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From Above

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Published Aug 29, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 29 Contributors

    29 photos selected by

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    A snowing morning, it is outside of the window from top of the building.

    #snow #blackandwhite #place #nature

    This assignment was full of new ideas, stories, and surprises at every level. Whether you were peering down on elegant eyelashes from inches away or flying above a tie-dyed, flamingo-filled lagoon in Namibia, your photos did everything we could have hoped for. They made us curious. They made us giggle. Some hit us right in the heart; others had us doubting the reality of the beauty.

    The new view made me excited to see our world all over again. Ritam captured this so well in the image below. That curiosity and eagerness to learn and explore, to fly around our globe. In this assignment, all of the submissions helped take us around the world in a new and exciting way.

     

    Building this story with Brian and Jassen was a joy. They brought fresh views, tons of experience, and so much thought and care into each image we loved here—and each image we didn’t want to let go of. I think Brian said it best: “The final edit was the most interesting part, as it forces each editor to verbalize the reasons for their love of their favorite images. Of course, how can anyone expect men to express their love in words? It was Valentine’s Day all over again. As the debate rages, each editor starts to appreciate the point of view of the other editors. What started were scattered ingredients to a narrative, but what came out of the oven was a story baked to perfection.”

    This is glimpse of Bengal. The lad was trying to know the world by this globe.

    Editor's Note

    An inspiring picture! This image captures the enthusiasm for learning and wanderlust that children have so purely. As he spins his globe I can almost see the travels of his imagination. Beautiful l... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    A lake in Alwar, Rajasthan, Salisarh Lake...early in the morning fisherman spread their net in th...

    #salisarh #net #blue #water #fisherman #alwar #fishing #rajasthan #boat

    Notice the missing bits of the fish's tail? That went missing when the snake had a 'tug-of-war' w...

    #keelback #checkered_keelback #jaipur #rajasthan #animal #snake #india #dinner

    A restaurant kitchen reflection over and above the London landmarks. taken from the 40th floor, H...

    #from_above #night #cityscape #fujifilm #reflection #architecture #city #london #urbanheights

    Editor's Note

    Awesome image. The reflection of the restaurant and city lights creates a fantastic mixture of im... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Shot on a fishing boat at Betim dock in Panjim, Goa state, India. Fishermen were busy unloadin...

    #fishermen_boat #panaji #boat #fromabove #india #goa

    Editor's Note

    This is not only From Above, it’s Deep Below. I like the inclusion of the busy feet to drive home the feeling of grunginess of the work below deck. -B. Yen

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    My sister's birthday.

    #above #food #birthday #photography #foodculture #travel #cake

    I was on my way back to home and suddenly saw a group of children were playing and bathing under ...

    #bangladesh #dhaka #lifestyle #candid #children #people #travel #lifestyle_children

    Corabastos is Bogota´s biggest and most important marketplace. Restaurants, supermarkets and mor...

    #agro #market #above #marketplace #ngmspace #agriculture #street #food #aerial #people #chaos

    Les voiles de Saint Tropez - The famous race, sails of Saint Tropez take place each year in Saint...

    #vela #sainttropez #above #voiles #vele #aerial #francescatorracchi #sailing

    Editor's Note

    What a dynamic image, the high point of view offered a sneak peek of all the actions inside in hull. This image stands out from many other submissions for its dynamic nature as well as a good use ... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    I was searching the waterfront piers when I spotted the edge of a floating dock that had some int...

    #from_above #ngmadventure #rockweed #from_above_assignment #from_above01 #ngmspace

    Medics of Ukraine's Right sector battalion hospitalize the Ukrainian soldier injured during artil...

    #ukraine #war #above #rightsector #medic #donbas #soldiers #fight #donetsk #injured #military

    Flying over the forest at Zwölferkogel in Austria

    #austria #trees #alps #forest #paragliding

    Editor's Note

    This one falls in the, “I wish I could have taken it” category. It just exudes the feeling of fr... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    During 21st of Ramdan, Shia community carrying the coffin of Martyr Hazrat Ali for burying at Kar...

    #karbala #prayer #martyr #shia #muslim_prays #time_capsule #muslim_festival #prophet #people #grief

    Editor's Note

    It still astounds me that of the hundreds of people in this photograph, I can't take my eye off of one man. The archways so beautifully frame and give context, next my eyes move center to the coffi... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Beautiful lioness capturing during an heli flight over the Okavango Delta, Botswana. We were quit...

    #botswana #wildlife #lion #bigcat #africa #wild #lioness #aerial #animals #okavango

    A sign of our changing times, Black Rhinos can no longer allow nature to dictate their future. Po...

    #bw #blackrhino #journalism #black_and_white #africa #savetherhino #rhinoceros #humanhelp #rhino

    An unexpected bicycle on a frozen river.

    #winter #ice #letsexplore #branch #frozen #reflection #bicycle #river #tree #bike #nature

    Editor's Note

    The bike seems to fit perfectly in its dark corner, hugged by the reflected branches. This frame ... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Icelandic river from above. Natural colors, patterns created by glacial melt flowing through volc...

    #landscape #abstract #iceland #explore #fromabove #aerial #ngmadventures #travel #wonder #nature

    Editor's Note

    Totally mesmerizing, the colors are just otherworldly, so much details you can look at it for hours. One of the best examples of abstract geological formations. - B. Yen

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    A Marine purses his eyes and lips shut as he is dragged from a mock booby trap in the “Pit and Po...

    #jungletraining #marines #okinawa

    Sometimes when you shift your perspective slightly, you find moments of magic. To me, this is lov...

    #monochrome #childhood #grandparent_grandchild #fromabove #love

    Corralled next to the horses, rodeo cowboys relax on a summer Saturday evening as they wait for t...

    #cowboys #american__west #rodeo #nebraska #horses #culture

    A photographic tribute to old-school 2D platform video games, like Donkey Kong. Shot on location ...

    #streetphotography #videogames #fineart #street #hongkong #donkeykong #honkeykong

    I took this shot inside the Banke Bihari temple during the early morning hours of the Holi festiv...

    #holi #siddharthsetia #divinesouls #mathura #followme #natgeo #india #vrindavan #assignment

    Editor's Note

    I love how this image is focused on the pillar while all of the celebratory festivities swirl around it. The combination of motion and color captured here is incredible - and the shot from above un... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    When you close your eyes, only then you can see what is hiding in the darkness. The light withi...

    #square #eyelash #perspective #fromabove #portrait #whiteeyelashes #face #black__and_white #nikon

    Editor's Note

    In this assignment, photographers scoured the earth in search of an out standing visual From Abov... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    From above, a summer movie night in Bryant Park in NYC.

    #manhattan #bryantpark #nyc #city #park #movie #people

    Editor's Note

    Navid, what is there to say. This is awesome. A hysterical, classic, NYC scene executed so well. I can get lost in this frame completely. Only one question...Where's Waldo?

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    I used a longer shutter speed to show the motion of the two converging trains above the busy elev...

    #chicago #perspective #chicago_transit_authority #public_tranportation #elevated_railway

    Sometimes, only sometimes you get lucky enough to get everything in the right place at the right ...

    #airport #airline #fly #runway #arrival #anticipatethemoment #pilot #flight #air_travel

    Walvis Bay Lagoon at low tide from about 1000ft. The pink dots are flamingos.

    #namibia #bataleur #flamingos #aerial #lagoon #walvis #bay

    A few thoughts here and there

    #midtown #height #newyork #roof

    Editor's Note

    A reflective, private, every day scene framed just right. The one right foot at the bottom of the frame puts the viewer right in the room sharing a cozy and quiet moment with the man. The From Ab... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Thank you for your excitement, engagement and willingness to explore. We hope you enjoy the views as much as we do! Maybe next time we'll see you From Below.

    About the Editor
    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel
    Marie McGrory is a Producer with National Geographic Travel. She believes photography can help us find the moments, feelings, and stories that transcend cultural boundaries.

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