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Photos: National Geographic's Best Photos

Best of the best

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(Image credit: Thomas J. Abercrombie | National Geographic)

National Geographic has published innumerable photos taken by its on-assignment photographers the world over. Now, the society is putting 50 of its best shots on display in a traveling exhibit. Here are nine of the 50 that are on display, including photos of wildlife, aviation and shipwrecks.

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Seven pears

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(Image credit: Sam Abell | National Geographic)

This photo, taken by Sam Abell in Moscow in 1983, shows the afternoon light falling on a windowsill filled with pears.

Windswept lion

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(Image credit: Chris Johns | National Geographic)

In this 1996 photo, a lion patrols the dry Nossob riverbed in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, a wildlife refuge in South Africa.

City of lights

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(Image credit: Thomas J. Abercrombie | National Geographic)

Every year, Muslim pilgrims visit Islam's holiest site, the Haram Mosque, in the city of Mecca. This photo captures the mosque surrounded by blue and yellow lights in 1965.

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Titanic endeavor

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(Image credit: Emory Kristof)

The Titanic rests beneath 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of water, but photographer Emory Kristof illuminated it with 10,000 watts of light that were carried on two submersibles in this stunning photo.

Rainy Big Apple

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(Image credit: Jodi Cobb)

New York City's Broadway is thoroughly soaked with rain as steam billows upward in this photo, taken near Times Square in 1988.

Long exposure

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(Image credit: Bruce Dale)

Bruce Dale, who worked for National Geographic for 25 years, mounted a remote- controlled camera on the tail of this jumbo jet, then took a 25-second-long exposure to capture this 1977 photo.

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Sandy nap

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(Image credit: Joanna B. Pinneo)

Photographer Joanna B. Pinneo took this picture of sand clinging to an 8-month-old baby sleeping next to its mother in sub-Saharan Mali in 1997.

Balancing act

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(Image credit: Thomas J. Abercrombie)

An Afghan woman wearing a traditional chadri balances a cage with goldfinches on her head in Kabul.

Afghan girl

Afghan Girl

(Image credit: Steve McCurry | National Geographic)

The iconic photo of the Afghan girl, taken in 1984 by photographer Steve McCurry.

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Reaching out

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(Image credit: Michael Nichols)

A chimpanzee reaches out to touch primatologist Jane Goodall in this 1991 photo. The chimp was behind bars in a cage at a zoo in the Republic of Congo.

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