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Best of the rest finally get their due

Each issue of National Geographic Magazine contains a few dozen of the stunning original photos that have become its trademark. But to get these, thousands are considered and rejected.Now people can see a few of the also-rans.A special issue of the magazine, “National Geographic 100 Best Unpublished Pictures,” is on sale on newsstands.“We asked photographers to go back through their work an
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Each issue of National Geographic Magazine contains a few dozen of the stunning original photos that have become its trademark. But to get these, thousands are considered and rejected.

Now people can see a few of the also-rans.

A special issue of the magazine, “National Geographic 100 Best Unpublished Pictures,” is on sale on newsstands.

“We asked photographers to go back through their work and find the frames they wish we’d been able to fit into the original article,” said National Geographic editor Bill Allen. “It became a labor of love.”

Along with the photos are captions containing the story behind the photo from the photographers themselves.

“At the end of the day, the kids had to give some of the prettiest eggs back to Martha so she could decorate her house with them,” Santore wrote.

In a shot that will frighten anyone afraid of heights a pair legs dangle over the Chicago skyline. Photographer Lynn Johnson made the picture covering a day in the life of an antenna serviceman — in this case working 100 stories above the city.

More comforting is Robert Caputo’s photo of a cheetah cub snuggled securely between its mothers legs.

The reasons a picture didn’t make the magazine varies. Some stories are dropped and some pictures loved by photographers are not the choice of editors.

One photo shows a young couple relaxing on their bed in a shack in Louisiana. It was scheduled to lead a 1973 article until the editor discovered the couple wasn’t married.

“I guess it was the times. He didn’t want an unmarried couple sitting there in bed,” writes photographer C. C. Lockwood.