I Heart My City

Published Feb 26, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 19 Contributors

    19 photos selected by

    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor
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    Taken on a walk through my hearted city to reflect on a busy week I had. I rest for a while on th...

    #dream #nightshot #melancholic #paris #lights #angels #bridges

    Bright city lights, narrow alleys, misty mornings, and late evenings. Your photos took us on an insider’s tour of your favorite big cities and little-known corners, sharing all the reasons you heart your city.

    From Mondrian-inspired street scenes to intimate moments after a late night, you made us want to nestle a cup of coffee at the local café in Istanbul or watch an outdoor film under the stars in Pula, Croatia. We loved seeing the grit of a narrow walkway to an unknown destination in Amsterdam and the steam soaked window of a restaurant named Coney Island ... in Indiana.

    Thanks to everyone who submitted—we hope you join us to wander the streets of cities around the globe in this Your Shot story.

    Sunlight bath

    #sunlight #people #street

    Editor's Note

    It's all about mood. The sunlight streaking into the narrow alley sets the mood for this photo, while the restaurant awnings jutting in from the left suggest busy crowds may later appear. This photo creates an off-the-beaten-path emotion we often seek in Travel. Without the biker the scene would be too qui... More

    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor

    This is autumn in my city - the capital city of Latvia - Riga. Centre of Riga.

    #autumn #fog #latvia #riga

    During the feast dedicated to St.George in Victoria ,Gozo,Malta captured this overhead shot of th...

    #festa #band #islands #malta #feast #gozo #instruments #meditereanean #victoria #child #culture #boy

    Munich, subway station - Westfriedhof. Munich has one of the worlds best public transportation s...

    #light #places #travel #architecture #iheartmycity #munich #color #subways

    After a summer storm washes away the every day grime. True color of the city shines through. Ta...

    #rain #urban #fresh #vibrant #clean #color #city

    Editor's Note

    This frame is alive with activity. An elevated view like this one can often bring a refreshing perspective to a common scene and excite viewers with an unexpected glimpse of city life.

    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor

    two lovers hiding from public.

    #losangeles #romantic #people #secret #explore #summer #night #lovers #couple

    A tiny, hole in the wall little coffee shop on the Asian side of Istanbul. Existed for years. Pas...

    #istanbul #turkish #coffee #coffeeshop #original #real

    While exploring Amsterdam, I came across this dark alley in the deepest, darkest depths of the city.

    #graffiti #urban #mycity #city #underground #amsterdam

    Follow me. This frame bids the viewer to enter the frame and quickly hustle down the alley. Crowds and far-off lights suggest the path will end in a night with a story, and the graffiti reminds us that sometimes the most fun to be had in a city is a little more gritty. The wide angle focuses our view and works with the graffiti to suggest we may be about to enter an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole.

    A group of street musicians before playing for the crowd.

    #music #sombrero #mexico #street #perfomance #chihuahua

    The photo is taken during a movie projection on Pula Film Festival in my hometown Pula, Croatia

    #stars #film #night #startrails #cinema

    Getting lost in the narrow streets of this picturesque old city was like going back in time.

    A small girl's view of the big world outside her window. A big city, this is Tokyo.

    #people #moment #view #iheartmycity #sunset #cassandraoleary #city #portrait #children

    It's been a very cold winter, so the ice in the harbour is quite thick. Strong winds have scoured...

    #winter #frozen #snow #ice #toronto #sunset #cold

    Looking over the rooftops of Lisbon from the Santa Justa lelevator. Here is the panoramic view...

    #portugal #lisbon #lisboa #santa_justa #fisheye #elevator

    Rather than peer over the railing, this frames looks down and allows the viewer to feel the hike to the top of the stairs, while the never-ending rooflines suggest there is a rewarding view of the city at the top of the stairs.

    Junction of elevated road,shanghai.

    #yanan

    Editor's Note

    Though slow exposures of cars rushing on busy highways is a common way to visually express a city... More

    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor

    One of the best parts of my city of San Francisco is the way the city has allowed for so many art...

    #people #urban #places #portraits #lifestyle #sanfrancisco #drinks #cocktails #city

    The inviting warmth of the interior and "Coney Island" sign displaced by the frost on the window ...

    #winter #window #xpro1 #hotdogs #coneyisland #night #fortwayne #cold #frostedglass #snow

    Low clouds streaming past the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge and past the San Francisco skyli...

    #sanfranciscobay #lowclouds #travel #fog #sanfrancisco #iheartmycity #sunset

    Cities are, in many ways, living organisms. From noisy car engines thunking as a city’s heartbeat to lights bouncing and flickering like an eye. The experience of visiting a city can be difficult photograph well, but you captured the cities you love. We can’t wait to visit. See you soon.

    About the Editor
    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor
    Sarah Polger has over twelve years experience in visual storytelling, focusing on multimedia and digital platforms. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society and member of the Travel and Adventure Digital team.
    94 comments
    Nande Senaratne
    Nande Senaratne

    These different facets of life in different cities are wonderful!

    Sudarsan SuKu
    Sudarsan SuKu

    Wonderful pictures....
    In which magazine it is published?

    chest heart
    chest heart

    Breath taking and Beautiful pictures.

    Pasquale BRUNDU
    Pasquale BRUNDU

    Beautiful pictures. Congratulations to the Authors and to the Editor  for the selection.

    Alphy Plakkoottam
    Alphy Plakkoottam

    Thanks for the great photos. The blend of macro world and micro humanity makes the city wear a new face in these pics. 


    Anne Mackenzie
    Anne Mackenzie

    The photos are all amazing. I like the editorial comments as they verbalize why a photo captivates me and help me appreciate it more. Thank you.

    J McGee
    J McGee

    Great captures .........odyssey moments

    :)

    Martin MacLellan
    Martin MacLellan

    Thanks for sharing such lovely work...we can learn so much from others.

    Marlene Maxon
    Marlene Maxon

    Such rewarding talent to be able to take photographs like these.  Thanks for sharing and

    letting others see such amazing sights.

    Andmar Perez
    Andmar Perez

    I think that is an extraordinary feeling to be there and see the beauty in every thing

    Bonnie Keillor Slaten
    Bonnie Keillor Slaten

    Absolutely love the photograph of the sunlight bathing  the narrow cobblestone street in Italy.  Great photographs are all about lighting.  Cyclist is In the light, soon to be in the shadows.

    Ron Smith
    Ron Smith

    Thanks everyone for sharing such great shots

    Patricia Anderson
    Patricia Anderson

    So good for my Gulliver syndrome, can't get enough.

    Thanks NGS. 

    Elaine Koshman
    Elaine Koshman

    Wonderful pictures, I really enjoyed them, keep up the great work!!

    Ann T.
    Ann T.

    What beautiful photos.  I could almost smell and hear the wonderful food and sounds of these amazing pictures.  Thanks

    Amadeu Marques
    Amadeu Marques

    Great shots, thank you for sharing those beauties with us.  Thank you especially for Ander´s view of Lisbon´s rooftops from the Santa Justa elevator stairs. I recognized it at once, and yes, there´s quite a quaint view of Lisbon from up there. Than you all for your good taste and artist´s eyes. 

    tikku chhetri
    tikku chhetri

    What great items from National Geographics. Thank you for all beauties. 

    Ruby Kirk
    Ruby Kirk

    Oh, to share in seeing all the wonders our world offers, it would be amazing....

    Milly MacDonald
    Milly MacDonald

    I look at the daily life around the world and feel how alike we all are. But the different flavors are delicious. The pictures are most wonderful.

    ANKUSH D.
    ANKUSH D.

    The photographs are just too too amazing, and the stories are truly wonderful! The stories create a atmosphere that took me to the heaven.

    Megat Aideed
    Megat Aideed

    The photographs are just too amazing, and the stories are truly wonderful! The stories blend with the pictures.

    Sarah Polger
    Sarah Polger

     Thank you all for participating! It was a pleasure to work with you and see your photography.

    Luvkush Shah
    Luvkush Shah

    Amazing pictures. Loved each & every picture.

    Sanjana  Nair
    Sanjana Nair

    Congratulations to  the winners and all the participants. As also to Sarah Polger who did the selection.

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