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Explore Our Changing World

Published Nov 4, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 19 Contributors

    19 photos selected by

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer

    Eastern Screech Owls like to take over woodpecker nests that have been dug out over the years in ...

    #prey #owl #bird #camouflage #eastern #screech #nature #portrait #raptor #wildlife #cosmos #disguise

    Thank you Your Shot community! Almost 13,000 of you submitted a record number of images this month—over 25,000, which is three times more than any previous Your Shot assignment! And thanks to all of you who participated in many other ways: spreading the word, liking and commenting on pictures, and joining our Google Hangout.

    We have had a lot of fun looking at your images, which ranged from surprising details to wild weather, from moody landscapes to real moments, from unique cultures around the world to your own homes and families. Many of you showed us great use of light, strong compositions, and good storytelling images in keeping with our theme: Explore Our Changing World.

    We have chosen 18 images that we feel tell this story in diverse and compelling ways. Our winner is Klause Priebe’s black-and-white Canyonlands lightning image. We have also included the reader’s choice, Juan Osorio’s solar–powered plane, in our final layout. Both of these will be printed in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine. There were many more images of merit beyond this tight selection. Some, unfortunately, had to be removed from consideration based on the year shot, but we still applauded your efforts.

    Thank you for making our editing so enjoyable.

    During a visit to the Canyon lands during the monsoon season of 2013 I chased storms during the w...

    #sun #landscape #lightning #colorado #monochrome #utah #clouds #storm #river #light #canyon

    Editor's Note

    We love the way this photographer captured the split second of a lightning strike and the surrounding storm. The vantage point allows us to see this vast open landscape from above so we can follow the curves of the wind- and water–carved land formations with our eye. The choice of black and white emphasize... More

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer

    This image is part of a series of aerial images I captured in southern Iceland. These abstract in...

    #aerials #iceland #aerialphotography #river #aerial

    Editor's Note

    This gorgeous abstract image of a complex river system in Iceland is a piece of art. Aerials can be difficult to get right—you’re moving fast and you have to compose even faster. But when a photographer nails it, the results can be exceptional and are especially intriguing for those of us who don’t have th... More

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

    These kids were playing the ghats of Ganges in Varanasi, India. The moment this kid saw me with m...

    #ganges #people #varanasi #playing #flag #monsoon #kids

    Editor's Note

    This image immediately caught our eye. We like how the huge flag fills the frame, gracefully movi... More

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer

    Forced to find new river crossing points in the Serengeti-Mara region of Eastern Africa, the wild...

    #leica #wildebeest #migration #wildebeestcrossing #africa #masai_mara

    Editor's Note

    The single eye of the wildebeest in the center of the frame is the best part about this arresting image. It stops us and gives us a focal point in this chaotic mess of horns, beasts, and churning water.

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

    Smile from mentawai people .

    #people #hunter #culture #travel #hunting #indonesia #west #old

    Oppression, interaction, collaboration.In the life cycle of nature nothing is lost, but the coexi...

    #locusts #man #coexistence #nature

    This is one of traditional way to earn a living of people, who is living in Thua Thien Hue provin...

    #boat #throw #net #men #water #fishing

    Editor's Note

    The photographer captured a nice symmetry as two fishermen in Vietnam swing their traditional nets out simultaneously. Beautiful backlight highlights the water spraying off the nets and helps to emphasize their graceful movement through the air.

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

    I was really lucky to get this affection shot between a man and monkey....with full care he is gi...

    #affection #care #summer #thirsty #water #monkey #nature #drinkingwate #animal #people

    Editor's Note

    This is a touching moment between a man and a primate. The tight, vertical composition allows us ... More

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer

    spirit or simple grafitti?

    #people #hierarchy #culture #york #new

    At the exit of the Jakobshavn Glacier near Ilulissat Greenland, giant tabular icebergs beach them...

    #reflection #iceberg #greenland

    Urban Renewal Authority rebuild Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, but the destruction of the living.

    #glass #minibus #mongkok #old_building #man #peoples #hongkong #kwuntong #urabn

    Tambobong (roofed ox cart) a mobile retail store loaded with local handicraft made from bamboo an...

    #tambobong

    The way ... Maharashtra India

    #pollution #dump #india #alone #wwwstevenchouvfxcn

    Editor's Note

    What drew us to this image is the bleakness of the scene—the colorless sky, the endless mounds of rubbish—dissected by one curving path and a lone man in red lost in thought, pushing his bicycle. Often these color palettes and subject matter are off–putting, but in this case, it’s the picture’s strength. T... More

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

    I gaze in awe as I look back to the long and winding road that ascend to the peak of Al Hada in T...

    #naturetaif

    Editor's Note

    The crisscrossing, glowing yellow road contrasts nicely with the dusky blue light and moody fog, ... More

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer

    First bicycle 1817 Karl von Drais - First plane flight December 17, 1903 Wright brothers This pl...

    #solar #solar_impulse #pioneering #historic #plane #sustainability #adventure

    Editor's Note

    The community has selected this image of a solar-powered plane (which crossed the United States without fuel) as the Viewer’s Choice winner for the Explore Our Changing World assignment. The future looks bright indeed with such great strides being made combining clean technologies and transportation.

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer

    wandering through Isla Riesco, I bumped into this almost forgotten ranch. Talking to the locals w...

    #patagonia #amazing #raw #travel #animals #nature #wool #wild #astonishing #light

    father and daughter waiting for wedding ceremony to start. They are together but they are not tog...

    #church #father #daughter #together #phone #guest #waiting #wedding

    this is a self portrait of my self under a glacier in Alaska. this was by far the most amazing e...

    #globalwarmi #jonathantucker #amazing #ice #water #glacier #yukon #beautiful #blue #under #cold #alaska

    Editor's Note

    The gorgeous blue hues and light filtering into this ice cave, as well as the motion of the water falling and moving around the rocks, give this scene a surreal feel. The choice to make this self–portrait a longer exposure makes it harder to execute, but the results add a beautiful dreamy quality. Looking ... More

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

    Together we pulled off a grand experiment. We enlisted your help to bring us powerful images from every corner of the Earth for a National Geographic assignment documenting our changing world. Your interpretations of change were informative, striking, and widely varied—from naturally occurring change to man–made, both positive and negative. In some cases you surprised and delighted us by sharing images from remote places or of indigenous people that showed very little change, and that too works for our story.

    What we have started here with this assignment, we hope you will continue on your own. Keep pushing the envelope, seeing and capturing the world in new and powerful ways. The options are exciting and endless.

    – Sadie & Cory

    About the Editors
    Sadie Quarrier
    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
    Sadie Quarrier has won numerous awards in her role as senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine. She is in charge of adventure stories in addition to editing a diverse range of other genres. She is a voting member on the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council and Young Explorer's Grant ...
    Cory Richards
    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer
    Cory Richards was the first American to climb an 8,000-meter peak in winter before he was 30. He is also one of the most acclaimed adventure photographers in the world, with an insatiable passion for capturing the beauty and richness of the human experience. In 2011, he was awarded the ...
    135 comments
    subhro bandhu
    subhro bandhu

    This photographs are stunning , considering the high quality so maintained by the national geography 

    Mahesh Nair
    Mahesh Nair

    can i get a chance to work with these amazing photographers

    Asif Rahman
    Asif Rahman

    I wish I could work with each of these amazing photographers.....

    Amrita Ghosh
    Amrita Ghosh

    Another story idea that let me see such wonderful, jaw dropping pictures! I love the self portrait in the glacier, its brilliant!

    Mohamed Azeez
    Mohamed Azeez

    What a brilliant way to celebrate 50 years of Nat Geo. 

    Darlene Caswell
    Darlene Caswell

    Really, really awesome pictures.  I have work to do if I want to compete with these.

    Mridul U.
    Mridul U.

    real photography, real work

    congratulation to all 

    Cliff Compton
    Cliff Compton

    I agree there are some extremely stunning photos in the collection, truly beautiful work. However, I really dont see how the bulk of them illustrate the idea of "our changing world" I think maybe three of the photos show any sort of change in the way the world was and now is...nice shots though

    Michael Moreny
    Michael Moreny

    At once inspiring and threatening...how could I compete in this talented field? The reflective answer has to be 'improve'. Perhaps next year? Cheers from Bundy, Mike Moreny

    Jorge Nario
    Jorge Nario

    This was a great experiment... participating in it was extremely exciting. As I look through the entries, read the comments and enjoy the winning entries is all very humbling. National Geographic has the best photographers and photos. The possibility of getting your work in National, priceless. Feedback is awesome  Appreciate the likes and comments I've received from fellow photogs - looking forward to one day getting comments from editors and judges. Great images.

    Monika Weiss
    Monika Weiss

    Utterly Fabulous, Inspiring & Awesome pics!  Thanks to All!

    Martin Babarik
    Martin Babarik

    Congratulations to the winners, beautiful photos!

    Ilmarinen Vogel
    Ilmarinen Vogel

    Fabulous and important food for curiosity and independant observation. Thank you and all the great contributors for great results. Sharing it puts it into everyones hands. If we do not love our world, how will we find the will to protect it? These contributions are key to falingl in love. Thank you. Ilmarinen G Vogel, riverkeeper.

    Jsmn Ctn
    Jsmn Ctn

    Amazing shots!.. Congratulations..............

    Stephen Clough
    Stephen Clough

    Congratulations to the winners!!! Superb pictures illustrating the beautiful world we live in!

    Wajahat Iqbal
    Wajahat Iqbal

    Congratulations to all the selected  winners... really fantastic  clicks!!!

    byju kiyyath
    byju kiyyath

    I express my heart felt congratulation to these finalists. some infinitesimal inner strength of these photos touches the inner chord of my heart whenever i watch these photos. Great work.... Great Genius  

    Daniela Saldías
    Daniela Saldías

    Congratulations!!! awesome!!! really  beautiful photographs!!!!

    Paul Owen
    Paul Owen

    Congratulations to the winners, beautiful photographs.

    CY Chan
    CY Chan

    The selected photography from National Geographic - very good.

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