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Published Jan 30, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 10 Contributors

    10 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    A while back when I did a self-portrait using sprinkles for a beard I liked the result, so I took...

    #ngmcreate_3 #jimmies #sprinkles #ngmcreate #conceptual #ngmcreate_2 #ngmcreate_1 #odd #portrait #lol #humor

    When the Your Shot team asked me to choose my favorite photos for my final story, I knew it was an impossible task. I’ve curated dozens of stories and hashtag challenges. I’ve voted on nearly nine years of Daily Dozens.

    I have thousands of favorites. 

    So instead I focused on the photos that had extra meaning because of how their story touched me. But even then I’ve missed so many memories—images and words that had an impact on me. I’ve been fortunate to have met many amazing Your Shot photographers from all over this world. Here are just a few of my favorite moments relived through these images.

    Someday, perhaps we will think green everyday. I think that some times when we go off to work, we...

    #dress #shirt #business #earth #think #mens #green #planet #conservation #nature

    Editor's Note

    This simple image is very well-thought out. I love the attention to detail like the flower in the shirt pocket and the creases in the collar. It was submitted to one of my first Your Shot assignmen... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Most of the photos I take in Detroit are when I'm walking. I see a vintage looking building and I...

    Editor's Note

    Like the song says, “Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs.” The photo wraps the past, present and future all into one frame. I chose this photo to be published in one of the first stories I c... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Standing on the entrance to the famous Kurbera Pumpkin Cave. The deadliest pumpkin cave known to...

    #cave #caver #halloween #explorer #miniture

    Editor's Note

    I remember seeing this fun, creative photo published in the Daily Dozen and then later when it was submitted to the Nat Geo photo contest. One of the judges actually thought this was a real cave an... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    National Geographic Your Shot Meetup, July 2016.

    #sunrise #natgeoyourshot #yourshotmeetup #followtheyellowborder #ocracoke

    Editor's Note

    I love how all of the elements in this image have seemingly fallen into place—connected and yet separate from one another. As if by chance AND planned out, all at the same time. Such is life someti... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    The Your Shot team takes a moment after three days of photo walks and meet ups in Volcanoes Natio...

    #hipstamatic #bioblitz2015 #yourshotmeetup #hawaii #volcanoesnationalpark #findyourpark

    Editor's Note

    I learned about family and what community really means from the Hawaiian Your Shot photographers who we assigned to photograph the Nat Geo BioBlitz for us—a three day event at Volcanoes National Pa... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    The exterior is warped and weatherbeaten. But step inside and you are Dorothy transported from bl...

    #ask_a_local_assignment #anachronisms_assignment #adams_hotel #lavina

    Editor's Note

    Symbols of the past all wrapped in pink. A proud gentleman stands at attention in the middle of this chaotic scene. It's a feast for the eyes. When I met John Warner at our Yellowstone National... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Captured at the Zoo of Copenhagen. A lttle play with the crop tool.

    #pelican #feather #birds #eye #animals

    Editor's Note

    In January 2016, I was starting to plan a photo walk in Iceland led by Nat Geo photographer Steph... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    This is a photograph of the iconic Afghan Girl shot captured trough two glass doors at the NG He...

    #steve_mccurry #shadow #perspective #portrait #people #thanksyourshot

    Looking back on the world. Photograph by Alanna Marie Lake.

    #portraitsofstrength #selfie #beach #niece #brazil #selfportrait #beauty

    All I can say is thank you. Thank you for leaving comments and letting me know your thoughts. Thank you for lifting each other up, including the Your Shot team, instead of tearing each other down. Thank you for telling us how you felt about the assignments and what it meant to be a member of this community. Thank you for coming to see us at our photo walks and other events. Meeting the Your Shot community in-person was one of the best parts of my job. Nothing beats exploring a new community with new photo-friends!

    So #ThanksYourShot, I’m grateful to have been a part of this story. Keep shooting and keep sharing.

    —Monica C. Corcoran, Director of Your Shot (former)

    About the Editor
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at National Geographic managing the Your Shot photo community.

    Photographers Published In the Story