I Surveyed the Last 50 Posts from National Geographic’s Five Main Instagram Accounts. This is What I Found.

It was 11 PM on Thanksgiving Eve, and I couldn’t sleep. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across my third Ladzinski photo in a row. “That’s weird,” I thought to myself. I follow about five National Geographic Instagram accounts, and one of his photos was featured on almost every one. “Maybe he’s doing a big project?”

I started browsing @natgeotravel, then @natgeoadventure. As I scrolled, my eyes became wider and wider. Weren’t there any female photographers featured on these accounts? On @natgeoexpeditions, I didn’t even see any photos of women. Just photo after photo of men taking photos of other men, male athletes, male adventurers, male explorers.

I decided to conduct a survey. I’d look at the last 50 posts on each of the major National Geographic Instagram accounts, and see how well women were represented. Visualizing data makes everything clear. This is what I found:

(Download the infographic here. )