Assignment

Home

This assignment ran from Mar 24 to Apr 14, 2014.

As the first photo editor of Your Shot, I was the earliest supporter and promoter of this community's unique style of shooting. With my encouragement, the Your Shot brand developed into the powerhouse you have all contributed to. As it continues to grow and expand, I've been asked to be the special editor for a single assignment. I'm pleased to announce that the subject will be your individual expression of Home.

This subject is important to me because I've had many places I've called home and continue to establish them. Home can be defined by varying lengths of stay and visually described as having more or less than walls and a roof. It could be thought of as the home you do have, wish you had, imagine you have, or hope to have. It can also be the home of someone or something else. It doesn't necessarily have to have a roof, but it should represent your individual expression of Home, including what it means to you personally.

Curated by:

Susan Welchman
Senior Editor, National Geographic Magazine
Assignment Status
  • Open

  • Closed

  • Published

Published Apr 21, 2014.
Thank you for your contributions!

The Power of Captions

Posted apr 3, 2014

Hello to everyone working on the Home assignment and thank you for trying so hard to find, take, and send images that describe where you are centered. I have been motivated to really consider how I edit based on these images. To my own surprise, I have found that I need a thoughtful caption that tells me how these photos represent Home. This way I will know your intent and personal vision. I have seen many images that don't including beaches, wildlife, flowers, fireworks, cats, flags, candles, boats, trees, cityscapes, candles, weather, boats, etc. There have been many captions that tell a good story, but the words don't match the photo. Just continue to look deeply at where you live and why. Please put the location of your image in the caption. I will continue to write comments on the most outstanding image and caption combinations, as well as appreciate how hard you are working.

Thank you —sw


Reveal

Posted mar 20, 2014

Your images should strive not only to document but also to reveal. They should contain a thought or emotion. They can be abstract or realistic but should be within a single frame and without digital manipulation. You can surprise and shock yourself and me by searching for the meaning of this assignment not only with your cameras but also with what is behind the lens. Please don't shoot the obvious, because I'm looking for something I haven't seen before.

A couple reminders: Submit up to three photos during the assignment, so choose carefully. The assignment ends on April 14, 9AM EST. And most important, include a great caption.  I'm here to see your thoughts on Home.  Thanks and good luck. 

Susan Welchman

Susan Welchman

Senior Editor, National Geographic Magazine
Susan Welchman is a Senior Editor for National Geographic Magazine and has worked for the Society for the last 35 years. She was a photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News and then worked at the New York Post as a photo editor. She then came to National Geographic and has furthered her passion for photography, winning numerous awards and accolades.
446 comments
Kathryn Bechtold
Kathryn Bechtold

Thank you for the honor but I can't connect to a link to be able to see what was published.

Anneke Paterson
Anneke Paterson

A hearty thank you, thank you, thank you to Susan Welchman for her selection. What an honor. 

Krista Hudson
Krista Hudson

Amazing and well deserved publishing's! congratulations! there were a lot of amazing photos submitted @Susan Welchman must have had a tough time sorting through

Jeanne M Modderman
Jeanne M Modderman expert

Hi all. The story is now published. Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm! 

Krista Hudson
Krista Hudson

maybe they'll release an editors update on what's going on the suspense is killing me! haha

Teran Jones
Teran Jones

I am unable to see the Published Story as well. The site tells me that the page does not exist when I click on the View Published Story link.

I'm looking forward to seeing the photos that were chosen! There were so many wonderful submissions, it was great to see everyone's different definitions of Home.

Urdoi Catalin
Urdoi Catalin

does anyone have the published sign on youre pics? does who have participated on this assignment ?

Krista Hudson
Krista Hudson

its not even showing up on the rotating home page top. I never received an email about it either, maybe they're just having issues or a late publishing

Carsten Bockermann
Carsten Bockermann

The link to the page with the published story seems to be broken.

Joseph Ng
Joseph Ng

How many photos will be selected and published in Home assignment and other future assignment?

Martyn Philo
Martyn Philo

I was very surprised at some of the postings from people for this Home assignment. It's great to see how diverse people interpret a topic. Everyone seems right in his own eyes but can learn so much from viewing the world through others eyes (photos). Thanks to all of you for opening my eyes to your world, your interpretation and your 'Home'

Shashank Mhasawade
Shashank Mhasawade

I'm overwhelmed... A BIG THANK YOU @Susan Welchman for your kind note.... The Nat Geo Your Shot community, the amazing contribution by members the world over, and your superb curating (of not just this assignment) have all been absolutely inspiring! Thank you so much

Shantanu Saha
Shantanu Saha

Hey everyone,


This is my final submission for this assignment.


http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3350486/


Title - Doorstep Arrival
Its about the homecoming of Goddess Durga. Something which every Bengali holds very close to their hearts. During these 4 days of the Durga Puja festival, everyone one of us who are far away from Bengal, misses their Home. Its a yearning that only one of us can feel. The yearning to be a part of the festivities, to welcome Her with joy and then bid adieu with a heartbreak.

My other two entries are:
http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3306664/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3289329/

Donal Boyd
Donal Boyd

Hello all,


My final submission has to do with college as a second home. As a 5th year college graduate student, I feel as though I have developed two homes. I elucidate on this concept through my photograph and caption.

Caption: "I'm going home tonight, Mom." The first time I said it, we both froze. What had I just said, I was home, in Raynham, MA, at the house I lived in for 18 years. I had developed a split devotion to what I call home. So where is home really? For many of us, we have multiple homes. Where we feel most comfortable, where our mind is at ease, and we just feel right. Pictured, is my second home for the past 5 years, Goddard Hall Chemical Engineering Research Lab, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3403348/



Let me know what you think.


Best,

Donal


Arvind Sharma
Arvind Sharma

Comments will be highly appreciable on pictures posted . . Will help in improvement

Avril E.
Avril E.

Hi! Although at frst I loved the concept for this assignment, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to say... I think I've figured out one thing that means home to me. Please let me know what you think, I'd love to hear your feedback.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3410043/

Saad Shabbir
Saad Shabbir

Hi there! Are the chances of getting selected better if I submit earlier for a story or assignment??

Sandra P.
Sandra P.

Here is my second submission http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3335508/ still thinking about the third one and one day left! As a beginning photographer, my skills don't yet match my vision. This picture is my attempt to present a part of my internal home that is part of my past. Blown away by the amazing pictures people have submitted!

Robson Pierre Nascimento Silva
Robson Pierre Nascimento Silva

hey my friends! I am very happy to have a place to change ideas about photography, and i would appreciate very much all comments and critics about my shots!

Pijush Roy
Pijush Roy

Hi,

I think this assignment is bit difficult since home can be interpreted many different ways.

Therefore I personally feel that to select the right shots for this assignment need lots of homework.

I am really excited to see the final result and how the individual expression of home has been depicted through the photographs.

Regards,


Joel McGee
Joel McGee

Gratitude

For this assignment I enter my three best shots and focus most of my free time viewing photos submitted by others. Some struck as odd to submit for this project and compelled to read he text associated with. It really helps understand the personal perspective of what someone feels in the heart & soul the definition of a assignment, a personal glement

R. Zabate
R. Zabate

Here is my second submission for the Home assignment: 


http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3370383/


Title: Morning Coffee 

Caption: "Standing alone on the mattress, a Cuban coffeemaker is illuminated by the blinding light shining through the room. Following a dear loved ones passing, friends and family come over to clean and organize the house where she once lived. She would always make her coffee each morning when she woke." 

Jeanne M Modderman
Jeanne M Modderman expert

@Saad Shabbir  Hi Saad. No, the editor looks at all of the photos as they are coming in and also at the very end for the final edit.