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Celebrating the Planet

This assignment ran from Jan 10 to Jan 31, 2019.

"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” - Carl Sagan

As human beings we all refer to Earth as our home planet. Over the many years of our existence we have used it's resources to build homes, grow food, and discover new communities. At National Geographic we have told stories that celebrate the wonders of this planet with details and facts on why preserving our only home is so important. There are over 7.7 billion who call Earth home, that's a lot of people! On Your Shot we have over 1 million photographers and with this assignment we are tasking you with sharing images that celebrate our home planet!  Share with us photos that express what you find so wonderful and inspiring about Earth and also share with us photos that reveal things we might lose if we don't care take of this place which has given us so much.

National Geographic is working on a multiyear campaign in which we ask the question, Planet or Plastic? This has been a call to action to reduce plastic waste across the entire globe. Right now we are looking at over 300 million tons of plastic that is being produced each year, a large significant amount of this plastic will end up in the ocean. This is a horrible reality we are facing that we must strive to ban together to help solve this issue. With the images you capture for this assignment look to photograph things that could be lost on this planet if we don't begin to take care of it. What would you like to celebrate about this planet that you hope to never see disappear forever? Show us with your submissions.

We're also asking for you, our photo community, to take our Planet or Plastic? pledge. Choose the planet and pledge to reduce your daily plastic use.

Planet or Plastic? 9 Million Tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean ... Challenge Your Friends. To take the pledge to reduce single-use plastic in their life.

Curated by:

Matt Adams
Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Published Feb 14, 2019.
Thank you for your contributions!

Final Two Days

Posted jan 28, 2019

Hello all!

Over 9k submissions for this assignment! Sometimes I say how surprised I am by the number of submissions, but honestly the Your Shot community always steps up to provide some interesting stories and content when tasked with a brief from any assignment that I should not be surprised at all! I asked for images that Celebrate our Planet and you have not disappointed me! I've seen work that has taken me deep into our vast oceans, I've seen aerial views of amazing landscapes, and close up views of wildlife whose habitats could be endanger because of our plastic footprint we have left on this planet.

We have two days left and I'm now moving up the submission count from 3 to 4! So if you have one image you've captured recently that you think fits the theme of this assignment then I want to see it! Thank you all for your submissions so far, for your final submissions I'd love to see maybe a location that has not crossed my radar before? Or maybe a creative view of a place I've seen many times. What is important about this place we call home that we could potentially lose due to plastic use? Share it with us!


Matt Adams

Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

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.