National Geographic celebrates hitting 100million Instagram followers with gallery of most loved photos from around the world

NATIONAL Geographic has racked up 100millon Instagram followers – and is celebrating with an awe-inspiring gallery of most-loved photos from around the globe.

With images depicting a curious polar bear making waves in ice-surrounded water, and a sweet snap of a boy carrying a little monkey on his head, it is not surprising that it’s become the first brand to reach 100m followers on the social platform.

What makes this achievement even more impressive is that it puts the organisation in the same league as Kim Kardashian, who has 128m Instagram followers, Beyonce, who boasts 124m, Taylor Swift’s 114m and close to Justin Bieber’s 104m.

National Geographic says 135 contributing photographers have shared nearly 20,000 photographs via @NatGeo, with each post detailing a stunning and intimate moment from their travels.

And a glance at its colourful Instagram account shows how people appreciate photographers sharing a “treasured moment” – which can take miles, months, and even many pairs of shoes to capture.

A polar bear swims up to check out photographer Andy Mann’s boat. He says: ‘There are moments on this wild and beautiful planet that live with you for ever. This is one of them’
PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDY MANN ( @ANDY_MANN), NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
Captive-bred pandas are relatively sheltered from human contact at Wolong Nature Reserve’s Hetaoping Center in China, even during a rare hands-on checkup, to facilitate their eventual release into the wild
PHOTOGRAPH BY AMI VITALE ( @AMIVITALE), NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
Kaiau, who lives in the Posto Awã community in Brazil, is photographed with a baby black bearded saki monkey. It probably belongs to a female family member as boys tend not to keep monkeys as pets
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES ( @CHAMILTONJAMES), NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
As an evening storm lights up the sky near Wood River, Nebraska, about 413,000 sandhill cranes – tall, bugling, crimson-capped birds – arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River, which is fed by the aquifer
PHOTOGRAPH BY RANDY OLSON ( @RANDYOLSON), NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
The zebra slot canyons in Escalante National Monument in Utah were not removed from the monument when President Donald Trump shrunk it and broke it up into three separate pieces, but the trail to access them and the buffer area around them were
PHOTOGRAPH BY AARON HUEY ( @ARGONAUTPHOTO), NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
An alpha lion rests at sunset in the Kalahari Desert, which gets an estimated five to 10 inches of rain annually
KEITH LADZINSKI/@LADZINSKI
A tiger shark faces off with a dive operator in the Bahamas. Science is revealing this species to have cognitive abilities and behaviours that indicate a highly evolved creature
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN SKERRY ( @BRIANSKERRY), NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
Sam Elias climbs “The Fang”, an ice pillar in Vail, Colorado
KEITH LADZINSKI/@LADZINSKI

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