Businessman & Maecenas from Azerbaijan
september 2nd, 2014

The first issue of the National Geographic Magazine has been published.

Garant Media Holding has partnered with the National Geographic Society to launch the local-language edition of National Geographic magazine in Azerbaijan. National Geographic Azerbaijan debuts with the September 2014 issue, which leads with a feature on “Colors of Azerbaijan.” The magazine will be available monthly on newsstands and by subscription.

The announcement about the new National Geographic Azerbaijan edition was made today at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baku, followed by a launch event at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku. The event was attended by National Geographic photographer Reza Deghati; Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine and News, Susan Goldberg; and National Geographic’s head of international publishing, Terrence B. Adamson. The event was hosted by the head of Azerbaijan America Alliance, Anar Mammadov; Garant Media Holding CEO Elnur Baimov; and National Geographic Azerbaijan Editor in Chief Seymur Teymurov.

Editor-in-chief Seymur Teymurov who introduced Terrence B.Adamson, Susan Goldberg and Reza Deghati to journalists make an opening speech at the news conference.

He was followed by chief executive of Garant Media Holding Elnur Baimov.

He noted that today we are witnessing an epochal event - appearance of one of the world famous intellectual magazines-National Geographic in Azerbaijan.

"The magazine will cover the whole richness of culture and nature of our country, its tourism potential and the first September issue will contain the magnificent photos made by world famous photographer, Azerbaijani native Reza Deghati. The cover of the magazine contains the photo of petrogryphs of Gobustan made by Reza Deghati. 
“National Geographic launched its first edition in the Caucasus in Georgia in 2012, and we’re excited to further our reach in the region with National Geographic Azerbaijan, the 40th local-language edition of our magazine,” said Adamson. “National Geographic magazine continues to win awards for its timely coverage of critical issues that affect our planet, and we are excited to partner with Garant Media Holding to bring these important stories to Azerbaijan in the local language.”

NGM editor-in-chief Susan Goldberd expressed confidence that the magazine will have a bright future in our country, that the number of its readers will grow year-on-year and voiced hope that the first issue of the magazine in Azerbaijani language is interesting.

Reza Deghati said that for him the publication of National Geographic in Azerbaijani is a great event, his realized dream, because he was always striving to bring the truth about the events ongoing in Azerbaijan to the world attention. 

In particular, he covered the bloody events of January 1990, tragedy in Khojaly, war in Karabakh. Mr.Reza especially noted that he is proud that his photos were placed in the first issue of the National Geographic Magazine in Azerbaijani. 

The new edition will publish content from the English-language edition and will introduce local content of interest to the Azerbaijani reader. The price for the magazine on newsstands will be 4 AZN (US$5).

National Geographic magazine started publication in October 1888 as the official journal of the National Geographic Society, a nonprofit dedicated to funding science and exploration across the planet. Since then, National Geographic has grown to become one of the most iconic brands in the world. The magazine reaches around 60 million readers worldwide each month. Following in the footsteps of the magazine, the brand has expanded to include the National Geographic Channel, and a social footprint that touches more than 30 million people.

The magazine has a celebrated history as an innovative place for photography — from creating the first photographic survey of the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere to making the first color photographs undersea, and it continues to push technological and creative boundaries. Over time, the magazine has redefined itself as a committed outlet for world-class photojournalism, documenting the wonders of the planet and tackling serious issues around environmental and human rights. Today, National Geographic is expanding the scope of its visual storytelling, experimenting with digital experiences to find new ways of documenting the world and of allowing readers to interact with content. 

In addition to its leadership in photographic technology and storytelling, over the course of its history the magazine’s images have documented numerous discoveries and expeditions (many funded by the National Geographic Society), from the first American ascent of Everest to Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey’s work with primates in Africa to Jacques Cousteau’s dives and James Cameron’s historic solo descent to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in 2012. It has been a window on the world for generations of readers, and its photographic archives comprise 11.5 million images, including vintage glass-plate negatives and rare Kodachrome transparencies.

The magazine is currently published in English and more than three dozen local-language editions. It is also available on digital newsstands (iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Nook) and can be read online at