Dog Days

Published Aug 30, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 21 Contributors

    21 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
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    Learning how to swim, my son is blowing his bubbles and pearing at me from above!

    #summer #pool #bubbles #fun #swimming #dogday

    He dozes on a bunch of ropes
    Beside the rocking lobster boats
    He dreams as precious time elopes
    His fishing rod slides off and floats

    Blue crabs are fuming near the tides
    To shield away the burning heat
    Far up above a black hawk glides
    And stray dogs sniff for bits of meat

    The ocean sweats beneath the sun
    A summer fever grips the town
    The boat men just can't make their run
    He tries to sit but slouches down
       "Lazy Summer" by Henson S. King, Liberia

    The “dog days” is an expression that not everyone might know, but to which all can relate. It's the time of year when your world is at its hottest—when days are long, nights feel sultry and freedom fills the air. It's a time of firsts—when many of us learn to swim, ride a bike, pitch a tent or catch fireflies. Or be away from home.

    It's when you learn what you are made of. In many ways, the dog days are a time of growth.

    Right before sunset, the rain cleared up, a whisper of peach glow flickers at the horizon. All t...

    #happy #beach #chase #joy #energy #children #light #things #excited #wild #sunset #soft

    Diving from the pontoon, in the middle of the Lake. Surrounded by the Alps, a feeling of freedom ...

    #diving #summer #lake #water #sunset

    Children at play in the shallow river that passes through the Devil's Glen, Ireland.

    #childhood #35mm #summer #analogue #children #ireland #trees #girl #boy #film #forest #water #nature #river

    People jumping off a bridge into the water on a hot day.

    #beach #usa #massachusetts #hot #day #dog

    Havana, Cuba is extremely hot and humid in the summertime, and the best place to cool off is alon...

    #havanacuba #dogdays #malecon

    Summer in San Sebastian

    #sansebastian #spain #travel #wharf #water

    Best sleep on the beach is in the shade

    #beach #vacation

    I met these ladies soaking up the rays on my way to taking a dip into the water. This is Clew bay...

    Editor's Note

    There is an ease and straightforward simplicity to this photo that makes you instantly relax into... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    In our busy life, we would not have any chance or time to see this extraordinary magical scene in...

    #lifestyle #explore #adventure #dog_days #people #travel #girl #fog #taiwan #forest #nature

    Editor's Note

    The intrepid hiker is dwarfed by the majesty of the forest. The light filtering through the mist ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    You know it's ridiculously hot in the Upper Rogue when the Cascades Frog seeks shelter under the ...

    #frog #animals #nature

    Mountain goat looking for cooler air and thinner coat.

    #evans #mountain #colorado #mount #goat

    The saturday market in Banderban draws multi ethnic multitudes down from the the surrounding vill...

    #sleep #stall #banderban #fruit #siesta

    I saw this girl who was sheltering from the heat and humidity at the Sepang race circuit in Malay...

    #chilling #shade #cool

    Hot, humid weather plus hordes of people at a sold out music festival make for a doggone thirsty ...

    #crowd #festival #event #concert #thirst #travel #water

    Editor's Note

    The energy and emotion in this crowd goes from one extreme to the next. One concertgoer appears motionless, another is dancing wildly, while a third can barely keep herself upright—totally spent as she gulps down a drink.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Workers take a rest on the ground under the cool shade in the break-time.

    #resting

    Dog days ! Varanasi India

    #cow #wwwstevenchouvfxcn #cool #funny #india #dog

    Refreshing water sprays end a long, hot day at MusikFest.

    #refreshing #light #cooldown #sprayingwater #relief

    Editor's Note

    An amazing moment of relief washes over the young girl’s face, as she stands askew in a cloud of ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Beating the summer heat

    Since 2002, the office of the mayor of Paris blocks a stretch of the northern bank of the Seine t...

    #summer #spray #parisplages #seine #mist #travel #paris #seineriver #river

    Family dinner in Northern Italy, after an hot summer day.

    #evening #summer #family #thehumanstory #italy #dinner

    Editor's Note

    The viewer is instantly transported into their memory bank of alfresco summer meals. One can hear the insects buzzing around the light bulb and the laughter and clinking of glasses. It is an outpost of light surrounded by darkness.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    There are times when the dog days of summer feel like they will never end and you can’t wait for the first sign of the inevitable cool down. And sometimes you don’t want them to ever end, facing autumn in complete denial, still wearing flip-flops.

    During the long days you can reconnect with yourself, your family and your world. And what better way to reconnect than through the power of photography. Memories of summers past washed over us as we looked at the photos submitted to this assignment. Thanks for opening up these windows into your world.

    About the Editor
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with over 15 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at the National Geographic Society managing the Your Shot photo community.
    81 comments
    Rebecca Allen
    Rebecca Allen

     Thank you Monica for the selection of my photograph for this story! (Stair way to heaven)  


    I hope I can continue to produce photos which may capture your attention and promote my profile as an amateur (yet aspiring!) photographer


    Rebecca. 

    Koustov Basu
    Koustov Basu

    Is there any problem with the simple copyright  symbol in a photo to be selected for the magazine or website?please reply

    #Monica Clare Corcoran

    Thierno Kane
    Thierno Kane

    Bravo and Chapeau to all winners ! Cheers !  Thierno

    Parvinder Anand
    Parvinder Anand

    Lovely , Every Image Has A Special Feel To It & Is Virtually very Strong To Be Fit & Pass Through All The Required Edits. Many Many Congratulations To Every One (Y)

    Dibyendu Chakrabarty
    Dibyendu Chakrabarty

    first i congratulate all the winners.......its surely a great occasion to see your photos published by nat geo society...i wish one day i'll find my name in the same list........thanks for the wonderful experience to be a proud part of this

    Mylene D.
    Mylene D.

    Congratulations to all winners and participants alike. A wonderful job to our moderator. Great story! I'm learning photography from u all. :-)

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Monica C. Corcoran expert

    I wanted to share a few thoughts about assignments and stories. Not every assignment is geared toward every photographer. In fact, at National Geographic, there is a vetting process—whose technical strengths and creative vision best match the story we are trying to tell? Our hope is that Your Shot assignments push the community outside of their comfort zone, but we understand that some assignments may not connect with all photographers. (And that’s okay.) 

    The process of editing an assignment and ultimately selecting the story photos is a subjective one. No two people will agree on every selection. There are many factors at play: Is the photo technically sound? Has it been digitally altered? Is it unique and creative? But the most important factor is whether it visually tells the story. Typically, I start with a wide edit of several hundred that gets whittled down as the photos speak to me and the story becomes more defined. This is the tough part, when even some of my favorites get weeded out because while they may be wonderful images, they don’t fit the story I am telling. In other words, they tell a different story. 

    Luckily, we are at the beginning of our relationship and we have hundreds more stories to tell. So keep submitting and don’t get discouraged—this is fun stuff people! We are all here to learn.

    Khurram Durrani
    Khurram Durrani

    With all due respect to every one involved here plz will some one tell me "wat is the story" ????

    as many have referred and congratulated for "STORY"

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Monica C. Corcoran expert

    This collection of photos is the story. The photos tell a visual narrative.

    Khurram Durrani
    Khurram Durrani

    @Monica Clare Corcoran Thanks for the reply I hope you understand as I am not a pro so learning how to read and write in light...as far as story is concerned the only continuity I find in this story is it starts in the morning and ends at dinner...where we witness people go active enjoy themselves and their company and then hibernate for a while... restore their energy for another trip...   is there any other narrative I am unable to read???? would appreciate your reply as it would be helpful for me to understand this story concept and difference between photo essay & photo story...Thanks

    Eddie Bayne
    Eddie Bayne

    Well done to all the winners and congratulations :):):)

    Rahamath  .
    Rahamath .

    very nice, each stories are showcasing different types of drama. well creative pictures.

    DOLORS BAS
    DOLORS BAS

    all seem lovely! a tough task to choose. congratulations to all .. and thanks to Monica for her work

    Ravi Hegde
    Ravi Hegde

    Dear Members, Editorial Board Staff, Moderators and Mrs. Monica Clare Corcoran,

    The August 2013 Assignments and Stories has been published and the published story has made many to have surprises, if not for all, at least for ME!

    I am a basic science research student, trained in doing fundamental research in the field of neuroscience and since childhood has been motivated by my parents (father, a distinguished language teacher and mother, a renowned poet) to think and act logically as well as scientifically. With this background I am keenly looking around and analyzing the facts. I do hope this much brief introduction about me is enough here for the people to understand my credentials.

    The National Geographic Society is having more than 125 years of history and ranks top in the world. It has achieved such a state, because of honest and dedicated service rendered by many eminent personalities over past many decades. Such pains taking dedication has made the National Geographic what it stands today!

    The Your Shot community, the Daily Dozen has taken (and continued to) much momentum during the past one year. The submissions are tremendous, and members from all over the world are keenly dedicating their valuable time in surfing the archives, as well as submitting and participating in Daily Dozen and Assignments on regular basis. The number of members, the extraordinary huge volume of submissions as well as archives depict the fact that National Geographic has taken a real big leap and posing challenge to Editorial Board members of Nat. Geo. to effectively handle and manage submissions/selection. As discussed by other members as well as Editorial staff elsewhere, it is really pains taking process to manage such a huge collection/submission.

    This transforming situation warrants the National Geographic's Editorial Board as well as the Society's governing body to give immediate attention to formulate effective strategies to overcome new challenges and to continue the heritage of the organization forever! It is not only essential for the present, but equally an absolute necessity for upholding the tradition of the National Geographic for the future!

    With this preamble, I wish to put forward my opinion on the published story, the Dog Days! One of the submitted images, by Mr. Senthil S., titled "Thirsty in Summer Days" has caught much attention not only from the Your Shot community members around the World, but equally from the Editors. The story behind the photo attracted everyone as well as the Managing Editor! In my personal opinion, this photo is well suited for the assignment theme, the Dog Days. The photograph depicts human animal interaction as well as the man's passion towards animals. It not only portrays the love and affection humans can show towards the animals, but also equally depicts how those animals perceive and receive such care!

    The human animal interactions as well as conflict are not only a subject of interest for scientists but also for many nature photographers worldwide. Such depictions (here in terms of photography) are always motivational for the people around the world and will promote environmental/ecological awareness as well as creates curiosity among the kids! Kids are the ones who have take care of our biosphere for the future decades to come. The photograph of the kind which Mr. Senthil has submitted for the assignment accurately promotes all these aspects. I need not to separately mention here the fact that it (the photo) has attracted much discussion during the past few weeks and as many as more than 350 members including the Editor has made it as their favorite.

    When I saw this photograph for the first time, it made me to recall the World famous photograph (again published Nat. Geo. long ago) of World renowned ethologist, Jane Goodall interacting with Chimpanzee.

    The story is published, but the photograph which outstandingly attracted was not selected! Rather than pondering into "Why?", I wish to request the Editorial Board of National Geographic Society to formulate strategies for the future days to ensure that photographs of this kind which can extraordinarily motivate people as well as contribute much in terms of animal welfare, to get all deserving credits!

    It may please be noted that Mr. Senthil is neither known to me personally nor I am having any personal interests in this aspect.

    I am not technically sound person (am just an amateur in photography) to comment anything on the technical aspects pertaining to photography, but as a research student of biology (with more than a decade of extensive research experience in animal behavior and biodiversity), I feel it is my Moral and Ethical responsibility to bring these important aspects to your kind attention. I am certain; the Editorial Board of National Geographic Society will take up this issue with high priority as well as my request in positive sense and will uphold the tradition and heritage of National Geographic.

    With all due regards,

    Yours sincerely,

    Ravi Hegde

    Pat Yeaman
    Pat Yeaman

    @Ravi HegdeDear Ravi, I also had a favorite image (not my own!) that did not make it into the story.  But I think Monica's recent post made a very good point that helped me better understand the process of creating a "Story".  A photo may be absolutely wonderful, as many photos are that are NOT selected, but those unselected images may tell a different story from the one that is forming in the imagination of the editor.  And since we will never be able to predict the editor's vision beforehand we just have to submit our best shot and wait to see what happens.


    Pat Yeaman
    Pat Yeaman

    @Ravi Hegde PS - I just wanted to say that Your Shot is OUR COMMUNITY.  The ability to meet here and share our images and our opinions about the world is a wonderful gift from the National Geographic Society.  And by facilitating these exchanges the NGS is upholding the highest traditions of the  Society. 

    Most of us are not professional photographers, although as the word amateur indicates we are all lovers of photography. Our images reflect our individual view of the world and are as unique as we are. 

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    Please guys, take a look at the "Editors' Favorites"! What I saw there right now is something like a honorable mention to the participants of the Dog Days. Amazing! Stunning shots! Congratulations to them too! ;)

    Srimanta Ray
    Srimanta Ray

    @Leonardo V. You are totally right Dear Friend Leonardo. Total Submission is 6636 and Editors Favorite is 129, if I'm not wrong. All the shots are SUPERB. I understand this is very difficult to short out or select only 21 Photos. This is Great Job by the Editor Monica Clare Corcoran. I congratulate her. If I'll be in that table I'll be MAD.....so Difficult Work. Her Experience and Eye of Photography reflecting on the result. I congratulate again to all of  Features Photos From 21 Contributors. 

    Actually I angry with my Luck, I previously wright it.....

    Regards

    Srimanta

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    @srimanta ray @Leonardo V.Srimanta, I read your case and the Senthil's case  down there. Yes, 6000 photos are many photos. Think in this number!! (...and 262,912 photographers under the responsibility of a few administrators who can not rest). We all have said here more than 1 million times: we're here to have fun and learn. The story (at least as I see it) is not a competition where wins the best technique, the best time and just that. No! If so, we would have 2000 winners in the Dog Days! :) The story is a creative process created by the curator, a complex process that depends on many extras things, including sensitivity and inspiration of those who select the images. Let's enjoy this creative - and beautiful - process and read the reviews of our friends in our photos. As @Pat Yeaman said in one of her posts, "Life is too short to be jaded...". So, think in those who, just like us dreamed of being there, succeeded and deserved to be there. Let's feel happy for them and then we will find the meaning of Your Shot.

    My friend, I know you and Senthil have got over it but I must say that if you give up just because you were not among the 21 selected for this story, then I also do not have reasons to keep here. We are doing with all our friends - many true and honest friends - what we love to do and NatGeo wants it because she uses it for the good of our planet. Do not worry. Take pride. Just that. #LetItFlow ;)

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