Under the black clouds of burning oil fields during the Gulf War, camels forage desperately for shrubs and water in southern Kuwait, 1991. Front-line photographs of regions ravaged by human strife can also illuminate war's environmental cost. (Steve McCurry/ National Geographic) Jou Jou, captive chimpanzee reaches out it's hand to Dr. Jane Goodall in Brazzaville Zoo, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 1990. (Michael Nichols/ National Geographic) A lion climbs a tree to sleep, in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth Park, 2011. (Joel Sartore/ National Geographic) Steve McCurry's iconic photograph of a young Afghan girl in a Pakistan refugee camp appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine's June 1985 issue and became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history. (Steve McCurry/ National Geographic) A cowgirl dropped a nickel in a parking meter to hitch her pony. When this photo was taken in 1939, El Paso, Texas, was still a highly horse-conscious town with many cattle-ranch residents. (Luis Marden/ National Geographic) Noor Nisa, about 18, was pregnant, and her water had just broken. Her husband was determined to get her to the hospital, but his car broke down, and he went to find another vehicle. The photographer ended up taking Noor Nisa, her mother and her husband to the hospital, where she gave birth to a baby girl, in Afghanistan, 2010. (Lynsey Addario/ National Geographic) “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) Floating on dreams and whispers, girls from a West Bank village cool off in the salt-laden waters of the Dead Sea. With its main tributary, the Jordan, at less than a tenth of its former volume, the inland sea has dropped some 70 feet since 1978. Shot in the West Bank, Palestine, in 2009. (Paolo Pellegrin/National Geographic) The October 2013 issue of The National Geographic Magazine brings together some of the best and most memorable images in the publication's history. (National Geographic) A boy juggler, Kashing, Chekiang Province, China, circa 1929. This and the following images can be seen at the Beetles and Huxley gallery, London. (L W Chamberlain/ National Geographic Magazine/ Beetles and Huxley) Young Asaro mudmen at the annual tribal sing-sing at Garoka, Melansia, 2000. (Jodie Cobb/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) Kumbh Mela Festival, Allahabad, United Provinces, India, 1948. (C L Sevenoaks/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) Stilt dancers from the Mucua Tribe, Cabo Delgado district, Mozambique, 1962. (Volkmar Wentzel/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) Indian women, India, circa 1921. (Maynard Owen Williams/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) A Jewess of Tunis, 1912. (Lehnert and Landrock/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) A diver and a southern right whale, Auckland Islands, New Zealand, 2007. (Brian J Skerry/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) A school of barracuda surrounds a naturalist, Bismark Sea of New Hanover Island, Bismark Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, 1987. (David Doubliet/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) A topless Tahitian dancer is annointed with coconut oil by firelight, Tahiti, 1971. (Gordon Ward Gahan/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) Salmon fishing in Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska, 1999. (Joel Sartore/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) Sunlight streaming through Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, 2011. (Mike Theiss/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) Bird hunters, Indus River, Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan, 2000. (Randy Olson/ National Geographic/ Beetlesa and Huxley) Elly's Ford hillside in the mist, Rappahannock river, Virginia, USA, 1999. (Sam Abell/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley) A woman leading her sheep past Lamayuru Gompa, Ladakh, India, 1978. (Thomas J Abercrombie/ National Geographic/ Beetles and Huxley)
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.