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Make Mars Home

This assignment ran from Oct 24 to Nov 14, 2016.

Home. It’s where you live and so much more. It’s personal, which makes it a privilege when you are invited into one as a guest. You can learn a lot about a person by visiting their home. Every detail relates to that individual or family in some way, whether it’s the paint colors they choose or the style of furniture they like or the artwork they have displayed. All of these decisions were theirs.

What if Mars was your next big move? What would you bring with you to make it feel like home?

Take a look around your home. What does it say about who you are and what you like? How does it make you feel? If you had to leave it, what would you bring with you? What is so important that you must have it with you? In essence, what does home mean to you? And WHY? This is really important—we want to learn the story behind your selection. Tell us why you would take these things to your new home on Mars.

This assignment isn’t as much about Mars, as it is about home. But don’t worry, we have plenty of awesome content about Mars, including information about the National Geographic Channel Mars series launching globally on Monday, November 14.

Watch trailers and learn more here:

Curated by:

Monica C. Corcoran
Former Director, Your Shot
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Published Nov 22, 2016.
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Cats & Cappuccinos

Posted nov 3, 2016

This is one of those assignments that at first glance seems straightforward, but in reality it pushes your creative boundaries. Why? Because human beings have more in common with each other than not. Take a look at the assignment submissions and you’ll soon notice a handful of themes that keep coming up: family, food, nature, pets, and coffee—to name a few. And while we may want our cats and our cappuccinos nearby, so do a lot of other people on this planet.

So how do you photograph these things in a new way and show them in a new light? For example, I’ve seen several heartfelt submissions that show family photo albums and vintage photos. What’s a unique way to photograph a photo? Maybe you have a person holding the picture in their hand or in front of their face. Or maybe you take that photo outside and photograph it surrounded by nature.

I love coffee and can’t imagine starting my day without it. But what is it about that cup of joe that truly makes me feel at home—is it the ceramic mug my friend made for me, the old leather chair that I sit in every morning, or the conversation I have with my partner about the news of the day? Sure, I could take a photo of my favorite coffee shop or take a photo of the smiling barista as she hands me my beverage. Which image would make you smile back? So don’t just show us, make us feel something because home is much more than a place to sleep, it’s where life happens.

Colonizing Mars

Posted oct 27, 2016

The November 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine entitled "Race to the Red Planet" includes an amazing Mars map supplement that you can explore online and download. This excerpt was taken from the Solutions for Survival section of the map...

"The more resources we can find—or create—to make Mars habitable, the fewer we’d have to bring from Earth. Scientists are now studying ways to use what already exists on Mars. To establish a colony, humans would need to be able to supply five things: oxygen, water, shelter, food, and energy."

Imagine living in a lava tube underground—what would you bring to make it feel like home?

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.