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Climate Change: In Focus

This assignment ran from Sep 26 to Oct 17, 2016.

Climate change. Global warming. Greenhouse gas. Carbon dioxide. Flooding. Melting ice caps. Acid rain. Mass extinction. You’ve come across these terms in school or heard them on the news. These are serious issues affecting our planet and its future.

We know that unpredictable weather around the world is affecting local and international communities. However, I want to know what climate change looks like to you. How has your community been affected and how have you adapted? Are you living in one of the neighbourhoods at risk of flooding? Is a shoreline near you eroded? Have you ever been caught in an algae bloom? Have you participated in a recycling program? Have you witnessed some of the positive solutions being implemented to prevent climate change like eco-housing and wind turbines?

We want to see climate change through your eyes. Take us to your village, your backyard, or your classroom. Whether you go outside or stay inside, we want to see how you feel about our Earth and the way our world is changing. We cannot wait to see your perspective.

Special Exhibit: For the first time ever the editors' selection from a Your Shot assignment will culminate in an exclusive exhibition at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 22 Climate Summit in Morocco.

Curated by:

Monica C. Corcoran
Former Director, Your Shot
Assignment Status
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Published Oct 24, 2016.
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Mission Accomplished

Posted dec 5, 2016

Congratulations Your Shot! As you know, the photos published in the final story were exhibited at the Conference of the Parties Climate Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco. But what you may have missed was that the exhibit was reported on by several news organizations—it was buzz-worthy! Thanks for helping us tell this story. We wanted to raise awareness and get people talking—mission accomplished!

Check out these great articles about the exhibit and the Your Shot community: The Washington PostCNNNewshub, and Mashable.

Before the Flood

Posted oct 13, 2016

I wanted to alert the Your Shot community to an upcoming film that will air globally on the National Geographic Channel at the end of this month. It's called Before the Flood and it presents an account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

BEFORE THE FLOOD will be in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles starting October 21, and air globally on the National Geographic Channel starting October 30. 

Curatorial Committee

Posted oct 11, 2016

Hello, Your Shot! As you know, this is a unique assignment because in addition to the final story there will also be an exhibit curated from the photo submissions. We are partnering with the Lucie Foundation and an outside team of photographers who are curating the exhibit. Let me introduce this behind-the-scenes team:

Award-winning photographer Vanessa Boeye is best known for her work on traditional cultures in some of the remotest regions of the world.

Italian photographer Enzo Barracco works globally. In his new book, The Noise of Ice: Antarctica, with a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Enzo attempts to increase awareness of sustainability.

Photographer Christian Iooss, director of photography at Golf Digest, is also a passionate surfer deeply committed to combatting climate change.

Henry Dallal is an award-wining photographer renowned for his environmental landscape photography and passionate portrayal of traditional cultures.

Make a Difference

Posted sep 26, 2016

The Lucie Foundation and National Geographic have partnered to host this assignment to see how you view the environment and how communities come together to combat climate change. To participate, submit a picture depicting your view of climate change. 

If your image is selected, it will be displayed and featured in the “Climate Change: In Focus” photographic exhibition at the COP 22 UN Climate Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016.

We believe in the power of photography to change hearts and minds—your photo could make a difference by bringing awareness to this critical issue. 

Thank you for your help!

Monica C. Corcoran

Monica C. Corcoran

Former Director, Your Shot
Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a former director at National Geographic for the Your Shot photo community.