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Published Apr 24, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 30 Contributors

    30 photos selected by

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Here is a new angle of Abu Dhabi skyline during winter, I was waiting for such moment when there ...

    #abudhabi #sunrise #sunrisethimorning #cityscape #khalidalhammadi #khduae #mangroves #uae #urban

    During Your Shot assignments, we often have a rough idea of the types of images we want to see, and of how all of these submissions will eventually evolve into a published story. But this assignment was a little bit different, as there wasn’t a direct theme to tie everything together. Instead, we asked you to share not only your best images, but the ones that best represent you as a photographer. This is never an easy task, and there were a lot of questions on the discussion boards about how to find your style as a photographer. We believe the only way to bring some clarity to that answer is to continue taking photos. As you use your camera to document moments, create memories, and tell stories, you’ll eventually have a body of work that represents the kind of photographer you strive to be.

    Traveling through the badlands in a thick December fog, a lone tree at the end of a peninsula app...

    #landscape #landscapes #travel #nature #follow_me_assignment

    Editor's Note

    I just keep staring out into the white emptiness that surrounds this bit of land. The way this landscape image is composed it feels like the peninsula of land is breaking through the right side of ... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I was waiting for the taxico to take me back to Trois-Ilets. The driver was on break, so I went d...

    #dock #dive #man #diamondrock #ocean #k1000 #35mm #martinique #swimsuit #lediamant #swim #pentax

    Editor's Note

    It's a simple frame, but it says so much to me. There is something so interesting about the isolation in this frame and the spacing on both sides of this image. I love that it appears he is walking... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I could have never thought that I can disregard cold, snow, hunger and many other inconveniences ...

    #wildlife #joshinetsukogennationalpark #japan #jigokudani_monkey_park #snow_monkeys

    Editor's Note

    Right away I'm drawn into the expression on the faces of the two macaques in this image. I'm glad you were able to survive the elements and have the patience to make this image happen during your t... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Last November, fresh ice bubble was coming out from Abraham lake, Canada, it took some effort an...

    #ice #discover #canada #bubble #abrahamlake #lake

    Editor's Note

    This is a fascinating image, Qian. I know this photograph is the search for fresh ice bubbles, but I also think this could be a scene right out of the X-Files tv show. It's seems other worldly or a... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Part of my long term (ongoing) project "Felicidade", my research about the impo...

    #swett #kid #poland #hors #portrait #love #people #blackandwithe #girl #coutryside

    Editor's Note

    An excellent moment captured here. The child has such a great expression on her face, it's a look of happiness as she rest against the horse. The tones here are so nice, even though it's a digital ... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Petre Zimnicaru, at 92, was the oldest barber in Romania. He did not hear so well anymore, but hi...

    #barbershop #job #dedication #oldest #romania #lifetime #people #barber

    Editor's Note

    The light falling on his face here is just so nice. This is an excellent environmental portrait that tells me a lot about the subject. Thank you for including his history in the caption as well, it... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A flock of flamingos flies over a river and marshland in Southern Spain. I was told that in droug...

    #landscape #river #birds #explore #aerial #nature #myclimateaction

    Editor's Note

    The contrasting tones are really nice here, but the separation of land and the water is also very interesting to take in here. Right away my eye was drawn right to the flamingos that are flying tog... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Hilula (celebration) of the Baba Sali, a world-renowned Kabbalist, is an annual ceremony that...

    #faith #jews #photojournalism #religion #social #belief #judaism #israel #fire #documentary #orthodox

    Editor's Note

    Avi, I wanted to first say that I really enjoy the images you're uploading to Your Shot. You have a very unique eye that captures and documents some really great moments. This image is no exception... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    watching my children playing in the sprinklers is something that makes me smile...instantly bring...

    #summer #weather #water #black_and_white #blackandwhite #portrait #people #nature

    Editor's Note

    This moment is just so beautiful. The nice black and white tones gives this image a timeless feel to it. This image just represents to me what summer was like as a kid. I love the space to the lef... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Koda (male) and Kobe (female), the Pittsburgh Zoo's two polar bears, are wrestling and playing ne...

    #polar_bear #pittsburgh #epic #water #kobe_koda #zoo #underwater #animal

    Editor's Note

    I have always enjoyed when Your Shot photographers would continue to photograph one subject or in this case two subjects over and over again looking for the right image to happen in front of them. ... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Apart from the community, seafarers stay and work in one part of the world called ocean or sea as...

    #from_above #portraits #sea_life #seafarers #safety #people #culture

    Editor's Note

    There is such a nice contrast between the blue of the ocean and the red of the ship deck. Each time I view this image again notice something new that I like about the photo. This time I'm noticing ... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Young football players take a break from their game by relaxing on a leaf-strewn field in Roxboro...

    #autumn #philly #portraits #curiosity #usa #places #travel #culture #football #fall

    Editor's Note

    Nice moment here, Shantanu. I love how this was framed and how one player is laying down while two others sit next to him. You can tell this kid is tired and needs a break from the next place. Grea... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Swarm of fireflies are like a forest of galaxy.

    #star #milkey_way #firefly #wood #forest #nature #hotaru

    Editor's Note

    This is one of those scenes that just feels out-worldly. A great idea to expose for the fireflies in the woods. What I have always loved about this image are the tones in this image. Theres a nic... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    18.2.2011, Paul Delgado - The Truth - after big final boxing match for world champion in welter c...

    #paul #portraits #delgado #people

    Editor's Note

    I keep coming back to check out this image because I love the emotion you were able to capture here. Training to be a boxer is not easy, you put a lot of work and effort into getting ready for a fi... More

    Matt Adams
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is a time of transition when two seasons intersect. Spring begins before winter to end, if t...

    #see #austria #tragoss #scubadiving #underwater #lake #green #gruner #nature

    Editor's Note

    I love, love, love this photo Marc; this is one of my favorite Your Shot images. The first word that comes to my mind: magical. I agree with Your Shot user Jacqueline Sinclair: "Beautiful! Great po... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My daughter wants to fly to the moon. I wanted to create a surreal world with the balloons in whi...

    #ngmadventure #oheka_castle #ngmcreate_1 #astronaut #portrait #followme

    Editor's Note

    Juan, I love this photo because it perfectly illustrates your love for your daughter, and your encouragement in the pursuit of her dreams. By making this image a reality for your daughter, you have... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Shot one blustery summers day in Hastings, England.

    #summer #child #england #flowers #caravan #clouds #travel #girl

    Editor's Note

    First your composition is fantastic Nic: the frame is almost symmetrical vertically, and is even split into two horizontally between the sky and ground. I love it! But then the girl in the pink dre... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My son being incredibly bored inside during these cold winter days. I was actually standing at o...

    #basketball #lifestyle #windowlight #boy

    Editor's Note

    I love how this frame feels like you've paused a moment in time Angee. I can feel how incredibly bored your son is. Keep documenting intimate and every day moments like this — you will have a beaut... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A surfer makes the most of a beautiful morning in Oregons amazing Ecola State Park.

    #landscape #sunrise #stacks #northwest #surfer #surf #coast #sea #ocean #oregon #haze #fog #nature #pacific

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful Garret. I love how wide you shot this frame; it really makes the lone surfer feel even more separated from the responsibilities of the real world...

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    At a remote gas pump, filling up a Cessna 152.

    #letsexplore #urbantransit #airportscenes #fill_er_up #ngmhealth #gas #152 #cessna

    Editor's Note

    I like how quiet your photo feels Jassen — the single light source wonderfully highlights the shapes and lines in the frame. And by shooting wide, you've visually emphasized that there is nothing e... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In the Pavlodar region of northeast Kazakhstan, horsemen drive their herd to a corral where they'...

    #steppes #kazakhstan #ancientculture #horses #sunset

    Editor's Note

    This is such a beautiful frame — I love the layers of horses and horsemen, one of whom is perfectly blocking the setting sun. Thank you for the detail and information you are sharing in the caption... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Shot during the mating period for the Atlantic Sharp Nose Shark. The image was taken in the Lost...

    #bluehole #sharks #sea #ocean #water #scubadivingwithsharks #scubadiving #nature

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot user Preeyal Gupta: "This is simultaneously terrifying and beautiful, but amazing shot!" There is such a fantastic mysterious feel to this frame Jan; the tonality is awesome.... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Humans created chaos on the space there were given by the almighty but ultimately we look up to h...

    #landscape #willistower #downtwon #chicago #illinois #photography #natgeo #travel #nikon #sunset

    Editor's Note

    This is awesome Priyank. I love how all the lines created by the street lights lead my eye to the setting sun. Your photo feels like a still frame from a futuristic sci-fi movie — and I am going to... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The lights dim down and hundreds of people unite to hold up their phones, lights, torches and cig...

    #torch #shine #camera #crowd #lights #club #event #stage #audience #dj #music #vibe #phones #live #atmosphere

    Editor's Note

    What a fantastic moment you captured Daniel — especially with the DJ using two smartphones simultaneously. I love these types of perspectives, seeing both the performer and audience. Makes the fram... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Every year in Canosa di Puglia, on Holy Saturday, the rite of the Desolate, an ancient and very p...

    #canosa #woman #desolata #puglia

    Editor's Note

    I love it. I feel like you've paused time. The composition is perfect — smart decision to shoot a little higher than eye-level, creating space around the maestro and separating him from the choir o... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Celebrations of Birkat Hachama (Blessing of the Sun), a special blessing that marks the full sola...

    #birkat_hachama #jerusalem #epic #celebrations #judaism #israel #westernwall

    Editor's Note

    I love the perspective; I feel like I am there high up in the audience with these men. And the composition — with the person perfectly framed by the head, arm, and hat — so well done!

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    this is shot of women praying inside Istiqlal Mosque,Jakarta which is the biggest mosque in Sout...

    #indonesia #festival #people #travel #gender

    Editor's Note

    This is fantastic Pradeep. I love your use of long exposure; the motion blur perfectly illustrates the action of these women praying, especially when contrasted with the single woman in purple stan... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    © raffaele montepaone all rights reserved

    #wedding #life #anticipatethemoment #woman #love #portrait #people

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot user Erin Hensley: "I can really feel the anticipation in this. The light really sets the mood. Well done." I love how private this frame feel; the bride feels so reflective ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    We were on day three of the Ball Pass Crossing and the wind was close to 100km/hour when we stopp...

    #mt_aoraki #hilleberg #astrophotography #wirednomads #hillebergtents #adventure #newzealand

    Editor's Note

    Wow. This photograph documents forever what had to be an amazing and spiritual experience. I love this photo. I wish I was outside camping instead of sitting at my desk on my computer. This frame i... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This assignment was an awesome way to be re-introduced to the Your Shot community. We were happy to see familiar images that we recognize and still love. In our time as editors, both of us have seen images that remain burned in our memories—pictures that compel us to say, “You have to see this!” to other members of our Nat Geo family. These images inspire us, and more importantly, represent how visually strong this community is.

    From the 10,243 submissions to this assignment, there were a lot of images that we liked, maybe because of the light, composition, moment, or story. This final story includes photos that we LOVE because they include all four of those elements. Each of these photos documents a wonderful pause in time, transporting us somewhere far, far away from our cubicles—both visually and emotionally.

    We are thoroughly impressed by the talent of our community. If you haven’t had the opportunity, we highly recommend you take the time to review our Editor’s Favorites. We encourage you to share the links to your favorite submissions on the story discussion board, and we’ll be sharing some more of our favorites on Instagram (@natgeoyourshot). This assignment has inspired us as we plan the future editorial calendar and partner opportunities for you. We look forward to following each other on this journey. We continue to believe that, together, we will become better photographers and more thoughtful storytellers.

    Matt Adams and David Y. Lee
    National Geographic Your Shot associate photo editors

    About the Editors
    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 ...
    David Y. Lee
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team, I covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project featuring people connected by the decision to say yes to the gift of ...

    Photographers Published In the Story