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
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    Tired face, after long nights of hard work.

    #night #nights #looks #eye #eyes

    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.

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

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

    #night #gloaming #citylights #weeds #sunset

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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...

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

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

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

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

    #cowboy #night #rodeo

    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...

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

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

    #light #place #adventure #people #travel

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

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

    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...

    #kiss #iranian #horse #ridding #woman

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

    #night #nightshot #light #portrait #people

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

    #nightschool #ailacyclone #satkhira #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 #cooking #darkness #stove

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

    #dying #alzheimers #family #portraitsofstrenghth #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.

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

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

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

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

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

    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 ...

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

    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 #night #bubble #carny #ball #pool

    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!

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

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

    #night #travel #culture

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

    #burningman #fire #art #burningman2013

    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 #night #blackandwhite #forgotten

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

    #seasideheights #jetstar #jerseyshore #coaster #hurricanesandy

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

    #milkygalaxy #stars #milkyway #midnight

    Borobudur is said to be the biggest buddhist monument in the world. It consists of six square pla...

    #archaeology #temple #sunrise #indonesia #buddhist #borobudur #worldwithoutenergy #travel #java

    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.

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