Traveling requires you to go through a lot of motions. You start by routing your trip, packing your bags, and cramming yourself into a car or a plane seat as you prepare to arrive at your destination. After going through your submissions, we feel like we’ve been on a journey that has brought us to our final 31 beautiful destination images. You’ve taken us from our offices in Washington, D.C., to New York, Norway, Dubai, Iran, and Hong Kong. You’ve brought us to cities, deserts, and even into the ocean.
When we sat down to make our final selections, we looked for images that said something about the cultural identity of the area pictured. We also looked for images that captured people interacting with destinations and images of places that were not only beautiful, but also gave us the feeling of witnessing a spectacular view. In our editor updates we spoke about capturing the essence of a place and bringing the viewer right into the location where the image was taken. These final images are great representations of those ideas; we were shown aerial shots over cities and shorelines that made us feel as if we were hovering over the scene happening below. We paused as we were placed within images of open fields and then heard the noise of people and cars as we were transported to a busy city street.
Thank you for your submissions to this assignment. With over 16,000 submissions, the Your Shot photographers didn’t take it easy on us. There were so many more images we wish we could have shared in this story. Enjoy these beautiful destinations as you brainstorm your next trip.
—Matt & Monica