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Wow! What an Adventure!

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Published Jan 9, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 26 Contributors

    27 photos selected by

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    To visit ice caves like this make me feel humble. It is like life - it's here and in the next mom...

    #winter #ice #wolf #cave #switzerland #glacier #bergerblancswiss #shepard_dog

    The thrill of adventure can be experienced in many ways. What one person describes as adventure can be another person’s form of relaxation. But adventure is always personal, always exciting, and most of all, it’s fun! With this Your Shot assignment, I hope you had fun creating images that illustrated your preferred forms of adventure. I sure feel like it’s been an adventure watching your submissions arrive. They are all unique and individual to the character of each and every one of you. So, well done in making the portfolio so varied and so great to review!

    Ian Miller executes a running stride across two rooftops about four stories in the air. Miller ha...

    #freerunner #leap #extreme_sports #parkour #freerunning #freerun

    Editor's Note

    Great point of view Corey, well done! This is such a simple photograph that carries an enormous punch of adventure! The composition is great. I love the element of symmetry you have achieved and th... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    The picture was taken in Bali, Indonesia. Duck Dive - this is the name of the technique that allo...

    #dive #extream #deep #surf #duck #surfing #girl #sport #wave

    Editor's Note

    This is a lovely photograph. So soft and so subtle, yet it retains the great sense of adventure. A couple of elements I particularly like and they are the posture of the girl in the foreground. It ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Ice climbling inside a cave in Utah.

    #ice #iceclimbing

    Editor's Note

    Wow, what an adventure! An adventure is a personal experience and from my point of view, climbing a wall of ice without a rope is a real adventure! I love the composition, slight over-exposed feel ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    The festival runs Ship Fire

    #40meter #high #laber #fire #river #thailand

    Editor's Note

    Although the caption is a little limited, I am drawn to the symmetry of this photograph. Through-out the frame all the characters go about their work with dynamism. With only two colours, this simp... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    This was the most unreal light I have ever seen - the boys were bathing in golden fog while fight...

    #brotherhood #epic #unreal #bortherlove #brothers #starwars #fog #nature #sunset #documentinglife

    Editor's Note

    This is such a beautiful picture. It has such a genuine feel of brothers playing together with sticks. Life as a child is a constant adventure. This is caught very well, but surrounding this scene ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    After a strenuous hike on the Berg Lake Trail the day before, we woke up to this view of Mount Ro...

    #mountain #canada #hiking #morning #wilderness #outdoors #adventure #trees #tent #travel #forest #fog

    Editor's Note

    This is a beautiful photograph and as some of the comments already state "gorgeous framing". I really like that the colours are not so intense and over saturated. What I love the most is the soft m... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    One morning atop a temple in the ethereal town of Pagan in Burma, the red balloons that fly each ...

    #monks #hot_air_ballons #monastery #temples #red #ethereal #myanmar #southeast_asia #burma

    Editor's Note

    Firstly, this is a beautiful photograph, rich in colours, lighting and strong in composition. Secondly, it is a great adventure. Experiencing the landscape from the basket of a hot air balloon is a... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    This replica of the Vickers Vimy is photographed during its last flight. It redid 3 iconic flight...

    #vintage #aviation #vimy #vickers #flying #photography #flight #history

    Editor's Note

    Super frame Giel! I really like it. The biplane fills the frame. I don't often talk about editing in post, but here your manipulation in such a beautiful timely way, works so well with such an old ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    suspended 200m above the ground on a one inch webbing away from all the earthly chaos and noise i...

    #slack_line #slack #sports #highline #sports_action

    Editor's Note

    There is a great sense of scale here. By not including the floor or whatever the line is tied to we, (the viewer) is left wondering, not knowing everything. So much is left to the imagination of ea... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    No one knows who built the Hussaini-Borit Lake Bridge, but it is extremely old and very narrow. S...

    #hunzadisrict #suspension_bridge #pakistan

    Editor's Note

    I love it when you guys incorporate both your adventure with a gorgeous vast landscape like this. Just look at that old bridge too. There is also a lovely composition here. It's nice to see the mai... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    I had climbed this route many times over the course of my years living in Carbondale, Colorado. F...

    #climbing #rockclimbing #risk #adventure #dramatic #travel #passion

    Editor's Note

    This is a great climbing frame. Real sense of vertigo. Perfect composition. "Wow! What an Adventure!" Yep - You've hit that Jeremy. Beautiful tone and colours going on. Highlights in exactly the ri... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Whale shark encounter. Whale sharks are the largest fishes still living in the oceans. The larges...

    #diving #philippines #whale #whaleshark #fish #swimming #ocean #water #seabed #life #underwater #shark

    Editor's Note

    This is a beautiful photograph Mato! Well done. I love how the colours beautifully blend through the frame like a rainbow. There is a gorgeous interaction between the scuba-divers and the fish. Her... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Two guys and their dogs enjoy the sunset at Sherd Lake in the Cloud Peak Wilderness before headin...

    #natgeoyourshot #cloudpeakwilderness #dailydozen #photooftheday #sherdlake #adventure

    Editor's Note

    Not all adventures have to be a life threatening, adrenalin filled experience. Here, we see a beautifully composed and well executed image. Surrounded by great warm light, this adventure is balance... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    I took this self-portrait at my last camp site after an unforgettable 8-day-solo-skiing-challenge...

    #winter #campfire #lapland #night #camping #wilderness #adventure #self_poprtrait #finland #nature

    Editor's Note

    Having experienced sleeping out in the wild before, I can personally relate to this picture. There is a lovely warm feel to this frame, not only generated by the warm colours from the fire but also... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    the moment before the fly

    #fly #parapendio #sunset

    Editor's Note

    I have never flown a paraglider, but I have been up in a hot air balloon and I remember the feeling well. What I love about this photograph, apart from the colours, the light, and the composition, ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    "We'll be safe once we make the jump to hyperspace" - Han Solo I took this image while on a sn...

    #winter #svalbard #adventure #snowcat #spitzbergen #snowstorm

    Editor's Note

    "Wow! What an Adventure!" Very timely Maria! I remember driving across the UK a few years ago in similar conditions. It is a real adventure isn't it. Well done for capturing the true sense of this ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    A crew of six rowed down the rapids in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both banks of the river were steep...

    #bosniaandherzegovina #rafter #sports #adventure #travel #nature

    Editor's Note

    Great action and adrenaline through-out this frame. Wow! What an Adventure! Simply hold tight and enjoy the ride. Ferocious white water like this is so intense it is a constant battle and test of c... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Surfers slicing through some wild surf at Cardiff State Beach, CA. I took the shot around sunset...

    #waves #surfer #surf #surfing #ocean #sports #nature

    Editor's Note

    This is a beautiful surfing photograph, rich in my favourite colour, turquoise blue. The main surfer is perfectly caught, carrying a very strong pose and posture. There is so much action in the for... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Panning. A child plays with his sled. He is sliding on the grass of the hill. Looking this pictur...

    #play #fun #sled #funny #game #sliding

    Editor's Note

    Life as a child is a constant adventure! This frame really shows that. There is a great feel to this photograph too. The use of motion blur to emphasize the movement is perfect. Lovely composition ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Fisherman on the boat falls down to the river with the momentum of the fishing nets while throwin...

    #moment #fishermen #vietnam #life #river #portrait #travel #traditional #fall

    Editor's Note

    Great job making this frame Burak! It is composed really well. There is a beautiful sweeping curve of light that flows across the middle of the picture, exactly where all the excitement is. Well do... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    after a great tour in Srilanka over TALA the elephant my kids taking a shower Tala this was t...

    #bath #srilanka #tour #elephant #water #wash #kids #happy #travel #action #smile #srilankanelephant

    Editor's Note

    Riding an elephant is an adventure in itself, but here the children have to combat the effects of being showered with water from the elephant. I particularly love how you have just caught the open ... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    During the blizzard, with about 2 feet of snow on the ground, a squirrel jumped over baffle and ...

    #blizzard2016 #squirrel

    Editor's Note

    Thinking outside the box! I like it. Here the squirrel clearly is living an adventure regardless of weather conditions. I particularly like the fact that the falling snow has been caught all around... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Living outside your motherland is not less than a punishment, especially when you belong to a hea...

    #winter #landscape #time #snow #weather #kashmir2017 #gulmarg #people #places #trees #fog #nature

    Editor's Note

    Timely and current - This image reminds me of so many experiences I have had, fighting the winter here in the Austrian Alps. I love how there is such a subtle feel to all three characters in this p... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    The adventurous life to get great happiness, is also a source of encouragement for the next adven...

    #tinhcha #iloveyou #people #places #culture

    Editor's Note

    Life is an adventure. A new life. Perfect. Great light, great framing with silhouetted tree branches subtly occupying the right amount of an otherwise simple cloudless sky. Such a beautiful idea fo... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Remember? Complete freedom :)

    #swing #shadows #blackandwhite #childhood

    Editor's Note

    This is a very clever photograph based on such a simple structure. I'm particularly pleased to see it in b&w. It works very well. I could write so much here! A child's life is a constant adventure,... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Jomblang located in karst hills, passing through the central part of the island of Java in the We...

    #jomblang #deep #light #cave #girl #asia #java

    Editor's Note

    I Love it! For me, as a cave photographer, this frame contains all the necessary ingredients for a great photograph. I love the light, the composition, the colour and tone, the sunbeams, the postur... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Many of your submissions were of experiences I’m particularly very fond of and can personally relate to, such as caves, mountains, and climbing. But some of the submissions were new to me, opening my eyes to what adventure means to you in a different form. One aspect that I particularly enjoyed seeing is pictures of children playing. A child’s life is a constant adventure, both for them and for the parent trying to protect them from the many dangers that life can throw at them as they grow and learn.

    I really enjoyed seeing all of your photographs, many of which have been very creative indeed. So well done. The new year offers a chance to experience great adventures and new challenges. Be brave, good luck to you, and have a great, adventure-filled 2018!

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    About the Editor
    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer
    National Geographic photographer Robbie Shone is recognized as one of the most accomplished cave photographers in the world. He has hung on a thin rope while photographing 200m above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft and has explored the far ends of a 189 km long cave system. ...

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