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.
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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.