1984 | Pakistan

The most famous cover in the magazine's history. Steve McCurry's picture of this young Afghan girl from a Pakistan refugee camp appeared on the cover of the June 1985 issue.

1991 | North Atlantic

The prow of the R.M.S Titanic, which hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank in April 1921. Emory Kristof shot the photo in 1991.

1906 | Whitefish Lake, Michigan

In 1906, George Shiras took the first nighttime wildlife photos. Here, he demonstrates his revolving camera tray, mounted jacklight, and handheld flashgun, while floating on Whitefish Lake in Michigan.

1991 | Kuwait

Starving camels forage for food and water amidst the the burning oil fields of the Gulf War in Southern Kuwait. The photo was shot by Steve McCurry in 1991.

2004 | Canada

Polar Bears often surprise their prey by hunting underwater. This 2004 photo by Paul Nicklen shows the bear and its mirror image.

1990 | Brazzaville Zoo, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Jou Jou, a chimp at the Brazaville Zoo in the Republic of Congo, reaches its hand toward Dr. Jane Goodall. Shot by Michael Nichols in 1990.

2011 | Gulf of California, Mexico

And estimated 40 million sharks are killed each year for their fins, which are a delicacy in Asia. This thresher shark has been snared in a grill net. Brian Skerry shot the photo in the Gulf of California, Mexico in 2011.

1939 | Texas

In 1939, a cowgirl pays to park her pony in El Paso. Shot by Luis Marden.

2011 | Bandhavgarh National Park

Both tigers are believed to have killed humans. This 2011 photo was taken by Steve Winter in Bandhavgarh National Park. Winter calls the tiger in the background "Smasher" because he slapped the automated camera trap until it stopped clicking.

2008 | Giza, Egypt

John Stanmeyer took this photo of Egyptians protesting high food prices outside a government food stall in Giza. 2008.

2008 | Giza, Egypt

John Stanmeyer took this photo of Egyptians protesting high food prices outside a government food stall in Giza. 2008.

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Take A Trip Through Photographic History With These Iconic National Geographic Images

National Geographic is celebrating 125 years of photographic exploration. The magazine shares some highlights.

One hundred and twenty five years ago, in October 1888, the National Geographic Society published its very first magazine. The publication's innovations in photographic technology brought us the first undersea images to be shot in color and their pages showcased numerous historic explorations, including the first American ascent of Everest.

Next month, in celebration of these achievements and its 125th anniversary, National Geographic magazine will publish "The Photography Issue" and launch two new online platforms highlighting the power of photography: a new photo blog, Proof, and a photo-sharing platform called Your Shot. Via Your Shot, National Geographic will invite photographers to submit images for a digital assignment.

In the slide show above, a look back at some of NatGeo's most iconic images from the last 125 years.

[Photos courtesy of [i]National Geographic[/i]]

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