Quest for Happiness
What makes us happy? Is it being close to loved ones? Being part of a community? Having good access to an education or health facilities?
For this assignment, I would like you to photograph what makes a community happy—the ecosystem of happiness. You may immediately have ideas to photograph obvious moments like someone smiling or a couple sharing a tender embrace, but please try to see deeper than an outward emotion. Show us the ingredients necessary in society to create a sense of happiness in a population. Create a strong image that will expand our understanding of what brings happiness to people in different cultures and environments. Does having easy access to the outdoors bring happiness? What about a clean environment, a sense of safety or a neighborhood that is united? I know this might sound difficult to achieve. Think about happiness in a deep sense, but remain factual and evocative in your image, walk the fine line between poetry and facts.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 30th at 12:00 pm EST.
This assignment was inspired by the November 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. Our cover story, “The Search for Happiness,” looks at some of the happiest places around the world, and what makes them so. This story was photographed by Matthieu Paley and is on newsstands now.