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Resolutions to Travel

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Published Feb 12, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 17 Contributors

    17 photos selected by

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Above the Segla mountain in the mid night sun, Senja Island, Norway

    #summer #norway #nikon #arctic #senja #midnightsun #d800 #segla #jonzzzcom

    What a collection of travel memories! I looked through almost 12,000 images of stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, and meaningful cultural encounters. It was really wonderful to see which moments you valued and picked to share with the community.

    Each submission seemed to contain a bit of magic. Large-scale landscapes left us in awe of the natural world. Portraits and cultural scenes helped us feel connected to other people. And safari or wildlife scenes inspired a sense of wonder. It was very difficult to pare down the entries into just 17 selections!

    Autumn scenery the Japanese maple.

    #nature #park #travel #autumn #japan #maple #adventure #landscapes #tokyo #maple_tree

    Editor's Note

    Wonderful composition, lighting, and color. What intrigues me the most is the angle and the tree's twisting branches, which give it a bit of mystique. Really beautiful image, Danilo!

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    In Central Asia, guests are always welcome and there is always a table ready for them. Ospitality...

    #child #asia #people #house #window #life #home #family #time #adventure #together #sweet #kyrgyzstan

    Editor's Note

    I love this photo. The facial expressions, the room's patterns, the small details. One big advantage to traveling is connecting with another culture, and it's great that you were invited in to capt... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Jaisalmer residents gather around a drummer in the town square to celebrate the festival of Holi.

    #india #beautiful #festival #holi #celebration #jaisalmer #rajasthan #beat #drums

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful, David! I like how you froze a moment in time that allows us to glimpse into what it's like to be present for such a colorful festival. The subject is framed well by his peers carrying on... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Himalayas has always been a source of awe for me. One of my adventurous trips I've had was in Nep...

    #bridge #mountains #walking #nepal #himalayas #basket #lone #villager #suspension #vast #traversing

    Editor's Note

    What an amazing photograph, Callie. It conjures a feeling of wonder for the landscape and the thrill of being suspended high up on this bridge. Thank you for giving us detail on why this moment was... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Captain Krüß set down the NatGeo Explorer on some fast ice at the Lallemand Fjord. The ice held f...

    #white #ice #adventure #antarctica #fastice #natgeoexpeditions #natgeoexplorer

    Editor's Note

    A visit to Antarctica is indeed life-changing and you did a nice job at capturing that here. The ship leads our eye to a vast landscape dotted with explorers that give color and perspective, while ... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Sometimes, I wonder why I do the things I do? Especially when I struggle and they are difficult....

    #wind #people #winter #snow #travel #portrait #hike #adventure #places #freezing

    Editor's Note

    I love this photo! The movement, the harsh environment, the triumphant and lighthearted expression on the climber's face. Thank you for tying it altogether by sharing your experience and why embark... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Juvenile hippos play in the early morning in Serengeti. Taken on the National Geographic Africa B...

    #africa #nature #tanzania #serengeti #hippo #natgeoexpeditions #hippopotami #hippopotami_1

    Editor's Note

    What a great action shot, Elissa. I love the movement of the water, the detail in the hippos, and the composition here. Wonderful.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    This cheetah mother was teaching her big cub how to climb a tree. It was difficult and after some...

    #africa #safari #cub #wildlife #tree #wild #tanzania #mother #family #cheetah #kiss #love #big_cat

    Editor's Note

    This is a beautiful, tender moment that allows us to identify with the animal kingdom. The soft background, earth tones, and composition really make this photo great. Nice job, Ali!

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Witnessed the mother calf bond at Lake Nakuru in Kenya . Rhinos protect their young ones fiercely...

    #child #lake #white #african #mother #rhino #love #kenya #tender #nakuru

    Editor's Note

    This image really captured me. Beautiful lighting, Rakesh. I really like that you included the flamingos in the background, that adds soft color to the scene.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    A cub of Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) resting placidly at the sand of La Lobería beac...

    #beach #nature #wildlife #sand #animal #travel #mammals #national_parks

    Editor's Note

    I like the creativity and texture in this image. Thanks to nice framing, it takes a second to distinguish the sea lion from the sand. Lovely photograph, Kristhian.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    I enjoyed seeing how each of you interpreted this assignment. One of the key objectives was to go back through your past travels to find a photo that you had a heartfelt connection with. We are often so fixated on the future that we don’t stop to reflect on where we have been and what impact it had on us. But together, we compiled a collection of our photographic archives to look back on, and to help us set goals for the future.

    Thank you all for your enthusiasm for and contributions to this assignment, which is the first of two parts. In December, we’ll revisit the subject of “travel resolutions” to see if you fulfilled yours. Whether it’s the next town over or the opposite side of the globe, we’ll ask you to show us where you’ve gone in 2018. So have those cameras handy, and best wishes for a year of exploration!

    View of the village Å. Panorama from two shots. Lofoten, Norway

    #norway #underwater #village #lofoten #mountin #lofoten_islands

    Editor's Note

    Both visuals put me in awe. Typically we see underwater shots of coral in a tropical climate, so this photo with its snow-covered peaks and clear kelp forest stuck out to me for its uniqueness and ... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    A view from Lower Antelope Canyon, The Lady In The Wind, as it's called by the Navaho.

    #in #nature #landscape #canyon #wind #arizona #travel #lady #places #antelope #navaho #the

    Editor's Note

    I just love the smooth, natural patterns of the canyon. You found an alluring spot to capture this image, with great detail and contrast. Very nice, Robert.

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Two women are walking inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The...

    #mosque #white #god #culture #dubai #pray #uae #dhabi #abu #architect #sheikh #zayed #syrian #adhan #muslism

    Editor's Note

    What a beautiful image, Francesco! I love the time of day you chose to shoot this, the sky is bright enough but the Mosque still glows brilliantly. Great composition and patience to capture the wom... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    A man walking through the narrow alleys of the Blue City Chefchaouen in Morocco. When I arrived ...

    #blue #city #people #morocco #travel #place #street #places #chefchaouen #trip_that_changed_my_life

    Editor's Note

    A beautiful image of everyday life in Morocco. The colorful streets set the scene, and your patience to capture a natural moment paid off. Nice framing and composition as well, Angiolo!

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    There's something mesmerising about watching a quiet night's starry sky being lit up by soft wavi...

    #landscape #lights #snow #iceland #galaxy #europe #panorama #borealis #aurora #milkyway

    Editor's Note

    Stunning landscape, Adriano. The northern lights have to be one of the most inspirational and awe-inspiring displays of nature. I'm glad you shot this wide to show the arc and ends of the lights, w... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    Monks celebrating the end of the Buddhist lent at Luang Prabang - Laos. They rejoice the end of a...

    #people #culture #travel #places #laos

    Editor's Note

    What a striking image, Sirsendu! You captured a beautiful moment, while the flame illuminates the detail in his face and clothing. I love that he is in focus and the glow of the candles in the back... More

    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions

    About the Editor
    Lindsay Kuczera
    Digital Media Specialist, National Geographic Expeditions
    Lin Kuczera works on digital media for National Geographic Expeditions. She curates and manages the @NatGeoExpeditions Instagram account and believes in the power of travel to educate and inspire people to care for our planet, using photography as a means to celebrate the world.

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