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National Geographic Pictures of the Year
Go behind the scenes and watch the best of the best from 2004: photographer interviews, video, animations, and multimedia shows. Then explore all of our stories from 2004 by clicking on the title of each month (below).

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Photo: Mars

Mars Revisited
VIDEO Watch an animation of weather conditions that supports current evidence of liquid water on Mars.
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Photo: Polar bears

Polar Bears
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Experience the thrill of polar bears wrestling in fresh snowdrifts in this multimedia exclusive.

Photo: tree frog

Hotspot: Brazil
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Visit the rare and unique animals of the Atlantic forest: sloths, porcupines, and dancing frogs.

Photo: Harp seal

Harp Seals
VIDEO Learn about harp seals and the men who hunt them in this video interview with photographer Brian Skerry.

Photo: Tornado

Chasing Tornadoes
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Speed into the path of an oncoming tornado and see up close footage of an F4 tornado.

Photo: Cranes fly by as the sun sets

Crane Cam
MULTIMEDIA Watch the sandhill crane migration—one of nature’s most spectacular shows—on Nebraska’s Platte River.

Photo: Man and woman from Great Plains

Great Plains
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Experience the changing landscape of the Great Plains and meet the people determined to roll with it.

Photo: Iraqi Shiite

Shiites of Iraq
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Meet the Shiites and learn what fuels their move to a position of power in Iraq's government.

Photo: Underwater organisms

Monterey Menagerie
MULTIMEDIA Discover the peculiar underwater creatures of Monterey Canyon with a "ropecam."

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Photo: Sun's magnetic loops

Stormy Star
MULTIMEDIA See sunspots, solar flares, and other space weather in this series of action images, videos, and computer simulations.

Photo: Muscles on the beach

The New Jersey Shore
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Discover the nude beaches and tattooed sideshow artists on the Jersey Shore.

Photo: A Native American boy

Indian Renaissance
MULTIMEDIA Find out how Native Americans are reclaiming their place on the national stage.

Photo: A honey badger

Honey Badgers
VIDEO Watch a honey badger capture and devour a cobra, head first.
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Photo: A snow fox

Seasons of the Snow Fox
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Go into the snow-white world of the arctic fox with photographer Norbert Rosing.

Photo: A photograph by Robb Kendrick

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MULTIMEDIA Learn how photographer Robb Kendrick is keeping the 19th-century art of

Photo: Australian farmer

Australia's Monsoon
MULTIMEDIA What's life like for a photographer covering the wet down under? Experience life on assignment.

Photo: An elephant playing underwater

Okavango Underwater
SIGHTS & SOUNDS Delve into the Okavango Delta with photographer David Doubilet.

Photo: Man swinging light

Search for Other Earths
VIDEO Watch a simulation of large planet formation.