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Go Beyond

This assignment ran from Jul 26 to Aug 16, 2018.

As a National Geographic photographer, I’ve always been driven to get a full understanding of how underwater ecosystems work and to document the environment that thrives beneath the waves. We have many tools at our disposal to learn -- search online, read articles, or watch a film about a certain location or topic, but I believe we can discover so much more by going deeper, getting a closer look at an environment or location first hand to see something that others might not see. With this assignment, I want to see you, the Your Shot community, challenge yourselves to gain a deeper understanding of the world. Show us how you go beyond.

Curiosity and photography work very well together. Have you ever thought about why certain National Geographic photographers document people, places, or wildlife? The groundwork always begins with a simple curiosity of wanting to understand something just a little bit more than what we do right now. There is always a drive there to go beyond what you might already know and try and discover a new perspective or story.

Imagine that you find yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower. It’s an iconic landmark that has been photographed many, many times. But how can you approach this differently than just photographing a standard image of this piece of architecture? How can you go beyond the size of the structure and find a new angle that someone might not have tried before? Do you lay your camera on the ground to try to find a new perspective? The photos that stand out by capturing new elements or bringing others a new perspective are the ones where a photographer looks closer to uncover a new image that someone might not have seen before.

I’m inviting the Your Shot community to “Go Beyond” and be ambitious. How do you boldly explore and follow your curiosity to discover something exceptional in this world? Use your camera as your third eye while you are out capturing photographs. Your eyes may see one thing, but by using your camera you can view a moment in an entirely new way. Maybe you might not live in an exotic location, but you’ll be photographing in your hometown. Don’t be afraid to go for a walk, meet a new neighbor, go to a location you’ve been to before, but try and uncover a new thing to see in this place that wouldn’t be known if you weren’t there. You never know what you might just learn with a camera in hand.

One chosen image will have a chance to be featured in a T. Rowe Price story in National Geographic Magazine. So, make sure you submit your best work!

In return for the Sponsor's support of this Assignment, National Geographic may provide images from the Assignment to the Sponsor, T. ROWE PRICE, for use on its website, social media platforms, and other outlets to promote and publicize the Assignment.

Curated by:

Brian Skerry
National Geographic Photographer
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Published Aug 30, 2018.
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Editor's Update #3

Posted aug 15, 2018

We have one day left for submissions and the Your Shot community has provided some incredible imagery.

It has been amazing to watch as you get out from behind your computers, grab your cameras, and get a closer look at the world around you. I hope that after the assignment finishes you will continue to go beyond your current understanding of the world and discover something that you did not know existed.

Now that we are in the final days for submissions my advice to this photography community is to get outside and really study your environment. You have all done an excellent job of trying to find new perspectives and angles when capturing images. Your photos show your willingness to try and gain a deeper knowledge of a location and discover something with great potential that may otherwise go unnoticed. Take this approach with you as you continue your photographic journey.

There’s a big world out there to boldly explore as you the photographer gain a whole new understanding about the images you are capturing – go ahead, take a closer look to uncover something others might not see.

Editor's Update #2

Posted aug 9, 2018

As a photographer who is sent on assignment for National Geographic, we are given a story brief and a location - then we begin the process of trying to envision how the images will look. A Your Shot assignment follows the same guidelines. With Go Beyond the Your Shot community was tasked with using photography to try and have a better understanding of your world.

There can be some questions on how exactly to Go Beyond with your images. I think it’s important to try and find new perspectives with your camera, in photography trying a new angle, moving your feet to stand in a new spot, or going back to a location at different times of the day will result in a variety of different images. Chase your curiosity to see what new photos you can make by trying to understand a location better. If you arrive early morning to capture a landscape, you can take advantage of golden hour to photograph the beautiful morning light. I would suggest you think about what will this location look like during the evening? What would an image made here look like if I climb to a new height or go lower to the ground?

Photographers are curious by habit, we try and ask more questions to understand just exactly what kind of story we are trying to tell. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and push yourself to find some new angles on life.

Good luck with your submissions!

Go Beyond

Posted jul 27, 2018

I am very excited to be curating a new Your Shot assignment. My last assignment, Saving Our Oceans was such an inspiring moment for me as I realized that in addition to talent, this vast community of photographers has incredible stories to share with everyone.

Now, it’s on to a new assignment. Whenever you receive a call from a National Geographic editor about a new assignment you’re given the details and location and an idea of what needs to be achieved. This is your call. I’m challenging this amazing community to Go Beyond with their assignment submissions. This assignment will ask you to go beyond to challenge yourself to gain a deeper understanding of the world. I want you to use your cameras and amazing talent to try and uncover something new about the way you see something or try a new perspective that gives a new meaning to something we might have seen many times before. As submissions begin to roll in, each of you will be sharing a new angle and giving other photographers an opportunity to challenge the way they view the world around us. That’s what is so amazing about this community!

Remember to be sure to share your thoughts and photos on the discussion board! I look forward to learning more about the world through your images.

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry

National Geographic Photographer
Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories. In 2014 he was one of five photographers named as a National Geographic Photography Fellow. In 2015 he was named a Nikon Ambassador. For NGM, Brian has covered a wide range of stories, from the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters to the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries to dolphin intelligence, all cover stories. During 2016 NGM published three consecutive feature stories by Brian about predatory sharks. His latest work, a cover story in the February 2017 issue of NGM, focuses on protecting special underwater ecosystems in US waters. During his coverage for this story Brian produced the first images of a US President underwater.