Assignment

Imagine If

This assignment ran from Nov 25 to Dec 16, 2013.

This assignment is an opportunity to daydream like you did as a kid. It's a chance to find your North Star—that person, place, or thing that calls to you—and show us an image that launches you in the direction of your dreams. Maybe it's a friend achieving a seemingly impossible goal, or a Death Valley sunset inspiring you to reconsider your path, or an antique rocker on a farm porch in Vermont that makes you yearn for simplicity.

Take a moment to Imagine If

Curated by:

Monica Clare Corcoran
Managing Editor, Your Shot
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Published Dec 24, 2013.
Thank you for your contributions!

Mind's Eye

Posted dec 8, 2013

So you've figured out what your life's dream is. Now it's time to visualize yourself—in that place, with that person, doing that thing you love.

I like photos that are more than what they seem and allow the viewer to imagine the rest of the story. What am I really looking at and what does it mean? Get creative with this assignment—let your imagination run wild with the concept of living your dream.

You can play with light, reflections or time lapse to give your photo a more dreamy or conceptual feeling. Put yourself in the picture, either literally or figuratively.

It's never too late to try something new and go down a different path. Let the photo in your mind out.

Inspiration

Posted nov 25, 2013

Have you ever put a photo where you would see it every day? Maybe to serve as a motivational tool and help you keep your eye on the prize. What is your prize? What does living your dream look like? Please provide context in your caption—what does the photo represent and why is it important?

Photography can inspire us to reach higher and dream bigger—it can show us the possibilities in life. 

Monica Clare Corcoran

Monica Clare Corcoran

Managing Editor, Your Shot
Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with over 15 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society managing the Your Shot photo community and the National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest.
557 comments
Tim Brodie
Tim Brodie

I'm new to this community and look forward to sharing my photos and research done over the past 30 yrs with the Historic Sites and Shipwrecks Society on recovering ancient shipwrecks and following ancient carved stone maps in the landscape to hidden Spanish mines and treasure vaults throughout the United States and the world. My profile photo is showing me standing on a boulder field that conceals a large open pit gold and silver mine hidden by Spanish explorers and miners in the mid west.

Ramdoss Saranath
Ramdoss Saranath

Hi everybody

Thanks everybody who clicked "favour" status after viewing my photos 

I appreciate effort made by entire members of this community so that we could have fabulous experience of snaps across the world

Kunal Sharma
Kunal Sharma

HI monika i am to dis national geogrphc world if i would wanna make careeras an ranger i mean forest reanger what and where should i start......

I M FROM INDIA.....

PLZZZZ REPLY......


J. Bower
J. Bower

Help My jigsaw puzzle won't break so I can do it


Julie Good
Julie Good

awesome story great job to everyone!

Ganesh Mandavkar
Ganesh Mandavkar

Thank you so much "Everyone" for your time, visiting my gallery and for the adding favorite 

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year" Enjoy.

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Veronika K-Ko
Veronika K-Ko

Dear My shot NG friends,thank you very much for your time,visiting my gallery,for the greetings and for the very kind comments!!!I am thrilled,THANK YOU!! Wishing you a Merry Christmas,have a wonderful time!Happy Holidays!

Veronika K-Ko
Veronika K-Ko

Dear Monica,dear My shot team,thank you for your wonderful work,thank you for choosing my picture!!!!Congrats to all winners!Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Raju Gurung
Raju Gurung

Great to see all amazing talents out here. You are all very awesome. I also want to share my perspectives to you all. 

My portrait picture takes a form of experimenting with lights, shadows of us human at Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Through this picture, I want to show that with the light-dark cycles of nature, we grow up every day physically and mentally.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2625472/

cristina santini
cristina santini

Well I suppose that because of the time differences the story it hasn't been published yet!

I'd then like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!! I know this is a multicultural and multireligions community so for the people that are from differents religions I wish you peace!!!

srimanta ray
srimanta ray

Respected Editors,

The concept of all of the Assignment is superb; I feel it. Because all tease assignments are creative and I realize its these are the steroid of creation and very needful and helpful too....after  'The Night' Assignment I tried several times to catch something new; I wait for the Foggy Night and also think source of light and object; because here in the night the object and light is a rare thing-this is a very remote place in India. But luckily  yesterday I got it-The Fog, The Light and The Subject too....I don't know that this is a god picture or not, but happy to capture and enjoy the foggy night on the road...I think all credits goes to my all of NG Friends those who appreciate and inspired me and Specially The National Geographic Editors and there Views and the ASSIGNMENTS too... Thanks again to all of you... LETS EXPLORE>>>>>Regards....Yours Friend.... :)Sri

Ginger Parish
Ginger Parish

Wow! I feel so excited!! It probably doesn't mean much, but I just noticed one of my photos appears under the heading of "Photo Assignment: Imagine If" - If you go to the drop-down menu under your name at the top right of the page, and click on "Member Center" it's the third photo. It's the people reaching out to each other on an amusement park ride. 


I went to see what the Member Center was, and there was my photo!!! SO exciting to see it being used somewhere on this site!!!


Sorry this is not on topic, but I was so excited to see it there, I wanted to tell you all.


Nalin D.
Nalin D.

Hey ppl !!

I am just new to all of this . So, just wanted to know about my clicks. Plz feel free to drop by any comment and like them (if you want to). It would be really nice if you rate them too !!


Nora Crane
Nora Crane

Hello there! I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to submit my photos to this assignment. I also enjoyed viewing all the other submissions as well! It's amazing the amount of talent there is out in the field of photography. Thank you Monica for coming up with such a unique assignment and allowing me to share with others my works. Out of the images I entered, I think this one makes me imagine the most of what life could be like. "Imagine if we could occasionally escape the realities of our lives, like a butterfly popping out of its storybook, spread our wings and fly away to a place free of all the responsibilities constantly hindering us from truly enjoying the beauty of this world." This is just one of the several ways this photo allows me to daydream like a child again.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2452706/

Silas Sebastian
Silas Sebastian

When we get to know about people in our planet, our views remain unbiased. When we imagine what people have in common with us, we transcend to a different level of thought. Timely snapshots can make someone imagine.  I have shown by means of a blurry portrait called "FLOATING BALL" the responsibilities and little joys of Muslim families.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2575901/

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.

Just wanted to say, with Christmas coming I had to wait until today, the last day, to submit for this story - only to find it already closed. I'm disappointed, had I known it was closing early, I would have tried staying up last night to upload..

Lisa Marie McNulty
Lisa Marie McNulty

Hi everyone!! This was my first submission and first real look at the community. Looking at the amazing entries and visions of everyone has kept me glued to the screen all day! Looking forward to more :) I welcome any feedback from the community now and in the future!

srimanta ray
srimanta ray

 Respected Editor Madam.... Imagine It what a great Assignment,,,,,:) Imagine it ours Friends level of Imagination,,,,,:) now this is 11560 photos but my imagination was the total photo may be 11000 but my Imagination failed.... now it may be 12000+......:) This is the SEA OF IMAGINATION and You will find the Pearls from the deep of Imagination.... Best of luck to You and our Friends too.... Regards... :)Sri

cristina santini
cristina santini

Came on people!!!! 5 hours left to this beautiful assignement......let show what you immagine!!!! So far it has been a great adventure since each one of us, of course, immagine different things! In this way we have a multicolored, multi racial, multicultered immagination!!!!! :) 

Sajad Zoleykani
Sajad Zoleykani

Hi... :)

In my childhood dreams, I always saw myself walking on this magnificent bridge (railway bridge) and enjoying the landscape. Nothing but the image of a coming train, could spoil the pleasure of that dream. Can you imagine what might happen to me if a train approaches and i don't have any escape.... 

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2075278/

Nora Crane
Nora Crane

@cristina santiniSame to you Cristina! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!!! :)

Peter Stanley
Peter Stanley

@Ginger Parish That's very cool! You should take a screen capture of it and share it with your friends/family too! Congratulations.

John Beatty
John Beatty

@Muneera Mansuri-Bora Very nice image. I like the symmetry and the muted tones the fog/haze imparts. It is really too bad the whole image can not be viewed without scrolling. True for all verticals on YS.  I hope this can be fixed. I know the web runners are aware of the problem. 

Ginger Parish
Ginger Parish

@Rebecca S. Sorry you had that experience - that happened to me last assignment. I learned that the assignments close at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time on the date they have posted. For me in California, that means 9 AM. So, I now think of the closing day as the day before!


There will be more assignments, and I look forward to seeing your photos in them!

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