National Geographic magazine reaches 49 million print and digital readers in 33 languages worldwide.
The English edition of the November 2020 issue was a single-topic issue on the coronavirus, featuring photographers in five countries, showing how COVID-19 has become a painful, shared experience around the globe.
With a topic as global as the pandemic, most of our local-language editions featured this same single-topic issue, with many following the English edition’s cover illustration, and a few using alternative image choices.
Several editions focused on a traditional non-single-topic issue, drawing from previously published magazine articles, such as the English edition’s October dinosaur cover story, as well as articles from the other editions, such as the 2018 Celts story produced by the German team, which was used by three editions.
The Czechia edition featured a Slovenian cover story on its Krizna Cave, while other editions featured local covers. The Chinese edition featured a photography mentorship project for herders to promote conservation, and the German edition highlighted soil degradation and the efforts to mitigate it.
See below for a round-up of our covers from across the globe.