Show Us Your Favorite Places “Off the Map” and Win!

For over a decade, the National Geographic Channel has captured the world we live in, sharing spectacular photography and video of nearly every crevasse on the planet.  From the competitive world of Bluefin tuna fishing, to deep inside the bunkers and mindsets of doomsday preppers, to survivalists who are taking on the frozen tundras of Alaska like the original Nat Geo explorers before them, we’ve taken you inside new worlds and cultures – places that aren’t just on the map.

Now, we’re looking to you to embrace your inner-photographer and share your own favorite nooks and crannies of the planet. Timed to coincide with the launch of our new brand campaign we’re organizing an Instagram contest that everyone can participate in. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced adventurer that just summited the peak of Mt. Whitney or a city-dweller that seeks refuge from the hustle and bustle in a tranquil corner of a public park – we want to see what captivates you!

The campaign’s tagline, “The places we take you aren’t just on the map” is symbolic of our DNA, and also the call to action for the Instagram contest. Upload pics of your “favorite places off the map” to Instagram with the hashtag #NGCTakesYou beginning May 13.  Everything is fair game; your child’s smile, a thunderstorm, a paintbrush – what takes you to places you never thought you’d go? We want to see it all!

Pictures can be posted throughout the summer until July 1 at which point we’ll announce a winner via Instagram.  The lucky winner will receive a state-of-the-art National Geographic camera package, including a Nikon – D3100 14.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, a National Geographic canvas camera bag, and National Geographic Complete Photography, a comprehensive book that offers “how-to” advice and useful tips from some of National Geographic’s greatest photographers.

For more information, see complete rules here and follow @NatGeoChannels on Instagram.  The contest is only valid for U.S. residents.  Good luck – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!


  1. Mae Goodword
    Palmer Alaska
    May 14, 2013, 10:57 pm

    The crazy chainsaw cake cutting was epic!!! Love those Raney & Seavey boys!!!!!

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  5. samtre ehen
    June 15, 2013, 10:19 pm

    No thanks! Give up ALL rights to your photo! NFW!

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  7. Mike
    June 23, 2013, 4:24 am

    If the Raney’s hadn’t decided to eat their Salmon instead of sharing it, they may not have been caught out by the tide. Hopefully because they had to be rescued they will now be out of the show, since the point was they did it on their own without outside help.

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