Getting your photo published in National Geographic is one of the most prestigious honors a photographer can receive. The magazine has an amazing reputation for stunning readers with beautiful photos and over the years they’ve become the premier publisher of pictures. Every year, thousands of people submit their work for a chance to make it into one of their publications. Whether you’re looking for a study of a certain culture in a remote corner of the world, an African safari series that captures the previously unseen moments of a rare species or an epic action shot, you can count on National Geographic to have it.
In fact, sometimes they have so many amazing photos that they just don’t know what to do with them all. When there just isn’t enough room to share every single one of them, they often end up in the archives, never to be seen again. They claim their spots among the dust and hope to one day be found again. Luckily, the magazine recently decided to dive through their files and release some of their best, unpublished photos. Check them out below!