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Beautiful Destinations

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Published Aug 18, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 31 Contributors

    31 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    They are not playing Pokemon Go, they just enjoy one of the most beautiful sunset.

    #madagascar #baobabs #sunset #morondava

    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.

    National Art Museum of Catalonia is especially a remarkable museum for its outstanding collection...

    #wefie #barcelona #selfie #family #spain #travel

    Editor's Note

    This is just one of those perfect family selfie spots. I love how the family is aligned with the columns behind them. Great composition.

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A sunrise view of mount Fuji during last autumn from a camping ground near lake Motosu, Yamanashi...

    #landscape #fuji #mount #reflection #autumn #japan #sunrisethismorning #farmhous #trees #dawn

    Editor's Note

    This is an absolutely beautiful destination and a perfect capture of this sunrise moment. The reflection, the similar shapes of the barn and the mountain, the perfectly spaced trees—all of these el... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Downtown Dubai covered in thick fog , this happens every year a couple of times (6-8) but having ...

    #cityscape #dubai #downtown #burj_al_khalifa #fog

    Editor's Note

    I love that the fog is breaking just a bit to see the road below. This image puts me right in thi... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    After the famous Frans Lanting photos http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/…/namibi…/behind-the-pho...

    #landscape #ngmcreate_3 #thorn_tree #namibia #ngmcreate #natgeoinspires #ngmcreate_2

    Editor's Note

    Having seen this exact location photographed in so many ways, it was a treat to be surprised with a new view. I love how small and almost childlike the people appear. Their spontaneous postures and... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Diver in crystal clear water of Verzasca river in Ticino - Switzerland. This dive site is dangero...

    #yourverticalworld #mountain #verzasca #switzerland #river #scubadiving #underwater #diver

    Editor's Note

    What a breathtaking underwater scene. It’s something most of us will never be able to experience ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Swimmimng in deep, looking toward horizon through azure window

    #blue #malta #mediterrannean #deep #adventure

    A wonderful sunset at the end of the darkseason in Bleik in Northern Norway. Nobody on the beach ...

    #winter #nordland #bleikya #norway #arcticnorway #bleik #seascape #andenes

    “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me ...

    #landscape #sunrise #mountain #highway #adventure #travel #onthego #india #ngtravelhappy

    Editor's Note

    Now this is an open road, find your destination image. I love the framing and how the subject is driving from the light into the shadows as if they are traveling into the unknown.

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Munroe Island is a small island located at Kollam District in Kerala,India.The calm and Serene ba...

    #island #gods_own_counry #reflection #kerala #boat #people #follow_me #india #backwaters

    Editor's Note

    By shooting at a low angle and showing just the tip of the bow, the photographer placed the viewer right in the middle of the action. I feel like I’m in that boat as it slowly slips out of the dark... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Going through Geiranger fjord with a cruise ship and listening to Edvard Grieg - "morning mood" o...

    #edvardgrieg #cruise #geiranger #geiranger_norway #geiranger_fjord #fjord #morningmood #ship

    Editor's Note

    I love how you composed this photograph. The boat is in an excellent position, not too far left or right. There's this mystery to the image with the boat about to round the corner to the unknown. V... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Lok Baintan floating market,traditional market in banjarmasin,trading and barter vegetables,fruit...

    #travelshot #lokbaintan #beautifuldestinations #southborneo

    Editor's Note

    By shooting this at sunrise, the photographer shows the start of a new day at the floating market. Everything feels fresh—the perfect piles of food, the cleansing light as it hits the water for the... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Young girl in front of fruit stand with Arenal Volcano in the background

    #costarica #volcano #beautiful_destinations #bestoftheworld #people #travel #culture #nature

    Editor's Note

    I don't think you could of asked for better placement with your subjects in this photograph. I think most photographers would of liked to see this image from the mountain, but you switched that ide... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Some days ago me and my family went to shimla for a vacation. There i found a lots of natural bea...

    #snow #weather #places #landscapes #travel #nature

    Editor's Note

    What a beautiful place! The pastel colors of the buildings pop against the blanket of white snow that has fallen. The structures look like blocks that have been perfectly placed on the hillside—eac... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    This is a tilt-shift shot taken as my plane approached LAX after returning from week-long work tr...

    #losangeles #landsacape #downtown #la #aerial

    Editor's Note

    I've seen tons of tilt-shift photography in my life, but this one I thought was so cool. First, a... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    View from the Danube Tower in Vienna. www.feliciasimionphotography.com

    #vienna #above #travel

    Editor's Note

    The green lawn acts as a perfect backdrop for this wonderful view from above that shows a fun day at the park. From this vantage point, the people look like pieces on a chessboard moving into posit... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Marrakesh, Morocco. I waited all day on this terrace to catch the longest possible shadows, inclu...

    #shadows #marrakech #sunset

    The shadow of the CN Tower looms high above the Toronto skyline, including Rogers Centre. CN Towe...

    #canada #downtown #toronto #city #cntower

    Shaam-E-Alvida Jumma 2016

    #mosque #jama_masjid #shaamealvidajumma #peoples #delhi #delhi6

    The Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque (Persian: مسجد نصیر الملك‎ - Masjed-e Naseer ol Molk) or Pink Mosque is ...

    #bestoftheoworld

    Editor's Note

    I'm really drawn into the light and colors that are emitting from that window. Such a nice contrast of colors and perfect timing with the shutter as your subject walks into the frame. You placed yo... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One of the most amazing places on the planet -The Mighty Grand Canyon South Rim at Lipan Point. ...

    #beatiful_destinations #lipan_point #grand_canyon_arizona #clouds #rainbow #panoramic

    Editor's Note

    The photographer was in the perfect spot, at the perfect time. They were ready to capture what was probably a fleeting moment with the wispy cloud balancing the right side of the frame, while the a... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Sunrise at Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Aerial Image. If you look ...

    #earthcanvas #fromabove #aerial #bestsummertrips #yellowstone #wyoming

    Editor's Note

    I've seen the Grand Prismatic Spring from the ground and found it to be such an interesting place... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The sunrise behind casts a shadow of my hot air balloon on the plain of the Masai Mara, as a herd...

    #sunrise #beautiful_destinations_assignment #masai_mara

    Editor's Note

    We get so many hot air balloon images submitted that it’s easy to forget how stunning the view is from up there. This is a magical sunrise scene with the long shadows of the zebra herd and the ball... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Summer in the Azores Islands, are spent with my son, doing experiences and exploring the nature o...

    #island #summer #blue #azores #flowers #plants #boy #travel #hydrangeas #color #purple

    Editor's Note

    Is this a hydrangea bush or a waterfall of purple blossoms tumbling down on this man’s head? I love how the subject is looking up as if to say, this could all come trickling down at any moment. It... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Rubber Tree Plantation, Phuket

    #phuket #destination #plantation #rubber #thailand #tree #traveler

    Some male musk oxen in Norways winter at a very beautiful light. The very special light was creat...

    #sun #winter #norway #ox #snow #january #morning #musk #sunlight #storm

    Sunset at Wharariki Beach, New Zealand

    #landscape #ocean #sand #beach #kurdulija #people #zealand #wharariki #dune #sunset #new

    Editor's Note

    A great panoramic image of a destination I would like to see for myself. I love that we can see some people making their way to the water as they are surrounded by these rocks and beautiful sunset.

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Tuscany Shmuscany. Last week I flew over to Washington State (from London!) for a summer roadtrip...

    #dusk #destination #washington #summer #fields #wheat #light #danmontalbano #palouse #travel

    Editor's Note

    I would never have guessed that this stunning scene of wheat fields was in Washington State. The rolling hillsides are painted with the last rays of sunlight. The colors shift as the light plays ac... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    We had a choice to make,cash-crunch, time v/s more sightseeing, whether to go 'Statue of Liberty'...

    #yourshot #statenisland #newyork #ferry #liberty #frame #travel #statue

    Editor's Note

    I imagine this vision was see by so many as they made their way to a new home. Since many were lo... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One World Trade Center and NYC skyline framed through an art installation in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Si...

    #anachronism #nyc #ngmadventure #beautifuldestinations #travel #brooklynbridge #mondrian

    Editor's Note

    I'm a big fan of abstract work like this, I see lots of images of New York everyday, but I'm always looking for an image of something I've seen so much photographed in a different way. You definite... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My crazy hike with full gear and no model in sight was rewarded with this self-portrait at the mo...

    #silhouette #city #nightscape #hongkong #adventure #ngtravelhappy #city_lights

    Editor's Note

    This feels like a new view of a much-photographed skyline. I love where the photographer placed herself in the frame and how she put her hands to her head while taking in the beauty below. The angl... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    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

    About the Editors
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at National Geographic managing the Your Shot photo community.
    Matt Adams
    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Matt is a Producer on the Your Shot team.. He curates and produces the Daily Dozen gallery as well as monthly assignments. Before Nat Geo, Matt was a photography instructor and freelance photographer working for publications such as Wired, Spin, and Pittsburgh Magazine. Currently located in DC, but Pittsburgh is ...

    Photographers Published In the Story