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Beauty & Awe

This assignment ran from Dec 3 to Dec 10, 2018.

Beauty and Awe, these are two words that resonate in my mind while I view each image published in the latest book published by National Geographic entitled Spectacle.

Beauty is everywhere. In the meticulous weaving of a Persian carpet, or in the roundness of the marbled blue and white rocks of General Carrera Lake caves in Patagonia, in the micrometric precision of a thousand kaleidoscopic facets of dragonflies eyes, or in the complicit gaze of these children reviewing their homework before going to class. Beauty is everywhere, or perhaps simply as the old saying goes "Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder".

Awe is more like a sensation. When the image amazes us or surprises us. The first thoughts that come to mind when I see an image like this is, can this be real? Is this possible? Awe is an emotion that we feel when we're faced with the extraordinary. It is a source of inspiration and motivation. When beauty and Awe meet together, then the image becomes a spectacle.

For this assignment, show us your own perception of beauty and awe. Through composition, use of light, interesting angles of view, find us photos that just make you say "Wow, that is beautiful!" Or just have you in awe of the wonder of that the photographic is sharing.  We challenge you the photographers to evoke awe by transmitting your feelings.

Marc Henauer

Your Shot photographer

This assignment is in promotion of the new National Geographic photo book Spectacle and will be curated by Marc Henauer. Marc is a featured photographer in this book and so are many more of our fellow community members. By submitting to this assignment you will receive a discount code to the Nat Geo store for the purchasing of Spectacle. When the final story publishes, Marc will select his favorite overall image and that photographer will receive a copy of Spectacle. This assignment will run for one week.

Submission Deadline: Monday, December 10th, 2018 12pm EST.

Curated by:

Matt Adams
Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Assignment Status
  • Open

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  • Published

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Published Dec 18, 2018.
Thank you for your contributions!

Editor Chat

Posted dec 10, 2018


At 12pm. EST, we'll be having a Facebook chat with the guest editor of this assignment, Marc Henauer. Feel free to leave your questions here for Marc to answer. Feel free to ask Marc about his photography or about the images he has curated for this assignment.

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.