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Assignment

Adventures of a Lifetime

This assignment ran from May 29 to Jul 3, 2019.

When we head outdoors into the great wide open, we’re looking to make memories and experience something life-changing. This assignment asks you, our global photo community, to share with us images from the most amazing adventures you’ve had during your travels. These aren’t just any images; these are photographs that feature your most epic adventures in beautiful places. This assignment also comes with an incredible opportunity. We’re partnering with National Geographic Traveler once again to offer one of our photographers the chance for their photo to be on the cover of Traveler magazine! Our editors are excited to see your submissions. Here’s a small dose of what they are looking for:

Show us breathtaking vistas of mountains, icebergs, waterfalls, beaches, forests, cliffs, lakes—places that are almost too spectacular to be real. Now, maybe you can't get to somewhere you feel is epic. What kind of adventure can you have close to home? Maybe you went on an adventure in your city or on a nearby trail. We want to see how the entire community envisions an adventure of a lifetime.

National Geographic invokes the spirit of wonder and exploration. Magazine covers must have an emotional quality that encourages people to get out and see the world for themselves. Show us your adventure of a lifetime!

As you look through your travel photos, or set out to take new ones, here are some things to think about:

· As always, captions are important. In addition to naming the location, please include details about who is in the image, what are we seeing, where we are, when was the image made, and how you got there.

· The very best travel magazine cover photos make readers wish they were in the picture.

· Your photograph should demonstrate a strong sense of place. The location you’ve photographed does not have to be immediately recognizable, but the scene should not feel like a generic landscape.

· Magazine covers require a photo with vertical orientation. You can submit horizontal images, but we’ll have to crop them to fit. Additionally, our National Geographic Traveler logo will appear across the top, so too-busy backgrounds can make the type hard to read.

· The photograph will ideally have been taken within the last five years. Places change quickly, and the image should reflect the destination as it is today.

It’s a wide and wonderful world out there, and we can’t wait to be amazed and inspired by your pictures of it!

Curated by:

Anne Farrar
Director of Photography, National Geographic Traveler

George Stone
Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler

Maura Friedman
Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic Travel
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We are busy curating images. Check back on Jul 25, 2019 to view the published story.
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Deadline Extension

Posted jun 19, 2019

Hello all!

We have extended the deadline for submissions to this assignment. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to submit and get in any last minute images from recent adventures they have returned from! Remember this assignment now has five submissions and one of the final images from the story will be featured on the cover of Traveler magazine! Thank you all for your submissions so far, curating this story will be no easy task, but we're excited for the final results!

5th Submission

Posted jun 12, 2019

We are loving these "Adventure of a Lifetime" images! What I'm hoping to see even more of are epic scenes of our wild, beautiful planet: monumental landscapes, spectacular icebergs, amazing glaciers, awesome elephants, stunning safaris, towering mountains, crazy canyons, beautiful jungles, rushing waterfalls... Pictures that show how spectacular our planet is—images that make readers want to travel there now!

As we move into the final days of this assignment we have now added a 5th submission! That's right you now have the chance at submitting five images for this assignment! Make them count! 

Fourth Submission

Posted jun 5, 2019

We're one week into the assignment and have now added a fourth submission! Keep sharing your adventures with us!

What Makes a Great Travel Photo

Posted may 29, 2019

Hello all!

Reposting here for those who might have missed the post on the discussion board. 

I posed the question to the editors of this assignment, what makes a great travel photo?

Anne Farrar, Director of Photographer National Geographic Traveler and George Stone, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Traveler had these thoughts:

The world is an epic place—and our covers should reflect the wild, awesome beauty of our planet. We want our readers to look at the cover and say "That's spectacular! I want to go there now!" We are looking for images of epic adventures in beautiful places. We are looking for breathtaking vistas of mountains, icebergs, waterfalls, beaches, forests, cliffs, lakes—places that are almost too spectacular to be real. Now maybe you can't get to somewhere you feel is epic, what kind of adventure can you have near home? Maybe you went on adventure in your local city or on a nearby trail. We want to see how the entire community envisions an adventure of a lifetime. We also want to stoke a National Geographic spirit of wonder and exploration. Covers must have an emotional quality that encourages people to get out and see the world for themselves, and to fall in love with the world!

Maura Friedman, Associate Photo Editor of Nat Geo Travel also added:

A good travel photo gives me a sense of place. If your perspective is much too close, I don’t know where we are. If the camera is much too far, sometimes we lose what makes the place you’ve photographed special. It’s a balancing act. The aim is to immerse your viewer in what caught your eye and inspired you to raise your camera.

If you take that perfect perspective and add something extra– a golden pocket of light or the exact moment a person turns their head– that’s an excellent travel photo. Excellent travel photos don’t just show me a place, they make me feel a certain way about it.

I hope their words of wisdom help with selected your future submissions. Good luck Your Shot photographers! 

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.

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 attitudes, as well as people, places, and things.

Maura Friedman

Maura Friedman

Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic Travel
I like to tell stories however they're told best. I'm a photo editor and freelance visual journalist based in Washington D.C. and hailing from Atlanta, Ga. I use photos, videos, GIFs and code to put together award-winning packages, including a Pulitzer finalist project. So like, a Journalism Renaissance Woman. Kind of.