Story

The Night

Published Sep 30, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 34 Contributors

    35 photos selected by

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    Tired face, after long nights of hard work.

    #eye #night #looks #eyes #nights

    What does night mean to you? Thousands of you answered this question with photographs from every corner of the globe. You shared joyful fun, secret moments, the majesty of Earth, and your innermost feelings; you spoke through photos that were frenetic and precise, candid and crafted, colorful and quiet. 

    We looked at every image and wove a few into a visual story of one night.

    As twilight falls, much of the world rejoices or relaxes; others start to work. Stillness grows, and we sleep—and dream—until the morning ...

    Celebrating our independence with some bottle rockets.

    #sparks #night #works #of #fire #4thofjuly #fourth #rocket #bottle #independence #july #day

    I was taking pictures of the city lights, and these weeds caught my attention. I thought it woul...

    #citylights #night #gloaming #weeds #sunset

    On the Great Northern Highway, WA. travelers will usually just pass through however for an ex gol...

    #outback #outback_sunset #night #australia #sunset #hotel #hdr #meekatharra

    Thousands of local Buddhists peacefully march and chant songs through the streets of Leh with can...

    #dusk #ladakh #religion #india #night #leh #rally #vigil #lowlight #demonstration #culture #travel

    The milky way and a Perseid meteor soar over Crater Lake, Oregon. Waves of smoke from nearby wild...

    #island #night #volcano #oregon #tree #milky #lake #way #mountains #sky #crater #cosmos #stars #water #cone

    Editor's Note

    Pictures of the stars are even more compelling when they also show you a beautiful place here on Earth. It takes work to include the landscape, but it's well worth it!

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    Firefighter takes a break after battling a structure fire into the wee hours of the night deep in...

    #smoke #hero #people #fvfd #forest #fire #81ladder #firefighter

    Beneath the stars, two scientific explorers descend into the icy depths of a moulin on the Gorner...

    #ice #moulin #explorers #switzerland #gornerglacier #glacier #icecave #climatechange #mountains

    Vince Connolly is a former rodeo cowboy, and a rancher who lives in the legendary Sandhills of Ne...

    #rodeo #cowboy #night

    Editor's Note

    Everyone has a story. Learn about a person, as Brett did here, and you will make a greater portrait.

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    This is Tekinha, my son's hamster. At night, when everybody goes to sleep, she's into her cage ma...

    #hamsterteeth #night #mouth #pet #nose #hamster #sharp

    Walking around minato mirai at Yokohama notice this amusement park. I like this ride with light o...

    #light #people #travel #place #adventure

    Monks looked up at the magnificent night sky filled with thousands of lanterns in awe. This was t...

    #lantern #ng #peng #mai #yi #photo #chiang #festival #justin

    Editor's Note

    This is such a beautiful take on a well-photographed event. It is clear that Justin framed this shot before the action and waited for the perfect moment.

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    Iranian woman, Khadijeh Amin, kisses her horse, Parastou, in a riding club in Tabriz East Azerbai...

    #iranian #kiss #woman #horse #ridding

    Mr. Miranda, lives in a neighborhood of the city of Blumenau in urban areas, but to live in a poo...

    #light #people #nightshot #night #portrait

    Children are going to collect shrimp on sea so they cant go to school at day time.

    #ailacyclone #satkhira #nightschool #gabura

    Editor's Note

    The closeness of this photo and the quietness of the moment make me feel like I'm there.

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    The kitchen after hours.

    #vintage #darkness #cooking #stove

    This photo was actually taken by my 13 yr old son. We had my Grandfather, his Great Grandfather r...

    #dying #alzheimers #family #grief

    A walking bridge in the city of Horsham caught my eye one evening. Crossing over to a location ca...

    #night #bridge #shadows

    In July 2013, I visited Al zaatari refugee camp, in order to spend 10 days with people, who were ...

    #unhcr

    A long exposure self-portrait lit by a porch and ambient light.

    #thenight #longexposure #night #selfportrait #blurry #portrait

    A herd of buffaloes I found sleeping under a bridge just outside Chandigarh, India. I had been sh...

    #noir #bedtime #herd #explore #india #night #farmanimals #buffaloes #group #animal #rural #art_photo

    This shot was taken at the gardens of the Loo Palace in the Netherlands. There was a great garden...

    #flying #dress #night #dark #angel #lamp #landing #yheater #parachute #red #cirque #girl

    When the world sleeps, I paint the light.

    #lightpainting #darshan #hyderabadindia

    At night, the oceans reefs cast a spectacular fluorescent glow. This extraordinary lightshow can ...

    #underwaterphotography #scuba #ocean #night #green #coral #underwater #fluorescent #nighttime

    Flower blooming at night in Jamaica. Absolutely beautiful.

    #jamaica

    A muscular shirtless carney oversees the Human Hamster Ball attraction at the 2013 Boulder County...

    #carnival #plastic #bubble #night #carny #pool #ball

    while shooting the milky way,idecided to try something different, using el wire and over a minute...

    Editor's Note

    This eye-catching long exposure uses high-tech electroluminescent wire to "paint with light." If you've got technical know-how, use it!

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    Photographed my friends party

    As we were bundu bashing through the bush- we spotted a lioness in the dark. What a beauty!

    #lioness #southafrica #fierce #safari #bigcat #southafricanani #night #nightdrive #eyes #nature

    The Photo had taken in a Chorok festival. She is going to play the role of Hindu goddess Durga. T...

    #travel #culture #night

    El Pulpo Mecanico's animated tentacles terrify and astound as they pump fire to the beat of a nea...

    #burningman2013 #burningman #fire #art

    Editor's Note

    What unhinged energy! Cat kept her cool and crafted a careful composition out of this wild machine.

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    This photo was taken at an abandoned mini golf course at 3:30am. Later that day, it was completel...

    #abandoned #forgotten #night #blackandwhite

    This coaster, known as the Jet Star, has been sitting in the ocean in Seaside Heights, NJ, since ...

    #seasideheights #jetstar #hurricanesandy #jerseyshore #coaster

    i took this shot in a cold night in sur ,,, with a 5D markIII

    #milkyway #stars #midnight #milkygalaxy

    A couple waiting for sunrise in Borobudur, as if they were the last two people on earth... Borob...

    #people #sunrise #temple #travel #java #indonesia #buddhist #borobudur

    Editor's Note

    I love the mysterious and intimate feel of this frame.

    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News

    "When [a rocket] comes, will it come in darkness, or will it bring its own light? Will the light come before or after? But it is already light. How long has it been light?"—Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

    So our night comes to a close. Did you miss the jamboree? Photograph your night and submit it to our Daily Dozen, or show us the changing world in our next assignment. 

    Many strong photographs didn't fit into the final story. We will publish other outstanding images in a series of "Deleted Scenes" blog posts this week.

    I'd like to thank all of the Your Shot members who shared your worlds with us for this assignment. It's been an honor to work with you. Your submissions for this assignment were excellent and surprising.

    —Chris

    About the Editor
    Chris Combs
    Photo Editor, National Geographic News
    Chris Combs works with scientists, photographers, writers, and editors to share the world's surprises with audiences at National Geographic's news site. Combs has been with National Geographic since January 2009 and is an alum of the Washington Post Express and the Corcoran College.
    77 comments
    Amrita Ghosh
    Amrita Ghosh

    All photographs are amazing in their own way!!! This was a good story topic.

    Srimanta Ray
    Srimanta Ray

    Respected Editor and Dear Friend Mr. Chris Combs,

    I don't know you see it or not, but you and your last assignment 'The Night' inspired too much. Now I feel some confidence inside me to capture the outdoor night shots and  Now the Editor Monica Clare Corcoran and Her Assignment ad Story 'Imagine If' INSPIRED me to think something new...I really enjoy my LOVE means my PHOTOGRAPHY.... Thanks to Both of YOU and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC too....Regards.... :)Sri


    Mickael D.
    Mickael D.

    they are all so nice ! thanks to all photograph !

    Tom Carbaajo
    Tom Carbaajo

    Amazing! Beautiful and interesting images showing a little bit of the great adventure of living...

    swatee som
    swatee som

    I love the pictures .........................they are so amazing , beautiful..............and I will love to do a job like you anytime.........

    Diane Roff
    Diane Roff

    Amazing pictures! Beauty, peacefulness, serenity, surprising pictures! How can you choose?

    Don Campbell
    Don Campbell

    Chris,

    I don't envy you your job.  I love to see outstanding photographs, but my mind numbs with such an amazing array of quality images.  With so much excellence, where do you start to set images above others?  Well done!

    Himanshu Katolkar
    Himanshu Katolkar

    i feel so small after looking at these wonderful shots ....great work friends.

    Zack Ketz
    Zack Ketz

    Above, it states that this story was published. These photos actually get published in that month's copy of NatGeo?

    Sean McNamee
    Sean McNamee

    Great story. I missed out on submitting to this one but these are some great selects. Bravo!

    Jaime Guihawan
    Jaime Guihawan

    Truly, a picture paints a thousand words. Superb photography!

    Ameer Hamza
    Ameer Hamza

    Thanks for sharing insights on some of the selected photographs. I always look forward for comments by Editors at National Geographic. They help me improve my own work. Much appreciated. 

    rakshita balot
    rakshita balot

    hats off!!! truly amazing work , congo everyone . way to go !!!

    Karen Jacobs Cook
    Karen Jacobs Cook

    Thank you for all your comments on the these amazing photos. I hope someday I will be able to be part of the "your shot" community. As of right now I am searching for a DSLR that will be suitable for for me and to learn from "photo tips" and the wonderful people from "your shots".

    Keep up the great work everyone.

    Lourdes G.
    Lourdes G.

    Hi Chris,

    Very much impressed with all the well selected photos !Thanks Chris for the job well done and Congratulations to all the winners. 

    Anirban Biswas
    Anirban Biswas

    Hi Chris, Being late but thank you very much, this is a great inspiration for me. Is NG going to publish all of the selected 35 images in magazine, if so than in which edition it will publish. Some of my friend are willing to know about it even i am willing too.

    Pankaj Mohod
    Pankaj Mohod

    Dear Chris Combs,

    The selection this time is just OUTSTANDING. I get goosebumps even at the thought that you have to go to thousands of pics to choose a handful few for the story. Well done.

    And Chris, thanx for the into and closing lines of the story. I had put a pic that was indeed posted to SURPRISE you people. Your words have encouraged me to think more creative for the new story.

    I am yet to post my third pic. One week has gone and am still thinking about some out of the box idea.

    HOPE I WILL SURPRISE YOU  MORE THIS TIME.

    cynthia t.
    cynthia t.

    amazing stories before all those impressive shots!:)

    Thys Du Plessis
    Thys Du Plessis

    It is a really nice compilation of good photo's ....I enjoyed it.

    Arvind s
    Arvind s

    i am out of words ........>>> #marvelous<<<....!!!!!!!!! 

    Susan LeGrand
    Susan LeGrand

    Congratulations to all the talented photographers chosen for this assignment.  Thank you to Chris Combs for a thought-provoking story that is filled with exceptional images of "The Night."

    Mick Shaw
    Mick Shaw

    What an amazing selection of photos to tell the story of 'The Night'. Congratulations to all the selected contributors and thank you Chris Combs for including my shot in the story. It is truly an honor.

    Scott Tully
    Scott Tully

    I am a person who enjoys the night more than you could possibly imagine so this one was special.  I truly enjoyed viewing all the exceptional images chosen for this wonderful story, my congratulations to all those selected!  Also a big Thanks to Chris for such an entertaining and visually compelling piece!  Impressive!!!  

    Linda Carella
    Linda Carella

    A big congratulations to all the winners and to Chris Combs for a job well done!  While many incredible and brilliant shots were not selected, the field was large and the choices that were made have created a beautiful visual and a very cohesive story of the night.  I really enjoyed Chris's notes on the shots as well as his response below as to why certain shots were chosen even though their strengths may not be recognized at first.    

    Liban Yusuf
    Liban Yusuf

    This is the third straight assignment that I had an 'editor's favourite' right away and that I didn't get published. lol.  wow. I'm going to break a record soon.   

    Congrats to all those great photos that have been used in this amazing story.  Well done.  :-) 

    Lisa Wilmot
    Lisa Wilmot

    Wonderful story and excellent ideas and captures all round!! :)

    Pam Murph
    Pam Murph

    What a wonderful and diverse set of photos that show off the night. I feel humbled and honored to be included in this story.   Thanks for the inclusion. 

    Julius Chiu
    Julius Chiu

    Congratulations to all and thanks so much to Chris Combs for selecting my photo. Such an honor to be included. Thank you again.

    Abdulrahman Alhinai
    Abdulrahman Alhinai

    Congratulations for all the winners for such great images and for Chris Combs- Photo Editor at National Geographic News - for the successful choice of such images and wish you all the best.  

    carol worrell
    carol worrell

    The photos chosen, need to be individually looked at....slowly, only then can they be appreciated for the artistic content. This assignment challenged me like no other. I consider that a blessing because of what I learned and gained in knowledge. Thank you Chris for your foresight and congratulations to all that had the honor of being selected for this special assignment! 

    Julia Wimmerlin
    Julia Wimmerlin

    This is probably the most beautiful published story I've seen! Really great choices and curation!

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    @Zack Ketz Hi, Zack! The "published" state refers to the last of the three stages of the assignment, which gave rise to this story. The fases are "Open", "Closed" and "Published". So, this just means that the assignment has been published, in other words, the assignment has been compiled into a story. This does not mean that it was published physically in the monthly copy of the magazine. Hope this helps. Happy clicks! #LetsExplore!

    Linda Carella
    Linda Carella

    This may not be appropriate here but I would also love to see the Editor's insight as to why a shot was chosen for the DD.  I believe this would be a great learning tool for all of us as many times the rationale for a DD selection is lost on many of us.  Perhaps after the voting is closed, Ms Moderman could add a note to each of the daily DD selects as to what makes that specific photo great.  One of the reasons we're all here is to learn and I can't think of a better way than through a show and tell.

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