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Assignment

Caption This

Assignment ends on Feb 19, 2018

Every Monday, National Geographic posts a Your Shot photo onto their Facebook page, asking their community to caption the image.

Inspired by that weekly feature, this assignment invites you to submit images that amuse, surprise, and delight. Maybe it’s animals projecting unexpected, human-like behaviors, such as embracing or sharing flowers. Maybe you’ve documented a moment between humans and animals that catches us off guard. Your photos should make us laugh out loud or say, “Aww.” And they should jump start our imaginations to create witty captions.

Your submission should be more than just cute — the moment should tell a story that inspires our imaginations. The assignments I usually curate are more thematically serious, so I’m looking forward to this fun one! I’m sure all your submissions will make me smile.

I’ll be sharing my favorites from this assignment with National Geographic Associate Producer Nathan Strauss for consideration in the weekly National Geographic Facebook feature.

Finally, don’t forget to follow National Geographic on Facebook to see if your photo gets selected for their “Caption This” feature.

Submission deadline is February 19, 2018.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

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David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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16 hours left. Assignment ends on Feb 19, 2018.

Opening Up for a 4th Submission...

Posted feb 14, 2018

I am still having so much fun curating this assignment — and because you are continuing to make me smile as I edit through your submissions, I am opening the assignment for a fourth submission.

As I mentioned in my previous Editor’s Note, there have been many, many beautiful photos that I want to favorite, but unfortunately, they do not meet the assignment theme. My advice for THOSE photos is to consider submitting to our “The Trip That Changed My Life” assignment, which is your chance to be published on the cover of National Geographic Traveler’s upcoming “Epic Summer” issue (June/July 2018). Click here to read our blog post featuring the previous winner, and here to submit your photos.

But for the “Caption This” assignment, check out my Editor’s Favorites and Editor’s Notes for inspiration and guidance on what I am looking for. In addition to focusing on the moments you are photographing, think about your light and composition. I am hoping your submissions are more than just cute or amusing; they should be visually strong as well as evoking an energy or reaction that makes you want to say or think of something funny or witty or sweet.

I encourage you to observe and anticipate these amusing, surprising, and lovely moments. If you missed this Facebook video from National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale for her “Chasing Moments” assignment, I advise you to watch it; Ami is so inspiring.

Here are three more examples of previously posted Your Shot images for the Nat Geo Facebook page Caption This feature:

From May 21, 2017 by Your Shot photographer Thomas C.
From November 6, 2017 by Your Shot photographer Raajan Mehra
From January 8, 2018 by Your Shot photographer Masashi Mochida

Today I forwarded 16 from my Editor’s Favorites to National Geographic Associate Producer Nathan Strauss for his consideration in the weekly National Geographic Facebook feature, which publishes on every Monday. Keep up the great work. I can’t wait to see how you continue to make me smile.

David Y. Lee
Producer, National Geographic Your Shot

Editor's Update 01

Posted feb 2, 2018

I am having so much fun curating this assignment. Many of your submissions are making me smile, I love it. I know it is a tougher assignment, so I appreciate everyone trying so hard. I love that many of you are taking advantage of the discussion board and asking each other for advice and feedback BEFORE submitting to the assignment. I think this is so smart. Encourage each other. We are a community, and together is how you will become better photographers and more thoughtful storytellers.

Check out my Editor’s Favorites and Editor’s Notes for guidance for what I am looking for. I have seen many, many, many beautiful photos that I really want to favorite, but unfortunately they do not meet the assignment theme, and so I can't favorite them because I do not want to further confuse the community. I am hoping your submissions will be more than just cute or amusing; they should evoke an energy or reaction that makes the viewer want to say something funny, witty, or sweet.

I linked to examples already posted on the Nat Geo Facebook page in the assignment introduction; here are two more for you to check out. Read the comments and the suggested captions; it will make you smile:

From July 24, 2017 by Your Shot photographer Jim Zuckerman
From August 14, 2017 by Your Shot photographer Anna Averianova

This morning I forwarded 14 from my Editor’s Favorites to Nat Geo Associate Producer Nathan Strauss for his consideration in the weekly Nat Geo Facebook feature, which publishes on every Monday.

Keep up the great work. This has been a fun first week of this assignment. I can’t wait to see how you continue to make me smile.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

David Y. Lee

David Y. Lee

Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Before joining the Your Shot team, I covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project featuring people connected by the decision to say yes to the gift of life.