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How do you find photographs from the National Geographic archives?

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National Geographic Photography's website contains links to Photos of the Day and other National Geographic photography content. This includes some archival content, including Photos of the Day dating back to 2009.

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How do you find photographs from the National Geographic archives?
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In addition to Photos of the Day for the last few years, the site offers links to selected content from years past. Much of this content is available on National Geographic's official Tumblr site Found, which contains a curated collection of past National Geographic content updated once every week or so. Also offered are links to interviews with National Geographic photographers and recent photography content. Subscribers to National Geographic magazine also have access to digitized versions of many back issues of the magazine itself.

Further, National Geographic maintains a stock photo agency called National Geographic Creative that manages much of the visual content created by and for the magazine throughout its history. This searchable database of many of the company's images allows users to find images by keyword, photographer or photo ID number; some images are rights-managed, but some are royalty-free. Users can pay National Geographic's licensing fees as appropriate.

Finally, the National Geographic Image Collection, which contains many rare and fragile images from early in the history of nature photography, periodically puts on public exhibitions of treasures from the archives. The Collection has also published a 500-page book, entitled "The National Geographic Image Collection," which contains an extensive collection of iconic images from the magazine's history.

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