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Adjectives and Adverbs

This assignment ran from Apr 3 to Apr 10, 2019.

A few years ago, during my days of teaching college photography courses, I came up with a challenge that I believed would be thought provoking and would push the photographers to try and get creative as possible within a certain time frame. The idea seems simple, go out and photograph an adjective or an adverb. For those who might need a quick explanation, an adjective is defined as a word or phrase naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it. Examples: Brave, Calm, Delightful, Mysterious, Large, Proud. An adverb is a word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb or other adverb, expressing a relation of place, time or circumstance. Here are some examples: Away, Backwards, Peacefully, and Slowly.

Basically, adverbs are used to describe verbs or adjective, an adjective describes a noun or pronoun.

Your challenge is to photograph adjectives and adverbs. You can choose one or both, please include in your caption which you have used within your image. I’ll only be choosing images that have what adjective or adverb they used for their photo. Need more examples, here’s two lists you can use for help.


Reminder, nouns and verbs are easy to photograph, but it’s when we photograph an adjective or adverb that our photographs really start to take on a story. Good luck you have one week.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 10th, 12 pm EST

Curated by:

Matt Adams
Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Published Apr 17, 2019.
Thank you for your contributions!

Editor Chat

Posted apr 18, 2019

Hello everyone,

Thank you again for your submissions to this assignment! I enjoyed curating this one and building the final story that went live yesterday. Just a reminder that I'll be chatting on the story discussion board today at 1pm EST. Looking forward to any questions you have about the process of building a story or to hear about how you captured the submissions for your assignment.

Third Submission

Posted apr 8, 2019

Hello all,

This has been a lot of fun! I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the creative ideas being brought to the front with each new submission. Adjectives and Adverbs are all around us, love that you're able to find them.

For those brave enough for a challenge. I'm going to open up this assignment for one more submission, so if you'd like to try and capture a new image within the next 24 hours I'd love to see which photographers still have the creative juices flowing for a third submission. Good luck Your Shot!

I am still accepting archive images for this assignment, but would love to see some new images if you can. Challenge yourself to get out and capture something new over this last 24 hours. 

Matt Adams

Matt Adams

Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Matt is a Senior Producer on the Your Shot team. He curates and produces the Daily Dozen gallery as well as monthly assignments. Before Nat Geo, Matt was a photography instructor and freelance photographer working for publications such as Wired, Spin, and Pittsburgh Magazine.