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Performances and Artists / National Geographic Live

Diving Into the Dangers of Underwater Photography

As a leading underwater photographer for National Geographic, Brian Skerry likes to recall an especially magical moment on the job. This particular assignment involved so many risks and unknowns, he worried he couldn’t pull it off. Skerry journeyed to the sub-Antarctic waters near New Zealand, to photograph newly discovered right whales never captured on camera before.

National Geographic Live

Risking It All to Reveal Hidden Worlds

World-acclaimed photojournalist Jodi Cobb clearly remembers the hardest story of her career: When she became the first photographer to ever document the cloistered lives of Saudi Arabian women. Her obstacles were endless. “It was illegal. That’s how hard it was,” Cobb remembers.

National Geographic Live / Performances and Artists

The Odd Couple Takes On the Grand Canyon for National Geographic

Many close friends share exciting experiences through the years — but few that compare to those of longtime pals author Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride. Across their 20-year friendship, this intrepid pair has covered the world’s most stunning wonders on assignment together, spanning Africa, Mt. Everest and remote gems in between.

National Geographic Live

Explore Secret Cultures and Predator-Infested Waters with National Geographic Live!

Few get the chance to hike or deep-sea dive where no humans have ventured before. Even fewer go under cover, risking life and limb to expose dangerous truths. Four intrepid National Geographic reporters have done all of this, with breathtaking results ⁠— and they want to take audiences on a firsthand journey of what they’ve experienced.

National Geographic Live / Performances and Artists

National Geographic Photographer on Dodging Death, Uncovering Carnivores

To say Steve Winter has seen some wild times in his career as a National Geographic photographer is an understatement. Flying over a volcano in a helicopter? He’s been there. Being charged by a 12-foot-tall bear in Siberia? He’s done that. Running from an irate herd of elephants? He’s been there, too.

National Geographic Live / Performances and Artists

Why Ancient Egypt Saw More Female Rulers Than Modern America

Egyptologist Kara Cooney points out a troubling fact: Women make up 50 percent of the population today, but they don’t make up 50 percent of government leadership. That hasn’t always been the case. Ancient Egypt, Cooney notes, saw the world’s most powerful women ruling solo over Egypt’s vast and influential empire.

National Geographic Live / Performances and Artists

The True Story of Hunting Dinosaurs in the Sahara

When Nizar Ibrahim recalls the adventures of his budding career as a paleontologist, they sound straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. One of the youngest people to ever lead an excavation into the belly of the treacherous Sahara Desert, he braved deadly temperatures and would-be kidnappers - all with no clues on where to start digging.