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Assignment

I Want to Go There...

This assignment ran from Jul 16 to Aug 6, 2018.

When I tell people I work for National Geographic, they often ask, "Do you get to travel a lot?" While I do get to go to a conference or on the occasional #YourShotMeetUp, the majority of my time is spent at my desk in Washington, DC, staring at a computer monitor. But I am lucky — I get to visually experience the world through your photography. And because Your Shot is a global community representing 195 countries, I truly have the unique opportunity to see the world every day without leaving headquarters.

This assignment is simple — I want to see photos that make me and the rest of the Your Shot community think, "I want to go there."

From epic landscapes, to swimming with whales, to spending time with your family in the backyard, I want to see photos transporting me somewhere on our planet.

There will be an impulse to submit only photos from "exotic" destinations - yes, I want to go to Iceland, Spain, Japan, Kenya, Antarctica, etc. - which might deter many of you from participating. But, remember that anywhere and everywhere can make me think, "I want to go there." For example, check out the work of Your Shot photographer Terra Fondriest. I have never met her, but through her photography documenting her family, I feel like I know them. I feel the happiness they have in their beautiful utopia of Ozarks, Arkansas. And I want to go there and spend the day with them — it looks like so much fun!

If I were participating in the assignment, I would probably share a photo from my favorite campsite in West Virginia. But I would also share this photo of my nephew Timothy because I love this memory of being proud of him as he kept reading to his sisters and me at bedtime.

Close your eyes and think about your photos that make you feel "I want to go there." As always, take advantage of your caption to share the story behind the photo, enriching my experience with your submission.

I can't wait to travel the world through your photos and stories! I can't wait to go there.

David Y. Lee
Producer, National Geographic Your Shot

Curated by:

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Assignment Status
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Published Aug 22, 2018.
Thank you for your contributions!

Final Story Published

Posted aug 27, 2018

In case you missed it, my "I Want to Go There…" final story has been published. I hope you take the time to now only look at everyone's photos, but also read my Editor's Notes where I often featured thoughtful comments from your peers articulating WHY they love the respective photo.

I also started a discussion board post inviting you to ask me questions about my curation process.

FYI - I launched an assignment inviting you to share your best photos taken during August 2018. You have two submissions, deadline is September 4, 2018 at 12PM EST. I plan on repeating these "My Best Photos of (Month)" assignments to encourage you to take new photos.

DYL

Vote for our next Assignment

Posted aug 15, 2018

Hi everyone —

Recently the Your Shot team went through your suggested assignment list and selected four assignment themes that were submitted by the community. We are asking you to vote on which assignment you think we should run next? This poll will be open until Monday, August 20th at 12pm EST. Assignment with the most votes will be a real assignment running in early September!

I voted for [redacted].

DYL
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Update 02

Posted aug 3, 2018

Keep up the great work everyone. I have already favorited over 1,100 photos submitted to the assignment.

I am opening up the assignment for a fourth submission. If you want to know what I (generally) look for in photography, I hope you are reading the Editor's Notes in my Daily Dozen curation. I hope you checked out my most recent discussion board to provide further insight into how I curate a story.

I haven't been active on the assignment discussion because I wanted to witness you, the community, encourage and advise each other - and I am loving that it is happening. You'll also notice that I have been featuring your comments in my Editor's Notes - I am looking for feedback that articulates WHY you love a photo. Both of these types of engagement is what drives a community, so keep it up.

Submission deadline is Monday August 6, 2018 at 12PM EST.

Have a great weekend, and I look forward to your photos that keep making me want to go there…

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

I Want to Go There...

Posted jul 23, 2018

As I am reviewing recent submissions to my "I Want to Go There..." assignment, I came across this photo by Your Shot photographer Eastlyn Bright Tolle (Check out her gallery, I absolutely love this portrait of her sister). I love that she is making me want to go not to a physical destination, but to a moment of emotional and spiritual connection. That is absolutely so beautiful. I love how thoughtful she is in her caption; her words elevates the lyrical romanticism captured in her frame. I love it. There are a lot of beautiful photos already submitted to this assignment, but I wanted to share with you this frame by Eastlyn.

One way to learn what I look for in photography is to study my curation of the Daily Dozen. I leave an Editor's Note on every photo selected for the Daily Dozen. Take advantage of this daily resource of feedback to recognize my taste as a photo editor. When I was a freelance photographer, I quickly learned that I had to translate my portfolio, style, and approach for specific clients. And then as I grew more confident as a photographer, I better recognized how I like to see the world through my camera lens, and which clients embraced my voice and vision as a visual storyteller. The same is true here at Your Shot — Matt, Christina, Kristen, and all the guest curators see the world a little differently than me. Take advantage of this diversity to discover how you really love to document the world through your camera lens.

OK. Back to editing...

DYL

David Y. Lee

David Y. 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.