Imagine If

Published Dec 24, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 22 Contributors

    22 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
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    Imagine if you could fly on white wings.

    #egret #nature #wings

    Reimagine your life. Three words that make some shudder with anxiety and others start to smile. And as it turns out, this assignment proved to be both difficult and enjoyable. Thanks to everyone who submitted, but a special thanks to those of you who wrote what the photo meant to you in your caption. Particularly for this story, it was important to hear from the photographer’s directly on why they submitted that particular photo for this specific assignment. Those are the photos that spoke to me, that made me feel.

    There were several main themes that surfaced while I was editing the submissions. Follow your dreams. Be inspired and creative. Enjoy your freedom. We are all connected—humans, animals and the natural world need each other. Keep learning. And let your imagination go!

    I love to see people standing on the side of the ocean at sunset witnessing this unique moment. W...

    #woman #dreaming #veiled #wind #beauty #reflection #veil #themoment #sunset

    Editor's Note

    The setting sun creates a dreamy pink and blue world as a lone figure floats by with a flowing ve... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Sauda has always dreamt of playing football since she was 3 years old and she has held on to this...

    #lamu #portraits #town #street #kenya #places #people #travel #capturekenya #football #dreamer #sport

    Editor's Note

    Great composition and use of light create a nice tension within the frame. The photo inspires the viewer to think about this young girl's life and acts as a mirror reflecting back on their own.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Everyone enjoys the festivals-children and adults!I was lucky to witness a rare moment,a nun,who ...

    #pan #letsexplore #ferryswheel #bestsummertrips #lol #nun #ngtravelhappy #color #carousel #gender

    Editor's Note

    Nothing seems out of the ordinary until you see the nun—that's when this photo goes from good to great. The lines made by the swing ride ropes keep the eye moving throughout the image. And the neon orange lights act as the perfect backdrop to help set the people apart from the grey-blue sky.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Imagine if life was all about freedom, peace, warmth, worries free, fun, adventure; people would ...

    #sailingboat #seattle #adventure #places #travel #water #waterfront #sunset #ferriswhee

    Editor's Note

    The use of shadow and light give this photo a cinematic feel—the last scene in a film as the cred... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Just daydreaming about "what if" I can live in fairytales. I always wanted to stay as a kid.. at ...

    #origami #flying #in #can #fairytale #if #imagine #imagineif #live #you

    as a little girl I always used to imagine I'm a ballet dancer………….my dream never came true.

    #ballet #abstract_photography #warsaw #macro #dream #ornaments #culture #style #dancer #poland

    When I was a child, one of my favorite things to play with were cars. I raced them on sidewalks,...

    #landscape #ice #adventure #snow #places #weather #travel #car #black_and_white

    Thought I would add this "Dream Like" photo.Hard not to get a good shot that day.I always feel in...

    #snowcloudsmountainsnownature

    Editor's Note

    The snow covered scene is made all the more wonderful by the soothing color palette and fluffy clouds provided by Mother Nature. It's an other-worldly place, brilliantly crisp and clean.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    It seems so long ago that I spent my childhood with this scenery that it almost seems a dream. A...

    #paddock #childhood #farm #home #australia #clouds #country #rural #reflection #dam #nsw #sunset #dog

    Editor's Note

    Dramatic weather and water can be a powerful combination in a photo. The reflection in the pond creates a window into the past, present and future of this place.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    A real door to the Heaven's gardens and peace. Feel free to step into your dreams. A magic vi...

    #sunrise #angkorwat #bestoftheworld #dream #fantastic #cambodia #travel #asia #magic #micheleardu

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    Creative use of framing shows the much-photographed Angkor Wat in a new light. The use of door fr... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Never forget to open doors to see what adventure they will provide you!

    #sahara #dunes #door

    I saw this door in the alpes this year. Thinking about words to the picture a beatles song came t...

    #nebelhorn #door #nowhere #oberstdorf

    Imagine if people will not destroy this... Canon eos600D+ manual Industar 61A/3 MC 2,8-50

    #landscape #blue #latvia #tree #europe #trees #day #weather #fog #woods

    Editor's Note

    These woods are both inviting and slightly off-putting. The bareness of the trunks and the eerie fog add to the overall dream-like quality of this forest. The scene pulls the viewer in and dares them to step inside.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    This picture was taken in Denali National Park - Alaska. Do explore the magnificent view. Ima...

    #landscape #alaska #nature

    A spur of the moment trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon turned out to be a magical trip fi...

    #landscape #grand #rinker #justin #canyon

    Watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon from the west rim at Hualapai ranch was beautiful. Th...

    #grandcanyonwest #travel2013 #sunrise #hualapai #hualapaireservation #grand_canyon

    behind the window holding her chin, old as the trees reflected in the glass, the direct light on ...

    #lady #inspiring #portrait #reflection #meditation #old

    Editor's Note

    A beautiful woman caught in a moment. The lines on her face, the reflection of the trees, the per... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    This photo was taken at noon after I spent a couple hours outside cross country skiing in the wil...

    #wilderness #denali #nationalpark #weather #alaska

    My sister stares up in wonderment at the casts of shade reflecting upon her. Every wall can be ov...

    #travel2013 #nationalparks #dream #imagine #travel #canon

    Imagine if we could speak to the earliest Americans. In a way, they are speaking to us. Photograp...

    #cactus #greatestlandscapes #colorado #petroglyphs #native_american #cosmos #stars #canyons

    Editor's Note

    The moonlit sky and the rock wall create striking planes of color that neatly divide the image. T... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    As the moon ducked behind the mountains the milky way began to show itself behind these giants. ...

    #night #nepal #long_exposure #mountains #himalaya #stars

    Editor's Note

    The lone figure surrounded by nature is a very powerful symbol. It speaks to adventure and challenge; introspection and inspiration. The striking pose of the climber combined with the dramatic spot lighting, makes the viewer think beyond themselves and into the future and all eternity.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    About the Editor
    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.