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The Trip that Changed My Life

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Published Apr 19, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 15 Contributors

    15 photos selected by

    Anne Farrar
    Director of Photography, National Geographic Traveler
    Jeff Heimsath
    Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic Travel and Adventure
    George Stone
    Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler

    The trip that changed my life started in May 2012 and I haven’t made my way back home since. Vent...

    #tungurahua #swing #volcano #thetripthatchangedmylife #adventure #ecuador #travel #view

    We asked for your best photographs. You sent us 20,000 life-changing adventures!

    The northern lights glowing over a mountain range in Norway. Rice terraces reflecting sunlight in Thailand. A family of elephants crossing a dirt road in Kenya. Pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba as part of the hajj in Mecca. These are among the 20,000 images entered in our assignment to shoot the cover of the June/July issue of National Geographic Traveler. You, the photographers, are part of National Geographic Your Shot photo community—more than 900,000 people around the world who share their spectacular visions with us on a daily and hourly basis. A few months ago, we asked this community to send us pictures of a trip that changed their lives. We looked for images of beauty and power, featuring places that changed changed your outlook on the world. We are happy to share some of our favorites here. 

    Last rays of sun before the storm kicks in. It was a second trip to Patagonia for me. After comin...

    #fitz_roy #clouds0001 #patagonia #clouds0001_1_1 #mountains #clouds0001_1 #waterfall #argentina #storm

    Editor's Note

    This is a nearly mythic scene—like Earth before people popped in. There’s a powerful sense of movement and a majestic depiction of creation. There’s a painterly quality to the image. A singular mom... More

    George Stone
    Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler

    well, the hiker was not really wearing a kilt, but for a moment he was providing just a right sil...

    #protecttheselands #iceland #mountains #highlands #kerlingarfjoll #volcanic #geothermal

    Editor's Note

    Iceland is otherworldly and seems to be able to engage people from around the world. It’s pull is... More

    Anne Farrar
    Director of Photography, National Geographic Traveler

    Breathtaking sight at Sunwapta Falls

    #landscape #sunwapta #jasper #canada #hike #river #falls #mountains #adventure #alberta #nature #sunset

    It’s hard to see this mountain without any clouds and when it happens, it’s hard to see its refle...

    #outdoor #marcograssi #newzealad #adventure #taranaki #marcograssiphotography #travel #nature

    Got the chance to visit a friend who has his familly house just in front of the Mount Otemanu, t...

    #night #blue #light #trip #serenity #peace #ocean #life #zen #bora_bora #long_exposure #travel #statue #you

    Editor's Note

    This is such a peaceful and quiet photo. The sky and water blend together so nicely, it looks dre... More

    Jeff Heimsath
    Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic Travel and Adventure

    When you dive in this natural cave called Cenote Angelita, the light goes from green to blue, cre...

    #diving #letsexplore #thehumanstory #underwater #human_adventure #trees

    From a trip that changed my life. I left the office and a career in advertising to leave it all b...

    #island #tropical #boat #beach

    I captured this photo during the Pattan kadoli village festival ,The Vittal Birdev Annual Yatra i...

    #natgeoyouahot #maharashtra_culture #pattankodoli #haldifestival #portraits #natgeoindia

    Editor's Note

    India is such a vibrant culture and this image compels me to take part. The direct stance, low an... More

    Anne Farrar
    Director of Photography, National Geographic Traveler

    It's my third time I visited the Taj Mahal, but it's still as amazing as it was in the first time...

    #mausoleum #architecture #taj #portrait #people #places #travel #asia #culture #tajmahal #india

    I was told by local people that this place is most beautiful at dawn, so I had to wake up very ea...

    #landscape #summer #yourshotadventure #protecttheselands #vietnam #life #walk #people #travel

    Lovely Maori Rātana church on a hillside. North Island , New Zealand. This trip gave me confiden...

    #yourshotadventure #architecture #ngtravelhap #ratana #culture #travel #ngtravelhappy

    Editor's Note

    Sometimes the simplest photos are the best. I love the straightforward composition and colors in ... More

    Jeff Heimsath
    Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic Travel and Adventure

    Valletta is the tiny capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta.

    #valletta #yourverticalworld #building #malta #architecture #photograph #street #people #travel

    Patagonia ARGENTINA - Perito Moreno

    #perito #landscape #perito_moreno #hike #snow #glacier #moreno #patagonia #adventure #argentina

    It is a five-storied pagoda of Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture....

    #fuji #shrine #mountain #trip #spring #japan #cherry #sakura #tree #pagoda #travel

    Editor's Note

    There’s a beautiful delicacy to this image, a sense of movement and a mood of anticipation. While it’s an excting photograph that captures Mount Fuji, the cherry blossoms, and the pagoda in great d... More

    George Stone
    Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler

    The selected image will be revealed on the cover of the next issue of the magazine. Travel has the power to change our thinking, inspire our imaginations, and experience unforgettable moments. Put simply, travel can change your life. Thank you for all your submissions to this assignment and for taking us on some incredible journeys all around the world. This community continues to inspire us with it's incredible breath taking views that are shared here daily as well as the ability to tell a story from a communties point of view. Check out all the entries on the assignment page.

    About the Editors
    Anne Farrar
    Anne Farrar
    Director of Photography, National Geographic Traveler
    Anne Farrar works with print, creative, online, news and publishing organizations to focus their visual content. Her 15+ years of experience as a photo editor, designer and photographer have led her to work for major news organizations and some of the most talented photographers in the news industry.
    Jeff Heimsath
    Jeff Heimsath
    Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic Travel and Adventure
    Jeff Heimsath is an associate photo editor at National Geographic Travel and Adventure where he produces and edits visual stories. Prior to National Geographic, he worked as a photojournalist in Texas and a photo editor at an educational publishing company in Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of ...
    George Stone
    George Stone
    Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler
    I'm a real curious George! I love exploring new places and discovering little details that add up to surprising stories. Travel thrills me because it's a license to ask questions, pursue passions, and get lost in the wonders of the world. I think that memorable images capture sensations, ideas, and ...

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