Assignment

Explore Our Changing World

This assignment ran from Sep 30 to Oct 22, 2013.

In celebration of our 125th anniversary, we invite you to join this assignment. We live in a fast-paced world that is getting faster all the time. Things happen that the human eye cannot even register. That’s when the power of photography really shines. It captures what other tools cannot. Now more than ever, that power is vital to documenting the world we live in. And that world is changing faster every day. Photography enables us to capture that change, document it for others to see, and explore what that means for ourselves and our communities.

Please take a moment to read the Official Rules for this assignment and watch the video for more information from the assignment editors.

Curated by:

Sadie Quarrier
Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

Cory Richards
National Geographic Photographer
Assignment Status
  • Open

  • Closed

  • Published

Published Nov 4, 2013.
Thank you for your contributions!

Vote For Your Favorite

Posted oct 22, 2013

Thanks to everyone who took the challenge of this assignment head-on and submitted some thought-provoking photos. Change is not an easy thing to capture. We were surprised and inspired by the entries. Over the next week we’ll be editing the photos and choosing our winner. We're excited to see it all come together in the published story! 

While we are busy editing, you should get busy voting for your favorite photos submitted to this assignment. The photo with the most "favorites" received during the assignment will be published in National Geographic magazine, along with the Editors’ Choice winner.

Thanks for joining us on this adventure. If you’d like to learn more about photography through a hands-on instructional experience, check out the May 2014 National Geographic Photo Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico led by Cory.

And in case you missed it, we posted two galleries of our favorites, with commentary, on the Your Shot blog: Week 1 and Week 2.

#LetsExplore —Sadie & Cory

Assignment Hangout

Posted oct 16, 2013

Join the assignment editors in our special Google+ Hangout to discuss the assignment. View their favorites from the second week on the Your Shot blog.

Art & Information

Posted oct 10, 2013

Thanks to everyone who has submitted images to our October “Explore Our Changing World” assignment. Over 10,000 photos were sent in the first week alone. Great job! You can view our favorites, with commentary, in a gallery on the Your Shot blog.

Looking at the images that are rising to the top, there are broad interpretations of the theme, which is great. Over the next two weeks we will be looking for images that are both great moments with excellent composition and use of light, but that also relate even more closely to our theme—the perfect combination of both art and information.

Think about weather (droughts, floods, storms), pristine areas under threat, cultural shifts, aerials showing suburban sprawl, cities abutting mountains, etc. The list of ideas is endless. Surprise and delight us with what you can capture!

We’ll be doing an edit at the end of this week to pick another ten images to discuss at the Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. on October 16. We’ll be there to answer any questions you might have for us—from specifics on what we’re looking for, to the process at the magazine, to what it’s like being a National Geographic photographer on assignment, and so on.

Keep having fun and turn up the heat another notch to help us really hit it out of the park with this assignment!

The Team

Posted sep 24, 2013

Challenge yourself to find examples of change. Surprise us with your unique points of view, unexpected moments, evocative landscapes, and interesting details. What inspires you? What have you discovered? Help us celebrate the power of photography—a power that connects us and makes us care about our evolving planet. Photography not only captures change, it creates change. Show us.

After the assignment closes on October 22, Cory and Sadie will select an Editors' Choice winner who will receive a five-day National Geographic Photo Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from National Geographic Expeditions, and more. (View the Official Contest Rules for details.) The Editors' Choice photo will also be published in National Geographic magazine. Additionally, Your Shot members can vote on entries through October 29; the photo with the most "favorites" will also be published in National Geographic.

Sadie Quarrier

Sadie Quarrier

Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
Sadie Quarrier has won numerous awards in her role as senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine. She is in charge of adventure stories in addition to editing a diverse range of other genres. She is a voting member on the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council and Young Explorer's Grant Committee. She has also worked as a photo editor at Smithsonian magazine and at National Geographic Books, where she helped produce award-winning books.

Cory Richards

Cory Richards

National Geographic Photographer
Cory Richards was the first American to climb an 8,000-meter peak in winter before he was 30. He is also one of the most acclaimed adventure photographers in the world, with an insatiable passion for capturing the beauty and richness of the human experience. In 2011, he was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award for his efforts as both a climber and visual storyteller.
1808 comments
gail morgan
gail morgan

when do the results for the Explore our changing world come out?

Precious C.
Precious C.

Can anyone tell me if anyone got the results for  Exploring the World assignment. Can anyone tell me what the results are?

Rinks Nandi Chakraborty
Rinks Nandi Chakraborty

Can anyone inform me the winner's name?.... I cannt find.... still searching everywhere.... Has it been declared yet..... 

Raju Gurung
Raju Gurung

This picture was taken during one of my spontaneous trip with my travel Partner to Mont St. Michel from Paris. Early morning, the next day, i woke up with an intent of capturing sunny moment at the place but the cloudy dim atmosphere gave me even a better photographic experience.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/1717370/

Meg Kumin
Meg Kumin

Is the story being published today???  Front page of the assignment says to check back today, November 4 for the published story... here I am checking for the 6th time today ;)  Though I did note that official rules read vague... will be published early-mid November.

Jurica Matesic
Jurica Matesic

Discussion, became place for self promotion, how pathetic. 
I have one "open" question for editors in which professionalism I have no doubt, but still...
What bothers me is, how is possible that poorly edited and over processed photo found it way to
editor's favorites?
http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/1841315/
I call this photo "The House with glowing edges". No hard feelings Mr. Mahmutovic. 
Best regards.
J.Matesic



Raju Gurung
Raju Gurung

This river of colorful plastics you see are all packages of waste thrown into the river. This is how the river looks in the dry summer. After rain falls, the waste give off even pungent gases. Each year, more and more rivers are getting polluted specially in the developing countries because of household waste dumping and chemical wastes from industries and hospitals. Waste management has been a critical issue even in developed countries. It is time we all have to try to solve this big problem.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2175967/

Bruno Manduca
Bruno Manduca

The YS curators team has surprisingly  opted for the introduction of two new assignments before the  selection release of the wildly successful "Explore Our Changing World". 

This decision was, in my opinion,  very wise and timely, as it seems to have released the tension  looming over the community on the eve of Revelation Day, opening  hearts and minds to a new level of hope.

Good move!

Rich Miller
Rich Miller

Hello Everyone,

I was wanting to know if anyone else got something in their inbox, on the assignment "Explore Our Chaining World" that say's Thanks for going on assignment with me. I wanted to send you a quick update about the assignment, from Sadie Quarrier. It was on Nov 1, 2013. I could not get to the link. It read (editor's update to assignment) I could not find an new udate.

Thanks for your help.

RIch



W. Verbiest
W. Verbiest

Hello,

I've got a question. I'm planning a trip to california and visiting all the national parks to photograph wildlife and whales. I am also planning to buy a new camera and a lens from Nikon or Canon, because Pentax haven't got that many good lenses (I use a Pentax Km, the sigma 150-500mm and the sigma 50-200mm) and I want to go more professional. I already know wich camera I should buy if I go for one of these brands. If I go for Nikon, I would buy the d7100 and the canon would be the 70d. But I don't know wich telelens to buy for one of these. Are the animals in the national parks far away or can you shoot them with landscape with a 200mm? Please help me?

Here are some lenses I was thinking about:  

Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4.0 D IF-ED

Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm F2.8 G IF-ED VR II Nano

Canon EF 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 L IS USM

Canon EF 400mm F5.6 L USM

Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 L IS USM

Canon EF 300mm F4.0 L IS USM

Thank you.

W.Verbiest  

Mamta Jha
Mamta Jha

@Paul G R True! But there are some genuine points raised by community members about the selection which can't be ignored! Amateurs like me who have nothing to loose already know what to expect......so there is no expectation!

Ginger Parish
Ginger Parish

@Rich Miller Yes, Rich - I got the exact same thing - I sent a note via "feedback" and got a response from Monica Clare Corcoran that said:

"We apologize for the error and are looking into a solution. Thank you."

So, not sure what it was all about...? Was the error that a message from Sadie Quarrier was never posted, or was the error that there really was no message from Sadie?? Who knows? :)


Loes Schalekamp
Loes Schalekamp

Yes Rich Same with my inbox. Must have been a glitch or intended to keep us even more in suspense. ;-)

Ginger Parish
Ginger Parish

@W. Verbiest Hi there, 

I cannot answer you about lenses, I'm sorry. But your question about California wildlife I can answer. I live here. I lived in Yosemite two years, and was a naturalist with Oceanic Society on Whale Watch for 15 years. You will want more than a 200 mm lens for sure. You will want a great zoom. California landscapes are big and wild, and the animals do not come close (except the occasional squirrel looking for a handout :)  ) Photographing whales is a particular challenge. 

I have a 55 to 300mm zoom, and often wish it was more. Get at least that, if you can. There are people much better at knowing the actual equipment to answer your camera and lens questions.

I hope you find what you need, and have a blast!! There is so much here to see.

Rich Miller
Rich Miller

Hello Loes,

Thanks, was wondering. Yes could have been a glitch. Thanks for replying.

Like your gallery.

Rich

Mamta Jha
Mamta Jha

@Paul G R @Mamta Jha Thanks for sharing the image! Its very funny. In fact those two are my support system these days! 

Cheers!

Mamta Jha
Mamta Jha

@Bhai Dupare @Mamta Jha Cheer up! In this assignment there are far more losers than winners! In my opinion there was not one image that I had not seen before!

Bhai Dupare
Bhai Dupare

@Mamta Jha i know very well as my image got highest favourite during assignment. then also not selected. may be they don't have system to find out fav votes from specific dates. and i have votes record from start :-)

Whatever but agree with Editors decision is final... but its mistake from curators or system

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