Extraordinaries Archive

2012 Photography Contest Winners Revealed

TigerEvery year National Geographic holds a photography contest for user-submitted photos. This year’s collection turned out to be one of the best with more than 22,000 entries from over 150 countries. With professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating, photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to Nat Geo headquarters to participate in the 2013 photography seminar.



Simply Inspiring | This is Water

This is WaterThis Is Water by The Glossary is a fun inspirational video about our everyday lives and the misperceptions that shape our tiny worlds.  In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. The resulting speech, however, didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the simplest life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most practical explanation of the real value of education.



Gear Porn | From Addiction to Rehabilitation


It all began a few years back with some harmless Googling for the keyword “Canon.”  One link led to another and before I knew it, I had struck gold!  It was a sight to behold, the shimmering glass, the robust bodies, and the features, all those features!  It was as if I had not found it, but rather, it had found me.

“Spend time on your skills and you’ll earn the money for the gear.”


Sergei Gaschak and Anthony Bourdain venture into a Nuclear Fallout zone

Nuclear Fallout

Chernobyl, Ukraine is officially closed off to human habitation since the nuclear catastrophe of 1986. The meltdown of the nuclear reactor is known as one of the greatest man-made catastrophes of the 20th century. Due to the waves of radioactivity, even today the exclusion zone stretches for several miles around the site of the reactor.

But some choose to ignore the exclusion zone and boldly venture into an area that’s radioactivity is off the charts. Sergei Gaschak recently visited Chernobyl…



This Week’s Three Extraordinaries: Lavender, Peaks, and Waterfalls

Check out these three amazing locations around the world! And remember, wherever you are, there is always something amazing nearby…the trick is finding it!


Around the World by Private Jet: Nat Geo sends a small group on the trip of a lifetime

Nat Geo

The Ultimate Expedition

“Marrakech is a city of turbaned motorists, cross-eyed snake charmers, thick-lipped camels, burlap bags overflowing with cinnamon, ginger, dried roses, jasmine — windows dripping with silver, and baskets rolling in the lost antiquities of Berber kingdoms past.”

National Geographic’s ultimate expedition, costing around $70,000, takes travellers on a round the world journey by private jet. For accompaniment, Nat Geo provides half a dozen specialists and experts who share their knowledge and insights.