125 years of National Geographic: Stunning photography since 1888

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“I expected this leopard seal to flee with her catch, a live penguin chick, but she dropped it on my camera,” says Paul Nicklen, who shot this photo in Antarctica, 2005. Since these aggressive mammals eat whatever they find in the variable ice pack, scientists track their diets to gauge changes caused by global warming. (Paul Nicklen/National Geographic)

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From Steve McCurry's 'Afghan Girl' to a lion sleeping in a Ugandan tree, the National Geographic Magazine is responsible for some of the world's most memorable and beautiful images. This month, the magazine celebrates its 125th year and has collected stunning examples of photojournalism in the special October issue of the magazine. Unseen, vintage photographs from the publication's history are also on display alongside contemporary work at the Beetles and Huxley gallery, London, until October 19.

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