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Assignment

Embrace the Untamed

This assignment ran from May 19 to Jun 9, 2014.

Nature and wildlife photography is as closely tied to the National Geographic brand as it gets. It's arguably what we do best. We even have a television channel, Nat Geo WILD, that is dedicated to nature and wildlife shows. Their Destination Wild programs take you to the farthest corners of the globe in search of nature at its least domesticated. We love wildlife photography; Nat Geo WILD loves wildlife photography. So it only made sense that we do an assignment in partnership with Nat Geo WILD, which we are dubbing "Embrace the Untamed."

This assignment is seeking the wildest animal and nature photos you have. We'll take anything from the deer in your backyard to the photos you snapped on that safari through Kruger National Park. But it's not just about animals. A raging river or daunting mountain peak is also perfect for the assignment. Show us nature displaying its untamed majesty. One rule: no pets allowed in this one! More

Curated by:

Evelyn Hockstein
Photojournalist
Assignment Status
  • Open

  • Closed

  • Published

Published Jun 17, 2014.
Thank you for your contributions!

Capture the Spirit

Posted jun 3, 2014

There's one week left to show us how you've photographed this amazing untamed world! I've seen everything from crazy weather to majestic landscapes to fascinating insects to your neighborhood deer—I'm impressed.

As you submit images during this last week, especially those of you submitting animal images, keep this word in mind: untamed. Think even broader and wider this week. What does "embracing the untamed" mean? I can't resist a good portrait of an animal—a close-up of a lion's face, a gorilla, an owl—but the images that blow my socks off are the ones that capture the spirit and context of this wild world. If I favorite an animal shot, it's usually because I see more of the animal's spirit or environment in the shot, rather than just its face. Or maybe I favorite a bird photograph because the bird is flying in a flock and this gives me a sense of the space, height, freedom, or vastness of the natural world. More context might give your images a better sense of this wild world and convey that "untamed" feeling.

Remember, embracing the untamed isn't about literally embracing them—people and pets don't belong in this competition. I'm looking forward to seeing more submissions this week, and keep up the great work!

Natural Habitat

Posted may 30, 2014

It's been an amazing start to the assignment—I've been enchanted looking at everyone's amazing pictures, from far and wide, of wildlife or nature or both! The pictures were particularly poignant for me this week: I was in Ukraine covering a difficult conflict, so each night I'd look forward to unwinding by checking out the newest uploads on the site, by which you've been taking me to the most beautiful parts of this planet or highlighting her wild inhabitants up close and personal. I loved picking my favorites and commenting on the images.

I got an interesting note from one participant that I wanted to share. I was asked if it was OK to submit images of zoo animals. I've seen quite a few zoo (and aquarium) pictures, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to respond. Technically, there's no rule against submitting images of zoo animals, but I don't think an animal out of the wild captures the spirit of this assignment. Zoos are a great place to see animals you might not have a chance to see otherwise, but Embracing the Untamed is really about photographing nature and animals in their natural habitat. Don't worry if you can't make it on safari or trek through mountains to photograph mountain goats—you might get some wonderful, untamed images in your own backyard. This week I loved a shot of a snail on a toadstool taken in West Virginia, as well as some amazing storm clouds on the Great Plains.

The best images might be in your backyard, but no pets allowed—keep embracing the untamed!

Go Wild

Posted may 19, 2014

The best photos in this category will be a visual celebration of "wild." And as part of the partnership with Nat Geo WILD, some images may be featured on related online and on-air showcases all over the world. An exciting prospect and a way to get your photos seen by millions.

So start snapping. Start curating. And remember to embrace the untamed.

Destination Wild airs around the world on Nat Geo WILD. Check your local listings and visit natgeotv.com for more information.

Evelyn Hockstein

Evelyn Hockstein

Photojournalist
Evelyn Hockstein is an award-winning photojournalist who has worked in more than 70 countries for news outlets that include the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. While based in Africa for seven years, Hockstein covered, among other subjects, the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—including the fate of the rare eastern lowland gorillas—and elephant poaching in Zambia. She has won two Pictures of the Year International awards and the Days Japan International Photojournalism award, and her work has been exhibited in the U.S., U.K., South Africa, Japan, and Kenya.
456 comments
Amit Roy
Amit Roy

congrats to everyone who posted all those lovely pics

Garett Gabriel
Garett Gabriel

Of all the years I've been part of this page I don't think I seen such an amazing assignment full of such wonderful images!!!  No doubt of of the best in terms of variety and inspiration.  I really enjoyed Chris McLennans' image of the lions and the video about how he got it!!!!!  All the images are spectacular ... thanks for sharing

Zryan Mejio
Zryan Mejio

Check back on Jun 17  ?? seriously  ??!  it wasn't  16 ?!

Mark Smith
Mark Smith

I'm so anxious to see this story published.  Such a terrific category!

Balasubramanian Chidambaram
Balasubramanian Chidambaram

I have posted few pics in Nat Geo daily shot section, but i see what i upload is completely different in Nat Geo website.. So is there any thing that Nat Geo will filter out while uploading photo?

Jan G.
Jan G.

Why are the more votes on the trending voting page and not registering as many in my account/profile page on some of the photos? 

Sebastian Wahlhuetter
Sebastian Wahlhuetter

One (serious) question – What is the point of being in the final  selection of an assignment? It's just online, right? And as I see it, it is pretty much just for the your shot community? Or are there any other channels where this is going to be published. I am just wondering what kind of benefit I could expect, if chosen in the final selection. Well, would be nice to get some of your thoughts on this...


jidesh p
jidesh p

hello ,friends will anyone helps

me to improve my photos

Jan G.
Jan G.

Hi. Can anyone who knows tell me how you get a number rating on what's great about this photo on your l profile page? And second , if you get a comment by email and in your inbox how do you see the total comment?tnanks anyone respond?

Kaj Winther
Kaj Winther

Btw: Can anyone tell when the assignment closes (GMT) ? If my deduction of "hours left" is right it should close at 16.00 GMT?! Am I right?

Kaj Winther
Kaj Winther

Ooh, the anguish!! I left one spot open when I only submitted two shots. The idea was to either browse my own (messy) library or get out there and get a new spectacular shot. BUT... All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...:-) Here we are with only hours left to go and I haven't got any closer to what to submit. I had a plan to get some actionshots of the mountainbuzzards nesting near my cabin BUT the weather was lousy (as in grey skies and long exposures) and the result is nothing to bragg about...-------;-) I'm considering to set the alarmclock on 05.00 tomorrow and get out to sea before I have to suit up and go to the office. There's Always an off-chance I can get The Moneyshot on a Sea-Eagle.... Good luck to all of you!!! Over 'n out from Sweden!/ Kaj

steve demeranville
steve demeranville

Hey Everybody... I was in Paris France last week and took the opportunity to visit the Centre Pompidou's exhibition of french photographer HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON considered to be the father of photojournalism and trail blazer for all of us taking photographs today. If you are there please take the time to visit this exhibition of his photography ...it is fantastic. 


While in the Centre Pompidou restaurant prior to viewing his exhibition, I found myself in an interesting location. I thought I would take a few pictures and work this one choke point with all the waiters and waitresses running back and forth. I only had a few minutes so I didn't get the perfect shot I was looking for but I did get three pics.  I mention this because interestingly when I finally got to the exhibition a few minutes later....one of the first lessons from Henrie was how to work a choke point....


Here are my 3 quick choke point shots..... Which one is the most interesting ??? Feedback appreciated :-)



http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3795314/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3795281/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3795253/

sushant welke
sushant welke

hey iam new here.Can anyone tell me brief about assigments ? what it is actually ? please ?

Ratul B.
Ratul B.

Its good to be here ... thanks to all for their uploads . It helps me to generate new ideas and also helps to visual differently   .. thanks Nat Geo

Asif Hossain
Asif Hossain

HHey guys I am new in here.....so i don't know about the rules........plzzzzzzzzzz help me

Cheryl Burnham
Cheryl Burnham

@Zryan Mejio I can image how hard it is just going through all the amazing entries , certainly would envy their job. ;)

WAYNE L.
WAYNE L.

@Jan G.

Jan, I'm not sure what the reason is for that, maybe a glitch in the software that's delaying the updated info in your main gallery page.  If it continues you can use the Feedback button on the far right side of this page to contact the moderators.

Also, I sense from this and an earlier post that you are not clear on what the profile page is.  On your main account [gallery] page you will see above the head of the rooster you have, a link to your "Main Profile".  Click on that to see your profile page.  I just thought this might clear up a bit of confusion for you.

Kaj Winther
Kaj Winther

@Sebastian Wahlhuetter  I can't answer on assignments in general, but on this particular assignment there were a possibility to be picked for the "infomercials" on the NatGeo Wild-channel. That was my incentive, anyway. Love your dogimages btw! / Kaj

WAYNE L.
WAYNE L.

@Jan G.

I'm not aware of the number rating you refer to.  I see no such number on the photo on my profile page or anywhere on my gallery page either.

When you get notification of a comment posted to a photo, click on the small thumbnail that comes with it and it will take you to that photo and you can read the comments that are connected to it.

Pat Yeaman
Pat Yeaman

@steve demeranville I never heard the term "choke sport" in reference to photography before.  I looked at your images and now understand what it means (Thanks).  What did you learn from Bresson about "working a choke spot"?

Linda B.
Linda B.

@sushant welke Hi Sushant!  The assignments are open to anyone who signs up to use Your Shot.  They usually run for about 3 weeks and there is always a theme.  The editors give about three updates to clarify what they are hoping to see from the photos submitted.  At the end of the time period; the assignment closes and no more submissions can be entered.  The editor "curates" the images and picks about a dozen(?) that he/she feels best represents the assignment and the results are "published"  but not in print.  Those chosen get a notice on their photo that says "published".  You may only enter three shots even if you delete one, it is still only three so choosing carefully is important.  There is much discussion about the editor's favorites because the photos in that folder are not always those chosen by the editor of the current assignment but you can look to see who chose it.  Hope this is less confusing to you than it seems to me:)!

WAYNE L.
WAYNE L.

@Asif Hossain

Asif, since you have already posted some photos in your "gallery" all you need to do is read the description of the assignment at the top of this page and then also read the  Editor's Updates.  If you feel you have photos that fit the description, click on "Submit to Assignment" above.  You will be given the option to either submit something from the photos in your gallery or post something new here.

You are limited to no more than 3 entries in an assignment and once you have done that you cannot remove any of them and replace them with others.

There are new assignments coming along all the time with different subjects, so if you don't have photos that fit one assignment they may well fit a different one in the future.

For this particular assignment it is stated in the instructions above "no people or pets" so if you have photos with either of those subjects in them save them for some future assignment that welcomes them. 

Sebastian Wahlhuetter
Sebastian Wahlhuetter

@Kaj Winther @Sebastian Wahlhuetter 

tack så mycket ;) well, in this particular case I can see the benefit. For me it's just the question if and why I should invest time in the NatGeo community or in assignments. It seems to me that this online publications don't have a very high status and people who get selected are always referred to 'Users' and 'YourShot' members or in other words 'snapshot photographers' in opposition to the PROs featured in the magazine. And many of the shots probably are just snapshots but a decent amount is definitely at eyesight of more established and recognized photographers. So I am just trying to figure out if the NatGeo community is a serious place to get recognition by editors or if it is just a way for NatGeo to build a Fan base. Sebastian

Jan G.
Jan G.

@WAYNE L. @Jan G. I still see the four categories under each of my photos under the story about the photo they are composition-lighting- creativity-story and each has a box in front for rating. I see it in the photos I vote on when I read the story..some have ratings of numbers for each about that specific photo. look at a photo and under the story it says what is so great about this photo?

steve demeranville
steve demeranville

@Pat Yeaman @steve demeranville Hi Pat... If you google Henri"s name and select images you can see the photograph I am referring to . It's a child in shadow with a two wheel cart at converging pathways . The discussion with the photograph referred to the concept of first picking a location that has all that you want in it regarding light, shadow, objects...set your focal length and other settings and just wait until the right person enters the picture at the spot or point that you want .....and take the photograph.


The choke point refers to a location where people have to pass through... 

My next goal is to find a choke point that has the entering persons shadow cast on a nearby wall....like that of a cowboy with cowboy hat leading a horse. This takes time to figure a few things out...like angle of the sun ...the time people usually pass through etc.

sushant welke
sushant welke

@Linda B. thnk u ! but ive  submitted only one photo can i ll be get dismissed but the editor ?

Asif Hossain
Asif Hossain

@WAYNE L. 

I have another qustion for if u help me???????

plz u tell me what kind photograph people like most & plzzzzzzzzz tell me about all kind of photography.... 

Jan G.
Jan G.

@Sebastian Wahlhuetter I think it is serious and challenging for those who have tenacity and are passionate for their creativity. we are definitely up against high creativity from everyone involved around the world. You can get important feedback(may be set up for that in future) and ideas about settings and cameras used..It is a learning experience for anyone .Anyone else feel the same way?And the best place to communicate photography around the world Hearing from other photographers.

WAYNE L.
WAYNE L.

@Jan G. @WAYNE L.

OK, that is not your profile page but rather the markings for individual photos in your gallery.  These are things you can mark [select, click on the box} when you view someones photo, as a way of saying that you find those specific features to be significant to the particular photo.  The numbers are nothing more than a count of the number of people who have selected those features on your photo.

It's my experience, and from my observations of other peoples photos, that most folks don't mark those items or make comments either.  The selecting of "favorite" is the most common response to a photo, without any further clarification being added.

Pat Yeaman
Pat Yeaman

@steve demeranville @Pat Yeaman Good luck with that goal Steve and thanks for making it clear about finding a spot, setting your camera and waiting.  Yes, I heard that tip many times myself, but I am often too eager to see what's around the next corner that I don't have patience enough to wait.

Check out this shot that I have posted on Flickr.  I did wait for this one.  Not as good as I wanted but I gave myself a pat on the back for being patient.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/patyeaman/10631720155/

WAYNE L.
WAYNE L.

@Asif Hossain

I'm afraid I can't be much help to you with this one.  People like all different kinds of photos depending on their own personal tastes.  The list of Categories breaks it down to some degree, abstract, adventure, animals, etc, and there are people who like all of these types of subjects or styles of photography.  There is no "one kind fits all", just take the kind of photos that appeal to you and they will also appeal to some other people who have similar tastes.

I wouldn't even know where to begin to tell you about all kinds of photography, so I won't even attempt to do that.  Sorry.

WAYNE L.
WAYNE L.

@Asif Hossain @WAYNE L.

I don't wish to get into a vague general discussion about photography.  If you want some specific information you can click on the Feedback button on the far right side of this page.