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WASHINGTON (April 12, 2016)—The National Geographic Society announced today the promotion of Brooke Runnette to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Program and Impact Officer. Runnette will play an instrumental role in helping the 128­ year-­old Society make a greater global impact through its mission-­driven work. Combined with a new organizational structure also announced today, the Society is better positioned than ever to explore and protect the planet by harnessing the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling. The move was announced by National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell.

The National Geographic Society has expanded to become one of the largest non­profits in the world, doing work that supports science and exploration, inspires global citizens and protects the planet. Through a joint venture partnership with 21st Century Fox forged last fall, the National Geographic Society has more than doubled its ability to fund innovative science, exploration and education. Leveraging expanded multi­media platforms that reach more than 700 million people worldwide, the National Geographic Society is perfectly poised to have a greater impact around the globe as stories and images, shows and events are more widely and effectively distributed.

“There has never been a more important time for the National Geographic Society to fulfill its critical mission to explore and protect the planet,” said Knell. “Having spent the better part of the last century providing venture capital for good, we are fortunate to have more resources than ever before to invest in the world’s best scientists, explorers, photographers and educators. Brooke’s new role will unite the Society’s programs into a single, integrated pipeline, helping the organization deliver maximum impact. She has a successful track record of combining creativity and operational efficiency to get the most out of projects.”

An Emmy­- and Peabody Award­-winning producer, Runnette has a long list of successes as creative executive, with a history of balancing risk­-taking with operational discipline. Runnette was previously president of National Geographic Studios, responsible for all television, film and digital video production for the Society. She rebooted the Explorer series for the National Geographic Channel, which premiered with the multiple ­award-­winning Warlords of Ivory, featuring National Geographic Explorer of the Year Bryan Christy. More than just a TV show, the investigation of illegal poaching across Africa became the centerpiece of a new impact initiative around wildlife trafficking for the Society.

Before joining National Geographic, Runnette served for six years on the creative team at Discovery Channel as an executive producer and director of development for special projects. She oversaw cable’s longest-­running event, Shark Week, putting a greater emphasis on natural history while simultaneously increasing ratings.

As part of the new structure, Mike Ulica has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Financial Officer. Ulica joined National Geographic in 2006 as the chief financial officer for National Geographic Ventures, the Society’s taxable subsidiary. He was named the Society’s deputy chief financial officer in 2012 and the chief financial officer in 2014. Ulica was previously at Discovery Communications, where he spent 10 years in a wide range of financial roles, including senior vice president and chief financial officer of Discovery’s corporate services division.

“Mike has always been and will continue to be an invaluable resource in keeping the organization running smoothly,” said Knell. “The team we have in place, with Brooke and Mike at the helm, will help us maximize our commitment to exploration, protection and inspiring new generations to care about the planet.”

About the National Geographic Society

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-­winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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ALASKA- Ben Ng, 8th Grade, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Juneau
ARKANSAS- D.J. Quezada, 8th Grade, Haas Hall Academy, Bentonville
ARIZONA- Ari Mehta, 8th Grade, Explorer Middle School, Phoenix
CALIFORNIA- Nishaanth Krishnan, 8th Grade, C.E. Utt Middle School, Tustin
COLORADO- Cooper Hanley, 7th Grade, Louisville Middle School, Louisville
CONNECTICUT- Ritwik Bose, 8th Grade, Scotts Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield
DELAWARE- Eric Smith, 8th Grade, F Neil Postlethwait Middle School, Camden
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Max Garon, 6th Grade, Sidwell Friends Middle School, Washington
FLORIDA- Rishi Nair, 6th Grade, Williams Magnet Middle School, Tampa
GEORGIA- Jerome Perera, 7th Grade, Taylor Road Middle School, Johns Creek
HAWAII- Mika Ishii, 8th Grade, Kaimuki Middle School, Honolulu
IDAHO- Nicholas Monahan, 7th Grade, Payette Lakes Middle School, McCall
ILLINOIS- Mantra Dave, 8th Grade, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal
INDIANA- Simon Molenaar, 7th Grade, Highland Christian School, Highland
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KANSAS- Aviral Misra, 8th Grade, Prairie Star Middle School, Leawood
KENTUCKY- Shyam Ravishankar, 8th Grade, Noe Middle School, Louisville
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MAINE- Haden Buzzell, 6th Grade, Massabesic Middle School, E Waterboro
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KOTTAYAM, India (April 4, 2016)—MM Publications Ltd. has partnered with National Geographic to launch the local-language edition of National Geographic Kids magazine in India. The newest edition of National Geographic Kids magazine debuts with the April 2016 issue. The magazine will be available monthly on newsstands and by subscription.

Aimed at children ages 6 to 12, National Geographic Kids magazine is a photo-driven publication that inspires young adventurers to explore the world around them. Each month, the magazine features colorful stories about animals, people and places, interspersed with fun puzzles, facts and figures. It also includes the popular departments “Weird But True,” “Wild Vacation” and “Amazing Animals,” and highlights its readers by displaying user-submitted photos.

National Geographic Kids India will publish content from the English-language edition and will have a similar look, but will also introduce content specifically geared to local readers.

“We’re excited to work with MM Publications to introduce the National Geographic brand to kids in India for the first time,” said Yulia Boyle, senior vice president, international media for National Geographic. “Our goal with National Geographic Kids magazine is to inspire kids to learn more about the world around them through visually rich, educational and highly entertaining content, full of immersive games and incredible stories. In doing so, we hope to create the next generation of explorers who believe in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world.”

“It is indeed a privilege for MM Publications to partner with National Geographic to bring one of the most loved children’s magazines to India,” said Harsha Mathew, assistant editor and director for MM Publications’ parent company, the Malayala Manorama group. “As a publishing house, MM Publications’ priority is to enrich the lives of children and to make learning fun. We distribute many publications that are designed to impart knowledge through fun-filled activities. I am sure National Geographic Kids will further enhance the value of our portfolio and help in our efforts to make the world of children more colorful and their futures brighter.”

The price for the magazine on newsstands is Rs 50. A 12-month subscription costs Rs 500 and a 24-month subscription is Rs 900.

National Geographic Kids launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. The Indian edition of National Geographic is the 18th local-language edition of the magazine, preceded by the Portuguese in December 2015. Other local-language editions are available in Australia/New Zealand, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. National Geographic Kids has a worldwide circulation of approximately 1.6 million.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About MM Publications Ltd.

MM Publications is a leading magazine publishing group that brings out a number of successful publications in English, Malayalam and Hindi, each of them leading in their respective categories. The group is a part of the larger family of the Malayala Manorama group, the leading newspaper and magazine publishers in India, which bring out the famed Malayala Manorama daily, The Week – noted news magazine, the Manorama Year Books (in various languages) etc. MM Publications launched the much-loved children’s magazine in Malayalam, Balarama in the year 1972. An effective mix of entertainment and information, it later became the largest selling children’s magazine in India, across all the languages. Soon the group identified different slots for children’s publications, addressing different needs as well as different age groups. Thus the preschool activity magazines like Kalikkudukka (in Malayalam), Magic Pot (English) and Akkad Bakkad (Hindi) were launched, virtually inventing a new slot in the Indian market. These publications are affectionately received by children, with parents and teachers accepting them as an effective tool for child development. The informative magazines published by the group, like Manorama Tell Me Why (in English) and Balarama Digest (Malayalam) are also very popular and appreciated by children, parents and educators. The children’s division of MM Publications now brings out ten publications for children.

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WASHINGTON (April 1, 2016)—National Geographic invites photographers to submit photos for the opportunity to be named the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The grand-prize award winner will earn the prestigious title and also receive a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. The contest, which is open now, ends May 27, 2016, at 12 p.m. EDT.

National Geographic Travel photography captures the awe-inspiring diversity of the world’s people, places and cultures. For the first time ever, National Geographic will name the grand prize-winner the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year and recognize the most compelling travel photography taken in the past two years.

“Our Travel Photographer of the Year program is a way to show that our readers are among the world’s best travelers and photographers,” said George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Travel. “We are passionate about visual storytelling and we hope that our contest will inspire our global audience to explore the planet and use photography to tell amazing stories.”

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit photographs in any or all of three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category. First-place winners will receive a Sony a6300 camera supplied by B&H Photo, second-place winners will receive National Geographic’s The Art of Travel Photography course on DVD and third-place winners will receive a National Geographic book. All winners will receive a subscription to National Geographic Traveler, and the winning photos will appear online and in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

The grand prize is the seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, where guests can settle into a cozy lodge on the banks of the Hudson Bay, and head out on guided excursions by foot and by aircraft to photograph polar bears and other wildlife against a dramatic landscape of snow and ice. Guests will also enjoy incredible cuisine and stories around the fireplace, and then step into the night to capture the mesmerizing northern lights. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of National Geographic, which offers guided trips spanning all seven continents and more than 80 destinations.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; travel books; maps; digital travel content; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 16 local-language editions. National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, journeys with G Adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group, shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 14 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

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PARIS (March 31, 2016)—National Geographic Traveler magazine will debut in the French market this month with Prisma Media. The latest expansion of the National Geographic brand in the region will launch as a quarterly publication and will debut with the April/May issue. Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, editor in chief of National Geographic France, will also serve as editor in chief for National Geographic Traveler France.

National Geographic Traveler is the world’s most widely read travel magazine. The magazine was created with the goal to inspire people to travel with passion and purpose. It is a magazine designed for travel enthusiasts who enjoy learning more about places and experiences that are off the beaten path.

Each month, National Geographic Traveler features helpful tips, details the latest trends and travel news, and entertains readers with stories of personal journeys, unique encounters and thrilling adventures, illustrated by spectacular imagery of people, natural landscapes and far-flung destinations.

The French edition of the magazine will publish content from the English-language edition alongside original features and columns specifically geared to the interests of the French audience. The premiere issue of the magazine will include the features “The Secrets of Norwegian Fjords” and “The Cool List 2016.”

National Geographic Traveler France will launch with an initial circulation of 100,000. Single issues will be available on newsstands for €5.95. Yearly subscriptions will also be available.

“Our reporters and writers unearth hidden beaches in Thailand, not-to-miss culinary specialties in Barcelona and the new ski spot in Austria where everyone should be seen. They also lose themselves in Tangier’s streets and onboard a Japanese cruise,” said Vrignaud. “In Traveler, they tell you their adventures and encounters and they give you all the best destinations that are not referenced in traditional travel guides.”

“National Geographic Traveler magazine was created to appeal to travelers who love cultural travel and are inspired by unique, authentic and sustainable travel experiences,” said Yulia Boyle, senior vice president, International Media for National Geographic. “Our new National Geographic Traveler edition in France will be tailored specifically to the sophisticated French traveler. It will combine the most inspirational and impactful, visually arresting content with the useful features of a guidebook. National Geographic Traveler France will be the go-to resource for anyone looking to discover amazing new travel experiences.”

National Geographic Traveler magazine launched in 1984; its first local-language edition was published in China in 2002. National Geographic Traveler France is the 16th local-language edition of the magazine. In addition to the English language edition, National Geographic Traveler publishes local-language editions in Australia/New Zealand, China, Hungary, India, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latin America, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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