National Geographic to Release its Debut NFT Collection in Partnership with Snowcrash
On January 17th, National Geographic, the symbol magazine for travel, cultural, and environmental themes, will release its first non-fungible (NFT) collection in collaboration with Snowcrash NFT trading platform. The NFT series, dubbed "GM: Daybreak Around the World," will comprise 16 artists, some of whom are well-known in the NFT community, photographing sunrises from around the world (or metaverse).
Justin Aversano, Jimmy Chin, Mia Forrest, Aaron Huey, and Christina Mittermeier are among the artists. The sunrise sites span from mountains (Everest, Sinai) to Oregon in the United States. One enterprising artist captured a sunrise in the metaverse, although the magazine has yet to disclose which metaverse.
16 photos totaling 1888 NFTs will each have an edition of 118. The "1888" number is a throwback to the year the magazine was founded by a group of academics, adventurers, and scientists. According to Snowcrash's description of the NFT collection, this celebration of the magazine's 135th year of establishment also serves as a foreshadowing and dedication to its goals for the following 135 years: to "push the boundaries" of imaginative storytelling and advance diversity.
“Sixteen innovative photographers will capture daybreak around the globe and send their GM greetings to the web3 community and the world,” Snowcrash website reads.
The NFTs will be minted on the Polygon Blockchain. At this time, neither Snowcrash nor National Geographic have disclosed the current mint price for a single NFT. There is no cap on how many NFTs a user may buy, however, collectors must complete KYC (Know Your Customer) prior to the drop.
If National Geographic can revive interest in photography NFTs, its entry into Web3 will be even more beneficial for the sector. Perhaps future drops from other businesses and brands will occur if the NFT launch is successful.
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