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National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe announced today that HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will be the official patron for the organization for the next five years.

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. Since 1888, the Society has funded hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year and works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives.

“We are delighted to have Crown Princess Victoria as patron,” says Joakim Mörnefält, Executive Director, National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe.  ”Her support reinforces the continued importance of National Geographic’s legacy and mission to provide the world with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire people to care about the planet. Over the next few years, we hope that Crown Princess will participate in our activities and visit some of our National Geographic-funded Explorers in the field.”

In 2011, National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe was established with its head office in Stockholm. The regional office manages and administers a scientific grant program funding for Northern European scientists, conservationists and explorers for fieldwork around the world. Thus far, the program has supported 166 projects and among them, 16 projects from Swedish researchers and explorers. Included in the projects from Swedish researchers is the investigation of the Swedish King Erik XIV’s legendary 2,000 ton flagship Mars/Makalös which went down in a fierce battle in 1564. The Mars/Makalös shipwreck is located off the coast of Öland.

About National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe

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: nationalgeographic.org/europe.

Swedish-language press release available here.

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2016)—Mountaineer Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita has been named the 2016 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for her courageous efforts to help her fellow Nepalis after last year’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. She was selected from a group of adventure innovators whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism and adventure sports distinguished them in the past year. The 10 honorees were announced on Nov. 13, 2015, and the public was invited to vote through Jan. 31, 2016, for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.

“I am very humbled and happy to receive this award, although I believe there are many other adventurers who also deserve it,” Pasang Lhamu said. “I would like to thank my supporters back home in Nepal and around the world, and I am very appreciative to get all of their support. I would also like to thank National Geographic for recognizing our efforts helping Nepal. Personally, I hope receiving this award will encourage more women all over the world, especially in Asia, to enter the mountaineering world.”

Pasang Lhamu is considered one of the best women climbers in Nepal. She played a crucial and ongoing role in relief efforts in Nepal after the severe earthquake in April 2015. Using her social network, she raised money to buy and distribute supplies, including mobilizing local porters to reach remote villages.

Since then, Pasang Lhamu has helped provide more than 10,000 blankets to people in need in the most remote communities in the Dolpo region of Western Nepal, which is experiencing a particularly cold winter, and guided clients up two significant mountains: 22,349-foot Ama Dablam in the Himalayas and 22,838-foot Aconcagua in Argentina. Her focus is on supporting and advocating for girls education in disadvantaged Nepali communities.

In 2014, Pasang Lhamu ascended K2, the second-highest mountain in the world and arguably the most deadly, with two other Nepali women. She was also the first female mountaineering instructor in Nepal and has worked as a guide in the Himalayas and around the globe.

“Pasang’s motivation, strength, compassion and humility have distinguished her as a climber and humanitarian,” said Mary Anne Potts, editorial director of National Geographic Adventure. “Her tireless efforts to serve her fellow Nepalis have made her a role model for women, the people of Nepal and climbers.”

The full list of the other 2016 honorees:

Steve Boyes, a South African wildlife biologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, who led a team on a 1,500-mile, 120-day expedition by dugout canoe to collect data to help protect Africa’s wildest place, the Okavango Delta;
American ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Christy Mahon and Ted Mahon, who, this past May, became the first people to climb and ski Colorado’s 100 highest peaks, all with summits over 13,800 feet;
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, a pair of American rock climbers who spent 19 days on the side of 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite to complete the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall, a seven-year-in-the-planning odyssey;
The Afghan Women’s Cycling Team, a group of women in Afghanistan who have defied cultural taboos and endured harassment by riding bicycles with the goal of competing internationally, ultimately sparking a cultural debate about women’s rights in their country;
Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, who completed the first trans-Pacific flight by solar plane, flying day and night for five days from Japan to Hawaii without using a single drop of fuel;
German long-distance kayaker Freya Hoffmeister, who finished her four-year solo journey in April to complete the first circumnavigation of South America in a sea kayak, a 16,700-mile voyage;
Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, Ben Marr and Pedro Oliva, a team of kayakers who made a source-to-sea first descent of one of the most remote and treacherous rivers on the planet, tucked away in the jungles of Papua New Guinea’s New Britain Island;
Wildlife photographer Joe Riis and biologist Arthur Middleton, who teamed up to chronicle the Yellowstone elk herd’s annual migration, using art and science to call on policymakers to protect the herd’s vital wilderness corridors; and
American ultrarunner Scott Jurek, who capped a 20-year career in trail running with a speed record on the iconic Appalachian Trail.

To learn more about each adventurer through photos, interviews and a video, go to http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2016/.

National Geographic has named Adventurers of the Year for the past 11 years. Polish kayaker Aleksander Doba was voted the 2015 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for completing the longest open-water kayak crossing of the Atlantic Ocean at age 67.

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, location-based entertainment, 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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WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2016)—Marcela Martin has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO), National Geographic Partners, overseeing Finance, Accounting and Budget Planning. Her appointment was announced by Declan Moore, National Geographic Partners CEO. She will report to Moore and Fox Network Groups CFO Del Mayberry.

“Marcela is a seasoned financial executive with more than 15 years of experience directing, streamlining and growing revenues for a global media company,” Moore said. “I got to know Marcela when I started serving on the board of the National Geographic Channels International, and she always impressed me with her command of the complex financials for our global channels business where I observed her role in its growth. Her proven track record with business reorganizations and integration of financial systems is impressive.  She will be a valuable asset to my leadership team.”

Prior to joining National Geographic Partners, Martin had served as Executive VP & CFO of Fox International Channels since 2007.  In that position, she was responsible for presiding over financial and tax planning, budgeting and control of quarterly forecasts, cash flow, and revenue and expense allocation analysis. Martin was repeatedly tapped to streamline the launch of new global businesses — including more than 30 in 2009 alone — with oversight of legal and tax advisor teams throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. During her tenure, she helped propel the business from $40 million in revenue to more than $3 billion in revenue spanning over 60 countries. She has been with Fox International Channels since 1998. Previously, Martin served as Chief of Accounting, Tax & Administration for Ladbroke Argentina.

“I am very grateful to Declan and to the Board of Directors of National Geographic Partners for this tremendous opportunity. I have had the honor to have worked for the National Geographic brand for many years on the channels side. I am very excited to join this terrific team and look forward to working together to further develop the business,” Martin said.

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, location-based entertainment, 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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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Jan. 28, 2016)—Laura Nichols has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, National Geographic Partners. Her appointment was announced by National Geographic Partners CEO Declan Moore, to whom Nichols reports. In her newly created role, Nichols will oversee all communications and media relations for National Geographic Partners, coordinating among all divisions including the National Geographic cable channels, magazines, books, licensing, events and travel businesses.

“As National Geographic broadens its horizons and expands our business across new channels and new platforms, Laura is the perfect person to lead our communications efforts,” Moore said. “Laura brings tremendous media expertise to this position, and we look forward to collaborating with her to build on National Geographic’s status as the world’s preeminent source of storytelling about science, adventure and exploration.”

Nichols was previously Executive Vice President, Global Communications, at the Motion Picture Association of America. At the MPAA she was responsible for all aspects of the MPAA’s communications, including media relations; messaging research and marketing strategies; digital strategy; public events and programming; public affairs and outreach. She also led strategic efforts to focus industry advocacy on promotion of studio innovations and efforts to provide consumers with greater access to a wider array of options for viewing content.

Prior to the MPAA, Nichols served as Senior Vice President, Communications & Strategy, for the Center for American Progress, where she was instrumental in the founding, conception and programming activities of the Washington-based non-profit, multi-issue think tank. She has also served as a Partner at First Tuesday Media, Senior Vice President at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Communications Director for House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt.

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, location-based entertainment, 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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WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2016)—With his photo titled “Bridge of Mystery,” 13-year-old Logan Wagner has captured the grand prize in the U.S. competition of the National Geographic Kids International Photography Contest, winning an eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure.

Wagner’s photo was selected from nearly 3,000 U.S. entries from young photographers across four categories: Amazing Animals (photos of pets, zoo animals or wild animals); Dare to Explore (photos of outdoor scenery); Weird But True (photos that capture something odd or funny); and Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels).

Open to children ages 6 to 14, the four category winners in the U.S. competition were:

Kathryn Kovacic, 9, Kennesaw, Georgia — Amazing Animals
Logan Wagner, 13, Cornelius, North Carolina — Dare to Explore
Chase Rodi, 13, San Diego, California — Weird But True
Henry Downing, 11, McCamey, Texas — Wild Vacation

The photos from each of the four U.S. category winners, along with the worldwide grand-prize winner, will be featured in the May 2016 U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine, reaching approximately four million U.S. readers.

“Photography is an excellent way for people — and especially kids — to show their perspective on the world. What they produce is eye-catching, inventive and sometimes surprising, and we continue to be impressed by the contest entries,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids magazine (U.S.). “This year, we not only expanded our contest to Australia/New Zealand and Portugal, but we also received the largest number of entries in the worldwide competition. It’s encouraging to see kids actively participating in photography and engaged in the world around them.”

In the worldwide contest, 13-year-old Senne Mensink from the Netherlands won the 2015 International Photography Contest grand prize for her close-up portrait of a grasshopper peeking through a leaf. She has won a five-day, four-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of National Geographic headquarters.

The worldwide competition was conducted in partnership with the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine and 11 local-language editions. This year’s worldwide winning photos were selected from more than 17,500 entries — an increase from last year’s program — from the United States, Australia/New Zealand, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Each country held a national contest and, in the final round, sent one photo from each of the four categories to National Geographic headquarters for judging in the worldwide contest.

The four category winners in the worldwide competition of the International Photography Contest were:

Senne Mensink, 13, Netherlands — Amazing Animals
Radostina Georgieva Todorova, 8, Bulgaria — Dare to Explore
Tadhg Verdier, 11, Ireland — Weird But True
Henry Downing, 11, United States — Wild Vacation.

To view the grand-prize-winning image and other top images from the international contest, visit natgeokids.com/contests/ipc-winners.

National Geographic Kids magazine launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. There are now 17 local-language editions, the most recent being the Portuguese edition, which launched in December 2015, and the Australia/New Zealand edition, which debuted in June 2015. Other local-language editions are available in 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.

NOTE: Captions, credits and images can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/IPC_NGKIDS or contact Carol King Woodward at ckingwoo@ngs.org.

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National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. You can follow National Geographic Kids on Twitter and Facebook.

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