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National Geographic Magazine
January 2021
2020: The Year in Pictures
by National Geographic Photographers
Nurses Caroline Quinet (left) and Yasmina Cheroual rest outside CHU Ambroise Paré hospital, Belgium. One of 71 images from an unforgettable year.
Photograph by Cédric Gerbehaye

2020 was a year full of innovation, discovery, unrest – and a new disease that redefined the way we live, how we’re born, and how we die.

Here, through the eyes of National Geographic photographers, is a special photographic issue from the year that changed everything.

With essays and reports by photographers, scientists, essential workers and those on the front lines of a fight that became global, the January 2021 edition of National Geographic is the first in the magazine’s history dedicated to the events of a single year.

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71 Images from the Year that Changed Everything
Photograph by National Geographic Photographers


Best of the World: 35 incredible places to discover in 2021 and beyond

Our global travel editors have lined up 35 of the best places our planet has to offer for 2021 and beyond: destinations that speak of resilient communities, smart sustainability efforts and unforgettable experiences for post-pandemic explorations.

A neighbourhood guide to Seville

The Andalucian capital may have a collection of classic sights, but that’s only half the story. Its atmospheric barrios, home to fresh flavours and burgeoning art scenes, are breathing new life into the city.

Meet the adventurer: Reza Pakravan on crossing Africa’s Sahelian belt, from Senegal to Somalia

British explorer Reza Pakravan is the first person in modern history to travel the width of Africa via the Sahel, the semi-arid zone south of the Sahara Desert. His Amazon series, The World’s Most Dangerous Borders, launched in 2020. Here, he discusses endurance, mental health and documenting the lives of indigenous people.

10 travel experiences for 2021, chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveller

From stargazing tours in the Namib Desert to shepherd’s hut stays in Lancashire, the editors of National Geographic Traveller and National Geographic Traveller Food share the experiences at the top of their travel wish lists.

What you need to know about post-Brexit travel to Europe

Rules on travelling to and from EU countries changed on 1 January 2021. We answer 10 key questions regarding the new regulations, from pet passports to the new Global Health Insurance Card and more. 

Steak and kidney pie: the story behind a British classic

Popularised in the 19th century, this British classic has since become a pub staple. And while over the centuries the ingredients have been up for some debate, these days the kidneys are non-negotiable.




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