This year, storied publication National Geographic has published its 'The Year in Pictures' campaign in print for the first time, showcasing powerful photographs from an "unprecedented and unforgettable year".
Well-known for its incredible use of photography, the mag's campaign aims to offer people a glimpse of 2020 though the unique lens of National Geographic in a new single-topic issue format.
The Year in Pictures publication forms the January issue and is split into four themes: the year that tested us, the year that isolated us, the year that empowered us and the year that hope endured. "The powerful photographs featured in the issue capture the year that shook the world to its core and shaped realities in ways that were previously unimagined," says National Geographic.
"In our 133 years, National Geographic has never singled out one year for a retrospective like this. But if ever a year demanded that, 2020 does," says National Geographic editor in chief, Susan Goldberg.
The issue is also housed as a unique digital hub that acts as a retrospective of the past year. Among the moments featured in the photographic special are the Commitment March in Washington, D.C. on 28 August, Covid-19 (obv), the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the US presidential election and more; captured by some of the world's most exciting photographers and photojournalists.
The January issue's Year in Pictures piece also features content including 2020's most notable "wildlife wins"; science, travel and animal photos, "amazing discoveries". There's also a section devoted to the best photos of the 21st century published in National Geographic over the last decade. "The campaign aims to convey a sense of hope for a brighter future amid a year that will never be forgotten," says the publication.