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Islands

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Published Jun 26, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 33 Contributors

    34 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot
    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer
    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    This 80 year old bajau spear fisherman keeps up his daily tradition of spearing fish to support h...

    #man #blue #indonesia #life #fishing #sulawesi #islands #spearfishing #underwater #travel #culture

    Islands are like snowflakes—each one is different. Yet, there are some basic commonalities: They are surrounded by water and can be home to people, plants and animals that are found only there. Island dwellers have to adapt to survive–they understand that resources are precious and should not be wasted. And in some cases, these communities have been able to keep their unique cultures and traditions untouched by outside influence, passing them down from one generation to the next.

    In May, the Your Shot team traveled to the Big Island of Hawai’i for National Geographic. We spent several days at Volcanoes National Park for the BioBlitz, a 24-hour inventory of the park's biodiversity and celebration of the Hawaiian culture. We left those islands inspired by the people we met and the traditions we learned, and awed by the natural beauty. We left wanting more. Mahalo Your Shot—that’s what you gave us with this assignment.

    Aerial shot of Borabora

    #blue #borabora #aerial

    Editor's Note

    Aerials are a perfect way to show the majesty of islands. They provide visual information about how the islands were formed. As well as, how they continue to change—constantly battered by the winds... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    olive ridley 1st journey

    #jourey #turtal #oliveridleyturtles #islands #travel

    Editor's Note

    Who doesn’t love baby turtles! What takes this photo to another level is the soft color palette and the distinct tracks in the sand as the turtles make their way to the ocean for the very first tim... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    On the north side of the Big Island of Hawaii, climbing a tree starts with climbing a cascade of ...

    #daretoclimb #islandsassignment #climbing #banyan #islands #barefeet #islandlife #banyantree

    Editor's Note

    What a perfect fit for the Islands assignment. You were able to capture the grandness and scale of this banyan by including the girl climbing it. Thank you for showing me something I've never seen ... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    This photo was taken during the grape harvest in Tenedos in 2012. viticulture and winemaking i...

    #tenedos #bozcaada #canakkale

    Top down photograph of a coral garden in the bay of Beau Vallon, seychelles. Seen from above,the ...

    #fish #abstract #indian #ocean #reef #seychelles #coral #clouds #underwater #winds #tatto

    A statue of a saint placed directly at the sea in one of the islands of Cuatro Islas (4 islands) ...

    #philippines #black__and_white_landscape #islands #travel #leyte

    Editor's Note

    Great shot! It was smart to turn it black and white to accentuate the clouds and sky and create more drama of this simple subject. You created an environment that quickly attracted me to this photo... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    little girl in pipi island, Thailand.

    #island #blackandwhite #portraits #thailand #flowers #adventure #people #travel #culture

    Annie Perez sat working on a traditional Guna Yala Mola in front of her house on Narasgandup Pipi...

    #panama #indigenous #san #native #blas #yala #kuna #guna #culture

    The wayang or shadow puppet is popular theatrical expression in Bali. In a performance, flat cut-...

    #wayang #islandsassignment #bali

    Black and white portrait of Mentawai Tribe's Shaman om the north west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia

    #island #indigenous #indonesia #tattoo #tribe #shaman #mentawai #necklace #sumatra

    watching the climber reaching the top and enjoying sunset. "It’s October 8th and we are b...

    #climb #islands #climbingfestival #tnf #kalmynos #sunset

    Editor's Note

    So much to love about this image. Sunset, using the cave to enclose the image, The island in the background anchoring the composition. All that is beautiful. Like the way the photographer has kept ... More

    Stephen Alvarez
    National Geographic Photographer

    A long exposure of the Red Beach close to Hana in Maui, Hawaii shows the contrasting colours of t...

    #cliffs #waves #hawaii #beach #long_exposure #seascape #maui

    I stood atop this crack with my legs spread three feet wide and waited over 40 minutes for sunset...

    #hawaii #lava #hot #big_island #kalapana

    The lava lake at Kilauea Volcano came within 10 feet of overflowing onto the Halemaumau Crater fl...

    #volcano #hawaii #kilauea #lava #volcanoes #geology #crater

    Man and nature

    #fish #ocean #underwater

    Editor's Note

    It is difficult to compose anything so lovely underwater. To have made an image with such a nice balance of fish, surface water, and a great alignment of the snorkeler is impressive. The light spot... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    On our island in Detroit, people have birthdays, barbecues, reunions. This is where we go to cele...

    Editor's Note

    I love this scene, Amy. There are so many distractions behind the young girl, yet I can't take my... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Istanbul to Prince Islands

    A few years ago, I was in Zanzibar--a beautiful island off the coast of Tanzania--working on a st...

    #portraitsofstrength #zanzibar #hope #rainbow #sustainable #dreams #shellfishing #walking

    Every year, humpback whales come to Kingdom of Tonga during July to September. The mothers rai...

    #whale #mammal #calf #tonga #ocean #humpback #kingdom #pacific

    Kannesteinen Rock is shaped over thousands of years by the crashing waves in this magnificent for...

    #rock #norway #weather #sea #landscpe #seascape #adventure #places #travel #nature #sunset

    Editor's Note

    In and out the water goes carving and shaping the rocks with each new pass. Islands are changing landscapes—each year brings new scenes. What will this whale’s tail rock look like next? When will i... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    I saw this mating pair of Pin-tailed Whydahs recently in a remote northern part of the island of ...

    #islandsassignment #birds #islands #pintailed_whydah

    I observed this old proboscis monkey in a bachelor group in Bako National Park. My approach is to...

    #bako_national_park #wildlife #proboscis_monkey #borneo #portrait #sarawak #malaysia

    One of the most breath taking sights I have ever seen is Waimea Canyon on the Island of Kauai. My...

    #assignments #island #waimea_canyon #hawaii #canyon #kauai #islands #myshot #stories

    Editor's Note

    The depth created by the muggy clouds takes this already extraordinary landscape into something even more breathtaking. Without the overcast, I don't know if we could truly appreciate the depth and... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    As I was photographing the Milky Way in the wee hours on top of 10,000 ft Haleakala, on the islan...

    #night #hawaii #stars #milky_way #haleakala #maui #haleakala_national_park

    The islands had so many stories to tell us. Some were about the landscape carved by mother nature, like Gregory's photo above. Others were about the culture the cultures and traditions we create on each island; like Erik and Stefano's images below. 

    Some were simply about an unparalleled location that makes the island incredibly unique, and incredibly valued. The summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui, Hawaii is one of the most sought after locations for astronomers in the world. By virtue of it's height, low light pollution, and still air, it produces a clear night sky for astronomers world wide to study. Ian's image to the left reminds us of the lava from our earths core that created much of our land, and the universe beyond. It encapsulates the circle of life on a grand scale.

    Daniel DeCosta of Hatchet Bay sketches out patterns for colorful costumes to be worn on Eleuthera...

    #island #festival #junkanoo #thehumanstory #carribbean #culture #bahamas

    The old fishmarket in Catania, Sicily, with fresh swordfishes and tuna fishes displayed every day...

    #ask_a_local #market #italy #red #mediterranean #portrait #people #travel #seafood #sicily

    THAILAND. Koh Hin Hwa. My best mate and fellow underwater cameraman, Johnny enjoys a few minutes...

    #diving #phuket #serenity #coralreef #thailand #islands #scubadiving #underwater #conservation

    Editor's Note

    I love that you used the the foreground to fill more than half your frame to focus on what's most eye-catching: the coral. The contrasting colors of the reef against the blue water and the diver in... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    In the Andaman's, you can still find few elephants, they are the latest jungle worker generation....

    #elephant #andaman #beach #black__and_white #andaman_island

    Editor's Note

    What an extraordinary scene, Frank. Man an elephant on a calm stroll down the beach. The trees that frame them pulls the viewer out of the frame and makes it appear as though it is a private moment... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Retrieving coconuts, a young man prepares to climb many stories into the air using only the twist...

    #africa #zanzibar #islands

    On the eastern coast of the island Bali lives a duck farmer, who, every morning at dawn will gath...

    #sun #islandsassignment #letsexplore #bebek #indonesia #islands #bali #klungkung #travel

    Little Skellig (Sceilg Bheag) situated a few miles from the mainland in Co. Kerry looked surreal ...

    #island #kerry #ireland #skelligislands #ireland_birds #gannets #black__and_white #skelligs

    Editor's Note

    Billy, This image is breathtaking. I admit, it took me far too long to realize every white figure was a gannet. Second largest colony in the world. I have seen many photos of this island, color ima... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    This is a woman I photographed in a ghetto area around Kingston, Jamaica. I was finished volunte...

    #island #ngmadventure #ghetto #kingston #jamaica #woman #portrait #nails #style #poverty #smile

    Editor's Note

    Such a great portrait, Justin. The small details pull you in, the bright blue wall, her funky coo... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    The island is 607 hectares in size and has a couple of active mud volcanos at the highest part of...

    #marinepark #borneo

    Editor's Note

    This is not just a beautiful landscape it’s a dreamscape. Haven't we all dreamt about sitting at the ocean bathed in soft moonlight watching the night sky unfold as the sun slowly sets in the west.... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    The quality of the submissions to the islands assignment did not disappoint. However, this made our job of editing extremely difficult–we looked at over 11,000 images and ended up with just 34. There were a few fisticuffs among the team, but we are all still friends. Seriously though, it gets harder and harder to say goodbye to the photos that don’t make it in as you continue to winnow down. Thanks to everyone who submitted!

    When looking at these images that celebrate the raw, wild beauty and lushness of the islands, it’s easy to forget that islands are also at risk. They are at risk from rising sea levels and loss of biodiversity; and the people are especially at risk of losing their way of life—their culture. Their loss is our loss. Islands are special places that should be preserved and protected. We can start by taking care of our oceans. Find out how you can help. 

    —Monica, Jeanne and Marie

    About the Editors
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a former director at National Geographic for the Your Shot photo community.
    Jeanne M Modderman
    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer
    As the former Your Shot photo producer, Jeanne would edit and produce the top performing features Photo of the Day and the Daily Dozen. With a degree in photojournalism, she has worked as a photographer in D.C. and S. Korea with former positions at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Dept ...
    Marie McGrory
    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel
    Marie McGrory is a Producer with National Geographic Travel. She believes photography can help us find the moments, feelings, and stories that transcend cultural boundaries.

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