National Geographic Brands Air Freshener

National Geographic’s branding activities is the subject of a Guardian story.

Melissa Farlow | The Annenberg Space for Photography | IRIS Nights Lecture Series

Melissa Farlow | The Annenberg Space for Photography | IRIS Nights Lecture Series.

National Geographic launches "50 Best Photos" iPad app for $4.99 with Canon Ads

As hard as everyone worked to put this app together… (I did too… those interviews take more time than you would think)… a lot of the reviews (some on Apple’s site) are asking why they don’t either offer it for free WITH advertising or charge for it WITHOUT advertising, but not both. Either way, the last time I looked it was #1 New App on the App store.

50 Best iPad Apps NG

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Pygmy boys go thru an initiation ritual called nKumbi. They are whipped every day to train them to be obedient. They are taught how to hunt and fish in the forest. Pygmies get everything they need from the forest, so these boys need to learn early in life how to fend for themselves and their family. At the end of the initiation period they don their grass skirts and dance thru the middle of their village announcing they are men… no longer boys. The mothers want their boys to remain boys so they try to fight the men… men whip women and women whip men until the boys make it all the way thru the gauntlet and to the other end of the village. They hang their skirts from the trees so that any passer by will see there are now more MEN in the village.

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Bird hunters crouch in the Indus River just outside Mohenjo daro, Pakistan. They tie their pet birds to the hoops in the river to bring in other birds and they wear a hand crafted mask from one of their former prey. When the birds land they crouch in the water, wiggle their heads so it looks like they are just one bird swimming up to another bird and then they grab their prey with their bare hands.

Live Stream of FIRST EVER POYi for Latin American Photographers

Quito, Ecuador – Melissa is judging with Ruth Eichorn from GEO magazine, Walter Astrada – World Press winner from Argentina, Claudi Carreras – Pablo tells me he is the most important documentary photography curator from Spain, and Francisco Mata Rosas – freelance photographer from Mexico.

Judging runs from Monday the 14th of March 2011 thru Friday the 18th.

You can go to: and watch the live stream there.

Duality Show at i witness gallery in Portland Oregon

The Duality Show is pairings of photographs from over 50 assignments from National Geographic magazine. The show is up until April 30th.

Two, pair, parallel, double, duo, mate, couple. Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow have walked lockstep through careers in newspapers, education, and magazine photojournalism. This book is a collection of their combined images. The diptychs reflect a personal interpretation of various cultures and species in diverse landscapes.
We are not tourists. We travel to places and spend time to document truth as we come to know it. Although many places seem foreign, we accept that for all that is different, we are looking for what is the same—what connects us all.


POYi Latin America

We are on our way to Ecuador for the first competition of Latin American photographers — very exciting. It’s been 17 years since we traveled to photograph “Descubriendo Ecuador” a book that captured the people and landscapes.

Nearly 14,000 images from 635 photographers entered POYi work of Latin America—from Chile, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brazil, Venizuela, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Uruguay, Argentina, Cuba, Panama and Dominican Republic—have we missed any? Apologies – we will update as we learn more.

The judges are Ruth Eichhorn, Melissa Farlow, Claudi Carreras Gullien, Francisco Mata Roasas, Walter Astrada and alternate judge and rapporteur Iata Cannabraza. The judging takes place in Quito from March 14 to 18, 2011 and will be broadcast live.
Although many have worked to organize this first judging, a special mention goes to Pablo Corral Vega and Loup Langton who conceived the idea, and found a sponsor, the Knight Center for International Media.
Latin American photojournalists began connecting through a social network to provide a place to share ideas and work. The group has grown to nearly 2,000 members who post portfolios and discuss various topics in their forums.

Pablo Corral Vega began coordinating with friends and colleagues and began the site two years ago that regularly posts portfolios and current work. Impressive.

Annenberg Space for Photography Iris Lecture | Extreme Exposure

It was such an honor to be asked to speak at this fabulous place.
But I have to admit, I kind of wondered why I was asked to talk during this particular exhibit. All the Images on the wall are stunning photographs of wildlife and exploration by National Geographic colleagues Paul Nicklen and Nick Nichols. Others featured are Donna and StephenO’Mears and Clyde Butcher. This is a description of the show:
Extreme Exposure is an exhibit that features photographs by five photographers who thrive in environments that few dare to explore braving dangerous conditions in order to capture rarely seen moments in the life of our planet.
I mean I have a few animal pictures and I’ve seen some stunning landscapes, but sometimes I feel my greatest challenge is to make the ordinary seem interesting. Whatever. It was an appreciative audience. And I was so impressed by the people and facility that I encourage your to plan a visit.

Extreme Exposures runs through April 17

Annenberg Space for Photography
Iris Nights Lecturer
Melissa Farlow
Feb 10, 2011

Extraordinary People in Ordinary Places

Whether her subjects focus on people, wildlife or landscapes, Melissa Farlow approaches all of her stories with an empathetic eye. While her work often encompasses environmental issues, her greatest love is to photograph people and culture.

7 Billion Humans

Randy’s photographs from around the world dealing with population issues ran in the January edition of National Geographic magazine.
Population 7 Billion

There will soon be seven billion people on the planet. By 2045 global population is projected to reach nine billion. Can the planet take the strain?

This photo is of Crowds in the Dharavi Slums train station just outside the airport in Mumbai. These are the largest slums in the world. The world bank is trying to work out an arrangement where all of these squatters will get about twice the space they have now in new buildings, but it is complicated.

Miami Twitter

Miami Twitter National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Melissa got a Twitter account for “Tweet Me in Miami” in the April 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler Magazine. She admits she reads posts, but she has not yet tweeted.
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NG Most Incredible Photos available on Amazon

Um… I am posting this link to the DVD so all of our parents can order a copy 🙂

NG Most Incredible Photos DVD