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TODAY   |  December 25, 2013

The most memorable snapshots of 2013

National Geographic’s Director of Photography Keith Jenkins presents some of the most memorable moments that will be featured in the magazine’s 2013 spread, including Prince George’s debut and the worldwide mourning for Nelson Mandela.

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>>> of joy and pain to stories that touched our hearts, 2013 has been a memorable year. but what images will you remember the most? keith jenkins is the director of photography for " national geographic ." keith, happy holidays . good to see you.

>> same to you.

>> some of these photos we are going to take a look at, as gentlemen just mentioned, some are very sad, some very poignant. some will make us laugh. start with perhaps the most photographed young man in the world today and that will be the new royal baby.

>> the new royal baby. this is probably my favorite photograph of all of them. why? because they are an awkward couple. and it shows in this picture. it is a picture that really talks about their relationship, as much as it does about -- about their relationship to the royals but what i also really like about it, i call this my "downton abbey" moment, i know you're a big fan .

>> yeah. there are so many people who wanted to see the baby, who were around the baby, around them and just a really wonderful moment.

>> it was a wonderful moment. the installation of pope francis , another story that made news this year. while the pomp and circumstance , for example, there is beautiful, i know you took special note of the expression on his face during some moments.

>> i really love pope francis , in the fact that he is a regular guy. one of the great things about his expression was his ability to kind of transcend the moment. but then you take a look at this other photograph of him and he is picking up his own luggage at the hotel and that's pope francis in a way, kind of a real, great light.

>> a tragic note on april 15th , we all remember the boston marathon bombing and some of the images that were captured noon day. remember how many people had cell phones and caught a lot of pictures, they are seared in our collective memory.

>> i worked in boston for many years. i still get chills when i like at some of these images, pictures of survivors being rescued, horror and humanity kind of playing off of each other in all of these pictures, the fog of terrorism, really in this image, really just amazing, captured. the police are kind of scattered. this guy on the ground who is stunned, you know, i felt like him at that moment, you know, what's gonna happen next.

>> not da we will on trang dmoirkts long ago that tragic shooting in nairobi, kenya, at the west gate mall. and we had some images, one in particular of a little girl , i know, running away right there and trying dash guy trying to help her. there is another image of a mother with her children trying to remain motionless beneath a store counter.

>> yeah exthese two pictures kind of touch really primal instinks in us to protect our children. they are -- we don't know if they are going to be rescued or not. what we do know is that they have a horrific situation that is unfolding. and we are, you know, powerless to do anything about it.

>> we all knee nelson mandela was a larger-than-life persona and an iconic figure. take look at this photo here, where he is truly larger than life for these young children.

>> this picture, for me, really represents the world and the legacy that mandela has left. children in india honoring him, hours after he has passed away , drawing a direct connection between him and ghandi, which i just found to be very profound in that image, a great story being told by that photograph.

>> we all, on this show, spent time in moore, oklahoma in the wake of the tornados swept through that area. and while it was a natural disaster it also brought the best out in some people and that's what you want to focus on in these photos?

>> yeah, this picture is one that ran in our magazine, just shows the beauty of nature, but also the horror of what's to come. this is one of my favorite photographs. i mean, the survivors, we can look at this image and we can see them walking out of the wilderness, but we have no idea where they are coming from because there's nothing left behind them. their body language is really just impressive, it mirrors the tree. and then, know, hope. hope kind of springs eternal from almost any location. and here, amidst the run, we still have that

>> we saw images like that all during our time in moore, oklahoma. and our thoughts with those people as we celebrate the holidays. keith jenkins , keith, thank you so much.

>> thank you. pleasure.

>> we should mention the january issue of national gee graph sic on the newsstands right