Assignment

Dog Days

This assignment ran from Aug 1 to Aug 22, 2013.

In this era of extreme weather, how do people, plants, places and pets survive the dog days? You know: When summer is at its thickest. When it feels like the air doesn’t flow, but sweat pours. When, if you’re lucky, you can take siestas in the shade—barely moving, barely breathing. Do you survive inside with all of our modern conveniences or do you relish the stickiness and spend the day exploring? Show us a quintessential dog days moment. What represents this season in your part of the world? More...

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Monica C. Corcoran
Director, Your Shot
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Published Aug 30, 2013.
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The Edit

Posted aug 15, 2013

One of the things an editor looks for when putting together a story is the unique moment—the not so obvious shot that takes some thinking and creativity to pull off. You know the photos I’m referring to. They connect with you on an emotional level and make you linger while your mind wanders. Sometimes the technical aspects of a photo take a backseat to the overall feeling the viewer is left with.

You could certainly take a photo of a child jumping into a pool, but what about capturing their expression when they first come up for air? Or maybe you get the moment when they’ve dipped a toe into the cold water and are still deciding whether to jump. Parched land, parched lips, and withered vines—all of these represent the hottest days of the year. These are the types of details that complete a story.

Is there a memento, old photo, or artifact that reminds you of summer’s past—of a memory that is seared into your head? Is there a feeling or emotion that captures the dog days?

Think outside the box—we want to be surprised.

A State of Mind

Posted aug 8, 2013

Tell us what dog days means where you live. Are you drowning in tourists or is your town deserted? Does it cause shortages with water and/or food? What’s different about this time of year—what makes the dog days unique?

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are experiencing the dog days right now. For those of you who live in the Southern Hemisphere, you already went through this back in January and February. Show us what it felt like. Tell us your story, either in your caption or start a conversation in the discussion tab with fellow Your Shot members.

And remember, it’s not just about the weather. It’s also a state of mind. 

Slow Down

Posted jul 25, 2013

Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. —Simon and Garfunkel

The sultry days of summer force us to slow down. Movements are heavy. Your body cuts through the hot, humid air. Every ounce of energy expended must be thought through and prioritized. In many parts of the world, people escape to the mountains or to the coast. Or they flock to water—a pool, a pond, or a puddle—anything to keep cool.

It’s a time of year where you never know what might happen. It’s a bit wild and feels a tad dangerous. Like you just might explode and the world might, too. Take a deep breath and exhale, take a sip of an icy beverage and relax—the dog days don’t last for long.

How do you escape the heat? Or do you?

Monica C. Corcoran

Monica C. Corcoran

Director, Your Shot
Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with over 15 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at the National Geographic Society managing the Your Shot photo community and the National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest.
1403 comments
DOLORS BAS
DOLORS BAS

Thank you Monica for all your hard work!

gisele teixeira
gisele teixeira

My sincere compliments to all selected to the "Dog Days" story. The pictures are stunning and I loved the stories behind them. Hats off to the editors. Your guys' job ain't easy, that's for sure!

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

This story turned out great!  I think we really did get a feeling, perfectly captured in all different ways, of what Dog Days are like.  I love the expressions of joy, relaxation, fun, good times together (big theme!) and care-free abandon that these photos display.  The animals, the settings, the water theme which is so important in hot weather - all represented creatively.  Hats off to Monica for an amazing story, and for all the hours we know it took to complete it. 

Andrew Korich
Andrew Korich

Thank you Monica for all your hard work!  And congratulations to all the winners!!

Pat Yeaman
Pat Yeaman

I think if you asked 100 people to select 20 images (to illustrate a story idea no less !) out of more than 6000,  no two would come up with the same choices.  

Congratulations to Monica C for her great work and to all the A&S winners.  Now onto a new journey "into the night", enjoy it everyone.

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

@Michael Gast @Pat Yeaman   Michael, you spoke this so eloquently - so perfectly echoing how it is for all of us (see my response to Senhil below).  Thanks so much for posting this brilliant and well-thought out message!!

Michael Gast
Michael Gast

@Pat Yeaman Wise words, Pat.  The NG Assignments, or "competitions," are complex things.  On the one hand, they prompt us to improve and strive, and, on the other, they set us up for expectations beyond just improving the work we do.  They set us up for wanting  a very human thing:  validation.  That's the difficult spot.  Because not being selected can seem like being invalidated, when, in fact, it is not an invalidation.  The choices here made by the editors are, by necessity, subjective.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  What I see as beautiful is often not seen that way by others.  As a musician, that notion is constantly in play for me.  Some people dislike Beethoven and love Chopin.  For others, it is the reverse.  This does not invalidate either Beethoven or Chopin.  Both created great beauty.   I can find merit in virtually every shot posted here.  In fact, I make an earnest effort to do that with photos that don't attract me at first.  I look again and again.  And what I find, of course, is really only me -- my preferences, my tastes.  Looking more closely,  I begin to see the perspectives of others.  And I see the merit, finally , in their work.   And in doing that, I get outside of myself, which can be very liberating.  Do I want to get published here?  Of course.  Will I be discouraged if I never am published.  Not for long.  Because photography, to me, is about experiencing mainly what I think I "see" everyday and seeing it again, for the first time.  The beauty is all mine.  I'd like others to share in that, but I have no control over that.  This site is important to me because it reminds me I am not alone in that very human pursuit.  Competing has to be secondary for me.  Otherwise,  I dull the experience of seeing and experiencing.  

Veronika K Ko
Veronika K Ko

Congratulation to all A&S winners,congrats to Monica C.,too,great work!

Have a nice weekend,dear NG friends and enjoy the new assignment,"The night"! Let's go!!!!!!!!

cristina santini
cristina santini

Uhhhh I see that the story it has been published!!!! I better go and have a look. Have a nice weekend to you all!!!

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