Assignment

Travelogue

This assignment ran from Jul 1 to Jul 22, 2013.

We all travel. Whether your travels take you near or far, you are on a journey. Look around, frame your experiences, and capture the moments along the way. One photograph may encapsulate your travels, but it's the combination of moments along your path that truly tell your travel story. So, share your travelogue with us and help tell the story of all our global travel community. More...

Curated by:

Sarah Polger
Senior Photo Editor
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Published Jul 31, 2013.
Thank you for your contributions!

Where to?

Posted jul 17, 2013

We're down to the wire! You have four more days to enter your photos to the Travelogue assignment. Storytelling moments, landscapes, and details are arriving every day.

The Your Shot community has been discussing whether assignment photos need to be taken in faraway lands. The answer: No. Remember, your hometown is exotic to someone else in the world. We look for honest, well-composed, thought-provoking photographs. Amazing moments are often hidden in the quiet pauses of your travels.

So head out the door, take a short road trip, or dig through the last two years of your travel photos—and help us create a Travelogue.

Moments and Details

Posted jul 10, 2013

Globetrotters! It's wonderful to see the travelogue photos coming into Your Shot. Keep up the strong work.

We're in week two of the assignment; here are a few more tips to consider:

Moments and Details
Grand landscapes are fabulous, bringing awe and scale to a place. But don't forget the smaller moments! Think about the detail photos you've taken. Do those details help explain more about the place and traditions? Share intimate photos—a shopkeeper speaking with a customer or a couple eating at a cafe, for instance—to help the viewer relate to the story they're seeing.

People
Include people in your photographs. Individuals add an additional layer of intrigue and invite the viewer to learn more about the story unfolding before them.

Captions
Captions help support your photographs; write robust captions. Who is pictured? What is the photo showing? When was the photo taken? Where did you take the photo? Why did you take the photo—what was the moment you tried to capture?

Take us on your journey!

The Promise of Discovery

Posted jul 1, 2013

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." —Susan Sontag

People travel for any and every reason. Whether for pleasure, or to push ourselves to new, unknown limits, the promise of discovery draws us farther down the winding road. Travel brings excitement, fear, awe and a plethora of new emotions. We often try to capture these fleeting travel moments through our pictures. When we arrive home, we sort our photos, looking for the one image. But don't look for one image, look for several images—that give a full sense of your travels and together tell the whole story—beyond one sunset. Include details and people; wait for the light; and compose your image so that it can stand on it's own and speak with the images beside it. 

Why do you travel? Use your photographs to tell your travel story.

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.
640 comments
Gary Conn
Gary Conn

The Antipode Hypothesis:  Color it Opposite. 

Assignment 'Travelogue' feature story is beautifully illustrated.  The many pictures that were published are lovely from the thousands who were posted.    Viewing 'Travelogue' in slideshow mode the images pantomime a real trip in a progressive format from transport to exploration to dreams and memories then finally to home, under the stars! 

Like irony or understatement, antithesis is an editorial fashion whereby a photo essay is illustrated indirectly to spur imagination.  For example:  In China a sheep herd is in a faraway exotic location where our photographer / traveler found - a sheep herd.  Or Crowds:  How often have we traveled to photograph a favourite famous popular location to find throngs of tourists?  Crowds can be a phenomenal event to photograph.  There are many similar allusions. 

The story read like a real travelogue, a narrated filmstrip, or in a silent film with subtitles.  Gary

Yasir Mehmood
Yasir Mehmood

Alot of Congratulation for photographer whose photos published.. !

gisele teixeira
gisele teixeira

I've been M.I.A (busy, crazy, hazy days), but I wanted to stop by to congratulate the selected stories on the Travelog assignment as well. Awesome pictures, awesome stories, great work! I have some catching up to do...in a few days I feel like I have missed a million wonderful pictures! big hug to you all, and congrats once again!

Abdulrahman Alhinai
Abdulrahman Alhinai

I feel really honored as my image is part of the 20 selected for Travelogue story. I must thank Sarah Polger/ Chief Editor at Natgeo for her outstanding job and hard work, and I want to thank all of you my " family " here for your continuous feedbacks and encouragement. Your Shot has become not only a community; It is my home that I spend more than 12 hours a day in. This accomplishment is dedicated to all of you. 

Regards from Oman.

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

@Abdulrahman Alhinai  Congratulations!!! I'm so glad for you and all the others.  How excited you must feel.  Your photo is great as are all the others. Great story all around. So I'm happy to say "Welcome home" when you are here.  Your one friend among many :))

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@Abdulrahman AlhinaiHey! I've visited some galleries today and noticed that some of you are very inspired lately... There are many by here that will be too much work for editors in the near future. :) #LetsExplore!

Ilias Mavropoulos
Ilias Mavropoulos

Congratulations for the ones selected for the travelogue story!! pretty nice shots!! :) and congratulations to all the ones who submitted their photos, cause they were so many good ones! hard to choose which one!! good luck for the next assignment!!


Hiren Vadiya
Hiren Vadiya

Congratulation to all photographer whose story is published.. 

Patti Lee Turon
Patti Lee Turon

Great story.   Congratulations to everyone!!!!  Can't wait for the next one!!!  :)))

carol worrell
carol worrell

Thank you for sharing so many unique photos in this published story Sarah. I love viewing the world and different cultures, while sitting in my chair drinking my morning tea. This website is bringing happiness, inspiration and fellowship to people world wide through their love of photography! I'd say all the hard work is paying off!

Leonardo V.
Leonardo V.

@carol worrell :) To get full, try putting a good music playing softly while you enjoy the moment... Fantastic!