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1906: Whitefish Lake, Mich. -- Photography pioneer George Shiras made the first nighttime wildlife photos. Here he demonstrates his revolving camera tray, mounted jacklight and handheld flashgun.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Shiras / National Geographic

1984: Pakistan -- 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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve McCurry / National Geographic

1970: Arizona -- Henry ran cattle for 50 years on the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument desert country. He was 72. The government wanted his cattle off the land. As we moved about the house, Henry paused, lost in his thoughts, behind him a 48-star flag.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: William Albert Allard / National Geographic

1990: Brazzaville Zoo, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo -- Jou Jou, captive chimpanzee reaches out to Jane Goodall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Nichols / National Geographic

1991: Kuwait -- Under the black clouds of burning oil fields during the Gulf War, camels forage desperately for shrubs and water in southern Kuwait. Front-line photographs of regions ravaged by human strife can also illuminate war'€™s environmental cost.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve McCurry / National Geographic

2006: Antarctica -- "€œI expected this leopard seal to flee with her catch, a live penguin chick, but she dropped it on my camera,"€ says Paul Nicklen. Since these aggressive mammals eat whatever they find in the variable ice pack, scientists track their diets to gauge changes caused by global warming.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Nicklen / National Geographic

2010: Afghanistan -- 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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lynsey Addario / National Geographic

2011: Bandhavgarh National Park -- Meet Smasher, €”the male in the background. That's the name Steve Winter gave this youngster, cooling off in a watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park in India, after the tiger slapped the automated camera trap until it stopped clicking. Both tigers are thought to have killed people, and Smasher is now in captivity.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Winter / National Geographic

2010: Dzitnup, Mexico -- A single frame can transport us to one of our planet'€™s far-flung and beautiful places. In this one, stalactites and a sunbeam spotlight a swimmer in the Xkeken cenote, a natural well in the Yucatán thought by the Maya to lead to the underworld.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Stanmeyer / National Geographic

1913: Machu Picchu, Peru -- An elevated view of about half of Machu Picchu, the lost mountaintop city of the Inca in the Peruvian Andes. National Geographic supported Hiram Bingham's excavations at the site from 1912 to 1915.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hiram Bingham / National Geographic

The October 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: National Geographic / National Geographic

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National Geographic magazine celebrates its 125th anniversary with a special October issue devoted to photography. Above is a selection of images from the upcoming edition. Read more about “The Power of Photography.” Coinciding with this, the magazine has launched a new photo blog, “Proof,” that delves into the world of National Geographic photography and the field overall. The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles also will hold the print and digital exhibition, “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years,” free to the public from Oct. 26, 2013 through April 27, 2014.

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