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Follow Me

Assignment ends on Apr 10, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: For the “Follow Me” assignment you may submit already previously published images.

As you have noticed, we now offer a “Follow” feature. This is the first of many new upgrades you’ll be seeing with the Your Shot user experience.

Your Shot is a community of over 800,000 photographers representing 195 countries who have submitted over seven million photos. So the question is: Who should we follow, and where to begin? That is the goal of this assignment, to help us find and follow you.

You will have three submissions to impress us — the Your Shot community — to follow you. Your three submissions should not be your favorite, but your best. They can be from your archives, or an image you shot yesterday. They can be documentary, portraiture, or still life. They can be color or black and white. They can be from a series, or single features. Just remember, these three photos should be your best.

Each of these three photos will distinguish who YOU are as a photographer. These three photos will reveal the way you see the world. These three photos will identify your voice as a visual storyteller. These three photos will re-introduce yourself to the Your Shot community.

Be honest with yourself and your toughest critic. Really analyze your images photographically. Look at the composition, light, and moment. Think about the advice/notes from National Geographic photographers and editors who have previously curated Your Shot assignments.

Use your captions as an opportunity to expand and elevate the viewer’s experience with your image. Your captions should answer who, what, why, and when. Trust us, sometimes we see pictures that are absolutely amazing, but the captions are so poorly written that we decide against selecting them for the Daily Dozen or featuring them in the final stories. Use the “Edit Photo Details” function on the photos already in your gallery to re-write your captions. Think about the cliché: “You only get one chance to make a first impression” throughout this assignment.

We hope you take this assignment seriously. Think of it as an opportunity to start building your portfolio.

To prevent you from just submitting without taking the time to reflect on your photos, the assignment uploading will not be available until March 27, 2017 at 12PM EST. So you have one week to really think about your three submissions. The discussion board is open, and we hope you will take advantage of each other and ask for feedback. Take your time before you submit. Remember you will only get three submissions. There is no rush to be first to submit. Take your time.

Meanwhile “Favorite” the photos you like; “Follow” the photographers you want to remember. We know we will.

Submission deadline will be April 10, 2017 at 12PM EST.

Matt Adams and David Y. Lee
National Geographic Your Shot associate photo editors

Curated by:

Matt Adams
Associate Photo Editor

David Y. Lee
Associate Photo Editor, Your Shot
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Matt Adams

Matt Adams

Associate Photo Editor
Matt is an Associate Photo Editor at National Geographic. He edits through the daily submissions to Your Shot and curates assignments. Before Nat Geo, Matt was a photography instructor and freelance photographer working for publications such as Wired, Spin, and Pittsburgh Magazine. Currently located in DC, but Pittsburgh is home.

David Y. Lee

David Y. Lee

Associate Photo Editor, Your Shot
Before joining the Your Shot team in September 2016, David Y. Lee covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and worked for clients including the Public Welfare Foundation and the U.S. Holocaust Museum. In 2008 he started a non-profit storytelling project called The Waiting List, sharing stories of organ donation and the people connected by the one decision to say yes to the gift of life.