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Who is Your Shot?

Published Jun 17, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    20 photos selected by

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    China. Heihe city.

    #travel #china

    Your Shot is a collaborative storytelling community with over 236,000 members from 196 countries. What started as a simple call for readers to send in their favorite photos has grown into a global community that educates, enriches and inspires.

    The underlying thread that connects us all—the love of photography—compels us to keep shooting and keep sharing. The simple act of taking a photo brings us joy and gives us energy.

    For this assignment, we asked you to send photos that show us who you are. Over 3,300 members responded by submitting almost 8,000 photos. The depth and breadth of your pictures confirm what we already knew: Your Shot is the most unique photo community out there.

    In other words, you are simply the best and this is only the beginning!

    Taking advantage of the visual illusion of infinity created by an installation - a play of walls ...

    #i #portrait #mirrows

    Editor's Note

    Nowadays the ubiquitous selfie can easily be overlooked as silly. However, if done well, a self-portrait can provide insight into that photographer’s unique vision and an appreciation of their life experiences and personal story.

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    When I peered into a messy office window at Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris. I saw a reflection ...

    #self #me #paris #portrait

    Who is Your Shot?

    You are a community of people who care about this planet and see the connections between every living thing. You look at the world in a unique way and with a different perspective. You are aware of and ready to capture the special moments that go unnoticed by most. You see both the humor and the beauty in life on a daily basis. And you always have your camera. 

    • 46% of you are from the United States
    • 11% of you are from India
    • 6%   of you are from Canada
    • 5%   of you are from the United Kingdom

    • 36% of you are between the ages of 18-29
    • 29% of you are between the ages of 30-39
    • 17% of you are between the ages of 40-49
    • 11% of you are between the ages of 50-59

    Welcome to my world.

    #fisheye #pov

    Editor's Note

    The creativity of the photographer comes shining through in this shot. The viewer is welcomed into his wacky world—there is so much to take in, your eye isn’t sure where to begin and where to end. Even the dog is exhausted by all the fun.

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    They say that authors should write what they know. Well, I'll bring that same adage to photograph...

    #eye #flowing #hair #girl #long #face

    Sisters: people with the same kind of weird as you

    #formal #sisters #candid #love #blackandwhite #fancy

    Amazing moment when my Autistic granddaughter looked directly at me. It was the 4th of July, my b...

    #light #sparkle #child #fireworks #eyes #portrait

    I was shooting an apartment for a story that told about the new lifestyle of singles who live in ...

    #house #lifestyl #animalphotography #cat #animalfunny

    4 AM, I woke up in a hut in the kepler track, south island, New Zealand. I walked down, armed wit...

    #window #sitting #watching #man #blue #clouds #cold #new #cloudy #reflection #zealand #windows #warm #view

    Traditional fishing at burigoalini river Gabura, Satkhira, Bangladesh

    #burigoalini #affected #aila #bangladesh #satkhira #fisherman #flood #koyra #gabura

    Gannets are beautiful predatory sea birds. Though they are very adept at hunting, they are not ab...

    #birds #fish #sea #ocean #fisherman #water

    He remains awake the entire night and prays to Lord Shiva as well as the deity of the ‘akhara’ co...

    #nagachildsadhu #nagasadhu #kumbh #kumbhfair #childsadhu #kumbha #kumbhmela

    Dhaka is one of the biggest metropolitan city by population, a huge number of people use train to...

    #women #child #train #crowd #dhaka

    Working for the World Wildlife Fund in one of the most remote regions of the world means being fl...

    #salonganationalpark #pirogue #roosters #rooster #congobasin #democraticrepubliccongo

    Don't worry! I'm no mutant! This is just a caterpillar (the Megalopyge albicollis, I think) on my...

    #insect #caterpillar #hairy #hair #finger #fire #nature #red #point #wildlife

    Who is Your Shot?

    You take photos of anything and everything. The situations can be found or set up. The subjects can be close to home or from faraway locales. The photos can make you cry and just as easily make you laugh. But one constant is that you take this seriously—it is a thoughtful process. Each frame is important and considered. The end result might be a surprise, but you got the shot because you were in the right place at the right time. 

    We found this Barbie at a flea market and took her everywhere with us when we went to the Daytona...

    #beach #race #track #daytona #barbie #car

    discovery

    #discovery #toys #humor #fun #star #adventure #stormtrooper #game #hopscotch #wars

    I rarely go out “to take pictures." I simply take my camera whenever I have to go somewhere. It’s...

    #bw #black #24mm #parabellum #france #street #umbrella #baguette #paris #french #rain

    It hurts to see my city burning.

    #fire #detroit

    The owner of this kitchen is our 82 years old aunt. When I showed the picture to the family some ...

    #warmfeeling #light #urban #rural #costarica #warm #home #kitchen

    Editor's Note

    A photograph can awaken all of the senses in a flash. The sights, sounds, and smells of a moment come rushing back as if you are in the frame, living that instant again. It can be overwhelming as you lose sense of time and place—staring into the past.

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    National Geographic believes we can change the world through amazing photography and powerful storytelling. That's why Your Shot was created. We want to work with you to tell stories that have meaning and that make a difference. It's a lofty goal, but as the song says, “Ain’t no mountain high enough!”

    About the Editor
    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with over 15 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society managing the Your Shot photo community and the National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest.
    53 comments
    DOLORS BAS
    DOLORS BAS

    Monica thanks for the work involved in this  new beta ... but it is beautiful and it helps a lot to improve yourself
























    Marcia Pavarini
    Marcia Pavarini

    "Traveling is the great true love of my life..." About me: Attorney of Law, amateur photographer, investigative, communicative, chatty. I have two citizenships,  Brazilian and Italian, but I consider myself a citizen of the world.

    My biggest addiction is to write about my travels, so other guys can see the world through my bear eyes. Ambitious? Perhaps, but for whom has traveled to over 220 countries (according to the count of Century Travelers Club), including independent territories, two-Poles over, many years - and wrote more than five thousand (5,000) pages in travel diaries, would be a disturbing selfishness not to share these amazing experiences with those people who also like to travel or know about exotics places. Probably Marco Polo had the same feelings.

    more: http://diario1001viagenseng.weebly.com/index.html

                                                        
         





     

    Virginia C.
    Virginia C.

    Far from being unique, this collection is a mosaic of very different styles and themes at first sight. But once you look at it a second, third time, and so on, you realize you are coming back because of its own strength, which comes from the amazing combination of visions. I personally love Jane Sheng photo. It speaks for us all.

    Surajit Chakrabortty
    Surajit Chakrabortty

    Guys around me says – I (a serious amateur, Engineer by profession, age 55) take good photographs. If my photos are good then these are nicest to the power infinity, and if these are good photos,my photos are worst to the power infinity. Hats off, really.

     

    Sandy Brown Jensen
    Sandy Brown Jensen

    THis project is a wonderful visual education. Every choice teaches me something I internalize and can look to emulate in my next photo shoot. This rich website connects me with like-minded souls all over the world--we are a global community of eyes. I appreciate that you are not daunted by the sheer numbers of people involved; each of us is unique; each of us contributes a window open on our special corner of the world. Thank you!

    Dennis Shinpaugh
    Dennis Shinpaugh

    I believe you should put my rare white baby barn owl on your postings :) It's not everyday you get to see one in your yard.

    jokay
    jokay

    Congratulations to all the photographers and monica for this tremendous project.  Amazing and Inspiring

    Paul Martens
    Paul Martens

    I liked the overall result of this assignment and my compliments go to the people who did this tremendous work. Well done!

    john knowlessmith
    john knowlessmith

    truly at a loss of words, thank you so much for checking out my picks. oh you nailed it . lifes a hobby, have fun with it.

    Cody Pope
    Cody Pope

    Thanks for picking my photo! I think the new site design is going to encourage more and more talented photographers, like the ones here, to get involved! Good job guys!

    Scott Tully
    Scott Tully

    Congratulations to Monica and all the amazing photographers chosen to represent the story!  I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you to go thru all those images and choose the ones you see best fit to help illustrate your story! Seems like a monumental task but this has definitely proven to be an extremely valuable process by showcasing a piece that is creative, very informative, and visually compelling !  Again Congrats to everyone selected and all who were involved in this amazing collaboration !  

    Patti Lee Turon
    Patti Lee Turon

    Great choices!! Congratulations to all photographers.  Love the story.  Thanks for letting us all have a chance to show the world through the eye of our lens. Even if our world is just our backyard.

    Nicholas B.
    Nicholas B.

    A wonderful collage of passion, talent, and inspiration! Congratulations to all the photographers who have enriched our joy of photography on this day!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful images here on N.G.!

    carol worrell
    carol worrell

    This is so amazing.....what a wonderful tribute to the photographers who were selected.  Bravo to you Monica for the story and selections.  This is a sample of how people from all walks of life can come together to celebrate the passion and love of photography. Thank you for creating this site and I'm so excited to see what's ahead!

    Salman Siddiqui
    Salman Siddiqui

    seriously .. awesome selection .. will read this over and over  .. :) 

    Kenneth Rivera
    Kenneth Rivera

    Nice story, I really enjoy this quote "The underlying thread that connects us all—the love of photography—compels us to keep shooting and keep sharing. The simple act of taking a photo brings us joy and gives us energy."  Thanks for picking and sharing my shoot!

    Pradeep Chitta
    Pradeep Chitta

    This is beautiful story of Who and What is Your Shot! I am thrilled and captured by the narration and Editor's notes. I really like the closing remarks: "National Geographic believes we can change the world through amazing photography and powerful storytelling."  Wish all the Your Shot contributors all the best and keep posting some amazing pictures that take us to the places. 

    Thank you.

    Veronika K-Ko
    Veronika K-Ko

    Wonderful,creative pictures in this assignment! Congrats to the selected,talented photographers and applause for the editors,who did great ,great work!

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    Wow! I was right in the middle of the story when I was struck with my picture appearing from nowhere. You have no idea of the stimulus that is for a mere beginner who lives far away :) and as everyone here loves photography and nature and as many aspires for a rewarding career in the field. I really did not expect it today. I am immensely happy! Congratulations to all our friends photographers and thanks to everyone for making this Internet community one of the most productive and enjoyable I've ever been able to attend. Small friendships I started here so far, although virtually distant, mean a lot to me. I'm going to tell my mom about that now. :)

    Debra Rade
    Debra Rade

    It's a herculean task to review the thousands of photos submitted and to choose among them.  There have been so many submitted for the assignment that have left lasting impressions, each touching us in a special way -  among them Hedwig the Nun and The Woman in Marrakech, as well as the King of Games/Shandur Polo, will remain etched as if I had seen them myself -- they give us much to ponder.  Reflecting the diverse community who submit to YourShot, you've done a masterful job, Monica, and are to be congratulated.  Well done!  And, my thanks to the National Geographic for giving us the opportunity to connect with this vibrant and creative community.

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    Nice!!! It's time to put a good song, sit back, relax and enjoy! ;)

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    @Salman Siddiquiwow!! As @Meghan Murphy said, for the next couple of hours we may notice the submission count on this page seems off because of the repair of the photo's sorting algorithm. Some nervous scripts being soothed! :)

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    Exactly, @Pradeep Chitta!I also found a very interesting composition, the whole image + editor's narration that does look like a small book. Too perfect work! Eager to read Catch The Light now! ;)

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    By the way... Congratulations to Monica and editors! A wonderful text, a true poetical essay!

    gisele teixeira
    gisele teixeira

    @Leonardo V. Sooo well deserved!!! I am so happy for you!! Way back then a few weeks ago :) I saw that picture and thought it was a great one! Congratulations once again! That picture is the simplest and most awesome definition of a colorful, creative, inventive, interesting, and eye-catching moment!

    Linda Brandqvist
    Linda Brandqvist

    @Leonardo V. I'm sure your mom will be proud! Big congratulations Leonardo. :) I can't even imagine how amazing it must be. Keep shootin'! :)

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    @Linda Brandqvist @Leonardo V. Thank you so much, Linda! I am very happy for all those who participate in history now, but I'm especially happy for those who will live it soon. For that, it's enough you want and you surrender to it for free. Do it for love, always do it and do it without discouragement! ;)

    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    @Veronika de Koleo @Leonardo V. Thank you so much, Veronika!! I had to stop in the middle to tell my friends and just now came back to finish enjoy!! hahahah I lost the  concentration! :) #LetsExplore!

    gisele teixeira
    gisele teixeira

    @Leonardo V. @g. teixeira haha! from Dr. Seuss, an author of children's books here:) "The Lorax" in which the Truffula trees appear, happens to be my favorite one, that's why I nicknamed your picture as soon as I saw it. I love that picture!

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