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Sustainability

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Published Jun 12, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    20 photos selected by

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I remember when I was a child, my dad always used to say: "Try to support your neighborhood busin...

    #business #farmers #people #places #vegetables #culture #vendors

    Thank you for submitting to our Sustainability assignment. I’m so proud to say that you’ve exceeded my expectations with the quality of your storytelling—both in your photography and in your captions. As a Your Shot producer, my mission is not only to encourage you to be better photographers, but also to become more thoughtful storytellers. National Geographic is not just a name, it’s also a standard of quality. Remember this, and take pride in the work you’ve accomplished.

    Tatiana Poshvina prepares seedlings to plant in her backyard garden. During the lean years of the...

    #gardening #seeds #russia #myclimateaction

    Editor's Note

    Thank you for sharing Tatiana's story, because yes it would be so easy to be reliant on the grocery store for food — like I am. What I love about this photo is the inclusion of her two sons in the ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A few years ago, the roof top car park at Federation Square in the CBD was transformed into a veg...

    #veggie_patch #garden #city #roof #foodforthecity #sustainability

    Editor's Note

    This is fantastic. I love the inclusion of the skyline in the background, illustrating the possibility of a bountiful garden in the city. That somewhere amidst the chaos of urban life is this utopi... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In my dream all the city buildings were dressed in green. Enjoy being surrounded by hundreds of ...

    #green_house #sustainability_assignment #sustainable

    Editor's Note

    What a great idea — I can not believe this is not a thing everywhere. Why doesn't this type of patio/rooftop garden exist at every office and apartment building? Hmm... feels like a business opport... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A view from the top overlooking Singapore's Garden by the bay. Being a small island, Singapore bu...

    #landscape #gardensbythebay #singapore

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic decision to shoot from above — your perspective clearly illustrates that nature and man can harmoniously and beautifully co-exist together. I feel like I am looking at an artist's daydrea... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A 99.2MW near-shore wind farm is being developed on a 540ha site in the East Dam region of Bac Li...

    #wind #vietnam #baclieu

    Editor's Note

    I love the lone individual in orange; this small spot of color and humanity adds scale to the size of the windmills and wind farm. Thanks for your informative caption explaining the significance of... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The installation of vast solar panels in the desert surrounding both Lancaster and Palmdale, CA i...

    #power #solar #mojavedesert #lancaster #desert #palmdale #sustainable #sunset #myclimateaction

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot user Kristi Fluharty, "Wonderful to see the sun's energy being 'harvested' out in the desert. Beautiful image." I love how well you've composed this frame, using the lines cr... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This picture was taken in Iceland at the Krafla geothermal power station which is situated near t...

    #geothermal_power

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic photo of a geothermal power plant. I love use your use of slow shutter speed to make the steam more dramatic, which complements well with the collecting pipes rising over the road. Thank ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    West "pampeanos" small farmers make a burning pastures intentionally to mitigate the impact of na...

    #climate #landscape #warming #fire #ecology #people #places #landscapes #environment #argentina

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer George T. Probst: "Love how you composed this. It looks like two different worlds." I love the lone farmer standing in the smoke-filled side. I wanted to know mo... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Traditionally, rice farmers burn the dried rice stalks after a harvest, but this creates a tremen...

    #riceharvest #thailand #farming #agriculture #sustainability

    Editor's Note

    Well done Duey. Not only have you shared a fantastic photo that documents the criteria of the assignment in action, your caption further explains and informs us, the Your Shot community, on what yo... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The people of Khonoma (a village of Nagaland) have successfully saved their forests and increased...

    #improved_jhum #firewood #nagaland #india #khonoma #green_village #conservation #sustainability

    Editor's Note

    I agree with National Geographic Associate Photo Editor Julie Hau who commented, "There is so much to see in this image and the path is guiding your eyes." This is a fantastic frame with an equally... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Every morning at sunrise this man walks the beach with his dogs and his bag "please re-cycle me" ...

    #pollution #sunrise #trash #beach #dogs #walk

    Editor's Note

    Without your caption, this photo would have just been a pretty picture of a man walking with dogs. Your beautiful photo that is made even more meaningful by the daily action of this lone man. Thank... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One of the things I love most is watching my children playing with their friends... This is one o...

    #summertime #freetime #summer #playingtime #playingtogether #kids #children #holiday #friends

    Editor's Note

    What a lovely moment — it feels so timeless in black and white — which is made even better by your thoughtful caption. I want to know what they are going after. I want to go play outside rather tha... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A young girl exploring a sensorial and interactive installation of Singapore's home-grown edible ...

    #photojournalism #architecture #gogreen #eco #green #singapore #sustainability

    Editor's Note

    I love it. Not only is this a compositionally captivating frame, but I love this moment documenting the young girl's curiosity. I want to open and smell each jar. Thank you for writing a detailed c... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo was taken at the hives at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA. CCMNH Be...

    Editor's Note

    I love how each child is mesmerized by Mr. Muhlebach's talk about bees — not one kid is looking bored or elsewhere. Your composition makes me feel like I am also a child in the group, participating... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I decided to show my daughter how to sprout and grow some legumes. One of the experiments I did a...

    #letsexplore #tasteslikehome #lentils #ngmhealth #natgeoinspires #sprouts #theplate

    Editor's Note

    What a wonderful lesson and fun experiment you are sharing with your daughter. The story behind your photo really makes me care about your submission; I feel the enthusiasm of your daughter. I am e... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    8 years old Tokabwebwe Teinaura from the village Te O Ni Beeki, helping the fishermen carrying a ...

    #greenpeace #fishfarily #overfishing #fishing #tuna #sustainable #environment #pacificocean

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic portrait. Thank you for writing such a wonderful caption, that not only introduces me to the featured child, but also reveals why I should care about his situation. I also agree with Your... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I believe there are two kinds of sustainability. There's the kind that includes solar panels, win...

    #running #earth #birds #sustainability_assignment #harmony #harmony_with_nature #girl #wings

    Editor's Note

    Yes your photo is a fantastic frame... but what I really love is your caption. I love how thoughtful your words are. After I read your caption, when I return to your photo, I am feeling something b... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    What do we really need to live and to enjoy our lifes? For the most intensive experiences I didn'...

    #landscape #trecime #protecttheselands #italy #europe #dolomites #mountains #adventure #nature

    Editor's Note

    What an beautiful scene to wake up to, and to enjoy your first morning coffee, still bundled up in your sleeping bag because it is a little brisk in the early morning air... It is for moments like ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Alone under the stars is possibly the best place to balance yourself with the universe. We start ...

    #landscape #milky #protecttheselands #way #portrait #astro_processing #space #myclimateaction

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful, thoughtful, and creative submission to the sustainability assignment. And you are absolutely correct, "first we have to realize that we are all in this together." Because our community i... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I noticed some strategies for improvement that I want to applaud. Some of you took advantage of the discussion board, asking your fellow photographers for advice and feedback before entering your submissions in this assignment. And some of you kept going back to the same location or scenario to improve upon photos you’d taken before. I really love this effort. The only way to get better is to keep shooting—to push yourself creatively, intellectually, and visually. You’ve got to fail, learn from your mistakes, motivate yourself to improve, and then try again.

    I hope you are also participating in our current assignment, "Traditions Around the World." We're doing this type of themed assignment every month, and my advice is to approach them like photography school. Use these monthly assignments to continue growing as a photographer and storyteller. Learn from your peers. Encourage one another. Be inspired by the Your Shot community. My favorite part of the job is engaging with you on these assignments, so keep up the good work! I love it.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team in September 2016, David Y. Lee covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and worked for clients including the Public Welfare Foundation and the U.S. Holocaust Museum. In 2008 he started a ...

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