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 Clare Corcoran
Managing Editor, 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 Clare Corcoran

Monica Clare Corcoran

Managing Editor, Your Shot
Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with over 15 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society managing the Your Shot photo community and the National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest.
1481 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.

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!!!

Adrian Laszkiewicz
Adrian Laszkiewicz

Well congrats to all! Im actually surprised that a certain few didnt get selected, especially a lot of the creative "think outside the box" ones. Either way all the winning photos are great and you should all be proud!

Senthil S
Senthil S

Its finally released really I lost my hope.....I expected a lot my dear friends but finally...........but Im really grateful to each comments and my friends in yourshot thanks a lot for your appreciation and each individual support..I hope my photo exactly suits for this topic but I dont know what monica's point of view........Thanks and very good luck and congratulation for those photos selected....

Michael Gast
Michael Gast

My guess is that it's a tie among 6.660 fine photos and Monica had to say "I give up!  You're all great!!" 

Michele Sutton
Michele Sutton

I would say everyone can relax and it won't be until next Tuesday or Wednesday.....Have a super weekend everyone!!!

Austin Beahm
Austin Beahm

I won't be online tonight so want to give congrats to those published later today. Good work, lots of good pics here from some dedicated photographers.

Arjun Singh Chouhan
Arjun Singh Chouhan

Of course no offence meant Monica  (by me saying that it's soon going to be Aug 31 and the wait for your published story : )

Arjun Singh Chouhan
Arjun Singh Chouhan

Hi Monica ...very soon it'll be Aug 31 in this part of the world : ) still waiting for your published story : )

Heather Garrity
Heather Garrity

I am new to YS, NG and I just wanted to thank everyone for the comments and the support you have shown my pictures, I know I am nowhere near as good as some of you, but you have open my mind to new things, I have new outlooks, and I just wanted to take the time and say thank you, also thank you for letting me explore where you live, I always wanted to travel around the world but I had kids lol we know where that leads maybe in 18yrs or so, Thank you once again and Good Luck, Either way your all winners in my eyes.

Senthil S
Senthil S

Hi freinds may i know when our story get publish,I'm just reloading the page continously...

gisele teixeira
gisele teixeira

Dear John Thomas,

You could not help but to accuse me of something I didn't do. So here's my answer, regarding my selected for DD picture today.

I don't need it, John. Never have. I'm creative. (and honest) You're just bitter. sad. But, that said, I'll take your unfair and untruthful accusation as a compliment! If you really you think the only way I could achieve this cool picture is with Photoshop, not only I just stunned you, but you also found out that creativity is beyond your bitter imagination. You're welcome!

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

P.S. Senthil: By the way,your photo is one of my favorite in this assignment,despite is not between the winners,as well many others pictures are my favs and not the winners! But  you know,"different brains think differently",so we all have different preferences,editors ,too::)).But this is the way,how we "grow up",how we learn and become the inspiration ,stimulates,new impulses to go ahead,despite the disappointments and difficulties!Head up!

Veronika K-Ko
Veronika K-Ko

@Senthil:     First-CONGRATS to all winners,congrats to Monica,too,good work!  Sennthil,don't worry,just keep photographing and keep posting your amazing work,you are very talented and we need your pictures,it is a pleasure  watching them! Here,in YS,it is not all about "Assignment & stories"!Of course,it is good inspiration,being selected,if you have a DD or edit "favs",e.t.c.,but ,if it's not happened-keep your head up,keep posting,enjoy your hobby,photographing,enjoy our YS community,find good friends,advises,support here,enjoy the beautiful photos,amazing galleries of the other members...Just have a fun,take shots for YOU,for your friends, never ever give up,be optimistic,positive and never stop dreaming! May be you know the sentence :"Our dreams keep us alive"! I could say:our friends,too! Just have fun,ok?! I am sure ,that your pictures,soon or later will be selected and will be winners!(despite ,they are already "winners of our hearts",we love them and we showed it to you in our comments and support! A big,hug,have a nice w/e! Your friend,Veronika

Veronika K-Ko
Veronika K-Ko

Well said,dear friend Mike! I have also noticed the number 6660..,but it took me the other associations,u know 666 meaning,brrr:::)))))))!!!

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

@Michele Sutton   If this is true, I'll stop checking!  And Michele - is it possible I haven't ever seen your gallery until now?  I just took a quick peek and you have an awesome gallery my dear!!!!!!  Looking forward to visiting it when I have time!  :)  Have a nice weekend.

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@Heather Garrity I also have a lot to thank and so I owe a lot to many here, editors and members. You're right, Heather.

Vanessa Hirsch
Vanessa Hirsch

@g. teixeira Its hard to believe that people can be so bitter and judgmental!  That was such a great photo and drawing combination. I am so happy for you but sad that someone has to try to wreck it for you.

Adrian Laszkiewicz
Adrian Laszkiewicz

@g. teixeira  Seriously? He thought that was photoshop? WOW! Has he never seen a drawing before? I've actually seen drawings which are better than photographs. Good for you on standing your ground and being honest. Your photo is great and very creative, Im glad to have creative people like you on this site


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!!

Senthil S
Senthil S

@Veronika K Ko Thanks a lot my dear friend, U really made my day this one word "winners of our hearts" gives thousands of happiness and blessings Veronika..really I'm having hope on my picture in future it will get surely select for something better than this....this is my first failure in the field of photography but same time this is my stepping stone to succeed my journey in this field my dear Veronika...surely i will get ready for next assignment,I have decided to take a fresh 3 shots... now Im having more hope on comments only instead of selection that's only satisfying and motivating me a lot...I hope my NG friends hold my hand to come up in this beautiful field.....n number of thanks to my friends those who encouraged my photo...

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

@Senthil S @Joan Rankin Hayes Oh - Senthil, sorry, but you're right!  I had it in my mind that it was a DD but I see it wasn't.  I knew it had been recognized, though, and it WAS an Editor's Favorite.  Guess that's what I had in mind when I said DD.  So sorry for that mistake on my part.  You have had so many people choose it as a Favorite.  You will have many more great photos, if you had the eye and skill to capture that one!  And you live in a country rich in photo opportunities.  Your sensitivity will take you far in this field I think!

Senthil S
Senthil S

@Joan Rankin Hayes Really I have to travel a long way in this field to explore,as a beginner really I will take this as a nice experience to grow up in this field Jaon....Thanks a lot for ur encouragement....One doubt u have mentioned in comments my picture got DD but it didnt,is it ur trying to say its going to get or? sorry dont mind me to ask this I got bit confused thats why

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

@Senthil S@Veronika K Ko  I feel the same way, Senthil, about what Veronika says.  In fact, I don't see this as a "failure" on your part!  I know you had high expectations, rightfully so!  But your wonderful photo did become a DD!!  That is a huge thing!  And you got so many encouraging comments on it, which is another validating thing.  Most of us have not ever had a DD!!!  I can understand how you feel.  I had a photo in this assignment that was submitted before one of the other ones that was chosen as a DD, AND in the final assignment - and my photo was in so many ways very much like the one chosen.  It was of the tall forest with someone walking in it.  So when I saw that photo as a DD first, and then as a part of the Story, I was confused and a bit hurt - what was wrong with my photo?  But then I began to really look at both photos through the eyes of an editor who is looking for a theme, a STORY, a mood..... and I learned by looking that there is nothing wrong with my photo, but it did not convey the MOOD of the scene as well as the other one did.  In mine, there were tall trees, fog, forest trail, but the people in it were obviously walking faster, not taking time to enjoy the forest like the girl in the "chosen" photo was.  So it has been a learning experience for many of us!!!  But we keep shooting what we see, what we feel, what is wrong with the world, what we want it to be - we are shooting our dreams.  And your dreams are big - keep that!!!!  #Let's EXPLORE!!!

Joan Rankin Hayes
Joan Rankin Hayes

@g. teixeira @Leonardo V. @Michele Sutton G, check out my new add from today.  My son is also a teacher - high school math in an urban setting.  I had both of you (and several others in my family who are or were teachers) in mind when I added it.  :)  Have a great weekend!!!

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