Assignment

I Heart My City

This assignment ran from Jan 27 to Feb 17, 2014.

“You’re going where? Don’t even think about leaving without seeing…”

In our favorite cities, we all have cherished corners, hidden gems, and secret standbys. Whether it’s your hometown or your home away from home, there’s a place in the world that comforts, challenges, and excites you.

But how do you capture the essence of your city—what makes it different from any other place in the world? How do you show those moments when the day slips away and, for a second, the soul of the city seems alive in the scene before you? The way the light falls on the buildings just so, the way locals greet each other in the street, the aromas carried on the breeze.

Here at National Geographic Travel, we like to explore new destinations and rediscover the classics. And with hundreds of thousands of cities in the world, there’s always something new to learn. That’s why we started our I Heart My City series, where locals share insider intelligence about the places they know and love best. More...

Curated by:

Sarah Polger
Senior Photo Editor
Assignment Status
  • Open

  • Closed

  • Published

Published Feb 26, 2014.
Thank you for your contributions!

People Are the Heartbeat

Posted feb 7, 2014

Stunning architecture, breathtaking gardens, busy traffic, and bright lights make for strong photographs of cities, but what breathes life into city photographs are people. Without people, cities would sit still, glistening with the promise of adventure never fully achieved.

We’re seeing terrific photographs submitted to this assignment—keep them coming, but also remember to include photographs that highlight the personalities and people that infuse life into the streets and make you heart your city.

The Insider

Posted jan 27, 2014

For this Your Shot assignment, help us experience your city through your eyes. Take us down that narrow alley, to the best restaurant in town. Remember the moment you fell in love with a seemingly mundane corner? Or when you discovered the heartbeat of the city at that local music festival? Show us. Be our inside guide; show us the well-worn path and the local haunts.

What drives your city’s heartbeat and makes your heart skip a beat? Tell us why you heart your city, and why we all should, too.

Sarah Polger

Sarah Polger

Senior Photo Editor
Sarah Polger has over twelve years experience in visual storytelling, focusing on multimedia and digital platforms. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society and member of the Travel and Adventure Digital team.
425 comments
JOHN HAIRSTON
JOHN HAIRSTON

Looking forward to the next assignment....John David

www.johndavidpics.com

Aniket Kalbande
Aniket Kalbande

All the pictures are wonderful congratulations to each and everyone who participated in this assignment and keep sharing your extraordinary IDEAS to the world through pictures.

Michele Sutton
Michele Sutton

Congratulations to all published works!!!!!  Each of them are so very special...and kudos to the Editor for a job well done!!!!

Arun Singhal
Arun Singhal

Hey guys! How do you see which ones got published??

masroor ali
masroor ali

Well, Dear friends....

they are true in saying that fragrance of the soil of homeland is something that is essantial for the soul....In my view all submissins are  equally important as everyone loves one's land....

Yvan C.
Yvan C.

Sanf Francisco is not my home town but it's my favorite city, I like everything there.  I like the victorian architecture, the wheather, the cultural  aspect, the golden state park, the food, the retro look of the transportation system, and the proximity to nature and wineries :).

Here are some samples of my favorite city. I hope you will like it.


http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/1844271/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3035489/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3035533/

Richard Freeman
Richard Freeman

Hi all I was not going to add any more info about one of the shots I have submitted but this I feel will add some substance to the shot with regards a background to it. A place I visit in Greece as often as possible called Nea Kallikratia, approx 35km from Thessaloniki down the coast towards Halkidiki it is a small resort off the beaten track from most holiday makers. Due to it's size there is no room for any more tourists than what manage to get there during the summer months, for me it is ideal and a total break away from anything to do with the UK. In my time there I have made a lot of genuine friends and everytime I visit the town makes me feel more than welcome so I do have a lot of love for the place so much so when the time is right I do intend to move there on a permanent basis. One thing it has in abundance, photo opportunities, it is an absolute mecca for photographers, across the bay, well 60 miles across the bay is Mount Olympos that dominates the western skyline and affords some incredible sunset shots, as can be seen in this submitted shot.They also have a small port there which at sunset again adds an incredible dimension to any photo taken. This particular shot I was walking along the seafront at dusk with my wife, as we walked between two palm trees I saw the sight which then became this shot, Mt Olympos in full silhouette as well as a jetty full of people who were also watching the sun go down. Cam to hand this I had to get, and so I did. Since then I have had others who visit the town ask just how the heck I got that shot, and as I say to anyone else, I looked, I saw , I captured, it was as simple as that. I hope you enjoy what you see, for I do everytime I look at it still.  


http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3031558/   

D. Jha
D. Jha

This beauty of engineering wonder connects two cities in two countries (Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark), both of which 'I heart mine' right now. The bridge connects people and businesses taking thousands of people to work and back home on both sides. This was featured in the megastructures of National Geographic.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3025597/

Ravi Hegde
Ravi Hegde

Dear Sarah Polger,

Here is my final submission for the I Heart My City.

The photograph portraying the fishermen who are integral cultural part of my coast hometown, Honavar in the West Coast of India, returning after the Day's Catch!

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2843099/

Regards,

Ravi Hegde

Laura Williams
Laura Williams

I almost didn't participate in this assignment... I live in a very small town.  It is one of a group of tiny towns strung along the Wood River Valley, in Idaho, USA.  There are 5 or 6, depending on how you define town, ranging from less than 20 to about 6,000 population.  My town of Bellevue is around 1,100.  Each is much different from the others but we all pretty much function as one community.  I couldn't figure out how to capture the essence of that.  But then, Kaitlyn Farrington won gold in women's half-pipe and delivered the solution... a shot from her hometown ski hill, Sun Valley.  In the far distance is the ranch Kaitlyn grew up on... much closer to the foreground is the canyon that Picabo Street, another Olympic gold medalist, was born in... nestled between the two, my little town of Bellevue.  All the towns around Sun Valley are bursting with pride over Kaitlyn's accomplishment, but none more than tiny little Bellevue... her home town.


http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3012549/

cristina santini
cristina santini

Well this city is not where I was born or raised but I lived there for some years and I love it more then any other place in the world! It had been my dream, then my dream come true and I'm still dreaming and visiting now missing it's magic atmosphere!!

It's London....enjoy!!


http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/1365317/

Kai Eiselein
Kai Eiselein

@L. Williams
It's not just Sun Valley, we are proud of her up north, too, along with Sage Kotsenburg of CDA :)

Daniel De Sousa
Daniel De Sousa

Also, to agree with the editors, the way people live within their own world and culture is what brings a city to life...

Carlo Navarra
Carlo Navarra

@Luca Cavallini  Hi Luca, I can give you my personal opinion.

2992451 is well composed and exposed and the subject is ok ... nice one.

3014375 ... not so good, I can't even understand what it represents ... sorry!

2928729 ... not very appropriate with this assignment


Have a nice day! 


Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@Pierre Vonn  Hi Pierre. Welcome to the community. Nearly so. I would say it's an assisted photographic social network. All the photos posted here will be viewed and enjoyed by amateur and professional photographers, including NG's editors and photographers. Here you will find people passionate about what they do, you will learn a little, you will praise the work of many, you will help a little on what you can and with the time you will certainly identify yourself with many other photographers here, sometimes by their joys and others for their own difficulties (both professional and personal difficulties). And occasionally, you will be pleasantly surprised to see your own work published here or even in the magazine. Keep your enthusiasm, have fun with the site. I think that it's worth. Happy clicks, friend!

carol worrell
carol worrell

@Pierre Vonn @Leonardo V.  That's the beauty of this site. You do not have to be a professional, the only requirement is your love of photography and your desire and courage  to share with the world; and in the process you will grow and learn. Welcome to the site and be prepared to spend some time.....it can be addicting (in a GOOD way!)

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