The National Geographic Magazine Photography Grant represents the magazine's ongoing commitment to documentary photojournalism. The first grant award was made in 2007 and it has been made annually since. This year's grant was awarded to Chinese photographer Lu Guang to support a project documenting pollution in China and its impact on people's lives. In addition to the $30,000 grant, the grantee has full access to the facilities provided to the magazine's regular contributing photographers as well as the assistance of a picture editor.
National Geographic magazine has a long tradition of combining on-the-ground reporting with award-winning photography to inform people about life on our planet. It has won 11 National Magazine Awards in the past four years: in 2010 for General Excellence, Essays and Photojournalism and two inaugural Digital Media Awards for Best Photography and Best Community; for Photojournalism in 2009; for General Excellence, Photojournalism and Reporting in 2008; and for General Excellence and Photography in 2007.
National Geographic magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations. Published in English and 32 local-language editions, the magazine has a global circulation of roughly 8 million.