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Off the Beaten Path

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Published Aug 4, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 26 Contributors

    26 photos selected by

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Cai Beo floating village, Lan Ha bay, Vietnam Cai Beo floating village is one of the famous anci...

    #halong #asean #lanha #vietnam #haiphong #landscapes #caibeo #travel

    Three weeks and more than 11,000 images later, Off the Beaten Path comes to a close. Thank you all for your thoughtful submissions to this assignment. I’m overwhelmed at the amount of entries and the diversity in content, color, and vision. I sorted through beautiful landscapes, unique shots of cities, interesting aerials, cultural perspectives, and more. 

    One common theme you shared in your photographs was remote and secluded locations, not far from what I imagine “off the beaten path” to mean as well.

    A buggy ferries beach goers on a fun ride in Diveagar, a popular beach in Maharashtra, India

    #diveagarbeach #arabian_sea #maharashtra #people #travel #india #arabian

    Editor's Note

    The wide composition works well to capture the beautiful landscape and I love the moment of the buggy ridding across the right side of the frame. A nice moment with a beautiful background.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    This is an image of the deep Murchison Gorge, which exposes an excellent section through the Tumb...

    #earthcanvas #kalbarri_national_park #colors #lines #geology #australia #orange

    Editor's Note

    Where to start--there's so many reasons I love this photo. The layers are well defined yet flow in a way that reminds me of moving water. Adding your daughter for scale was a good idea, and her out... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Terraced fields are a form of sloping land cultivation of many different ethnic groups around the...

    #landscape #water #vietnam #tuletravel #people #travel #green #terraces

    Editor's Note

    Taking this from a high vantage point allows us to see the natural patterns more clearly. The water is so still it looks like glass in some areas and the people lend a good perspective on how vast ... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    After a few days in Venice we kept unconsciously gravitating towards the usual tourists paths, tr...

    #earthcanvas #colors #adventure #venice #offthebeatenpath #dancing

    Editor's Note

    This scene caught my eye because it's not something you see every day. It seems as if we're peeri... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    After being stuck on the World's highest motorable road (Khardung La, India) for at least 6 hours...

    #yourverticalworld #himlaya #kashmir #world #telephoto #ladakh #asia #nubra #india #leh #nubra_valley

    This photo is taken of a deserted very old Karavanserai located in a remote rode near the city of...

    #building #karevansara #kojoori #amin #architecture #old #golpayegan #iran #travel

    Calcutta is comprised of winding side streets and mazes of bustling markets. Wandering around thi...

    #streetphotography #offthebeantenpath #streetphotographyindia #kolkata #india #calcutta

    Editor's Note

    This is such a sweet photograph, Christina. This interaction was spontaneous but memorable for you, and the genuine smile she wears shows she enjoyed your company as well. I love all the details in... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    I heard about this new discovered cave in southernmost region of our country. The cave has tempor...

    #rock #letsexplore #ngmadventure #cave #protecttheselands #water #mysterious

    Editor's Note

    The contrast of the cave's darkness and the light shining in play well together. I love the serene reflections, beautiful color, and texture of the cave. Stunning shot!

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Sunset at Abuna Yeamata Guh Church in Ethiopia . Thats one of the hardest accessible churches in ...

    #landscape #priest #church #religion #africa #ethiopia #mountains #east_africa #sunset

    Editor's Note

    This photo has great depth, composition, and beautiful light. I found myself wondering what had to have happened in order to capture this, so thank you for providing such great detail in your capti... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Our old bus climbed the dusty logging road in the middle of nowhere. We escaped from the scorchi...

    #light #epic #buddhism #myanmar #adventure #photography #people #offthebeatenpath #travel #culture

    Editor's Note

    Good exposure and light painting. When I first saw the light trail, I thought it was meant to come from the monk's candle that he had walked from room to room with. Either way, it adds a bit of mov... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    The picture was taken in Larung Gar, China. It's a view of small houses at one side, while empty ...

    #sertar #china #travel

    Editor's Note

    Amazing perspective. This clear division would not be seen unless we are standing from your viewpoint. It's interesting how one side is so crowded while the other feels like a new world, vast and o... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    At Guilin, the farmers use the buffaloes for farming, same as in my hometown in india. but the ba...

    #water #farmers #farming #relections #buffalo

    Editor's Note

    I really love this frame, Prasad. I like that you used a wide angle with a low perspective. I'm happy you chose the farmers as your subject, rather than just the landscape although it is grand. But... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Deer Park KPK in Pakistan After Study these boys are playing in ground together

    #play #mountain #dream #childhood #hight #happy #playground #clouds #sky #color

    Editor's Note

    This image stuck out to me because of its playful nature, the synchronization of the swingers, and the dramatic landscape in the background. A beautiful moment of everyday life captured!

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Amazing view from the top of Mount Pilatus.

    #protecttheselands #earthcanas #sports #adventure #nature #offthebeatenpathassignment

    Editor's Note

    This is a breathtaking photo of some incredible Swiss peaks. The paraglider adds an exciting element. Their viewpoint must be spectacular. Beautiful landscape, Jerry.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    After a couple of days trekking across the Peruvian Andes, our group had an unusual encounter at ...

    #landscape #wind #lares #peru #altitude #black_and_white #lama #inca #quechua #andes #mountains #lake

    Editor's Note

    Not only is there a good leading line with the llamas and herder, but we also get the sense that this is a spontaneous meeting off the grid. This is another fine example of interpreting the assignm... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Winter camping under a mighty old pine in the arctic wilderness of Lemmenjoki NP in Finnish Lapla...

    #winter #lapland #night #aurora_borealis #camping #wilderness #outdoors #adventure #finland #nature

    Editor's Note

    The northern lights are a magical sight many people will never see with their own eyes. The exposure and lighting in this image really bring the experience to life and adding the human element of c... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    What I enjoyed most was seeing how each of you interpreted that scene of solitude, whether it be a mountaineer alone in an alpine landscape, a priest on a cliff’s edge, or children playing on open land with the Taj Mahal far off in the distance. I also learned a great deal from reading your captions, which provided more insight into how and why you captured the images.

    It has been really fun seeing what this assignment meant to you all, and I was certainly challenged to reinforce what it meant to me. As I watched this assignment take shape, this community opened my eyes to much more than I could have imagined. It has been a pleasure to engage with a community of photographers who are so thoughtful and dedicated, who ask the right questions, and who are enthusiastic in their participation. 

    Kayaker paddling her way through the brush ice off the coast of Antarctica. A kayak is the per...

    #squiver #ice #paddling #antarctica #exploring #marsel_van_oosten #adventure #kayak #iceberg

    Editor's Note

    An adventurous and technical photograph to produce, but this was excellently coordinated. The large ice blocks lead your eye to the kayaker, whose colors are stark contrast against the landscape. I... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Sometimes the best part of life is confronting a "why?" and then doing it just to see what become...

    #landscape #ice #letsexplore #canoe #alaska #drone #adventure #aerial #travel #nature

    Editor's Note

    Incredible aerial showing good composition, technique, and scale. Thank you for providing a bit of background as well. Your story makes me want to book a ticket to find this canoe and explore mysel... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    It is every photographer's dream to witness a whale breaching. But to have a whale come up litera...

    #natgeoyourshot #yourshotphotographer #nationalgeocraphic #whale_barnacles #antartcia

    Editor's Note

    I think my favorite part of this photograph is the travelers' reactions. Some are quick to snap a photo, others are in awe, one woman even seems to be looking back at you with pure joy. You capture... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    You ever felt when you see a scene that there is some thing to be captured but you just can't nai...

    #winter #landscape #mountain #utah #valley #snow #earthcanvas #protecttheselands #river #sunset

    Editor's Note

    The warmth and contrast, the reflection of the sun on the river, the way your eyes follow the winding water--all these elements make this a beautiful landscape. I've been to this part of Utah mysel... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    A very cold night in Calgary, AB. I went out to try shoot some Ice Pillars in the city. Unfortuna...

    #calgary #winter #ice #bridge #cityscape #cold #canada #architecture #city #river #nice #longexposure

    Editor's Note

    Good composition here. I also like that you set out to photograph the ice pillars, but were flexible and open to finding another moment to capture. This is a perspective of the city few probably see.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Out on a "Desert Adventure" in the desert near Paracas, Peru. After a 4WD tour of the sand dunes,...

    #paracas_desert #night_photgraphy

    Editor's Note

    I love it. This scene feels quiet, peaceful, very much off the beaten path. I like how you've described your day leading up to this moment to give the viewer more context. Wonderful starbursts, lig... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Danang is a large city, located in the center of Vietnam, this is the most beautiful green city i...

    #landscape #vietnam #danangcityatnight #tourism

    Editor's Note

    A great bird's-eye view of a bustling city, which seems quiet from this perspective. The lighting, colors, and traffic trails are all fabulous components of this photograph.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    One everyday life moment in Rabat. This man was just sitting in the middle of thousand of books. ...

    #morocco #night #light #reading #low_light #people #books #travel

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful and intriguing photograph, Leo. You composed the image well and the exposure and focus are perfect. This may be a normal sight in Rabat, but it is an unusual and very inspiring one to me.... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Ind...

    #offthebeaten #architecture #place #agra #people #tajmahal #india

    Editor's Note

    The sun behind the Taj Mahal gives this image a nice glow. I love the silhouette of the farmer as the subject of this shot. This is a different perspective and a reminder of the daily lives happeni... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    I encourage everyone to take a look at the favorited images to see the variety of submissions and to be inspired by your fellow Your Shot photographers. Thank you for all of your submissions and for showing me how you see the world when you're off the beaten path. 

    Lin Kuczera

    National Geographic Expeditions 

    About the Editor
    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions
    Lin Kuczera works on digital media for National Geographic Expeditions. She curates and manages the @NatGeoExpeditions Instagram account and believes in the power of travel to educate and inspire people to care for our planet, using photography as a means to celebrate the world.

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