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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Best of 2012 - National Geographic Magazine Photos of the Year

Featured photographers include Martin SchoellerMitch DobrownerLynn JohnsonAaron Huey (2),Stephanie SinclairKarla Gachet and Ivan KashinskyPaolo PellegrinPaul NicklenMichael “Nick” Nichols 

Picture of emperor penguins swimming underwater

Paul Nicklen

Emperor penguins can bolt away for any number of reasons, as photographer Paul Nicklen discovered when he spooked this group. "A tenth of a second after I took this picture, all I could see were bubbles."

Picture of twins Johanna and Eva Gill

Martin Schoeller

Six-year-old Johanna Gill puts a protective hand on her sister, Eva. The twins both have mild autism, a disorder linked to genetic inheritance.

Picture of a dying tornado roping out in Regan, North Dakota

Mitch Dobrowner

A dying tornado like this one is said to be in the "roping out" phase.
Watch Editor in Chief Chris Johns discuss his picks in a video from the December digital edition of National Geographic.

Picture of a parent caressing his newborn baby girl in Russia

Lynn Johnson

Aidyng Kyrgys caresses his newborn baby girl, whom he refers to using a Tuvan term of endearment: anayim, or "my little goat." There are only 235,000 Tuvan speakers in Russia

Picture of a heyoka burning sage on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota

Aaron Huey

Stanley Good Voice Elk, a heyoka on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, burns sage to ritually purify his surroundings. In Oglala spirituality, heyokas are recipients of sacred visions who employ clownish speech and behavior to provoke spiritual awareness and "keep balance," says Good Voice Elk. Through his mask, he channels the power of an inherited spirit, which transforms him into Spider Respects Nothing.

Picture of a Native American passenger packed tightly in a loaded car

Aaron Huey

A passenger barely has room for the journey home as a car is loaded with used clothing donated by a Colorado-based Native American charity. Contrary to popular myth, Native Americans do not automatically receive a monthly federal check and are not exempt from taxes. The Oglala Lakota and other Sioux tribes have refused a monetary settlement for the U.S.'s illegal seizure of the Black Hills, their spiritual home.

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