Exclusive Edition - The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography: Buy Now!
Visit our Online Shops

Sign up for free


Once a month
get new photos
and expert tips.

Colossal Head, Mexico, 1939

Photo: Colossal Head
"First prize for the expedition's shovels was this prehistoric 'Doughboy': The Colossal Head, being measured by Matthew W. Stirling, leader of the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition, is about 6 [1.8 meters] feet high and 18 [5.5 meters] feet in circumference. Carved from a single massive block of basalt, it is remarkable for its lifelike appearance entirely different from any other known American Indian sculpture. Its partly exposed 'helmet' led the expedition to the Tres Zapotes area."

—From "Discovering the New World's Oldest Dated Work of Man," August 1939, National Geographic magazine
Photograph by Richard H. Stewart

Special Advertising Section

Photo: Horses and old barn

Enter Sweepstakes

Take a photographic journey through Montana and enter for a chance to win a trip for two!

Photo: Man carrying a kayak

Adventure Videos

Check out adventure videos from our West Coast Adventure Editor Steve Casimiro and go "Behind the Lens."

Photo Tip of the Week

Long Exposures

When making long exposures, use a remote release to avoid camera movement. If you don't have a remote release, use the camera's self-timer.

More Photo Tips

Photography DVDs

Photo: Photography DVD box

Get the stories behind the lens and experience photography at its best!

New Photo Books From National Geographic

Photo: Visions of Paradise book cover

Own the latest images from our world-renowned photographers!