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Press Inquiries

How can I book a broadcast or print interview with a National Geographic expert, writer or photographer?

The National Geographic Society funds a wide variety of field projects around the world. Please contact us via email or by phone at (202) 857-7027 to see about booking a grantee or a scientific expert. Please provide as much information as possible about the topic, the news outlet you work for and your deadline, and we will respond as soon as we can. You may also reach a National Geographic Communications staff member directly by visiting the Contacts page.

How can I sign up to receive National Geographic press releases?

To receive press releases on specific products or topics, please contact the appropriate publicist as listed on the Contacts page. If you are interested in receiving all Society releases, please sign up for our RSS feed or subscribe to our weekly email list.  

How can I find an old press release that is not posted on this site?

In transitioning to the new press room site in 2012, only selected press releases prior to 2010 were moved to the new site. If you are looking for a specific release, please email us and we'll send you a copy from our files.

Are review copies of National Geographic books available?

Contact a member of our Books PR team here.

How can I receive a press pass to attend a National Geographic Live event or to the National Geographic Museum?

Contact our Museum or National Geographic Live PR team here.

Are National Geographic writers/photographers/explorers available to come speak at my event?

The National Geographic Speakers Bureau represents more than 60 dynamic and proven speakers, considered among the best in their fields. Using award-winning photographs and video, our modern storytellers share adventures from the field, reporting on a wide range of human-interest and conservation topics. To book a speaker, email speakers@ngs.org or call (202) 775-7800.

 

 

Photo, Video and Text Requests

I am a reporter and would like permission to use a National Geographic photo to accompany my news article. Whom do I contact?

If you are a media outlet seeking permission for news purposes, please contact our Communications photo editor.

How/where can I get permission to use an article, photograph, or map from one of your magazines, books, or websites for a non-press purpose?

To request permission to reprint an article, map, or photo, please contact us at one of the following ways:

EMAIL: stock@ngs.org
PHONE: +1 202 857 7537
FAX: +1 202 429 5776

WRITE: National Geographic Society
Image Collection Office
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688

How/where can I get permission to show a National Geographic DVD or video to my students?

Videos and DVDs purchased through the National Geographic Society include public performance rights to any nonpaying educational screening. A teacher or educator must be present during the screening, and the video must be shown in its entirety. No portion of the video may be edited or put into any other format.

 

Working for National Geographic

How can I become a writer for National Geographic?

Vacancies on our editorial staff are usually filled by professional writers who have had a number of years of experience in the newspaper or magazine publishing fields. In preparation for such work, many of our writers have made a thorough study of the sciences, journalism, and English, and in some cases know several languages. A solid academic background and a proven record of success in one's chosen field are most important. However, because we cannot know a person's particular talents nor assure employment after a completed course, we do not encourage gearing a career or educational program specifically toward employment by the National Geographic Society.

How can I become a photographer for National Geographic?

We are often asked by aspiring photojournalists for advice about entering this highly competitive field.

National Geographic photographers have college degrees in a variety of disciplines. Most did not major in photography, but all took photo courses. The most common majors have been journalism, anthropology, sociology or psychology, fine arts, and sciences. Our editors and photographers agree that it is important to complete a degree in a discipline other than photography. Freelancers usually come to us with at least five years of photojournalism experience or with specializations such as wildlife, underwater, nature, or aerial photography. We seek balance and an eclectic blend of interests, abilities, and photographic styles in the freelancers we hire.

Our Photography website includes photo galleries, photographer bios, photo tips from our pros, wallpapers, screen savers, and more.

How can I become an explorer?

There are no set requirements for a position as an explorer. Our explorers come to us with a diverse and extensive list of credentials. You can read more on our explorers programs at:

How can I apply for a scientific grant?

The Society has been providing grants for research and exploration since 1890. Information on the various programs can be found on our website.

Does the National Geographic Society offer internships?

Each year we offer a limited number of students the opportunity to become involved in our activities. Our programs are highly competitive and target students with skills and determination in fields pertinent to the National Geographic Society's work. By definition, an intern is a student on a work assignment, and, therefore, students must be U.S. citizens or be legally entitled to work in the United States.

Visit our online jobs page for a listing of available internships at the Society.

Where can I find a listing of available jobs at the National Geographic?

Our website includes searchable listings of job openings and an opportunity to apply for jobs online. Because the processing of electronic applications is more efficient, applications must be submitted through the website. If you are contacted for an interview, we encourage you to bring a hard copy of your cover letter and resume to share with Human Resources and the hiring manager. Please note that hiring for U.S. jobs at the National Geographic Channel is handled separately on the Fox career site.

 

Whom do I contact?

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Submissions

Can I submit a photograph for publication in National Geographic magazine or on your website?

Unfortunately, our magazine and website editors do not accept any unsolicited photographs for publication. They plan articles and features months, sometimes years, in advance and make assignments based on the coverage envisioned.

The one exception is Your Shot, a monthly column in National Geographic that features readers’ photographs, and My Shot, a chance to have your own National Geographic Web page. Submitted photos do NOT have to be digital photos from a digital camera. Any digital scan will do, as long as the end result is a JPG or JPEG file. 

 Although they do not accept article submissions, appropriate queries can be sent to the editor of Traveler magazine. Visit the Traveler website for photography guidelines.

How do I suggest a topic for National Geographic magazine?

Suggestions from our readers play an important role as we plan future coverage. You can submit your suggestion to ngm@nationalgeographic.com, and we'll forward your recommendation along to the appropriate editorial specialist for consideration. (Bear in mind, however, that because we're only able to publish about 70 articles a year, we are often forced to pass on ideas that have merit.)

Can I submit an article to the National Geographic magazine?

National Geographic magazine does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, nor does it assume any responsibility for unsolicited materials received in its offices. The editors meet regularly to discuss possible story ideas. Once an idea is decided upon, the article is then assigned, usually to someone with whom the editors worked before or to someone with many years of outstanding work in the field of journalism.

It is extremely difficult to win a first assignment with National Geographic. The editors do not look at unsolicited portfolios. Because there is a large investment behind each National Geographic article, the editors are conservative in choosing writers, opting for those with well-established reputations. Our editors continually review the published work of top journalists and invite those whose work impresses them to send a portfolio. At this time, we have far more interested freelancers than we do assignments.

How do I submit a documentary idea to the National Geographic Channel?

You can submit a documentary idea to the National Geographic Channel via their website at https://www.ngcideas.com.

 

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