 Wins First-Ever Gold Lion with “Breaking2”

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:37

Created in partnership with Nike to chronicle three runners’ journey to break the two hour marathon, the documentary took first place in the “Sports: Film, Series & Audio” category

CANNES, FRANCE (June 26, 2018) — National Geographic Partners took home nine awards last week at the 2018 Cannes Lions 2018 International Festival of Creativity, including a Gold Cannes Lion for “Breaking2,” a branded content documentary created in partnership with Nike that chronicles the journey of three elite runners in their attempt to run a marathon in under two hours. The award is the first-ever Gold Cannes Lion that the organization has received, winning in the “Sports: Film, Series & Audio” category of the Entertainment Lions. National Geographic Partners also received a Bronze Cannes Lion for “Breaking2” in the “TV & VOD Non-Fiction” category.

“From our first meeting with Nike, both teams knew we had the potential to create something remarkable — but the end result was even better than we could’ve imagined,” said Brendan Ripp, Executive Vice President of Partnerships for National Geographic Partners. “We’re thrilled to have our work recognized by such an internationally-revered organization, and to have shared this inspiring story about pushing limits and going further on a global stage.”

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, the film chronicles the journey of three world-class runners and their teams as they try to defy the unthinkable — breaking the two hour marathon barrier. Breaking2 is about the intersection of technology and the human spirit. From testing in wind tunnels and running labs in the United States, to balancing training with their day-to-day lives in eastern Africa, to the final heart-pounding race in Italy, the film follows these pioneers on their global trek to break the two-hour barrier. National Geographic Studios, in association with Dirty Robber, an Academy Award-nominated production and entertainment company, produced the film that broadcast globally last September.

“In terms of both partnership and storytelling, ‘Breaking2’ has reset the bar,” said Claudia Malley, Executive Vice President of Partner Solutions for National Geographic Partners. “It’s a story that speaks to Nike’s core philosophy and values — inspiring everyday people to push their limits. And it’s a film that speaks to National Geographic’s core DNA — resolving to go further, even when faced with the unknown or the impossible. The documentary broke through with consumers globally and we are thrilled to be recognized with this prestigious award”

Broadcast in 67 countries and in 34 languages, audiences around the world found themselves rooting for each runner as their unique stories and personalities came to life. The documentary had a global reach of 231 million across all platforms, and garnered more than 4 million mixed-media documentary views.

“By capitalizing on our collective strengths, we were able to create something so much more impactful than a sports documentary, telling a story that entertained audiences across the world — emotionally, intellectually and physiologically,” said Ripp. “If this award stands as a testament to anything, it’s that there’s no limit to what National Geographic can do when we partner with brands who share our vision and values.“

These wins for Breaking2 were bolstered by an additional Silver Cannes Lion, as well as four Bronze Cannes Lions, for National Geographic Partners’ “Astronaut Reality Helmet,” a wearable immersive experience housed within a replica space helmet inspired by their series, “One Strange Rock.”

The organization’s Latin America division was also awarded a Silver Cannes Lion for their “Green Definition” initiative, which made National Geographic Latin America the first television channel capable of saving energy by lowering the amount of pixels used to broadcast content. And “Camelpower,” a Nissan campaign produced by National Geographic Partners Abu Dhabi, which featured the first-ever unit to measure automotive performance in the desert, received a Bronze Cannes Lion as well.

Breaking2 was produced by National Geographic Studios in partnership with Nike and in association with Dirty Robber. Credits include:  Brian Lovett, Executive Producer (National Geographic Studios); Martin Desmond Roe, Director (Dirty Robber); Betsy Forhan, Executive Producer (National Geographic Channel); Mark McCambridge, Executive Producer (Nike); Chris Uettwiller, Executive Producer (Dirty Robber); Jason Puris, Executive Producer (Dirty Robber); Kevin T. Mohs, Vice President of Production (National Geographic Channel); and Kathlyn Horan, Producer (Dirty Robber).

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Press Contact: 

Courtney Rowe, courtney.rowe@natgeo.com, 202-912-6715

Media Alert: Koko the Gorilla, Spokesperson & Images Available

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:29

**Media Alert**

 Why Koko the Gorilla Mattered

 Featured twice on the cover of National Geographic magazine, Koko led to major revelations about animal empathy and communication.

 Spokesperson and Images Available

 Koko, the western lowland gorilla that died in her sleep Tuesday at age 46, was renowned for her emotional depth and ability to communicate in sign language. She became an international celebrity during the course of her life, with a vocabulary of more than 1,000 signs and the ability to understand 2,000 words of spoken English.

National Geographic magazine featured Koko of its cover twice: First in October 1978, with a photograph that she took of herself in a mirror (perhaps making it one of the earliest prominent animal selfies). She also appeared a second time on the cover in January 1985, in a story about Koko and her pet kitten.

Douglas Main, National Geographic animal expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Doug would be able to put into perspective what Koko meant to the scientific community, to conservation groups and to animal lovers. 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: Why This Year’s Summer Solstice Is Longest Ever, Spokesperson Available

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:36
**Media Alert**   This Summer Solstice, Earth’s Days Are Longer Than Ever   Earth hasn’t always had a 24-hour day. Here’s what that means for the June solstice.  
Spokesperson Available   Over billions of years of Earth’s history, the time it takes Earth to rotate once on its axis has been getting longer.1.4 billion years ago, a single “day” lasted only about 18 hours. Changes in the gravitational dance between our planet and the moon are causing Earth’s day to get ever so slightly longer each year.    So, what is exactly is a solstice? And what has been influencing the lengths of Earth’s days? To learn more about this year’s summer solstice, see the full story HERE. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic science and space expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C.  Press Contact:  Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

MEDIA ALERT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST MEDIA COMPANIES TO LAUNCH LONG-FORM CONTENT ON INSTAGRAM, AIRS FULL “ONE STRANGE ROCK” FINALE

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:38

National Geographic’s 89MM Instagram followers will be able to watch the entire one-hour episode on IGTV, Instagram’s new long-form video feature

WHAT: National Geographic will air the final episode of ONE STRANGE ROCK on Instagram as soon as the platform’s new long-form video hub, IGTV, goes live. Announced today, Instagram’s highly-anticipated new feature, which will be offered as both a stand-alone app and within the original Instagram app, will allow creators to upload vertically-oriented video experiences for up to an hour in length. Users will be able to watch the full episode of the acclaimed documentary series — hosted by Will Smith and executive produced by Darren Aronofsky — from National Geographic’s Instagram account (@NatGeo) for free.

WHEN/WHERE: @NatGeo on Instagram, once IGTV is available

WHY: Already the #1 brand on Instagram, National Geographic will be one of the first media companies to take

a made-for-TV video, adapt it for vertical distribution, and share it with their 89MM followers on Instagram. By airing the episode on IGTV, National Geographic will offer ONE STRANGE ROCK to one of its largest digital audiences, while utilizing this new format of online storytelling and the highly-public release of Instagram’s new video feature.  

“A 10-part series that explores both the fragility and mind-bending wonder of our planet, ONE STRANGE ROCK is a very intimate experience that brings the viewer face-to-face with host Will Smith and NASA astronaut, Peggy Whitson, on her journey home to Earth after spending 665 straight days in space – a NASA record,” said Jonathan Hunt, Senior Vice President of Digital Content and Audience Development. “By leveraging one of already our most engaged-with digital platforms and formats, this partnership with Instagram grants us the opportunity to drive awareness and expose more people to our longer-form video projects, including breakthrough series like ONE STRANGE ROCK. And what you get is a totally visceral, personal and sometimes frenetic mobile viewing experience.”

About ONE STRANGE ROCK:

There really is no place like home. National Geographic, acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“mother!” “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”) and award-winning producer Jane Root (“America The Story of Us,” “The 80s: The Decade That Made Us”) join forces on an epic, cinematic event series that will redefine science and natural history filmmaking. Hosted by Will Smith (“Ali,” “Pursuit of Happyness,” “Men in Black I, II, III”), ONE STRANGE ROCK promises to be a mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of our planet, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. It’s the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts. This 10-part series from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures brings cameras where they’ve never been before, having filmed in 45 countries, on six continents and from outer space on the ISS. ONE STRANGE ROCK guides viewers through our vulnerable speck of a planet among the vast, harsh cosmic arena, revealing the twists of fate that have allowed life to emerge, survive and thrive on Earth.

More Information on One Strange Rock:
Nat Geo Press Site
Nat Geo Online

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

 

Media Alert: Explaining the U.S. “Space Force,” Spokesperson Available

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:00

**Media Alert** 

Would a U.S. Space Force Be Legal? Get the Facts.

With the president calling for a new military branch this week, get the pros and cons of the plan and find out what the U.S. military is already doing off-world. 

Spokesperson Available

Yesterday, President Donald Trump voiced support for a “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the U.S. military that would be focused on all matters off-world.

In remarks to the National Space Council, President Trump said, ““I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal.”

In the wake of Trump’s directive, there are some major questions. Does the U.S. now have starship troopers? What are the pros and cons to a Space Force? And is such a military branch even legal under international treaties? 

Michael Greshko, National Geographic science and space expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Michael would be able to break down this directive, help viewers understand what “Space Force” would look like, and answer any other questions regarding the implications of this latest news.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Celebrates World Environment Day and World Oceans Day with Full Week of Activities Highlighting the Need to Reduce Plastic Pollution and Improve Ocean Health

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:13

National Geographic will release new Planet or Plastic? content, including exclusive cut of singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s documentary on ocean plastic; Q&A with actor Adrian Grenier; and tips for families on how to reduce reliance on single-use plastic

Planet or Plastic? activates in New Delhi, India, around the World Environment Day conference with an exhibition space and workshops

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey to unveil plastic bridge interactive art installation in Times Square

 

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2018) – To celebrate World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8), National Georgraphic is releasing engaging new content and hosting a series of events to highlight the importance of protecting the world’s oceans. These activities come on the heels of National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? launch and will help support the theme of both World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018, which is centered on preventing plastic pollution.

Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic’s multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans. Using the power of storytelling and science, National Geographic is encouraging its audiences around the world to help tackle the crisis, beginning with the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the impact of plastic on ocean health and is available on newsstands now. The multiyear effort includes a major research and scientific initiative; a continued consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations from all over the world.

Activities happening throughout the week of June 4 include:

EXCLUSIVE CUT OF JACK JOHNSON SHORT DOCUMENTARY “THE SMOG OF THE SEA” ON WORLD OCEANS DAY: National Geographic will release an exclusive cut of singer and songwriter Jack Johnson’s short documentary “The Smog of the Sea,” highlighting the impact plastic pollution is having on the world’s oceans, along with a Q&A. Johnson’s recently released song “Fragments” is featured in the documentary and was inspired by the topic. Johnson is an environmental activist who, along with his wife, Kim Johnson, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art and music education worldwide. Through these efforts, Johnson supports plastic-free initiatives and raises awareness about solutions to plastic ocean pollution.

Q&A WITH ACTOR ADRIAN GRENIER, A UN ENVIRONMENT GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, FOR THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: On Tuesday, June 5, National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg will interview actor, filmmaker and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Adrian Grenier on the work he is doing to eliminate single-use plastic. Grenier’s organization Lonely Whale focuses on cleaning up oceans and minimizing plastic pollution’s impact on the ocean.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PLAYMOB ON “DUMB WAYS TO KILL OCEANS” APP: National Geographic is teaming up with the gaming-for-good company Playmob for the launch of “Dumb Ways to Kill Oceans,” a minigame launching on World Oceans Day. By engaging with the game, audiences will be able to learn about the issues faced by the oceans and read advice on how they can make everyday changes to their own lives that can help turn the tide on plastic pollution, ocean warming and coral reef degradation.

NEW DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT ON WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC: Today, National Geographic released new tips for parents and kids on how they can reduce their reliance on single-use plastic as a family. Later this week, National Geographic will publish an exclusive video and story on National Geographic Fellow Heather Koldewey’s latest work regarding the emerging crisis of ghost nets, or abandoned fishing gear, and possible solutions to remedy the problem. Ghost nets were recently found to be the biggest component of ocean plastic by volume. Throughout the week, National Geographic will dedicate its social and digital channels to highlighting the plastics crisis and its impact on ocean health.

UNVEILING OF PLASTIC BRIDGE INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATION IN TIMES SQUARE: On World Oceans Day, the Dopper Foundation, in collaboration with National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, will unveil its Plastic Bridge interactive art installation. National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay is the artist behind the installation, a plastic replica of the Brooklyn Bridge built with 5,000 single-use plastic water bottles and measuring 30 feet wide by 11 feet tall. The unveiling kicks off the Dopper Foundation’s global Plastic Bridge Project, an educational initiative that raises awareness about the harmful impact of plastic pollution in our world’s water sources. The goal of the Plastic Bridge Project is to ultimately inspire 20,000 children around the world to step into a lifestyle that is free of single-use plastic water bottles within the next five years.

PLANET OR PLASTIC? AT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CONFERENCE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA: National Geographic is involved in a series of events taking place in New Delhi, India, the 2018 World Environment Day host country, in support of this year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution.” In collaboration with UN Environment and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in India, activities will include an exhibition space featuring National Geographic images of plastic pollution in South Asia, as well as presentations by National Geographic Explorers Heather KoldeweyJenna Jambeck and Lilly Sedaghat on the World Environment Day Conference stage.

PRISTINE SEAS SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION: National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas team is conducting a scientific expedition to explore the waters around Portugal’s Azores archipelago. Working with leading marine scientists from Portugal and across the globe, the expedition team will study the marine environments of the area, from nearshore ecosystems to the lesser-known deep-sea and open ocean areas as well as never-before-surveyed seamounts. The expedition, led in partnership with the Oceano Azul Foundation, the Waitt Foundation and the Regional Government of the Azores, departed from the city of Horta on June 3 and will run through June 23. The National Geographic Pristine Seas project uses exploration, research and media to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive. Its mission is to help protect 20 of the last wild places in the ocean by 2020.

ANACOSTIA RIVER CLEANUP: On June 7, National Geographic employees, including National Geographic Partners CEO Gary E. Knell, National Geographic Society Interim President and CEO Mike Ulica and National Geographic Magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, will join colleagues from other 21st Century Fox business units to pick up trash in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia River. The event is in partnership with the nonprofit Anacostia Riverkeeper and is part of 21st Century Fox’s Impact Week. National Geographic Travel will host a Facebook Live from the cleanup addressing the plastics crisis.

National Geographic’s celebration of World Oceans Day raises awareness for protecting the world’s oceans from the dangers of single-use plastic. To join the global community stemming the tide of single-use plastic, take the pledge. For more information on Planet or Plastic?, visit natgeo.com/planetorplastic.

Useful Links:

  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographicmagazine, available on newsstands now, HERE.
  • Take the pledge HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.
  • Read about National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? announcement HERE.

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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Contacts

Courtney Rowe

National Geographic Partners

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6715

 

Claire Gwatkin Jones

National Geographic Society

cgjones@ngs.org

(202) 807-3184

National Geographic Traveler Cover to Feature Top Photo from Your Shot Photo Assignment

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:05

The June/July National Geographic Traveler cover image was taken by a photographer from National Geographic’s Your Shot photo community

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot, National Geographic’s global online photo community, announced the cover image for Traveler’s June/July 2018 issue. The image, which includes Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, was captured by Takashi Nakazawa, a Japanese photographer. Nakazawa submitted the photo as part of “The Trip That Changed My Life” Your Shot assignment that invited photographers from around the world to submit a photo from a life-changing trip. National Geographic Travel editors selected Nakazawa’s image from nearly 20,000 submissions. This marks the second time in Traveler’s history that a Your Shot member’s photo has graced the cover. The June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler is on newsstands May 29, 2018.

The team at Traveler selected Nakazawa’s beautiful image of a five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji as the backdrop in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The image features three Japanese icons—cherry blossoms, pagodas and Mount Fuji. Nakazawa’s photo was chosen by a panel of National Geographic Travel judges that included Editor in Chief George Stone, Director of Photography Anne Farrar, and Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath.

This Your Shot photo assignment encouraged photographers to think like National Geographic photographers and tell strong, groundbreaking stories using the power of photography. “Our mission is to tell unforgettable stories about unforgettable places,” said Stone. “That’s why we love working with the Your Shot community, photographers who are traveling the world every minute, every day, and capturing moments that reveal the epic beauty all around us. We are excited to feature Your Shot photographers in this issue—and especially on the cover. Reviewing 20,000 images has left us with an even greater appreciation for the talents of the next generation of National Geographic photographers.”

Learn more about Nakazawa on Your Shot and National Geographic Travel, and see his stunning image on the cover of the June/July 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveler.


About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6762,

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

 

National Geographic Launches Planet or Plastic?, a Multiyear Initiative to Reduce Single-Use Plastics and Their Impact on the World’s Oceans

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:00
Planet or Plastic? Takes Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Major Environmental Crisis, Encompassing Storytelling, Consumer Education & Engagement, Scientific Research and Innovative Partnerships June Issue of National Geographic Magazine Looks in Depth at How Single-Use Plastic Impacts Our Planet National Geographic Asks People to Take Simple Steps to Reduce Single-Use Plastic; Hosts 3-Day Takeover on Social Channels Featuring Zooey Deschanel

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2018)— As the amount of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. Today, National Geographic is launching Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters in the world’s oceans. Doing so will not only benefit the thousands to potentially millions of marine animals that become entangled in, suffocated by, or ingest plastic each year, but will also contribute to the overall health of the planet’s marine ecosystems and all who rely upon them.

As a global brand with a rich history of scientific discovery and exploration, National Geographic is uniquely positioned to tackle this crisis in a way that only National Geographic can — through storytelling and science. The Planet or Plastic? initiative will leverage the power of National Geographic’s media portfolio around the world and the expertise of National Geographic’s explorers and scientists who are witnessing firsthand the devastating impacts of this crisis. This organization-wide effort will include a major research and scientific initiative; a consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all over the world.

Today’s launch is tied to the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the role single-use plastics play in our society and the impact they are having on our environment. Starting with this issue, National Geographic announced that it will begin wrapping the U.S., U.K. and India subscriber editions of the magazine in paper instead of plastic, with the goal of wrapping all global editions in paper by the end of 2019. The June issue is available online at natgeo.com/planetorplastic on May 16 and on print newsstands on May 29.

Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. Some estimates suggest this plastic could remain in marine environments for 450 years or longer, and the problem is only getting worse. Addressing a challenge of this magnitude requires an unprecedented approach. In concert with the release of the June magazine, the Planet or Plastic? initiative will also kick off with the following:

  • PLANET OR PLASTIC? PLEDGE: Starting today, National Geographic will ask audiences around the world to take the Planet or Plastic? pledge, a commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic. By taking the pledge, individuals will become part of a global community working together to stem the tide of single-use plastic polluting the ocean and will continue to receive information and tips to help them in their efforts. The pledge marks the beginning of a comprehensive consumer awareness and engagement campaign that National Geographic will execute across its multiple platforms in the months and years to come. Elements of this campaign will range from inspiring and informative content, ongoing consumer engagement activities, events and more.
  • SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION: The nonprofit National Geographic Society will embark on a journey to better document how plastic travels from source to sea and to fill critical knowledge gaps. Starting with an initial expedition in 2019 to study the type and flow of plastic in a river system, National Geographic will provide science-based, actionable information to help local and national governments, NGOs, businesses and the public more effectively invest in and implement innovative solutions. The Society is also sourcing solutions to the challenge of plastic waste through an existing Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • THREE-DAY SOCIAL TAKEOVER: As the No. 1 social media brand, National Geographic will use the power and reach of its platforms to educate people about the impact of single-use plastic and to encourage them to take the pledge. For the next three days, National Geographic will “pollute” its Instagram feed, @natgeo, with photos of the plastics crisis as well as animated Instagram stories to highlight the true impact of humanity’s pollution of the natural world. Today, @natgeo will feature photos taken by photographer Randy Olson, who traveled around the world to document the plastics crisis and is featured in the June issue of the magazine. On Thursday, May 17, actress and singer Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl,” She & Him), co-founder of The Farm Project, which recently commissioned the series, Your Food’s Roots, will curate National Geographic’s Instagram account, posting photos of the plastic crisis. On Friday, May 18, National Geographic’s photographers will be posting their own photos of the crisis. Also on Friday, Kathryn Kellogg, a writer and public speaker who lives a “zero-waste” lifestyle and focuses on the dangers of plastic pollution, will host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about small, actionable eco-friendly steps that people can take in their everyday lives. Kellogg, who is featured in the June issue of National Geographic, has fit all of the trash that she has generated at home in the last two years into a 16-ounce jar.
  • SKY COLLABORATION: Sky Media and National Geographic are joining forces in the fight to eradicate the destructive impact of plastic litter in the world’s oceans. National Geographic has committed $10 million to support the activities of Sky Ocean Ventures, an initiative launched by Sky Media to seek out investment opportunities in businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic crisis. Bringing to bear National Geographic’s scientific expertise, grants and media reach, the collaboration will identify and champion projects and groundbreaking technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on oceans. It will also support a series of events with industry leaders, corporations, institutions and foundations, engaging them around the issue of marine plastic pollution. Collectively, this new collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastic litter in the ocean.
  • CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPSNational Geographic will seek out and partner with a number of like-minded corporations and organizations that are committed to raising awareness about the enormity of the ocean plastic issue as well as to finding solutions. For example, The North Face, who is partnering with National Geographic to introduce a limited Bottle Source Collection, featuring shirts made from recycled plastic bottles diverted from National Park waste streams.  The shirts will be available for purchase at TheNorthFace.com on May 23. S’well and National Geographic will unveil an assortment of co-branded bottles available for purchase beginning in June 2018.
  • INTERNAL COMMITMENT: Finally, National Geographic will be taking steps to reduce its own reliance on single-use plastics. Starting with the June issue and moving forward, those who subscribe to the U.S., U.K. and India editions of National Geographic magazine will receive their issues wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This change will save more than 2.5 million single-use plastic bags every month. By the end of 2019, all global editions will be wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This is just one of many steps National Geographic is taking to reduce its own single-use plastic consumption. Over the next month, National Geographic will initiate a third-party audit of its single-use plastic use and will develop a timeline and action plan to further minimize single-use plastics in the workplace.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has documented the stories of our planet, providing audiences around the world with a window into the earth’s breathtaking beauty as well as to the threats it faces,” said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Each and every day, our explorers, researchers and photographers in the field witness firsthand the devastating impact of single-use plastic on our oceans, and the situation is becoming increasingly dire. Through the Planet or Plastic? initiative, we will share the stories of this growing crisis, work to address it through the latest science and research, and educate audiences around the world about how to eliminate single-use plastics and prevent them from making their way into our oceans.”

Added Jonathan Baillie, the National Geographic Society’s chief scientist and senior vice president, science and exploration: “By harnessing National Geographic’s scientific expertise, we intend to pinpoint activities on land, particularly near rivers, that contribute to the flow of plastics polluting our oceans — and then use what we learn to inspire change at home and around the world. A crisis of this enormity requires solutions at scale, and National Geographic is uniquely qualified to amass the best in research, technology, education and storytelling to effect meaningful change.”

The efforts announced today are just the beginning of this multiyear initiative. Next month, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in New York City’s Times Square, an entertaining and immersive adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California, will highlight this initiative during World Oceans Day on June 8. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle will also be in New York City for the festivities to raise awareness about the damaging impact of plastic pollution in our world’s fragile oceans. On June 15, National Geographic will host a “Party for the Planet” as part of its annual Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C., a night dedicated to the elimination of single-use plastic.

Get the latest updates on Planet or Plastic? HERE and join the conversation on social via #planetorplastic. 

Useful Links:

  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographic magazine HERE.
  • Take the pledge HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.

Press Contacts:

Courtney Rowe

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6714

 

Claire Jones

cgjones@ngs.org

(202) 807-3184

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About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

National Geographic and Wall Street Journal Enter Multi-Platform Collaboration

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:00

Includes production of “Far & Away”, a high-end business travel magazine with supporting digital and social content

 WASHINGTON (May 9, 2018)—National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal have partnered to launch Far & Away, a premium print magazine for business travelers that will include digital and social content as well. The first issue will be distributed with the May 19th edition of the Journal.

Combining The Wall Street Journal’s global insights and information with the visual storytelling of National Geographic, Far & Away reports on authentic cultural experiences, essential travel strategies, and expert insider intelligence for making the most of a business trip. It celebrates luxurious escapism, intelligent adventure, cultural exploration, and urban discovery for an elite audience of global travelers that are culturally engaged, news-minded, thought leaders.

“I travel around the world for business, and when I can, I stay to have some fun,” says Susan Goldberg, National Geographic magazine editor in chief. “The editors have approached business­ travel hubs as launch points for personal travel, aligning with the current travel trend of combining business and leisure trips into one.”

In addition to the print publication, the initial content rollout strategy will include digital content on NatGeoTravel.com/farandaway and promotion across @NatGeoTravel’s social channels- the most followed travel brand on social media. The digital and social content will echo the magazine’s editorial goal of giving readers the tools to make the most of their time in the city they’re in and inspiring them to want to travel further.

“This magazine is about what to do when your meetings are over,” writes Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker. “Far & Away brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the insights of The Wall Street Journal in a magazine for the ambitious adventurers on the go who are as curious as they are tireless, and who look for adventure around every corner.”

Far & Away has resonated well within the advertising market, with many companies eager to be part of this innovative publication that connects them to two renowned brands.  Space for the premiere issue sold out quickly, with premium advertisers such as Lexus, American Airlines, and Marriott’s Luxury Collection and Autograph Collection, all signing on to be included in the launch.

Far and Away joins the National Geographic Travel family which includes National Geographic Traveler magazine, National Geographic Expeditions, digital travel content, travel books, maps, @NatGeoTravel social media, and a travel programming block on National Geographic Channel.

 

CONTACT:    

Meg Calnan

202-912-6703

meg.calnan@natgeo.com

 

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. Published by Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social, and video. Building on its heritage as the preeminent source of global business and financial news, the Journal includes coverage of U.S. & world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, and health. It holds 37 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism

 

New Eagle Creek / National Geographic Collaboration Launches June 1

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:06

Consumers can Pre-Order Beginning May 10th at eaglecreek.com/national-geographic

San Diego, Ca. (May 8, 2018) – The Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series hits retail stores June 1, and eaglecreek.com will be taking pre-orders starting May 10, 2018. On June 1, consumers will be able to see, touch and try on the Guide Series at select outdoor specialty retailers nationwide.

Roger Spatz, President of Eagle Creek said, “Eagle Creek and National Geographic collaborated on a collection that defines adventure travel. The gear is sleek and stylish, but durable enough to stand up to all terrains and conditions. National Geographic explorers inspired the overall design and function and we know these products will inspire people to get out and explore the world.

“For over 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “Eagle Creek shares our passion for adventure, and this collaboration combines our dedication to exploration with their renowned reputation for outfitting travelers and explorers. Given our shared values, this was a natural partnership that has generated a product line that will support National Geographic’s mission of igniting the explorer in all people.”

The Eagle Creek National Geographic Series invites you to explore. Be curious. Seek adventure. Move outside your comfort zone toward those places, destinations and experiences that will undoubtedly transform you.

Combining their passions for exploration, conservation and adventure, Eagle Creek and National Geographic have adopted a design ethos that leverages the expertise of both brands of the benefit of the consumer. Featuring a highly durable double-coated Tarpaulin fabric, wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh for durability that exceeds all standards, the new Guide Series is a mobile base camp, suitable for the most remote places on earth and easily hosed out after a trip. This is what adventure travel bags were meant to be.

Built for dirty, heavy trekking with gear and instrumentation, both photographic and scientific, the new Guide Series uses only the most versatile and durable components so it can be abused – set down in the mud, snow, or gravel, loaded into a plane, strapped to the top of a yak, slid into a cabin on the train, you name it.

With water-resistant, lockable, self-repairing zippers, reflectivity for blackout conditions, and of course, the legendary Eagle Creek No Matter What Warranty, Eagle Creek adds a new level of thoughtful design and versatility than can’t be found on technical packs, with systematic principles to benefit the end user.

Additionally, National Geographic Partners returns 27% of its proceeds back to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to support their work. This creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and philanthropy committed to research, science, conservation and exploration.

Color: Black

The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series bags will be available at retail 5/1/18.

Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series shared features:

  • Constructed of highly durable Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh
  • Best in class durability
  • Water-resistant, lockable & self-repairing zippers
  • Highly weather resistant
  • Reflective hits
  • No Matter What Warranty

Guide Travel Pack 65L

Built to be the beast of the adventure, with dual access for use in any environment.

Guide Series Expedition Pack (EC0A3SBQ010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 4270 cu in / 70 L (65 L Pack + 5 L Front Pocket); Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz / 2.24 kg; Size: 14.5 x 31 x 12.5 in / 37 x 79 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Built with Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Access main compartment through top opening or back panel in order to access contents without putting straps in dirt or snow
  • Unisex torso suspension adjusts and secures through easy adjusting hook and loop closure (15 – 21 inches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hydration bladder pocket with hanging loop and external tube pass-through
  • External compression straps, daisy chains and tool loop provides
  • quick access to equipment
  • Reinforced tool pockets and stretch pockets on sides of pack
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded back panel and backpack straps provide ergonomic fit
  • Adjustable hip belt, with zip pocket for essentials, features strap keepers
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light

All Purpose Duffel 60L

A true all-purpose duffel for purpose-minded adventurers.

All Purpose Duffel 60L (EC0A3SBR010) MSRP $199

Capacity: 3845 cu in / 63 L: Weight 2 lbs 9 oz / 1.16 kg; Size:

24.5 x 10.25 x 13.25 in / 62 x 26 x 34 cm

Features:

  • 50/50 split compartment opening gives access to two full-panel TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Quick attach bouldering clips secure Air Mesh moisture-wicking pack straps
  • Multiple grab handles, compression straps and daisy chain for gear attachment
  • Anodized aluminum bouldering clips support heavy weight while supplying lightweight, corrosion-resistant hardware
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Handle wrap secures pack straps together as singular grab handle
  • D-rings accommodate optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Utility Backpack 40L

Maximum International Carry On size for maximum adventure.

Utility Backpack 40L (EC0A3SBG010) MSRP $249

Capacity: 2260 cu in / 37 L; Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz / 1.35 kg; Size: 12.25 x 20 x 7.5 in / 31.5 x 51 x 19 cm

Features:

  • Pack has butterfly-style opening for optimal access with internal molle panel for gear attachment (Small Pack-It Storage Cube attaches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers with dust guard for additional protection in high wind, also feature PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Foam-molded ergonomic pack straps and back panel are moisture-wicking and resist dirt
  • Lockable padded 17” laptop compartment
  • Tuck-away hip belt for comfortable, ergonomic fit
  • Internal TPU mesh zippered pockets with key fob
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hidden side stash pocket for quick access to phone and Passport
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Compression straps and lash points allow for gear attachment
  • Haul handles with D-ring integration for optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Borderless Convertible Carry On

Any adventure, any mode of transport.

Borderless Convertible Carry On (EC0A3SBE010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 2440 cu in / 40 L; Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz / 3.27 kg; Size: 14 x 22 x 8.75 in / 35.5 x 56 x 22 cm

Features:

  • Zip-away backpack straps deploy out of back panel for hands-free mobility
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded backpack straps provide ergonomic fit that resists dirt
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Top quick stash pocket for 3-1-1 toiletries
  • Internal TPU mesh packing pockets for easy ID
  • Internal compression straps keep contents from shifting
  • Compression straps, daisy chain and D-ring for gear attachment
  • Multiple grab handles for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Handle tray protects handle system, while corner bumpers and wheel housing protect bag against rough handling
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32

Take all the gear.

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32 (EC0A3SBF010) MSRP $499

Capacity: 6345 cu in / 104 L; Weight: 12 lbs 1 oz / 5.46 kg; Size: 16.75 x 32 x 12.5 in / 42.5 x 81.5 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Split frame opening gives access to TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Multiple grab handles and mesh ID luggage tag window, for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Internal compression straps secure load
  • Sizable top stash pocket for quick grab items
  • Compression straps, D-rings and daisy chain for quick access to equipment
  • Corner guards, piping bumpers, and heavy-duty wheel housing protects bag against rough handling
  • Kick plate, runner rails, and handle tray protects bag
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M

Ultra compact, ultra durable, ultra organized.

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M (EC0A3SBH010) MSRP $59

Small: Capacity: 215 cu in / 3.5 L, Expanded: 460 cu in / 7.5 L; Weight: 4 oz / 0.12 kg; Size: 10 x 7 x 1.25 in / 25 x 18 x 3 cm, Expanded: 10 x 7 x 4.25 in / 25 x 18 x 10.5 cm

Medium: Capacity: 550 cu in / 9 L, Expanded: 855 cu in / 14 L, Weight: 5 oz / 0.15 kg; Size: 14 x 10 x 1.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 3 cm, Expanded: 14 x 10 x 4.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 10.5 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable coated materials are weather-proof and wipeable
  • Two-way zippered opening gives full access for maximum packing
  • TPU mesh front window gives content visibility
  • Compression zipper compacts clothing and gear
  • Small Compression Cube mounts to molle panel in the 40L Utility Backpack for modular organization
  • Top carry handle 

ABOUT EAGLE CREEK

An invitation outside informs all Eagle Creek product designs, innovations and services. From versatile organizers that make travelling seamless to our durable duffels that keep the journey going, our gear and accessories make exploring the unknown possible, effortless and enriching. Eagle Creek. Find Your Unknown.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Alli Noland

Terra PR

307-733-8777

allin@terrapublicrelations.com

 

Breaking News: Mystery Behind Tut’s Tomb Revealed, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 15:10

**Breaking News**

It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All

The third radar scan of the pharaoh’s burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls.

Spokesperson and Images Available

Recent radar scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb conclusively prove that there are no additional chambers or passages behind the walls of the famed pharaoh’s burial chamber, Egyptian officials announced today.

This stunning conclusion marks the end of an investigation which began in nearly three years ago, when Egyptologist and National Geographic grantee Nicholas Reeves theorized that the tomb of legendary 18th-Dynasty queen Nefertiti may actually be hidden beyond the walls of Tut’s 3,300-year-old tomb.

To read more about this amazing discovery, read the full story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Media Alert: National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 18:35

***Media Alert***

National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

News announced today at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated interactive story, “Explore the World’s Biggest Cave From Your Couch,” HERE

At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California, the social media company shared updates on React 360, an interactive WebVR and 360 content publisher. Experiences made using the technology can show up across the web and in people’s Facebook News Feeds, effectively bringing virtual reality to its more than two billion members—no headset required. 

To showcase this feature, Facebook worked with National Geographic and is showcasing an updated version of a 2015 National Geographic interactive VR story. In it, readers are invited to take a virtual tour of Son Doong, a recently discovered cave in Vietnam, believed to be the world’s largest. 

“In the social media world, this is a big deal,” says Martin Edström, the photographer and National Geographic Explorer who originally captured the 360 photo spheres of Son Doong for National Geographic. “Now people can literally walk through the largest cave in the world without leaving Facebook.”

 Son Doong is believed to be the world’s largest cave passage and is estimated to be between two and five million years old. It’s more than three miles long, with numerous chambers large enough to hold an entire city block of New York skyscrapers. Being the world’s largest cave, Son Doong contains many appropriately gargantuan formations, including the 200-foot “Hand of the Dog,” which might be the world’s largest stalagmite, as well as baseball-sized “cave pearls,” a type of speleothem that’s typically much smaller. 

Large scale tourism companies have begun to threaten the preservation of this world wonder. To Martin Erdstrom and other researchers around the world, this new Facebook feature is seen as a powerful new conservation tool. 

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated story on React 360 here

Spokespeople and visuals available.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:11

**Media Alert**

National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

Spokesperson and Images Available

Today is the first day of National Pets Month and to celebrate National Geographic has announced the launch of “Domesticated,” an online hub dedicated to all kinds of domesticated animals. This hub will be a collection of stories, photos, and videos about the latest in pet science, how pets evolved, how pets work for us (i.e. therapy dogs), and demystifying our pets’ behavior! 

To kick off the launch of this fun and informative series, National Geographic has shared a number of videos and stories on everything from dogs and cats to the more exotic household pets. Check out the latest stories below:

Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do

Meet the World’s Most Expensive Pet Fish

Why Are Dogs So Friendly? Science Finally Has an Answer

Playful Photos of Well-Loved Dog Toys

What if Everything You Think About Cats Is Wrong?

For more information on the hub and to follow along with the most recent stories, visit natgeo.com/domesticated.

Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic senior director of Animals, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

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