NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is one of the world's leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting the work of scientists, explorers, photographers, and authors, as well as publishing a diverse list of books that celebrate the world and all that is in it. National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery and possibility on a wide range of nonfiction subjects from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. A portion of all National Geographic proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. Leah Bendavid-Val is the former director of photography publishing for National Geographic Books and the author of several works on photography, including National Geographic: The Photographs, Song Without Words: The Photographs and Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy, and Stories on Paper and Glass: Pioneering Photography at National Geographic. She has curated photography exhibitions for museums worldwide.