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Win a Free One Year Subscription to National Geographic!

This week’s giveaway is a contest to promote a contest.

I was contacted by National Geographic about a photo contest they are running through the end of June with Energizer Batteries. You can submit a photo to have a chance to win a trip to the Galápagos Islands and to have your photo featured in National Geographic Magazine. Having a photo in National Geographic and traveling to the Galápagos Islands are high on my to do list, so this was something I agreed to be a part of. (I’m also a huge National Geographic fan).

To help them promote it, I’m going to be running my own contest, with National Geographic and Energizer providing the prizes. There will be five prizes given away on my site:

  • 2 one-year subscriptions to National Geographic Magazine
  • 3 packages of Energizer® AA Ultimate Lithium batteries

As usual, all you have to do is leave a comment to win. Just tell me a) what device you’d use the batteries in, OR b) what is your favorite article/show/book/etc from National Geographic. Also if you are going to submit a photo, share it with everyone and leave a link to it in the comment. I will leave comments open for about a week then pick five random entries.

Just so we are clear, there are two contests:
1) The Nat Geo/Energizer contest: submit a photo and win a trip to the Galápagos Islands
2) My contest: leave a comment and win a subscription and batteries

You are strongly encouraged to do both :)

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  1. I remember my parents getting National Geo a while ago. We still have a lot of issues in the library at our cottage; very good reading, no matter what the year.

    Would love to start my own subscription.

  2. suzanne says:

    I’d use the batteries to restock my hurricane kit – nearly that time of year again!

  3. Gene Bowker says:

    I like the fact that my rechargable battery pack for the Cannon has a AA battery “magazine” also. If for some reason I can’t recharge, I know I can use AA’s as a back-up.

  4. I would use the battery for my kids’ cameras.

  5. Katie says:

    I’d use the batteries in my wireless mouse and my portable mp3 player docking station.

  6. Erik says:

    Hi Gary,

    long time reader, first time commenter. With all the battery comments I’ll have to go for a NG comment:

    Fav article would be the one published after Ballard found the Titanic. Was bit too young to understand it all at the time, but I can still remember the pictures.

    Enjoy Florence and keep writing!


  7. Trajjik says:

    I’d use the batteries in my Wiimotes!

  8. Jeff B says:

    Will use batteries in my Garmin EtrexLegend GPS unit. It’s portable so when I go hiking I can record my route (or avoid getting too lost). It’s fun though… Take Care and good luck, I was in the Galapagos about 4 years back and loved it…. want to go back only on a dive trip next time.

  9. bridie says:

    totally batteries for my camera. <3 taking photos!

  10. ksavai says:

    Will use batteries as backup of my camera :)…. love to have it

  11. Kinjal says:

    Will love to have batteries :)

  12. Tariq says:

    I would use the batteries for my camera.

  13. Koa says:

    my favorite nat geo show would have to be locked up abroad, my mom always asks me “you still want to travel the world after watching that show”?

  14. I would use the batteries for my Game Boy Color because those games never get old on my trips! Although I’ve been reading National Geographic since I was 8 (now 20), I’ve most recently become entranced by NatGeo’s Taboo series. I can’t get enough!

  15. ashley says:

    I am a huge NatGeo fan, and will read pretty much anything they publish, but the one that sticks out in my mind is the National Geographic article on the poaching of Gorillas in Africa.

  16. Kit Williams says:

    I’d send the batteries to my son who is cycling from London to Kenya for charity. He could use them in his headlight to help him if he has to cycle in the dark to find a place to camp for the night.

  17. faham says:

    My favorite article in national geographic is the one about the mayas. Amazing pictures! And i will use the bateries for my sb 600 nikon flash lol

  18. I’d use the batteries for my 2 year old son’s toy train, which he loves. My wife wouldn’t appreciate it though as it drives her mad, choo choo chooing around the flat all day long.
    I can’t get National Geographic magazine in English here (I live in Poland), so a free subscription would be great. I watch the National Geographic channel quite a bit because all my TV channels are in Polish and when I get tired understanding I can always look at the stunning pictures.

  19. The batteries would be for my camera, obviously. Until my wife siphons them for a wii mote.

  20. My favourite article is of the artic sealions. Those guys are crazy. @zirgzirgulis

  21. Daniel says:

    I would definitely use the batteries in my Canon 580EX Speedlite external flash. You never know when your batteries are going to run out, and having another set on-hand would be great.

    Migrating to people photography, my favorite National Geographic book is In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits. I bagged it for well under $10 a while back in the clearance section of their web site and love it. Tons of great portraits that tell wonder stories.

  22. National Geographic Traveler sparked my initial interest in traveling and seeing the world. Today I am luck enough to incorporate travel into my profession. When I am not traveling I am sitting at my desk wondering why my battery-operated wireless mouse has run out of juice again. That is what I would use the batteries for.


  23. I love National Geographic Adventure magazine the most right now. So many amazing places and experiences they share. The only problem is I get reaaaaaaaaal jealous :)

  24. Rusty says:

    well hot dogs. :) Let’s ahve some fun!

  25. jen laceda says:

    I love National Geographic Traveler magazine as well as their Intelligent Traveler blog! Special Projects editor of IT blog, Janelle Nanos, is wonderful!!!
    As for the batteries, I would like to use them on my Canon Speedlite 430Ex flash!

  26. Matt says:

    Pick me!

    I’d use the batteries in my camera, of course. :-)

    The 2008 Space issue is definitely one of my favorites.

  27. ew says:

    I’d use the batteries for my wireless keyboard and mouse.

    I love the NatGeo magazine best of all. They’re all so classic — you can go back and read copies from 50 years ago and they’re still relevant.

  28. Ryan says:

    The batteries would start in my digital camera, then a few weeks later, I’d have people over to play rock band, and a wii-mote will burn out and then they’ll get moved there to die a slow, dignified death.

    I used to read the crap out of “National Geographic World” as a kid. I used their pen-pal service once and corresponded with a kid from Iceland for a while, which made me feel quite cosmopolitan for an 8-year-old.

  29. Szymon says:

    My favorite article was a few years ago about Chernobyl. I’d use the batteries in our Pentax Optio camera.

  30. Cory says:

    I would love to win either! I would use the batteries in my camera. :) Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. iris says:

    i’d use the batteries for a heavy duty flashlight (the long and heavy ones that police sometimes use).. you never know when you’re going to need it.

    i don’t have a particular issue in mind, but i always love the articles online when they feature new discoveries (like animals, digs, and scientific breakthroughs). loooove the photos of course!

  32. Malcolm says:

    The batteries would be great for my portable speakers and Kodak zx1. National Geographic Traveler is a favorite. Good luck, all.

  33. My camera batteries are rechargeable, so that’s out. I’d most likely use theme in my wireless keyboard and mouse, so that I can continue browsing here, editing photos, writing, and doing all sorts of other things.

    I grew up with National Geographic, and always enjoyed whenever they’d cover a recent archeological discovery in them. More recently, and more present to my memory, I really enjoyed their article “Searching for Shangri-La”

  34. Nick says:

    I would NOT consider using the batteries… since the mere consumption of a standard battery leads us further into the global environmental problem we find ourselves in. Buy only durable rechargeable batteries… the newest ones have a 6-10 year life span!

    I love all things “National Geographic”… I grew up with it… but lately I’ve been reading National Geographic Adventure… but prefer to read it online… as it wastes precious resources to print & mail a magazine.

    We really have to quit consuming so much… or we won’t have any “great outdoors” left to adventure in.

    We need to stop being part of the problem… and become part of the solution… as a global community.

  35. bruleeblog says:

    I’d use the batteries in my mp3 player because my cameras use rechargeable ones.

    My favourite thing is the book National Geographic: The Photographs.

  36. Chris says:

    I’d use the AA batteries in my can opener- it’s starting to run low on power! My favorite article from National Geographic would have “Right Whales: On the Brink, on the Rebound.” It came with stunning pictures (as always) as well as a chilling reminder of how fragile the whale populations are. There are only 350-400 individuals left and their calf gestation period is too slow for quick repopulation.

  37. Phil says:

    I’d use the AA batteries in my remote control, because it’s been acting wonky lately. Then, I’d be able to change the channel to NatGeo and watch Zahi Hawass. While I wasn’t able to put my degree in archaeology to use as a career, I do still love watching that guy’s Egyptian discoveries.

  38. danielle says:

    I would use the AA batteries in my Canon PowerShot A720 IS, my wireless mouse, and the wii-mote.

    My favorite National Geographic anything would be …. the pictures. That is the most generic way of being unable to pick one thing :) I also love the world map that comes w/a subscription.

  39. Sean says:

    I would donate the batteries to a more needy cause and National Geographic Traveler…All travel, All the time.

  40. Gerald says:

    I would use the AA batteries in my Roland Micro Cube portable amplifier, for the purposes of performing in the streets of Boston.

    My favorite National Geographic anything were the kids’ issues that they published back when I was ten, and were probably the reason that I am still a big fan of animals and exotic locales.

  41. Carol says:

    I’d use my batteries in my flashlight and camera, and my favorite National Geogrpahic issue ever was the one about Katrina.

  42. I’d use the batteries in my A100 camera. My favorite National Geographic issue was the most recent one on China. I spend half my year in China.

  43. I’d use the batteries in my wireless mouse. My favorite National Geographic issue was the China special from last year.

  44. Ann S. says:

    I used the batteries for my digital camera!

  45. I use Energizer® AA Ultimate Lithium batteries in my digital camera.

    My favorite article in National Geographic was the one on parasites in humans. Sort of interesting.

  46. David Hogan says:

    Good luck to me

  47. Kevin says:

    I guess anything that needs a fresh set of batteries: digital point and shoot camera, Flip camcorder, maglite, alarm clock, etc., all of which come with me on travels. I have a few favorite articles from National Geographic – the December 1998 hologram cover might have been gimmicky, but it was memorable; the August 2000 profile of Sydney as an Olympic city, and the April 2002 article where they went back to find the famous Afghan girl.

  48. We would PROBABLY use the batteries in my five year old daughter’s digital camera. She’s trying to learn how to get better pictures.

    My favorite National Geographic article of all time was many years back, when they did their article on KOKO the Gorilla and how KOKO could use a keyboard and a rudimentary language to communicate, and how KOKO had a kitten. I love that photo.

  49. I use Energizer batteries in everything in my home that takes batteries. I find they last the longest and are worth the price. I have 5 TV’s in my house and all the remotes are powered by energizer batteries. I really enjoy the show Taboo. But I love reading National Geographic Magazine. I find the articles interesting and I have learned a lot from them . The photography is amazing and the writers very knowledgeable.

  50. Brian says:

    National Geographic Traveler, because it has inspiring stories as well as awesome photography.

    AA batteries would be used for my 18 month old son’s toy’s as he goes throw them like crazy

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