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

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


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.