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A Culinary Expedition Around the World

This assignment ran from Jul 15 to Aug 12, 2019.

Inspired by the new National Geographic series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted—premiering Sunday, July 21, at 10/9c—this assignment invites you to take the Your Shot community on a culinary expedition around the world.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted follows the multi-Michelin-star chef and Ironman athlete as he meets with local people around the globe to learn about the cultures, dishes, and flavors unique to each location. Every ingredient he harvests and dish he tastes will inspire a new recipe from scratch, created to represent the heart of that culture. Each episode concludes with Ramsay putting his newfound skills to the test as he cooks a feast with a local food legend.

“It’s been an amazing journey traveling off the beaten path with National Geographic and connecting with locals to learn and share incredible stories of unique traditions, delicacies, and the extreme lengths it takes to harvest native ingredients,” Ramsay said. “I’ve learned way more filming this series than I have in the last 10 years.”

For this assignment, I want to see the foods that you are eating at home as well as what you eat during your travels. Do not just submit snapshots of your meals. I encourage you to make beautiful photos by following the light, observing your composition, and documenting the foods being eaten.

Don’t just look at the food itself; think about the situation and culture around the meal. Who is with you? Where are you? How does the food represent the heart of that culture? In your caption, describe the foods you are photographing and the stories behind them. Maybe this is a recipe passed down generation to generation; maybe it is one of your favorite meals.

I want to emphasize that you don’t need to travel to participate. As National Geographic’s global photo community, together we will illustrate Ramsay’s belief that food is the gateway to culture around the world.

In addition to being published in the final Your Shot story, you will also have the chance to be featured on:

National Geographic Channel Instagram
National Geographic TV Facebook
National Geographic Your Shot Instagram

David Y. Lee
Producer, National Geographic Your Shot

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David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Published Aug 20, 2019.
Thank you for your contributions!

Open for Fourth Submission

Posted aug 4, 2019

This assignment is so much fun, experiencing food from around the world. I really love the visual stories being shared, sharing the stories and traditions behind the culinary expedition you are taking us on.

I am opening the assignment up for a fourth submission. Here is my advice:

  1. Re-read the captions for your previous submissions. Remember, we are not there with you as you were taking pictures, we were not there to experience the moment with you. Take advantage of your captions to describe the 5 W’s: who, what, when, where, and why. Make sure you tell us where in the world you are. We are National Geographic’s global photo community, so this type of written information will further connect our stories even more.
  2. If you are making pictures of food — take your time, the dishes are not going anywhere. Look for a visually interesting frame in the presentation. Observe your composition. Follow the light. Play with the lines, textures, and patterns.
  3. I really love the stories about the food — whether the tradition behind the dish to the experience of enjoying it — and the people who create it.

Submission deadline is August 12, 2019 at 12PM EST. You have one more week to participate. Remember, you don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to experience food. Every day you are eating something, every day someone around you is eating something. Every day you have the opportunity to make pictures to submit to this assignment.

I do not want to just see photos of food, I want to experience the food. Remember, you are taking us on a culinary expedition around the world.

In the meantime, watch the National Geographic Channel series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, airing on Sundays at 10/9c.


David Lee

David Lee

Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Before joining the Your Shot team, David covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project humanizing the statistics of organ donation.