Steve McCurry becomes SanDisk Extreme Team Legend

Famous photojournalist McCurry became the third inductee into SanDisk's program at National Geographic's 125th anniversary

Steve McCurry's Afghan Girl cover for National Geographic

Image: The famous 'Afghan Girl cover from National Geographic, 1985

SanDisk has announced that Steve McCurry, photographer of the iconic ‘Afghan Girl' and scores of other famous images, has been inducted into its Extreme Team Legends Program.

The program was created to honour photographers who have made major contributions to the art of photography throughout their careers. McCurry joins two previous inductees, sports photographers Walter Iooss and Akito Mizutani.

McCurry was presented with the honour at the National Geographic 125th Anniversary event in Øksnehallen, Copenhagen. Adorning the walls were more than 110 National Geographic covers from years gone by including, of course, the Afghan Girl cover from 1985 (top).

Taken in Peshwan, Afghanistan, the photograph turned into one of the most recognisable magazine covers ever put to print, eventually inspiring McCurry to track the girl down some 17 years later.

The announcement also kicked off a social media competition hosted by SanDisk to find the next inductee into the Extreme Legends program, for which McCurry will be one of the judges. The winner will be announced at the PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo in New York October 24, 2013. In the meantime you can head to SanDisk's Facebook page to find out more about it.